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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe


Evangeline: Hi, it's Evangeline from etrailer.com. Today, we are looking at the Swagman XC Two Bike Platform Rack here on our 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. This is a great bike rack if you need your platform bike rack to do exactly what you need it to do, which is take your bike places without all the fancy bells and whistles. The way our bike is mounted to our bike rack right here is by this frame mount. It also has these wheel hoops that do not have wheel straps, but they can accommodate tires up to 3 1/2". People have used this and the wheel hoops, they have noticed do keep the bike wheel in place and you're secure and you're good to go.

To dismount our bike, we need to remove the hooks. What I like to do when you press in the lever, it lifts up, and I actually like to just take the whole thing off.That helps me with having more space to take the bike off. You can do it without taking the hooks off and that's fine. You can also move the mast down a little bit, just to give you a little bit more room. With that, you can see that there's so much space to just lift the bike up and away, and you're ready to go on your ride.

With the bike dismounted let's put these hooks back up. All right. We do the short one facing the front and we have this one over here. All right. With the hooks in place, it ratchets down and secures your bikes.

You can also fold up the wheel cradles up and to do so you just pull the pins. Now you might need to move the arms around a little bit, but see it's actually really light.You can feel it. Just lift it up and away and that's a folded position if you want to go and drive around with it hanging around all the place. Let's bring them down for now, just to see that when you are driving around, you do have a bike rack behind you, and you need to think about the extra length added to the back of your vehicle. From our back bumper to the back of our real cradle, it is 21 1/2" and that's a really good amount of space when you think about how you can carry two bikes around.

Just something to keep in mind when you're backing into your garage for parking and tight space. As for ground clearance, from the ground to the bottom of our bike rack here, it is 26". That's a lot of ground clearance, especially because our Tahoe is a little bit higher than other vehicles.It's just something that you think about when you're driving up a steep driveway or a steep Hill. This bike rack fits into an 1 1/4" and 2" hitches. It comes with the sleeve. Right now it's fit into our 2" factory hitch. It comes with an anti-rattle bolt there, that helps secure the bike rack to the vehicle and because of the anti-rattle bolt, even if I shake it as hard as I can, it's very sturdy. The closest point from the vehicle to the bike rack from our back bumper to the cradle is 8 1/2". Again, it's not going anywhere, so that's as close as it's ever going to get. There's no contact with your vehicle. All right. So as I just pack this back up, I guess, final thoughts I have about this bike rack, it's very easy to use, very easy to install.It's easy to fold up as well. You cannot tilt it away, which is just something to think about. If you want to access your rear hatch here, you would have to put the arm down and dismount your bike in order to access your hatch. But in this configuration, it works well. It's just doing whatever you need it to do. It brings your bikes to where you need it to go safely and securely and I think that's awesome.That was a look at the Swagman XC Two Bike Platform Rack here on our 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.


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