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Swagman XTC-2 TILT 2-Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman XTC-2 TILT 2-Bike Platform Rack


Colin: Hey, everyone. Colin here @etrailer. Today we're going to take a look at this Two-bike Platform Rack from Swagman. This is their XTC-2 Bike Tilting Rack. Now basically it's just an upgraded version of the XTC-2 Bike Platform Rack. It adds the tilt feature into the equation so you can gain access to your rear hatch.

Now how we're going to do that, we'll go ahead and show you right now. We're just going to remove this pin and clip from there and just tilt it away. You might need to pull on it a little bit if you have it tightened down too hard. From there, it's going to allow you to gain the access to your rear hatch. Something to keep in mind is that depending on your vehicle and your application if your hitch sits a little bit farther under your trunk, you may have some clearance issues and also depending on the bike, but you'll be able to find that out when you get the bike rack.

Now, when it's fully closed, to tilt it back up, we're just going to push and then replace that pin and clip.This is an easy-to-use platform rack. It's going to allow you to get two bikes loaded so you can haul them to and from your destination. And it's also going to be a great solution for if you don't want a hanging style rack. With those, it's going to hold your bikes by the top tube. Just has more frame contact.

It does have the sway factor in there. So when you're driving down the road, your bikes will move a lot more than with a platform-style rack. And it's also going to help reduce the need for a bike adapter bar. So it would just have one hook over top of our top tube, putting downward force on it, making sure it stays in place inside our wheel trays. You do want to keep in mind that this does have a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike.You always want to make sure you load your heaviest bike first followed by your lightest bike.

And I'm going to go ahead and remove this white bike right here so we can have a closer look at the rack. We're going to start with our straps, just come right up and off like so. Now with our frame hook there's going to be a button right here which push down on it, raise it up, and now we can unload the bike.Our wheel trays is going to be able to fit tire sizes up to two and a half inches wide. That's going to be more than big enough for all of your road bikes and some standard mountain bikes. We're also going to be able to adjust them back and forth. It's going to accommodate bikes of a variety of wheel bases all the way down to a kid's bike, and then your bigger mountain bikes. You can see right here we have a rubber strap securing our wheel into the tray. That rubber is going to help make sure it doesn't harm or scratch the finish of your wheel. And then it just locks on to the notch right here on the other side. Very easy to operate. You can see when I pull down on it, it comes right off. And then when securing it, you just pull it right over.If you want some additional security for your bikes, you can see there's a hole right here at the bottom of our frame hook. If you wanted to, you could just get a padlock separately, just feed it through that hole and we could lock it up. It's just going to provide you with additional security so no one can remove the frame hook. Keep in mind this does not come with the bike rack, but we've got plenty of options available here @etrailer. And we're going to go ahead and remove the first bike as well. I'm going to give you guys a little tip. It's going to make it a little bit easier so you don't have to maneuver around the center mast. We're just going to take the hooks all the way off. You can just hang those on your bike rack for now. Get a hold of your bike, push in, bring the hook all the way up and out.Now what we're going to do is come down here and pull this pin. And then we're just going to fold the arm down, that way you don't have to worry about getting around that center mast. You can just get the bike off without any hassle. And then you do want to make sure to replace this pin. I also want to let you know that if you need to, the arm can fold to the other side as well, and then just replace the pin. And this is also going to give us another option to access our trunk if our bike rack is empty. You can see there's plenty of clearance right there, and you have plenty of space to grab whatever you might need out of your trunk. In this case, if you wanted to, you could also store your frame hooks in there if you used my little tip for unloading your bikes. If not, we're just going to put them back on our center mast. You want to make sure to put the longer one on first followed by the shorter one.Now something you want to keep in mind with any hitch mounted accessory is that you are going to have added length to your vehicle. Now, in this case, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our rack, that's going to be 23 and three quarters of an inch. And that is a fixed point. So it will be constantly added on. This does not have a fold-up feature. However, it does have a unique way of folding up to store. What we're going to do is take our center mast and fold it back up.And now we'll just remove the pins on these arms and fold them up towards that center mast and then replace them. As you can see, we have an anti-rattle hitch pin with a clip on the other side that helps take out the shake and play from our bike rack while we're traveling. And you can see we also have this sleeve right here. This is what's making it compatible with our two-inch hitch. If you have a vehicle in your household which has an inch and a quarter receiver, all you have to do is remove the sleeve with the included tools and that'll convert the shank to be compatible with that inch and a quarter hitch. Now, if you are wanting a little bit more security with your bike rack, there is an optional cable lock and anti-rattle hitch pin lock available here @etrailer to where you'll have a lock right here on the other side of your anti-rattle hitch pin and then it'll also have a cable lock.Now, right here, we went ahead and installed our cable lock and hitch pin lock attachment kit. But just to give you an idea of how it's going to better secure your bikes and your bike rack. So you can see with our cable lock, we went ahead and brought it all the way around each frame. And then we came back towards our hitch and we put it back through itself through the loop right here. So you can't break it there. And it's actually just going to use the hitch pin that comes in your kit. You just put it over that pin and then you put the lock on. It's going to be a great theft deterrent for your bikes.When loading up our bike rack, we're going to use that same trick that I showed you guys when we unloaded it. Have that arm down. It makes it a lot easier to load up that first bike. We'll just pull it up here and then replace that pin. You can see how I'm holding both the mast and the bike. You want to make sure you have a hold of your bike so it doesn't fall into your vehicle. We'll grab the longer hook, put that on, inaudible 00:07:21 push. Now we'll secure our straps. With the second one, I'm just going to put my hook on slightly, just on the top and then get our second bike loaded.Let's go ahead and take a look at it on our test course. At first it's going to be our slalom, which is going to simulate side to side action, like evasive maneuvering or taking a sharp turn. 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. And now our alternating speed bumps, which is going to simulate driving over uneven pavement like potholes. Well, I hope this information helped you guys out, but that's going to do it for our look at Swagman's XTC-2 Bike Tilting Rack..


Questions and Comments about this Video

Marty

Great demonstration, thank you. I see the rack has four wheel trays, two for the inner bike (close to the car) and two for the outer bike, and these appear independently left-right adjustable. I also see the two top tube hooks move independently. With other racks I have used, the seat of one bike often interferes with the handlebar of the other bike. Do the sliding wheel trays allow you to move the bikes left-to-right and avoid these conflicts? Also, most of the time, I'd like to carry just one bike. Is it possible to remove the two wheel trays and top tube hook for the outer bike? This would reduce the profile and weight of the rack and make it easier to park, etc. How difficult is it to remove and replace the wheel trays and top tube hook for the outer bike? Thank you!

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Reply from Les D.

@Marty the wheel trays can be moved left and right. Also, underneath the horizontal bar they are attached to is a set screw at the end that prevents the wheel trays from coming off the end. There is no reason that you could not remove the set screws and slide off the outside set of wheel trays. You can remove the mounting hooks as well. They just slip right off.

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