Reviews of BOB Ibex Plus Suspension Trailer with Drysak
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Well designed and sturdy, adds weight and rolling resistance
It carries a lot of gear. Tracks well behind the bike, mostly not causing any handling issues. The dry bag is voluminous and easy to pack and kept the contents dry and clean. Overall the design is well thought out. Attachment and detachment to the bike are fairly easy and seem to be holding up well after 350 miles of off road use on a Great Divide tour. The suspension definitely helps cut down bounce and tracking problems on rough trails.
It's a pig. The trailer and bag weigh almost 20 lbs. empty. Compare that to a sturdy rack and panniers that weigh about 4-6 lbs. The small wheel on the trailer tends to stall on rough and rocky surfaces trying to climb out of holes or over rocks, adding noticeable additional drag. I swapped bikes a couple of times with other riders in our group, and it was very noticeable how much additional effort was required to pull the trailer, especially on rough surface uphills.
If you really need to carry a lot of weight, a BOB will take that weight off of your bikes wheels, possibly cutting down on broken spokes and wheel damage. I could see it being good for hauling gear behind a tandem for that reason. For an off road tour, like the Great Divide, I think I'd go with panniers on the rear and a Revelate Sweetroll on the front. The other three folks in our group were set up that way, and it worked out well.
This trailer follows like a champ.
This trailer follows like a champ. Did not feel like I had to adjust my style of riding much at all. I ride fairly technical trails for Michigan which means tight turns but not a lot of speed. I admittidly overloaded my trailer and the extra weight did tend to push my bike when it would hit the small hills behind me. It took a little while to adjust to that. Love this trailer.
The Dry Sack tore and wore through after about 30 miles but that was probably as much my fault as anyone for how I packed it in. Patched and working great.
Wish there was info on the rear wheel as I want to built a generator hub into it and am going to have to wing it. Love the ability to drop the trailer and ride but still camp with all my gear. Added racks to my trailer something built aftermarket specifically for that would be nice.
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