Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    78
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Burley D'Lite questions/ carbon frame attachment

    Just picked one up used at a fantastic price, it's roughly 2 years old and i'm wanting to attach to my new Tarmac comp. The trailer has the triangular hitch mount and I could order the skewer mount if that's the preferred method. I have heard pros and cons on mounting to a carbon frame while aluminum or steel would be the preferred frame.

    The hitch isn't a clamp-style which is what some LBS were telling me to beware of when mounting to carbon and that the skewer mount is "safer" for the frame.

    I received about the same negative answers as positive and the ones who told me it's allright to pull with an all carbon frame have been doing do for a few years with no probs.

    What's the general consensus on this, i'm pretty safe, have enough common sense to not wrap the trailer tire around a stop sign but I know things can happen.

    Also, what part do I need to order to replace the plastic triangle hitch for the skewer?

    Any thoughts/criticism appreciated.

  2. #2
    Endurance junkie
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    My Bikes
    '93 GT Pantera, '03 Fuji Marseille, '05 Klein Attitude, Dahon Impulse, Bike Friday Family Triple
    Posts
    157
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd think the clamp style is ok for a carbon frame as long as you're gentle and don't have a wreck. The loads on the hitch are very small under normal usage.

    However, if you were to have a minor accident, a skewer hitch could make a big difference.

    There's another reason to get the skewer mount. I hate the clamp style because my heel hits it when pedaling, and the clamp style takes more time to take on and off.

    I made my own hub hitch with some 1" steel square tubing. It's similar to the forged hitch that Burley makes.

    If I'm not mistaken , all you need is this

    http://www.rei.com/product/781177

    or this

    http://www.rei.com/product/671711
    '93 GT Pantera (childseat and trailer duty)
    '99 Dahon Impulse (retrofitted w/ 7SP Megarange)
    '03 Fuji Marseille
    '05 Klein Attitude
    Bike Friday Family Triple (The Truckster!)
    Burley D'Lite Trailer (Hitches on ALL bikes!)

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have the "Burley Alternative Trailer Hitch" because when i bought my Scott Aluminum Mt. Bike last year i couldnt use the triangle one due to the frame tubing size.

    I think the $40 would be well spent going this route. It will give you some piece of mind and is much easier to connect up in my opinion than the original.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    78
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I also think the alternative hitch is the better choice. I only eyeballed the burley skewer mount and the frame of the tarmac tends to bow outwards where the frame rails join the axle mount....the hookup will be a close fit since the hitch mount is flat but seems there is enough room on the flat area of the bike to allow for this.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    by the football hall of fame
    Posts
    850
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You need more than one bike.
    Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a Burley D'Lite and a carbon Trek - they were not a good mix.

    I would never want to clamp anything to a carbon frame and the skewer hitch caused a noticeable flex in the rear triangle. You may have a better experience, but it was a rough go with the Trek.

    I opted to pull it with an aluminum cross bike instead. Much better for me.

  7. #7
    Certifiable Bike "Expert"
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    5,626
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would recommend the skewer hitch (alternative hitch), based on my experience.
    I don't even use the offensive term "Fred." -- Sheldon "All Cyclists Are My Friends" Brown (1944-2008)

  8. #8
    34x25 FTW! oboeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
    Posts
    6,006
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
    You need more than one bike.
    I had the same thought! I've hitched the Burley to my folder, leaving the carbon bike for other things.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order
    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy
    I do not want to be associated with the kind of riders that come through my neck of the woods on weekends, dressed in superhero costumes
    Do they wear capes?
    ---

    http://www.cycopaths.net/

  9. #9
    Senior Member DieselDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
    My Bikes
    Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger
    Posts
    8,524
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Repeat after me:

    DO NOT CLAMP ANYTHING TO A CARBON FRAME!
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •