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Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Want a sturdy rack that's built like a tank
  • Are looking for a good value
  • Want easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area when on the road or at the trailhead

No, if you:

  • Don't want to mess with trying to lift and install a heavy rack
  • Have carbon frame or custom painted bikes
This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks. Call 800-298-1624 to order Swagman hitch bike racks part number S64683 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Swagman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Swagman
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.


  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Padded hooks on ratcheting arms hold bikes securely by the frame
  • Sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps let you carry bikes with different wheelbases
    • Fat bike cradles (sold separately) let you carry bikes with 5" tires
  • Spring-loaded release levers allow rack to tilt and fold
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
    • Removable adapter sleeve lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitches
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Durable steel construction with black powder coat is rust resistant


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity (per bike): 45 lbs
  • Maximum tire width: 3.0"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • Wheel diameter: 20" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 12-1/2"
    • End of rack when folded down: 25"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 6"
  • Carrier weight: 47 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Padded, Ratcheting Hooks

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Carrier

The Chinook's mast has a pair of ratcheting hooks that hold your bikes securely by the top tube. And because they move independently, you can carry bikes of different shapes and sizes. The hooks have soft padding that won't scratch or scuff your bike's paint.

Sliding Wheel Cradles

Adjustable Wheel Trays

The wheel cradles slide to accommodate bikes with different wheelbases. Hand knobs let you release the cradles to slide along the bike tray and adjust for your specific bike lengths. Each cradle has a ratcheting strap so you can secure your bikes' wheels during transport. If you need to carry fat bikes, there are cradles (sold separately) that let you carry bikes with tires up to 5" wide.

Tilting, Folding Design

Fold ForwardFold Up For Storage

A spring-loaded release lever in the base of the rack lets you tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access. You can also use that same lever to fold the rack up against your vehicle for storage. A second spring-loaded release lever lets you fold the mast down so you can fold the rack up.

Complete Security

Threaded Locking Hitch PinThreaded Locking Hitch Pin

The ratcheting hooks have lock cores in the release buttons so you can secure your bikes to the rack. Simply slide the hooks over your bikes' top tubes until they click and lock them in place. There is also a keyed-alike locking hitch pin that secures the rack to your vehicle. The hitch pin works with a built-in anti-wobble device in the shank to eliminate rattle in the hitch receiver during transport.

Removable Adapter Sleeve

Adapter Sleeve

The rack has a removable aluminum sleeve that lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitches.

64683 Swagman Chinook Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier - 1-1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Tilting

Item # S64683

Installation Details S64683 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - S64683

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (346 Customer Reviews)

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.

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The install was super easy following along with the video. The Chinook is excellent quality. A year later and lots of local trips and two trips from PA to Florida and the rack is still in perfect condition. The key for us is IT DOESN'T RATTLE ON THE HIGHWAY! If I had to listen to 14 hours of rattling on I95 the bikes and rack would have been on the side of the highway. Exceptional value and quality!

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Overall value 5/5 Overall features 4.5/5 Overall quality 4/5 Assembly instructions that do not have a parts list??? Instructions poorly (not horribly) written. Luckily it's easy to assemble. Like the overall rack. Fits modern 29" mountain bike without issue.

Not great, had to upgrade Would rate it a three start product in retrospect. Much of the hardware is cheap. Having a single rail to move wheel cradle son really limits adjustments.
David I - 06/09/2021

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Great 2 bike rack, it's heavier than I thought but easy to assemble. The bikes are easy to load/unload and they stay very secured while you drive. My only concern is the tire cradles when you're not using the rack they are easy to be stolen. I bought a wire lock to add a little more security. Anyway I'm happy with my purchase.

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I was looking for a more sturdy bike rack than my previous one so I upgraded to the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack. Product is easy to use although a bit heavier than my other bike rack. I like that the bikes are easily locked without a separate piece of equipment. One of the pieces was chipped and etrailer quickly sent out a replacement part. Very satisfied with the product and the service.

Good - I leave on the truck year round because it is too heavy to remove. Still working well and keeps bikes safe when locked.
Maureen D - 07/02/2021

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Great product! It’s my second year, but I used it almost every day and kept it for the whole season on my car. I removed only for Chicago winter. I did few longer road trips, bikes were always safe. I like the locks, and bikes are pretty stable, even on the highway. The only issue I had, I lost one tray and I had to replace it, but it wasn’t difficult to find and buy another one. Definitely recommend!

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This is an awesome bike rack and it went together great, no problems at all and it looks great on my Honda CR-V, we are very pleased with our purchase.

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Still working great. Have only done a few local trips with two bikes, but I've made two round trips between Maryland and Rhode Island with one bike and haven't had a problem. Holds the bike very stable. I have a CR-V, and the rack folds back nicely with bikes on for opening the rear door. One of our bikes is an old women's 10-speed, and I have to use a frame adapter for it; no big deal. It's a bit heavy but nothing unmanageable.

Its still working fine. I remove it from the car when not in use because Im worried about it getting rained on and rusty, so its not much fun carrying back and forth tofrom my house, but plenty easy to put in and take out of the hitch. It still seems to be very stable when driving with the bikes on. Following up on my update of a year ago, I had indicated I needed to use an adapter to make an old womens 10-speed fit, but I have since figured out a way to put it on without the adapter.
Hans - 07/21/2021

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waited a few weeks to review in order to fully use the rack as intended. First off, assembly was a breeze. I mounted this on a 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6 with a 2" receiver hitch. With 2 mountain bikes mounted up the rack showed very little to no sway while driving. The rack is very solidly built. The included wheel trays will fit up to a 3" wide tire (tested with a Specialized Fuse Comp 27.5+). The tilting feature gives plenty of room for the rear hatch to open. Levers for the tilt function and the support bar are solid and lock into place very well. The only real negative with this is that it does block the rear view camera and back up sensors but that is to be expected with something that is mounted right in front of the bumper. Overall, well worth the wait for it to arrive back in stock and highly recommend the Swagman Chinook over the pricier Thule Doubletrack.

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We bought the Swagman Chinook Hitch Bike Rack a year ago for our 2017 Subaru Forester. We had to have a hitch installed and the rack attached. It was too heavy for us to do it ourselves. But we needed an easier option than lifting our bikes onto the hanging rack we had. We realized we weren't riding as much as we wanted because it was such a hassle to get the bikes up and on the rack. This platform solved that problem, and now we ride several times a week. It is so much easier to handle the bikes now. We live in a high traffic, hilly area so we aren't comfortable riding on city streets. But now we can easily load the bikes and get to greenways and trails where we can safely ride. Great solution! We have talked with other older couples who have racks similar to our old hanging rack. They express frustration. But they also say adding a hitch + this Chinook rack is "too expensive". Yes, it does cost. But hey, our health--we're in our mid-70's--is worth everything, and if this means we ride more, it's money well spent. It too awhile to learn the steps when loading and unloading but now it takes only minutes. Thanks, Swagman!

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Truly grooving on my wife's new Swagman Chinook bike rack. She wanted to be able to transport her nice road bike easily without throwing it in the back of her car, and since a roof rack is out of the question, this Swagman model fit the bill perfectly. It arrived quickly on the anticipated date. Kudos to etrailer.com for the email updates to keep me informed of my purchase. Within one hour, it was installed on my wife's 2014 Mazda3 hatchback. The Swagman is heavy and solid, which is reassuring as it makes me feel confident that it will keep the bikes secure. It also makes me feel like I got my money's worth. A ratchet wrench and Phillip's head screwdriver were the only tools required for the easy install. I did my research before purchasing the Chinook model as I was also eyeballing a very similar Thule rack that was slightly more expensive. I spoke with an etrailer.com expert who gave me the lowdown on both models. Ultimately, the Swagman won out because it has a smaller 'footprint' while extended or folded up ... and also can tilt away from the car for easy access to the hatchback area. Very convenient! FYI: Mazda doesn't make a trailer hitch for the Mazda3 as it's a small car with a small engine and has no business towing anything. Thankfully, the Curt company makes an aftermarket frame and trailer hitch that fits the Mazda3 hatchback perfectly with no drilling. Stupidly, I purchased it from another online company thinking I was getting a good deal. Turns out etrailer.com had it for less with FREE shipping. Oh well ... live and learn. Now I know that etrailer.com is one-stop shopping for bike racks AND trailer hitches. (Full disclosure: I had the garage down the street install the frame as it's easier with a lift) Only snafu: the shipment contained an extra set of keys that I assumed was for the hitch bolt lock (there was also a set of keys on the bolt itself). I spent 15 minutes using those keys trying to figure out how to remove the lock from the bolt to install it on the hitch. The keys just wouldn't turn in the lock. I called etrailer.com and Kevin told me to try the other set of keys ... and they worked. So an extra set of keys came with it that did absolutely nothing ... weird! Obviously, I can't speak to the longevity and durability of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack as I just installed it. What I can speak to is the sturdiness of it, the ease of the installation and my complete satisfaction with the good folks at etrailer.com.

Its been a year and my wife thinks her Swagman dual bike rack is the cats meow. Its works as well as the day we purchased it with absolutely no issues. The best thing a bout the rack is how easy it is to put back on the car. My wife, out of the blue, said she wanted to go riding and that she needs the rack. I took it out of the shed, []ed it into the hitch, tightened the bolt with a ratchet wrench, and 5 minutes later, she was good to go!
Steve H - 05/08/2019

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I ordered the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack on line from etrailer and so far have been very satisfied. The bike rack was delivered in less than a week. Unpacking the rack and assembly was fairly straightforward. I have read some reviews that complained the assembly instructions were a bit vague. I didn't have a problem but can see where others without a mechanical background get confused. The rack is very sturdy, but there is some side to side play in the tilt mechanism. I'm not sure this can be avoided with a rack that folds down. Installing the Curt trunk stabilizing strap takes most of the sway out of the rack. Installation is fairly easy and quick. It takes me 6 - 7 minutes to install the back on my hitch, and to install the bike and be ready to drive away. That seems reasonable to me. So far I've only loaded 1 bike. I've included pictures of my installation on a 2014 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan. Clearance between the bikes, the rack and the car are good. With the bike loaded in the inside, most forward position, I have 6" clearance between the pedal and the bumper. With the bike removed, the center support folded flat and the rack folded up in the storage position, I have 4" clearance between the closest part of the bike rack (the fold down hinge assembly) and the back bumper of the car. I am able to open the trunk of the car without removing the bikes or using the tilt feature, but I do have to remove the stabilizing strap first. Overall, I'm very pleased with the bike rack and think it will serve me much better than my old strap on rack. Since the weather has been cool since getting the bike carrier, I haven't taken any long trips to give it a real workout.

Im still very pleased with the bike rack. Have taken several 200 mile trips with 2 bikes and am very satisfied.
Capt J - 03/21/2018

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I purchased this rack for my 2014 Subaru Forester. I originally bought a used Thule rack that hung the bikes from the top tube (or the top tube adapter, in the case of my mountain bikes), but my bike hung too low. After much research into various racks, I selected this Swagman Chinook. The ratings were good, the price was right, and it had all the features of a much more expensive rack. The rack was very easy to put together upon arrival, and it took me just a few minutes to adjust it to my mountain bike's size. I really like the fact that the rack locks to the car and also locks the bikes down to the rack. The rack tilts in easily to the vehicle when not in use. It's easy to put the rack on and take off of my car as well. I found the easiest way to load my bike (Niner RIP 9) is to raise the top hook to the tallest height and then lower the top tube hook rack. After I put the bike wheels in the tray and ratchet them down with the padded straps, I swing the top tube rack up and lock it down. If I attempted to load the bike with the top tube rack up, I had to really maneuver the bike around it while trying to get the wheels seated, and worried I'd scratch my car. I took it on a trip up north on a very windy day, and there was no sway. So many great features at a price that can't be beat.

Pretty good after a year. Discovered I need to re-tighten the hitch bolt where it connects the rack to the hitch - it loosens off with time. Otherwise, an excellent rack.
Theresa - 06/21/2019

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This bike rack is very sturdy, which adds to its hefty weight. Overall, it secures my bikes very well and the locking mechanism for both the hitch and bikes seems to be of good quality. The bikes would probably have to be damaged to be removed from the rack while it's locked, so that's about as much as you could ask for I guess. I bought this to enable transport of my triathlon bike with a disc wheel, which works perfect, even without the rear wheel strapped. The bike secures very snugly, so it doesn't shake around at all, although there is minimal play in the hitch...only very slight sway. For the price, quality, and utility, I'd definitely recommend this rack!

The bike rack is still holding up well. We use it almost every weekend and its been great. No issues whatsoever.
Joshua M - 01/15/2018

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This bike rack does everything I need you want a bike rack to do - and at a reasonable price. It holds the biked snuggly but has rubber coating to protect the bikes. It ha locks for the bikes and where it attaches to the hitch. It is light enough and easy enough to take off. It folds up when not in use and it tilts easily to allow access to the rear lift gate. We looked for a long time but we got the right rack!

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After quite a bit of research, I purchased the Swagman Chinook bike rack from etrailer.com. Shipping was very fast, only a few days. Using the printed instruction pamphlet AND the video, which is on the Swagman website, I was able to properly assemble and install the rack in about 30 minutes. I loaded 2 bikes and took the vehicle for a test ride. The rack performs as described. It holds the bikes securely and transports them with very little movement - it is a solid product. I do like the way the rack tilts away from the vehicle for access to the cargo area, and also the way it folds up tight to the vehicle. This rack is a great value for the price paid. I highly recommend the Chinook for safely transporting 2 bikes, and I am completely satisfied with the way etrailer.com handled the entire transaction. Thanks to all!

After a year with this bike rack, I am still completely satisfied with this purchase. Along with normal local transporting, I did a 3500 mile Fall road trip with my bike on board and had no problems whatsoever. This rack does what it is supposed to do. Some normal maintenance is required like any piece of gear. Keep it clean, lubricate various areas, check for tightness of bolts, and I store it in the garage when not in use. I have no thoughts of considering another bike rack - this Chinook is just the ticket for me.
BOB P - 03/07/2021

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One year later I'm still delighted with this bike rack. I love that it is so versatile, allowing me to open the RAV4 back hatch using the tilt feature. The bicycle rides so securely and without wiggle at all. I also feel confident in the security of the locking features. This was one of the best purchases I've ever made! My only frustration is that I cannot use this bike rack when I am towing my new camper, which has zero to do with the product. Sad face.

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Used our Swagman Chinook 2 bike platform for the first time today. My wife and I really like it. Drove about 60 miles to a rail trail at a state park. Easy to load and unload, travels well on the highway and secondary roads. Love the ability to tilt the rack with the bikes on for easy access to the rear door of our Subaru Outback. It appears to be a very well made carrier. It does weigh almost 50 lbs, and that is our only complaint.

One year later and we have used it numerous times. Still works great, no complaints.
Howard - 07/05/2018

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This is a decent bike rack for the price. It is sturdy and works really well with my hatchback. It doesn't take very long to install. It took me and a friend less than two hours total. The only reason I took off a star is because getting the bike into position closest to the car can be tricky and awkward. Not sure how to make this better. It does get easier the more I use it, but I have managed to smack myself in the face with my bike a few times. I have recommend this bike rack to other friends.

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The Swagmann Chinook 2-bike platform rack is EXACTLY what I was looking for! As a 61 year old single woman, I had trepidations about assembling the carrier myself, BUT after watching an assembly video and reading the instructions through, it was quite easy to assemble! I did each step with the video & written instructions, pausing the video as I went. I would recommend using both, as there are helpful hints in each that aren't in both. The whole carrier is very sturdy and secures the bike very well. There is a 3 point "strap-down" system that holds the bike on .... the hook that tightens down on the bike bar and then each tire has a strap that secures it even more. I've only carried one bike so far, but I'm sure it will handle 2 bikes with no problem. There is a SLIGHT wobble when going on bumpy areas, but it's minimal. I would recommended checking that your bolts remain tightened from time to time. I like that the part that goes into the trailer hitch and the hooks that secure the bike are lockable. I've been in situations where I've had to leave my car with my bike on it in public places, and I felt like my bike was safe. I locked the hooks & used my bike lock, but I would not leave it like that for hours on end...any lock is breakable. I do keep the hooks locked when not in use. The whole carrier tilts out to make loading and unloading easier.... it is also beneficial for opening the car's trunk. My bike is quite heavy, so this feature is a huge plus for me. When not in use, the whole thing folds down and tilts towards the car, to where it only sticks out from the back of the car by about 15 inches. I'm still able to park my car in the garage without having to remove the carrier! I don't have to use the tilt-out feature for opening the trunk of my Subaru Forester even when it is folded toward the car. I spent a little more than I had hoped to, but I am 100% pleased with my purchase, and given the chance to purchase something else, I would choose the same product again.

After a year, I still love it! Carries 2 bikes easily and even with bikes loaded, the tilt-out feature allows me to access the trunk of my Subaru Forester. I have tightened the bolts twice...once because I thought maybe I should : the second time because I noticed a slight wobble developing. Simple fix! Ive not regretted this purchase at all, and would still buy it again.
Martha - 01/07/2021

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We love it. It was easy to put on. Love how it folds up too. We notice after one year now it needs some silicone so the parts will move better. Highl

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This bike rack is extremely easy to use and compact. Adjusting it for the various bikes we ride is an easy task. I would highly recommend it to anyone. It has exactly met my expectations. The only drawback and is easily solved is that it is hard to see at night without bikes mounted on it. A quick trip to your favorite hardware store to purchase some reflective tape solves this issue.

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Love my new Swagman Chinook 2-bike rack! Impressive packaging to protect product for shipping. Assembled easily and transports my bike beautifully. I appreciate easy adjustments, multi-folding features, sturdy design and locks: 1) from rack to car receiver and 2) locking bike(s) onto rack.

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Things I wanted in a platform bike rack: -Rack that could accommodate at least a 49" wheel base -At least 35 lbs per bike capacity, but preferably 45 lbs -A Rack that could fold up and out of the way without hitting the bumper or interfering with the rear hatch opening. -A rack that would have enough clearance to still open the hatch with the bikes mounted and tilted away. -My bike (that I was concerned about fitting): 2017 Trek Fuel EX 7 29er, size XXL. This rack hit all of those requirements! I was a bit hesitant because there was no confirmed fitment for the 2014+ Forester (beyond some measurements), but I ordered it anyway. I'm happy to report that the rack fits perfectly. I attached pictures that show that there is plenty of clearance when the bike is mounted, bike is mounted and tilted away (to open the hatch), and when the rack is folded up (to clear bumper and open the rear hatch). Rack itself: -Assembly and installation was fairly easy. The directions could be somewhat confusing, but read carefully and pay attention and it will be easy. -The cam locks that are used to tilt/fold the rack and to release the vertical arm are much more convenient than having to remove and re-insert a pin. --there is some up and down play from the tilt/fold cam lock, but it actually does not cause excess movement when the bikes are mounted and the car is moving, hitting bumps, turning, etc. -Very minimal movement from the rack while in motion. -The padding on the hooks is fairly hard, so I did buy some pipe insulation to protect the top tube on my bikes. -The rack hooks lock and there is a lock for the hitch pin. No cables necessary! -The wheel trays are very sturdy and easy to adjust. -The price was very reasonable, especially considering that locks are included. Regarding etrailer.com -awesome database of information AND the best prices that I could find. -the support team is also very responsive and helpful. I'm very happy with my hitch rack so far, and I'm very happy to have ditched my roof bike carriers!

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I have been using this with 1 bike (not 2 yet) for about a month now, and it has worked great for me so far. Yes it is pretty heavy and still has movement going over bumps, but it seems very strong. I just took the 2nd bike tire mounts off until I need them. Everything is metal on this except the bike frame ratchet track and button mostly. I use it on a 2014 sonic hatchback with the trailer hitch I bought from here as well. I recommend this for people not wanting to risk scratching the paint on their car. The pictures make it look like it sticks way past the sides of my car, but that's not correct.

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Ask the Experts about this Swagman Hitch Bike Racks

  • Comparing the Weight of the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack and the Swagman XTC2
    These are two good choices! The Swagman XTC 2 # S64670 weighs in at roughly 32-lbs and the Chinook # S64683 weighs about 47-lbs, so if you're looking for the lightest weight rack it's definitely going to be the XTC 2. However, if you're not concerned with the weight difference, the Chinook would be my recommendation since it tilts away from the vehicle to allow you access to the rear cargo area with the bikes still loaded on the rack. I'll also mention that both of these bike racks...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit for 2020 Mazda CX-30
    There is a trailer hitch receiver that fits your 2020 Mazda CX-30, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT64MR. This is a bolt-on installation that doesn't require any type of trimming of the fascia or bumper of your CX-30. I have added a link to the installation instructions for you to check out as well. The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT64MR is a Class I hitch, which means it does require a compatible Class I bike rack such as the Swagman Chinook # S64683 or RockyMounts...
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  • Swagman Cable Lock S2005 to Use with Swagman Shinook S64683
    Yes, since the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 comes with the hitch pin lock you can upgrade the setup to also having a cable lock as well with part # S2005.
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  • Why Shouldnt the Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack be Used for a Carbon Bike Frame
    Because the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 uses hooks that will make contact with the frame of your carbon bike. Technically your bike will fit with this rack, but carbon frames are much more sensitive so you want a bike rack that makes no contact with your bike frame to help keep your bike frame safe. For your application I recommend using the Yakima HoldUp which accomplishes this for you by using hooks that secure your bike by the wheel. This will be compatible with...
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  • What are the Differences Between the Swagman Chinook and the Swagman Current?
    Yes, both the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and the Swagman Current # S64678 will be able to accommodate a women's bike with a low crossbar. To answer your second question, the Current will be able to accommodate a standard road bike. As far as the differences between the two racks, there are two main differences. The Current has a per-bike weight capacity 60 pounds compared to the Chinook's 45 pounds. Secondly, the Current comes with fat-bike to work with bikes with tires up to 5 inches...
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  • Will the Swagman Chinook Fit on a 2019 Keystone Montana HC 330RL Fifth-Wheel Trailer?
    I have a great option for you. I confirmed with Swagman that the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # S64683 is not compatible on your 2019 Keystone Montana HC 330RL Fifth-Wheel due to the extra torque experienced when the trailer goes over bumps or rough terrain. Although, the Swagman Original - 3 Bike Rack # S64152-2 will work with your 2019 Keystone Montana HC 330RL Fifth Wheel. The steel construction of the Original will give it extra strength to withhold the torque your trailer...
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  • Does Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Come with Cable Lock
    Yes the Swagman Chinook bike rack part # S64683 does come with an anti-rattle hitch pin/lock. This does not come with the locking cable you mentioned but if you wanted to add that you could with the part # S2005 and that would be all you'd need. This doesn't come with anything aside from the cable.
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  • Can the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Be Used With Fat Tire Bikes
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack part # S64683 will accommodate bike's with tires up to 3" wide. That said, if you were to add the Fat Bike Adapter Kit part # S64694 it could then accommodate bike's with tires up to 5" wide. The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 Bike Rack part # HR200Z-FB is a more cost effective option that already comes with a fat tire adapter that accommodate bike's with tires up to 5" wide. The Swagman Chinook 2 and Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 both come with...
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  • Could Swagman Chinook Fold Down and Allow Rear Door of 2019 Mazda CX-5 to Open
    Yes, based on our experiences with very similar vehicles with the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 that you referenced your rear door would easily be able to open with the rack tilted down. I attached a picture that shows the rear hatch of a very similar vehicle opening with the rack tilted down and you can see there's plenty of clearance. If you need a trailer hitch installed as well the # e98902 provides very similar clearances to the hitch in the picture I attached....
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  • Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Used With the LIV/Giant Flourish - Alternative Frame Bike
    If you like the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes, # S64683 it will work for you if you use the Swagman Deluxe Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Alternative Frames, # 64005. The spring-loaded tube extends from 24-3/8" to 33-3/4" to ensure a snug fit on most bikes that then provides a horizontal mounting point for the padded hooks of the Swagman Chinook, # S64683. The swagman Chinook is a great bike rack at a very reasonable price, currently holding a 4.8 rating from well over 300 reviewers....
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  • What Is The Best Hitch-Mount Bike Rack For Transporting 2 Bikes On A 2018 Toyota Prius?
    The Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # S64683 is indeed a popular and high-quality option. I have not heard of any complaints on this rack and it sounds like it will suit your needs well, so I certainly recommend going with this one. The Chinook tilts back to allow access to the trunk on most vehicles, all while bikes are still loaded. The adjustable padded hook fits tightly over a variety of bike sizes and styles, however, if you plan to transport a step-thru...
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  • Will Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Fit on a 2021 Kia Soul
    As long as you have at least 6" from the center of your hitch pin hole to the bumper on your 2021 Kia Soul you will have no problems using the full functions of the Swagman Chinook # S64683. The 6" is with the rack folded up, but when it's folded down you need at least 12-1/2" which is much more doable. If you don't already have a trailer hitch then the Draw-Tite Class I # 24985 will do the trick (provided you don't have the 1.6L Turbo). We haven't had a chance to install this on a Kia...
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  • How to Carry Bike with Fenders on 2010 Honda CR-V
    The Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR fits the hitch for your 2010 Honda CR-V but we do not recommend wheel mounted bike racks for bikes with fenders. If your fenders are easily removable this bike rack will work but that can be a bit of a hassle. I do have a few alternatives that will work for you. The Swagman Chinook # S64683 is a 2 bike platform style frame mount bike rack. The hook secures around the top tube of your bike and the wheels are held in their cradles with a ratcheting...
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  • Will the Swagman Chinook Fit My Jeep Wrangler Rubicon w/ a Spare Tire?
    I have a great solution for you. Unfortunately, if you are using a 2-inch hitch like the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit # e98856 on your 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, you will not have enough space on the shank of the Swagman Chinook # S64683 to clear the spare tire. This is because the length from the center of the shank's pinhole from the closest part of the rack is 6 inches. On the other hand, the length from the etrailer hitch from the center of the pinhole to the end of...
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  • Is Swagman Chinook Compatible with 1-1/4 Inch Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receivers?
    I confirmed with Swagman that the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # S64683 does fit Class 1 hitches so you won't have an issue with that. Just make sure you are not exceeding the weight capacity of your hitch or vehicle.
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  • Can Swagman Current Bike Rack Carry Trek Verve+ 2
    I looked up the Trek Verve+ 2 and it weighs 51 lbs which would easily work on the Swagman Current part # S64683 which has a weight capacity of 60 lbs. The frame design of the Verve is also compatible with the frame clamps of this rack as well.
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  • Options For Lightweight Platform Bike Racks
    The Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack (now discontinued) weighs about 47 lbs and can handle 45 lbs per bike. The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting part # S64683 weighs 47 lbs as well. If you are looking for a nice lightweight platform rack, I recommend the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Black part # SH22B which is 32 lbs and is constructed of aluminum for corrosion resistance. It also tilts away from the...
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  • Difference of Wheel Cradles on Swagman Bike Racks
    The scoops of the Swagman Chinook # S64683 are actually made of metal as well as the loops on the XTC-2 # S64670. The real advantage you get from the scoop style is that they will hold the wheels over a larger area. There are tiered grooves inside the cradle that fit around the bike's tires holding it more secure. The picture I attached shows this although it's kind of hard to see. The loops of the XTC-2 only make contact with the tires in two locations and not on the sides of the...
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  • Best Hitch-Mount Electric Bike Carrier to Fit All Hitch Classes
    There is one electric bike carrier that will deliver all of the characteristics needed for your application, the premium EasyFold Electric Bike carrier from Thule, part # TH903202. This carrier costs more because it is designed and built to be a class-leading product, one that is sold all around the world. Here's why I recommend this rack over all other e-bike carriers. The EasyFold fits all hitch classes: 1, 2 and 3; it has a 65-lb weight rating for each bike so you have extra capacity...
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  • Will the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes fit a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with a Spare Tire?
    The Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # S64683 will fit with a spare tire if the distance from center of hitch pin hole to the end of the spare tire is less than 6 inches. If you need something with a bit more clearance for a spare tire, the Yakima TwoTimer Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # Y02468 allows for 12 inches from the distance from center of hitch pin hole to the end of the spare tire. In addition, the TwoTimer has similar ratchet hook restraints that attach to the frame as the Chinook.
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  • Type of Bike Rack that Wont Scratch Painted Surfaces of Bike Frames
    The towel technique you are already using is probably the best for this type of situation with the Swagman Chinook you have. Your best solution would honestly be a different bike rack. This is why bike racks that only touch the tires of the bikes are better overall like with the Kuat Transfer part # KU74FR. Since the rack only touches the tires of the bike you never have to worry about damage to the frame. I attached a review video for more info on this rack as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie Bike Rack
    Your Electra Townie does have a very low top tube on the frame. If you wanted to use the Chinook part # S64683 you would have to use an adapter bar like part # UB01 to give the rack something to grab onto. Otherwise you would need to go with a bike rack that grabs the bikes by the tires instead. The closest rack to what you referenced that we offer for this would be the Kuat Transfer part # KU74FR. I attached a review video for this rack. This would be the route I would recommend over...
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  • Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Fit For Woman's Step Through Frame 18 Inches From the Ground W/O Adapter Bar
    Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # S64683 will go down to 12 inches, so you will not have any issue with the frame 18 inches from the ground. Swagman does recommend the bike adapter # 64005 for lower frames like that just to add a higher point of contact for less movement, but it is not required. This is a very nice bike rack that comes with the lock for the hitch and the bikes. It also has a very nice tilting feature for easier access...
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  • Compatibility of Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Rack on 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 will absolutely work on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4. The best way to show clearances for fit is to measure from your hitch's pin hole. From the center of the hitch pin hole, the closest part of the rack when folded up for storage is 6 inches. The closest part of the rack when folded down for use is 12-1/2 inches and the end of the rack from that same point is 25 inches. This is a very nice frame mounted platform...
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  • Bike Rack for an RV and a 2021 Jeep Wrangler
    I have a great solution for you! It's the Swagman Chinook 2, part # S64683. It can be used on motorhomes and fits 1-1/4" and 2" receivers. It can handle 2 bikes at 45 lbs. each. The threaded pin reduces sway, and it secures bikes by their frames. Also, it has the fold-up and tilt-away functions that make it very convenient. I've linked to a video review of this rack for you to look at. If the frame-mount feature or the 45-lb limit is something you need to address, let me know and...
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  • Swagman Chinnok not Tightening Down
    This can be resolved by tightening up the included anti rattle bolt. The bolt is designed to tighten the shank of the rack to the outer tube of the hitch securing it incredibly tightly. If you don't have yours you can replace it with the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin part # S64029. If you did have your bolt in place and it still wasn't tight you need to check the point in which the rack pivots and check to ensure those bolts are tight. These and the other bolts on the rack...
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  • How to Best Discourage Theft of Bikes
    You're right. Any lock can be defeated by a thief with the time and sometimes the tools to do so. Locks are primarily included on items like bike racks to act as deterrents. In other words, to an extent they "work" sometimes just by encouraging the thief to take another bike that will be easier to steal than yours. Bolt cutters, hack saws and other tools can make short work of stealing a bike or a bike rack or both. There is, sadly, no such thing as "theft-proof". The best way to...
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  • Are Swagman XC and Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Good Choices for 2019 Subaru Outback with Factory Hitch
    Both the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 are great options for your 2019 Subaru Outback, and in fact the Chinook is one of the most popular bike racks for the '19 Outback. I have added a link for you with the most popular 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon Bike Racks which shows this. The Chinook will fit the 1-1/4" hitch on your Outback and is overall one of the best bike racks for the money from any manufacturer. While the XC is a very solid,...
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  • Does the Swagman Chinook Sit Higher than the XTC-2
    On the Swagman Chinook # S64683 I calculate the distance from the top of the shank that fits into the receiver to the bottoms of the insides of the wheel trays to be approximately 5 inches. On the XTC # S64670 it is closer to 4 inches but that is deceptive since the wheel hoops don't have a bottom. Ultimately they are pretty close so if you like the Chinook it would not be much harder, if at all, than the XTC.
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