1. The Y large

The Y trailer

Carry Freedom – Y-FRAME: Simple, elegant, versatile trailer the Y-FRAME is a multifunctional trailer platform available in two sizes. Fits for all kinds of attachments like boxes, backpacks, dog baskets and so on – the list is never ending. You can change the attachment in a few seconds.

With the approved Lollypop elastomer hitch incl. 1 hitch bracket. The Lollypop towing bracket needs 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.


  • frame: 6064t6 aluminium, anodized
  • wheels: 20″
  • load bed: 700 x 500 mm
  • max. load area: 900 x 640 mm
  • weight: 7,5 kg
  • load capacity: 90 kg (80 kg with Weber hitch)

Attention: When using the trailer with quick release the maximum load is reduced to 50 kg.

  • The Y large

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

  • riversong6@gmail.com'
    Doug Stephens - Reply

    April 26, 2017 at 15:32

    I’d love to see you come out with a fat tire wheel set. Until then, would these Burley wheels be compatible with the push button axle system on your large Y trailer?



    Doug Stephens
    Anchorage, AK USA

    • Bob - Reply

      May 2, 2017 at 10:52

      Hi Doug,
      working on this. i wish it didn’t take so long, but every little change does right now. it’ll work with the push button axles.

  • moxy1500@yahoo.com'
    Gene - Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 17:33

    I will be purchasing a cargo trailer in the near future and it seems that the Y large may be what I need. I have some concerns that need to be addressed. I will be doing very long tours in remote areas where the trails are unpaved and can be rough. Durability of the trailer, hitch, and arm is essential since I cannot have material fatigue and failure in these remote locations. Also, I need to know if 20″ X 1.75″ Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires will fit the rims. Please address these concerns for me.

    • Bob - Reply

      January 19, 2017 at 10:02

      Hi Gene,
      check out this page: http://www.carryfreedom.com/blog/category/adventurers/
      These guys have all been doing weird and wonderful things with the trailers, traveling around the world. Including two tours through Africa. Watch the videos of the “curves and turns” guys, going through hard conditions.

      Schwalbe tires work well. The fatter the better (more suspension!), the no-puncture version also makes sense.

      Going on a long tour, i would take some spares with me. Another lollypop elastomer, a spare hitch pin, another safety nut, maybe a spare axle and thats about it. Do a regular check that everything is tight. keep the axles oiled.

      The trailers have passed all tests and can take a lot of punishment. HAve fun!


  • smurfydome123@gmail.com'
    Daniel - Reply

    September 26, 2016 at 03:47

    Hi I’m a high school tuba player and I’m looking for the right sized trailer for carrying my tuba to and from school. My tuba case is roughly 43″ x 27″ x 21″ . Could you lead me in the right direction for the kind of trailer i might use? Thank you for your time.

    • Bob - Reply

      September 28, 2016 at 10:01

      Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for your eMail. The Y is modular so we can make it wider or longer. Check out the technical data sheet here. I think you will need a wide axle beam and an extension arm to make this work right. If you need any help just send us an email and we will help you all we can.
      The other information can be found here:
      Hope this helps,

  • lula.muniz@gmail.com'
    Lucas Muniz - Reply

    July 5, 2016 at 18:20

    I’m using a Y-Large since last year April, and I must say that thing is awesome! It has been a huge step on my mission of getting rid of motors. But I’m having some problems, and I believe it’d be better to upgrade it than to change for other trailer, because I really like it. It’s reliable, simple and versatile.

    So, the most important problem is I believe I need suspensions… I carry fragile and precious musical instruments on it (sadly not always on good pavement conditions), and I started to perceive some damage. I tried various kinds of protection, but I guess only a good pair of suspensions would do the job. Ever heard of anyone who adapted suspensions on the Y-Large? Or maybe you guys already have a similar project? I’m working on my DIY project to do it, but it’s always better to learn as much as we can before doing stupid things, right… If someone already did it, I want to know. Or maybe I don’t actually need a suspension and you guys could suggest me something else to protect my goods.

    Also, it’s not that important, but I’d love to have brakes… You know, it’s starting to get boring on the flats. My legs really want to work harder, but my brain says “Calm down, dudes, it’s not safe here. Look, there’s a fun climb right there, just wait for it, ok?”. I already saw various ways of installing it, but none really satisfying.

    • Bob - Reply

      July 7, 2016 at 16:38

      Hi Lucas,
      suspension is a interesting project. we have not made one yet. One problem with suspension is the vibrations that occur. we need to test the best way of doing this. i think we would need to make the frame even stronger, because you can imagine how a load of 45 kg would move up and down, but also left and right, creating energy moving in all directions. We do have people using the trailer to carry cameras and stuff, but they always use a aluminium box (like Zarges!) with a cut out foam insulation. Before trying suspension i would go for some fatter tires, reduce the inflation so the tires take some of the bad road conditions and then use the most insulation you can. a think foam between box and load bed would also be helpful.
      we will think about suspension some more, i promise.
      Thanks for reaching out.

      • lula.muniz@gmail.com'
        Lucas Muniz - Reply

        July 26, 2016 at 22:49

        Hi Bob!

        Thanks for your reply. And yes, i realized that suspensions would be too difficult to install and abandoned the idea. I hope you guys manage to do it. Meanwhile, i made layers of hard rubber and foam for the load bed, added some foam outside the cases (they’re already like the ones you said), and changed pressure from 30psi to 26psi. It seems to be all ok now, although i’m not sure what pressure is too low for the tires… And thanks for the fatter tire idea. I’ll try it if i have any problem again.

        By the way, i just saw now about other guys talking about 26″ wheels with fat tires… It sounds interesting to me as well.

      • lula.muniz@gmail.com'
        Lucas Muniz - Reply

        July 26, 2016 at 22:50

        Oh, i almost forgot. What about the brakes?

  • schmidtsss@aol.com'
    sue - Reply

    June 12, 2016 at 04:38

    Can I carry my 45 pound dog on one of your trailers?

    • Bob - Reply

      June 13, 2016 at 11:06

      yes, the y-large will be your best choice…!

  • arcanum3000@gmail.com'
    Ed Huyer - Reply

    May 9, 2016 at 00:55

    Hi, I’m looking for a trailer for my electric fat bike and I’m wondering if the Y Large will work correctly given the 190mm dropouts and nearly 5″ tires? Overall wheel diameter with tire is around 29″-30″ (736mm-762mm). Am I likely to run into problems with the tire hitting the standard tow bar? If so, would the extension arm help? Thanks.

    • Bob - Reply

      May 9, 2016 at 07:03

      It’ll work fine. you may need to be careful with a really tight right hand turn, but we have a lot of fat bike trailer users out there…..! Send us a picture when you are up and running….!

  • stuart@silverfoxcycles.com'
    Stuart Taylor - Reply

    April 30, 2016 at 12:58

    Great trailer the Large, but after using it a couple of times the dust covers have fallen of from the wheels and are now lost. Thought this might happen as they are not really secured very well and would come off when the wheels are removed..

    Is there any way I could get some replacements?

    • Bob - Reply

      May 9, 2016 at 07:29

      Hi Stuart,
      i’m assuming you are in the UK. You can get the caps from our UK Distributor EXTRA UK:
      Extra (UK) Ltd.
      P.O. Box 101
      NN8 6ZZ UK
      Mail: mailbox@extrauk.co.uk
      Talk to Richard, he’s the Carry Freedom expert.

      or from Really Useful Bikes in Bristol. Rob has most parts and accessories in stock:
      Carry Freedom spare parts

      And here’s an easy fix to stop you losing your caps, using a zip-tie:

      Rubber Cap Security Fix

  • […] haben wir wieder eine große Lieferung von Carry Freedom mit etlichen Y-large und Y-Small Anhängern, sowie diverses Zubehör,  erhalten. Außerdem ist erstmalig  auch […]

  • marc.capdevielle@gmail.com'
    Marc Capdevielle - Reply

    February 7, 2016 at 16:33

    We used this Carry Freedom Y Large to make a 9months and 9000kms trip from Europe to China. This trailer is great because you can offload most of the load from your bike (we had a tandem) and it behaves very well with hight load (our load averaged 45kg). Both the lolypop and the quick wheel release systems are great.
    But the Carray Freedom Large has 3 majors problems :
    – with vibrations, the bed grip will damage your waterproof bag (ours was not waterproof anymore after 1000km !), you need to put some plastic stuff between your waterproof bag and the grip which remove the use of the grip.
    – the wheels have very cheap unprotected bearings that will not last. Our bearings were dead arriving in china.
    – the spokes are not crossed and will break on bad roads and with heavy loads (45kg) ! We had to change all the spokes in Uzbekistan to have them crossed twice.
    Great for light and city use, not for enduring long and tough offroad trips.

    • Bob - Reply

      February 8, 2016 at 09:47

      Hi Marc,
      thanks for your comments. let me address the issues:

      But the Carray Freedom Large has 3 majors problems :
      – with vibrations, the bed grip will damage your waterproof bag (ours was not waterproof anymore after 1000km !), you need to put some plastic stuff between your waterproof bag and the grip which remove the use of the grip.

      Actually we do mention this in our manual. a small piece of carpet or rubber to protect waterproof bags. the original idea was that the griptape was for boxes or crates. This works really well.
      – the wheels have very cheap unprotected bearings that will not last. Our bearings were dead arriving in china.
      we use industrial bearings with rubber seals, but i will look into offering really tough bearings for expeditions. I just came back from Core Bike in England where i talked to Enduro bearings. they said they had better ones for sale, but we agreed that 99% of the Carry Freedom users would not need this kind of quality and would also not pay for this! I think if you are traveling from Europe to China, you need to tweak the product to meet your own specification. We make a product for the masses.
      – the spokes are not crossed and will break on bad roads and with heavy loads (45kg) ! We had to change all the spokes in Uzbekistan to have them crossed twice.
      Actually, because the trailer does not brake (the bike brakes!) the radial spoking is very efficient. Crossing them twice will not really help. What will help more is to run the trailer at a lower tire pressure. This makes the trailer bounce less, reducing the stress on the trailer, the bearings and on the wheels. We have only had a handful of spoke breakages in 12 years of Carry Freedom.

      For anyone wanting to do an expedition with Carry Freedom and we have a lot of trips going on from Africa to New Zealand – Check out this Blog piece: Link for extreme traveling. Here we try to help you prepare. Please add on to this if you have any tips or tricks.

      For news of some of the other trips, just go to the news and click on Adventurers!

      Thanks Marc for being a Carry Freedom adventurer! We would love to see some pictures of your trip. We could post them here. Thanks. Bob

    • Eh@nickname.berlin.de'
      Elmar - Reply

      May 13, 2016 at 08:08

      The sealing of the bearings is a problem.
      I use my trailer for all day purposes, so no long expedition conditions here.
      My first set of bearings was stuck with rust after some weeks and less than 200km. My local dealer changed them against better ones, but after some time I had the same problem.
      Now I have realised my problem being the upright parking position at the wall of my house, where rain seems to get into the frame tubes from the trailers front destroying the bearing from inside.
      Any solution to that (apart from ‘don’t use outside… ‘)?

      • Bob - Reply

        May 17, 2016 at 08:17

        Hi Elmar,
        Actually the water can not get from the frame to the bearings, because inside the frame there is a ledge that stops this happening. What can happen is that the axle can stick in the frame, due to condensation. We recommend you always take out the wheels and axles when not in use. We did update the bearings about 18 months ago, using rubber sealed bearings. Do you have these? They are easily identified by the black plastic seal on each side of the bearing. We also use a rubber ring now, between the wheel and the frame to stop water gathering here when riding in the rain. Because there is a space the water falls off and cannot attack the bearing. Does this help?

        • eh@nickname.berlin.de'
          Elmar - Reply

          May 18, 2016 at 19:36

          Hi Bob,

          thank you very much for your reply!
          In fact I don’t know which bearings were mounted originally, but as I said they were changed against “better” (better sealed?) ones by my local bike shop.
          I found the sealed bearings you mentioned in your shop, but where are the rubber rings?

          • Bob -

            June 13, 2016 at 11:11

            the rubber rings are the black bits you see in the picture. they are seals that keep the water out. Best Bob

  • cheidgomez@yahoo.com.mx'
    Daniel Gomez - Reply

    February 5, 2016 at 20:50

    Hi Bob, I was wondering if I can attach the Y large to a tricycle (one wheel in front and 2 in the back)

    • Bob - Reply

      February 8, 2016 at 09:50

      Hi Daniel,
      it depends. the hitch adapter needs to be bolted to the middle of the tricycle and you need a special arm that is similar to the Looong Arm. This is because usually the y trailer is fitted at the side of the bike. But this one is needs to be fitted directly behind.
      Hope this helps.

  • cheidgomez@yahoo.com.mx'
    Ivan Daniel Gomez Caro - Reply

    January 30, 2016 at 12:55

    hi Bob, hope you are well. I am looking forward to get one your products but do not know yet which of the trailers is the most versatile yet. One thing I would like to know is ideas on how to carry stuff on your trailers . I get a lot of groceries when shopping and need space. I wonder if having the foldable box is enough.
    I watched the trailer about the guys carrying kayaks in the Alps and was pretty awesome.
    p.d. I owned a BOB trailer before and liked the fact that the base frame was like a box in itself giving me the chance to carry stuff safer with just of couple of straps. What is your opinion on bob trailers?

    • Bob - Reply

      February 8, 2016 at 09:54

      Hi Ivan,
      Thanks for your comments. The Carry Freedom trailer is very versatile. So strap the box down when you need it or use a bag or rucksack. The Y is a platform for you to use as you need it. Bob trailers are great. My only reservation is that because it is a one wheel trailer, the load moves from right to left during the trip. Carry Freedom Y has two wheels so the load stays horizontal. Much better for carrying beer ;>))))

  • janni90@googlemail.com'
    Jan-Christian - Reply

    January 18, 2016 at 23:12

    I am really pleased with my carry freedom. Simple and functional design and sturdy as hell.
    I wanted a trailer with a small box at first but I’m really happy to have the flexibel flat loading area of the carry freedom now.

    • Bob - Reply

      January 27, 2016 at 08:51

      Hi Jan,
      Thanks for your comments. Using the “box QR” components included in the box, you can use a box when you need it. Just tie it down with a strap. The 4 “door stoppers” sit in the 4 holes of the Y load bed and stop it moving. you should try it.
      Enjoy the freedom!

  • ahbradley@ukgateway.net'
    AB - Reply

    December 22, 2015 at 13:51

    It would be nice to have a way of adjusting hitch to make trailer centralised with regard to bike wheels:

    A slot rather than hole(in tow-arm) for the hitch lollipop bolt?
    multiple holes/slot in the Y/platform end of the tow-arm?


    • Bob - Reply

      January 5, 2016 at 14:34

      this could be possible and may come in a future version. but the advantage is very small. also we would have to adjust for hub gears, wide dropouts etc. the simplest way if it bothers you would be to drill a slot in the tow arm and then use a bolt to fix it…! Thanks

  • david.bond43@ntlworld.com'
    Dave - Reply

    December 6, 2015 at 20:20


    I’m very interested in the Y large. Hoping to loose the van and tow my gardening kit.

    I’d like to understand why these extension http://shop.planet-used.com/shop/en/carry-freedom-laengere-deichsel.html reduce the load capacity. They seem to be a one piece replacement for the standard arm so no other pieces, but I’m assuming its not simply the length as they reduce the capacity by the same amount.

    Many Thanks


    • david.bond43@ntlworld.com'
      Dave - Reply

      December 6, 2015 at 20:24

      Just read the FAQs.

      Is it related to stopping distances instead of the physical capabilities of the trailer?

    • Bob - Reply

      December 9, 2015 at 10:18

      Hi Dave, thanks for your comment. We are careful with weight limits. The extension arm means the Trailer has a longer lever which makes anything over 45 kg difficult to maneuver. Having said that, many people carry a lot more, but they are careful. The 45 kg is a legal thing for us. It will also definitely increase the braking or stopping distance, so you have to ride defensively and be sure to anticipate the traffic. Hope this helps – Bob

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  • ab0gt@protonmail.ch'
    David Webb - Reply

    August 13, 2015 at 21:02

    Bob, Echoing Paul Stark’s recent query, I too would be quite interested to have a large Y trailer with 26″, low pressure, fat bike tires. I’d use it with my ICE Full Fat trike.



    • Bob - Reply

      August 14, 2015 at 09:56

      Yes, we are working on this. Not sure if it’ll be 26″, there are some smaller fat tires around now. the trailer would sit too high with 26″. but definitely on our list for 2016.
      Thanks for sharing this idea.

      • ab0gt@protonmail.ch'
        David Webb - Reply

        August 20, 2015 at 20:42

        Actually, the 26″ tires would work better for me, as the trike has 26″ tires – trailer would be at same level as rear hub, trailer tongue would be more or less horizontal. But, if you’re using wide enough hubs to accommodate a fat tire, they should work for any diameter rims.

        PS, apology to previous poster, Paul Spark, for mistyping his name.

        • Bob - Reply

          August 31, 2015 at 08:49

          Ok, so 26″ is what you want. I will pass this on to Nick and Andreas (the tech crew!) and see what they think. I will post more here when i have heard back. I must find the right hub first, as you posted earlier.
          Thanks again,

          • ab0gt@protonmail.ch'
            David Webb -

            September 7, 2015 at 22:32

            OK! Thanks.

  • info@paulspark.co.uk'
    Paul Spark - Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 14:53

    I have the Y Large which is awesome, so simple to use but amazingly versatile.
    Question is do you sell longer axles to fit 135mm standard hubs? The Y trailer hubs are perfect for on/off road pulled by a standard ‘wheel’ bike.
    I’m wanting to adapt the trailer to work with my Fat bike on soft sand/sand dunes/beach, ideally with matching fat tyres on fat rims.
    Unfortunately fat rims cannot be laced to the Y trailer hubs (different spoke count) therefor a longer axle to accept a 135mm hub (185mm functional axle length) would be the ideal allowing the standard trailer wheel/axle combo to be swapped with the new axle/fat wheel combo in seconds.
    I’m guessing the stress caused by this extra length would be the limiting factor.
    Thanks in advance for any help and again superb trailer.

    • Bob - Reply

      July 24, 2015 at 09:41

      Hi Paul,
      definitely something to look into. Of course it’s a long quantity product, but i think it could be something we should offer in the future. I will look into it at the trade shows this year in Friedrichshafen and Las Vegas. I know Shimano and most hub makers have the 12mm hubs now. it is just a question of getting the right axle. Maybe it is not as difficult as it sounded when i read your post.
      More later and thanks for the prod.

  • kirbyjnr@live.co.uk'
    Steve - Reply

    June 28, 2015 at 02:35

    Can you snake the Y-frame large, wots the maximum u can snake?and also can you change the wheels? Also how much would it cost for ×2Y-frame lrg and accessories too snake and Postage and Packing too Colchester Essex?

    • Bob - Reply

      July 10, 2015 at 07:59

      Hi Steve,
      sorry for the late reply, but you got put into spam. Putting two y-trailers together is now problem (more if you want!) but you have to drill some holes in the first trailer to take the trailer snake. Why do you want to change the wheels? do you mean get smaller? Thats possible, but we find the 20″ wheels work great with the large Y.
      Go to the webshop for all pricing and freight answers. You will need 2 x Y large and one trailer snake.
      Y large is here – >>>>>>
      Trailer Snake is here – >>>>>>

  • rodejespa@gmail.com'
    Roberto De Jesus - Reply

    November 30, 2014 at 01:27

    I want to buy this trailer but I don’t know if the hitch will work on my bicycle. My bike is a 2013 Novara Safari.

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