Thule Yepp Maxi Child Bike Seat
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- Quick and easy mounting of the child bike seat on your bike. Fits rear bike racks with an EasyFit window, or racks equipped with Thule Yepp Maxi EasyFit Adapter (sold separately)
- Your child sits comfortably in the soft and shock-absorbing seat
- Maximum child comfort and a safe, custom fit thanks to the adjustable padded 5-point harness
- Ensures a perfect fit as your child grows thanks to adjustable foot rests and foot straps
- Designed and tested for children from 9 months to 6 years old, up to 48.5 lbs/22 kg consult a pediatrician for children under 1 year old
- Added visibility thanks to built-in reflector and safety light attachment point
- Easy to clean and to keep dry due to the seat’s water-repellent materials
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The stable, roomy and comfortable seat for getting around with your kid. The Yepp Maxi Easyfit is perfectly suited for bikes with a sturdy rear rack. The Easyfit is a version of the Yepp Maxi with an alternative fitting system, by which the seat is attached to the bike’s own rear rack. This gives your bike a great clean look.
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I've since added an Xtracycle Free Radical to the back of my hybrid bike, and installed the seat on that. I specifically got a Flightdeck 2 for my Free Radical, as it has built-in Easyfit windows: This saved me from to paying another $30 for the Easyfit adapter, and the seat sits a few inches lower (directly on the deck vs. up on the adapter), which is slightly more stable. It did take me a minute to figure out that I had to actually cut out the Easyfit window from the Flightdeck 2. It has indentations on the bottom showing where to cut, so this was pretty simple. Once that was done, securely installing the Yepp Maxi Easyfit was a breeze. The included lock is a nice feature, so I can just lock up my bike when I'm out and about, and not have to worry about someone walking off with the seat.
I ride with my almost 3 year old daily, for school drop-offs. She weighs around 35 lbs. She fits comfortably and snugly in the seat, with plenty of room to grow. She LOVES it and begs to go biking. I found that the shoulder straps tended to slide off her shoulders, but moving the harness up to the highest setting and tying together the strap ends to make a sort of "chest belt" has completely solved that problem. Having her weight back there did take some getting used to, as it makes the bike slightly less stable, especially when turning sharply, but we haven't had any mishaps yet. My friends who have dumped their bikes with their kids onboard (hey, it happens!) say that the seat does an amazing job of "cocooning" the occupant and preventing injury.
I originally used panniers (Ortlieb Backrollers) on my Free Radical's p-racks, and those fit fine in front of the seat, one on each side. Now I have Xtracycle X1 Freeloader bags, and those work, too. On a regular rack, you probably won't be able to fit panniers/bags when the seat is installed. Also, Xtracycle's X2 bags don't work well with this seat.
The material is soft and rubbery, very comfortable for the child, but also great in rainy Seattle weather as it repels water better than fabric does.
We also have a Bobike Mini front seat, and a Burley trailer. The front seat is my absolute favorite for a smaller child, as it's fun being able to point things out and have conversations, and it has virtually no effect on the handling of the bike. Unfortunately, my 3 year old outgrew it a few months ago, so now it's either the Yepp Maxi or the trailer. I generally prefer the Yepp Maxi; it does affect bike handling some, and it's not quite as good for conversing as the front seat, but it's pretty good. The trailer is my choice on very cold or rainy days, because I can tuck in my daughter with a blanket and know she'll be protected from the elements. If I had to choose only one of those three options for transporting a kid via bike, it would probably be the Yepp Maxi. It lasts longer than a front seat and is more fun than a trailer on all but the coldest/wettest of days. (And on those coldest/wettest of days, a toddler-size JJ Cole Bundle Me fits really well in this seat!)
As long as you have a compatible bike/rack, I highly recommend this seat! (If you don't have a compatible bike/rack, check out the Yepp Maxi non-Easyfit version.)
Although it is nice that he is not restricted in this seat at all (Pro), it does seem like it does not offer the same amount of safety as our Topeak II Baby Seat, as it does not have the 'sides' and front bar (Con).
The material that this seat is made of feels like the stuff that "standing mats" are made of; Soft and squishy yet still firm. It is very comfortable for my son.
This seat is very easy to put on and take off, however the 'Easy-Fit' rack that I bought was a nightmare... not inherently an issue with this seat, but I bought them together so....