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Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman XC Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches. Part number S64650. The Swagman XC provides a stress free way to transport your bikes. Each bike is secured at both wheels and at the frame providing a more stable and safe ride. The cushion hooks are adjustable for a variety of different size bikes and ratchet down for a nice tight fit. The wheel cradles are adjustable along the platform to accommodate different wheel bases.

It features a 4 inch shank rise to give you a little more ground clearance here at the rear of the vehicle. It has a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike and the whole bike rack has a powdered coat finish to resist rust and corrosion. The Swagman XC2 will accommodate a wide variety of bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, Sally's bike, Jimmy's bike and even grandpa's bike. Now that we've gone on some of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We've got our adapter on there for our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver. If you wanted to take off the adapter, you can use class 1 and 2 1 1/4 hitches.

What we'll do is we'll place it into our receiver and we'll push it all the way in to line up with our pin holes, that looks pretty good. Then we can take our included anti rattle bolt and clip and thread that through. Now the nice thing about this anti rattle is it going to help reduce the play and most of the wobble within our hitch and our bike rack as you can see all of that there. Let's go ahead and finish tightening that up and put our clip in place. As you can see most of the play and the rattle is gone. We've got it in a stow position here.

This is a going to be a great space saver when not in use. Let's go ahead and get ready to load our bike. First thing we want to do is lower our two arms down. You want to come over here to this pin, go ahead and pull up and lower it down to realign the pin holes right here and just simply slip that back in to lock it in place and we'll repeat that same step on this side. Now this is the platform position of the bike rack, but before we grab our bike I'd like to show you that we can get into our rear hatch.

You can simply pull this pin down here to fold down our center mast and as you can see gives us the opportunity to remove any cargo, gear or groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. Now we can raise our center mast back up to get ready to load our bike. We want to make sure that our frame hooks are all the way up and out of the way. We'll also want to make sure that our wheel cradles are slid out and loosened up ready to receive our wheels. Now we can grab our bike, insert the front wheel in the wheel cradle and the rear tire in the rear wheel cradle and we'll bring down our first hook. Now we can tighten up our wheel cradles. Now if we are just transporting one bike, we are going to lower down our frame hook on top of the other one but let's go ahead and load up one more bike, take it out on our test course and see how it perform. Here on our test course let's go into our slalom, this is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps, this is going to show a twisting action such as going over pot holes or or uneven pavement. Then finally onto our solid speed bumps, this is going to show an up and down action such as coming in and out of the driveway, or out of a parking lot and that's going to complete our look at the Swagman XC Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches, part number S64650. .

Questions and Comments about this Video


What is the Max bike length that this carrier will accommodate? I have a 29” tire mountain bike for a 6’3”-6’5” rider and it has a long wheelbase. Also is there a way to lock the bikes in the rack?

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Reply from Jon G.

The max wheelbase that the Swagman XC # S64650 can accommodate is 51-1/2". You can find your wheelbase by measuring from the center of one wheel loop to the center of the other wheel loop. You can use this kit # S64031 to lock your bike to the hitch and then the cable to locks your bikes.


How much does rack weigh??

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Reply from Heather A.

The rack weighs around 25 lbs.

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