It appears that in 2011 Topeak will be joining the ranks of touring bicycle trailer manufacturers and going into compete against the well established BOB range of trailers. I have the BOB Ibex for example. At the time of posting there is no details on the Journey at Topeakâ€™s website so this information is courtesy of BikeRumor.com.
The core specifications of the Topeak Journey which does look at first glance a lot like a BOB Yak are:
- Trailer features rugged and lightweight TwinSpar frame design
- 16â€³ wheel includes fender for weather protection
- Rear fender features a light clip fitting
- A safety flag keeps rider visible
- Waterproof material is sonically welded and seam sealed for durable, waterproof protection
- DryBag roll top closure provide complete protection from the elements
- Carrying handle for off trailer use.
The key difference is the hitching mechanism. On the Topeak Journey the trailer hitches to the bicycle slideLock fittings as opposed to the pin/retaining rivet system in use in more recent versions of the BOB trailers. It will be interesting to see how the plastic (?) hitch components last on a tourer or three.
There is more discussion of the trailer and photos at BikeRumor.com.