Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Taos, NM
Bikes: 2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
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Originally Posted by Cave
jbpence has used both, maybe try PMing him (or just have a look at some of his threads, the one on his custom Ti tourer has some mention of the trailer).
wow you have a good memory, Cave.
I am a huge fan of th is trailer. I tour on and off road and can't say enough good things about them.
well, I like both trailers. I like the voyager right now, because after you take it apart (a 5 minute job) it fits into a box that is as big as its wheel, thus avoiding airline oversize charges. The classics LONGish fender and longer 'yoke' make that a no-go. so for airline travel - get a voyager.
heres an even better reason for the voyager. The nice thing about the extrawheel is that you should have the extrawheels wheel be the same size as your bike. Should you taco a front wheel, just hide or store the trailer somewhere, put the trailer wheel on your bike and off you ride to get another wheel. Ruin a rear wheel rim out in the middle of nowhere, use the rim from the trailer and built a new rear wheel. (ALWAYS CARRY SPOKES - i carry them in the seat tube) the problem with the classic is that with those large vinyl bags, you'd have to leave them with the trailer. with the voyager, just put the panniers on your bike rear rack and take off.
admittedly, how often this will be useful and how useful it will be depends on where you are touring. For on pavement riudes in the US, this may not matter to you.
I am doing a lot of cobblestone donkey cart paths here in china, and I ike the idea of NOT leaving my gear behind in an emergency. Here in rural Yunnan province it could take a week to get parts sent by bus from Kunming, maybe longer. For example, I am carrying a spare rear der, 'just in case' - oh ad some spokes.
both trailers are still available at extrawheel.com. there is only one US dealer, and they dont list the classic anymore.
I opted for the voyager without the so-so wheel it comes with and for it I built a wheel like my front wheel, same rim, and using a shimano front ISO disc hub since I have disc brakes on the bike. Discs, because with a mildly bent rim, you can still go since the brakes don't prevent you from doing so. ANd because I am a guitarist, and long descents on dirt rutted roads were killing my hands.
The expert panniers are quite nice, went with them since they are BRIGHT EYEPOPPING YELLOW. Any rear would fit. I want to be seen here on these roads that see very few tour bikes. I asked Bike Trailer stop for the same pricing as if I bought it and shipped from poland (from extrawheel.com) , think I paid about $420 for trailer, no wheel, with panniersl, not including shipping.
to answer the OPs question the classic is listed at 385.00 with the 40l bags (plenty big, i think) and 400.00 with the 60l bags and both with so-so wheels -- this from extrawheel.com. this does not include shipping from poland. think theonly US dealer does not list the classic, though last January, they did. maybe call them and see whats up with that?
2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels
Last edited by jbpence; 04-01-09 at 05:00 AM.