Trek Mountain Train 206 vs Giant Halfwheeler 7
This is my first time posting on here, so please forgive me if I post something incorrectly.
Anyway, I am looking to purchase a trailer bike for my 4 1/2 year old son who is on the larger size for his age. I am looking at the Trek Mountain Train 206 or the Giant Halfwheeler 7. (I realize he is too young for the gears right now, but don't want to have to upgrade in a year.)
I rented the Trek single speed version this past weekend and we biked 15 miles on a smooth paved trail and he did not complain at all. So I know the Trek version fits him well and I have no complaints about the Trek from that day except the weight.
When I researched online, I saw that the Giant version was more lightweight. However, I have not been able to find a place to rent one and in order to purchase, it has to be ordered. So, I am unable to try it out to see if it fits my son well and also to test out how the different hinge system works and feels on rides.
Does anyone have any input on which trailer bike would be best? Which hinge system would be better? (The Trek fit snugly at the hinge and the Giant seems to be a freer moving hinge...unsure which is best or how this translates to the feel and stability of the ride). Also, is the alloy Giant just as "strong and stable" as the steel framed Trek when it comes to the kids trailer bike?
Any input or help on this would be greatly appreciated in order to make my decision on which version to order. Thanks.