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Ray, just a brief report on yet another wonderful self supported bike tour utilizing your invention, the Quik-Pak. My wife and I rode the Natchez Trace in April from Nashville, TN to Natchez MS in 8 days with most of our gear in the trailer, pulled by my P-38 Lightening. Again, the Quik-Pak performed flawlessly, and with the many hills on the northern half of the Trace, all was smooth with no bucking, torque, leaks in the rain, etc. Another long distance and time touring biker was very excited to inspect and compare my trailer with his Burley. He was very impressed with the construction, features such as waterproof top cover, 20" wheels, attachment apparatus, and capacity. He said had he known of this trailer, he would have bought it as it was by far preferable to what he was pulling.
Thanks again for your product, and may I add that the carrying case is very handy for transporting the trailer. Best to both of you.
February, 2011: Big changes at Cycle Tectonics, LLC, we have consolidated our warehouse and all services into one building. Every Quik-Pak will now be assembled and shipped by our own staff. Many improvements have been incorporated into the new models. "Simply the Best" in trailers.
Review from Bicycle Times August 31, 2010
Not satisfied with the other offerings on the market, Quik-Pak founder, Ray Quick set out to to design a lightweight folding trailer for touring and utility use. That original trailer has been in constant refinement since 1999, resulting in the 2010 model you see here. Ray teamed up with recumbent maker Optima-Cycles of Holland to handle the manufacturing in their Taiwanese factory. The core of the design is the lightweight folding X frame which supports a waterproof, coated polyester cargo area with a capacity of 9800 cu.-in. and 75 lbs. A bright yellow waterproof cover is held in place with buckles and Velcro, and removes quickly for easy loading and unloading, or general digging about for that bag of trail mix that is floating around somewhere. The Quik-Pak rides on stoutly built 20-in. wheels composed of Alex double wall rims, stainless steel spokes, cartridge bearing hubs, and a set of high-pressure (80 lbs.) tires with reflective sidewalls. Installation to the bike is quick; remove the rear quick release, slide the ball mount bracket onto the quick release, reinstall tje quick release, grab the trailer, pull back the spring -loaded collar, and ride. The ball mount is unobtrusive enough to leave on your bike when not using the trailer, and the hitch arm allows for wide turns.
I used the trailer in a variety of ways, mostly utilitarian, although I did pack it up with a touring-type load to see how it handled. 9800 cu.-in. is a ton of space, and it will eat up most normal touring loads with room to spare, although care is needed with larger, heavy loads. While carrying two cardboard cases of pint glasses, the load was able to shift from side to side, which loosened the Velcro holding the fabric sides in place, causing the fabric to rub on the tires, and putting a small hole in one side. According to Ray, all future versions of the trailer will have a snap at each corner to keep the fabric in place. Underway the trailer tracked well, rolled down the road with less resistance than I expected, and generally went about its business with no fuss. Even on rough pavement, I felt little vibration from the trailer. The wheels have two mounting points to adjust ride height to provide either more ground clearance or more stable ride. Folding he trailer requires no tools, but it does involve removing five quick release-style bolts; tow from the wheels, two from the crosspiece between the wheels, and one from the hitch arm can be stored inside the trailer (the hitch arm collapses against the side of the frame), making for an easy-to-carry package. The current design calls for thread locker on the left wheel's quick release to prevent loosening while riding. I didn't experience an issue with this, but the next design will (may) feature wheelchair-style push-button quick release hubs, negating the need for the thread locker.
Overall, the Quik-Pak is well suited for touring, and makes a serviceable utility trailer for around-town use. The folding feature could be indispensible for traveling by plane (a cargo bag is available), and makes storage at home a cinch. My conversation with Ray revealed a man dedicated to making the best trailer out there, and his process if continual improvement via customer feedback has him well on his way. -Eric McKeegan
August 18, 2009
I could not believe my eyes when I opened the first 2010 Quik-Pak box. What I saw was beautiful. While I have always been pretty happy with the Quik-Paks of yesteryear, this one exceeded even my high expectations. Quick-release axle support system and hubs are now standard. The new drawbar (tongue) allows for an tighter turning radius than ever. The fabric is lighter and stronger than before. Black piping along the edges of the lid give it an nice look. The new 2010 Quik-Pak is truly "Simply the Best" in bicycle cargo trailers. If I were to compare it to quality panniers, the Ortlieb would come to mind.
Quik-Pak at Interbike 2008
(Bent Rider Online, Sept., 2007, 2008
I am personally very happy to report the return of Quik-Pak trailers. This has always been one of my favorites and it's been resurrected by Ray Quick and Amazing Wheels. The new version should be available early next year and has a lot of improved features. The cable that used to run between the wheels has been replaced by a steel rod. The wheels are now mounted to a chromoly wheel mount with adjustable ride height rather than directly to frame and there is a new hoop that holds the fabric up when the trailer is less than full. There is also a new hitch that helps to prevent tipping. Amazing Wheels now owns their own factory in Taiwan and is owned by the same man that owns Optima. That will also mean cheaper Optimas starting in December.
I am VERY happy to report that my favorite bicycle trailer is available again! Ray Quick was on hand to show off the new and improved version of his rare but highly regarded design. Although Ray is based in Colorado of the US, his trailers are now built in Taiwan by Dutch-owned Optima and imported back into the US by Jerome Hediger. Complicated enough for you? I could care less how they get here I was just happy to know that they are available NOW for $349. This newest iteration features an anodized frame, stainless steel hardware and a waterproof cover. Other than that it's classic Quik-Pak. It's the lightest cargo trailer available on the US Market and folds flat in seconds.
Bryan J. Ball
Adventure Cyclist, 2004
The Quik-Pak Express is a trailer that slipped through our net when we ran our trailer roundup in March, 2004 issue of Adventure Cyclist, so here it is...(The Quik-Pak) has a lot going for it. It is very easy to assemble and the attachments to the bike, by way of a replacement rear skewer, is also quite simple. The trailer is very light...with a hold of (9855 cu.in.) and (75) pounds. The cargo hold is constructed of 1000 denier K-Dura fabric (Now coated polyester) and the frame of light-weight aluminum. The cargo hold attaches to the frame initially with Velcro, but its support comes from a series of frame straps and cargo-hold loops. Items inside are protested by a fiberglass rod in addition to a (coated polyester) cover. One of the coolest features of the Quik-Pak is its X-Ray frame which allows it to fold up and be carried like a suitcase. For extra convenience youcan slip it into an optional carrying case. Very handy. If you have never used a bike trailer, riding a bike with a Quik-Pak will take abit of getting used to, but not much. It tracks well-directly behind the bike- and its turning radius of as good as can be expected from a two wheel trailer.
Recumbent Cyclist News, January-February, 2003
...The Quik-Pak uses an X-Ray aluminum frame. It results in a trailer hat is amazingly strong for its weight. The trailer can be disassembled and folded for shipping or airplane travel... I took the Quik-Pak on three tours this summer, it was fantastic... The Quik-Pak pulled very well and it didn't change my handling at all while cycling. The Quik-Pak handles well empty, full (I've hauled as much as 60 lbs.), slow (climbing passes), on fast descent, and on gravel. With a 55 lb. load the tongue weight is only eight pounds (3600kg.) which adds very little weight to your bike. The hitch is easy to use. A bracket is held in place by the rear skewer or axle , and the trailer attaches to it in seconds with a quick release. Ray has used a Delrin hitch so there are no noises at all from the trailer. The wheels are of excellent quality. Ray has included some hand extras to the Quik-Paktrailer. There is a map compartment for valuables, a reflective strip on the back of the cover, and elastic bungees on the top to hold a jacket or towel that needs drying. If you are looking for a great touring trailer the Quik-Pak is an excellent choice. It is a classy trailer that tows like a dream. It loads quickly, hitches in seconds, is totally waterproof, and does not affect the handling of your bicycle in any way. Add to this Ray's attention to quality and responsiveness, and you can't go wrong.
I was pleased to see the review of your trailer in the Adventure Cyclist
magazine! Good article and report. My last use was on a tough 150 mile/2
day loop ride from Tres Piedras, NM. The route was to Antonito, Colo, with
a camping rest at mile 58, then up and over Cumbras Pass to Chama, another
tough pass, then back to Tres Piedras. I did this last September just
before moving back to Hawaii for 9 months, for my high altitude fix. It was a
great ride with gorgeous scenery, and the trailer was again a delight, with
easy set up, loading and unloading, and no drag, jerk, or twist. Almost as
if nothing was attached!
I'll be returning to Taos in several weeks, and look forward to a Northwest
tour in early summer, and New England/Quebec in the Fall, using the Quik-Pak
for follow-on support. Rob Knudson
I've been bike touring for years, and I have looked at a variety of ways to attach my camping gear to my bicycle. I've used handlebar packs (back in my wedgie days), rear panniers and rack trunks, and front panniers with low rider racks. I have also used two wheel trailers (three different ones), and the B.O.B. one wheel trailer. My hauling attempts have even included towing an 80 pound canoe, with a two wheeled canoe caddy mounted amidships, to a lake 10 miles away. During my tours, totaling more than 5,000 miles, I discovered the following: 1) Less is better. Every ounce and every pound should be essential stuff. (I seem to forget this on almost every tour, however, and usually have to mail stuff home). 2) Too much weight can be hard on your bike. If you have heavy panniers, especially on a LWB recumbent like I ride, you find that the rear wheel takes a beating. This can lead to broken spokes, or even axle problems. 3) Front panniers really affect your steering. My wife and I have had a number of minor accidents with low riders that may have been influenced by this loss of control. 4) Trailers reduce rear wheel load. They are super for touring because of this, and also the bike handling is much better than it is with front and rear panniers. 5) The B.O.B. adds about 40% of the trailer plus load weight to the rear wheel. This adds slightly to the load on your rear wheel, and has some effect on handling, especially with SWB recumbents. Also, parking or backing up the B.O.B. can be a problem. 6) A two wheel trailer adds the least weight to the rear wheel. When I use one my bike behaves as if it is unloaded, both when I ride it or park it, and backing the rig up is a cinch. Although I own a B.O.B. trailer, I was interested in trying a two wheel trailer again. The two wheel trailer I had was too heavy (over 30 pounds), so I started looking. I found information about the Burley Nomad, but I had a few reservations about it. Their hitch is rather cumbersome (I have one on my two wheel trailer), and it often squeaks with each pedal stroke. On a long tour, those repetitive noises can drive you bonkers! Burley advertises a recumbent hitch for the Nomad which might be better, but I haven't seen it. Also, the top fabric on the Nomad is rather thin, and it is equipped with 16 inch wheels which don't appear to be of the best quality. I'm a great fan of 20" wheels - they roll very well on irregular pavement, whereas 16" wheels (the wheel on the BOB is also a 16 inch wheel) can really bounce in potholes. Also, some of the Nomad trailers I've seen have plastic wheels. A friend mentioned the new Quik-Pak Trailer, so I got on their website (www.quik-pak.com) to take a look. I wrote to Ray Quick, developer of the trailer, but I found he was on a bike tour. Eventually the connection was made, and decided to purchase one. I was delighted to be able to get a custom built trailer, and Ray was very helpful. He also used some of my suggestions to make my trailer better still. The Quik-Pak uses the X-Ray aluminum frame. It results in a trailer that is amazingly strong for its weight. The trailer can be disassembled and folded for shipping or for airplane travel. I haven't done this yet, but it would probably take about 20 minutes at each end of your flight. This is a lightweight trailer, weighing as little as thirteen pounds complete. My trailer weighs 16 pounds, which is the same weight as the B.O.B. with its Yak-Sak. For comparison I weighed my front and rear panniers with the low rider rack, and they weighed 7 pounds, so the trailer really weighs 9 pounds more than panniers when you are touring, not 16....The cargo hold is usually black material (you can pick a color here, if you wish), but a variety of colors are available for the cover. I chose red, but many possibilities exist. I took the Quik-Pak on three tours this summer, and it was fantastic. On the longest of the tours we rode 440 hard Colorado miles in 12 days, crossing seven passes. These included Independence Pass (12,095 feet) and Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (12,183 feet). TheQuik-Pak pulled very well, and it didn't change my handling at all while cycling. With the B.O.B. I was used to a little sway in the turns, but the Quik-Pak doesn't affect my handling at all, even during 35 mph downhills. In coast down tests with a Rans Stratus pulling the B.O.B., my LWB Vision with the Quik-Pak was slightly slower. However, I replaced the tires that came with the trailer (45 pound 20x1.5 tires) with 20x1.35 Primo tires (old front tires from my Vision) inflated to 80 pounds. Now I found that there was essentially no difference. I believe that changing those tires reduced both wind resistance and rolling resistance of the trailer. The Quik-Pak handles well empty, full (I've hauled as much as 60 pounds), slow (climbing passes), on fast descents, and on gravel. With a 55 pound load (71 pounds total trailer weight) the tongue weight is only eight pounds, which adds very little weight to your bike. The hitch is easy to use. A bracket is held in place by the rear skewer, and the trailer attaches to it in seconds with a quick release. Ray has used Nylon in the hitch area, so there are no noises at all from the trailer. The wheels are of excellent quality. They are radially spoked, and the spokes are longer on the inside of the wheel. This results in the tires being a little farther from the fabric of the trailer, reducing the possibility of a rub. Ray has also included some handy extras to the Quik-Pak Trailer. There is a map compartment in the cover, a secret compartment for valuables, a reflective strip on the back of the cover, and elastic bungees on the top to hold a jacket or towel that needs drying. If you are looking for a great touring trailer, the Quik-Pak is an excellent choice. It is a classy trailer that tows like a dream. It loads quickly (hence the name), hitches on in seconds, is totally waterproof, and does not affect the handling of your bicycle in any way. Add to this Ray's attention to quality and responsiveness, and you can't go wrong. Remember, however, that hauling less weight is still the best plan on your bike tour. I doubt you'll even miss all those "totally essential" items you left behind!
UPS delivered the trailer yesterday afternoon. It looks like
everything survived the trip in very good condition. I assembled it
(correctly I think) and it looks great!
Before I use it, I'm going to partially disassemble it again to check
my work and reassemble it again (this time with Loctite). I like to
do things that way - - so that whatever I learn will sink in a little
I was really impressed with how weightless it feels. Though I haven't
hitched it to the trike yet, I was hand-wheeling it across the lawn to
put it in the bike shed and I turned around a couple of times to make
sure that I hadn't dropped something or somehow left something behind.
The trailer is just so light - - I had to assure myself that it was all
there. And that was rolling on boggy sod with un-inflated tires.
It's a really nice piece of work. Thanks, Ray.
For a lot of people, it's not easy to buy something like this without
seeing it or touching it first. They are much more likely to seek a
well-known brand, or take whatever the local store sells.
I hope more people will give
> Having used both plus a nice set of Arkels panniers I'd have to
say...it depends. I sold the BOB because I believe it puts undue
> torque on the frame and is a bear to manipulate at a standstill. My
>Quik-Pak trailer is really terrific, especially if you've got a lot
> to carry. We'll use it this coming summer on NYS Bike Route 17 as my
> son, daughter and I ride it for a self-contained 650 mile fortnight.
> Unlike the BOB which puts 50% of the weight on the frame, the
>Quik-Pak is more like 70/30%, trailer/frame. The Arkels were perfect
> for my solo tour last summer, especially since I had to "hitch" across
> a non-pedestrian bridge between Detroit and Windsor. Hmm, what will I
> take on a transam in 2006?
From: "Harry Hegarty"
We just finished cycling in Austria using our brand new trailer (Quik-Pak), and it worked as promised. We toted 75 pounds of gear without incident. It rode very smoothly, with the quick release attachment very easy to engage and remove. I even remembered how to pack it up for the trip home. The trailer made our trip a memorable experience.. Don Gurry
We got our trailer today and already tried it out. It is going to be great. It is so steady that you do not know you are towing anything. We have a BOB but will likely never use it again. Thanks a lot for shipping it so promptly. Sincerely, Ernest and Jane de Vos
"Out of all the trailers I have used and seen, your trailer has the best construction...you have the best wheels and hubs...alloy rims with good hubs for lower rolling resistance."
Mike Bentley Mike's Mega Bicycle Links
First of all, Ray Quick, the owner of Cycle Tectonics is a recumbent guy himself. Both he and his wife ride Lightning P-38ís. Secondly, ordering a Quik-Pak feels a lot like ordering a recumbent. If you call Cycle Tectonics youíll most likely speak to Ray himself. Youíre not dealing with a big company that just pulls another trailer off the shelf and hands it to the UPS man. Quik-Pak trailers are custom assembled. You chose from a variety of colors and can ask for several custom-made options.
I've gotten the trailer all together. Very well thought out. I didn't really have any trouble, until, after I had assembled everything I wanted to collapse it to see how that looked. Well, I pushed and I pulled but I just couldn't seem to flatten it out. Then I saw two D-rings inside the trailer. I pulled on them and found the answer. I'll tell you, every time I look or handle it my admiration for your engineering increases. This thing is really some piece of machinery.
Thanks very much,
Gary Kimball ( Jgkim2@aol.com )
From: "Richard Stanford" <Richard_Stanford@msn.com> To: "'wrq11'" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: Date: Saturday, January 11, 2003 11:09 AM
Beautiful trailer work! It arrived yesterday afternoon late...I'm amazed at the simplicity and beauty of that trailer. What a neat thing! Every now and then someone comes up with a truly unique idea and puts it together. You've done that. The thing is so light on the tongue. And I love the connection to the bike. That is so easy. You could teach the B.O.B. folks a lesson there. The B.O.B. is a hassle to attach, especially on an Easy Racer bike due to the seat supports that extend downward right next to the QR, thus making their double connector have to fit in very tight spaces, usually requiring a rubber hammer to drive the things into place. But this Quik-Pak connection just goes on and off without a bit of trouble. I should be able to pull this thing anywhere from to the office to across the world.
Thanks! I appreciate your patience, help, and tolerance. I really appreciate your coming up with this trailer and building it!
Manufacturer's note: The new Quik-Pak is a significant improvement over our earlier models. We have redesigned the frame to improve strength and wheel alignment, and upgraded all fasteners. Now we feel we are "Simply the Best"
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