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Single Wheeled Trailers: Adding to the Art

by Josh Lipton

The basic BOB Yak Trailers set the stage for imitators, as discussed in the last post, as well as single wheel bike trailers that owe their lineage to the BOB but have gone on in new directions. These inspired cargo haulers have evolved by adding suspension, different cargo configurations, different size wheels, multi-functionality and other features.

Bob Trailer IbexBOB’s Ibex trailer was introduced circa 2002. It offers suspension to improve the ride off road and on.

Kool Stop WilderBeast Bike TrailerKool Stop’s WilderBeast trailer was one of the first BOB like trailers to emerge. It offered some interesting updates including additional capacity for bicycle panniers with a bicycle rack that could mount on the bike trailer’s fork. Like the TW-Bents trailer, it is collapsible for easier storage and shipping.

Weber Monoporter Bike TrailerThe Monoporter by Weber of Germany has taken the basic single wheel design of the BOB and added quite a few upgrades in style and function. The most obvious difference is the use of a flat platform for the cargo area. The Monoporter platform allows for side release buckles to insert into it in a variety of configurations, holding in place either the standard dry bag, a basket or a cargo fence. A larger 20″ wheel is utilized instead of the more common trailer size of 16″. The wheel mounts to a single sided support with an integrated shock. The fork attaches to the bike with a unique solid, locking system.

Extrawheel Bike TrailerThe Extrawheel, made in Poland, may be related in its design to the BOB Trailer but has taken a very different approach by locating the weight of cargo slung around its full-size wheel. This combination of a full-sized wheel and cargo positioning, makes for an extraordinary off-road trailer. The Extrawheel hugs the trail and does not bounce over bumps but rather tracks right through and over them. The Extrawheel is available in 26″, 27″ and 28″ wheeled versions. For mountain bike touring, if your front wheel becomes damaged, it can be switched out with the trailer wheel which will continue to function with all but the most damaged rim.

Bilenky Bike TrailerThis interesting trailer is made by Bilenky Bicycles of Philadelphia. They have converted many bicycles into travel bicycles using S&S Couplers. This trailer combines a travel case for an S&S coupler bike with a single wheeled trailer. The trailer parts can be disassembled and fit inside of the case with the disassembled bike for travel. When set up as a trailer, the S&S case also makes an excellent storage container for your gear. The whole setup allows you to travel with your bike and gear at a size that doesn’t get extra charges by the airlines. This is a great setup for those who travel and bike tour frequently.

 
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4 Responses to “Single Wheeled Trailers: Adding to the Art”

  1. The Polish Extrawheel bike trailer is truly cool.
    They have a movie on which shows how it performs in the rough terrain.
    It’s amazing how smoothly it rolls without any suspension or anything.
    The key to this is the flexible part that attaches the trailer to the bike. Only when going fast down the hill (over 30km/h) with heavy load, the trailer has tendencies to zig-zag a bit.
    And worth mentioning is that you can load it with up to 30kg of stuff!

  2. [...] for the course with two wheeled trailers. My previous experience to date was with a single wheeled BOB Ibex Trailer. The recommended speed range Burley suggests is between 5 & 15 mph for the child trailers and [...]

  3. Sean says:

    Why dont the trailers have wheels the same size as the bike. That way you can carry spare tire and tube that fit all 3 and if you have a flat on any you can ditch the trailer and go get a spare.

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