First Look: Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles upright roof rack

New rack promises ease of use with a quieter, more aero profile

Gear Racks

Rocky Mounts Bobby

Company founder Bobby Noyes started Rocky Mounts out of the trunk of his car.

Know Your Rack Man

This is in no way a knock against Thule, Yakima, or any of the other rack makers out there, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout-out to Rocky Mounts the company. Noyes and his nine-person staff are a easy-going bunch that have long been an integral part of Boulder’s local cycling community and two-wheeled advocacy efforts.

Besides being a showroom, sales, and install facility, company HQ occasionally serves as a de facto cycling community center, hosting number pick up for local amateur bike races and opening its doors for fundraising events. Each month, Rocky Mounts puts on celebrity guest bartender events that benefit a variety of causes. Noyes was also one of the main players in getting Boulder’s famed Valmont Bike Park built.

“It’s a sometimes stratified community that we try to bring together by being a gathering place for the local cycling population,” said Noyes, a former bike shop employee who started the company out of the back of his car in 1994 after hearing one too many bike rack buying customers ask, isn’t there another option? “In the beginning we hung our hat on fork mount racks. Then came pick-up truck racks and tandem racks, then ski racks and upright mounts and hitch racks. Now we’re focusing on our own roof systems and not just attachments. The next progression is towers and crossbars.”

Rocky Mounts Party

Guest bartender charity fundraising nights always draw a crowd to Rocky Mounts HQ.

We’ll update this review in a couple months with notes on durability and whether we’re able to get the sticking issue to abate. In the meantime, you can learn more about Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles at

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


  • tom says:

    new product blah blah blah … it looks cool … blah blah … you need it … blah blah … you can make a thru axel lock stand for your roof-rack for under a tenner that looks boss, is uber engineered and is thus as strong as a whole box of oxen … this is pointless like most of these gizmos … get yer tools out, get yer hands dirty … make stuff 🙂

  • gman says:

    lol. tom nailed it with his assessment of this overpriced unit.

  • Me.... says:

    Well I think it is a great idea. You guys keep up the overpriced stuff……until the day you either drive over you tire or loss your front axle….$70-$400 later and you will kick yourself for not buying it.

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