Wike Moonlite Review
Adventure Cycling, April 2004
The full trailer comparison is available as a downloadable pdf.
Wike has been making bike trailers in Guelph, Ontario for the last ten years and their new Moonlight child trailer - available only via their website - may be the best value in this review. Sporting a unique, aerodynamic shape, it’s a light, stable trailer that dispels the notion cyclists must spend $400 for a high-quality child trailer. The simple rear-skewer-axle hitch is easy to use and the hitch arm, or tongue, easily rotates back and converts to a minimalist stroller arm - the only trailer to convert to a stroller without additional accessories. The Moonlight also folds up for storage and transport as easily and compactly as any child trailer tested here.
From the passenger’s perspective, the Moonlight has huge window coverage and the most legroom in the test - the only real minus is the lack of padding on the harness straps. The plastic floor is durable, but can be noisy if there’s a loose toy bouncing around. Also, while the Moonlight’s status as the lightest child trailer in this review (beating the Burley by a few ounces) is even more impressive given that it includes a stroller conversion, it should be noted that the stroller is very simple, with a narrow, one-handed handle and no front wheels. A jogging stroller conversion kit - with a full width handle and front wheel - is available as an accessory. Finally, the Moonlight is a bit lacking in rear cargo capacity - two grocery bags max.
Slight capacity hit aside, the Moonlight tracks as smooth and stable as any trailer we pulled. It’s available only on the Wike website and its price includes shipping and a 15-day money-back guarantee.