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Strong and reliable, this dual-arm bike rack tilts forward so you can access your cargo area while the rack is on your vehicle. The adjustable cradles rotate to accommodate most bike frames. And the arms fold down for simple storage.
The Swagman Trailhead hitch-mounted bike rack carries four bikes on dual arms that provide superior stability during transport. The dual arms easily fold down for storage - just pull a pin - and each arm features an integrated reflector at its tip.
The Trailhead has anti-sway cradles that rotate and slide along the dual arms to perfectly position your specific bicycles, reducing the need for a bike adapter bar. The cradles include durable rubber straps to hold your bikes firmly in place on the rack. Because the cradles secure each bike at three places (twice along the top tube and once along the seat post or down tube), rocking back and forth is virtually eliminated, preventing bike-to-bike contact.
Trailhead tilts forward, away from your vehicle, when you remove a pin at the base. This allows easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area.
The Trailhead includes a two-piece adapter that installs over the shank to convert your rack for use on 2" hitch receivers. For 1-1/4" hitch receivers, use the rack without the adapter.
Trailhead comes with an anti-rattle, threaded hitch pin and clip to secure the rack to your trailer hitch and eliminate rattle during transport. To lock your rack to the hitch, replace the pin and clip with Swagman's anti-rattle lock (S64029; sold separately).
Video of Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting
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Today, we'll be reviewing the Trailhead Bike Rack from Swagman, part number S63380. This is their four-bike version. Some features of this bike rack include the ability to switch from an 1-1/4-inch to 2-inch hitch with the use of an adapter as well as an anti-rattle bolt to secure the rack to the hitch. It also folds down to gain better access to the rear of your vehicle. The arms fold down for better storage and the anti-sway cradle secure your bikes at three points which helps to prevent the bike-to-bike contact. The cradles themselves are adjustable and accommodate different types of frames.
We'll now go over to these features in more detail. We'll start by preparing our bike rack for the hitch. Today, we'll be using a 2-inch hitch so we'll go ahead and reinstall our adapter to the bike rack shank. Now after installing our shank into the hitch, we'll line up the hitch pin hole and install the included anti-rattle bolt. With our bolt tight, we'll put the safety clip on the other side, which secures our bike rack to the vehicle.
Next, you'll notice this knob here on the back of the mast of the bike rack. This knob will enable you to take out the slack within the mast while it's in its upright position. Now, in order to fold your bike rack down, you do need to undo this knob and make sure that the U clamp is turned. We can then pull the pin and allow the mast to tilt down. Moving up the mast, we can pull the pin here which will allow us to bring out our dual arms.
After reinstalling the pin holding the arms up, we'll now talk about the cradles. Each cradle features an anti-sway cradle which gives you more versatility to load your bikes. There are two straps per cradle to give a little more security holding the bike to the bike rack. You'll notice that the cradles rotate left to right and adjust front to back to accommodate many types of alternative and women's frames. This will reduce the need for a bike adapter bar.
Now with our straps undone and our cradles exposed, we'll go ahead and place the bike into the cradles and bring the straps around, securing our bike to the bike rack. Now for demonstration purposes, we're going to mount our bike on the outermost cradles. However, when loading your bikes, you should load the heaviest bike closest to the vehicle and work your way out. With our bike secured, well go ahead and take it out on the road and see how the Trailhead performs. That will do it for the demonstration of the Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches, part number S63380.
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (90 Customer Reviews)Strong and reliable, this dual-arm bike rack tilts forward so you can access your cargo area while the rack is on your vehicle. The adjustable cradles rotate to accommodate most bike frames. And the arms fold down for simple storage.
by: Jason S.08/17/2012
Absolutely Wunderbar (wonderful)! etrailer support U.S. Service member by being one of the ONLY online vehicle equipment ordering organizations that ships to an APO address. (and I searched a ton of them) I live in Germany and work for the DoD. After researching SEVERAL sites to purchase and ship a trailer hitch, bike rack, mountain bike mount and electrical system to support it for my needs, I discovered my ONLY solution I was etrailer. Lots of others had the gear I required, but NONE of them, would ship to an APO address. Yes, the prices were just a bit higher than a few of the other sites, but without the ability to ship to an APO, the price difference was negligable. So, the GREAT things about etrailer; 1. Easy/simple ordering process 2. great seach tool capability, allowing me to find everything I needed and recommended other items I may not have thought about. 3. Simple / well layed out online order ability. 4. Amazingly quick, delivery. Within 10 days of my order being placed, I had everything in the mail. Yes, shipping cost a bit more than desired, but again, paying a bit more to ship at least allowed it to actually BE shipped to my APO. I've already had hitch and electrical installed and I'll be heading out camping this weekend, WITH my bikes in TOW and all thanks to etrailers exceptional support. Thanks ETRAILER Jason S. 52005
This is a very solid product! I have used it for over a year now and love it! I have had up to 3 bikes on this without a problem and have traveled over 8 hours in the car one way with absolutely no issues. Many other bike racks like this one that I see on other cars look unstable this is not unstable in anyway. I did have to file some of the paint off of the rack to get it to fit in my 1 and 1/4" hitch but once that was done it has been perfect. I also bought the locking hitch bolt which is awesome too. 65654
by: Mark W.06/30/2012
Although Swagman says the S63380 will hold four bikes up to 35 lbs, they also mention on the instruction sheet that the hitch has only a 100 lb max capacity! Our bikes all weigh about 30 to 32 lbs, so four bikes are too much for this hitch. I called etrailer to exchange for this reason and etrailer was awesome and sent me a prepaid return label and also immediately sent out a replacement (Sportrack A30404XT) that can carry the load. Fantastic customer service from etrailer! I noticed that they have updated the description on the etrailer page to add the 100 lb max capacity for this Swagman hitch, so hopefully this mix-up won't happen for anyone else. 46330
by: Jerry S.12/02/2011
Have not actually been on the road with it so far. Installation on the hitch was a problem. The clearance hole in the 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter was too small and I had to file it out so the threaded pin could be installed Looks like getting 4 hybrid bikes (with handle bars that extend straight out) on the rack is going to be a challenge. Bungie cords are going to be necessary to control the rotation of the front wheels. Recommend that potential buyers find a rack to try their bikes on before buying anything. 27609
by: Jeff H.03/16/2011
I like the rack. The bikes mount to it very securely with little movement. Installation was a different story. The powder coating on the tongue was so thick I could not slide the bar into the hitch at all. I had to take my Dremel tool and spend over 30 minutes grinding away the powder coat down to bare metal. At that point the tongue just slid in perfectly with no slop or movement. The bar is solid steel so I am not worried that it will rust away time soon. I'll keep it protected in any event. 9535
by: Edward Z.04/24/2011
I was able to assemble the swagman Trailhead 4 bike carrier in a few minutes. It fit perfectly into the receiver hitch. We use 1x6x40 ethafoam pads as a cushion between the bike and the frame and between bikes. The bike rack works exactly as advertised. I can quickly pull the pins to adjust both the horizontal rack and the vertical bar. The back door of the SUV is easily opened without removing any part of the rack. A great product! 12276
by: Tom Quinn03/16/2012
rack is very heavy and well constructed with heavy metal, however I had to grind off the paint in order to have it slide into the hitch but the tongue is solid metal and won't rust out in my lifetime. customer service was great . received the rack in 3 days as promised. this is the second time I dealt with this company and they are first class 34047
Great quality. Good shipping information. One downside to the carrier is it works very easily with adult sized bikes, but children's bikes are more difficult to load onto rack due to smaller frames. The carrier I received did not include advertized integrated reflectors on end of tubes. 37279
Product arrived on time and the package was in good condition. It comes fully assembled which is a bonus, because I was able to use it right away. Great product for the price, highly recommended. 27500
by: Tracy R06/29/2011
They offered free shipping by I needed it by the 4th. The order shipped the day I placed it and it arrived within 3 days. Thank you so much for the prompt and professional service. 18180
by: Jose M.07/12/2012
The product was shipped so quickly, arrived on time, it was very easy to assemble, the quality of the componentes is very good, I am very satisfied with this purchase. 47619
Nice rack, stable, customizable, same features and build quality of racks costing $100 more. fits the odd geometry of our GT bicycles well and our 20" LLbean bike to! 14761
Bike rack was excellent I highly recommmend this rack it is so easy to install and to put the bikes on. It does not take alot of time. 2051
by: Chris F.07/06/2012
Very easy to use, everything looks well built and durable. Even with bikes on the rack I can have full access to my cargo in the back. 46876
by: John H01/12/2012
Easy to install. Works great. This replaced an inferior product bought at a local store that dwould't work correctly. 29554
by: Patrick Fagan08/12/2012
Appears well made out of the box. Anxious to see how it holds up to use vs. the bing names in racks. 51452
Product works great, easy to use and assembly. Service was fantastic. 46169
Shipped on time! Product in good new condition! Happy with services! 20939
Great price We are very pleased with this bike carrier. 1780
by: Keith G. L-town, Pa07/20/2012
Works well and easy to installand use. 48734
little tricky to install but is good 47645
My previous bike rack was a hitch mounted Yakima. It was sturdy but not well suited for my low Subaru Impreza. It stuck out too far and hung too low so that I had to inch my way down the driveway or over speed bumps for fear of it bottoming out. A roof rack or a rear window mounted rack was not suitable since I wanted to be able to also carry two kayaks. First, I tried to modify my rack by shortening the part that sticks out of the hitch. I tried to saw off about 6 inches so it wouldn't stick out so far but the steel was much too hard. I ended up ruining several metal-cutting blades on my power saw before I gave up. I looked for other rack options. There weren't many out there. But eventually, I found something that met my needs. I purchased the "Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Fold Down Bicycle Hitch Rack" in 2013 from eTrailer.com. The part that enters the hitch curves up to increase clearance from the ground. It is sturdy and sticks out far enough so I can still open my trunk hatch without having to lower the main vertical bar on the hitch (though I could if I wanted to). It isn't often I am really excited about a piece of gear but this hitch rack has made me worry-free when I transport my bicycle(s) via car. The only thing I don't like is that it is advertised as being a 3 bike carrier but it only fits 2 hybrid bikes. Maybe it will fit 3 skinny racing bikes but for the average rider, don't expect to fit on more than 2. But my experience is that is the case for all bicycle racks. 99929
First off, thanks to Jason T. or "Troop". The exemplary customer service he provided is rare these days. Troop made several calls to the various manufacturers to ascertain which bike rack would afford me the most ground clearance as my new VW Golf sits low to the ground and my old bike rack frequently scraped the ground when I went up even a slight up hill grade. His efforts paid off as he found me the best bike rack for my car, the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier. It sits up off the ground just high enough that it doesn't scrape on my driveway. It is also sturdy and holds my bikes securely. And, the delivery was amazingly fast. I had my rack in about 2 days! Note to Troop, see my Pittsburgh Pirates Logo on my bumper in the attached pictures? Pirate Fans persevere! The Bucco's will be coming after your Cardinals this year! Thanks again Troop! 80677
by: Robert D.03/16/2012
Flawless - quiet - secure - easy - convenient. Winner! I just completed a 1624 mile road trip/move from DC to Austin TX with the Swagman bike rack on a 2010 Honda Fit. This rack felt kind of heavy, but did a great job - no noise, no vibration, and the deep saddles and straps made me feel very secure. Love the saddle design. Wrap one strap around the seat tube and one around the top tube on one end, and two around the top tube on the other. I used a bungy cord to keep the front wheel in line with the frame. Very secure, noise-free. The swing-down design came in very handy when accessing the hatch. I hadn't considered this important when I bought it, but it is a nice feature, especially given the weight of the rack. Nicer to keep it in the hitch and swing it down to get in the back. Also, note how the rack rises up from the hitch receiver. This gave me plenty of ground clearance. I had that little Honda way loaded and the rack never bottomed out or scraped when entering driveways, parking lots, or up ramps. This was the right blend of features, cost and quality for my use. I'm not sure what more I could have wanted! 34084
by: Keith Y.09/12/2012
This bike carrier does what it is supposed to do for a reasonable amount of money. However it could be a lot better without increasing manufacturing cost. My gripe is that it sticks out so far behind the vehicle. To give you an idea of how far back it is, I've got a hatchback and the hatch can open without tilting it. Makes the tilt feature redundant then doesn't it? This effectively puts weight just that much further back and acts as a lever, causing the load to bounce more and exerting more stress on the hitch and car. Because it is so far back Swagman saw there was a danger of striking pavement behind it so bent the hitch extrusion up to provide more clearance. If I were to do it again, I would purchase a competitor with tilt feature that sits closer to the vehicle. 54434
by: John H07/30/2012
I chose this rack based on the reviews, and it lives up to the hype. Very solid construction, and a very solid fit in the receiver. After installing it, I attached my bike and drove it around a bit just to get a sense of how solid it was. After many years of a trunk mounted rack, this rack is rock solid by comparison. And I can easily open and access the trunk even with my bike in place. I'm not only pleased with the rack and the hitch I purchased, but also EXTREMELY impressed with the great people at etrailer.com. I sent a question that was answered quickly, and they kept me informed of my order and its status every step of the way. Thank you so much!! 49884
by: Emma M.06/03/2013
Sturdy, easy to mount bikes-takes less than 3 minutes, bikes do not move when traveling, quiet ride, and awesome price! 83189
by: Bill D09/12/2013
This rack is very sturdy, great fit and finish and install was a breeze. I just did a quick test load of my bike and that worked out very well. The other nice feature is that the rack extends out far enough to clear my oversize spare tire (Wrangler) and of course the assembly will pivot down to allow full opening of the gate. I'm very happy with my decision on choosing this product. 99672
by: Harriet B05/13/2014
I am a 64 yr. old woman. I watched the video how to put the bike rack on my trailer hitch of my Jeep. I went out and within 10 min. I had it all done. It was so easy. The problem I had was getting the bikes on! I had 2 Giant women bikes to get on. The first time it took me over 45 min. The next time about 25 min. Finally the third time I put them on in about 5 min. I just had to figure out the puzzle. It is a very solid rack with little or no rocking around. I really like it a lot. 130341
Swagman Trailhead 3 bike carrier: This is a very good product. Certainly has a lot of features for the money. Folds up nicely It Tilts out of the way when opening rear door Bike attachment system is secure and easy to use It is very stout and seems to be well made Assembly is a breeze Negatives: Bicycle carrier ares are a little short for carrying 3 bikes Description of product should have said something like "Stabilizer Straps necessary for use on Class I hitch" 137664
by: Peter B07/15/2013
Easy to install, though poorly written instructions, with illustrations that don't illustrate the point being made in the instructions. Device seems to work well with standard diamond frame bikes, easy to use. Wobbles a lot when I look in the rearview mirror, though everything is tightened as instructed. But I think that is normal for this device and that it is operating as intended because it feels fairly solid just to tug on by hand. 89540
by: Jim V09/12/2011
My Swagman Trailhead 2-bike carrier arrived on time and was easy to assemble. Both bikes fit nicely on the carrier (even the female style bike for my wife). I’ve taken the bikes out on a short test drive and both remained secure. I had contemplated buying the cheaper Road Gear bike rack, but was glad I upgraded to the Swagman. E-trailers web site was very helpful and their on-line response to questions was excellent. 23850
We were replacing a trunk mount rack because we pruchased a new vehicle and didn't want to scratch it up with the old rack. This hitch mount rack is perfect. Easy to put together, easy to put in and remove from hitch and no scratching of our vehicle! The bikes were very secure when strapped down in the carrier. Even the guy tailgating us all the way to the bike trail wasn't concerned about the bikes coming loose! 44620
by: tom s02/05/2012
the s shape foot bar that goes into hitch is way to high and way to long,,the rest of the rack is great,it was exactly what etrailors advertised but i was disappointed in the length and hieghth,might work great on suv,van or truck but for a car there is too much bounce and movement from the wind due to the distance from car and how high it is,,love the service from etrailor will definitely use for all trailor needs 31126
by: Swagman Trailhead 304/01/2014
I recently purchased a Swagman Trailhead 3. The whole experience with Etrailer was first class the website,paying,tracking and the value for money.Not to mention the quality.The rack takes all sizes of frame,great design. We went on to purchase a trailer hitch assembly and was impressed by the price quality and shipping. Etrailer are now my go to bike trailer company. Thank you. Ian Potter Ojai California 123325
by: Jay C.08/05/2011
folds up nice, fits womans frame without adapter bar and holds our bikes very secure, I changed all the bolts to marine grade stainless steel,cost about $ 14.00, but I hate rust !!!. I also bungy cord the wheels to stop them from spinning while driving, ( it drives people behind you at nite NUTS, been their !! Enjoy this mount, you cant go wrong, and muchmor secure than the vecro ones !!! happy trails 21227
Easy to assemble but don't call it assemble. It was one bolt. Holds the bikes great. Worth the purchase. Fast shipping and great communication. Etrailer knows customer service. I have purchased a few items here and perfect each time. What a world it would be if every company focused on service and value for their customer! Don't laugh!! Buy something and you will see what I am talking about 130285
by: Jim F07/23/2012
Good hitch mount trailer, like the swing down feature. Fairly easy to assemble and mount. A little wiggly side to side (clockwise/counterclockwise), but very solid up/down or front/back. I've used it locally, and for a longer trip (>200 miles at highway speed each way) If it were a bit stiffer side to side, I would have rated it excellent. Good product, good value. 49075
by: Roger M.05/16/2014
Appears well built, haven't used it in anger yet, but something that wasn't clear from the blurbs is that it achieves its stability by being bolted (and torqued down) to the receiver hitch. No big deal; a bit or extra work to swap it out for other items but not something I expected. It's all in the instructions so read before purchase (unlike me). 131022
by: Jason N03/27/2014
Thank you so much. You guys have the best customer service I've seen in a long time. My hitch bike rack came in perfect condition and early too. I broke my neck a yr ago this Saturday. So for someone in my condition to be able to put together and install this bike rack is saying a lot for your company. Awesomeness...!!! 122533
by: Ashley Ski06/22/2012
Got my sweet new bike rack today and got er loaded! Thanks for hooking me up! Gonna hit up some river trails today:) 45262
by: Doug H09/11/2010
Excellent prodcut for the $ I paired the Swagman 63365 with the Draw-Tite 24706 hitch on my 02 Honda Civic. This combo is very sturdy for a Class I setup. The 63365 also came with the anti-sway cradles which were mentioned as optional. I am very happy with this setup and they are great products for the money. 3444
by: Juan MD05/13/2014
Bike rack works looks great. It's solid and sturdy. Now I can relax and drive knowing my bike is secured. 130498
by: curt b.03/25/2012
the product was everything you said it would be, I am very pleased with the service. Your prices are right on and fair.Your web site is very easy to get around on. I will be back to do more buisness and will pass the word of your sight to others. thanx again 35060
by: Larry K08/15/2013
Great product. Reasonably priced. Excellent advise from e-trailer. Super customer service from Swagman re a question I had. Used the rack on a 20 hour round trip and it worked perfectly. I liked it much better than my father-in-laws much more expensive Yakima. Highly recommend. 95174
Solid craftsmanship. Bikes are secure, easy placement in holders. Nice option of pulling a pin, allowing carrier to tilt, to access hatchback of a Subaru Outback wagon. Slight "side to side" movement when driving down the road however; maintains solid attachment to trailer hitch. 46300
Will work for both my 1.25" receiver on my car and the 2" receiver on the truck. 19573
by: Julie J03/12/2012
The customer service with this company is excellent. I got my order way ahead of schedule and still got free shipping. The bike rack is everything the add promised and I love it. It is good to know that there are still companies out there who cater to their customers. 33684
by: Doug M11/16/2012
haven't used it yet, but it looks very well built and high quality. Only problem is, to take off the adaptor for larger-size hitch receivers so I can insert into my class I receiver, I need a metric set screw wrench. It would be nice to include one in the box. 59541
by: Del N.07/27/2012
Great service and it came in 7 days. Real easy to take from the box and mount on the hitch. I like the fact that it will fit my 2" and 1 1/2" hitches. Like the way it hold the bikes and travel really well. I made the right choice in a bike carrier. 49590
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