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Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Rack Review - 2020 Ford Escape

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Review of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Rack on a 2020 Ford Escape


Hey everyone, Charles here at etrailer and today we're taking a look at the Swagman Chinook two bike platform rack for an 1 1/4" and 2" hitches on our 2020 Ford Escape. This is a heavy duty bike rack that's gonna allow you to carry bikes of up to 45 pounds per bike. It is a frame hold, so if you have a carbon frame style bike or anything with a weird shaped frame, this might not be the one for you. But this does have a lot of great value considering its price point because you can tilt it away with the bikes still loaded. And that way we can access our hatch, grab anything we might need, even sit in there and change our shoes. So we have three attachment points keeping your bike on the rack.

We have a strap for each tire and this frame mount hold. So to take the bike off, we're gonna start with the straps and throw them out of the way. Then keeping one hand on the frame so your bike doesn't fall, I like to just take these all the way off and makes it quite a bit easier. And then with my left arm, I'll pull up on this tab so that I can fold that mast down making it even easier to get this bike off. On each of the frame hooks you are gonna have a lock core that are gonna be keyed alike with each other as well as a lock that comes with the anti-rattle bolt.

Over here on our wheel cradles these are also made of steel, so very durable. We have a thin groove that's gonna accommodate your road bikes all the way up to your 3" tires. If you have a fat bike that is under 45 pounds you can get the fat bike cradles sold separately. On all of the straps, you're gonna have this rubber pad for extra protection. You can also slide these back and forth to accommodate your different wheel bases of up to 50".

Gonna fold this mast down, take some measurements. So from the bumper to the furthest point of the rack, it's gonna be about 24 3/4". Something to keep in mind when you're backing up. And the ground clearance is gonna be about 18" from there and from the shank about 11". So just another thing to keep in mind when you're going up those steep hills and driveways.

Using the same handle that we use to tilt it away we're gonna fold it up to make it more compact. So now the distance added to the bumper to the furthest point out, it's gonna be 14" and the closest point is about 2". So over here we have our 1 1/4" shank that comes with the 2" adapter to fit into our 2" hitch. Also comes with this anti-rattle bolt and lock and as you can see, as I'm shaking the rack the whole vehicle is moving ensuring its secure connection. Living with this rack on the back of your Escape, you have full visibility of everything, your windshield, taillights, license plate, and your backup camera. So overall, this is a solid heavy duty bike rack that is gonna check off a lot of boxes. If you want something with a little bit higher weight capacity, check out the Swagman E-Spec. Or if you want something with a front wheel hold and higher capacity check out the RockyMounts Monorail. But other than that, this is a good rack. And that was a look at the Swagman Chinook bike rack on our 2020 Ford Escape..


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