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Aosom Solo Review

Aosom Solo
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Price:  $70 List
Pros:  Two options for attaching to your bike, a long quick release axle with built-in hitch pegs or if you have a solid core axle, hitch pegs to replace your axle nuts , includes dry sack
Cons:  Frame is not a solid build and rattles on bumpy roads, the components (two spring loaded nuts and bolts) that mount trailer to bike get stiff with use, with heavy loads the trailer is hard to take on and off bike
Manufacturer:   Aosom
By Katherine Elliott ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 28, 2015
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RANKED
#7 of 7
  • Capacity - 30% 5
  • Ease of use - 20% 5
  • Ease of Towing - 20% 5
  • Smoothness of Ride - 20% 4
  • Versatility - 10% 3

The Skinny

The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer is a great choice for those who are on a budget and want to travel by bike, while also having the option to haul some additional items along with you. The Aosom Solo handles much better on paved roads around town then bumpy dirt roads, which makes it a good option if you are just looking for an inexpensive small cargo hauler to travel shorter distances with.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Aosom brand is pretty new to the outdoor gear world. Having been established in 2007, Asom makes everything from bike trailers to trampolines. They are an inexpensive way to branch into the great realm of the outdoor gear world. The Aosom Solo is a single wheel designed cargo bike trailer that comes with a bright orange carrying case to put your cargo in. It is rated to hold up to 88 lbs. of cargo but we found that the less weight that you have in the trailer the better it handled and maneuvered.

Performance Comparison


The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer in action; the bright orange dry sac makes you very visible on and off the road.
The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer in action; the bright orange dry sac makes you very visible on and off the road.

Capacity


The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer is on the smaller end of the spectrum out of the six models we tested. The trailer length of the Aosom Solo is around 43.3"L. including the back wheel. Compared to the BOB Yak that has a trailer length of around 63"L. It has a maximum load capacity of 88 lbs. and comes with a bright orange carrying case for your cargo that fits into the back of the trailer.

The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer in action; the bright orange dry sac makes you very visible on and off the road.
The Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer in action; the bright orange dry sac makes you very visible on and off the road.

Ease of Use


The Aosom single Wheel bike cargo trailer comes disassembled and has a pretty quick and easy setup process. Unfortunately, the back wheel connector was very bent when it arrived, and without the use of some elbow grease and a pair of sturdy pliers, we wouldn't have been able to attach the wheel to the trailer. We never had any problems with the back wheel connection or the functionality of the trailer after we were able to correct the connection.

The Aosom Solo single wheel arrived with a very bent back wheel connector  we were able to bend it to where it could latch to the bike skewer provided  but it took some extra elbow grease and time.
The Aosom Solo single wheel arrived with a very bent back wheel connector, we were able to bend it to where it could latch to the bike skewer provided, but it took some extra elbow grease and time.

Ease of Towing


The Aosom Solo comes equipped with a quick release skewer that attaches to the hub of the back wheel of your bike and also comes with two nutted axle mounts in case you don't have a removable back skewer on your bike. This allows for quick and easy attachment to and from your bike. One thing we noticed while testing was that the attachment that clamps down connecting the trailer to the bike has some unnecessary extra space in the connection and while traveling on loose dirt or gravel roads the trailer becomes a little wobbly and hard to handle. The single wheel design is similar to the BOB Yak Plus and also the BOB Ibex Plus and seemed to track well behind a bike without to much drag or interference.

A side view of the connection of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer  hitched and ready to ride.
A side view of the connection of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer, hitched and ready to ride.

Smoothness of Ride


The Aosom Solo didn't score very highly in the smoothness of ride metric rating category, mostly because at all its points of contact there tends to be a little wiggle room and not a solid connection so the trailer becomes a little wobbly when both empty or fully loaded while traveling.

A close up of the spring loaded shock absorber on the back wheel of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer.
A close up of the spring loaded shock absorber on the back wheel of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer.

Versatility


One thing that makes the Aosom Solo a little more versatile is that the trailer comes with a bright orange carrying case that fits in the back of the trailer to hold your items. This is especially useful when making trips to the grocery store because you can just take the case in and use it as a shopping bag.

The dry sac of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer keeps your cargo safe and dry from the elements.
The dry sac of the Aosom Solo single wheel bike cargo trailer keeps your cargo safe and dry from the elements.

Best Applications


The Aosom Solo makes an affordable and easy to use cargo bike trailer if you are hauling or transporting lightweight cargo over shorter distances.

Value


The Aosom Solo is the least expensive of the models we tested, going for around $70 at market value. Through testing, we did notice that you do give up some durability and maneuverability for a lower price, but if you are just looking for a simply designed bike cargo trailer for around town use, then this could very well be a great choice for you.

Conclusion


If you are in the market for a way to haul or transport lighter weight items around town on well-paved roads than the Aosom Solo would be a great option for your needs. The design of the trailer allows for a little bit more play in the connecting joints and around the welds than we liked while transporting large or heavy cargo, but as long as you didn't overload the trailer it seemed to keep it's integrity and maneuver well on the roads.


Katherine Elliott