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Maya Cycle bicycle trailer vs. the Bob bike trailer – What’s the difference?

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


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 (not including Sea Otter in California): Vancouver, Canada; Seattle; and Portland.  How was it? Nothing short of amazing!! But you can read more about the shows in my West Coast Bike Shows Adventure blog post.


The purpose of this blog is to answer the most commonly asked question I received at all three shows:  “How does the Maya Cycle differ from the Bob?” and as I told those who asked, I will now tell you here:


Maya Cycle is similar and comparable to the Bob Yak bicycle trailer in that it:

Maya Cycle bicycle trailer

  • Attaches from both sides (left and right) of your bicycle’s rear wheel axle
  • Has a single 16” wheel
  • Its made out of steel
  • Weighs about 13 lbs total weight
  • Carries up to 70 lbs.
  • Carries 3661 cubic inches of cargo (60 liter bag)


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 upright for easy parking and loading

2.  Maya Cycle releases at the pivot point

3.  Maya Cycle converts into a fully functional wheelbarrow so you can push-cart your cargo to where you need it without tagging the bicycle along with you

4.  Maya Cycle is compact, under one meter long behind the back of your bicycle 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 and allows 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)

Maya vs Bob

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.


BUT the best difference of all???  Maya Cycle ships for FREE at ONLY $249 and includes a FREE bag (plus $9 handling).  The BOB trailer ranges between $320 – $360 from your local bicycle retailer.






  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

    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.

  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?

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