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BOB Ibex Plus Review

If you're going to tow, tow this trailer.
Bob Yack Plus
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Price:  $439 List | $389.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Three inches of adjustable suspension improves on and off road handling, tracks well behind rear wheel of bicycle, easy attachment
Cons:  If packed uneven it can get wobbly on downhills, doesn't stand up on it's own
Manufacturer:   BOB
By Katherine Elliott ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 28, 2015
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  • Ease of Towing - 20% 9
  • Smoothness of Ride - 20% 9
  • Versatility - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Over several months of towing the BOB Ibex Plus around behind us, we were really never disappointed at how dutifully and reliably this trailer followed and performed. The BOBs single wheel design makes for superior tracking behind the back wheel of your bike, especially when turning and navigating through crowded streets. The trailer provides a low center of gravity, keeping most of the weight of the trailer and cargo off your bike which we found greatly improved the all-around handling and performance of this bike cargo trailer. The Bob Yak is a similar trailer that didn't score as high because it lacks suspension.

The BOB Ibex Plus claims to "follow you to the ends of the earth" and throughout testing, we found nothing to prove this statement incorrect. It managed to maintain its integrity and handling while traveling both on and off the dirt single-track roads around town. So if you are looking for an all-around reliable cargo bike trailer to navigate both on and off the roads, the BOB Ibex Plus might make a great choice for you.


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Pros Three inches of adjustable suspension improves on and off road handling, tracks well behind rear wheel of bicycle, easy attachmentDurable, easy hitch, elastic cargo net, smooth ride, stands on its own, one wheelSolid axle makes the trailer stable for large heavy loads, folds down small for easy storage, open design allows for flexibility when hauling non-traditional cargoFlexible rubber hitch mount allows bike to lean without trailer leaning so climbing hills is much easier when you get off your seat, lightweight, durablegreat aerodynamics, includes large dry sack
Cons If packed uneven it can get wobbly on downhills, doesn't stand up on it's ownHeavyNo straps or dry sac includedEnclosed structure makes it difficult to lock your trailer up along with your bike, weather resistant but not watertighttrailer is attached directly to back wheel without movable hitch so getting out of the saddle on uphills can get unsteady
Bottom Line If you're going to tow, tow this trailer.The Burley Coho XC combines the heavy duty build quality of some two wheeled trailers with the easy pull of a one wheel design.This is the trailer for hauling the kitchen sink.A versatile model great for touring or just shorter trips to the grocery store.
Rating Categories BOB Ibex Plus Burley Coho XC Burley Design Flatbed Burley Nomad BOB Yak
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Specs BOB Ibex Plus Burley Coho XC Burley Design... Burley Nomad BOB Yak
Capacity 70 lbs 70 lbs 100 lbs 100-pound, 105-liter 70 lbs
Weight 17 lbs 21.5 lbs 14.5 lbs 15 lbs 13.5 lbs
Number of wheels 1 1 2 2 1
Size Open LxWxH (inches) 62" x 17" x 16" 32.5” x 22” x 22.5” 33" x 16.1" x 30.9" 32.4" x 26.8" x 22.8" 61" x 17" x 16"
Wheel Size 16" x 2.125" 16” 16" 16" 16" x 1.75"
Access into trailer top, sides top top top top, sides
Cover Protection yellow Dry Sak None Included none weatherproof cover yellow Dry Sak
Attachment to Bike quick release quick release Forged Hitch Forged aluminum hitch quick release

Our Analysis and Test Results

With over nineteen years of experience making excellent bike trailers, BOB does it again with the Ibex Plus. The BOB Ibex Plus offers three inches of extra suspension in the back making it one of the smoothest rides of all the cargo bike trailers we tested. One of the features we liked about the BOB Ibex Plus is that is has a really solid frame design. It consists of a tubular 4130 Chromoly steel construction and has aluminum cartridge bearing hubs. The BOB patented quick-release attachment system allows for easy attachment on and off your bike. The bright yellow dry sac keeps your cargo safe and dry from the elements. It also stands out among the rest of the cargo bike trailers due to its ability to move easily from paved to dirt roads with little resistance or strain on you, or your bike. So whether you are just running errands, commuting or bike touring, this trailer is fully capable of handling the job.

Performance Comparison



A close up of the shock engagement on the BOB Ibex Plus bike cargo trailer.
A close up of the shock engagement on the BOB Ibex Plus bike cargo trailer.

Capacity


The BOB Ibex Plus offers a weight carrying capacity of 70 lbs. and a cargo area of roughly 25" x 16" x 18" (64cm x 41cm x 46cm). The volume of the dry sac allowed for easy packing and unloading of your gear and also gave us peace of mind while traveling with it through inclement weather. The large dry sac did allow for the possibility of overloading though, so be aware of what you are packing for longer trips. Make sure you actually need and what fits in the dry sack because an overloaded bag can be much harder to handle on longer trips.


The dry sac of the BOB Ibex Plus repels the elements like a champ.
The dry sac of the BOB Ibex Plus repels the elements like a champ.

Ease Of Use


The patented quick-release attachment system of the BOB Ibex Plus makes for quick and easy attachment to and from your bikes back hub. This cargo bike trailer is compatible with most full-suspension bicycles and most other bicycles with solid-axle hubs. We found the single wheel design to be a little tricky when trying to attach a fully loaded trailer to the bike by ourselves.


It's best to attach the trailer empty, then load it. This trailer comes disassembled in four parts but has an easy to follow instruction manual and quick assembly time. It only took about 15 min to fully assemble and attach it to a bike. A quick note to remember is to have two 10mm wrenches to attach and assemble the rear shock and front fork to the trailer body.

A close up of the quick release pin being inserted to connect the BOB Ibex Plus cargo trailer to a bike.
A close up of the quick release pin being inserted to connect the BOB Ibex Plus cargo trailer to a bike.

Ease Of Towing


The BOB Ibex Plus is a single wheel cargo bike trailer design. This made for excellent tracking behind the bike in almost every scenario we put it through. Even with heavy cargo, the Ibex offered a steady and well-balanced ride. Throughout testing, we noticed that some of the two-wheeled bike trailers that they stuck out a little on both sides and seemed to have a bit of a steering lag. This causes you to become more aware of your riding style, but the single wheel BOB Ibex Plus is so streamline that you hardly notice you are pulling anything at all. With its low center of gravity, most of the weight of the trailer is kept off your bike's frame, improving the performance and overall handling.


A fully loaded BOB Ibex Plus in action; the additional suspension allows for easy off road cycling.
A fully loaded BOB Ibex Plus in action; the additional suspension allows for easy off road cycling.

Smoothness of Ride


The BOB Ibex Plus was a top contender for the smoothest ride, with three inches of adjustable travel it was hard to beat. It handled well while traveling on paved roads and even better when there was dirt involved.


The BOB Ibex Plus also managed to pass over uneven railroad tracks without slowing down. The dry sack easily attaches to the trailer frame so even when hitting the dirt trails, your cargo remains safe and secure.

With an extra 3 inches of travel in the back  the BOB Ibex Plus provides you with a very smooth ride.
With an extra 3 inches of travel in the back, the BOB Ibex Plus provides you with a very smooth ride.

Versatility


We found the BOB Ibex Plus to be a very versatile bike cargo trailer. Not only could the large capacity dry sac fit and hold a weeks worth of groceries, it also managed to keep them safe on the 10-mile trek home from the store. This trailer can easily hold all the necessary gear for a week-long bike tour with a little room to spare.


A comparative look at the BOB Yak Plus' back wheel and the BOB Ibex Plus with the extra three inches of suspension on its back wheel.
A comparative look at the BOB Yak Plus' back wheel and the BOB Ibex Plus with the extra three inches of suspension on its back wheel.

Best Applications


From the paved roads of the city to the dirt single track trails in the mountains, the BOB Ibex Plus can handle the task. We found ourselves using the BOB Ibex Plus for commuting more than anything else. When we went on longer adventures, we were also happy we had this trailer with us. The tubular design of the frame allows you to safely secure the trailer and your bike with a lock. Leaving it outside unattended was no problem, unlike some of the other models we tested that didn't have a good way to lock and secure them safely. The easily removable dry sac made a great grocery bag too. We just took it right in the store with us to pack full of goodies.

Value


The Ibex Plus has a fairly high price point of around $439, but we believe for the quality and design of this cargo bike trailer it is worth every penny. One nice thing is that the BOB Ibex Plus does include the dry sack. The durable and sturdy frame design of Chromoly steel tubing makes it lightweight and reliable. This trailer, in particular, took a beating through testing and still managed to perform like it was new.

Conclusion


Overall we were highly impressed with the BOB Ibex Plus. The lightweight and dependable design along with the adjustable rear suspension ranked this amongst the best and took home our Editors' Choice award. This is a great trailer for all your needs, whether you are touring, commuting or just running simple errands around town. The BOB Ibex Plus won't let you down.


Katherine Elliott