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Comparison Of Swagman Platform Racks With Chinook VS. Semi 2.0

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I am planning to use a bike rack for my 2014 Mazda3 hatchback with a 1.25inch receiver hitch and 2014 Ram 1500 with a 2inch receiver hitch. The Swagman line seems like a good alternative to the more expensive Thule products. Its hard to tell the big differences between the Swagman Chinook and Semi 2.0 models, and whether or not the Semi 2.0 is worth the extra cost. We will be using the rack for a hybrid bike and full suspension mountain bike. Any thoughts? Thank you!

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The Swagman brand is a good alternative to Thule if you are looking to save money without compromising on the quality of the product. The Swagman bike racks like the Chinook # S64683 and Semi 2.0 # S64686, are both very good racks that are compatible with both the 1-1/4 inch receiver on your 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback and your 2014 Ram 1500 with 2 inch receiver. Both of them can be used with a hybrid bike and full suspension mountain bike.

They both use a hook to secure the bikes to the carrier, but the Semi 2.0 uses a wheel hook to secure it. This is a much nicer option that gives you a cleaner view from most backup camera systems and is better for lighter weight frames like the carbon fiber ones where you don't want the clamp to hold the frame when traveling.

There really isn't a bad option, so you need to determine if the frame mount or the wheel mount is your preference.

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