OWNER REVIEW: BOB Ibex Plus Bicycle Trailer

UPDATE – November 2011: Bob has now been sold and is now being used to haul cricket gear 🙂 He has been replaced with an Extrawheel Voyager.

They have arrived! Today I got to pick up Julia, my brand spanking new 2008 Giant XTC 2 and Bob [links to photo album], my 2008 BOB Ibex Plus trailer. I brought them from Kalamunda Cycles and my thanks to Jo and Tim Bennett for their service.  Bob cost me $532.68 cents, a pretty reasonable price I believe.

Bob will be used on mountain bike tours and also will team up with a future road tourer for road touring and general transport duties.

Bob is all stock at this point. His specifications are:

  • Frame: 4130 Chromoly
  • Hub: Aluminium, cartridge bearings, Quick Release
  • Rim: Aluminium, 28 hole
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel
  • Tire: 16 x 2.125″
  • Cargo area: Roughly 25″ x 16″ x 18″ (64cm x 41cm x 46cm)
  • Weight: 7.7 kg, 17 lbs
  • Capacity: 32 kg, 70 lbs
  • Includes: Quick Release attach system, spare attach pin, Spider bungee, 2 piece safety flag, fender, reflectors, detailed owner’s manual NOTE: DRY SAK comes standard with the “IBEX PLUS”
  • Key features: Adjustable suspension system, Patented BOB Quick Release attach system, light weight single wheeled performance, open frame design adapts to a many types of cargo.

Update: June 24, 2011.  BOB has now got a Greenfields Stabilizer kickstand fitted to him.

2 Responses to OWNER REVIEW: BOB Ibex Plus Bicycle Trailer

  1. Seldom Scene 6 February 2013 at 6:45 AM #

    I have never pulled an Extrawheel, but I have 3 B.O.B. trailers and I don’t see a chink in its armour. I bought the first one I ever saw, maybe 18 years ago, and I still pull the same one today. I have 2 newer ones for my wife (and her Yorkie dog) and my daughter. I have always loved carrying panniers for basic needs and small hauling, but with my B.O.B. I am able to avoid using a car even more. The thing that really brought my trailer to a different level is the addition of a B.O.B. specific bag made by Battle Creek, (I believe that is the name). It conforms nicely, is removable and is fairly water resistant after I treated it with Nikwax spray. I live in Central Florida, and in the summer….IT RAINS. I get my groceries with it using my 1987 Trek 870. I have carried as much as 45 pounds in it on mountain trails. The manufacturer says that is can carry as much as 70 pounds, but at that weight, the trailer starts to tell the bike where to go, especially in tighter turns. I recently acquired an Optima recumbent that I will use to pull it, as well. My other recumbent is a Haluzak, which is like riding a magic carpet, but the rear doesn’t seem to be strong enough for pulling a B.O.B., in part due to the lack of a rear triangle. I love your blog. Ride on, Brah.

    • Andrew Priest 7 February 2013 at 9:10 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with your BOB trailers. I don’t have an problem with them and was happy with mine, however it didn’t really suit my planned future use including an outback tour, hence I sold the trailer replacing it with an Extrawheel Voyager.

      There are times when I would have appreciated still having the BOB Ibex for sure.

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