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    revolver vs swingdaddy, who wins?

    Looking at these two bike racks. Anyone have experience with either, better yet, both? One built better than the other? Any other options out there (not looking for roof rack, wife would drive bikes into something!)? Thanks in advance!

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    nobody has either one?

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    i can't believe nobody's touched this...and i have been wanting to sit down and write a response to your post, but it's not that easy to just put the differences down, cause they're subtle.

    bike loading...toss up. the thule no-sway cages are big, and they can get in the way, esp. with mtb frames. the benefit is that they come off and don't need to be used. yakima's swingdaddy the 3rd point of contact is smaller, and easy to adjust but not removable. so if you're going to load 4 bikes all the time, this may be a consideration.

    swing away mechanism...toss up/slight advantage thule. they are both good. each has a bolt that you tighten and loosen to keep the mechanism secured while driving. yes, they can get crossthreaded if you're not careful. when swinging away, you have to remove a pin also for yakima, while thule, the pin can stay stored. the pin is used to keep the rack from swinging back in on you while it's swung out...picture being at a trailhead and the parking is sloped. yakima should have rivited this pin in, but uses a cheap plastic clip instead which we've seen break...not a huge deal if you own a rivit gun.

    durability....advantage yakima. the swingdaddy is a well-built rack. solid and good looking. revolver is good too, but yakima has a slight edge here.

    locking/security...toss up. yakima has a great lock system, albeit the lock cable is a little smallish. but it will keep honest people honest. thule lock system is the same, but has a possibility of dragging on the ground. the new 964 - and this is something you should pay attention to if you purchase this rack- has a new cable that is spring loaded to keep it from doing this, but the part number hasn't changed, and you'll never know which one you 're getting unless you ask the shop.....we will likely be discounting our 2 or 3 we have in stock to make room for only this version of the 964....the 964 new!
    the new 964 revolver also has a longer bolt (the one i mentioned earlier) that is sloped at the front to prevent crossthreading.

    but.....alll of this aside....i still feel that for mountain bikers, the platform style racks, like the thule t2 or the yakima holdup are the best bike racks for hauling mountain bikes, because they don't care what type of frame you have....

    good luck with your decision...let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with your decision...

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