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Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting

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  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Swagman
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Bike and Hitch Lock
  • Frame Mount
This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack. Call 800-298-8924 to order Swagman hitch bike racks part number S64683 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Swagman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.


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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks - S64683

This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style carrier transports 2 bicycles on the back of your vehicle
  • Ratcheting, padded hooks hold your bikes firmly by the top tubes
    • Padding protects your bike frames from scratches and abrasions
    • Push buttons allow hooks to move independently to hold bikes of different sizes
    • Locks in arms let you secure your bikes to the rack
  • Sliding cradles with ratcheting straps secure your bike wheels to the rack
    • Adjust easily with hand knobs to accommodate bikes of different lengths
  • Spring-loaded levers let you tilt the rack down or fold it up
    • Tilt rack down - with bikes loaded - for cargo area access
    • Fold down hook arm with no bikes loaded for cargo area access
    • Fold down hook arm and fold rack up against rear of vehicle when not in use
  • Hitch lock secures the rack to your vehicle
    • Threaded pin also serves as an anti-wobble device to reduce rattle in the hitch
    • Includes 2 keys
  • Removable adapter sleeve converts the rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Solid steel construction with black powder coat finish is strong, durable, and rust resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 45 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheel base: 50"
  • Maximum tire width: 3"
  • Wheel diameter: 20" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 12-1/2"
    • End of rack when folded down: 25"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 6"
  • Carrier weight: 47 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Carrier

The Chinook lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has padded, ratcheting hooks and sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps so you can carry 2 bikes regardless of size, frame design, or suspension or brake style. An integrated lever lets you tilt the rack down for cargo access or fold it up for storage, and the low loading height reduces the strain of mounting your bikes for transport. It also has a locking system that secures your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.


Padded, Ratcheting Hooks on Upright Arm

Padded Locking Hooks

Ratcheting hooks on the upright arm hold 2 bikes of varying sizes firmly by the top tubes. The padded hooks won't scratch or scuff your bike, and built-in locks let you secure the bikes to the rack. You can fold the upright arm when no bikes are on the rack for convenient access to your vehicle's rear cargo area.


Sliding Wheel Cradles with Ratcheting Straps

Adjustable Wheel Trays

Sliding cradles with ratcheting straps hold your bikes in place by the wheels. The cradles easily adjust with hand knobs to accommodate bikes of different lengths.


Convenient Cargo Area Access and Storage

Fold ForwardFold Up For Storage

A spring-loaded lever in the base lets you tilt the rack - with bikes loaded - for access to your vehicle's rear cargo area. When you're not carrying bikes you can use this same lever to fold the rack up against the rear of your vehicle.


Locking Hitch Pin

Threaded Locking Hitch Pin

The locking, threaded hitch pin secures the rack to your hitch receiver and also serves as an anti-wobble device to eliminate rattling in the receiver.


Removable Adapter Sleeve

Adapter Sleeve

The rack has a removable aluminum sleeve that lets you convert the 2" shank for use in 1-1/4" hitches.



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S64683 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details S64683 Installation instructions


Video of Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Test Course

Speaker 1: Here on our test course, we'll start by inaudible 00:00:02 the slaloms. This is going to show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners, or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up-and-down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway..


Customer Reviews

Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting - S64683

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (116 Customer Reviews)

This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack.

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Truly grooving on my wife's new Swagman Chinook bike rack. She wanted to be able to transport her nice road bike easily without throwing it in the back of her car, and since a roof rack is out of the question, this Swagman model fit the bill perfectly. It arrived quickly on the anticipated date. Kudos to etrailer.com for the email updates to keep me informed of my purchase. Within one hour, it was installed on my wife's 2014 Mazda3 hatchback. The Swagman is heavy and solid, which is reassuring as it makes me feel confident that it will keep the bikes secure. It also makes me feel like I got my money's worth. A ratchet wrench and Phillip's head screwdriver were the only tools required for the easy install. I did my research before purchasing the Chinook model as I was also eyeballing a very similar Thule rack that was slightly more expensive. I spoke with an etrailer.com expert who gave me the lowdown on both models. Ultimately, the Swagman won out because it has a smaller 'footprint' while extended or folded up ... and also can tilt away from the car for easy access to the hatchback area. Very convenient! FYI: Mazda doesn't make a trailer hitch for the Mazda3 as it's a small car with a small engine and has no business towing anything. Thankfully, the Curt company makes an aftermarket frame and trailer hitch that fits the Mazda3 hatchback perfectly with no drilling. Stupidly, I purchased it from another online company thinking I was getting a good deal. Turns out etrailer.com had it for less with FREE shipping. Oh well ... live and learn. Now I know that etrailer.com is one-stop shopping for bike racks AND trailer hitches. (Full disclosure: I had the garage down the street install the frame as it's easier with a lift) Only snafu: the shipment contained an extra set of keys that I assumed was for the hitch bolt lock (there was also a set of keys on the bolt itself). I spent 15 minutes using those keys trying to figure out how to remove the lock from the bolt to install it on the hitch. The keys just wouldn't turn in the lock. I called etrailer.com and Kevin told me to try the other set of keys ... and they worked. So an extra set of keys came with it that did absolutely nothing ... weird! Obviously, I can't speak to the longevity and durability of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack as I just installed it. What I can speak to is the sturdiness of it, the ease of the installation and my complete satisfaction with the good folks at etrailer.com. 505791



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Things I wanted in a platform bike rack: -Rack that could accommodate at least a 49" wheel base -At least 35 lbs per bike capacity, but preferably 45 lbs -A Rack that could fold up and out of the way without hitting the bumper or interfering with the rear hatch opening. -A rack that would have enough clearance to still open the hatch with the bikes mounted and tilted away. -My bike (that I was concerned about fitting): 2017 Trek Fuel EX 7 29er, size XXL. This rack hit all of those requirements! I was a bit hesitant because there was no confirmed fitment for the 2014+ Forester (beyond some measurements), but I ordered it anyway. I'm happy to report that the rack fits perfectly. I attached pictures that show that there is plenty of clearance when the bike is mounted, bike is mounted and tilted away (to open the hatch), and when the rack is folded up (to clear bumper and open the rear hatch). Rack itself: -Assembly and installation was fairly easy. The directions could be somewhat confusing, but read carefully and pay attention and it will be easy. -The cam locks that are used to tilt/fold the rack and to release the vertical arm are much more convenient than having to remove and re-insert a pin. --there is some up and down play from the tilt/fold cam lock, but it actually does not cause excess movement when the bikes are mounted and the car is moving, hitting bumps, turning, etc. -Very minimal movement from the rack while in motion. -The padding on the hooks is fairly hard, so I did buy some pipe insulation to protect the top tube on my bikes. -The rack hooks lock and there is a lock for the hitch pin. No cables necessary! -The wheel trays are very sturdy and easy to adjust. -The price was very reasonable, especially considering that locks are included. Regarding etrailer.com -awesome database of information AND the best prices that I could find. -the support team is also very responsive and helpful. I'm very happy with my hitch rack so far, and I'm very happy to have ditched my roof bike carriers! 289376



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I ordered the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack on line from etrailer and so far have been very satisfied. The bike rack was delivered in less than a week. Unpacking the rack and assembly was fairly straightforward. I have read some reviews that complained the assembly instructions were a bit vague. I didn't have a problem but can see where others without a mechanical background get confused. The rack is very sturdy, but there is some side to side play in the tilt mechanism. I'm not sure this can be avoided with a rack that folds down. Installing the Curt trunk stabilizing strap takes most of the sway out of the rack. Installation is fairly easy and quick. It takes me 6 - 7 minutes to install the back on my hitch, and to install the bike and be ready to drive away. That seems reasonable to me. So far I've only loaded 1 bike. I've included pictures of my installation on a 2014 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan. Clearance between the bikes, the rack and the car are good. With the bike loaded in the inside, most forward position, I have 6" clearance between the pedal and the bumper. With the bike removed, the center support folded flat and the rack folded up in the storage position, I have 4" clearance between the closest part of the bike rack (the fold down hinge assembly) and the back bumper of the car. I am able to open the trunk of the car without removing the bikes or using the tilt feature, but I do have to remove the stabilizing strap first. Overall, I'm very pleased with the bike rack and think it will serve me much better than my old strap on rack. Since the weather has been cool since getting the bike carrier, I haven't taken any long trips to give it a real workout. 356818


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Im still very pleased with the bike rack. Have taken several 200 mile trips with 2 bikes and am very satisfied.

Capt J - 03/21/2018

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I chose the Chinook mainly because it came with locks for the hooks to keep the bikes secure, and a lock for the hitch pin to keep the rack itself secure. I also like that it has ratcheting top tube hooks, rather than hooks that secure with knobs. Assembling the rack was straightforward and took maybe 20 minutes. I did it with the rack off the car. I installed a trailer hitch on my 2009 Civic Si sedan (this was not NEARLY as easy as assembling the rack!) and hooked up the Chinook. It's fairly heavy, but appears to be about the same weight as most other platform style racks - even lighter than some of the higher end ones. It slid right into the receiver. The hitch pin/lock is easy to use. I loaded my XL 29" hardtail mountain bike and my wife's M comfort/step through bike onto the rack - the sliding trays were easy to move with the bike off the rack and I used a rubber mallet to fine tune their positions with some gentle taps once the bikes were on. One of my concerns was that the hook wouldn't go low enough for my wife's bike. I put the low hook on first and had it facing the outside as that's where my wife's bike was. The hook went down plenty far to secure the comfort bike. I did put small towels between the bikes and the hooks, as the "padding" on the hooks isn't very soft. The bikes didn't interfere with each other and they didn't touch the car. I was even able to open the trunk with the bikes on the rack in the upright position. The rack can tilt away from the car which would probably be helpful for cars with larger trunk lids. We set off for the trail. The rack did bounce around a bit while driving down the road (probably due to the low load rating for the hitch for the Civic more than the rack itself) but everything held tight and got the bikes to the trail with no issues. Unloading and reloading at the trail was quick and easy. Overall, I am very happy with this rack! It does everything I wanted a rack to do at a very affordable price. 336635



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I have been using this with 1 bike (not 2 yet) for about a month now, and it has worked great for me so far. Yes it is pretty heavy and still has movement going over bumps, but it seems very strong. I just took the 2nd bike tire mounts off until I need them. Everything is metal on this except the bike frame ratchet track and button mostly. I use it on a 2014 sonic hatchback with the trailer hitch I bought from here as well. I recommend this for people not wanting to risk scratching the paint on their car. The pictures make it look like it sticks way past the sides of my car, but that's not correct. 432749



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First off I got tired of putting my bike in the back end of my 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek! So, birthday present to myself. I bought the Curt 1 1/4" class 1 receiver hitch from Etrailer of course (posted install). Then I ordered the Swagman Chinook platform bike carrier! Best bike rack purchase ever! I did a lot of online comparisons, always been a Thule fan? But hands down the Swagman Chinook was the best bang for the buck @ $$$ and change from Etrailer! It took me @ 15 minutes to put together straight out of the box, and waited til yesterday to put it on my car. As you can see from photos attached it works awsome! Now it's going to be a lot easier to travel to the BMX races! 336348



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This is my first hitch mounted rack. I was very excited and hopeful that this rack was of compatible quality to that of Thule or yakima, albeit with a more reasonable price tag. However I think that it came up short. Likes Sturdy. This thing is built like a tank and would certainly have no issues dealing with some very heavy bikes! Attractive. I like that it is simple, not flashy and when no bikes are loaded it's completely out of the way. Fit. I have a drawtight hitch mounted Ted to my 2016 Subaru Forester and the clearances are perfect! When folder up there is about 1.5 inches between the rack and the bumper. Nice and tight. Function. I like how it folds up. Dislikes. Very heavy. Pretty sure this is 100% steel with very minimal use of aluminum, if at all. This also has me very concerned that after a couple years it will look like rusted junk. Width. I just bought a trek fuel with plus tires and the trays will not actually go wide enough by about 2 inches. As a result the bike always has one tire not fully seated in the tray. Luckily the tray has a strap so it is secure, but this is definitely a compromise. Fit and finish. Some small rust spots. I had to add grease to the main pivot to help with a very tight movement of the rack folding up, some of the joints also needed to be tightened and the key/lock mechanism clearly was not deburred inside and I spent a long time trying to unlock my bike from the rack. Adding bike lube to the mechanism and working it for a few minutes made it a smoother operation. All said, if I had to do it again I would pay the extra money for a mainstream bike rack brand. But I use this every week in the summer. If you're an occasional user this would probably be fine. 389387


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Well aside from the issue if rust in the wheel trays becoming progressively worse, everything is about the same. I will add that despite my best efforts, the padded hook definitely burnishes and wears at the paint job on the top tube of the bike frame as well. Not a big deal if you use this a handful of times a summer, but if you use this two to three times a week like me, this just isnt ideal.

Alex - 06/07/2018

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I purchased this rack for my 2014 Subaru Forester. I originally bought a used Thule rack that hung the bikes from the top tube (or the top tube adapter, in the case of my mountain bikes), but my bike hung too low. After much research into various racks, I selected this Swagman Chinook. The ratings were good, the price was right, and it had all the features of a much more expensive rack. The rack was very easy to put together upon arrival, and it took me just a few minutes to adjust it to my mountain bike's size. I really like the fact that the rack locks to the car and also locks the bikes down to the rack. The rack tilts in easily to the vehicle when not in use. It's easy to put the rack on and take off of my car as well. I found the easiest way to load my bike (Niner RIP 9) is to raise the top hook to the tallest height and then lower the top tube hook rack. After I put the bike wheels in the tray and ratchet them down with the padded straps, I swing the top tube rack up and lock it down. If I attempted to load the bike with the top tube rack up, I had to really maneuver the bike around it while trying to get the wheels seated, and worried I'd scratch my car. I took it on a trip up north on a very windy day, and there was no sway. So many great features at a price that can't be beat. 524838



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This bike rack is very sturdy, which adds to its hefty weight. Overall, it secures my bikes very well and the locking mechanism for both the hitch and bikes seems to be of good quality. The bikes would probably have to be damaged to be removed from the rack while it's locked, so that's about as much as you could ask for I guess. I bought this to enable transport of my triathlon bike with a disc wheel, which works perfect, even without the rear wheel strapped. The bike secures very snugly, so it doesn't shake around at all, although there is minimal play in the hitch...only very slight sway. For the price, quality, and utility, I'd definitely recommend this rack! 272303


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The bike rack is still holding up well. We use it almost every weekend and its been great. No issues whatsoever.

Joshua M - 01/15/2018

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I was pleased with the fairly quick delivery (less than a week). However, when trying to put together I felt the directions were somewhat unclear. I felt like I wasn't confident that I was putting it together correctly due to lack of full, detailed instructions. Also, it is quite heavy (~46lbs) and awkward! I guess I didn't fully understand how heavy it would be - which I guess is my fault. I would definitely recommend trying to put it together while it is inserted in the hitch of the car. The rack itself seems pretty sturdy but I am really unhappy with how much wobble and sway the rack moves in the hitch. I have a 2 inch hitch and use the 2 inch adapter. I wish I knew if the sway is normal, or if I have done something incorrectly. Also, I received a Swagman hitch lock with my rack but I really struggle with being able to turn it so that the thread goes in as it should. So I resulted back to using the non-lock version that also came with the rack. Also, for the lock hitch I don't understand why it is so long. It is nearly twice as long as the one that is meant for the rack. What is the point of it being so long? Overall, the rack is okay but now I'm wishing I had gone with a less obtrusive, lighter weight rack. 293614



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Still getting spacing sorted out, but so far it's a good carrier. It's stable in my Class 1 receiver and seems to keep the bike from bouncing around. I slipped an old sock over the locking arm to prevent frame rub some people have claimed. While the bike is held securely for travel to/from the trails, I can't get the locking arm to sit in the lowest point of the top tube by the seat post - the safest spot regarding anti-theft - without my bike being shifted to the extreme edge of the carrier. My solution was to get a security cable similar to this - https://www.etrailer.com/Bike-Locks/Master-Lock/72DPF.html - and padlock it to the receiver for trips where I plan to be away from the car/bike for more than a couple minutes. Why I knocked off a star: One of the supplied carriage bolts is 1/8-1/4" too short out of the box, making it impossible to thread the nut on the end with the split-lock washer in place. And perhaps I don't know my own strength, but I over-torqued one nut and snapped the bolt, sending it flying. I replaced all 4 assembly bolts and split-lock washers with some Grade 5, zinc-plated, 5/16-18 carriage bolts in sizes (1) 2", (1) 2.5", (2) 3". M8-1.25 also works. 395952



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I'll be using this rack for a Trek Remedy 29er. Overall, the fit/finish of this rack is fine, and the added wheel protection on the ratcheting loops is a nice touch. The arm(s) that touch the bike frame could be softer, but I might just use a towel or something to cover the frame. I am, however, less than impressed with the locking hitch pin. I've never seen one that needlessly long before. Would be extremely easy to snip off. I don't know if Swagman makes a shorter one, but it's certainly needed. I give 4 stars for the rack build quality, and 1 star for the threaded locking hitch pin. 480064



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I have a Specialized Turbo Como, which is an Electric assist bike, so a bit heavier and bulkier than a standard bike. I ordered the Swagman Chinook because I wanted support for the wheels as opposed to hanging by the frame. It works perfectly. I added a picture of the through bolt that is designed draw the 2" rack insert tight to the receiver to minimize sway, which it does. The problem is that the locking feature won't work because it extends too far and interferes with the tow package connections. If this bolt was 1 1/2" shorter it would work fine. I don't know why it is as long as it is for a 2" receiver, but it makes the lock unusable. My vehicle is a GMC Denali, but this would probably be true for all GMC and Chevy vehicles for the past ten years. That would be a great fix. 471833



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I wanted to move away from the scratches I was getting from my Saris trunk mount bike carrier so installed a receiver hitch and purchased the Swagman Chinook. I read a ton of reviews for different racks and this one had more positive comments than the others. There is some assembly required, but it is not difficult. The only problem I had was the foldable upright holder for the bikes is attached with two bolts. The bolt that goes through the open end (the left side as you are facing the back of the vehicle) was too small until I used a pair of pliers to close them a little so I could attach the nut and washer. Once tightened, everything was fine and the holder would still fold without a problem. I am amazed at how stable the rack is with one bike. I have not used it with two bikes. Very little movement. Extremely stable. I also purchased a Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap but do not see a need to use it currently. Perhaps it would be necessary if I mounted a second bike. I added some reflective tape to the hitch so it could be seen better by vehicles travelling behind me. 484386



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This hitch bike carrier is terrific! It is so easy to load and unload my bike. With the right tool, a 3/4 " ratcheting socket wrench, installing in onto my car is a snap and because the pin tightens down, there is no play and sway during transport. The locking hooks provide theft deterrence. I am an older woman, not very big, and I assembled this by myself and have no problems installing and using it on my car. It is less work overall than carrying my bike in the back of my vehicle, and better for the bike. I called etrailer.com a couple times with questions and they were available, responsive and helpful. I am still learning the best way to haul two bikes, and of course that will be different with each situation. For me, it is important to load the first bike next to the car (on the inner wheel cups.) I take off the hooks and lay the pole to the side and the bike loads as easily as onto the outer wheel cups. My hitch does not allow a lot of space between the vehicle (a Jeep Patriot) and the carrier so that may not be necessary with other vehicles. 391330



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I have had this bike rack for a year now and use it nearly every week. This bike rack beat my expections by miles. Easy to install, easy to load bikes, secure, love the built-in lock on the hitch and bike rack. I have a full suspension Trek that makes it hard to secure with frame racks but this rack makes it a non-issue. The down side is finding the right distance for the tire craddles but really not too difficult. I couldn’t be happier with it. 489730



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Used our Swagman Chinook 2 bike platform for the first time today. My wife and I really like it. Drove about 60 miles to a rail trail at a state park. Easy to load and unload, travels well on the highway and secondary roads. Love the ability to tilt the rack with the bikes on for easy access to the rear door of our Subaru Outback. It appears to be a very well made carrier. It does weigh almost 50 lbs, and that is our only complaint. 401946


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One year later and we have used it numerous times. Still works great, no complaints.

Howard - 07/05/2018

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Shipping was outstanding, I placed the order on Sunday and had my bike rack on Wednesday. I assembled it that night, assembly was pretty simple, you just had to read the directions and follow them - between the instructions and the illustrations, it was easy with the most time consuming part being some trial and error to adjust the platforms that the tires sit on to get them in the best place to center the bike behind the car and have the tires sit firmly on the platforms. The normal guy thing of skip the instructions would be hard. Putting the bike in the front position (toward the car) was a bit difficult until I read the directions on loading and lowered the upright arm and it became easy. Loading is easily a one person operation. I used the rack for the first time today (the day after it arrived), and it performed as I expected. I would recommend this and would buy it again. 382261


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Ive been using the rack for a year now, including several long trips, over 500 miles each way with 2 hybrid bikes. The only issue at all is all summer long I cant open my tailgate without folding the rack down and its harder to load large/heavy items in the back of my vehicle because the rack is where you want to stand. But that is a small price to pay for a great rack, and I could spend a couple minutes taking it off before I went to get that large/heavy item. But I leave it on from the beginning to the end of biking season and use the rack several times a week.

Gregory M - 05/23/2018

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Worked as expected. Compact when folded up. Locks are a nice feature. 410985



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Very study and enjoy the locking systems included. However I was a bit disappointing in a few parts of this hauler. The wheel housings being make of plastic vs metal like everything else has me a bit concerned on the lifespan since when you set it down the rack typically rests on the housings. Also one of the bolts holding the cross bar is the absolute minimum possible, so with a slight out of tolerance in the bend angle of the center housing, it was a significant effort to install the nut (I had to bend the lock-washer to be much closer to flat to get access to a couple threads on the bolt). Lastly I wish the locks between the locking hitch pin and the locking vertical hooks were on the same key. Despite the disappointments, it fits virtually all sizes of bikes, securely, and includes excellent features for the price point. 377699



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My husband and I just put this together last night! My husband who is retired military kept saying "this is a nice bike rack !" It was simple to assemble, sturdy , and he really likes that both the hitch and the U shaped holders can be locked. It came with all the parts, easy to follow directions. I do "occasional riding" , it is very easy for me to strap my bike down. I have a truck it is installed on, the rack tips down, with the bikes on , I can access the bed of the truck and folds when not in use. When I called etrailer , I had NO knowledge of bike racks, but with Devin W (salesman) help and advise, I made an excellent purchase. Easy to assemble, sturdy, very easy to use, I also don't consider expensive. etrailer had the lowest price. I definitely would recommend etrailer and purchase from them again. Thank You 439435



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I decided to purchase Swagman Chinook 2 after trying Swagman XC2 for a few days. Chinook 2 has a similar basic architecture/functionality as XC2, but with more robust engineering details that would enhance the ease of use and durability. Though Chinook 2 is more expensive than XC2, it has all the good qualities of XC2 plus everything I wished XC2 had. Chinook 2 works perfectly on my 2013 Honda Accord. Pros: Solid construction, easy access to trunk even with bikes loaded, fold/tilt capability,built in bike and hitch locks, built in wheel straps, jam-free sliding mechanisms (this was a big issue with XC2), stable (little wobbling) even at high speeds, easy mounting/dismounting of bikes, Cons: weight; fully assembled rack is about 45lbs; not the easiest thing to move around given the weight and the overall size. 289533



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The swagman bike rack arrived in 3 days. After exhaustive review, of which etrailers videos and pics were a vital part (many products I had no idea existed), I chose the swagman tilting rack. I needed the tilt to open the door of my Volkswagon Tiguan and wanted the wheel trays to get additional stability. It all went together in 10-20 minutes, I built it right in the hitch receiver. Tightened all the bolts adjusted the wheel trays and loaded my bikes. I am so happy with everything. I added two rubber straps to further stabilize the rack during transit and everything is working perfectly. The swagman was even on sale for [$$] off. Etrailer has been emailing me for awhile, as we were off on a 3 month jaunt, so they have gone beyond the norm to provide this great service. 370801



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Somewhat disappointed: 1) The bike locks were finicky from the start and were getting stuck. Some lube (i.e WD-40) seems to help the locks and also making sure that the button is fully released with the slider fully engaged in the notches. It may take both hands to lock or even unlock the bikes which isn't easy when you are reaching in/around the bikes. 2) Indoor storage recommended, does not weather well! Really. Some of us do not park in a garage and taking the rack on/off every week is not what I had in mind. I thought that I could get everything I wanted in a rack for under $300, but guess I needed to spend more. I'm a fan of etrailer, but think that buyers should be warned about the two items that I mentioned above. 504374



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I rarely give anything five stars, but the Chinhook bike rack is as close to perfect as it gets. The delivery was prompt. Assembly was a breeze. The directions were concise and obviously drafted in English and not badly translated from another language...clearly written by a native English speaker. I have not figured out where it was manufactured but it is solid and well built. The designers and the maker got their heads together and made a great product. We just made our first road trip (300) miles without any problem. I love the design. We upgraded from a much cheaperrack that scared us and the extra money bought us peace of mind and security. Swagman has a great design and manufacturing team! Thanks guys!! 321369


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we remain highly satisfied

Babu B - 12/09/2017

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This is my second order with etrailer and they have given me great service and delivery. The website was extremely helpful. When I received the Swagman Bike Rack it was easy to assemble. Putting the bikes on was somewhat complicated and glad I am a handy person. The hold-down hooks would not secure due to the height of the crossbars in the male and female bikes. After much changes in placement and configurations, I finally had to unscrew the bars and change the front and back heights on the the 2 bars. Now all is secure and is working fine, locks fine and could not be happier. It may help to have on the video that this may be a factor with an easy fix. 434583



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Overall value 5/5 Overall features 4.5/5 Overall quality 4/5 Assembly instructions that do not have a parts list??? Instructions poorly (not horribly) written. Luckily it's easy to assemble. Like the overall rack. Fits modern 29" mountain bike without issue. 487291



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First platform style I've used. It is on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I can ALMOST put the tailgate flat, but goes 99% when tilted back to remove items from bed of truck. There is a lot of nice things about this product. The mast lays down and platform fold closer to your vehicle when not in use. It also tilts away from the vehicle to easier load the front bike. The tightening and locking pin is nice and the ratcheting hooks also lock. Was east to assemble. Galvanized hardware is also a nice touch too. Well worth it, I got it on sale anyway. It was a very long time to ship, got held up at the manufacture. Very happy with the Swagman brand! 268128


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GREAT!!! First platform style Ive used and this particular one is VERY nice for the money. Built tough, the tower folds down and the platform folds up out of the way. Nice for storage too. Glad I made this purchase! Also platform folds out to access stuff in your tailgate have tonau cover

User - 07/08/2017

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I love this bike carrier. It is really easy to get on the hitch (by myself), to load the bikes, and holds the bikes so securely. I just carried two bikes for the first time recently and loading them was easy - I just laid down the bar to get the first one on. I do not leave the carrier on the hitch between uses, because on my Jeep Patriot it will not fold up. But - putting the carrier onto the hitch is far easier than stuffing my bike into the back of the car, and better for the bike too. The loading and unloading of one bike is just super easy. 512902



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I did a lot of research before I purchased this bike rack. By far this bike rack is the best on the market.. Not only did it arrive earlier then scheduled, it was easy to put together and install. My dad who is 88 put it together in a matter of minutes. Very sturdy and can be used with 1/4 and/or 2 in hitches, plus it tilts so you can get into your back of SUV. And an added bonus is there are two locks - one for the hitch and the other for your bikes. I compete in triathlons and needed a reliable and secure bike rack. This was the ticket!!! 501904



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This is an excellent product. Easy to install, Very Sturdy. I also purchased the trailer hitch along with this item. The Hitch is secure and sits just perfect under the rear bumper. Before making my purchases, I called up etrailer - customer care. They explained the differences in Hitch Classes and also educated me with the do's and dont's and guided in getting the right product. Thanks to etrailer for such amazing products and the timely help with customer support. I have already told a couple of my friends and will only tell more ppl. 508036



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My order arrived from eTrailer in two days and the container was in great shape. I received great assistance from Julie, she is very professional and provided great info about my prospective purchase. The Swagman Chinook is very well constructed, heavy duty and heavy. The basic assembly took about 45 minutes with more time making adjustments to fit my bikes. It is very stable when connected to my 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, I noticed very minimal wobble or shake on a test drive after I connected it. I would definitely recommend it to others. 487922



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I purchased this product for my husband as a gift. He was wanting a rack that would be easy to get a bike on and off of, and something that would clear the spare tire attatched to our tailgate. (we own a Jeep Liberty Renegade) He has been very happy with this rack! It met his want list and has been very stable when transporting his bike. It has two locks, folds down to a great size, and is well built. Etrailer provided excellent customer service, and I found the product demos very helpful!... I would recommend the company and the product! 336325



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Good design, light weight and strong. But there is defect, some spot-welding points fell off on the wheel cradles ( as pictures show ). 433995



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The rack shipped fast, thank you! Assembly was easy and rack looks very sturdy. I did have to disassemble and switch position of the locking arms to accommodate our bikes, but this was easy to do. I bought this rack to take our bikes to Florida for our 2 month winter break. Fits our 2015 Ford Edge great and tilt feature allows for easy access to rear cargo area. Very happy so far with the Swagman Chinook, the upcoming trip will be the true test of the rack. Thanks etrailer.com for a trouble free online shopping experience. 322441


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Still a five star bike rack! Have made two trips from northern Michigan to Florida besides local use, and our bikes rode safe and secure. Very happy with this Swagman Chinook and the purchase experience from etrailer.com. Highly recommend both.

Chris B - 12/05/2017

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The Swagman Chinook 2-bike carrier appears to be well built and easily hauls my mountain bikes. Assembly upon arrival did not take long. Unit is a bit heavy for my wife to carry and put on and off the vehicle, but manageable. I had do do some swapping around of the frame hooks to get them to work with the 2 different bikes, but only 2 bolts each and not difficult. Great to have a bike carrier that tilts away from the hatch on the SUV to allow access to the back of the vehicle. This unit is definitely worth the purchase so far. 419240



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The instructions for assembly could use some better images and instructions. I did have to unassembled and reassemble once to make sure I got it right. If you've ever assembled IKEA furniture, this should be familiar and no big deal. We used the carrier to drive to a bike trail 20 minutes away and the rack performed well. I like how it does not block the back-up camera on our 2016 Subaru Forester. The locks are a great piece of mind when you have to make a stop along the way and you don't have to worry about you gear. 464177



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The bike rack is really good. I use it to transport mine and my wife’s bikes. It took a good bit of trial and error before the proper placement of the bikes on the rack could be worked out. The rack while heavy is fairly easy to put on the hitch and is easy to load. The downsides are that it is pretty heavy and even when folded is not very compact, making storage a bit cimbersome. It is great for transporting 2 bikes. For just one bike I’m considering buying a lighter, easier to handle rack. 513693


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Brian, thank you for your review. The lightest 1 bike platform rack we offer is Yakima part # Y02481
Yakima SingleSpeed 1-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount
$266.77
. This bike rack only weighs 20 pounds. If you would like to continue traveling with 2 bikes and need a lighter option I recommend the Saris Freedom 2 bike rack part # SA4412F
Saris Freedom EX 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount
$349.99
, that weighs 27 pounds. Both of these bike racks options have the fold up and tilt away feature.

-- Heather A - 05/30/2018

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ordered Chinook rack on Monday and received it on Thursday. Already had a Swagman XTC-2 from etrailer in 2014 but needed to upgrade to accommodate wife's new E assist bike. Chinook assembly was quite easy following the instructions. After making some minor adjustments to center bikes on rack I have both our bikes mounted and everything looks good and sturdy. After using the Swagman XTC-2 for 3 seasons/ 5000 + miles and having 0 issues I'm confident the new Chinook will do the same. 501356


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William, thank you for your review. Please keep in mind this bike rack has a weight capacity of 45 lbs per bike. Most e-bikes are on the heavier side. If your wifes e-bike is heavier than 45 lbs I would recommend removing the battery to lighten the load while in transport.

-- Heather A - 05/01/2018

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We are a retired couple, and the Swagman Chinook 2-bike rack is our first experience with a bike carrier. Assembly was easy, and fit on our 2017 Acura RDX with Class II hitch with no problem. Once the initial adjustments were made, we found it fairly easy to install and remove the bikes. Our older, heavy (35#) bikes are well within the capacity of the rack, and don't show much wiggle and bounce on paved roads and freeway speeds. Well made and functional product. 428783



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Shipped in time and came with no defect... factory packed. It was simple to assemble and install. Product seems to be well built and very functional. It folds down for storing it attached it on your vehicle and can also pull outwards for vehicle door to have space to open. I've been using Thule products mostly, this is half the price but matches the construction. I have no reservations in recommending it. Will have to see how it weathers with time. 276181



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Just put the Chinook rack on my Ford F 150. The 1 1/4 - 2" adapter is a bit sloppy and the locking bolt is even more sloppy. Haven't taken it anywhere, but the movement of the main hitch worry's me. The bolt is threaded but there is nothing to thread into on the hitch adapter, so we have an inch and three quarter of empty bolt flopping around. Everything else looks good. May have to get a bigger bolt, but then the locking device is no good. 478045


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Randy,Thank you for your review.There is a silver in the shank of the bike rack that sometimes slips out of place. If the silver is sticking out and visible at the end of the shank then push it in until the holes align. The hole in the silver is threaded and should allow you to put your bolt through.

-- Heather A - 02/26/2018

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It fits nicely on our 2017 Forester. Easy to install and feels sturdy. I had a 4 bike Saris but it was just so big and awkward to deal with. The Swagman doesn't stick out so far & it folds easily out of the way so we can get into the rear hatch. 336144



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This is the first bike rack that I've found that was able to keep my bike's front brake from scratching the paint on my hatchback. All the other racks just tie down the body of the bike, this one ties down the wheels too. A+++++ 471577



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Have had the carrier long enough to use it and tell you its a winner. Installation instructions were good. You might add a deep socket would be useful when installing the hitch pin stabilizer. What's great is that when the bikes are loaded you can easily lower them to open the SUV door. Returning the bikes to the upright position is easy. They bicycles ride tight and secure down the road. I'd recommend this rack. 328863



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This bike rack has lived up to expectations. It holds the bikes securely and is easy to use. I have had no issues with breakage on any of the parts and the rack still looks like it did when I first got it, though it has taken may trips. The rubber tie down straps are real easy to use. I like that the rack can be bolted to the hitch so that it does not rattle. I would certainly recommend this product. 428015



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My 2016 Trance 2 size Large fit on it fine. I went with this rack because I was afraid other racks would not hold the Trance securely due to its shape. The swing away feature goes out far enough that it doesn't hinder my 05 Equinox's lift gate. Assembly was a bit of a pain due to 2 holes being very tight. Bolts are aluminum so they aren't as strong, but then again the rack is only rated for 90 pounds. 262478



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I bought this late September of 2016. It was easy to put together, no real surprises there. It is simple to install on the vehicle. I have not removed the 2" hitch adapter, but looks straight forward. The rack is easily adjustable for different bike geometries. Not sure how it would fare with a road bike. The wheel troughs may be too deep to effectively hold road tires. I use it on a mazda CX5. 307611



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I installed it in about an hour. Pretty straight forward. It sits a lot higher than I thought. So you have to lift your bikes about as high as the regular bar type racks. My real disappointment was the inner bike fell towards the trunk when I opened the ratcheting hold down. Big ding in my trunk. So when installing inner bike open your trunk first. My car is a 2011 Civic sedan 4 door. 515164



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Great product and pricing. Wish I had found Etrailer before I got my hitch from another site. Had it put together and on the car with two bikes secured the next morning for a test ride. Everything works well. Easy to load bikes and they were very secure. Love the tight fit as I always worried about our previous strap on trunk rack and the movement of the rack and the bikes. 421563


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  • The only main difference between the Swagman G10 # S64682 and the Chinook # S64683 bike racks are the design of the crossbars that the wheel cradles are attached to at the base of the bike rack. The Swagman G10 uses two crossbars in which the wheel cradles are attached directly on top of the bars.The Chinook model use one crossbar that the wheel cradles attach to and sit off the side of the bar. The only difference between the two racks, other than the design, is the Chinook rack...
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  • The primary differences between the Swagman G10, part # S64682 and the Chinook, part # S64683 is the overall size and shape of the rack, as well as the bike dimensions that they hold. The Chinook is an overall smaller rack, and at 25 inches, is a little more manageable for garages and other tight situations, and at 6 inches may risk contact of the wheel trays with your vehicle's rear bumper when folded up. The G10 on the other hand sits 13 inches away from the hitch pin when folded...
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  • Comparing Swagman G10 and Chinook Bike Racks for 2016 Kia Soul
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