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  • The single-speed Novara Afterburner folds quickly without tools to stow compactly in your car, garage or a closet
  • Afterburner 2.0 easily and securely mounts to the seatpost of an adult bike; the sturdy hitch adapts to a wide range of seatpost diameters
  • Adjusts easily to offer comfort and a good fit for kids of various sizes—simply move the seat up or down and angle the handlebars for best fit
  • Mud deflector helps protect child from any splashes coming off the adult-bike's wheel; full-length chainguard helps keep them and their clothing clean and out of the chain
  • High-tensile steel frame provides a sturdy, solid ride and the durability to last from one child to the next
  • For more fun, kids can pedal along at their leisure without hindering the adult pace; large platform pedals make it easy for small feet to stay in place
  • Includes bright orange safety flag and rod, increasing the visibility of you and your small rider
  • Please note: 75 lbs. max. weight capacity; measures approximately 53 in. long when folded, 74 in. when unfolded
  • Our Novara Afterburner 2.0 trailer bike is easily assembled upon arrival—just install the handlebars and pedals and you're ready to hook up and go!


After an initial break-in period you might notice your bicycle performing less responsively than the day you brought it home. Not to worry, this is typical of all new bicycles and simply reflects that cables have stretched or their housings have seated themselves into final position. To keep running at peak performance, all REI bicycles come with a FREE warranty tune-up, which should be accomplished between the first 100-200 miles of riding or after the first two months if you're accumulating miles less quickly. Contact your nearest REI bike shop for details and an appointment for this important service.

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Best Use Recreational Cycling
Wheel Size 20 inches
Number of Gears 1 gear(s)
Weight 23 lbs. 6 oz.
Bike Weight Bike weight is based on median size, as sold, or the average of two median sizes.
Gender Kids'
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully-engineered. Pleasure to ride I was a little concerned when I realized I was going to be pulling about half my body-weight behind my bike. But the smooth engineering of this product made it fun and easy. The hills were a challenge (as expected), but the fact that my daughter could pedal made a surprisingly measurable difference. She was a little timid at first, but she quickly overcame that and now loves to ride her bike. I have also noticed that the experience on the trailer bike has translated into more confidence on her small, individual bike. She is not ready to lose the training wheels yet, but she definitely has more stability, etc. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to take family bike rides with smaller "big kids" who can't keep up on their little bikes.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ride. I use this product for my 3 year old she cannot keep up on her bike on family rides. So we got this as the Ibert we used was getting challenging. The attachement is straight forward to the towing bike seat post and using the supplied tools, very easy following the Sales associates tips and advice, tighten the bolts a little at a time in a diagonal pattern to prevent binding. The attachemt of the "trailer" was simple and secure. Adjusting the seat and handlebars, again witht he supplied tools was easy to get a great fit that is comfortable for my daughter. On the road it is heavy, but I noticed it as much as towing anything behind a bike? Had to mention but adding the weight of your child also makes it heavy. Really like it and can't wait for her to start pedalling/get on her own bike in a few years.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sturdy, safe, easy to use tandem trailer My son has been riding with me on a tandem trailer since he was 4 -- old enough to safely hold the handlebars and be stable through turns and bumps. We replaced our old trailer with the Afterburner 2.0 because it seemed very strong (safe) and the hitch attachment easy to use and extremely secure. I have not been disappointed -- it's been just what I wanted and we are happily riding to school together and doing longer rides on- and off-road when we have time. My son is almost 6 now and we've done rides longer than an hour without any problems. My only minor complaints are the trailer's weight and the cost ($40) for a second seatpost hitch, so I don't have to unbolt the hitch receiver when I switch bikes. Overall, this is a great trailer and very well worth the price.
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of fun I love the "wheees" of my grandkids and the fun looks from neighbors as we ride around the neighborhood. Sometimes the seat post bracket on my bike shifts causing the Afterburner to tilt slightly, but other than it works great and is easy to get on and off, and to store. I hang it from a hook in my garage and fold up the neck so that I don't hit my head on it. It's a noticable help when the kids pedal helping to propel the whole tandem along.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well engineered, very reliable and convenient piec This is a very well engineered piece. I use it to ride with my 5 yr old kid. Being made of steel, it's on the heavy side. But with the overbuilt locks and brackets, I feel it's a good tradeoff for the safety assurance. It has some nice features like a mud fender on the front to protect the little one's face from the mud and little rocks from the rear wheel.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Bike Trailer Very solid design. Much more stable (i.e. not a lot of left/right wobble) than the other trailer bike I had tried.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seat post doesn't fit poor and poor quality When we bought the Novara Afterburner for our 4 year old, we were quite excited to get it and try it. When I tried to hook it up to my bike, the adapter that attaches to the seat post didn't work. My seat post was too narrow. I tried attaching it to my wife's bike, and same problem. While I could get it to work by wrapping the post with some rubber, I didn't feel comfortable with the connection. If this were the end of the problems I wouldn't be giving it a one star review. I thought maybe I could install the bike on the seat post below the bolt where it is thicker so I took it off and rolled it back into my garage. While doing this I could feel the wheel binding. Checking on it, something inside the pedals was binding and I could no longer turn the pedals without a lot of force. So off to REI for a return. I'm sad, it looked like it had a lot of potential.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent purchase Very happy with it. My 4.5 years old loves it. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-01-11
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Does this have a self inflating tube? Brought this home the other day went home to inflate the tire and the stem cap just spins around the valve, but stays attached. There is no way the cap is coming of to attach a pump.

Asked by: spacecowboy45
The Novara Afterburner 2.0 Trailer Bike has a standard style bike tube, it sounds like the cap's threads are stripped. We recommend using pliers to remove the valve stem cap, then fill the tube as you normally would.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-22

Is there a roof rack accessory that fits this trailer bike?

Asked by: CB01
We are not aware of a roof rack from either Thule or Yakima that will be compatible with the Afterburner 2.0 Trailer Bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the weight of the trailer bike?

Asked by: KTZ
The Afterburner 2.0 Trailer Bike weighs 23.4 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

The receiver that attaches to the lead bike's seat post. Where can I buy an additional one so I can quickly change the trailer from one bike to another without using any tools?

Asked by: Keckster
We do sell additional hitch systems for the Afterburner 2.0. They can be ordered directly from by using item number 851171.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

We really like it but we were only able to attach "the afterburner" to my husband's bike because it wouldn't clear my 50cm touring bike with rack or road bike. Does it only fit larger men's bikes or is there an adjustment on it that we didn't find?

Asked by: pamb
There are some limitations to the adult bike this will fix to; there are no tricks to fitting this onto an adult bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-24

I was surprised when my son was able to pedal forward while the bike was stationary.  I know he is able to make the wheel move when he pedals.  Is there a clutch that prevents the child from creating too much push from behind while you bike?

Asked by: seattleallen
No, a good old brake
Answered by: Dsmon1
Date published: 2015-09-20

How can I tell if this will attach to my bike (which is a very old Trek-- not actually a mountain bike but something I don't think they even make anymore that was something in between regular bike and mountain bike. Circa 1997).

Asked by: AmyLuisa
The Afterburner 2.0 will attach to the seatpost of the lead bike. The seatpost of the lead bike must have a minimum diameter of 26.8mm and a maximum diameter of 31.6mm (most seatposts will have this dimension marked on them).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

We installed this to our bikee's seat post. The pedal of the afterburner is touching the ground while we ride . We cannot raise the seatpost higher as I won't be able to reach the pedal of my bike then. How do we solve this issue?

Asked by: sandydee
Without seeing the Afterburner 2.0 Trailer attached to your bike it is unfortunately difficult to correctly determine what the issue is. We would highly recommend taking the Afterburner and your bike into one of our bike shops.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-31
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