Weehoo Turbo

Trailer Cycle Review

What We Would Use

Recumbent seating and five-point harness make the Weehoo safe, fun and efficient for parent and child.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $399

Recommendation: Exceptional

Weight: 27 lb.

Stroller Kit:

Jogger Kit:

Max-weight: 80 lb.

Trailer Type: Trailer Cycle

Capacity: single

Trailer Cycle Type: Recumbent

Upgrades Available:

All-weather Canopy, Kickstand

Review

Around the age of four, kids are generally too big (and heavy!) to ride comfortably in a bike trailer yet are too slow to keep up with their parents on their bikes.   Trailer cycles can be a good solution, but their high center of gravity can cause them to sway from side to side, they aren’t very adjustable and they lack a harness to keep kids safe in the event of a fall.  Unique in design and function, the Weehoo i-Go Pro trailer, not only addresses these issues found in trailers and trail-a-bikes, it is much more fun to use for kids and adults alike.

**The Weehoo i-Go Pro has been replaced by the updated Weehoo Turbo.  You can read our review of the Venture, which is essentially the same as the Turbo, but with larger panniers, to see the new updates. **

weehoo design

Engineered to the highest standards, the Weehoo i-Go Pro doesn’t come cheap, retailing for $399, but for those families who don’t want to sacrifice safety for convenience, there is no comparison.  Whether you are riding the town, fire roads or single track, the Weehoo is qualified for the job.  Plus, did I mention that it is fun?

Mounting the Weehoo to a bike is surprisingly quick and easy.  Unlike other high-end rack-mounted trailer cycles, such as the Burley Piccolo, the Weehoo does not require a bike with eyelets, just a seat post.  Mounting the hitch to the seat post is as easy as sliding the hitch and one of the five various-sized shims onto the seat post.  Once the hitch is mounted, the trailer arm simply drops on top of the hitch and it is secured using a threaded, quick-release skewer.  The bike needs to remain upright to mount the trailer, so propping the bike up against a wall or car is necessary.

Mounting Weehoo

Keeping the bike upright is also required when loading your child into the trailer.  While the harness is easy enough for a four-year old to buckle, tightening the tension buckle to ensure a tight fit as well as velcroing their feet into the foot straps can be challenging while attempting to keep the bike upright.  For the most part, by simply resting the bike against a wall, we were quickly and safely able to secure our four-year-old without tipping over the bike or trailer.  If the trailer were to tip however, knowing that the shoulder straps of the Weehoo would safety constrain them to their seat was comforting.  In fact, while Adams Trail-a-Cycles does offer a separate back rest for $80, the back rest does not contain shoulder straps, thereby making the Weehoo the safest trailer cycle on the market.

weehoo harness

The recumbent seat of the Weehoo is also a stand out feature of the trailer.  Our six-year-old and four-year-old both loved being able to either sit back and relax during a ride or when feeling ambitious throw their arms in the air while pedaling full speed.  As shown in the video above, not having to worry about balancing their bodies with their hands, kids experience a more carefree, relaxed ride in the Weehoo as compared to regular trailer cycles.  In fact, during one ride on the Weehoo, our six-year-old daughter took notes with a pencil and small notepad of all the things she saw.  The small mesh pocket on both sides of the trailer additionally allowed her to bring along and have access to, her water bottle and random small stuffed animal friends.  Storage for mom or dad is also plentiful on the Weehoo as multiple storage pockets and saddle bags are standard.

weehoo storage

Below the seat and the harness, the safety features of the Weehoo continue.  From the covered chain and cassette, to the ridge running beneath the seat that prevents it from tilting, the safety-first design of the Weehoo is apparent.  The quick tool-free seat adjust system, which allowed us to easily reposition the seat to accommodate the various heights of our children, was much appreciated.

Weehoo Safety

Although large and heavy (weights about 28 lbs.), the Weehoo does fold up into a reasonable “trunk-size” space without the use of tools.  Upon removing the seat, trailer arm and flag from the base, each piece is independent from each other and can be stored separately from each other if needs be.  At 4.5 feet long, the base is the largest part, yet small enough to fit into most car trunks.

Weehoo fold

**Update: The new Weehoo’s do not have quick-release levers on the seat mounts and require an allen wrench to mount and unmount.**

While fun and enjoyable on paved paths, when used on fire roads and single-track trails is where the Weehoo really shines.  Compared the a bike trailer, the narrow footprint of the Weehoo prevents it from becoming stuck on low branches or rocks.  With one wheel, the Weehoo is also able remain upright on uneven surfaces, versus a trailer that bounces back and forth on two tires, creating a bumping and uncomfortable ride.

weehoo vs

In conclusion, if it is in your budget, the Weehoo is a must for any biking family.  From bike seats, to trailer and other trailer cycles, the Weehoo is by far the favorite amongst our kids as well as my husband and I.  Beyond the entertainment value it provides, since welcoming the Weehoo into our family, my husband and I have both been able to get out and ride more often as we are no longer limited to our four-year-olds physical limitations on his personal bike.  When used with our BoBike Mini City, I have also been able to go for extended rides with my two youngest, which were previously cut short by my four-year-olds “boredom” in our bike trailer.  As a final note, while the price of the Weehoo is high, they also have a very high resale value and sell used for about $250ish.

Weehoo i-Go Pro Two

Weehoo recently released a two passenger version of the the i-Go Pro trailer.  While the two seater model is available through Weehoo’s site for $519, the trailer will soon be available as single seat with one basket as well.  In the double seat model, the back rider does not pedal, but has a sturdy foot rest with straps to rest their feet on.  To save weight, the seat of the double are now made with aluminum versus steel (same with the single Weehoo seats), which makes the double only 10 lbs. heaver than the single Weehoo.

weehoo double

Weehoo’s Facebook Community Page: Contains great video’s and tips from owners.

MSRP: $399

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: March 4, 2017

FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this review. Weehoo provided products to Two Wheeling Tots LLC to help facilitate this review. All opinions and images are that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC and should not be used or replicated in any way. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is not an affiliate of Weehoo, but is an affiliate of Amazon.com.

  • Jess

    Do you feel the recumbent design is a drawback to the child being ready to ride on their own? I’m leaning toward the Burley right now (esp since it can be converted to a bike for them). However, with 2 next summer that could ride, I like the idea of the ProTwo. If I could really tote them both is another question! It may be best to keep the little in the Cougar and do this with the big girl. Thoughts?

    • By the time we got our WeeHoo, our oldest two were already riding on their own, so that wasn’t an issue we faced. Our 4-year-old was already going on bike rides with the family, but he didn’t have the stamina for longer rides, which is why we got the WeeHoo. So, based on our experience, as long as kids get the opportunity to ride on shorter rides, then I don’t believe the WeeHoo would hinder the progress of a child learning to ride. For the Burley, it’s a great choice if you plan on doing shorter rides around town or on paved surfaces, but on longer rides or rides with more challenging terrain, the WeeHoo really excels as the harness keeps kids in place, whether you go around a corner too fast, over a bump or even if they fall asleep. For two kids, my favorite way to haul two kids is to have one on a forward mounted seat and the other on the WeeHoo. Of course, this doesn’t work if your youngest is over 3 (or big for their age), I rode many miles with both of my kids that way and loved it. Lastly, I know that technically you can connect the Chariot to the back of the WeeHoo, but that makes for a very long train that is hard to navigate.

  • Tony

    Hi everyone. great site, keep up the great work.
    Being passionate about cycling and anything with two wheels I am overjoyed to see the love and freedom of movement in my own kids now as a parent. We own both a burley bee and a weehoo (1 generation back which are the rounded main bar frames versus the more square frames of the current version). We purchased both at REI being long time members.

    I will say the burley has only been taken out a few times however we use the weehoo almost every weekend when weather permits. We have a single versus the double. I leave the weehoo permanently in the trunk of my car. There are some challenges for me, the weehoo is usually attached to my mountain bike which headset is always wanting to turn especially when loading or unloading the child. You really have to hold the bike steady and literally sit on the extension arm and use your legs to keep the rear wheel from sliding out from under you. When loading and unloading try to find a flat surface or turn your bike parallel to the incline versus perpendicular.

    For sure, this bike will be unstable compared with a two wheeler buggy – however the adjustment period of time is pretty short for both parent and child. In the beginning our child wanted to shift weight side to side which contributed to the instability but after a time that behavior went away. The child can pedal or not pedal or pedal backwards, never had child sleep but have seen videos of people who have. The thing is heavy – so pulling this up and incline isn’t the most fun but the child’s pedaling does help a little (if not psychologically). Also – the whole setup with bike and wehoo is REALLY long. Don’t expect hair pin turns, forget about backing up with the thing, and sometimes a challenge to find area to bike rack without sticking out substantially.

    That all being said – we have ridden together in our city (Washington DC) through spring, summer, and fall and into early winter. We are able to weave in and out of streets, sidewalks and avoid pedestrians, tourists, pedicabs, and just plain bad drivers in the district. Also – we’ve taken this on trails, single track and pretty much anywhere a bike can normally go.

    I normally don’t take the time to post but my kid and I wanted to share our experiences with this and hope that all parents consider this option. I can’t tell you how many times we get stopped or get a passing comment of cool bike or I wish they had that when i was a kid. Funny enough – it took only 1 youtube video where a parent was pulling kids on a weehoo and also a burley all strung together offroad to tell me that’s cool. Course, we ride mostly on paved streets of the city however, it can be ridden anywhere.

    Like my kid and I also say when we start off on a ride ” GO WEHOO!”

    PS: The first generation I got seem to have really bad problem with drilled out holes (QC problems – however speaking with customer service) – they shipped us replacements no questions asked. Also – for some bikes with really low profile frames and huge tires (the extension arm will hit the back tire). People have been finding solutions where they put seat tube lockoffs so that the plastic sleeve that fits on the seat tube will clear the back tire – google it and you’ll find it). I’ve been able to get weehoo to work on my commuter road bike, mountain bike, and hybrid.

    • Awesome. Thanks for your feedback and I have to agree with you 100%. I have had many trailers over the years and they really just collect dust. Meanwhile, our original Weehoo (as shown in this review), is well loved and as a result, I recently bought the new Venture version this past week. In addition to needing to update this review, I now have a hybrid bike for commuting to preschool and the old arm didn’t provide enough clearance like you mentioned. Plus, new foot straps on the new version are MUCH better and it has a rack that we can attach a balance bike to (we ride the little guy up, and he rides down 🙂 – single track, not roads of course).

      Good points about getting used to the length and the balance act required to get the kids in the WeeHoo. With time, it does become second nature. In fact, I used to ride my younger son on front-mounted seat and my older son in the Weehoo and that made things even more challenging , but we always made it work.

      All in all, like you, I LOVE our Weehoo. It has really allowed us to get out and ride with our family, which has made it worth every penny.

      • Tony

        Natalie, Thanks for your response and sharing about the Venture. That looks awesome. I really do like the 2015 models with the square bar design, if nothing else they returned to using easier adjusting seat release system. Prior to my model (maybe I have a Gen2) they had quick release but talking with them they did away with it in my model in favor of hex bolts so adjusting the seat is a little ‘longer process’.

        One thing I did notice at the store for the new models – do you feel that the weehoo wheel and the cage assembly for it was sturdy? It appears to be thing metal but maybe that wasn’t weight bearing like the main frame. Just curious – as my version feels bombproof but I imagine the new version is the same. This company is about constant product improvement and listen to the parent feedback.

        Look forward to seeing your review on the Venture – and please include some detailed pics of the rear wheel as it’s pretty cool setup. And also – love to see the little ones on / off road. One thing I just noticed – the square tube where the extension arm joins the weehoo is awesome change, right now it’s not always easy to line up on my version the holes to put in the quick release skewer as it’s a round arm and round receiving tube on the weehoo.

        Happy Trails.

        • We’ve only had our Venture for about a week and so far, I really like it, but there are a couple things I like better about the old version.

          First, I agree the square bottom is a lot nicer. Our older version did have the quick-release system as well, and they got ride of it after some parents noticed that it could loosen with time. We haven’t adjusted the seat much, but in many ways it looks easier.

          For the arm going into the trailer, YES!! So much easier to get it lined up. My main concern with the new arm is that the trailer hitch seems to have more slack than the old model. I plan on doing a comparison to make sure it’s not just me, but I’m pretty sure it wobbles slightly more. Not a huge wobble, but just more.

          Lastly, the rear cage seems sturdy solid and we’ve certainly not had an issues with it. Like the old one, it does seem bombproof :). In fact, while putting the new model together (the seat takes forever, ugh), my kids knocked the trailer down over and over again (well at least it seems like it) and not a scratch. Love that about the Weehoo’s. Here are some phone pics I got of the rear end this week. The larger bags are so much nicer (are old ones had ripped along the top) and I love being able to strap the balance bike to it versus the back of the seat of the old model. I’m still trying to figure out the best configuration for strapping it on, but at least I have multiple options now.

  • Bek Carpenter

    Bek- is it worth purchasing the cover for the weehoo e.g. the Weehoo All-Weather iGo Child Cover or the smaller canopy option?

    • I have tried both and prefer the newer larger version as we found it much easier to get on and off. Plus, the bars mounted to the back of the seat made it easy to strap the balance bike to it. If you just plan on using it for shade and don’t plan on taking it on and off, then the smaller option should be fine for you.

  • simon

    the spring hitch from my weehoo has fallen out meaning that I can no longer attach the weehoo to my bike – probably not the best design. I haven’t had any luck finding a place that stocks the hitch spring. Very disappointed as I was using my weehoo to take my son to and from daycare.

    • Oh, that sucks! Have you tried contacting Weehoo directly at (866)-297-6049? I would be very surprised if they didn’t have any extra part they would be willing to sell you. Give them a call and let me know as I will reach out to my contacts there if you can’t find one.

      • simon

        I’m in Australia so probably can’t call them direct. I sent them an email several days ago and still awaiting a reply. Thank you for your tips though.

  • Kate Lawrence

    I have a Tagalong bike which I rarely use because I hate the way it handles. My 5 year old’s swaying rhythm when he’s pedalling really throws me off and I feel very unsteady. I consider myself a strong cyclist as I commute every day on my bike , pulling a double bike trailer to nursery and school, occasionally with both my 3 and 5 year old in it when the 5 yr old doesn’t want to cycle independently. The city we live in is very hilly too. Despite my muscles and fitness though, the tagalong unnerves me. Does the Weehoo handle somewhat better on tight turns? I really need something as my youngest will soon outgrow the trailer, and I need something workable to keep us car-free.

    • First off, cheers to you for being car-free! That’s amazing and I really admire parents who are dedicated enough to take the plunge. As for the Weehoo, they absolutely feel more stable than a tag-along. With kids sitting lower to the ground, they Weehoo has a lower center-of-gravity so turns and the kids moving doesn’t affect your riding as much. We have taken our kids, as old as 6, mountain biking on the Weehoo without any problems, but I wouldn’t dream of taking a tagalong out. I will say, though, that when kids sway on the Weehoo you can certainly feel it, but as long as they sitting normal, it rides like a dream.

      • Kate Lawrence

        Thanks for replying ? I have found a place in my town which sells them and does test rides. I am really excited about giving it a try. I think we will probably take the plunge. So glad I found this!

        • Perfect solution, glad to help!

  • Alex

    Thinking of getting a weehoo for my 18 months old. We’re hoping it works for us as our current setup with the Chariot works well and soon would like to have her out of the trailer. We commute during the week, go on longer rides during the weekend and do more and more touring as she grow.

    My questions

    1. Igo turbo vs. Venture
    What is the difference? Is it only the panniers/rack? Can you put a normal pannier on the Venture rack (eg. Arkel, ortlieb)? I saw a few examples of weehoo adapted with a proper rack; so I was wondering if it’s the best option for cyclotourist.

    2. Transportation in car
    I was thinking of bringing it in the car when cyclotouring to discover long bike trails (multi-days) but don’t think it would fit. We have an subaru forester and the back seat doesn’t fold with the car seat. What do you do? How easy is it to put it apart and how small does it go? Any pictures or videos of the weehoo in the car? Thanks. I did see one video on how to put it on the top rack but we haven’t got a rack yet.

    • Glad to help and props to you for getting your daughter out on the trail at a young age. To answer your questions, the rack and panniers is the only difference between it and the iGo. Although we have not tired, I assume shorter panniers would fit on the rack. With the rear tire being only 20″, clearance will be an issue with some bags.

      In one of the pictures above you can see the trailer taken apart. The picture was taken with an older model, but they newer models come apart the same way. The longest piece is about 4.5″ and should fit in the back of your car. Removing the seat from the frame takes the longest, but can be done in about 5 minutes, so still not bad. Plus the seat doesn’t have to be removed, but is smaller trunks, it may not be an option. Over the years, we mainly transport our Weehoo in the back of our car, but we have placed it on a roof rack when space was tight.

  • Anna Melyakova

    Thanks for this article! I just got a WeeHoo and took my 20month old on a ride. I loved riding with her, the trailer handles beautifully for me. She seemed to enjoy it, but she slides forward in the seat and her posture doesn’t look great, which worries me if we go on an hour+ ride. She is a big kid for her age, so I don’t think it’s her size, just the slippery fabric of the seat and how it’s built. It seems like the WeeHoo is the only trailer of this kind that I can find online, so there aren’t any other seat options to choose from. Any advice or recommendations? I’ll try using pillows or something like that, but maybe there is some hack or alternative option out there?

    • We had the same issue with our little guy. The trailer is really designed for older kids, which is why the bottom buckle is farther out from the back of the seat as compared to a stroller. We just stuck to shorter rides until he got bigger, but I am thinking that perhaps the Burley Baby Snuggler, which is designed for their bike trailers, would work (http://amzn.to/2nbRNeT)?. Not 100% sure if it would fit, but you could just return it if it didn’t.

      • Anna Melyakova

        Thank you for your response Natalie! I like that idea. My daughter is too big for the snuggler but I think I can find something similar. This should work, thanks! So exited for warmer weather rides!

  • Kristen Hichborn

    Hello! Question: My 3 year old freaks out about having his feet strapped into the Weehoo pedals and is resistant to riding along for that purpose. Are the pedals necessary? Is there another option for his feet?

    • Nope, no need to buckle his feet in. We started out kids out without buckling their feet and eventually got them to be buckled in (around age 4). My only concern would be if the pedal happened to hit something during the ride and spun around and hit your son’s feet. We never had this issue, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it, but if you wanted to be safe, you could bungee the pedals in place. The pedals are on a freewheel, meaning that they will not turn unless your chld’s turn them, so no worries there. Lastly, pedaling is optional and the trailer will work perfectly fine without your son pedaling.