Fat Tire Bike Trailer: What You Should Know For 2022

Last Updated on August 2, 2022 by Michael Rogers

Fat Tire Bike Trailer

As the name suggests, a fat tire bike trailer is a trailer that comes standard with wide tires (aka Fat Tires). But there’s a bit more to them than that.

Keep reading to learn more…

Fat Bike Trailer

Fat Bike Trailer

Fat Bike Trailers are motorless wheeled frames attached to your bikes and are meant to transport and carry cargo. Fat bike trailers increase your bike’s cargo capacity. 

In general, all fat tire mountain bike trailers are compatible with all types of bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, cruiser bikes, and hybrid bikes. Using fat tire bike trailers only becomes complicated if you end up needing a need a specific type of axle to attach the trailer to.

Before you scout for your next (or first) fat bike trailer, it’s important to learn what type of rear wheel axle you have. This information will help you bike the best fat bike trailer apt for your bike. 

A Fat tire bike trailer is primarily designed for bikes with standard quick-release bike wheels. If you own this type of bike, you shouldn’t have any issues attaching any type of fat bike trailers to your bike. 

The only problem you may have when you have quick-release bikes is if you have hooded dropouts. Hooded dropouts often require a specific spacer attachment to give more clearance to attach the coupler. 

Another axle commonly used in attaching fat bike trailers is thru-axles. These axles are found in newer bikes that use disc brakes and are thicker in diameter. 

Thru-axles measure at least 12mm in diameters and don’t fit through the hole of the coupler hitch attachment of your bike. 

An example of this is the Burley bike trailers. Standard fat bike trailers from this brand utilize a unique patented hitching system that guarantees excellent pivoting. 

This feature isn’t optimized for disc brakes that use a 12mm thru-axle, which means you have to purchase and use additional attachments.

Fat Tire Bike Child Trailer

Fat tire bike child trailers look similar to a carriage or chariot and provide convenience to you and your little ones. You just have to fasten your kids into their seats, and you can bike around with ease with your kids happily in tow!

A fat tire bike trailer for kids usually have an arm that secures the trailer to the bike frame. They come with connecting kits, so you can easily attach them to your bike. 

Fat tire bike child trailers are great investments as they offer plenty of features. They usually have interior pockets for storage where you can keep keys, wallets, and kids’ toys or snacks. 

These trailers are also designed with safety in mind because the seats come standard with a safety harness system, similar to a kid’s car seat.

Some brands of fat tire bike child trailers even recline to provide a better sitting or napping position for your kiddos. 

Some premium models come with parking brakes, so you can feel better knowing they won’t roll away when disconnected from your bike.

Some also have retractable windows and sunshades that provide ventilation to your kids and offer protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

Fat Tire Bike Cargo Trailer

Fat Tire Bike Cargo Trailer

A fat tire bike cargo trailer is a two-wheel trailer designed to carry large loads behind your bike. It gives you more flexibility with your bike loading space. Like other mountain bike cargo trailers, these are especially well-suited for offroad use!

By investing in the right-sized fat tire bike cargo trailer, you can carry almost anything — from kayak, coolers, and bows to hunting equipment and fishing rods. If you have a small business that delivers goods, fat tire bike cargo trailers can also make deliveries a cheaper and simpler task. 

The size of fat tire bike trailers range from single-wheel trailers to extra-large trailers. To choose the right size fat tire bike trailer, consider your needs and lifestyle.

With the number of fat tire bike cargo trailers available today, I found three brands that are superior: QuietKat, Extrawheel, and Burley. I’ll discuss some features of these models below and include some notes on why they’re noteworthy. 

QuietKat Fat Bike Trailer

The QuietKat Fat Bike Trailer is considered a mountain bike trailer for hunting. It features two fat trailer tires instead of just one. This mountain bike trailer is very well-suited for hauling large, heavy gear offroad.

Thanks to its two-wheel design, loading, and unloading is easy. It also has a three-way adjustable rack angle and offers a lot of space for your gear or equipment.

One of the best features of the QuietKat Fat Bike Trailer is that it doubles as a hand cart so you can move heavy gear by hand with ease without having to attach it to your bike.

The QuietKat also tracks and corners really well when attached to your bike.

Extrawheel Mate Fat Bike Trailer

Extrawheel Mate Fat Bike Trailer

The Extrawheel Mate is less a Fat Tire Bike Trailer, and more of a third wheel with panniers. The largest model comes standard with two 50L waterproof panniers that offer plenty of storage. It features a Fat Tire Wheel and a warning flag. 

The Extrawheel Mate differs from others. It’s ideal for off-road riding and offers exceptional stability. Its design also helps keep the front wheel of the bike on the ground, even on steep climbs.

The assembly of the Extrawheel Mate Fat Tire Bike Trailer is also easy as 1-2-3. You can hook this trailer to your bike within minutes and enjoy all its features! 

Burley 16+ Fat Bike Wheel Kit

This list wouldn’t be complete without the Burley 16+ Fat Bike Wheel Kit!

The Burley brand is known to produce some of the best trailer bikes available anywhere. And their heavy-duty 16″ x 3” offroad wheel kit is no exception. 

The Burley 16+ Fat Bike Wheel Kit is highly versatile. It can add a large measure of offroad stability and capability to Burley bike trailers like the Burley Coho XC and the Burley Nomad.

The knobby 16” sized wheels of the fat bike wheel kit are much more substantial and grippy than the standard wheels on Burley trailers. They’re a great option if you want to maximize your Burley bike trailer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Trailer Tire Sizes Work?

Trailer tire size is just a measurement of the diameter of your bike tire (or bike trailer). So, a 26-inch bike wheel has a diameter of 26 inches.

A great majority of bike trailer tires come in 12, 16 or 20-inch sizes. As a rule, the larger the bike trailer wheel, the smoother the bike ride, and the better the tire tracks in a straight line. The smaller the bike wheel, the more nimble and jumpy they are to bumps and track changes.

For instance, a 20-inch bike trailer wheel will roll much smoother and absorb bumps much better than a smaller wheel diameter.

Are Bike Trailers Bad for Your Bike?

No, bike trailers are not bad for your bike. But you should always follow the maximum weight capacity for your bike trailer to keep yourself and others around you safe.

Takeaway Points

Whether you are into bike touring, short-distance cargo hauling, or using your mountain bike trailer for hunting, if you haul cargo in your bike trailer, investing in a fat tire bike trailer is a smart investment. It allows you to haul cargo over various terrain with minimal effort and without putting too much load on your bike or your body. 

What’s next…

If you enjoyed this article, go check out my article How to Attach a Bike Trailer to a Mountain Bike!

Happy Cycling!

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