I drive a Terra Trike Sportster on a Metro DC commute and have even taken it on extended journeys from the Smoky Mountains, to way out in West Virginia to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I’ve borrowed a Bob’s Ibex bike trailer from friends, more than once. Liked it, but in the end the price performance ratio in my non bike, but three wheeled Terra Trike configuration just did not seem worth it.
Some friends had the low cost Chinese manufacturer Maya Cycle bike trailer knockoffs, which I did borrow on extended trips and I found them wanting. Mostly in the area of quality and ease of fitment / connection to the Terra Trike.
Finally called up the Maya Bike Trailer Manufacturer to order it just before Christmas 2015. I wanted to speak directly with the company, because I had figured out that it was not part of a giant outdoor sports gear company, like the Bob’s bike trailer line.
Actually got to speak with the head designer and founder of the company, who happens to have migrated to North America from Eastern Europe, and who has a long history of bike camping and trailering, thus this is his design.
His Maya Bike Trailer design focus is entirely on “less is more, ” when compared to what some consider the “Standard” in the form of Bike Trailers from Bob. If you need the ego boost of buying a Bob trailer, go right ahead. and spend nearly twice the price of a Maya Bike Trailer.
“Less is More” really does work just fine. Thus I can’t recommend this Maya Bike Trailer enough.
If you want a trailer that tracks better, (compared to other trailers I have tried with my trike) is lighter, and tilts nicely on turns (yes trikes can tilt on banked turns like some on the Mt Vernon Bike Path or on twisty mountain downgrades), then I can’t recommend the Maya Bike trailer enough. It all works fine and it is roughly 1/2 the price of some of the Bob’s trailers.
I’ve put close to 500 miles on it since Christmas. It has been loaded to the max as I traverse pothole full DC streets, country roads on the Eastern shore, and when I’m zipping down a 7% grade at almost 30 MPH (with the Maya fully loaded at almost 50 pounds) in West Virginia mountains. And those downgrades are chuck full of twisty compound descending mountain curves which the combination of my TerraTrike and Maya have no handling issues and other hassles at all.
The trailer even gracefully handled 8 X 500 sheet packs of printer paper from my local staples for a total of just over 40 pounds and did not balk or bend.
On the first day, I loaded it up with a ton of groceries from my local COSTCO warehouse store. And now every weekend I do my grocery shopping with the Maya Trailer attached.
A note about the Maya trailer. I did buy the new style skewer / attachment kit. On my trike the old one did work, but you know, the new one is just plainly better, so just buy it.
The new skewer / attachment kit did not pop out or shift on the very high torque I did apply to my rear wheel when I started from a dead stop at the bottom of a long 7% West Virginia mountain grade.
On that day, I had a fully loaded trike (panniers + plus me for a total of probably 350 pounds,including the Terra Trike) plus the Maya Trailer with a 50 pound load. All in all probably well in excess of 420 pounds on 2 -20 wheels, a 26 ing rear and the Maya’s 16 inch wheel.
This is an important issue, because if the skewer pops out or the skewer shifts, I can have a rear derailed shift and get tangled into my rear spokes.
All in all, with the Maya Bicycle trailer attached, it is like it was not there. In fact, more than once I had to look in my review mirrors to make sure it still was there, as it was like nothing at all was attached. So in a few words, I love it totally, and it has held up well due to the quality of its manufacturing.
Did I add to it? Yes I did. I used a Danish magnets on the wheel lighting kit on the rear wheel, so I have an always on flashing tail light. That is just my personal preference, as I ride a great deal and do not take chances. I did explore getting a new 16 inch wheel with a hub dynamo from Son built from Peter White Cycles, in NH, but I think I wait a few weeks to see how my Danish Magnetic light kit works.
So in a word, if you want a great bike trailer for your human powered vehicle, just buy this with the extra new skewer / attachment kit. And enjoy the fun it adds to your life as it allows you to spread out your load and to carry enough to be self sufficient without any significant drag, even when loaded to 50 pounds.