Low Profile, High Quality & Versatile.
If you are a rider who prefers the sleeker, lower profile appearance of a fork mount, the SwitchHitter is your ticket. With many bikes opting for thru-axles, we developed a modular rack and include the three common thru axles sizes, 12/100mm, 15/100mm & 15/110mm Boost. We also include an old school 9mm QR just in case you need to carry a traditional QR bike. If you need to swap axles, simply loosen two bolts and swap the axle.
Have round bars? Square? Aero? Euro-slotted? We include all the hardware you need to wrap around a crossbar, or hidden hardware that slides into the slotted crossbars like Thule ® Aeroblade, Yakima®JetStream, BMW, Audi, Mini & VVW.
For locking, the lock cores are sold separately. One lock locks the cover plate on, so the rack cannot be removed from the car. The other lock core is inserted into a cable that retracts from rear end of the tray, pull it out, wrap around the frame and lock.
The tray and rear ratchet strap accommodate tires up 3", and maximum bike weight is 35lbs.
- Most versatile, out of the box fork mount, roof rack tray bike carrier available
- Designed to work with 9mm QR, 12/100, 15/100, 15/110 (Boost) thru-axles via swap-able machined aluminum inserts that get secured via allen bolts
Compatible with many cross bars systems, including:
- Yakima round, Thule square
- Factory/aero, and slotted bars (with T-Track hardware) like RockyMounts Ouray, Thule AeroBlade, Yakima Whispbar, Yakima StreamLine, Rhino Rack
- Some flat (parallel to ground, not curved) factory crossbars up to 4"
- Disc brake caliper compatible, with recessed zone on tray
- Tray specifications: 3" max tire size, 35lb weight rating
- Includes all necessary hardware, resistant to weather and corrision
- Tray head ready to lock to crossbar; coated wound steel cable lock integrates into rear-end of tray for additional security
- Requires two RockyMounts Lock Cores (tray head, cable)
From the center of your front crossbar, the SwitchHitter extends 54" to the end of the wheel tray if you want to check to make sure your hatchback opens.
How far does it stick back? I am worried about it hitting my hatchback/trunk.
- From the center of your front crossbar, it extends 54" back. The JetLine is 48", TieRod is 49", BrassKnuckles 45" & Tomahawk 39"
Should I buy a fork mount like this or upright mount like the BrassKnuckles or Tomahawk?
- Fork mounts have less parts and are generally cleaner and quieter on the roof of the car. You do have to remove your wheel each time and store it in the car, so fork mounts do take longer to load and unload each time.
How does it lock?
- One lock plugs into the front and locks the rack to the car. The other plugs into a cable that retracts from the rear if the wheel tray. Pull out the cable, wrap it around the frame and turn the key.
If I have a standard quick release bike, should I buy this instead of the JetLine or TieRod?
- Your next bike will probably have a through axle, so if you are planning on buying a new bike soon, yes, get this over the other choices.
How easy is it to change the axle?
- Very simple, loosen to allen head bolts, slide one out, slide the other one in and tighten.