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