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Aosom Wanderer Review

Aosom Wanderer
Best Buy Award
Price:  $96 List | $95.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to assemble, spring loaded connection on the hitch allows for good tracking behind the bike, durable
Cons:  Plastic bottom rattles when carrying empty, heavy, axle mount for the trailer has a tendency to rotate forward on your quick release due to the torque from the weight
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Capacity:  110 lbs
Weight:  30 lbs
Number of wheels:  2
Manufacturer:   Aosom

Our Verdict

We spent months loading the Aosom Wanderer bike cargo trailer with everything from groceries to large logs for the fireplace. The option for removing the front or the back of the trailer made getting larger heavier items like wood or large coolers into the trailer easy and effortless. The study build and frame design gave us peace of mind while pulling heavier cargo to and from our destinations. If you need a sturdy, reliable cargo hauler, then the Aosom Wanderer might be the right choice for you.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Katherine Elliott

Last Updated:
Tuesday
July 28, 2015

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If you are looking for a heavy hauler and are on a budget then the Aosom Wanderer is going to make your life of transporting and hauling heavy items behind your bike a breeze. The Aosom brand is a newer company, having been founded in 2007. They are steadily making a name for themselves in the outdoor world, especially with their inexpensive and durable bike trailers. The Aosom Wanderer has the highest weight carrying capacity of all six models we tested at 110 lb. With its sturdy steel construction and its specially strengthened solid PE bottom, the Aosom Wanderer can handle most any load.

The first thing we noticed about the Aosom Wanderer is its similar design to the Burley Flatbed but at a much lower price point. The front and back easily detach and allow for more room and larger objects to be loaded on the trailer, although you can only detach one or the other without the sides collapsing. It has very simple and easy to follow instructions for the setup but we noticed that both the connections for the back tires were a little bent which made installing the tires a little difficult, but once installed they rolled and worked just fine. It took around 30 minutes to assemble the trailer all together. We recommend you tighten down the rear reflectors right when you get the trailer, both wiggled their way off within five minutes of use but were easy to reattach. It comes with an easy to mount Aosom type B universal hitch coupler that attaches directly to your back wheel and allows for quick and easy mounting and dismounting to your bike.

Similar to the Burley Design Flatbed the back and or front can be removed to allow for larger or uneven cargo to fit, making this cargo bike trailer a very versatile option for your hauling needs.

Performance Comparison


The large carrying capacity of the Aosom Wanderer made it one of the reasons for the Best Buy award.
The large carrying capacity of the Aosom Wanderer made it one of the reasons for the Best Buy award.

Capacity


The Aosom Wanderer has the highest rated weight carrying capacity out of all six models we tested, coming in at 110 lb. Along with the specialty strengthened steel side bars and sturdy bottom you can easily carry objects that are sharp or have pointed edges and not worry about damaging the side walls or puncturing the bottom, even when traveling on bumpy dirt roads with heavy cargo in the back, this trailer held its own and proved itself a worthy contender. The dimensions inside are approx. 57" long x 27.6" wide x 19.2" high, but when you add the fact that you can remove the front and back panels, you can add a lot more than those dimensions call for.

The detachable front and back side walls of the Aosom Wanderer make it easy to load and unload large and very heavy objects by yourself. This log maxed out the Aosom Wanderers weight capacity of 110 pounds.
The detachable front and back side walls of the Aosom Wanderer make it easy to load and unload large and very heavy objects by yourself. This log maxed out the Aosom Wanderers weight capacity of 110 pounds.

Ease of Use


The Aosom wanderer had a fairly easy initial setup. It comes disassembled in five pieces. It only took about 30 min. to get the trailer assembled and ready for the trails. We highly recommend you tighten down all four reflectors when you first get this trailer as ours managed to fall off within a few minutes of use. Also the connections for the two wheels were a little bent, making for a little trouble during set up, but once installed they worked just fine. The Aosom Wanderer comes with the Aosom type B universal hitch coupler, this mounts directly to your back hub and allows for easy attachment. When hauling really heavy loads you need to be aware and adjust the tire pressure in the two trailer tires so as not to get a flat. The tires that the trailer comes with are not of the best design. We found through trial and error throughout the testing process that when hauling larger heavier loads you should make sure to have a higher psi in the trailer tires than you would if the trailer is empty. Under-inflation is one of the leading causes of trailer tire failure, so make sure you inflate them properly before loading your trailer.

Since this is a two-wheeled bike cargo trailer you can easily mount it when it is fully loaded with just one person. The Aosom Wanderer has a very high carrying capacity of 110 lbs.

Attaching the Aosom Wanderer to your bike is quick and easy and comes with an extra safety strap that can put your mind at ease when towing heavy items.
Attaching the Aosom Wanderer to your bike is quick and easy and comes with an extra safety strap that can put your mind at ease when towing heavy items.

Ease of Towing


The Aosom Wander comes with a Aosom type B universal hitch coupler that allows you to mount the trailer quickly and easily to your back hub through the skewer. It also has a spiny loaded mechanism that allows for extra movement when making a sharp turn or loading and unloading the trailer to your bike. One thing we did notice right away was how heavy the trailer was by itself. It weighs around 30 lbs. empty so if you have never pulled a trailer before this can take a little adjusting to.

We don't recommend fully loading this trailer unless you have to or are traveling just a short distance, to make for a more pleasant journey. We did enjoy how the hitch allowed this trailer to move free from the bike and we were able to come out of our seat on the uphills without worry of tipping the trailer or ourselves. We don't recommend loading more than 50 lbs in this cargo bike trailer and we do recommend properly securing any load. After 50 lbs the handling and overall maneuverability became impaired and a little hard to handle. We liked the fact that you can undo the back or front cargo rails so large or misshapen objects are able to fit in the trailer with ease. One of the faults of the Aosom Wanderer is that when traveling with the trailer empty the amount of noise that is created from the plastic bottom and the rattling of the loose cargo rails becomes really annoying after a while. We found that carrying a few bungees to secure the rails when empty was a big help with noise restriction.

Through testing we observed that when fully loaded the already very heavy cargo bike trailer was extremely hard to get rolling. Stopping was also very unsteady with a very heavy load.

Getting started towing almost 140 lb. (the empty trailer weighs around 30 lb. and the log was around 100 lb.) can be a little challenging  but once you are moving the Aosom Wanderer handles with ease.
Getting started towing almost 140 lb. (the empty trailer weighs around 30 lb. and the log was around 100 lb.) can be a little challenging, but once you are moving the Aosom Wanderer handles with ease.

Smoothness of Ride


The Aosom Wanderer has a lot of features that make it a great bike cargo trailer, at an even better price point, but unfortunately a smooth ride when the trailer is empty is not one of them. We noticed through testing that the trailer when empty is very loud and rickety, especially when traveling off road or over bumps. An easy way to remedy this problem was to put something in the trailer and tie it down. It handled really well when fully loaded and cut back on the noise too.

The folded down side walls of the Aosom Wanderer makes it easy to transport large objects and greatly resembles the Burley Design Flatbed which took home our Top Pick award.
The folded down side walls of the Aosom Wanderer makes it easy to transport large objects and greatly resembles the Burley Design Flatbed which took home our Top Pick award.


Versatility


You can remove the front or back gates for cargo that is large or misshapen. The one downside with this feature is that you can not remove both at the same time or you will lose the integrity of the side walls. But having the option to remove one or the other does make this a versatile key feature for loading and unloading harder to handle cargo. This design also allows for easy space saving storage. The hitch folds under the bottom of the frame and the sides all easily collapse so fitting it into a small corner of the garage or the back of your car is no problem at all.

Attaching the front wall of the Aosom wander takes only seconds and secures with a quick release pin making it easy to use  especially on solo adventures.
Attaching the front wall of the Aosom wander takes only seconds and secures with a quick release pin making it easy to use, especially on solo adventures.

Best Applications


The Aosom Wanderer is great for shorter trips around town where you won't encounter too much uphill on your journey. It also makes routine errands such as a trip to the grocery store or farmers market a breeze. The sturdy construction and solid frame allow for hauling heavy and uneven loads. We frequently used it for hauling wood for our fireplace, just make sure you have the right air pressure in the two tires when hauling a very heavy load or you are liable to get a flat.

Value


The Aosom Wanderer has a market price around $96. This is nearly a third of the price of some of the other similar models we tested. The sturdy build and design make this a great purchase for shorter trips around town at a great value. One thing we did notice with the two less expensive Aosom brand trailers were the tubes and tires are not very hardy, and if you don't properly inspect them when you first get the trailer and make sure the tubes aren't rubbing or pinched on the tires before filling with air you will most likely get a flat. Once we made sure the tubes in the tires were straight we had no further problems with them.

Conclusion


At a reasonable cost and an all-around sturdy and reliable build, the Aosom Wanderer took home our Best Buy award. If you are on a budget and need a great trailer for hauling cargo around town then this trailer would be a great choice for you.
Katherine Elliott

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