Get effortless access to back of your ride while carrying up to 4 bikes with the Surco OSI Swing Away Bike Rack. This unique design allows you to rotate the entire rack out of your way to grab groceries, gear or anything else from your vehicle's rear door or trunk. The OSI Swing Away Bike Rack also features a rotating top to put your bike in the perfect position for transport.
The Swing Away Bike Rack secures your bikes in paint-safe padded channels and a locking metal top plate. Made of heavy-duty steel and protected by a rust-resistant powder coated black finish, this hitch mount bike rack fits easily into any 2" receiver. Available in 3 and 4 bike models.
Reviewed by John C (Berkeley, CA) Reviewed for a 2005 Honda Pilot — Dec 30, 2005 8:36 AM
While I'm generally satisfied with the hitch- its solidity and swing away function, the means of clamping down the bikes is an anything but quick release. For a four bike mount there are three knobs that must be twisted down at the same time to avoid binding. While designed to accomodate fat tubed bikes, my standard tube frames took considerable time to tighten. With a mix of sizes, one would have to shim the thinner frames in order to have both be clamped tight. It is also very necessary to have both an auxiliarly strap to tie the bikes to the vertical frame (to prevent them from swinging forward and backward)and another strap from bike(s)to car frame to prevent them from rocking side to side. I found it to be an acceptable rack for a long distance and rough roads. Not recommended for a quick "toss on the bike and drive somewhere for a quick ride" usage.
Reviewed by Sean S (Winchester, CA) — Aug 30, 2005 4:41 PM
Nicely built rack but I wished I had shopped some other models. The mechanism that actually secures the bikes to the rack (three bolts) is very time consuming and cumbersome to use.It really needs a more user friendly quick release setup of some sort.
Reviewed by sheila g (Stowe, VT) Reviewed for a 2005 Ford Freestyle — Aug 30, 2005 12:57 PM
Reasonable price adn quick shipping. The plate which holds the bikes in place is kind of a pain to screw and unscrew...have to keep tabs on all the screws, as we noted they tend to loosen. Tight fit to get three bikes on... some rattle where rack slips into the hitch mount..we had to shim with thin plastic. I guess the inconveniences are worth the major financial savings over the top name competitors!
Reviewed by Ronald C (Woodland, CA) Reviewed for a 2005 Land Rover Range Rover — Aug 29, 2005 5:10 PM
The OSI bike rack I purchased is what I expected with the exception of two minor flaws. First, the amount of work necessary to screw in and take off the top plate is significant. If you are just going on a short trip, this is a time consuming and arduous task. Secondly, the rack wiggles slightly in my hitch. This may be because I need an extender for my 2005 Range Rover hitch. Otherwise, I like the rack and would order it again.