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Recommended Hitch-Mount 4-Bike Platform Bike Carrier for 2 Adult and 1 Kids Bikes  

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Im trying to decide which platform bike rack would be best. I have a standard mens bike. a ladies bike with stepthrough frame. and kids 20inch bike. i think im leaning toward the saris freedom 4. but also looking at the other platform options such as the swagman xtc. i think with the variety of bikes that the two arm hanging models would be too complicated. any advice would be appreciated.

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The Saris Freedom 4 Bike Platform Rack for 2-inch hitches, part # SA4414B, and the Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Rack # S64665, both offer a mix of excellent features that make each one versatile for transporting a variety of bike frame sizes and styles. Two key differences between them are the amount of clearance each offers from the hitch pin hole and the sizes of bike wheelbases that are compatible.

The Saris Freedom 4, when folded up in its storage position, provides 6-inches of space between the hitch pin hole and the nearest part of the rack. It's maximum bike wheelbase is 44-1/2-inches. The Swagman XTC 4 offers 3-1/2-inches of clearance when folded but does work with longer wheelbases - from 27-1/2-inches to 61-inches. One linked article will show you how to measure your vehicle to confirm clearance compatibility and the other will help you consider the designs of the bikes to ensure a good rack fit.

Assuming both are a good fit for your vehicle and bikes, I would go for the Saris for its lower weight and since it is USA-made. Both racks carry a limited lifetime warranty and review videos for both are linked for you.

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