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Backou Bike: Decision Help
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Contributors to this thread:
Panther Bone 02-Jan-22
Bake 02-Jan-22
Pat Lefemine 02-Jan-22
Grey Ghost 02-Jan-22
Gunner GSP 02-Jan-22
Bake 02-Jan-22
Bake 02-Jan-22
Panther Bone 02-Jan-22
Gunner GSP 02-Jan-22
Panther Bone 04-Jan-22
Gunner GSP 04-Jan-22
Grey Ghost 04-Jan-22
Jaquomo 04-Jan-22
Panther Bone 04-Jan-22
Yellowjacket 04-Jan-22
Panther Bone 04-Jan-22
Jaquomo 04-Jan-22
APauls 05-Jan-22
Pat Lefemine 05-Jan-22
Wvhoyt 07-Jan-22
TREESTANDWOLF 07-Jan-22
Jaquomo 07-Jan-22
Panther Bone 07-Jan-22
Glaudelin 25-Jul-23
eBike John 25-Jul-23
Shiras42 25-Jul-23
Jaquomo 26-Jul-23
02-Jan-22
I’m going to buy a Backou.

Question: If you could get the Storm with the dual independent suspension, would it be worth it?

I’d be using the bike in rolling hills and mountains; not flat land.

From: Bake
02-Jan-22
I have a storm. I like the dual suspension. I think it works well in the hills and rocks where I hunt.

From: Pat Lefemine
02-Jan-22
I also have the Storm. The suspension is second to none. The power is also significant.

From: Grey Ghost
02-Jan-22
I’m a big guy. With a loaded day pack, I’m over the weight limit on my Mule. I always locked out the rear suspension on my regular MTB, so I opted for the Mule with no rear suspension, and I’m happy I did.

Matt

From: Gunner GSP
02-Jan-22
Do any of you use any of the carts? I Bought the Mule this season and want to get one of the carts.

From: Bake
02-Jan-22
I have the Bakcou folding deer cart. I've hauled two deer with it, and my daughter. As well as used it to hang and retrieve stands and blinds. I like it when loaded. When it's unloaded, I can't keep the damn thing upright in the rocky hills I use it

From: Bake
02-Jan-22
I will also say. . . the trailer needs some built in attachment points for ratchet straps. There are some places to attach. But it's not that handy

02-Jan-22
Thanks, gentlemen????

From: Gunner GSP
02-Jan-22
Didn’t want to hijack your thread, but figured it was a Bakcou thread and you might be interested in the cart also. I was more interested in the cart with sides for gear, not sure if it’s suitable for a deer like the folding deer cart

04-Jan-22
Does anybody have an Ebike hitch hauler they'd recommend?

Also, does anybody just haul their bike in the bed of their truck?

From: Gunner GSP
04-Jan-22
Prefer hailing in truck

From: Grey Ghost
04-Jan-22

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My wife and I both have Backou Mules. I bought this hitch hauler intended for 2 small motorcycles. It's solid, easy to install, and allows me to use my pickup bed to haul other gear.

Matt

From: Jaquomo
04-Jan-22

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I have a two bike hitch hauler that's rated for two ebikes. I don't remember the brand (it's at my cabin) but it is very similar to the Capstone I use to haul them around town. But the Capstone weight rating is right in the hairy edge for two Mules, so after my wife got a Mule I upgraded thr hauler for bumpy roads etc.. I've hauled one Mule or Rambo all over with the Capstone and it worked just fine for four years.

As far as trailers, I have the Rambo R 180 that hooks to the rear rack. Have been very happy with it but had to jerry-rig an attachment point on the Mule because the rear rack is too thick.

My only beef with it is the tires with tubes that got a couple pinholes from goat heads. If I could design this cart with solid rubber wheels, it would be much better.

04-Jan-22
Thanks, fellas.

From: Yellowjacket
04-Jan-22

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I've been happy with this one.

04-Jan-22
I bought a Storm off Ebike John. Get it Monday.

Super stoked!

From: Jaquomo
04-Jan-22
Excellent, and thanks for supporting a Bowsite sponsor! You'll love it.

From: APauls
05-Jan-22
I just toss my Mule either in the truck box or on top of my tonneau. Dual suspension would be nice. You'll love it.

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Jan-22
You’re gonna be happy with your decision. Congrats.

From: Wvhoyt
07-Jan-22
I just got my mule a month ago and like it a lot. I also ordered the 1 up bike rack and it will be here tomorrow.

07-Jan-22
I purchased the same hitch as Yellowjacket, above.

I really like the locking hitch pin and the locking hold down arms. The price is reasonable and it’s very easy to load and unload and it folds down.

From: Jaquomo
07-Jan-22
Basically the same carriers I have and I've been very happy. I drive some rough stuff. Just be sure to use a couple bungees for a little extra tension. I like the black tarp bungees because they don't stretch as much.

07-Jan-22
Appreciate all the info, guys!

From: Glaudelin
25-Jul-23
Reviving an old thread, but it's never too late to share some bike wisdom! For anyone else who might come across this post, the Backou bike is still a great choice. As for the Storm with dual independent suspension, it's worth considering if you're into tackling those rolling hills and mountains. Having that dual independent suspension can really level up your biking game. It helps absorb shocks on rough terrains, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable ride. So, if you're still pondering the decision, roll d20 and go for it! The Storm with dual independent suspension can add more excitement and thrill to your biking adventures.

From: eBike John
25-Jul-23

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The Storm is awesome. The dual suspension makes it more comfortable but you should lock out the rear suspension to safely tow a trailer. So if you will always have a trailer you may as well get the Mule.

Did you know eBikeGeneration.com offers Bowsite a very good discount? ask at the store for the bowsite discount if you decide to pull the trigger.

From: Shiras42
25-Jul-23
I got the mule and love it other than it always seems like I am having to adjust the derailleur. Might need to contact John for help. Also for the hitch hauler I got the 1Up and can't say enough good about it. Definitely a good purchase.

From: Jaquomo
26-Jul-23
We've been really happy with our Mules, and ride a lot on some rough terrain. I do have to adjust the derailleur now and again, but also did with my conventional MTBs. I have not ridden a Storm, but honestly have always preferred a hard-tail for riding steep and rough. Won't go wrong either way, and John will take care of you!

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