Carry Freedom Y Frame Trailer

Description:

Lightweight flatbed trailer with velcro straps for easy attachment of goods/bags/boxes etc. The aluminium frame with a maple varnished base makes for a light vehicle (7kg) and easily removable wheels mean it can be stored flat. Payload is estimated at 70kg – 90kg.

Opinion:

Pros

I instinctively took to this trailer the first time I saw it. Simple but elegant design, nicely rounded off with a maple top. And extremely light, such a contrast to the steel Pashley Euro which we’d used exclusively until the Carry Freedom arrived. We added a lockable plastic box to the flatbed and we had a load carrier weighing around 10 kilos. The wheels are alloy, spokes stainless and fit for purpose with sealed cartridge bearings. The quick release button means they can be detached in seconds and the whole package is compact and discreet. A very well designed trailer. Be aware though that unless the wheels are removed regularly, the axles can seize into place.

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Carry Freedom Y Frame with Bullitt Cargo Bike

The big bonus of the Carry Freedom is the weight, unladen you really don’t know it’s there. The flatbed setup is a great starting point and you can add various additional options – Carry Freedom can help you out with this here.

Another Carry Freedom innovation worth checking out is the Bamboo Trailer designed for DIY manufacture… Altruistic in motivation, this is another reason why I like this company. Have a look at it here.

Manufacturer’s website: www.carryfreedom.com

UK suppliers:

Quite a few out there, so here’s just a small sample

Wiggle

Rutland Cycling

Chain Reaction

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8 responses to “Carry Freedom Y Frame Trailer

  • Rog

    When was this article written? I ask because I am wondering if the new hitches are now standard.

    • b1ke

      Hi,
      I wrote this towards the end of 2009. I don’t know if the new hitch (the ‘lollipop’) is supplied as standard on all new Carry Freedom trailers, but I do know that they’re available direct from Carry Freedom itself. You can contact Nick via his website, http://www.carryfreedom.com. A friend of mine has one of the lollipop hitches on his trailer and is very impressed with it. Cheers, Chris

  • Martin

    I wanted to like the Carry Freedom Y frame, but after 1000 km in France last summer I’m not so happy. I don’t care for the plastic hitch because the fixed part projects so far from the bike, putting more load on the axle and possibly savaging one’s ankle. I used the steel hitch and, early on, my bike fell over, closing the hitch so that I couldn’t remove the trailer from the bike without undoing the securing bolt. (Foolishly, I hadn’t brought a spare hitch.) I also found that the trailer tow arm often gets in the way when manoevering – e.g. when walking the bike through a crowd etc. A high-mounted central hitch looks a better idea. It was very wet at the start of our trip, and water got into one of the wheel bearings – there are no seals on the inside faces. The rubber caps on the outside soon disappeared also. And finally I think it’s much heavier than it need be… I think it’s a pity there seems to be no development – these snags have been pointed out long ago.

    • Amoeba

      Martin December 7, 2010 at 11:07 am,
      I probably haven’t covered 1000 km with my Carry Freedom Y-frame large, but I’m a huge fan, despite minor problems. This is the best cycle trailer I’ve had. I’ve had three. My other trailers are the Bellelli Eco and the Der Roland.

      I keep the Y-frame hub caps retained by means of cable ties threaded behind the spokes in a figure of eight that cross over the hub caps. This means I can remove the caps when I need to but they don’t get plucked-out by brushing past posts etc.

      So far, I haven’t had any problems with the standard metal hitch. And I’ve used the trailer for hauling concrete (crates so heavy that I couldn’t lift them); bags of compost; general junk from the garden; and using the 1.9 m extension arm fence posts 2.4 metres (8 feet) long; hand rails 3.6 metres (11.8 feet) long and bicycles on a cycle carrier I bolt to the load-bed. The 1.9 m extension arm came with the Commercial hitch. I like that too.

      I disagree about the trailer’s weight. It’s lighter than others with a lower maximum payload.

      “A high-mounted central hitch looks a better idea.”
      I disagree. I have two trailers with these.
      a) A high-mounted central hitch is prone to pull-over the bike when hitched to the trailer with a load.
      b) A high-mounted central hitch causes strange ‘surging’ behaviour in the towing bike when cornering and the trailer is loaded heavily.
      c) While I have rolled my Der Roland trailer (fitted with a high-mounted central hitch) many times. I have only rolled the Y-frame once, and that was entirely my fault when I misjudged its path and one of the wheels jumped a high kerb, causing the capsize.

      The stub axles are rather fiddly to remove, but now I’ve greased them carefully with molybdenum grease home-loaded with graphite powder (from a locksmith / hardware / DIY store) got the hang of removing them for storage.
      I think it’s essential to remove the wheels when not in use, or there is a risk that the axles could become ‘frozen’ and difficult to remove.

  • Ray

    Being a bit paranoid and living in a less salubrious part of the country (Oxford) – can the hitch be locked? What about the wheels?

  • trikewight

    I bought a Tri-cargo trailer for my Mission trike 18 months ago. This has a towing bar that fixes to under the saddle. The towbar I found has a weak connection to the front of the trailer, which caused the bar to snap.
    I see from the website that Mission no longer stocks nor imports this trailer. Is there any way of getting replacement parts for this model?

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