The focus is on the Sportrex 1 bicycle trailer from Qeridoo. We take a closer look at the processing, assembly, handling and handling in practice in the Qeridoo Sportrex 1 test.
Scope of delivery and accessories – Qeridoo Sportrex 1
The delivery included a large cardboard box containing all add-on parts, a detailed instruction manual and assembly instructions. Also included was the tool needed for assembly. If you don’t have your own bike tool, you can use the tool supplied here. If we look at the contents, we see quite few individual parts for the assembly.
A rear light and a buggy wheel are included as accessories. Also included, the flag for better visibility and of course the drawbar and a trailer hitch for a bicycle.
Qeridoo Sportrex 1 – Assembly, Processing and Technical Data
Also this Qeridoo child trailer is quite simple and can be installed in approx. 20 to 25 minutes. As always, please read through the assembly instructions before you start so that you don’t miss any important step. As with the Qeridoo Kidgoo 1, the first step is to cut through the transport lock. Now the bicycle trailer itself can be opened and the assembly starts.
Chassis, tyres and protective wedges
With this Qeridoo model we mount the chassis under the trailer. A hexagon socket wrench is included in the scope of delivery. The chassis or the substructure is fastened with 4 screws. These are inserted through the leaf springs and screwed into the Sportrex 1.
That’s it. This takes about 5 to 10 minutes. We turned the pendant upside down and put a piece of cardboard underneath. This way we protect the top and the fabric from damage.
On the side turned we have put in each case a wheel into the axle and lock it. To do this, simply press the button into the wheel hub and release it again when the wheel is fully inserted. The assembly of the wheels took approx. 3 minutes and is possible without tools.
The attachment of the protective wedges is simple, they are simply pushed on and locked afterwards. The wedges serve as a safety unit in the event of the bicycle trailer tipping over and ensure that the trailer lands on the wedge and not on the side wall. This is to ensure greater protection for the occupants (children).
The drawbar on the Sportrex 1
The drawbar is pushed into the trailer at the side, but from the front and locked in place with two small bolts. When inserting the drawbar, first press a button so that it can be pushed in completely. The safety pin is pulled out parallel to this. After the complete insertion, the pin engages and the button finds its position in the locking hole. So, once it has been pulled on, we find that the drawbar is firmly in place.
Qeridoo Sportrex 1 – Mount trailer hitch to bicycle
As with the Kidgoo 1, the trailer coupling for the Qeridoo Sportrex 1 is attached to the rear axle. To do this, loosen the axle nut on the left side and attach the trailer hitch. The nut is then tightened again. Make sure that the additional distance between the trailer hitch and the nut allows enough turns to tighten the nut. In the case of quick-release axles, the axle may have to be pulled out and the bracket fitted.
Processing and haptics
The processing is good and high-quality, the used material is cleanly processed. The seams make a solid impression and the fabric is hard-wearing. Zippers can be closed well and easily. The inner metal cage also makes a robust impression. Connections are either riveted or screwed. Struts inside the side walls give the Qeridoo Sportrex 1 a stable shape of the passenger compartment. So, overall, the trailer makes a good and solid impression.
According to the manufacturer’s website, the following data and information apply:
- Length trailer mode: 160 cm
- Maximum passage width: 72 cm
- Cabin height: 89 cm
- Push handle height: 47.5 – 117 cm
- Packing size (LxWxH): 116 x 36,5 x 59 cm
- folding dimensions (LxWxH): 114 x 68 x 38 cm
- Empty weight of bicycle trailer: 18.3 kg
- Maximum total weight: 50 kg
- Boot volume: 35 l
- Minimum age (without accessories): 6 months
- Minimum age (with accessories): 1st month
- Maximum age: 6 years
- Seat height: 70 cm
The manufacturer states that the trailer has been designed and tested in accordance with DIN EN 15918. A seal of the TÜV Rheinland is available for this purpose that provides for testing for harmful substances and that the requirements have been met.
Qeridoo Kidgoo 1 test in practice
After assembly is before the first ride. Coupled to the bicycle and additionally secured with the safety strap, we start our first ride. The safety pin is still secured with the rubber, now the trailer sits behind our wheel.
The trailer has an insect net, a rain cover and a sun visor. If the trailer is completely closed and the rain cover is closed, lateral ventilation windows provide the necessary air exchange inside. And besides the protection against insects, there is also a sun protection. It can also be rolled out on demand and placed over the viewing window.
Test drive without child and cone
As with any bicycle trailer, we ride the first ride without a child. We get used to the bicycle trailer behind the bike and drive through the traffic. Real conditions with other road users and a new impression with every trailer. As a test weight we have fastened a 5 kg propane gas bottle.
Storage space and bags
In the rear area there is a 35 litre storage space, which can also be called a trunk in a bicycle trailer. Here you will find a place for smaller purchases or the buggy wheel. 35 litres are not much, if you look over to the bicycle rucksack, they usually already have 15 to 25 litres of storage space. The trunk serves more as a transport possibility for a picnic blanket or smaller things.
In the interior there is a pocket for the most important DeepL access at the front, left and right. This is where the water bottle or the handkerchief pack finds a place. Everything you want to have “quickly” with your child.
Inviting the child and the correct loading
The child should be seated and strapped exactly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is mandatory to pay attention to the weight and age of the child. A maximum of 5 kg may be loaded in the trunk. Maximum 1 kg in the footwell. So, the child must not weigh more than 22 kg. Make sure that the weight is well distributed in the trailer and that the support load of 3 kg to 8 kg is not exceeded.
Visibility and safety
To increase visibility in road traffic, Qeridoo uses a standard orange flag and reflector strip around the passenger compartment. For safety to the rear, there are two red reflectors and a lighting unit at the rear. The bicycle lighting is mounted on the push bar, which is folded down in trailer mode.
Two white reflectors point to the front. The 20 inch tires also have integrated reflector strips. For us, safety also includes the driving comfort of the child. The Qeridoo Sportrex 1 relies on leaf springs to better absorb unevenness from the ground. These springs can be adjusted to the desired requirements by means of a screw.
In addition to the optical safety devices, there are also physical features. The brake can be quickly operated with just one foot pedal, allowing the buggy to stop quickly in buggy mode. The wedges at the top of the trailer are designed to protect the passenger’s head from tipping over on the ground (see video for more details). An inner “cage” or a protective strut in the side wall reinforces this.
Video of the head protectors
Seat in child bicycle trailer
The offspring is held in place by a 5-point harness so that it sits securely. The straps can be adapted to different body sizes so that the correct adjustment can always be selected. As the child grows, the straps are adjusted longer. In the footwell there are two straps, one grey, which tightens the straps of the 5-point system and one red, which loosens the straps and pulls them longer if necessary. Quite easy to handle and well thought out. The back has 3 holes on each side. The shoulder height can be selected for each child age/size. Also, the belt is pulled through from behind for this purpose. More in the video
The head shell provides the necessary stability when driving and can be fastened to the seat at the right height by means of Velcro. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to put on a bicycle helmet for your offspring. When using an e-bike (but also with a normal bicycle), it is important to ensure that the team is not pulled faster than 25 km/h. The speed of the bicycle is not less than 25 km/h. Also, the speed of the bicycle can be increased by more than 25 km/h. In curves a maximum of 7 km/h is allowed (according to the manufacturer).
Note: We recommend that you also secure the child bicycle trailer with a bicycle lock to protect it from theft.
Function as buggy
With the small buggy wheel, the bicycle trailer can not only be used as a buggy at the destination. In buggy mode, the drawbar is simply locked on the other side, under the trailer. If you drive off directly as a buggy without a bicycle, you simply leave the tiller at home.
Transport dimensions and space requirements
The Sportrex 1 can either be rolled and transported directly from A to B in buggy mode, or it can be folded and moved in the boot. Due to the folding size of 114 x 68 x 38 cm (manufacturer’s specification), transport in the boot is quite possible (depending on the vehicle).
Conclusion on the Qeridoo Sportrex 1 Test
A bicycle trailer that does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It can transport a child and work as a buggy. These two functions are “supplied” with the Qeridoo Sportrex 1. Unlike the Qeridoo Kidgoo 1, there is no “jogger module” included. The workmanship is quite accurate, the system behind the Qeridoo trailer is harmonious. The assembly is quite simple, it takes about 25 minutes including unpacking from the box.
The processing is to the point and the operation in practice is uncomplicated and simple. It would be nice if a second trailer coupling were included, so both parents can mount one. The suspension absorbs some unevenness of the road and the brake works well on both sides. Optically there are only few and minimal differences to the Kidgoo 1 model. The suspension is different, the handle for pushing is mounted differently and the access to the trunk is slightly different.
The pure dead weight is already noticeable behind the bike and changes the handling. However, the trailer lies well on the road. And all in all you get a bicycle trailer that can already do a lot and satisfies some needs with the buggy wheel.