49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
I bought this trailer after comparing it to the d'lite, chariot cabriolet and the croozer 525. The d'light was out of our price range, the chariot had plastic parts and expensive ad ons and I could not see a croozer(plus it weighed 33lbs) in person. So that left the Burley encore. I was able to compare both the d'lite and the encore in person and both had nice solid bench type padded seats and nice five point harnesses with solid buckles instead of d clips. They each had sun shades and zip up weather covers as well. The seats are almost the same size but the d'lite bows out for more elbow room. After comparing the two we decided the d'lite although nice was not worth the extra cost. The basic features we wanted were all in the Encore including a solid padded seat, padded harness, sun shade and the zip up weather cover for less money. It was easy to set up and I only had to install the wheel guards. Attaching the hitch was simple too. I have a 3.5 year old and a 10 month old and they both fit comfortably in this trailer. I did a test run with the trailer kid less and it pulled and turned well. I could not even feel it behind the bike! Then I put the kids in and could not feel them in there either! Amazing! Very light and easy to pull, tracks well. We're loving it so far and have used it on windy cold rainy days. The kids stay warm and dry. Highly recommend!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2011
After doing an extensive research on bike trailers (price/quality) I got the Burley Encore.
cons:I was a little frustated at first 'cause it was very hard to fold/unfold (my husband had to do it the first few times 'cause I just couldn't). It got looser so now I can do it.
pros: After getting use to putting it on and off the bike (takes practice) it has been fantastic. I've been using it for 7 months with my 38 lbs 5 year old and my 22 lbs 20 months old (about 90lbs all together with the trailer weight), and it is great to trail, both on the street and flat trails, turns, uphill and downhill is good, even with rain. The legs' room is still nice for my 107cm boy. They both seem comfortable inside, with enough room for them, and a lot of room on the back for stuff. It is also very nice with a single child in the middle.
It is much cheaper all together compared to the chariot ones (they are very good, but too expensive unless you use them very often).
I got it with the stroller wheel (the single one that is attached to the axle -- which doesn't vibrate or anything while riding as long as you use it right), so it is great to take the kids to the grocery store, turn the wheel down in the store, pack the trailer and back without using a car! It works nice as a stroller too, and it has fit through all the doors I've tried, though it is quite large for an stroller-only use.
I really recommend this trailer.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
Following back-to-back babies (16 mths apart) and moving from Canada to USA in between the two, we've been behind on simple exercise. The Burley Encore has resolved a simple requirement: take the whole family to take fresh air, while exercising and discovering.
BURELY ENCORE: Easy to assemble, easy to connect, and effortless. When I first tried it (w/o kids), I easily forgot it was there. Not sure if fact, but the addition of the trailer brings more stability to riding slow; I can do a sharp turn at low speed with no problem. Today, we hauled both kids and bought about 40lbs of bird food and stuff for the BBQ. No problem!
If you have two bikes, get the second hitch. Also, think of the axle; it may not be long enough (we had to get one changed on my wife's bike) = approx. $35.
Looked at numerous other models; this one fit just right. Price is decent ($100 less on Amazon).
Some friends tried my bike (quick short ride) and had same reaction.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2011
I don't own this- but I rented one for a weekend on the cape and was pretty impressed. I've been looking for one to buy and the Chariot Cougar 2 just seemed so pricey. This trailer worked great for a variety of kid combinations (4+3 year old and 3+1 year old). Here are the nice touches that I haven't found on other trailers:
* Rubberized rings that hold the four corners of front and back flaps down, not just velcro that tends to lose its grip (there is velcro as well).
* Nice big wheels that pull well even with ~75lbs of kid & gear
* The hitch- most hitch to the back of the frame but this actual goes through the axel of the back wheel which means two great things: first there is quick release to move the trailer between bikes (with an additional hitch) and secondly if you have clip-less pedals (I do) I found that my heal would hit the attachement on other trailers which I could not move all the way back because I also have disc brakes. May not be an issue for you but it was a much nicer ride this way.
* Middle buckle so I could put one kid in the and buckle in the middle of the trailer not one side (I assume that's what it was for)
Only con is no shocks for the kids, but I don't expect that at this price. Probably will buy :)
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
As you would expect with a Burley product, this is top quality. I have a 17 month yr old and a 4 yr old that go in this thing together, and the space is adequate just not tons of space. (After the first two rides together, they now sit in harmony. They even both fell asleep on a recent ride)
- Light\Easy Pulling
- Quality Construction (nothing loose, jiggly, well thought out design)
- Storage area behind seat (good for quasi larger items: blankets, smaller cooler, rain gear...)
- Folds up nicely
- Accessory options (make it into a walker or jogger)
- Price (considering the quality not a terrible con. everyone likes stuff cheaper though)
- Shoulder harness pads come off too easily.
If you are contemplating the purchase of this trailer and the price is a little off-putting, you can purchase this product with confidence. It really is a quality product and quality engineering went into the design of everything on this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2011
I looked at this trailer, the inStep trailers, and the Chariot trailers. My favorite was the super expensive Chariot trailer, but I could not justify the extra cost. Besides, those did not even come with an attachment to hook it up to my bike -- I would have had to pay extra!
Overall, I am happy with my purchase. The trailer moves very well. I use it both while on my bike and as a stroller (I purchased the two-wheel stroller kit for this, too). As a stroller, it is a bit large, but I love that my son is protected from the elements. As a trailer, I was afraid it would pull or drag behind, but that is generally not the case at all. Most of the time I do not feel it back there. If I am riding up a larger hill, however, I can feel the extra weight.
What I wish were better:
The stroller bar on my trailer does not hold its position very well when I push it. It has a mechanism to "lock" the bar in place at the desired position, but often will move when I go over a bump or something.
The straps. I really, really loved the way the straps worked on the Chariot trailer. But, these straps are not as nice. Also, it took me a little while before I was able to get the right feel for the length of the shoulder straps for my son. I often wish I had the other trailer's straps, but I am not sure that it would have been worth the extra money.
Right now I am using this for one child, so I cannot speak to uses for two children.
Bottom line, this seems to be a good quality trailer. I feel very comfortable with its construction and safety. Unless you have extra money to spend, just go with this one. However, I would not recommend being too cheap (inStep). But, if you don't mind the price, maybe try the Chariot model. If I was not in graduate school, I would have gotten that one in a heart beat.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
This trailer is amazing. It is so worth the money over the Instep brands. It is very well built and assembly and dis-assembly takes less than 5 minutes to go in the trunk. If you are on the fence, go with the Burley. The Burley will last you a life time and keep your child comfortable and safe.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
My boys are 17 months apart and this trailer was a life saver for my sanity. I loaded them both into the trailer and they were comfortable and entertained for many hours on the road. It is lightweight to pull, and it made my workout rides that much better because it made me stronger and I never worried about what the boys were doing. It is easy to load for destination rides. Plenty of room for toys and snacks. Great covers for all weather conditions. Maintenance has been minimal (tires, spokes, WD-40).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
I just love this bike trailer. It was easy to put together. It is easy to fold up. The wheels go on and off without any trouble. The trailer hitch is simple to switch between two bikes, however I plan on buying a second one. My son loves to ride in it. He sits in the middle and the seat is sturdy and does not sag. It is easy to pull behind my bike, but a little tougher up hills. It turns easily and smoothly. I am glad that I spent the money and didn't go with a cheaper trailer.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
This product is very tough, it has stood up to a great deal of use and is still going strong. My only complaint is that it can be very hard to pop the frame into place when unfolding it.