4. The LEAF

Coming soon...!

The LEAF:

– Trailer for shopping, travelling and city life.
– Ideal for people living in apartments.
– Quickly folds flat for compact storage.
– Can carry a week’s shopping.
– Large wheels make stairs easy
– Compact and manoeuvrable for use in crowded markets and streets.
– Side Leafs create a parcel shelf for occasional large boxes.
– Fits euronorm beer crates.
– Made from renewable wood, and recyclable aluminium
– Upright cycling position makes it visible and short in heavy traffic, making it safe to use in cities.

Carries 45 kg
Weighs 8 kg
Fits to all seat posts with one special bracket
Wheel size 16 “
Basic load area 59.5 cm x 42.2 cm x 28.8 cm
Frame material aluminium 6000T6

Comes with hitch, safety strap, reflectors and manual.

Folds flat for compact storing, travel and ease of use

Options (Coming later):
Travel bag for the folded position
Shopping bag

  • 4. The LEAF folding trailer

(54) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • ceilidh.caller.bob@gmail.com'
    Bob - Reply

    September 12, 2016 at 12:10

    So anymore news? More than the 5-6 weeks predicted in the last post…

    • Bob - Reply

      September 12, 2016 at 13:10

      See the shop: the LEAF is ready and available from Carry Freedom HQ. Link: Webshop

  • f_debruyn@yahoo.co.uk'
    FRANK DE BRUYN - Reply

    August 11, 2016 at 21:08

    Dear sirs, about the carryfreedom leaf folding trailer, can you inform me which are the basis load areas for each of the 2 existing formats, please?
    Many thanks in advance for answering, sirs !
    Best regards,
    Frank De Bruyn

    • Bob - Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 10:16

      Hi Frank,
      Sorry this is late. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Eurobike then Interbike, we have hardly time to think….!

      the answer to your question. Basic load area is 59.5 cm x 42.2 cm x 28.8 cm
      i’m not exactly sure what you mean by the two formats. I hope this helps. If you want to see the manual it is here:
      Link to LEAF Manual
      Thanks
      Bob

  • tom.crossley@glasgow.ac.uk'
    tom crossley - Reply

    August 1, 2016 at 16:03

    hi, I just wondered what the latest estimates are for this. Like many others, I think this looks great and have been waiting for it for ages. Is there a list I could be added to for news of crowdfunding / release date? thanks very much, Tom, glasgow.

    • Bob - Reply

      September 12, 2016 at 13:15

      Now available from our website: The LEAF #beenalongtimecoming

  • ceilidh.caller.bob@gmail.com'
    Bob - Reply

    June 9, 2016 at 14:14

    So still no news, going to have to think about other options.

    • Bob - Reply

      June 13, 2016 at 11:07

      I know the delays are a pain. i wish i could speed things up. the shipment is on it’s way and should be here in 5-6 weeks. sorry for all the inconvenience. Bob

  • nicolas.leydet@gmail.com'
    nicolas - Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 11:49

    Can we have more information about :
    * the 100 Leaf being assembled
    * the crowd funding campaign you talked about

    • Bob - Reply

      April 20, 2016 at 13:08

      Hi Nicolas,
      not much to tell yet. the 100 LEAFs will be the first batch and ready very soon. The Crowdfunding will also start soon, so stay in touch here on the website.
      thanks
      Bob

  • n033y@yahoo.co.uk'
    nobby - Reply

    March 23, 2016 at 11:28

    waited over a year for this thing to get into production, finally given up and bought a Travoy this week.

    • Bob - Reply

      March 23, 2016 at 13:11

      Damn, it’s just taken us much longer than we expected. Sorry about that. Actually the first 100 are being assembled right now, but i understand the frustration. we wish it could have been sooner. Thanks for posting!
      Bob

      • N033y@yahoo.co.uk'
        Nobby - Reply

        March 29, 2016 at 18:05

        Thanks for not simply deleting my post, the travoy is a great gadget with its twist grip folding and neat hitch but it does seem a little flimsy, I suspect the leaf would have been more robust, time will tell.
        Anyway I’ve just ordered a Y frame large for the heavy stuff so you’ll still cop a bit of my hard earned .

        • Bob - Reply

          March 30, 2016 at 07:36

          Hi Nobby, there are more than one way to move the mountain ;>)) Enjoy the Travoy AND the Y large. if you need anything else just let us know.
          Best,
          Bob

  • Kengyo@gmail.com'
    Cris - Reply

    March 9, 2016 at 16:16

    Is this trailer available yet?! I’ve been staring at this page for over a year now. Hoping and praying this will release. Any new updates? I’m in the UK and would like to use this design for my business. Not sure how much longer I’m willing to hold out.

    • Bob - Reply

      March 9, 2016 at 16:45

      Th plan is to start a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with the first 100 LEAF trailers. any business ideas you have and i can help, send me mail at bob@carryfreedom.com Thanks, Bob

  • mactel10@yahoo.com.hk'
    Peter Chow - Reply

    February 17, 2016 at 17:29

    halo ~

    is the product officially launched for sale ?

    what is the distributor in Hong Kong ?

    or can i buy it in online store , if any ?

    thanks

    • Bob - Reply

      February 25, 2016 at 08:05

      Hi Peter,
      we are working on this now. Should be available in Asia as well through Tern Bicycles. We will post the information here when everything is ready.
      Thanks
      Bob

  • ahbradley@ukgateway.net'
    AB - Reply

    January 20, 2016 at 19:56

    Could you make a quick release seatpost hitch to suit folders such as the Brompton, thus allowing folded size to be unaffected. Regards.

    • Bob - Reply

      January 27, 2016 at 08:54

      We will be thinking about this. First priority is to get the LEAF out. Because there are so many different variations – seat post diameter, seat post height, luggage rack etc. but the idea with a QR is good, we will spend some time working on it.
      Thanks
      Bob

  • jmoses@icloud.com'
    Jason - Reply

    December 29, 2015 at 13:24

    Hello- first of all, the Leaf design is a Godsend for city dwellers. Great for multiple shopping runs at the small shops (not always possible to lock up a bike and trailer on city sidewalks). Can be pulled in aisles of small shops, through narrow city streets, and up the stairs of old apartment buildings without removing the goods.

    Eagerly waiting its release in Paris. I saw Jan. 2016 in a previous thread and hope the process is still on track.

    • Bob - Reply

      January 5, 2016 at 14:26

      Almost on track. had some delays because of the wood, but i will have a delivery date very soon. Thanks for your kind words, we love the LEAF. bob

  • renaud.savignard@mac.com'
    Renaud - Reply

    October 25, 2015 at 22:21

    Hi,
    I’m very interested in the Leaf, for everyday use, and also for carrying a 2 meters long tube containing kites. (BTW : do you think the angle will allow me to carry this without it bumping in my head ?).

    my saddle is very low, and the rear carrier quite high because of the battery, is there a picture where I can see how it’s fixed to the seat post ?

    Also : when will it be available in France ? The nearest dealer here in Nice being Cyclable

    Thanks !’m very interested in the Leaf, for everyday use, and also for carrying a 2 meters long tube containing kites. (BTW : do you think the angle will allow me to carry this without it bumping in my head ?).

    my saddle is very low, and the rear carrier quite high because of the battery, is there a picture where I can see how it’s fixed to the seat post ?

    Also : when will it be available in France ? The nearest dealer here in Nice being Cyclable

    Thanks !

    • Bob - Reply

      October 26, 2015 at 10:50

      Hi Renaud,
      thanks for your comment. For carrying things two meters long you should consider using the Y-Surf. it is adjustable and using the longer tow arm can carry very long loads easily. The LEAF will work as well but not as elegant. You will need to tie it down firmly….and the angle will make the load stand upright.
      We will be selling this product and all Carry Freedom products in France, Cyclable does have the trailers in some stores, i am not sure about Nice.
      Hope this helps. I will be posting pictures very soon.
      Bob

    • renaud.savignard@mac.com'
      Renaud - Reply

      October 26, 2015 at 14:15

      Thanks for your answer, regarding the Leaf.

      regarding the surf, I understand it’s not yet available, then will it be ?

      My bicycle is equipped with a Follow-Me tandem system and axle.
      Will I be able to fix the trailer ?

      You will be able to see what it’s look like on the page 13 of this document :

      http://www.followme-tandem.be/followme-tandem-pdf/FollowMe-Instructions-For-Use.pdf

      • Bob - Reply

        January 5, 2016 at 14:35

        Hi Renaud,
        thanks for your comment…! The Y-surf will be with us very soon. the first production run is on it’s way to us now. Hope this helps.
        Bob

  • codecomplete@free.fr'
    Vincent - Reply

    October 22, 2015 at 10:16

    Any idea when it’ll be available in Europe, and its approximate price?

    Also, like someone else below, I’d also like to use the Leaf on a Brompton: How fast is it to install/remove the hitch on the seatpost?

    Thank you.

    • Bob - Reply

      October 26, 2015 at 16:52

      It’s going to be really soon! i know we’ve been saying that for a while now, but at the Eurobike and Interbike we had some good feedback and some good suggestions for improvements, so we tweaked it a little…!

      The Brompton question is also being looked at. the hitch connection sits pretty high up under the saddle. i need to check if this interferes with the folding process. lots to do as you see. thanks for contacting us. bob

  • joshua.hon@ternbicycles.com'
    Josh Hon - Reply

    September 12, 2015 at 08:53

    Are you guys done with the trailer yet? I can’t wait to get my hands on one! See you at Interbike.

    • Bob - Reply

      September 12, 2015 at 09:07

      Still tweaking Josh. Would be good to get your input before the point of no return ;>)
      Looking forward to doing the show together. Safe flight.
      Bob

  • zebeej@gmail.com'
    Zebee - Reply

    August 23, 2015 at 00:00

    How would this go on a Brompton? Does the seatpost bracket come off quickly and easily?

    My other bike is a recumbent… Rack height is more or less the same as an upright bike so what kind of hitch could attach to a rack>

    • Bob - Reply

      August 31, 2015 at 08:47

      Hi Zebee,
      we were at the Eurobike so sorry about the delay. This will fit a Brompton and removing the hitch is easy and fast, but you will need a bike tool.
      Concerning the recumbent, the leaf does not fit to the rack yet. This will take a while for us to work it out. The LEAf will be ready in January 2016.
      Thanks
      Bob

  • jodoeva@gmail.com'
    Eva - Reply

    August 18, 2015 at 17:08

    Hi.

    I have searched al over the internet for a shopping trailer to use both with and without my bike and love the design on this one. But I have questions. How lasting is the wooden parts of the trailer? How water and snow and cold resistent is it? Is there going to be any cover where you hold your hand when you move the trailer? Even if you use gloves when it is cold it is going to be cold to hold the aluminium . I don’t want to leave my trailer home because of the weather.

    I look forward to se this product for sale.

    • Bob - Reply

      August 19, 2015 at 06:31

      Hi Eva, thanks for your comments. Yes, the handle issue will be looked at. Not quite sure what the solution is yet. the wood is very robust and has a many coats of waterproofing clear paint. of course you will still have to take care of it. But in cold areas it works better than plastic. Also we built the LEAF to carry 45kg of luggage so it has to be tough. Remember this kind of plywood is used in boatbuilding. Take care. Bob

  • Lars.bratthall@gmail.com'
    Lars - Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 09:39

    Hi, will it fit 29ers? Also, please keep me posted on release dates

    • Bob - Reply

      July 15, 2015 at 10:43

      Sure the LEAF Tow arm will fit 29ers. We will keep in touch.
      thanks
      Bob

  • lesgibbons@gmail.com'
    Les Gibbons - Reply

    June 21, 2015 at 00:36

    Brilliant design, looking forward to its release. Please keep me, U.S. Posted.
    Could it be fitted to a Surly Big Dummy?
    Kind regards Les

    • Bob - Reply

      June 24, 2015 at 11:45

      Hi Les,
      thanks for your comment. Will it fit on a big dummy? Thats a good question. It could work but i think the arm might be a little short. We will test this. Another option would be to fit it to the rack. We need to look into use with a long tail bike. i will come back to you on it.
      Thanks. Bob

  • Carolinerussell3@me.com'
    Caroline Russell - Reply

    June 7, 2015 at 10:48

    This looks amazing. Please alert me when available to buy.

    • Bob - Reply

      June 7, 2015 at 17:47

      Hi Caroline,
      we sure will keep you in touch. Thanks
      Bob

  • nicolas.leydet@gmail.com'
    Nicolas - Reply

    June 4, 2015 at 16:52

    Would you have an update about the release date / price (roughly) of the Leaf. Will it be available in the UK ?

    • Bob - Reply

      June 5, 2015 at 15:03

      Hi Nicolas,
      i think the estimated first delivery time would be September. We still have a lot to do. It will be available in the UK through our distributor Extra UK. Final pricing will be coming very soon. So try and be patient. Sorry the news is not better, but we are working very hard right now on making this project work.
      Ride
      Bob

  • news.stevy@outlook.com'
    Yuri - Reply

    May 25, 2015 at 10:17

    Nice design and a serious contender to replace my Burley Travoy, but why didn’t you use angled wheels like they do on athletic wheelchairs? It provides a lot more stability for sharp cornering.

    It’s the one issue I struggle with when using the Travoy (which uses a similar design): when the inner wheel hits an obstacle (the curb, large stones or branches) on 90 degree turns it topples over, even at lower speeds.

    I guess your design with the larger wheels and lower point of gravity will be slightly more stable but when it hits a larger obstacle on sharp turns it will still topple over, angled wheels could solve that.

    Maybe an idea to test for V2?

    • Bob - Reply

      May 25, 2015 at 16:15

      Yuri, this is what Carry freedom designer and mechanical wizard Nick Lobnitz wrote in reply to your comments:

      Hi Yuri

      Visually I’d love to use angled wheels, but there are a couple of problems with them that make them a bad idea for trailers.

      Firstly, the stability of a trailer (or wheel chair) depends on two things, how wide is the distance between where the trailers tyres touch the ground, combined with where the trailer hooks onto the bicycle. Angled wheels do make a slightly wider track, but so does making the axle beam slightly wider.

      Secondly, with angled wheels if the trailer is not hitched at exactly the right height the wheels will either toe in or toe out slightly. This will always mean one tyre is skidding sideways slightly, using your energy to destroy your tyres. The reality is that trailer brackets will never be at the correct height, so the tyres will always scrub.

      Lastly, angled wheels are really difficult to manufacture accurately. This adds to the expence of making the trailer and ultimately its cost in the shops, without offering any major benefit.

      Angled wheels are brilliant on high performance wheel chairs. High performance wheelchairs will often corner suddenly, the wheel angle helps the outside wheel resist the huge forces generated. Also on sports wheelchairs it keeps the top of the wheel tight against the users body making it easier to push, while widening the track width of the wheel chair, which aids stability. It also makes it less likely to flip onto your back when using a chair. And lastly it looks cool.

      ALL trailers that hook onto seatpost (or rack) are less stable and more vulnerable to bumps and corners than ALL trailers that hook onto a bikes axle. Having big wheels, and clever placement of the load shelf make a significant difference between the Leaf and the Travoy.

      Cheers

      Nick

  • mactel10@yahoo.com.hk'
    Peter Chow - Reply

    April 14, 2015 at 18:26

    hi bob

    What a fantastic design!

    however, i was confused that i need to use a solid wheel axle (non quick -release one) to connect with City, leaf or Y board?

    if so, i just wonder if any conversion / connector that deem fits to connect both the trailer and my quick release rear wheels?

    i am looking forward to having the real product asap :-)

    • Bob - Reply

      April 15, 2015 at 07:36

      Hi Peter,
      no not true. The Y and the Y surf both work with solid axle (threaded) and with QR axle. In every box we have a washer to use with the QR axle. The LEAF is fixed to the seat post.
      Thanks for your comments. Best.
      Bob

  • davidchild205@gmail.com'
    Dave - Reply

    April 5, 2015 at 14:38

    In Oxford, electric bikes are becoming very popular with people carrying kids or pulling kiddy trailers.; when extra grunt is needed .
    Will the Leaf work?

    • Bob - Reply

      April 7, 2015 at 17:57

      Hi Dave,
      yes, but the LEAF is not for kids. It’s only for cargo. It folds flat, carries 45 kg fits behind all types of bikes. Check the video on the “LEAF First look” post.
      Thanks
      Bob

  • doomhammer07@herr-der-mails.de'
    Stefan - Reply

    March 21, 2015 at 23:09

    Just saw the trailer for the leaf, looks amazing, a really unique and usefull design i never saw on any other trailer.
    Sad that it won’t be out in June for my bicycle tour 😉

    • Bob - Reply

      March 27, 2015 at 17:26

      Well it’s going to be a fantastic trailer! I just wish we could get it finished faster – but there are not enough hours in the day ;>))

  • scavenger144@gmail.com'
    Jeff - Reply

    December 24, 2014 at 01:00

    Hey,
    congrats to that awesome concept!
    I’ve been loving your trailers ever since but this one seems especially neat!
    It’s been a while since that last post – any update on release date / pricing?
    Keep it up, cheers,
    Jeff

    • Bob - Reply

      January 23, 2015 at 11:46

      Hey Jeff, i missed this comment – sorry. The LEAF will be available in 2015 but probably late Summer. We have a lot to do to make it fantastic ;>)). Please stay i touch we will post updates here. Where are you located?
      Regards
      Bob

  • thebudds69@gmail.com'
    Sara Budd - Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 10:28

    Is there any more news on the leaf trailer? I am after a trailer that I can unhitch and use a a shopping trolley and this seems ideal. is it in production yet? Thanks.

    • Bob - Reply

      September 17, 2014 at 11:16

      Hi Sara,
      thanks for your question. We only have the prototype at the moment, but the response has been very good so that we can go into production very soon. We are anticipating the release date will be around Easter 2015. The trailer rides really well, as i found out on my trip to the Interbike Show in Las Vegas last week. I was carrying a big ice box on it ;>). Best regards. Bob

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