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  • The two racks are very similar, but they have a few differences. Although they weigh about the same, the SwingDaddy, part # Y02464, has a higher weight capacity than the Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT. The Vertex can carry 140 pounds, while the SwingDaddy can handle 150lbs. The Vertex has a longer shank, which would place the rear of the upright portion of the rack approximately 14 inches away from the hitch pin hole in the receiver, versus 11 inches for the SwingDaddy. Both...
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  • The bike rack you have selected will fit in a 2 inch by 2 inch hitch. The Class II only disclaimer is for the 1-1/4 by 1-1/4 inch hitch model, # Y02445. The differences between class II and class III are the size of the hitch opening, 1 1/4 inch square as opposed to the class III 2 inch square opening, and the weight capacity of the hitches. This bike rack will fit your class III hitch (see instructions link below). We have an article that explains the differences between...
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  • The Thule Apex, # TH9025, comes with some additional features that the Vertex does not. The Apex includes the EasyMount system with an integrated locking hitch pin and tool-free anti-rattle device. The Apex has a premium silver finish and upgraded cradles that better protect the bikes. Both racks can tilt down, but neither can hold the bikes while they are tilted down. Even though both racks can hold up to 4 bikes, if used on a Class I trailer hitch, you are limited to 2 bikes....
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  • There are many options for carrying a bike with a carbon fiber frame but the Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack # TH990XT is not recommended as it uses the frame to secure the bike to the rack. Your best option would be a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the wheels like the Swagman Semi, # S64686. You would not have to worry about the frame or even carbon wheels at all with this bike rack. The adjustable arm that holds the front tire will also fit a wide variety...
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  • I have been a big fan of the Thule Vertex, # TH9031XT, since it came out a couple years back. But the new Yakima FullSwing, # Y02465, might have it beat. I find the new ZipStrips a great improvement over rubber straps for the cradles and that should make installing/removing the bikes a little faster and easier. Yakima has updated the design of this rack and it now looks better than ever with a black finish and red accents. Even the swing-out mechanism and procedure has been...
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  • All three of these platform bike racks are very similar when compared to one another. There are some differences though that I will outline to give you a better idea of what each has to offer and what might work best on your 2007 Honda Civic. To start with, all carriers can carry two bikes, but they all have a different overall capacity in terms of weight. The Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, has a capacity of 35 pounds per bike, or 70 pounds total. The Swagman 2 Bike Carrier, # S64650,...
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  • Sorry to hear about your car accident and your hitch and bike rack being damaged. As far as installing a new hitch, the first thought that comes to mind is, because of the accident, are all the necessary attachment points for a trailer hitch on the frame intact. I recommend asking the shop that is repairing the vehicle if, after it is repaired, would it be safe to install a new trailer hitch. If the vehicle is given the green light for a new trailer hitch, I recommend a 2 inch...
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  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, offers a few things that have been improved over the Swagman XC-2, part # S64650. The most noticeable is the two-tone color scheme. Beyond the aesthetics, the XTC-2 offers re-designed and improved wheel cradles that are stronger and position the bikes higher up to provide more ground clearance. The wheels hoops on the XTC-2 also have stronger, more durable clamps for adjusting the wheel hoops. Finally, the wheel straps are a better, heavier...
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  • I would recommend the Yakima FrontLoader, item # Y02103, because of its versatility in mounting options. You can mount this rack to factory cross bars or any of the Yakima or Thule bars without additional parts. Otherwise the features of these racks are very similar. If you have Yakima or Thule bars, the HighRoller, item # Y02107, is designed with nicer hardware which makes it slightly easier to work with once installed. If you would like to go with the HighRoller for the nicer...
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  • The main differences between the Vertex, # TH9030XT, and the Apex, # TH9026, are the type of cradles each has, the cable lock on the Apex, and the anti-rattle function on the Apex. The Apex features Hold Fast cradles which offer road-dampening technology (RDT) and detachable anti-sway arms. The RDT technology provides 2 Layers of cushioning to absorb road shock and minimize vibration. The upper layer is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a gel-like substance that gently...
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  • There are a few features that set the Doubletrack ahead of the XTC2, part # S64670. First are the tire cradles. The XTC2 uses the proven wheel hoops and rubber straps. Some people feel the molded wheel trays on the Doubletrack are a bit more secure and they will accommodate wheels/tires up to 3 inches wide whereas the XTC2 can only handle tires up to 2-1/2 inches wide. The Doubletrack has a certain appeal to MTB folks for that reason. They both use ratcheting frame hooks to...
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  • The arms on the Thule Apex, # TH9026, are 29 inches long. The arms on the Yakima RidgeBack 5, # Y02459, are 30.3 inches long. We do not carry Allen racks but the arms on the 5 bike model of theirs I saw were 28 inches long. The Thule arms are not the longest but they are also arced to allow for the best spacing between the bikes. It would be best for the bikes all around on the Thule Apex bike rack. The cradles on the Apex are superior to the basic padded ones used by the other...
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  • Typically we do not recommend using trunk mounted bike racks on vehicles that have spoilers. Most plastic and fiberglass spoilers cannot handle the weight of a bike rack and bikes and will bend or even break sooner or later. If the spoiler on your 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback is metal and part of the rear hatch, rather than a separate plastic or fiberglass spoiler, then you can use a trunk mounted bike rack without having to worry about the weight of the rack damaging the spoiler. You...
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  • In order to determine if the kids bikes will fit on the arms of the Apex bike rack, # TH9026, you can measure the top frame tubes. They will need to be longer than 12-1/4 inches long to fit around the arms. If your bikes will not fit, you will need the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT. I have included a link to a video that shows how the adapter works. I have also included a link to a video review of the Apex bike rack.
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  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR, and the Vertex, # TH9029XT, are similar bike racks but their differences make them unique. The Hitching Post Pro can fold and tilt as can the Vertex, but the interface is different. The Hitching Post Pro requires pulling a pin out to tilt the rack down whereas the Vertex has a simple lever that you pull. The Hitch Post Pro has straight arms spaced 12-3/8 inches apart from outside to outside. The Vertex has arced arms spaced 13 inches...
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  • We offer 3 towing bike racks that will allow you to carry 4 bikes and tow your tent trailer. They are the Swagman Original Bike Rack, # S64675, the Swagman XP Bike Rack, # S64975, and the Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack, # S63390. I have attached links to each of these products for you to check out. There are a few things to keep in mind when using a towing bike rack. First, you should note the tongue weight capacity of the bike rack and make sure the tongue weight of your trailer...
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  • To mount girls or alternative framed bikes you will need a bike adapter bar that attaches between the handle bar neck and the seat post on the bicycle. We have several of these adapters available (see link). The most economic adapter bar is the Swagman Easy-Out Women and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter for Hitch Bike Racks, item # 64005, and would be a good match for your bike rack. The Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, item # Y02531, is the one I like to recommend because...
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  • Only certain bike racks can be used on the back of a travel trailer and I have included a link to them for you. The SportRack spare tire bike rack, # SR2813, is not rated for use behind a trailer. What I recommend is installing a trailer hitch on the trailer using # 13703. It fits box frames, C-Channel, and I-Beam frames. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. With this hitch installed you would need to use a stabilization strap, # 18050, with...
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  • Since you do not have a hitch on your Ford Escape you can use a trunk bike rack. Thule and Yakima will both have two choices each that will carry two bikes and fit a Ford Escape. The Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier, # TH910XT, will fit on a Ford Escape. It has a weight capacity of 70 lbs. and attaches to the vehicle by six straps for added stability.. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would)...
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  • Your Electra Townie step-through-frame bikes pose a challenge to finding a suitable hitch-mount carrier since the bikes lack both a top frame tube and since they have fenders. These features make most carriers unsuitable since most use either the top frame tube or the front tire as the contact point for the arm that holds the bikes in place. One carrier from Thule, their EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032, includes some great features that may make it a good choice for you. It has...
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