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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Hey there, Sierra owners. Today on our 2019 GMC Sierra, we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Current.It's a two-bike rack that'll handle all of your bike needs, including e-bikes and fat tire bikes. It's a platform style rack, which means your bike sits in these two cradles and up here at the top there is a hook that puts down pressure on your frame to secure the bike in place. As you can see here, we've got our e-bike loaded up. It's also going to work with fat tire bikes up to five inches wide, and just about any other bike you can try and fit in there.Unlike many platform style racks is able to tilt away from your Sierra giving you access to your tailgate. It can do that even with bikes loaded.

So even if you have two e-bikes or two fat tire bikes up here, you're just going to come to this color coded lever right here, this green one, you'll pull up. Give it a slight tilt back and then tilt forward. And what that's going to do is, as you can see, it's going to give you plenty more room to access your tailgate to get out of anything you might have on your trip.I'm going to go ahead and fold this down. You can see I can get most of the way down before it actually wants to come into contact just slightly right here with this cradle, but there should be more than enough room to reach in, grab something and then close it up and then get back on the road.As you can see, our bike is held into the cradles with these ratchet style straps and there's a rubber bumper here to help further protect your rack. If you look over here, you can actually see we've got a groove for our skinny road bike tires and you can step it up to the mountain bike or e-bike tire.

And then we've got enough room for our fat tires.Up top we have our coated hooks that are going to protect our bike as it holds it in place. These hooks are also lockable so that makes your bike unremovable so you can feel comfortable hopping out, running into a gas station or anywhere along your trip without your bikes walking off.To remove our bike, come to this lever here on the side of the ratchet, slide it out so you can see the straps are extra long, so they're going to fit around those large fat bike tires. We'll do this on both sides. And then we'll come to our hook and we'll loosen those up. Hold your bike in place while you do this, because you are going to be setting it free.

Once we get our hooks, you can lean your bike out. Let's get a good hold on it. And you're ready to hit the trail.With your bike off, go ahead and replace your strap just so they're not dangling there. Some people like to leave them undone til the they're ready to go for next time. I just like to keep them tight like that.

There's another feature here I can show you. There's another color coded lever here, and if you pull that up, you're able to tilt this mast away, which gives you another opportunity to have access to your truck bed with no bikes loaded. Again, it's not going to sit all the way down, so just keep that in mind. You want to avoid any rack to Sierra contact.Now you want to keep in mind with this installed in your Sierra, you have added some distance to the back, so that can be kind of a bummer when pulling into your garage or a tight parking spot. But to help you out with that, we'll give you a few measurements. From the rear of your Sierra to the furthest part out on the rack, you've added about 28 and a half inches.Here at the back, your ground clearance is 24 and a half inches to this point right here. Now to save you on some space when pulling into your garage or a tight parking spot, we come back to the same lever we tilted it away with, and we can tilt it up. And that's going to reduce the amount of space that the rack is taking up on the rear of our Sierra. Now we're sitting at only about 17 and a half inches to the back, so we've saved quite a bit of space.I do want to give you the closest point, at this distance and to our rack. We've got from the bumper about three and a half inches.But as you can see there's no concerns about any contact. It's not going anywhere. That's a fairly safe distance. With it folded up, your ground clearance is now here. The lowest point is about 18 inches to this point right here.The last thing I want to show you is how it connects to your receiver hitch. It is for two inch by two inch class three and up receiver hitches, but the collar on it is removable, which allows it to adapt down to inch and a quarter hitches. So if you have another vehicle in the family with an inch and a quarter hitch, this rack is going to work with those as well.It secures into the hitch using an anti-rattle bolt and a lock. This is another security point, so your rack can't walk away from you. The anti-rattle bolt takes away all the shake and play between our hitch and our rack so that there's no extra movement being put on your bikes while going down the road. You will have to provide your own tools to secure that anti-rattle bolt. Just a socket will do the trick. Once you've got it tight, your rack is ready to go.Let's go ahead and take a look at it on our test course. Up first is going to be our slalom. We're just going to simulate side to side action like evasive maneuvering or taking a sharp turn. In our alternating speed bumps, which is going to simulate driving over uneven pavement like potholes. Now we're onto the solid speed bumps, which is going to simulate the up and down action, like going over a speed bump or pulling into your driveway.So having this rack on your Sierra, it's going to be a great way to get your bikes down the road without taking up extra room in your bed. So you've got your bed free for other items on your adventure. Thanks for hanging out with us for a little bit and checking out the Swagman Current on your 2019 GMC Sierra.

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