Burley D’Lite X kids' bike trailer review: It does one thing really well

Are you looking for lightweight and focused or a jack of all trades?

Burley D’Lite X bike trailer
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

You can tell the people behind Burley know what it's like to have kids. Little details like a reclining backrest and easy to clean footwell take the Burley D’Lite X bike trailer from a lightweight and smooth rolling bike trailer to a standout in the category.

Pros

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    Lightweight

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    Short footprint is easier to store

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    Adjustable suspension system

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    Front wheel stays attached in bike mode

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    Easy to recline backrest

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    Removable footwell

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    Kid accessible pockets

Cons

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    Not enough articulation in the bike connection to lay the adult bike down

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    Flag attaches to the stroller handle and has to be adjusted at the same time

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Burley is an icon in the bike trailer space both for kids and for cargo. The brand rode the American bike boom of the 70s to prominence and for the next forty years they've really never fallen out of favour. Their products represent the whole category in a way that even those who aren't well versed will recognize. Ask people to close their eyes and describe what a bike trailer looks and it's likely they'll probably describe a Burley product even if they don't know it. Although those of us here in the brand's home state of Oregon might be a bit skewed, they also tend to be the bike trailers you see around town. 

When we put together our list of the best bike trailers for kids there was no way we could have left Burley off. Like many parents who are shopping for a bike trailer, we included not one but two Burley options. The Burley Bee is inexpensive and closest to the original bike trailer Burley brought to market all those years ago. On the other hand, the Burley D’Lite X is an upgraded option and that's the one we had a chance to take a look at most recently. If you are looking for a kids bike trailer, keep reading to see all the details about this top-of-the-line option from an iconic brand and see if it makes sense for you.

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
Ease of assembly and adjustmentAssembly is a few minutes and everything is incredibly easy. Later, conversion between modes is easy.10/10
StabilityCompletely smooth and stable when being pushed or pulled but if the parent bike falls the trailer wouldn’t stay upright. 8/10
Child comfortAll the features to make for a great experience.10/10
Build QualityThe build quality is excellent and all the parts are available for replacement but the body isn’t replaceable.7/10
StorabilityEven folded down with the wheels removed this is a big piece but there’s a single version available to save a bit of space for those with only a single child.7/10
Storage SpacePockets for kids and plenty of space for the items you need for a day out. It’s technically possible to convert to cargo mode but without a reinforced floor it’s not practical 8/10
ValueThis is an expensive piece. It’s also well made and you get quality upgrades over lower models. 8/10
Overall ratingRow 7 - Cell 1 86%

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