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Carry Freedom Y-Frame Trailer

A tough plywood load bed, bolted onto a durable Aluminium frame, finished with quality components. Wheels & handle release in seconds for flat storage.The tyres have kevlar armor and reflex stripes. The radially SS spoked wheels are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings. The axles are sturdy button release 12mm wheelchair axles. 
The Y-Small is better if you like going through doors, the Y-Large is better if you carry silly amounts of stuff all the time.

The true Strength of the Y-Frame bicycle trailer is flexibility. Strap a load straight onto the load bed, or fit a bag or box to suit your purpose. 100's of commercially available bags and boxes (not supplied) will bolt or strap onto the trailer, for example:

  • Ortlieb's waterproof rackpack bag, 48/96 litre capacity
  • Fold-flat plastic box with lid 96litre capacity.
  • Lockable durable aluminium chest, 58-288litre capacity
  • Indestructible Explorer diving cases
  • Rimowa and Samsonite suitcases

Boxes can either be bolted permanently to the frame or fitted with our unique quick release mechanism.

Construction:

  • Separability You can separate the Y-Frame bicycle trailer in about four seconds. Pull the pin that holds the handle, and push the center of the hubs to remove the wheels like on wheel chairs.
  • Durability A simple design made from high quality components, that will go on and on. Notice the sealed bearings puncture proof schwalbe marathon tyres, and stainless spokes.
  • Redundancy Peace of mind for those far from the beaten track. If the frame welds fail, the trailer can work until repair, be it bolted or welded. Any local blacksmith can make a pattern trailer from steel. No component is rare or irreplaceable.

Uses:

  • Expedition touring A durable simple bicycle trailer that is field repairable. Carry more, more effectively and efficiently than bicycle panniers.
  • Industrial A new way to work. Adapt your trade to bicycle trailer life or adapt it to your load. Hay bales, canoes, hot dogs, stained glass windows, Ice cream.
  • Commute Small and light, slice through traffic with your computer and cloths change. Teachers carry all your books.
  • Shopping A weeks shopping for two in a single trip. And a bicycle trailer that discretely waits for next week.
  • Fitness Our trailer's only make the hills steeper. Hitch one to your race whippet and use it as a resistance trailer.
  • Size: Small / Large
  • Weight: 6kg / 7kg
  • Capacity: 45kg / 90kg
  • Load bed: 38cm x 58cm / 50cm x 70cm
  • Max Load Area: 49cm x 90cm / 64cm x 90cm
  • Frame Material: 6064 T6 / Aluminium
  • Bed Material: 12mm 10 x ply / maple
  • Wheels: 16" Spoked / 20" Spoked
  • Tyres: 16 X 1.75 / Reflex Striped kevlar armour
  • Track Width: 570mm / 720mm
  • Note - Trailer is now supplied with the more durable Elastomer Hitch, and only contains 1 bike bracket. Additional bike brackets are available separately.

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  • Colour: Black
  • Size: Large - 20" Wheel, Small - 16" Wheel
 
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by reliable and simple to use Just cycled round Islay (distillery tour), Jura and Colonsay towing this trailer with up to 25kg on board, simple to attach and to load up and effortless to tow. If I'd known how good it would be I would have bought my wife one and given her half the load (of whisky). 08 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellent trailer but the hitch desperately needs 2-axis sealed metal bearings I have the large model, and you'd be amazed how much you can carry on it, especially with car grade luggage bands and locking straps e.g. big flat pack furniture boxes, compost bins, and light enough bulky machinery. If you are clever with locking straps you can even put too wide, less heavy stuff vertically, centre of gravity permitting, because the bed is tough and grippy! I also added a short L bracket underneath to fit a rear light for better visibility day and night, and prepared the tires with Slime so that punctures are not a disaster; even these tough tires can't stop all punctures! Mine came with the all Steel hitch assembly; some of my three axle brackets did bend at the pivot loop, but they never broke, and did not use up excessive axle length. This hitch survived many trips with serious abuse, abet with some bent brackets! The other drawback of the metal hitch is it can be noisy due to friction and rattling in the arm, but duct tape can reduce that. More recently the much thicker L bracket, metal pillar and Elastomer loop hitch assembly was introduced, so I bought one to try, but the metal is risky thicker for axles, especially Quick Release, with only one real degree of sliding (horizontal) movement (unlike two for the metal hitch). I managed to snap the Elastomer loop on the vertical axis after not many uses, with the trailer falling down a hill and nearly damaging a car! If you use the Elastomer hitch, definitely also have a strong enough steel cable linking the bicycle and trailer arm just-in-case. I got a replacement Elastomer hitch after providing evidence including photos, but haven't dare use it yet. The compromised hitch designs are why I don't give top marks and nearly 3 stars; the hitch assembly desperately needs proper metal 2-axis sealed cartridge bearings, not sliding linkages which bend, squeal, or snap; Pedal cartridge bearings would probably work. 04 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tow with confidence this is the first review i have ever written, but so impressed was i with this product that i couldnt not write one. from the moment you take it out of the box, you can tell the quality. ive used (and broken) 3 trailers of various types and now i wonder why i didnt just spend a little more and buy one of these. the wheels are strong and well spaced so i reckon it would take a lot to flip this over, the coupling is simple but positive, the frame is just genius. ive used it for two trips to the tip, and to tow it is a pleasure, it follows without flexing or buffering, runs very freely and just gives you the confidence that its not going to fly off or tip over. then when youve finished using it the wheels remove easily and it stows away without taking hardly any room. in short, you get what you pay for, and i dont think youll get better than this. 28 March 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by simple and versatile The Carry Freedom seems quite an expensive buy for such an unassuming little trailer, but everything is so well thought out and of such high quality any doubts dissolve once you use it. The supplied box quick release set is very handy. The small Y-Frame is plenty big enough for lots of stuff - note the load width of almost 50 cm, larger than the size of the deck alone might suggest. Tyres supplied were not Schwalbe Marathon as described, but Taiwanese 'Gumonder', a Big Apple copy in 16 x 2". 12 June 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by I use this for everything, since I stopped driving regularly. I have the Large Y-frame and the additional 0.9 metre extension arm. This trailer is useful for all manner of load carrying. I've carried, bikes; armchairs; an entire demolished settee; a double mattress (rolled-up); supermarket shopping; a barbecue; a lawnmower; wood; tools; stuff for the dump; 8 foot, 2.4 metres long fence-posts (a doddle with the extension arm); pieces of furniture; two televisions, one wide-screen (different journeys) to the dump; concrete rubble; bags of cement; bags of compost; topsoil; pieces of wood up to 3.2 metres long (a bit too long for my extension arm, but a longer one is available); even a protest placard, etc. I've had mine for several years and have had no significant problems with it. Very stable, I've had several bicycle luggage trailers and some are stupidly unstable. The Y-frame Large is almost impossible to roll. It's even stable with a bike mounted on it. A minor complaint, (hence only four stars) which I believe is true of all bike trailers (including the three I've owned, only one was made by CarryFreedom is that all trailers that I have seen are supplied with illegal reflectors. To be legal, one needs a large triangular reflector, mine came with small bike-type ones. Things may have changed since. Fitting lights is also rather fiddly, requiring some DIY. To fit the lights and reflector, I used a piece of angle-Aluminium through-bolted to the load-bed and a vertical flat bar as a support to mount the reflector and two lights to the offside rear. Here's a picture of mine with a scavenged crate for 'stuff' and featuring the UK road-legal triangular reflector and dual lights, one a road-legal flasher and one an approved K-rated Busch & Muller StVZO/RVLR one. http://tinypic.com/m/ftgewp/3 07 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better than a car! No word of a lie this is perhaps the most liberating purchase I have made in years. This trailer has been so helpful in ditching the car that I can't understand why I didn't buy one sooner. I have the large trailer and have customised it slightly to have a large wire trolley on it to help transport stuff home with. Shopping, funiture, even the Christmas tree have been brought home with this and there are a wealth of add on's which can be purchased directly from Carry Freedom. I am currently looking at getting an extra long tow bar which will enable me to tow my canoe down to the lake. Seriously well made product which can lug loads of weight and even packs flat for air traavel / bicycle touring abroad. Never had any problems with it and the money I save on petrol means I can afford more holidays and more bikes. Quality. 14 January 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Splendid Very good and simple trailer. It is easy to forget you have it behind you. The only word of warning is to check that the wheel spindle length is correct as they will 'half' engage and feel connected even if they are not long enough to fully engage. Very simple to adjust and make sure you have a little free play. 04 December 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Its a blinder! Having owned a mission trailer I have realised what a pile of junk it was! The carry freedom has a excellent level of engineering and clever design which I like. Simple to clip together and great to tow I cant fault it, the hitching system is fool proof.... what I would have liked to have seen is some spare hitching brackets being a multiple bike owner but there you go. I was concerned before I got it that being a 'small' trailer I wasn't able to fit big boxes on it... this is not the case. I have some ex rental crates that I have placed the feet on ( these feet then sit in the holes on the trailer board ). Any boxes you use do need to be flat bottomed. The strap that comes with it is a bit useless, a good quality bungee would be better. Anyhow its a good buy! 16 January 2011
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Y-frame attachment to bike

I guess this is blindly obvious to many people but I would just like to be certain of this.
1) Does the trailer attach to the bike at a point close to the end of the back axle or to a point immediately behind the back wheel ?

If it attaches close to the end of the axle, then
2) Does it attach to the axle or to something fastened to the frame?

If it attaches to the axle, then
3) Is a longer axle usually required to fit it?

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This trailer fastens to the rear axle using a special hitch/bracket which comes complete with the trailer.

The hitch will be fine to run with most Axles and Quick Release Skewers; however Make sure there is enough thread on your QR skewer, or axle. You will need a spare 3mm of thread for the hitch.
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hi, theres a bracket which attaches to the end of the axle which is 4mm thick, ive used a locking qr skewer and it works fine
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The hitch offers plenty of clearance so these trailers are compatible with all current wheel standards (26" 27.5" 700c Road & 29").
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Yes, because the two 20" side trailer wheels allow the trailer arm to pivot vertically.

Obviously the larger the wheel axle height difference from the 20" trailer wheels, the slightly more tilting back of the trailer, which will shift its centre of gravity.
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On the Carry Freedom site the trailer image shows 4 holes in the trailer bed. These are not shown on your product page. Is this a different bed?
Without them how do you secure cargo to the bed?
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Our current image is the original stock image, but these trailers have been updated and are now as shown on the Carry Freedom site. They have the 4 holes in the bed, and the Elastomer hitch. I've asked our web team to update our image asap.
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