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Swagman XP 3 Bike Fold Down (2" Receiver)
Transports up to 3 bikes. Cradles rotate to keep wheels level to the ground to provide greater ground clearance. Locking knob standard equipment. Cradles accommodate up to a 2" frame tube. Kraton cradle - wraps help to provide a secure, scratch free ride for your bike. Arm folds down to allow access to the rear of your vehicle. Capacity: 3 Bike Mount: 2" Receiver Product Instructions Additional Information Instruction Sheet
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13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Great rack!Aug 09, 2006
By R. French
This is the third bike rack my wife and I have tried and for once a pleasant surprise. I own a Jeep Liberty with the spare tire mounted on the back. Most hitch mounted bike racks require you to purchase a hitch extension costing between $30 and $70 dollars to clear the spare. The mounting tube on this rack has two pre-drilled positions, one for clearing a spare, and one for bringing the rack closer if you don't have a rear mounted spare. Needless to say I was pleased not having to spend the extra money for the extension.
This is also a well built rack, not flimsy like many similarly priced racks I have seen. There is no need to provide extra stability with straps etc. to keep it from twisting.
This rack provides quite a bit of security as well. A locking pin is provided for attaching the section that swivels to the section mounted to the hitch, and one of the three mounting brackets has a locking knob.
Finally, the single tube design is a lot more adaptable than the racks that have two arms for holding the bike. We bought a Thule spare tire mounted rack for my wife's Jeep, and while it is a nice rack, we had a really rough time getting the frames of our mountain bikes to clear the two support arms. With the Swagman, it is no problem, much easier to load and unload. You can rest assured you will get your money's worth with this rack.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Definitely not 'ultimate in flexibility'May 24, 2008
I have bought this hitch for our dual suspension bikes and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Cradles seemed functional at first but when we took the bikes to the trip to Moab which involved quite a bit of rough dirt roads, fine dust got everywhere, rubber padding started loosing grip and bikes moved in all directions resulting in quite a bit of damage (scratches and worse, cable to rear derailer on one bike got almost destroyed). 'Kraton vinyl cusioning' on both cradles suffered quite a lot of damage and in one case detached from the metal piece.
I would definitely disagree with claims that (1) loading and unloading is very fast [it is not] and (2) rotation allows for greater ground clearance [if you need ground clearance, this hitch is not your best choice because the rack is not all that high at the first place].
I have swapped this rack for another model (XPORT Slipstream 3-Bike Dual-Receiver Hitch Rack) with U shaped fork because two support points and higher ground clearance.
Good rackMay 05, 2013
By Melissa O'Hara
I bought this rack to replace a BVG rack of similar style that I have had for 15 years. The Swagman rack is more complicated than my old rack as far as the plate locking mechanisms go, but this complication makes the rack more versatile for different bike frame styles. So far I have contacted the company a couple of times to ask operational and installation details as well as what locking hitch pin to buy and the response from them is great. They take inquiries seriously which makes me feel good in terms of warranty needs or future part replacement needs. I really like that the frame has an adapter for using it in both 1"1/4 or 2" hitches so it can be changed between different cars easily to suit your travel needs. So far I am very happy with how the rack functions. I have it installed on a Hyundai Accent hatchback and I don't have to lower the rack to access my trunk, even with the bikes on it. I opted to buy the locking hitch pin to secure the rack to the car. I don't think there is an aftermarket part for that so you have to buy the Swagman one for an additional $28. Worth the price for piece of mind.
About what to expect for the priceApr 06, 2013
By Dave A.
In searching for an inexpensive bike rack, the Swagman XP seems to be a fair choice. It's not great, but it works.
Pros: You can make it a three-, two- or one-bike rack at your discretion; the finish is very good; the metal parts seem to be substantial; the cradles are adjustable (for both tube size and angle of carriage); and the package wasn't missing any parts.
Cons: The draw bar (the part the fits into the 2" receiver on the vehicle) is undersized, resulting in a very loose fit and lots of wobble, which to me is just unsafe; the one "locking" hand nut does not lock -- it can be spun off regardless of lock position; the 1/2" pins and accompanying locking pins scream "barely adequate."
Fixes: I will be buying a hitch tightener / stabilizer to eliminate the wobble and heavier-duty locking pins. Also, I installed a 3-1/2 threaded Grade 8 bolt and nylock nut to the bottom pivot point (the point where the upper rack tilts down) to ensure that the thing won't come apart while driving.
Don't mean to sound so negative, it's not a bad product, it just requires some tweaking.
Really like this rackDec 08, 2011
By Marie Miller
I really like this bike rack, the bikes don't sway, they stay put...I do wish it folded down when not in use, but thats alright.
Its nice and solid....
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