Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 Review
updated August 3, 2018
When you’re ready to step into the hardcore training lane, you’re gonna need a heavy duty rig to work from. When it comes to hardcore, Rogue know how to deliver. Their re-engineered Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 has added 11 new features over the first design. Even better it is totally customizable to suit your (and your buddies’) unique training demands.
In this article we get up close and personal with the Rogue Monster Rig 2.0. We also take a look at three Rogue competitors to allow you to make the most informed purchasing decision possible.
The Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 Up Close
The Rogue Monster 2.0 is an extremely solid unit. It is made from 3 x 3, 11-gauge steel and each rig section is fortified by 3 x 3-inch beams for even greater support. A great addition to this revamped rig is that all four faces of the uprights have 2-inch on center hole spacing for more placement options.
Throughout the bench press region of the uprights the rig has one inch hole spacings to allow you to customize when setting up your bench work. These new uprights, with two inch and one inch hole spacings are also available as additions to your current rig. The Monster 2.0 replaces the old parallel bar cross member with a beam and pull up bar cross member. The extra beam adds a huge amount of rigidity to the rig, allowing up to 10 people to train on it at once with absolutely no problems.
The rack version of the Monster 2.0 features a 70-inch cross member at both the top and bottom. An upright tube and bracket creates a power rack within the rig. The rack is adjustable to 40, 30 and 24 inches. The rig is manufactured in four standard lengths (10”, 14”, 20”, 24”). Depending on the size you get, it will provide you with between two and six squat / bench stations and between seven and sixteen pull up stations.
At a little under $3000 this rack does cost a lot, but the quality durability and versatility are worth the price-tag.
- Extremely rigid
- Both two-inch and one-inch hole spacings
- Adjustable power rack
Rogue Monster 2.0 Alternatives
In this section, we take a look at three alternatives to the Rogue Monster 2.0 Rig. While none of them can match the Monster in terms of features and quality, they do provide perfectly suitable home gym alternatives across a range of price points. At the lower end of the market is the Valor Athletics Power Rack, followed by the Vulcan Tandem Power Rack and, our personal favorite, the Rogue Infinity.
The Valor Athletics Power rack is a more budget version of a home power rig, being available for under $500. It has a 2-inch by 2-inch, 12 gauge frame. This is about an inch thinner than both the Vulcan and Rogue Monster 2.0. Obviously not as strong as those two units, it is never-the-less perfectly suitable most home gym applications.
Valor Athletics Power Rack comes with a pair of safety spotter bars that are powerful enough to take the force of a dropped bar if you fail during a set. The rack has a total length of 55 inches with a width of 23.5 inches. This provides you with plenty of space to move within the rack.
The Valor rack comes with a built-in lat pulldown unit. There is no attached weight stack, but rather pins to place weight plates on. There are four eight-inch plate storage pegs on the rack.
- Lat pull-down
- Budget price
- Safety spotter bars
- Uprights not as solid as Monster Rogue 2.0
- Not suitable for multi users
The Vulcan Tandem Power Rack is a pared down version of the Monster Rig that comes in at a little over half the price. If you don’t need to have more than two people working on the unit at any one time, this may be a more affordable option for you
Just like the Monster from Rogue, the Vulcan Tandem is made from heavy duty 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel. It provides 2-inch hole spacings along it’s length. Unlike the Rogue Monster this is not compressed to one inch around the bench pressing zone. With 9 x 9 inch wide foot pads, this rig provides you with a very good level of stability.
The Vulcan Tandem allows two people to squat, bench or deadlift at once. However, it does not come with safety spotter arms as standard. You do get a pair of one-inch steel safety rods.
- 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel frame
- 9 x 9 inch wide foot pads
- One-inch safety rods
- Only two people can train on it
- No built-in safety spotter arms (must buy as an extra)
- No one inch bench press hole spacing
The Infinity is Rogue’s most popular home and commercial rack. It features 2 inch by 3 inch eleven gauge steel which, while not as strong as the Monster Rig, still delivers a whole lot of rigidity. The holes and hardware are ⅝ inch.
Just like the Monster 2.0, the Infinity provides you with one inch on center holes throughout the bench press zone. These holes are laser cut for precision. Throughout the squat range, the holes are two inch on center. The Infinity rack is available in four standard lengths (10”, 14”, 20”, 24”). It allows up to twenty people to work out at any one time.
The Infinity is priced at nearly a thousand dollars cheaper than the Monster 2.0. This rugged and versatile device is an ideal option for most trainers, apart from those competing in Strongman competition.
- More affordable than Monster 2.0
- Varied hole spacing
- Steel uprights not as thick
- Not as many pull up / chin up options
The Rogue Monster 2.0 rig is the ultimate multi user home gym power rack. It is incredibly sturdy and durable without the need to bolt it to the floor. This revamp of the original Monster gives more options for pull ups and chin ups as well as allowing you to more precisely customize your bar placement.
For most home trainers, however, we feel that this unit will be more than is required. In light of the price tag, we suggest going with a slightly pared back, cheaper option.
Beginner and intermediate trainers will find the Valor Athletics Power rack to be perfectly adequate to meet their squatting, bench press and deadlifting needs. More advanced trainers who are only after a rig for two people max should consider the Vulcan Tandem. But if you’re after a very solid multi user rig that fits more comfortably into your budget we recommend sticking with Rogue, but going down to the Infinity Power Rack.