- RockyMounts comes out swinging in the upright bike carrier market with BrassKnuckles. The rack is meant to be the most aerodynamic product in the category, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the Boulder, Colorado company’s customary colorful look. Photo: RockyMounts
- It doesn’t take a linguist to decipher the BrassKnuckles moniker. The distinctive four-finger holds are brightly colored and prominent on the wheel arm. They make it less of a chore to grip the plastic and cinch the wheel. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com
- BrassKnuckles has a grooved bike tray to accommodate different tire widths. The tray smoothly integrates with the massive aluminum body that houses the wheel arm’s pivot. Photo: RockyMounts
- When Bobby Noyes started RockyMounts in 1993, things ran on a shoestring budget, as shown by the microscopic VeloNews classified ad he keeps in the archives. Noyes estimates that the machine required to create BrassKnuckles’ aluminum housing costs more money than he had to start the company 20 years ago. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com
- RockyMounts’ showroom (shop? bar? museum?) houses an extensive collection of team jerseys, ranging from those worn by Tour de France champions to esoteric collegiate kits. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com
RockyMounts has a new upright roof rack, BrassKnuckles, that utilizes a unique, user-friendly, and minimalist attachment system.
The Boulder, Colorado company is known for its Guest Bartender events — raging parties that benefit worthy causes. It used one such event, hosting hundreds of Cyclocross Nationals attendees to benefit Valmont Bike Park, to launch BrassKnuckles to the world.
“It looks rad even with no bike on it,” explained RockyMounts founder Bobby Noyes.
Indeed, the rack cuts a much sleeker profile than some of its competitors, like Yakima’s High Roller or Thule’s Sidearm. And, BrassKnuckles has the bright colors you’d expect from the Boulder rack maker.
If the colors aren’t eye-catching, the four finger loops on the wheel arm — the brass knuckles — help the rack stand out. But they do more than look unique. The finger loops make it easy to pull firmly on the hook to ensure security, especially if you don’t have kung fu grip strength.
Beyond aesthetics, BrassKnuckles looks to be a worthy rival in the stand-up category. The small catch for the back of the front wheel is similar the Sidearm’s, but it flips down and out of the way when not in use. This contributes to the rack’s minimalism and aerodynamics.
The pivot for the arm that holds the top of the wheel is housed in a massive aluminum body, which adds to the rack’s smooth, tight action.
As with other upright racks, BrassKnuckles fits a wide variety of wheel sizes, from 20 to 29 inches and widths up to 2.75 inches. The rack’s tray shows RockyMounts’ attention to detail, as there is a built-in groove to provide a secure fit with narrower 700c tires.
The tray can also be mounted to either round or square rooftop crossbars. Plus, DIYers will be able to bolt the rack to vertical surfaces after removing the rooftop fitments. As for a hitch rack option, RockyMounts claims it’s in the works, hopefully available by Interbike 2014.
Expect to see BrassKnuckles at your local shop in April 2014, with an anticipated MSRP of $199.