With versatility like a pickup truck, but none of the gas, Burley's Flatbed trailer will change the way you approach errands. This 14-pound cargo trailer is made from light aluminum and can hold a full 100 pounds of whatever you need to haul around. The tough PCV Skin material stands up to 2x4s and furniture without adding weight. The foldable design and quick-release wheels make it easy to store when not in use, and it uses the same hitch as Burley's child trailers, making it simple to swap from trailer to trailer.
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- Easy to attach
- Easy to detach
- Rides smoothly
- No 16" wheels for me
- Hauling A folding bike
- Street Riding
Reviewed by 13 customers
The Burley flatbed is a sturdy, highly functional trailer that I use five days a week for my small business. I'm currently on my second Burley flatbed, which replaced one stolen in May 2016. I was disappointed to find that the newer version of this trailer is missing two useful features of the one that was stolen: 1. The older model had two sets of built-in straps for securing cargo. Now you have to improvise your own tie-downs, which is much less convenient. 2. The aluminum frame on the older model extended about 8 inches in front of the cargo bed, thus expanding the useful capacity of the trailer. Without that extension, hauling bulky items is more difficult. It's unfortunate that Burley has downgraded its trailer by eliminating these two features from the current model. I also will note that the earlier model had elegantly simple quick-release mechanisms for the wheels, such as you would typically find on bicycles, but the newly designed mechanism for securing the wheels has given me problems. Two or three times, a wheel has come off while I was towing the trailer, and I recently had the opposite problem: a sticky mechanism that made it very difficult to remove a wheel to change a tire. Finally, my trailer's flex connector, which joins the tow bar to the hitch, is made of plastic and has broken twice with frequent use. (Replacement parts are available.) Despite its drawbacks, I believe the Burley flatbed trailer is the best cargo trailer currently on the market.
When my kid was growing up, we used a Burley to haul her everywhere. When it was time for cargo-hauling, I knew I wanted a Burley again, because of that great past experience. The only thing I'd improve is to have easier tie-down locations built-in. Or ways to add different carrying options to the system. I can make all of those modifications, but the product would be more user-friendly if this was included. For example, a front and rear rail would be fantastic to use when the cargo fits inside the trailer foot print. I have to make my own.
Purchased Flatbed and "fat" tire kit with really no specific use in mind. I have hauled gear out to support trail maintenance crews. Hauled water and supplies to support bike races and group rides. Latest task was getting a Christmas tree!
I use my bike to commute and from time to time I have to carry more than my luggage will allow. The cargo trailer is super easy to attach to my bike and easily carries the 73 pounds of gear I have to tote around. My only real complaint is that the floor is the same flexible material as the sides. When I load the trailer up, I have to use a couple of ratchet straps to secure everything for the trip. Since my cargo tends to bounce around a bit due to the flexible floor material, sometimes the straps come undone. Nothing has fallen off, but it is a little worrisome. I plan to remedy this with a few wooden slats across the frame and all should be good. Overall, I'm very happy with this trailer and hope to get many, many miles out of it.
Super easy to set up. Handles well. Almost forgot I was pulling it. I need to get used to the increased with of my profile now because I cut it too close and a few curbs and the rear wheel hit. Have only taken one trip so far but it did a wonderful job carrying 3 cases of beer home. I added an elastic net over the top and a nylon strap around the whole thing so nothing slides off the front and back. Can't wait for some longer expeditions!
Worked well, went to OBX/Beach and used it to cart beach chairs and coolers and everything you need for the beach. Worked like a charm.
Bought this trailer to transport kids backpacks to school in the morning, and to take their bikes (2 of them) home after drop off. Works well. Looked at several other options (i.e. Nashbar), but settled on this one for size despite being fairly costly. Super easy to assemble, and I really like the connection to my bike. Very easy to maneuver. The metal rails are scratched very easily, but I don't think that impacts anything. I use some bungee cords to tie everything down. Have put the RTIC cooler on it as well for grocery store trips, and it all seems to work well.
It was a choice between single hub or single axle. So glad I picked a trailer with it's own set of wheels. Able to carrier large weights without impact on balance and easily disconnected
We bought this trailer because we were going to an island for a week without a car and we needed to be able to pack a lot more than would fit into our bike panniers. This flatbed trailer was perfect for us and the price was reasonable as well. We packed about 100lbs onto the trailer and we were able to pull it along for the 10 miles to our cabin and then back to the ferry, no problem. It folds up easily as well, when we wanted to get it out of the way.
This is the lightest trailer you can currently buy for your bike, once you factor in the features of the side rails; add two 8' tiedowns and your around 13 pounds. I was worried about it being a fabric bottom, but it has held up dragging it over the briars through the woods. It is light enough to unhook and lift over obstacles with your gear still inside. The side rails are important to lash everything in securely, and I have carried 130 pounds with no problems. The whole thing packs down flat and stores nicely on top of a kayak. Things that could be better...I placed ducktape patches on the underside, between the mounts that hold the axle assembly, and the cloth material of the bottom of the trailer, to prevent wear at its greatest point. The hitch functions great, but a redesign with a ball hitch will pivot better for being pinched in between steep hills; this way the rubber hitch will not flex and break. Also, it needs a flag on the left side; the side closest to traffic passing you; so the constantly distracted drivers will see it flapping away. Now, offer it in a titanium version that weighs 6 pounds, for $400, and you will rule the bike trailer industry for awhile to come. Please ship me one for the idea. :)