RockyMounts BackStage

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Maximum Load Capacity
Vehicle Type
59 lbs
Chromoly Steel, Aluminum

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the RockyMounts BackStage. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

10 reasons to buy

  • Owners praise the backdoor access provided by the BackStage’s 180° swing-away capability.
  • With a 60 lb-per-bike payload, the BackStage easily totes 2 e-bikes.
  • The BackStage fastens to a front wheel, avoiding frame contact.
  • Reviewers and owners say the BackStage is robust and durable, standing up to off-road use while resisting scratches and corrosion.
  • The BackStage is versatile; fitting 20” to 29” wheels, tires as wide as 5.0”, and wheelbases from 36” to 50”.
  • Reviewers note that the BackStage is less expensive and lighter than a separate rack with a swing adapter.
  • The BackStage tilts down 30° to allow hatch access. It also folds flat against your vehicle to save space.
  • Testers note the BackStage has fail-safes to prevent it accidentally swinging open or closed.
  • The BackStage comes with a locking hitch bolt and 7'3″ cable lock.
  • Testers find it quick and easy to load and unload their bikes with the BackStage.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The BackStage only fits 2” hitches and isn’t compatible with bikes that have fenders attached.
  • Handlebar clearance is limited with some vehicles.
  • At 59 lb, the BackStage is heavy and unwieldy for smaller users.
  • Some users find the BackStage’s hitch pin to be fiddly and obstructive.
  • Some reviewers say assembly is involved and time-consuming.
  • Additional trays can not be added to the BackStage.
  • RockyMounts’ cable lock can not be attached while driving.

Bottom line

This rack provided drivers with full rear door access, without the hassle of removing their bikes. One tester/owner says the BackStage has remained strong and stable through three months of rugged off-road use. Reviewers admit that the BackStage is “pricey”, but still describe it as “an excellent value”. Reviewers and owners say the BackStage sits closer to their bumper than swing adaptors and some ‘stationary racks', which is good for stability but not always good for handlebar clearance.

Expert Reviews

82/100 based on 6 rated expert reviews

RockyMounts BackStage Swing Away Platform Review

The BackStage is a great option for those who have vehicle access issues with other racks. The swing-away arm is a true game-changer. The rack is highly versatile and user-friendly and can fit most bikes with ease. The clearance is a bit tight for wide handlebars.

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Hitch Swings Pt. 2: RockyMounts BackStage Two Bike Swing Away Platform Rack

A good answer for those that want a platform hitch rack, for heavy and cumbersome bikes like e-bikes, with access to the back of their vehicle. The rack itself doesn’t sit straight and there seems to be a good amount of play in most of the joints.

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RockyMounts BackStage Swing Away Rack

It’s an excellent system and a very good rack overall. A stable and convenient option for truck owners, #vanlife aficionados, and car campers. There is one glaring weakness: the main bolt that secures the rack when it’s not swung away is something of a clunky system.

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One Perfect Thing: RockyMounts Swing Away

For pickups and vans, there’s no better bike carrier. As a truck owner, I’ll never go back. I’ve been using the BackStage for more than 3 months, including lots of miles on rugged dirt roads, and so far I’ve seen no loosening or play.

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Field Tested: Rocky Mounts Backstage Swing-Out Hitch Rack

A solid bike carrier showing very little wobble. So easy to tilt or rotate out of the way, I seldom take it off. Does well to accommodate all bikes in all sizes. 63 lb weight is significant. It requires tools to install. Far better value than a rack and swing-out adapter combo.

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User Ratings

94/100 based on 374 ratings
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