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5.0

durable holds a lot

By mad switcher

from austin tx

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Bought mine last year for bike camping and grocery shopping. With an extra hitch plate to switch between trikes easily this trailer has already paid for itself just with grocery shopping. Get exercise and do weekly shopping without using the car. Lightweight and parts are replaceable should something break. Low profile is great with recument trikes. Can't see around taller trailers.

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4.0

It works....

By gregstroke

from Undisclosed

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I bought this "newer version" after my "original-American made" one was hit by a "sun blinded drive" & severely broken. (He saw me just before hittling-& braked- only the Nomad hit.) He brought my groceries home- then paid for the new Nomad on Amazon.com ! (I know- "honest folks are hard to came by too!) I like it ok- but miss some of the features not included now. (As: the "full drop" pannels- they were great- when I had my dog-who liked to go for rides ! (Except to the vet- she just tolerated regular check-ups...almost 19 when she passed...) & the "aluminum hitch" (whitch I continue using. The now "steel" hitch is heavier & not nearly as nice looking .). I also would like to see a "stronger & firmer" bottom- so I don't think groceries will come through. (I actually keep a plactic container lid- that's the same size- there-to prevent that too.) I even kept the old wheels & axel harware- just in case-as I don't know about the new model's. They're working fine now- & look nice/simple too. Thanks !

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5.0

Enjoyable addition for riding.

By Foster

from Denver, CO

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Well made. Would like it made in the USA. Can't have everything.

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4.0

My dog loves it!

By Boog

from San Antonio, TX

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Bought it to haul my dog when he's tired. Light weight, I don't even notice It's there.

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5.0

Just what I needed.

By Bigislandrick

from Bloomington, MN

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I haven't used it yet, but next summer I am going around Lake Superior. It should be perfect.

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5.0

Light as a Feather, Tough as a Truck

By Snoodely

from Santa Barbara

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I pedaled my last Nomad to death (May it rest in peace!), and that took me a decade. Now, I am working on my second Nomad, and I can tell already that this one is even tougher and smarter than my last one. Yup -- I love it.

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1.0

Improperly engineered

By Jason

from Greensboro, NC

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Pros

  • Waterproof Cover
  • Weight

Cons

  • Hitch Mechanism
  • Price

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    Comments:

    This would be a decent trailer if the hitch mechanism was engineered properly but, alas, it is not. Just like a trailer hitch for a car, a bike hitch needs to have 3 axes of rotation (pitch, roll, and yaw to use aerospace terminology) in order to prevent unnecessary stress on the trailer and/or bike and ensure tire-surface contact. The hitch and ironically-named "flex connector" only provide one axis of movement, that being turning or yaw. It might be possible to get pitch rotation if the hitch slides between the bike axle mount and axle nut/quick-release, which it will do given that the trailer will function like a lever in such cases, but that means metal grinding on metal which would cause metal wear, loosening of the axle, and basically ruin the bike. There is a little play in the flex connector due mostly to the bolt holding the connector to the tow arm and the pin holding the connector to the hitch being slightly smaller in diameter than the mounting holes in the connector, but only a few degrees, which I think would really only be useful if one is riding on completely flat terrain and making very slight turns. Burley's classic hitch that mounts to the bike frame doesn't appear to be any more flexible, despite replies to the contrary by a Burley employee on their website, though to be fair I haven't taken a look at one close up and have drawn this conclusion from looking at photographs. I might be completely wrong about this, but from what I know of engineering and machines in general, combined with my first-hand experiences having this trailer hitched to my bike, I strongly believe that the hitch mechanism will cause damage to both the bike and the trailer over time. However, the trailer itself seems decent, and you might be able to find or make a proper 3-axis hitch. But considering the price of this trailer, it doesn't seem worth it to me.

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    5.0

    Solid and practical, without flaws

    By Minntandem

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Indestructible
    • Voluminous
    • Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self Contained Touring
      • Training
      • Grocery runs

      Comments:

      I've pulled this trailer on at least 5 500+ mile trips. My bike has fallen over a few times and the hitch just won't twist and break. I've hit a landscape rock with a wheel and flipped the trailer and nothing broke. I've hit a concrete planter at [...], which stopped the bike and almost threw me off the bike and the trailer was not damaged.I would not say that it is waterproof, so when riding for hours in the rain, water can get splashed in from cars, and from the bike's rear wheel. I use a sheet of Tyvek to cover my gear for extra protection.Wheel bearings are sealed cartridge type and I have had no issues with them. Last year I had no issue going down hills in Quebec rather fast (up to 50 MPH) with no shimmy or wobble.At times when I want a bit more of a workout, I'll pull a 50 pound bag of sand and hit the hills.Finally, I think car drivers give you plenty of extra room because they think that you are probably pully some sort of Burley kid trailer!

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      5.0

      Excellent Trailer

      By momule

      from Rural Mo.

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Sturdy
      • Easy to Configure and Adjust
      • Lightweight
      • Comfortable Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Street Riding

        Comments:

        This is a wonderful peice of equipment, as well engineered and made as a top of the line bike. Attaches securely and quickly with existing QR or wheel bolt and the hitch is STRONG. Comes with Big Apple tires and heavy duty wheels.Fabric construction is heavy weight and aluminum frame is strong. Easily will carry the 100lbs rating, enough room for overnight camping and has side pockets and a divider inside. Tracks quietly and with your load balanced you won't know it's there. Folds flat when not used. Optional cargo rack for top is great for fishing poles or whatever oversized thing you have. I put a piece of light plywood on the fabric floor to avoid wear and holes. This is not a toy but a true quality peice of equipment. Not for off-road or single track.

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        5.0

        The Best

        By momule

        from Washington, Mo.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable Ride
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Light Trails
          • Street Riding

          Comments:

          This trailer is comparable to a high end bike in construction, design, and ease of use. Behind my Catrike it tracks perfectly with no sway, easily can carry 100 lbs with the load balanced over the axle and is silent. I sometimes forget its back there. This is not for use off-road but handles street and rails to trails perfectly. I use it for 3-4 day camping treks and have never been disappointed.

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