I wrote Mike (the guy w/ the blog that I posted a link to) about the trailer and this is what he has to say:
Hey, yes I left it behind... I will buy another though. I left it there because I would not have used that one for another trip so no point in bringing it back. It still works fine so is being used by some local guy in Bogota. The trailer is great I just really badly abused it that day to San Agustin... really really hammered it! It was like a 10hr mountain bike race, it handles so well I kind of forgot it was there and just let rip as hard as I could stand it, and as fast as my bike handling skills would allow. What I will do for the next time I take one is take some lengths, say 10 or 15cm long sections of light alloy tube just big enough to fit over the carbon rods. You casn get tube like that from modelling shops or kite shops perhaps. That way if I did ever bust a rod I would be able to slide the tube over the break and superglue it. The mesh is tough, it was never really meant to be abraded against rocks hard a lot of the time, it doesn't really need to be stronger because something else would probably break before the mesh did, and it is easy to repair. The only real critiscm of the trailer is that the dry bags supplied are not that good... the seams were starting to come apart by the end of my trip so buy the trailer without bags and get some decent Ortlieb dry bags instead...." I still plan to get the bags that come w/ the trailer but do what Mike did and put rice bags around them. That'd be extra protection from the elements plus they'll look less conspicuous. (As attractive as yellow and red are, I don't quite get why they're used on tours esp. in poorer regions!)
He also added that "The carbon broke I think because it was hitting rocks at speed... I have heard through the grapevine that Extrawheel are developing a version that is supposed to use hard side panniers to make it more suitable for heavy duty off road use... "
Last edited by rags27; 04-01-08 at 05:45 AM.