Bobike Maxi Tour

Child Bike Seat Review

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Great wrap-around head protection, but molded plastic shoulder straps don't stretch out and become too tight for kids before they outgrow the seat.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $189

Recommendation: Not Recommended

Mount Type:

Age Range: 9 mo. to 48 lb.

Additional Mounting: Rack not included, disc brake compatible

Reclines: No

Quick Release: Yes

Review

Like its smaller counterparts, the Mini City, BoBike’s Maxi Tour (also known simply as Bobike Tour) is well made and full of parent and child-friendly features.  To its quick and easy rack mounting system (rack not included) to its wrap around head protection, the BoBike is certainly one of the best-designed rear-rack mounted bike seats on the market, yet I cannot recommend it.  From the get go, we loved the Maxi Tour, but in the end our parting was quick, but not painless.

What We Loved

Compared to other rear-mounted rack seats, the Maxi Tour offers a lot more room for both the parent and child.  Set farther back on the rack than most, I was able to ride without making contact with the seat or passenger.

BoBike vs. ToPeak

While a smaller bike was used when riding with the ToPeak, the same rack was used to mount both seats and the BoBike clearly offered more room.  Adjusting the seat for various aged kids is also a breeze with the Maxi Tour.  By simply pushing up on a lever, the headrest raises and lowers in conjunction with the shoulder straps.  The black straps across the body also easily adjust in three different areas.  In addition, since the shoulder straps connected at the top of the seat (the shoulder straps snap into the seat below the headrest and are released by pushing the round black button on the top of the strap), you do not have to readjust the straps with every use as they maintain their previous setting.

BoBike Maxi size

We also found the soft wide straps of the foot rest to securely and comfortably hold a child’s foot in place.  The wrap around headrest was another standout safety features.  In addition to providing protection in the event of a fall, it also provided a place for a sleepy child to rest their head.
BoBike Maxi Features

 What Turned Us Off

While we truly loved the various features offered by the Maxi Tour, there were two main aspects of the seat that really turned us off.  First, while the molded shoulder straps provided offered much convenience and stability, their molded shape offers very little give and too tight for our preschool testers.

BoBike Maxi Straps2

Although the rest of the seat fit our tall 4.5-year-old tester, the straps were so unbearable for him that he refused to sit in the seat for very long.  Even in the picture above where he is smiling, he is pulling up on the straps to help alleviate the pressure.  While uncomfortable for preschoolers, they were not an issue for toddlers.    The mechanisms used to mount the seat to the rack, however, were problematic for all ages.  While quick and easy to install, we discovered the hard way that adhering a large bike seat to a bike rack with two small plastic tabs is simply unsafe and unacceptable.

BoBike Mount

As pointed out above, these two small tabs essentially hold the entire seat onto the rack.  And when they break, which our did, the ENTIRE seat comes off the bike with your child in it!  Luckily, due to the wrap around headrest and secure foot straps, our one-year-old was not hurt, but if the seat had fallen off while riding in the street, he very easily could have been killed.

BoBike Maxi r mount

After reading several reviews of the bike, I have yet to come across another incident of the tabs breaking, but regardless, I do believe the mechanism used to mount the seat is unsafe.  In addition, upon talking to the US Distributor of BoBike (who thought my experience was “weird”), I later sent him a picture of the broken tab to express my concern about the overall design and received no response.  So in the end, while the overall design of the seat is good, I believe the mounting system is unsafe and cannot recommend the BoBike Maxi Tour to anyone.

MSRP: $189

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: January 8, 2017

FTC Disclosure: All opinions expressed in this review belong solely to Two Wheeling Tots.  No monetary compensation was provided and no payments will be given for any sales or leads generated through this review.  The seat however, was provided by BoBike USA to help facilitate this review.

  • aruni

    Have you tried the other Bobike Maxi that mounts to the frame? It looks like there is a mount that allows you to interchange with the Bobike Junior seat, which is nice.

    • I have not. I was able to see their new products in September and didn’t see anything like that. The seats also looked the same (well the Maxi and the Junior) from when I reviewed them and they mounts for the two were very different. Was it a frame or a rack mount that you saw?

      • aruni

        This is where I read about it: http://humofthecity.com/2012/05/23/panniers-and-the-bobike-maxi-and-bobike-junior/
        On their website, it looks like the exclusive tour, exclusive maxi, and one maxi all have frame mount options. I think, although I don’t know for sure, that this is interchangeable.

        • Thanks for that article, very interesting and informative. I have never needed to haul a lot of stuff around while using a bike seat, but I can certainly see the need for it as well as the problem she faced. After looking at her pictures, I also realized that I got the BoBike and Polisport seats mixed up. The Bobike Maxi and Junior do have the same mounting systems and I have tried both of them. After digging through my pictures, I realized that I never posted my reviews of these seats (ahh!), but I was able to find some pictures showing how they mount. The picture of the top is the Maxi with the Junior on the bottom. You can see they are the same mounts and that the mounts are in the same location on the bike for each seats, so they did not need to be changed. Hope that helps!

  • Jemima Petch

    I have a Bobike seat and have been using it for about 8-10 months and the seat just fell off my bike this week whilst I had my toddler in it. Just like you said, the clips are not safe enough. I can’t believe she just flew off my bike. She landed on her face and I can’t believe she didn’t get seriously hurt. This bike seat is completely unacceptable. I would never recommend buying this seat. I am investigating the complaints system for this product. No one should ever have to go through what I just went through this week.

    • Wow, I am so sorry and am glad to hear that your daughter is okay. Like you, we were in complete shock when the seat just came off, completely unacceptable. We did report our incident to BoBike, but nothing came of it. They sent a replacement part, but we of course, refused to take a chance with their bike again. Please let me know how your investigation goes.

      • Shirley Savel

        I curious to know what the replacement part was?

        • They sent an entire new mount. The old mount can be unscrewed from the bottom of the seat and swapped out with the new one.