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Bob bike trailer vs Maya Cycle trailer | The Difference

This past March I had the privilege of attending and exhibiting the Maya Cycle bicycle bike trailer at 3 of the best consumer bicycle shows on the West Coast: Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.  How was it? Nothing short of amazing!! There was one question that was asked at every show, by many: How does the Maya Cycle bicycle trailer differ from the BOB bike trailer?

 

How does the Maya Cycle bicycle trailer differ from the BOB bike trailer?

Maya Cycle is similar and comparable to the Bob Yak bike trailer in that it:Bike Trailer

 

  • Attaches from both sides (left and right) of your bicycle’s rear wheel axle
  • Has a single 16” wheel
  • Made out of steel
  • Weighs about 13 lbs total weight
  • Carries over 60 lbs
  • Carries 3661 cubic inches of cargo (60 liters)

 

What differentiates the Maya Cycle bicycle trailer from the BOB bike trailer are the features the Maya Cycle has that BOB does not:

1.  Maya Cycle has a kickstand that holds your bicycle and trailer upright for easy parking and loading/unloading

2.  Maya Cycle releases at the pivot point

3.  Maya Cycle converts into a fully functional wheelbarrow so you can move your cargo to where you need it without straining your back or tagging your bike along everywhere you go

4.  Maya Cycle is compact, under one meter long behind the back of your bike wheel, which makes for easier maneuverability and parking in urban environments

5.  Maya Cycle is designed so the center of gravity sits lower than the pivot point of the bike trailer which allows for easier handling

6.  Maya Cycle pivots into your turns “hammock-ing” behind you, which substantially reduces drag and fishtailing effects, allowing for sharp turns

7.  Maya Cycle is a flatbed with a rectangular shape, which allows for square shape items to be loaded into the trailer (i.e.: Cooler, 2-4 of your favorite beer)

Bob bike trailer vs Maya Cycle

Now if you ask me which one is better?  I can’t answer that for you because I never had the privilege of cycling with a BOB bike trailer.  But I can tell you one thing for sure; Maya Cycle definitely has the BOB trailer beat with its kick-stand and compact maneuverability. Need more proof? Check out the customer reviews.

The best difference of all? Maya Cycle ships FREE at ONLY $249 and includes a FREE bag. The BOB bike trailer ranges between $320 – $360 from your local bicycle retail store.

 

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8 Comments
  1. I’ll be using my trailer behind my Xtracycle on May 1, which is our Bike to Work & School day… there will be pictures 🙂

  2. I’m not sure I understand the difference #6 mentions. Doesn’t the BOB also do this?
    6.  Maya Cycle pivots into your turns “hammock-ing” behind you which
    substantially reduces drag and fishtailing effects and allows for sharp
    turns

    Awesome design by the way. Good call on the kickstand. With the BOB you have to turn your bike 90 degrees to the trailer to get them to stand up together. Also, I love how it converts into a wheel barrow.

    • Duckfat, thank you for your comments! To answer your question, if you look at the design of the BOB trailer, the triangle fork and vertical pivot point don’t allow for the BOB trailer to turn into your bicycle’s turn.  What we mean by hammock-ing is that your cargo swings into your turns rather than fishtailing behind your bike.  To get a better idea of how the Maya Cycle trailer follows your bicycle, watch the “Maya Cycle in action” video on our Instructions page (last video).

      • Great explanation!  This is one of the reasons why I chose a Mayacyle trailer over your standard BoB or other similar trailers.

    • Hi Duckfat,

      To answer your question about number 6: the functionality of the Maya Cycle differentiates from the Bob because is “hammocks” from the pivot point. Take a look at the picture with both Bob and Maya. The red line shows that the Bob trailer is a straight horizontal line and the Maya dips like a hammock.

      For a visual on how the trailer turns, check out our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxbuFbRdfLA

      You can also see this “hammock” pivot in some of the pictures on the gallery page: http://www.mayacycle.com/bike-trailer-gallery

  3. The semi-flatbed ‘cage’ on the BoB-Yak-Ibex (and similar but cheaper) Voyager Utility would seem better suited to carrying irregular shaped items (e.g guitar amplifiers, cardboard boxes, furniture etc) without using a bag, the Maya having adopted the tubular frame to save weight. Can the Maya support such items to 70 lbs without using a bag?

    • Hi Rory,

      Yes, the Maya Cycle trailer can also carry a tupperware plastic container, up to 66 lbs.

      Hope that helps!