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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!