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Burley Coho XC Bike Trailer Review, 2024
Jan 22, 2024
We’ve been singing our praises for the many cargo e-bikes to hit the market in the last year. We believe that they offer one of the best opportunities for hauling groceries and other loads. But what if you already own an e-bike and aren’t interested in replacing it? Well, a trailer presents a terrific opportunity to be able to carry loads greater than a rear rack or front basket can handle. The Burley Coho XC offers a terrific opportunity to increase carrying capacity.
One of the reasons we at Electric Bike Report wanted to review the Burley Coho XC trailer was that it will work with almost every kind of e-bike on the market. Whether someone plans to use it for deliveries, camping, hunting, fishing or general errands, this is a trailer that will allow an e-bike to expand its capabilities.
There are a number of features that made the Burley Coho XC trailer a standout among trailers. Let’s take a deeper look.
70-lb. carrying capacity makes it more capable than most trailers
Coil-spring shock cushions the contents for off-road use
With just one wheel and a width of 17 in. it can traverse trails
Dual-leg, motorcycle-style kickstand makes loading and unloading easy
Works with nutted axles, quick release axles and thru-axles
Folds to half its original size, making it easy to transport and store
70 liters of storage space
A 24 or even 20-in. wheel would roll over bumps more easily
We review e-bikes that sometimes boast of a rear rack’s carrying capacity being 75 or even 100 lbs. That’s terrific, but how often is something that weighs more than 50 lbs. small enough to fit on a rear rack? Our experience says such loads aren’t common.
The Burley Coho XC can carry up to 70 pounds, and it offers up to 70 liters of carrying space. (Riders looking for even more carrying capacity should check out our review of the Burley Nomad trailer. Think of it this way: The Coho XC could carry a bag of potting soil or the big bag of dog food. You could probably carry a set of golf clubs to the course—and you wouldn’t need a golf cart. It is also well-suited to hunters and anglers who need a trailer they can take on dirt roads and trails. At just 17-in. wide and rolling on a single, 16-in. wheel, it follows behind an e-bike, sitting comfortably in its shadow. Burley also included a fender for the wheel so that riding through mud or splashes won’t soak the trailer’s contents.
The Burley Coho XC comes with a flag to increase visibility.
The low-profile tire minimizes drag from the trailer.
A coil spring offers suspension for the trailer to minimize jostling the contents.
Riders who might want to venture off-road will be pleased to know that the Coho XC features a coil-spring suspension to keep jostling of the load to a minimum. The 6061 aircraft aluminum frame is reasonably light; the complete trailer weighs just 21 lbs. The fold-out motorcycle-style kickstand holds it level for loading and means that it won’t pull your e-bike over when parked.
Buyers need to pick the appropriate axle kit for their e-bike. That’s because it offers a thru-axle adapter, a 5mm quick-release-skewer adapter and a nutted axle adapter. That Burley offers adapters for nutted axles makes the Coho XC more versatile than most trailers; some only work with quick-release axles and skewers. When you’re finished using it, a lever on the handle that you use to guide it into position releases the trailer from the e-bike.
Burley covers the Coho XC with a three-year warranty. Our one notable criticism of this trailer is that it rolls on a 16-in. wheel. The smaller a wheel, the more difficulty it has rolling over obstacles; a larger wheel would result in a smoother ride.
The Burley Coho XC comes in at a bit less than $500 and considering the quality of the design, construction and handling, it provides terrific value.
Burley Coho XC Specs:
Capacity (lb/kg) 70 / 31.8
Weight (lb/kg) 21.5 / 9.74
Height (in/cm) 21.25 / 53.97
Width (in/cm) 17 / 43.18
Length (in/cm) 66.5 / 168.91
Cargo Space (liters) 70
Cargo Space Height (in/cm) 11/27.9
Cargo Space Width (in/cm) 15/38.1
Cargo Space Length (in/cm) 27/68.6
Wheel Size (in/cm) 16 / 41
Size Open L x W x H (in) 32.5 x 22 x 22.5
Size Open L x W x H (cm) 82.6 x 55.9 x 57.1
Size Folded L x W x H (in) 31.75 x 17.5 x 13.75
Size Folded L x W x H (cm) 80.6 x 44.5 x 34.9
Frame 6061-T6 aluminum frame
Independent steering makes this 66.5-in.-long trailer surprisingly nimble.
The trailer’s mounting arms can rotate while attached to the e-bike.
The yellow quick-release handle allows the rider to detach the trailer in seconds.
A cargo net will help keep the trailer’s contents from bouncing out.
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