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Swagman Sitkka Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman Sitkka Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Sitkka platform style two-bike rack, part number S64687. The Swagman Sitkka is the perfect solution for carrying almost any style or any size of bike. As you can see we've got our fat bike and mountain bike. It's also going to work with your road bike, women's, children's bikes, and bikes with alternative frame styles. It holds our bikes with zero frame contact. A rubberized hook goes over our front tire putting down pressure into the cradle, and two straps hold our wheels in place. One of its best features is, it has the ability to tilt away with bikes loaded so we can gain access to our rear hatch.

To do that, I'm just gonna hold on to the wheel hook here in the front, reach through, pull up on the lever, and then tilt it away. As you can see, we've got more than enough room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. To lift it up and put it back in place, again, I'll grab on to the wheel hook, and just kind of roll it up until it snaps in place. We've gone ahead and removed one bike so we can go over some additional features. The cradles feature a groove to accommodate our road bike tires. They're also going to work with our mountain bike and fat tires up to five inches wide.

The straps are adjustable along the entire cradle. You can see on our rear cradle here, that it's curved. This is to give us more surface area in a compact space. The ratcheting style wheel straps are easy to use.

The wheel hook itself can be angled to work with a wide variety of bikes. It's adjustable along the arm to work with multiple tire diameters and it ratchets down into place. The hook features a rubber coating to help grip our tire and protect our bike. The hooks are lockable to prevent theft of our bike, and two keys are included. It has a step-through design, which makes loading and unloading our bikes easy. When not in use, everything folds flat, and it even folds up against your vehicle.

This would be ideal for pulling into the garage over night or in a tight parking spot. It also includes an anti-rattle bolt and lock. The nice thing about the anti-rattle bolt is it's gonna help reduce all that play and all that rattle within our receiver and our bike rack to make a nice solid ride for our bikes. The lock is going to prevent anyone from removing our bike rack from our hitch, and two keys are included. It's a solid steel construction, with a silver powder-coat finish, so it's gonna resist rust and corrosion. It features a weight capacity of 45 pounds per bike. Customers on our site are comparing us to the Kuat Transfer two-bike rack. Compared to the Kuat Transfer, the Swagman features larger cradles and is fat bike ready. The Kuat Transfer requires an adapter to become fat bike ready. On the Kuat Transfer, the tilting lever is easily accessible with your foot and it's located at the front. The Swagman's tilting lever is a little bit harder to reach, and it's around back. Now that we've got all the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now this can work for either inch and a quarter or two inch receivers. We've got our included sleeve attached for our two inch receiver. Let's go ahead and load it up. Now we can just feed it into our receiver tube and line up our pinholes. With everything lined up, we can then insert our included anti-rattle bolt and lock. We'll just thread that through here on the driver's side. Once we get that hand tightened, we can take a three quarter inch wrench. You will have to provide your own tool, and we'll get that all tightened up, and then we'll put our lock on the other side. Now in preparation for loading up our bikes, we'll need to lower it down to the platform position, and we can do that by the green lever on the inside here. We'll just pull up, bring it down until it snaps into place. Now let's unfold our wheel hooks and undo our wheel straps. Now let's go ahead and load up our bike. We'll need to make sure that our wheel hook is extended out, and since our first bike will be a fat bike, we can go ahead and remove our road bike adapter. I can just walk right up, there's no mast in the way. With it in place, we can then bring up our wheel hook, and we're going to stop right in front of our fork or our brakes, whatever comes first. We'll lower it down until it makes contact, and then give it a big push. Now we can run our straps. Bring it up and go between our spokes, and clip it through on the other side. Pull it down nice and tight. Here for the rear tire, we can just slide our strap back and then run it just the same. I've gone ahead and loaded up my mountain bike the same way. Now we can go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. Then finally, on to our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. That's going to complete our look at the Swagman Sitkka platform style two-bike rack, part number S64687.

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