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It should have been called the AeroFork.

Whoever decided that bikes should be carried on your roof was a genius. We appreciate the fact that what was originally just a waste of space is turned into the very most important part of the car with a simple, clamp-on apparatus. You could make arguments that other parts of the car, like the engine, are more important, but engines don't carry bikes. It isn't a perfect system, however. Roof racks are noisy and they sap your fuel. Well, most of them. The RockyMounts Pitchfork Bike Mount's aerodynamic shape minimizes these negative effects to save you money on fuel and allow you to open the sunroof without going deaf.

RockyMounts doesn't make crossbars. Because of that, the Pitchfork is designed to work with both Yakima's round bars and Thule's square bars. The Pitchfork is also compatible with road and mountain bikes, as long as they have a standard QR fork. The 45 inch tubular tray will accommodate almost any bike. RockyMounts makes a special model for folks with recumbents and XtraCycles.

The simple quick-release feature makes it easy to load and unload your bike, so you won't be stuck struggling with the rack, dropping your bike, denting your car, smashing your finger, and generally flailing with your bike. The quick-release is lock compatible (lock cores are sold separately) so your bike won't disappear when you duck into a restaurant for a post-ride snack. 

The RockyMounts Pitchfork Bike Mount comes in Black, Silver, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, White, and Orange.

  • Aerodynamic shaping
  • Compatible with Yakima and Thule bars
  • Fits standard road and mountain quick-release forks

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
Yakima bars, Thule bars
Locks Included:
Recommended Use:
cycling, mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Pitch Fork not just for hay anymore.

    Installs easy on Yakima bars. Easier than similar Yakima trays. The rear strap is easy to move fore and aft on the cradle for different sized bikes. I use a Yakima Universal locking pin (it fits!) so I can continue to use the SKS core key I have for my other rack features.

    Pitch Fork not just for hay anymore.

    The Bees Knees

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I decided to get this rack because it fit Yakima round bars that I already had. Installation was super easy and the entire unit is very simple. The best part is how secure it hold a bike for such a simple rack. I know there are all sorts of fancy racks with arms, and clamps, and cables, and hitch attachments, etc. But for the price and security of this rack, you can't beat it! I might just buy another one.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 26m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Sleek and functional bike rack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought a blue Pitchfork rack to install on some Yakima round bars, and it has been great so far for short and long highway trip duty with both a road bike and XC mtn bike. The rack was an easy under-10-minute install and feels solid despite the super-sleek dish (more confidence-inspiring than deeper-dish fork mount racks I've owned in the past from the bigger rack makers). The beefiest part of the system is the fork clamp, which cleverly looks and operates like a screwdriver for adjustment then folds 90-degrees to lever the clamp firmly closed. 100% satisfied thus far.

    Avg. ride time: 18m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    nice quality

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have the thule for the hitch and one of these on top of an FJ. Works well and the quality is better than the thule.

    Unanswered Question

    are oval shaped bar adapters available?...

    are oval shaped bar adapters available? for factory bars on ford 04 escape...

    Good for holding your bikes on your car

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these on account of I have both Thule and Yakima racks (don't ask me why) and I like that they work with both. I strapped 'em to my Crossroads, put my bike up there and drove all the way to St. George. When I got there, the bike was still on my car. 5 stars for that.

    I will say they don't do me much good when the Ogres come out, and it took me forever to move a pile of hay with 'em, but for bikes they are money.

    Good for holding your bikes on your car

    Slick Rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have two of the Euro version of the Pitchfork mounted to my Thule Aero crossbars. It's about as quiet as a rack can get and still clamps down on bikes like a gator.

    The tray on this mount is minimal. It doesn't have much of a side to it, but it doesn't need it. Rocky Mounts used as much aluminum as they had to to hold a bike securely and didn't use an ounce more. It makes for a lightweight and very aero mount.

    The skewer is, in my opinion, the best in the business. It has a phenomenal mechanism built into it that provides a ton of clamping force without requiring too much effort to close. The skewer is also easy to adjust for different forks.

    I also like the rear strap. I thought it would be difficult to tighten without any ratchet mechanism, but I've discovered that ratcheting is unnecessary. It is a tight squeeze with the 2.4 Ardents on my single-speed mtn bike, but they fit. Smaller tires don't have a fit issue.

    Two things could use improvement. The Pitchfork requires two locks: one in the skewer to lock the bike and one in the housing to lock the Pitchfork to the crossbar. Yakima and Thule get it done with one. Also, if you slot-mount the rear, the bracket provides a bit of play in the assembly which can cause some annoying rattling. A bit of rubber fixed this.

    Overall, a damn fine looking bike mount that performs well. I recommend it. Get two if you want to drive yourself and a buddy to the trail. Get one if you'd rather he drive himself.