Rogue Monster Lite Rig 2.0 Review
updated August 3, 2018
The Rogue Monster Lite Rig 2.0 is an evolutionary step forward from the first version of this multi use apparatus. There are now beefed up 3 x 3 inch beams across the top of the unit to make it even more rigid. The outside of the the uprights now have 2 inch on center holes for greater bar placement options.
This unit is a hybrid of the Infinity and Monster series of rigs. This makes it the ideal fit for the person looking for a less beefy version of the Monster that offers more rigidity than the Infinity.
The Monster Lite Rig 2.0 Up Close
The Monster Lite Rig features Rogue’s toughest steel framing, with 3 x 3 inch square 11 gauge tubing and ⅝ inch hardware. When bolted to the floor this will provide you with a great deal of rigidity and strength. Two inch on center hole spacings on the outside of the upright bars allows you to add on attachment units as well as providing more bar options.
Monster Lite Rig 2.0 can be customized to your space and user requirements. It will instantly create multiple bench press and squat stations as well as pull up platforms. As with the other models in the Rogue rig range, it is available in four sizes (10’, 14’, 20’ and 24’). These allow from between 2 and 6 squat racks and between 6 and 14 pull up bars. The unit can be continually expanded by 4 foot x 6 foot section to provide you with an infinite number of possibilities.
The key difference between this unit and the more hardcore Monster is that the hardware (bolts, etc) on the Monster Lite are ⅝ inch, whereas those on the Monster are 1 inch. This makes the Monster more solid and secure. Unless you’re going to be throwing around ridiculous amounts of weight though, that difference should not be a safety factor.
The rig does not come with plate holders as standard, which is a bit of a disappointment. They will cost you an extra hundred or so dollars for four. When you purchase a rig from Rogue you become eligible for free delivery.
- 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel upright framing
- Two-inch center holes on the outside of the uprights
- Infinite expansion possibilities
- No plate holders
Rogue Monster Lite Alternatives
The Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack is a single user rack that provides a basic level of support for benching, squatting and doing pull ups. It has 2 x 2 inch steel uprights, making them an inch smaller than the Monster Lite. It provides you with two inch on center holes from the top to the bottom of the uprights, allowing for plenty of bar placement options when benching, squatting and deadlifting.
You get a 1 1/4 inch pull up bar which is set at 68.5 inches to give you plenty of room to move. Round steel j-hooks provide you with a secure, safe spotting mechanism. Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack is a very affordable entry level single unit rack that will provide you with the strength and rigidity you need.
- Budget single user rack
- Strong and rigid
- Steel j-hooks
- Uprights not as strong as the Monster Lite
The Rogue Infinity Rig is the next step back from the Monster Lite. The key difference between the two is that the Infinity Rig makes use of 2 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel uprights, compared with 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel with the Monster Lite. For most home gym users, however, this should provide a perfectly adequate level of strength and rigidity. As with the Monster Lite, the hardware that comes with the Infinity rig is ⅝ inches.
The Infinity rig is able to be expanded in 4 x 5 foot sections. The base unit is available in four sizes, with the largest (24’) providing six squat / bench press stations and fourteen pull up stations. Westside hole spacing provides you with plenty of bar placement options.
- Very rigid
- Westside hole spacing
- User friendly j-cups
- Rack width a little tight
The CFF 14’ Rig and Rack system provides you with an array of squat, bench and pull up stations in a secure, solid base. It is made from 2 x 2 inch, 11-gauge steel, which is not quite as solid as the either the Infinity or the Monster Lite. You also get four solid j-hooks to provide you with safety spotter options.
C FF 14’ Rig and Rack is infinitely expandable so you can keep building out your gym as needed. The standard unit comes with four bench press / squat stations and a total of ten pull up bars in a range of heights.
While not as robust or versatile as the Infinity or Monster Lite Rig, the CFF 14’ Rig and Rack system provides a very user friendly robust unit that will be perfectly suitable for intermediate weight trainers.
- Robust and secure
- Lots of pull up options
- Solid and safe spotting system
- Not as strong as the Monster Lite or Infinity Rig
The Rogue Monster Lite Rig is a hardcore rig and rack system that provides you with some heavy hitting gym functionality. It is a bridging unit between Rogue’s most popular rig, the Infinity, and it’s beefiest model, the Monster 2.0. Advanced trainers who are looking to set up a hardcore unit for multiple users will find that the Monster Lite Rig more than meets their needs.
For those who are looking for a single user entry level into the power rack market, the Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack is a good option. If you’re needs are for a pared down version of the Monster Lite, consider the CFF 14’ Rig and Rack system or the Infinity System.