Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack

Last updated date: May 3, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Bike Racks and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Top 10 Perfect, Fitness Equipment Reviews, Rack Maven, Biker Guyd, MTN Bikes, Buy The Best 10 and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bike Rack you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the Swagman Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.6
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,674 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Primarily steel construction. Bikes are easy to load. Can easily accommodate a tandem bike.
- BestReviews
It secures each wheel and the frame for a more stable and safe ride. It has cushioned hooks that can adjust to fit any bike size for a tight fit.
- Top 10 Perfect
April 8, 2019 | Full review
The Swagman hitch bike rack is big enough to accommodate two bikes. It’s very secure and makes sure your bike remains still even if the ride is bumpy.
- Fitness Equipment Reviews
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The rack features a sturdy design that’s carefully crafted for smooth rides regardless of the bumpiness of the road. The supplied anti-wobble bolt secures the rack firmly onto the hitch receiver to prevent wobbling.
- Rack Maven
The bikes are securely fastened to the carrier making travel at higher speeds easier for the long distance traveler.
- Biker Guyd
October 18, 2016 | Full review
Swagman XC Bike Rack is very easy to set up and use. You can have this bike rack out of the box and installed on your vehicle in just a matter of minutes. Loading your bikes is easy as well and you can get your bikes on or off the bike rack in less than a minute.
- MTN Bikes
April 2, 2015 | Full review
It can haul two bikes at a go and fits with 2 and 1 ¼ hitch receivers.
- Buy The Best 10
What experts didn't like
Wing nuts sometimes come loose via vibration. Not as sturdy. Lower weight limit, more assembly required than some competitors.
- BestReviews
There is a no wobble bolt system to ensure that there’s no wobbling between the hitch and the rack.
- Fitness Equipment Reviews
January 2, 2019 | Full review
When bikes are mounted, they may block the driver’s rear view through the rear-view mirror especially on sedans.
- Rack Maven
This bike rack system does not have a secure lock to prevent theft. Everything is held together with nuts and bolts making it easy to take apart with pliers.
- Biker Guyd
October 18, 2016 | Full review
One minor complaint that we found online was regarding the documentation that comes with the bike rack.
- MTN Bikes
April 2, 2015 | Full review
Be careful with the ratcheting top clips though to avoid pinching your fingers.
- Buy The Best 10

From The Manufacturer

This bike carrier provides a stress-free way to transport your bikes. Each bike is secured at both wheels and the frame, providing a more stable and safe ride. Cushioned hooks are adjustable for different sized bikes and ratchet down for a tight fit. The frame grip arms are coated with a soft-frame-friendly finish to protect the bike. The rack folds up for compact and easy storage. The rack comes with a built-in anti-wobble hitch device. Locking hitch pin and security cable are available sold separately. The XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack from Swagman is a versatile hitch-mount rack that can easily accommodate children's and adult bikes, downhill bikes, cruiser bikes, full-suspension bikes, BMX bikes, "Y" frame designs, and much more (and without the hassle of removing wheels). The XC slides into a two-inch receiver and carries up to two bikes. The XC easily adjusts to different bike frame sizes with the simple movement of the wheel hoops. Its frame grip arms feature a soft, frame-friendly coating to protect your bike's finish. When not in use, the rack folds up for easy storage.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Kuat 2 Bike Beta Rack
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Kuat Racks Sherpa 2.0-2 Bike Rack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Yakima Products Ridgeback Hitch Bike Rack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Allen Sports Deluxe Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Hollywood Racks Express Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Saris Superclamp 4 Ex
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Thule Passage Trunk Mount Carrier
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Saris Bones 2-Bike Trunk Rack
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Bike Racks

Riding a bicycle is a fun, healthy activity that can be enjoyed by those of all ages and abilities. Most people who enjoy spending time outdoors will tell you bike riding is a must-do no matter where you are. It’s a great way to explore new terrain, work on fitness, spend time outside and bond with friends.

But riding around your neighborhood gets old after a while, and getting your bike from point A to point B is always a concern. If you don’t have a truck bed with room for bike storage, a bike rack is your solution.

These handy contraptions allow you to secure a bicycle (the Yakima Ridgeback Hitch Mounted Bike Rack holds four) to the back of your truck, SUV or car. This way, you won’t have to fully dismantle the bicycle or buy a trailer to tote them around.

There are a number of different kinds of bike racks on the market. The racks reviewed here are all the hitch-mounted style. That means these racks attach to the trailer hitch located at the back of the vehicle. Because trailer hitches are built to carry heavy items, you won’t need to be too concerned about weight distribution. Hitch-mounted bike racks are a dependable way to go.

Bikes on a hitch-mounted bike rack are held a few inches from the back of the vehicle, which significantly reduces the risk of them scratching your car windows or paint.

Your vehicle may or may not already have a trailer hitch attached. If not, head to your local parts store to purchase one. Then, you can use any of these bike racks to bring your bicycle wherever you go hassle-free.

DYWM Fun Fact

During cold weather, when biking isn’t at the top of your to-do list, you can still utilize your bike rack for winter sports. Hitch-mounted bicycle racks can often be adapted to carry skis and snowboards. This may require an added accessory (sold at bike stores or online), but it’s worth it for the year-round athlete. Plus, it gets rid of the need to purchase a whole new rack for your winter activities. When it’s time to break out the bikes, you can remove the ski and snowboard rack adapter with a few tools and some elbow grease. Then, you can store it until next time.

The Bike Rack Buying Guide

  • Drivers should be aware that carrying bikes using a hitch-mounted bike rack will extend the length of the vehicle. That’s important to keep in mind when backing up, parking and maneuvering the vehicle in tight spaces.
  • If you are a casual rider and would like to be able to remove your rack easily and often, the weight of the bike rack is crucial. A lighter bike rack also means better gas mileage for your vehicle. The Kuat 2 Bike Beta Rack is a small contraption made of aluminum, making it significantly lighter than the Kuat Sherpa 2.0-2 and Yakima Ridgeback models. While slightly heavier than the Kuat 2 Bike Beta Rack, the Allen Sports Deluxe rack is a good option that maintains both a lightweight and heavy-duty construction.
  • Trunk access is always a concern with bike racks, especially for those who are using them on road trips. It would be a hassle to have to remove your rack every time you stopped to grab something from the trunk. The Kuat 2 Bike Beta Rack, Kuat Sherpa 2.0-2 Bike Rack, Yakima Ridgeback Hitch Bike Rack and Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Mounted Bike Rack all have a feature that allows the rack to tilt, eliminating the need for its removal and allowing free access to the trunk.
  • Having your bike so close to your car may cause some anxiety. What if the bike falls and damages the car? That could be a costly fix. There are accessories, called swing away racks, that prevent this issue.
  • Be sure to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Like wearing a seatbelt in the car, strapping on a protective helmet is an extremely easy way to safeguard yourself in case of an accident. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, accidents do happen. Some states even have helmet laws in place, heavily penalizing violators.
  • With most bike racks, you will still need to use your own cable bike lock to reduce the risk of theft if leaving them on the rack overnight or while you are away from your car. While these locks don’t completely eliminate the chance of theft, they highly reduce the risk. Casual thieves won’t typically take the time or effort to cut a bike lock. Cable bicycle locks are relatively inexpensive and can be bought at any bicycle shop.
  • If your vehicle has a spare tire on the back, you will probably need a hitch extension to install a hitch-mounted bike rack. This will move the bikes and the rack even further out from the back of your vehicle, so they don’t rub against the spare tire. Hitch extensions can be found at any auto parts retailer.