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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman E-Bike Two Bike Platform Rack. It's going to be part number S64689. As you can see, we already have a bike installed, so let's take a look at some of the features. Something unique about this bike rack, like I said in the name, it's designed to be able to carry up to two E-Bikes weighing up to 70 pounds each, so it's a lot more durable for your heavier bikes.If we come in closer, starting from the outside and going in, we have a cradle for the front, and the rear tires. These cradles do not pivot back and forth, they're stationary in that aspect, but if you loosen this knob right here, you can slide it back and forth to accommodate any type of length that your bike might have and then you simply tighten it back up, and it's ready to go. Our bike is secured at three different points of contact.

We have a strap right here that comes in with the cradle, so once you get your tire in you just simply pull this strap through the spokes of the wheel, and you just secure it down like that. We also have one on the front wheel.You'll notice this little spacer right here that sits between the strap and the frame of the bike, it's going to help protect it from any damage during travel. Our third point of contact is going to be up here, We have this rubber coated bike frame. It is rubber coated, so it's going to protect your bike from any kind of damage during travel. And for any other cases you might need to purchase a bike adapter bar for any alternate bike frames you might have or even kids bikes.Now that we've seen some of those features we can go ahead and remove the bike.

I'm going to start down here with the rear wheel. Simply push up on this black tab right here, that's going to release the strap and we can just flip it back that way. We'll do the same thing to the front, push the tab, start pushing, release. Now when you come up to this frame hook, you want to make sure you have a good grip of the bike itself as when you release it you have a good grip and you're not going to let it hit your vehicle, and when you want to secure the bike you simply just push down on it and it ratchets, just like that.I'm going to go ahead and take the hook off. That's another neat feature about it.

That's going to help me with the hassle free unloading. Now we're ready to take our bike off. When you're done unloading, just remember if you do take the hook off you want to put it right back on so you don't loose it. Now I want to make a couple measurements for you guys. From the back of our bumper to the outermost part of our bike rack we're putting on about 24" of space from the back of our vehicle.

As far as ground clearance. From the ground all the way up to the back of our bike rack is about 26" of ground clearance. If we come in here, from the back of our bumper to the innermost part of the bike rack we have about 6 1/2" of space.Now though this bike rack can not tilt back to allow any hatch access when a bike is on there, you can access the hatch when the bike is off. You simply pull up on this black tab and this arm holding our hooks can fold down. Now any type of hatch access is available. Like I said, you can't do this if your bikes are installed.Now though the bike rack can not tilt back when a bike is installed it can tilt up in order to compact the space a little bit more. Simply how you do this is pull the clip out, now we're going to pull this pin out. Now all we're going to do is grab the back of the bike rack and simply fold it up as so. When we do that, we're ready to put our pin back in place and once we do that, now that we've done that we've eliminated some space from the back of our bike rack. I can show you just about how much space now how much space there is from the back of our bumper to the outermost part of our bike rack is about 15". That's a considerable amount of space we've saved by folding it up and that's going to help out for any type of close parking encounters you might have whether it's in your garage or if your out and about in the town.If we come down here, we look at how our bike rack is installed in our hitch. We have an anti-rattle bolt that goes through the bike rack and through our hitch receiver to secure our bike rack firmly to the hitch not allowing it to move at all during travel. It also comes with a lock to put on the other end of the rattle bolt in order to prevent any theft from occurring from your bike rack.And that will do it for our test fit of the Swagman E-Bike Two Bike Platform Rack on our 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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