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Comparing Swagman XTC-2 and Trailhead 2 Hitch Bike Racks

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Im between the Swagman Trailhead 2 and the Swagman XTC-2, Any advice as to which way to go? Pros and cons of both? Thanks!

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The main difference between the Swagman XTC-2 2-bike platform rack # S64670 and the Trailhead 2-bike hanging rack # S63360 is the way the bikes load. With a platform rack you don't have to lift the bikes as high up to load them.

The other main difference is that the XTC-2 gives you a few more inches of rack clearance from the hitch pin hole, 15-inches instead of 11-inches for the Trailhead.

Both racks fit Class 1, 2 and 3 hitches and have 3-inches of rise in the shank for increased ground clearance. Both can be used on any passenger vehicle and on motorhomes, but not on trailers or campers. Both can be locked using optional anti-rattle lock kit # S64029 and each handles a total of 70-lbs of bike weight. The XTC-2 is about 6-lbs heavier at 33-lbs.

In my opinion the difference in price is justified for the XTC-2 since it will be easier to use for many.

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