Have you ever wondered, if bike trailers for kids can actually be enjoyable for both the parent and the kid? Or are they merely good enough to ride around the neighbourhood, but not actually an option for serious mountain bikers, who want to get a work out, but take their kids along at the same time?
We are fortunate enough to try a Tout Terrain Singletrailer, which is a German premium trailer with one wheel, air suspension and full singletrack capability. The Singletrailer is hand built in Germany. The retail price in Germany is EUR 1299, which at the current exchange rate works out at the same as a entry level full suspension bike. So how can this price be justified? Well, simple: there is no other trailer available, which I would trust to take my child offroad in. It reliable connection to the seat post (with individual connectors for specific seat post sizes) and the focus on comfort, safety and reliability clearly make this trailer the Ferrari among kids trailers. Its suspension gives 20 cm of cushy travel. My son loves riding up and down pavements, because all he feels is a mere bump.
However, as this price is obviously not accessible to the average cyclist, one needs to think what you are going to use it for. If you have a one kid, you can use it for 4 – 5 years, or for EUR 260 per year, which doesn’t sound so bad anymore, considering the benefits of getting a proper training ride with your child. Also, the second hand prices are an indication of its quality: I have seen a 5 year old trailer sell for EUR 1000,00 on Ebay. Find more information on this trailer on the website of their SA distributor (here) or on their international homepage (here).
There is also a short video on how capable the Tout Terrain Singletrailer really is (video)