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Offline pptouring

BOB Ibex trailer
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:22:09 am »
Hello All,

I used our Bob Ibex trailer yesterday for the first time and it was a horrible feeling. It caused my bike to wobble the whole time and it was barely loaded (less than 20lbs). When I stood up to stretch, it got worse, a lot worse. Anyone else ever experience this? I don't recall reading about this during my reviews; otherwise, I would have never bought the thing! I do plan on talking with BOB early next week and see what they have to say. Anyway...  :confuse:

Offline staehpj1

BOB Ibex trailer
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008, 07:40:10 am »
I haven't used the Ibex, but I have used a similar one wheeled trailer.  It always seemed to just kind of disappear while riding other than the weight was noticeable going up hills.  It sounds like something is wrong if the handling is that altered.  Could it be how you loaded the trailer?

I did decide that I liked panniers better, but handling problems with the trailer were a non issue for me.

Offline paddleboy17

BOB Ibex trailer
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 12:23:03 pm »
I started touring with a Bob Yak trailer.  It was not for me and I switched to panniers for on road trips.  

I tried the trailer once with my short wheel base critereum bike, and it was really awful.  The trailer handled better when towed by my mountain bike.  

So I think the wheel base length of the bike (and the frame stiffness) are factors.  

I know that my Bob trailer's mount had a lot of back lash in it (took some getting used to).  If the trailer bounces, that can cause you grief.  Bob trailer bounce is a hot topic on this formum.  I think your trailer has suspension, so maybe bounce was not an issue for you.


Offline pptouring

BOB Ibex trailer
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008, 07:39:56 pm »
Ok after tightening the rear end of the trailer where the shock assy.
attaches to the trailer frame the wobble is gone. I can stand and stretch,
ride with only one hand on the bars, etc... and it doesn't feel like the bike
is about to toss me off. {insert BIG SMILE}

Offline JimF

BOB Ibex trailer
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008, 11:34:30 am »
Glad to read you fixed your problem. I used an Ibex for the TransAm and was quite pleased with it. I use it for chores locally. I did find that you have to pay attention to loaded downhill speed, as noted in their operating manual. The tang can act as a fulcrum, which can result in the front wheel of the bike lifting with high downhill speed, creating the ominous wobble. Be sure to practice with, ideally, progressive loads up to your expected load. Once comfortable with its handling, I believe you'll find it an excellent "beast of burden." Good riding.