maya trailer review

By jwt · May 5, 2013 · ·
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    Manufacturer - maya

    The trailer comes with an original hitch for attaching the trailer to the
    bike. This hitch is much more complicated and frustrating that it has to be. It
    has several washers, spacers and nuts that fit on a quick release skewer that's
    excessively long and cumbersome. When you ride the bike without the trailer,
    these spacers create an annoying cling and jingle with road vibration. The last
    of these spacers has a nut with a welded lock washer that grinds and chews up
    the bike frame. The nuts, spacers and long length of the skewer renders the
    quick release useless. Its virtually impossible to change a flat tire with this
    hitch attached. In an email, the owner of the company, Marta Staniszewski,
    admits that this hitch design is flawed and offered the new hitch at an
    additional cost, plus an excessive shipping charge. She stated that the new
    hitch was developed after the company received much feedback about the original
    hitch. She herself admits finding the hitch frustrating. However, Maya is still
    selling the trailer with the original hitch and charging extra for a hitch that
    looks like it would actually work.

    The welds on the trailer are poorly manufactured, the actual weight is more
    than 2 pounds more than whats specified on the Maya website, the powdercoat is
    splotchy, the trailer fork grinds inside the steer tube of the trailer. Maya
    will also sell you a plastic bushing that makes the steer tube slide supposedly
    smoother, but it too is an additional cost with excessive shipping. Sharp steel
    flakes or burrs are painted over and create a rough surface to the touch. The
    wheel was not true out of the box. The hub looks like it came from a terrible
    department store bike, or wheelbarrow and spins even worse. The fender is
    floppy and rubs on the wheel. Maybe it wouldn't rub if the wheel were trued.
    The tire hold a minimum are pressure and creating more road resistance than is
    has to. This would need to be replaced as well.

    The less cost is not worth the difference in quality you would get with a
    high quality trailer like a Topeak or BOB. The excessive additional cost to get
    the Maya trailer to work correctly, out of the box makes up the difference. I
    am definitely sending this trailer back, but will still be out the shipping.

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  1. dmcc9102
    @jwt Reading your review of the not trailer and how much you paid led me to give you info on a much better trailer. I bought this trailer on Amazon for the price stated over a year ago. I have pulled this trailer for many miles sometimes loaded above its limit.It does the job and once the use of it is learned,it was the final nail in my quest of not having a car. Single Wheel Pull-Behind Bicycle Cargo Trailer with Cargo Bag Rage Powersports Sold by: Discount Ramps $79.99