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Step-by-Step – Weber Monoporter

Welcome to the Step-by-Step Assembly Guide to the Weber Monoporter bike trailer. We’ve just begun offering the Weber Monoporter here in the US. As we were figuring out some details about this trailer for the listing at the Bike Trailer Shop, we decided it was a good opportunity to break down the details of its setup into one of our step-by-step blog posts.

This single wheeled trailer has the amazing ability to fold into a very compact unit for travel and storage. This ingenious design certainly is the most compact and one of the most user friendly bike cargo trailers that we have tested. After unloading the box that your Monoporter came in, you should first do a quick inventory check.

The following items will be in that box:

Trailer frame and wheel
Trailer Fork
Weber Flag
Small bag of parts
Canvas Travel Bag
Roll top Dry Bag

Inside the small bag of parts you will find:

Black and white instructions
Color catalog
6mm allen wrench
Tie down straps
Quick release skewer
Drop out pegs with inserts
Two keys

See Picture #2

Once youve taken inventory on all your items you want to take your trailer frame with wheel and lay it flatbed side down with the wheel on the left. Take the wheel and rotate it to the left, you will see that the bottom of the flatbed has an inlayed track for this motion to follow.

See Picture #3

Once you have the wheel and mounting bar fully extended away from the trailer you can use the grey latch to clamp the wheel mounting bar to the frame of the trailer. When I did this for the first time I was rather shocked at how much pressure I had to put on the latch to get it to snap into place, once it goes you will know it.
After your wheel is locked you need you need to rotate your wheel down and away from you, I did this by centering the flatbed over a corner of our work bench and pushing the wheel and fender down past the back edge of the flatbed. Next you will need to lock the front end of your flatbed to frame bar. There is a grey plastic locking clip that needs to be push down into place. Once again, when it snaps into place you will know it.

Now that you have your trailer in place you will want to attach the fork to the front tow bar. Use the 6mm Allen wrench that was provided and attach the fork with the stickers facing up.

See Picture #4

Next week I will continue with part 2 of this Step-by-step guide which will cover how to properly mount this to your bike.

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7 Responses to Step-by-Step – Weber Monoporter
  1. Clay
    April 11, 2009 | 4:19 am

    Looks like a great trailer

  2. tofubiker
    May 17, 2009 | 9:39 am

    Looking forward to the next post?

  3. Robin
    May 26, 2009 | 11:50 am

    Hey Tofu, sorry i haven’t posted the next part of this blog yet, been really busy with the shop. I’ll get it done as soon as I can.

  4. heather
    January 23, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    What are for are the sizes of this unit: folded for transport on airplane(is it carry-on-able), and what size is the loading pad , what size is the over-all when assembled (especially how wide). I want to use it for traveling with a Bike Friday.

  5. Boyd
    September 30, 2010 | 7:23 am

    What is the spacing for this trailer? I assume it is interchangeable between a 26″ mountain bike and a 700c road bike?

  6. Robin
    October 1, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    Hello Boyd,

    Thanks for your comment.

    The trailer fork does work with 26″ and 700c rear wheels.

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