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Difference of Wheel Cradles on Swagman Bike Racks

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When looking at the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks tell me why would one want the plastic wheel cradles over the metal loop type?

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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 tires at all so they allow the bikes to vibrate more than the scoops.

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Charles S

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