Review: Ridekick E-Trailer

Right after Interbike we got our hands on a demo unit from RideKick. If you’re not familiar with them, it’s basically a utility trailer that has an electric motor which in turn propels any bicycle forward giving it e-bike capabilities.

This was our demo unit. My daughter graciously help “model” these photos for me.
RideKick Review


Pushes your bike up to 19 Mph
Lead Acid Battery Ridekick Trailer weighs 43 lbs and the Lithium Ridekick Trailer weighs 38 lbs.
Simple throttle gives you variable speed control
Ride 10-12 miles on a full charge on the Lead Acid Battery and 25 miles on the Lithium
Room for a briefcase or bags of groceries
Clicks on or off your bike in 15 seconds
Weather resistant storage case with combination lock
Installs on most any bike in under 12 minutes
Designed to be safe, stable in turns and when stopped
Your bicycle feels comfortable even with a full cargo load
Provides all the benefits of an electric bike or ebike conversion kit without modifying your bike

Cool little feature, the trailer has a built in LED tail light. Great idea, but it would have been great if it was bigger and brighter.

The left drive wheel is powered by the motor via chain.

To attach the RideKick, simply place it on the rear, loop the strap and run the throttle control to your handlebar.


Access to the trunk/battery compartment is guarded by a combination lock. This area allows you to store all sorts of goodies like groceries, bags and whatever else can fit in there.

On a depleted battery, it took 5-6 hours for the RideKick to fully charge. My top speed via GPS was 18.2 miles. The site says it can reach up to 19mph, but I’m sure that could be easily achieved with a lighter rider. I was able to travel 11 miles on a single charge. One of the things I liked about the RideKick was its throttle. Most e-bikes will surge forward as soon as you twist or hit the throttle. But the RideKick will gradually increase speed. So that means if I’m at a stop sign, I hit the button; it will start moving and within a few feet will be up to 100%. It’s a bit of a safety feature if you think about it.

The RideKick is pretty fun device. It allows the rider to carry extra cargo in its trunk and get ample speed if needed. The price for the trailer ranges from $699 to $1359, depending on features. To some this may be steep, but if you compare it to other e-bikes out there, it’s relatively affordable. Most e-bikes start with a price point over $1000, and they’ll charge you an extra few hundred for battery upgrades and etc.

So how does this feel when you ride it? It’s a blast! The Ridekick is very stable and when you weigh it down with load, it will bounce less. During our testing period, we took it through various terrains such as street, grass, dirt and gravel. On the street is where the RideKick excels, but on wet grass or loose gravel, the drive wheel will spin out due to lack of traction. But then again, I really don’t think it was made to ride over that terrain. The only thing I really didn’t like about the RideKick was its size. Granted, it’s a trailer, but having to store it if you’re not using it or even when charging it will require some space. Lucky for me, I have garage with ample room, but for folks with limited space who live in apartments or smaller homes, this might become cumbersome.

I need to mention that our demo unit suddenly died during one of our tests( jumping off the curb). I sent an email to the folks at RideKick and a person named Mike W. responded. He reassured me that the issue I had was nothing but a connection that had gone loose (from all the times we were hopping the curb). All I had to do was open the battery bag and reconnect it. Sure enough when I check it, that was exactly the problem. So if you decide to get one of these, you’ll be in good hands if you ever have any technical issues.

Overall, we were pretty pleased with the RideKick Trailer. It performed well during our tests and their customer support was excellent. So if you’re in the market for an e-bike, you may want to consider the RideKick Trailer for the mere fact that you’re investing into something that will attach to any of your current bikes and gives you room to carry a small load. The advantage of going with this trailer versus getting a whole new e-bike is repurposing your current bike.

Our disclaimer.


  1. Ghost Rider October 30, 2012 4:59 am 

    On the control panel, inside the cargo box, what’s the USB port for? Powering a device or for allowing USB charging?

  2. RL Plicar October 30, 2012 6:32 am 

    Oh yes, apparently you can charge your phone there while riding as well as do firmware updates with it.

  3. Graham October 30, 2012 12:19 pm 

    I don’t know if I have a good enough feel for the Ridekick’s size, but if it isn’t bigger than a regular trailer, I don’t know how useful it is. I am always limited by the size of my cargo, not it’s weight.

    Of course as I get older and my knees get crankier, I might change my mind!

  4. Matt October 30, 2012 1:28 pm 

    Do you have to keep the lid closed? If so, that’d keep me from getting something like this… I don’t want the hassle of a trailer if I can’t carry boatloads of stuff!

  5. Ghost Rider October 30, 2012 1:43 pm 

    I think the Ridekick is meant to supplement cargo-carrying — it’s obviously not a fullsize trailer. To me, it looks like the real benefit is adding e-assist to ANY bike in your personal fleet, rather than shelling out thousands upon thousands for individual e-bikes.

    That little extra bit of cargo-hauling capacity is a win in my book. Besides, there are plenty of other ways to lash a load to your rig.

  6. Matt October 30, 2012 1:49 pm 

    Maybe I’ll think about one once I get my bakfiets.

  7. listenermark October 30, 2012 5:41 pm 

    Did the additional weight of the Ridekick change the way your brakes normally behave? Were you able to peddle out of the saddle comfortably while using the trailer? I have a weird bias against ebikes, but as I get older and the tech gets better I feel like I should pay attention. Unbiased, non-commercial, and smart reviews like yours really help, thanks.

  8. RL Plicar October 30, 2012 6:06 pm 


    I didn’t notice anything different when braking. Yes I was able to pedal with ease. You kinda have to pedal until you get in an area where you can engage the throttle.


  9. mike November 14, 2012 8:48 pm 

    Sadly Ridekick shipped a batch of controllers that were manufactured incorrectly and overheated. Instead of pulling this batch they instead sold them and chose to deal with them as customers found out about them. Who cares about the customer? Having the controller in the trailer has a downside, there is no way to know how much battery life is remaining. These units are okay for flats and very slight inclines but they will overheat when climbing unless you pedal a lot. The solution is to use a more powerful motor and higher amperage/voltage batteries, but that option is not available. And there is no option to buy without batteries. It makes little sense to ship lead acid batteries. And their 24 volt lithium battery is grossly overpriced (And only warrantied for 6 months!!!). If you rode once per day you would only be warrantied for 180 charges. This statement on the RideKIck “Some hills are just too steep depending on your strength and endurance, so turn around and enjoy the ride downhill.”site made me laugh: “Some hills are just too steep depending on your strength and endurance, so turn around and enjoy the ride downhill.”. I guess if you live at the top of a hill you are out of luck. The fit and finish look good, the concept is good. But RideKick has done nothing really to bring to market a push trailer that will actually push you up a real hill. Try it with the existing trailer and it will over heat and eat up the battery quickly. So + for concept, fit and finish. – for real world usability.

  10. Auto Rack December 2, 2013 3:40 am 

    Great idea, …!! Cool little feature, the trailer has a built in LED tail light.

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