Lightweight load-carrying 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.
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 hey presto, we had a load carrier weighing around 10 kilos. The wheels are alloy, spokes stainless and fit for purpose with sealed cartridge bearings. The clever little quick release button means they can be detached in seconds and the whole package is compact and discreet. A very well designed trailer….
… A very well designed trailer, apart from the hitch that is. In fairness, I have to say that if you’re thinking of buying one of these and it comes with a standard hitch, I think it’s worth paying the extra and getting the ‘Post Office’ hitch instead (Carry Freedom can supply you with one of these) . Our standard hitch snapped twice within a few weeks of buying it, once fully laden on a hill where it rolled back towards traffic. I have two friends in Brighton, both of whom have Carry Freedom trailers and they also had the same hitch problems, either snapping or bending.
Fortunately, (as mentioned above) Carry Freedom do offer the ‘Post Office’ hitch and it’s infinitely stronger. Not sure if it alters the payload – you’d have to check that out with the company. The plastic ‘ball’ part of Post Office hitch does wear through eventually where it meets the trailer arm, but if you do maintanence checks, you’ll see it happening and be able to change it before anything drastic happens. We’ve just changed our first one after about 2 years of daily use (around 20 miles per day) which I don’t think is bad. Additionally, Carry Freedom have developed a new prototype hitch which may replace the old standard one.
The only other negative I’ve found with this trailer is that the quick release on the wheels seems to seize if the wheels are not removed periodically. The bearings on one of our wheels has recently developed some play, but when we tried to take the wheel off, it wouldn’t budge. I’ll post the solution to this problem when I find it…!
Now, the ‘cons’ section of this review is very long, but don’t let that put you off. The hitch problem is being addressed and in the meanwhile there’s the ‘post office’ hitch option. The rest of the trailer, from my experience is very reliable indeed. Ours must have clocked up at least a couple of thousand miles from new and is still functioning really well. We’ve swapped the stock Kenda tyres for Schwalbe Big Apples and it rolls perfectly. 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 any number of options – Carry Freedom can help you out with this here. Like I said earlier, I took to the Carry Freedom instinctively and overall, I’d say my instincts were correct.
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
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