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Old 01-11-16, 11:19 PM   #1
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Bob trailer and Trek 400 Carbon Fiber mountain bike?

Simple version of the question: Will it damage my Trek 400 carbon fiber mountain bike by pulling a Bob trailer?

Longer version: I have a Trek 400 carbon fiber mountain bike, and I'd like to try bike touring in an inexpensive way, that is, not buying a new bike until I know that I like bike touring. I backpack, and I have lightweight backpacking gear, so I can keep the load light (estimating 22 pounds without food and water, plus trailer weight). I recently saw a Bob trailer on Craigslist for $125, so I bought it. I know it isn't the idea setup, but are carbon fiber frames strong enough to pull the Bob trailer without damaging the bike? I'm planning on a mix of paved road and dirt road riding, but nothing too technical.
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Old 01-12-16, 12:14 AM   #2
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Simple answer: no.

Don't go crazy with load or route and you should be fine.

When you're done touring advertise the BoB on CL and sell it for $175, around April-May.
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You will be fine. I pull a BOB with my 12lb bike along with about 18-22lbs of gear (this weight includes food). I kept anything "heavy" in my rear panniers and the "lighter" stuff in the BOB. All my gear is ultralight anyway so what I consider "heavy" you might find to be "light" and therefore the quotes. BOB has gone with me on two of my tours (Seattle to San Diego/Cincinnati to Seattle) and will be making the trek XC again this year. My other two tours that I didn't pull BOB (Seattle to San Diego again/Seattle to Green Bay) was done with my other bike that wouldn't allow a trailer to be attached in any form. She was just under 11lbs and I would have towed BOB had I been able to on those as well.
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The nice thing about the Bob trailer is that they should pull from the axle or skewers, and be completely independent from the CF frame.
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The nice thing about the Bob trailer is that they should pull from the axle or skewers, and be completely independent from the CF frame.
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Simple version of the question: Will it damage my Trek 400 carbon fiber mountain bike by pulling a Bob trailer?

Longer version: I have a Trek 400 carbon fiber mountain bike, and I'd like to try bike touring in an inexpensive way, that is, not buying a new bike until I know that I like bike touring. I backpack, and I have lightweight backpacking gear, so I can keep the load light (estimating 22 pounds without food and water, plus trailer weight). I recently saw a Bob trailer on Craigslist for $125, so I bought it. I know it isn't the idea setup, but are carbon fiber frames strong enough to pull the Bob trailer without damaging the bike? I'm planning on a mix of paved road and dirt road riding, but nothing too technical.
The BOB trailer will probably work, but pulling something that heavy has always struck me as something to avoid.....although I've never done it myself. I would google "bikepacking" as the lightness of your gear looks like you can easily carry it on your bike and save you a lot of weight.
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