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What are the Differences Between the Swagman Chinook and the Swagman Current?

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Hi, a couple questions: 1. Can each of these accommodate a womans bike with a low crossbar? 2. Can the Current accommodate a standard road bike? We dont have electric bikes currently ha!, but may in the future. 3. Any major differences in how they work, or is it mainly the Currents ability to carry a heavier load? Thanks!

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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 wide whereas the Chinook requires you to purchase the fat-bike cradles # S64694 separately. Other than these differences, the racks are virtually the same.

If you need a hitch receiver recommendation that works with either the Chinook or the Current, I would be happy to assist you if you provide me with the year/make/model of your vehicle.

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We're looking to mount this on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. I think it will be okay, right?

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Yes, both the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and the Swagman Current # S64678 will work on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek as long as your vehicle has a hitch receiver. For a compatible hitch, I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912. The length of the shanks of both bike racks will be able to mount into this the etrailer hitch and clear the rear bumper of your vehicle. In addition, the etrailer hitch comes with all hardware necessary for a bolt-on installation. I attached an installation video to this answer if you need help with the process.

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