Schwinn Bike Trailers Review – Echo vs Trailblazer

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Are you planning to purchase a new bike trailer? Or are you planning to try out the new bike trailers from Schwinn? In any case, we have got you covered. We have joined with our kids to review the best models of bike trailers from Schwinn, so we will be sharing all kinds of exciting information, including facing off the popular models from Schwinn.

 

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Do you know what is the true quality of a Bike Enthusiast? They do not give up on cycling, but what to do if they have a family? Will they just give it all up? No! they will have their family with them, so they can also hop in and enjoy themselves.

Bike trailers are used when your kids are too young to ride bikes, with them you can enjoy cycling while they sit back, relax and enjoy the view and experience. In this review guide, we will compare the best models from Schwinn and see how well they fare off.

With bike trailers, you just need to attach them to your bike, and voila! Now buckle up the kids and enjoy the trip. It is completely safe and fun!

In this review, we will be focusing on Schwinn Echo (Basic Model) and Schwinn Trailblazer (Premium Model). Let’s see how well they perform against each other, shall we?

1. Schwinn Echo

Schwinn Echo Child Bike Trailer
Schwinn Echo Child Bike Trailer
  • Available In: Double Capacity Only
  • Wheels: 20” Metal
  • Stroller Option: Not Available 
  • Seating Style: Hammock
  • Price: MSRP $200
  • Maximum Capacity: 80 lbs

Anyone who knows about bikes knows that Schwinn makes amazing bikes, no matter if you need amazing accessories or bikes, you can count on them.

The kind of durable bikes they make are completely reliable but the thing with bikes is that you can’t take anyone else with you, especially kids. This is a problem that they have answered, and the answer is their bike trailers. Their Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer is an amazing device that you can use to take your kids’ biking with you.

How Does Echo Work?

Bike trailers are very easy to use, you just have to attach them to your bike and that’s it. Now, wherever you go, you can pull your children alongside for the ride. This is a very useful technique rather than using something to push your children. As you will continue to use them, the ease of usage will make you fall in love with them.

The Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer allows you to carry two of your children with you simultaneously, you won’t have to purchase an additional unit to carry two children. I find it quite handy and I think a lot of other parents will love it too.

Some of the best features of the Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer are:

  • It is very easy to assemble: For the amount of time I used the Schwinn Echo, I was surprised by the ease of usage, assembly, and storage. I move a lot with my family, I was able to disassemble it and then install it again when I reached my destination.
  • 20” Alloy wheels: The trailer offers the best stability for every kind of pathway, thanks to the amazing 20” alloy wheels.
  • Comes packed with a universal trailer coupler: Having this trailer, you don’t need to worry if it will be compatible with your bike or not. The trailer has a universal trailer coupler, which means it is compatible with all the bikes in the market.
  • Installed Air-Filled tires: The comfort levels of this trailer are unmatched, your kids are going to love it, and pulling this trailer will also be so easy.
  • The aluminum frame is amazing: Schwinn promises to make amazing and durable bike products, the echo trailer is further proof of that testament. The aluminum frame is light and very durable.

With all the features installed into it, this is still a basic model of the Schwinn trailer line.

You can upgrade to the newest models, especially the Trailblazer but that doesn’t mean that the echo isn’t any good. Performance-wise it is surprisingly good, my kids loved it and were comfortable during the course of the ride. I would suggest that you use the trailer on smooth pathways and keep the speed down (10-15mph).

Schwinn Echo Biketrailer
Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer

Echo’s Safety Features Installed

The Schwinn Echo Trailer doesn’t just come installed with the normal regular features, there are also many safety features to behold:

  • Safety Flag: The trailer comes packed with a safety flag and pole that you can attach to the bike, this ensures better visibility.
  • 2 in 1 Canopy (Bug Protection): You would be very pleased to know that the trailer is installed with a canopy that keeps the children protected and dry against rain. The canopy also has the bug protection mesh which I find to be very useful.
  • Great Ventilation: You would definitely be using the trailer on hot summer days so it is very important to have your kids well ventilated when using the trailer. This would also ensure that your kids are cool during hot weather.
  • Safety Harness: The trailer comes with a safety harness for the kids that enhances the protection.
  • Shoulder Pads and Helmet Mesh: For added protection, the trailer is packed with shoulder pads and helmet mesh, this keeps the children comfy and safe during bumpy roads.
  • Safety Leash: The safety leash on the trailer makes sure that it doesn’t get loose, this makes the trailer even safer for the kids.

Echo’s Design and Colors

Till now, I have been enjoying the Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer for a while now. Yes, it can be improved but the overall joy it gives to the kids is unmatched. The only available colors right now are Navy Blue and Yellow. 

Overall, I would say that the Schwinn Echo Trailer is a great budget choice, the performance is good and you get good value for the buck. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t aim higher and go for the upgraded versions.

Why I Like It: The Echo Trailer is an amazing device, you just have to attach it to the bike, and Voila! The safety features are nice and the tires make the trailer go anywhere without any kind of problems. It could be better but right now it just hits the sweet spot.

2. Schwinn Trailblazer

Schwinn Trailblazer Child Bike Trailer
Schwinn Trailblazer Child Bike Trailer
  • Available In: Single and Double Capacity 
  • Wheels: 20” Metal
  • Stroller Option: Yes
  • Seating Style: Bench
  • Price: MSRP $135 and $250
  • Maximum Capacity: 90 lbs

The Schwinn Trailblazer is a premium product, a definite upgrade to the Schwinn Echo. We shall discuss how much better it is and what we can expect from it. There are some things that need to get sorted out first, for all the time I used the Trailblazer, the performance was less smooth than the Echo and that was quite surprising.

The main culprit that I found was the tow arm, I think it rattles just too much and is very noisy. There are chances that you would be disturbed while riding it, other than that there are no severe problems.

Schwinn Echo and Trailblazer share almost the same design when it comes to the frame and tow arm, so it is quite unusual that the Trailblazer seems to have some problems.

Fun Fact: The Schwinn Trailblazer Bike Trailer comes in a single and double capacity. The trailer can be converted into a stroller if you want to use it single-handedly, but that doesn’t mean that you should use it as it is. Yes, if you use the trailer as a stroller once in a while it is fine, but not recommended for daily usage.

How Does Trailblazer Work?

Bike trailers are very easy to use, you just have to attach them to your bike and that’s it. Now, wherever you go, you can pull your children alongside for the ride. This is a very useful technique rather than using something to push your children. As you will continue to use them, the ease of usage will make you fall in love with them.

The Schwinn Trailblazer Trailer is available in both double and single capacity, this means that you can carry one or two kids at the same time. No need to look for other trailers when you can easily afford this one and enjoy the best of both worlds. I think that the parents are going to love the accessibility and flexibility of this trailer.

Some of the best features of the Schwinn Trailblazer Trailer are:

  • It is very easy to assemble: For the amount of time I used the Schwinn Echo, I was surprised by the ease of usage, assembly, and storage. I move a lot with my family, I was able to disassemble it and then install it again when I reached my destination.
  • 20” Alloy wheels: The trailer offers the best stability for every kind of pathway, thanks to the amazing 20” alloy wheels.
  • Comes packed with a universal trailer coupler: Having this trailer, you don’t need to worry if it will be compatible with your bike or not. The trailer has a universal trailer coupler, which means it is compatible with all the bikes in the market.
  • Installed Air-Filled tires: The comfort levels of this trailer are unmatched, your kids are going to love it, and pulling this trailer will also be so easy.
  • The aluminum frame is amazing: Schwinn promises to make amazing and durable bike products, the echo trailer is further proof of that testament. The aluminum frame is light and very durable.

The Schwinn Trailblazer and Schwinn Echo almost have the same features, but with the Trailblazer, you get more freedom from actually using them. None of the features are restricted and you can choose from double or single capacity, which is very helpful.

Schwinn Trailblazer
Schwinn Trailblazer

Trailblazer’s Safety Features Installed

The Schwinn Trailblazer Bike Trailer comes installed with many safety features, these make sure that there is an ease of usage among them and the kids are always in the best care.

  • Safety Flag: The trailer comes packed with a safety flag and pole that you can attach to the bike, this ensures better visibility.
  • 2 in 1 Canopy (Bug Protection): You would be very pleased to know that the trailer is installed with a canopy that keeps the children protected and dry against rain. The canopy also has the bug protection mesh which I find to be very useful.
  • Great Ventilation: You would definitely be using the trailer on hot summer days so it is very important to have your kids well ventilated when using the trailer. This would also ensure that your kids are cool during hot weather.
  • Safety Harness: The trailer comes with a safety harness for the kids that enhances the protection.
  • Shoulder Pads and Helmet Mesh: For added protection, the trailer is packed with shoulder pads and helmet mesh, this keeps the children comfy and safe during bumpy roads.
  • Safety Leash: The safety leash on the trailer makes sure that it doesn’t get loose, this makes the trailer even safer for the kids.

With all these safety features installed into the trailer, maximum protection and comfort for your kids are guaranteed.

Trailblazer’s Design and Colors

The Schwinn Trailblazer Bike Trailer is a phenomenal upgrade over the Echo and the kids have enjoying it a lot till now. This amazing trailer is available in three exciting colors: Red, Yellow, and Navy Blue.

You will find that the design of the Trailblazer Trailer is a but fleshed out than the Echo. 

Why I Like It: The Schwinn Echo is a great trailer but it wasn’t without its limits. The Trailblazer is a big upgrade over that and aims to fix all the problems there were with the first trailer. You have to option to opt for both double and single capacity which is just great. It can also be used as a stroller and comes in exciting colors.

Echo Vs Trailblazer: Which One Should You Go For

Schwinn Echo and Trailblazer are built around the same design, although the Trailblazer is an elite version and seems beefier in construct. With the trailblazer, you have more options like it is also available in a single capacity.

 Although with that being said, the Trailblazer is unique in two aspects:

  • The seating is quite different, the bench type of seating makes it actually more comfortable for kids.
  • The trailer can be used as a stand-alone stroller without any kind of problems

 

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Recap

Bike Trailers are very necessary if you are a Bike Enthusiast and have a family because nothing is more fun than having your kids around when you go for a ride. Just connect these devices to your bike and carry your kids around like a chariot.

With so many options in the market, it is very easy to be confused that is why I chose the brand Schwinn, as I could fully rely on it. Within the brand, Echo and Trailblazer were very good options. Upon advanced testing and runs, I came to the opinion that the Trailblazer trailer is indeed better and you should go for it.

With that being said, opinions are just opinions, there are plenty of other brands in the market and you can go for them as long as you are satisfied with your decision. A little research before a purchase goes a long way.

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