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Axkid Grand Tour review: the 4-in-1 bike trailer for family adventures

Newly launched for 2023 and oozing Scandi style, the Axkid Grand Tour is a 4-in-1 bike trailer that converts to both a regular and running buggy as well as a spacious cargo carrier. But how does it perform day to day? MNHQ editor and parent, Laura, tests it out.

By Laura Westerman | Last updated Dec 21, 2023

Axkid Grand Tour

Price: £750 | Buy now from Kiddies Kingdom

Key specs

Suitable from: 6 months to approx. four or five years old | Maximum load: 22kg per seat (45kg total) | Orientation: Forward-facing only | Weight: 18.8kg | Unfolded dimensions: 80 x 91 x 143cm | Included accessories: Bike adapter and safety flag

What we like

  • Versatile - can be used in 4 different ways

  • Comfortable padded seats

  • Fits two children up to 22kg per seat

  • Up to 60 litres of storage

  • Water-resistant fabric cover

  • Handles uneven roads and bumpy terrain very well

  • Adjustable suspension

What we don’t like

  • Seats are forward-facing only - not suitable from birth

  • Heavy

  • Handlebar is stiff to adjust

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Axkid Grand Tour bike trailer

Our verdict on the Axkid Grand Tour

The Axkid Grand Tour is a 4-in-1 bike trailer that converts to a regular double buggy, running buggy and spacious cargo carrier for transporting everyday essentials including groceries. 

Versatile in design, with excellent safety features and a stylish aesthetic that most families will appreciate, it functions as the ideal companion for carting two children around whether you’re cycling to nursery or jogging along gravel paths.

As a bike trailer, it offers a smooth ride, expertly handling all manner of bumps, and it has a tight turning circle that makes changing direction a breeze.  

As a regular pushchair, it’s more compact than most double buggies (albeit long) with an exceptional amount of storage space for all the baby and travel items you need for life on the go with two children.

What lets the Grand Tour down is its price tag. At £750, it’s at a premium compared to most other bike trailers and you’ll need to buy a jogging wheel to use it as a running buggy. However this is redeemed by the fact that it can be used as a regular double buggy, which saves you the need to buy one separately. 

Would I recommend this 4-in-1 bike trailer to parents? Absolutely! But it only really comes into its own if you’re a parent of two. 

Axkid Grand Tour buggy

How we tested the Axkid Grand Tour

  • Two months of using the Axkid Grand Tour multiple times a week

  • Used on the nursery run, in the local town and parks, and along uneven terrain including gravel paths

  • Tested with an 18-month-old toddler

I tested the Axkid Grand Tour out for two months, using it as part of my daily life, including on the nursery run as a bike trailer, on shopping trips, walks into town and through the local parks as a regular buggy, as well as on canal paths, gravel and grass. 

While the Grand Tour can be used as a running buggy, I wasn’t provided with the compatible jogging wheel, so wasn’t able to properly try this mode out during testing. 

In each of its configurations, I scored the Grand Tour on a number of different criteria including: safety and stability, assembly, day-to-day use, manoeuvrability, comfort, storage, ease of cleaning and value for money.   

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Axkid Grand Tour: what’s in the box?

  • Trailer

  • Frame cover

  • 2 rear wheels

  • 2 buggy wheels

  • 1 drawbar with axle coupling

  • 1 safety flag

  • 1 wrist strap

  • Reflectors

  • Instruction manual

Additional accessories you can buy include a: jogging wheel (£85), rain cover (£40), storage cover (£25), cup holder (£25) and extra bike adapter (£18).

Axkid Grand Tour pre-assembly

How easy is the Axkid Grand Tour to assemble?

There are five different steps to assemble the Axkid Grand Tour. While most are relatively easy as the main trailer is pre-assembled, the only part I had trouble with was attaching the fastening hooks to the frame as these were very stiff. 

Overall, it took me about 20 minutes to assemble the Grand Tour using the instruction manual, however the images are slightly blurred and the instructions jargon-heavy, which slowed things down. There was also an unnecessary amount of plastic packaging, which was a little disappointing, especially as most couldn’t be recycled.

To convert the trailer to a regular buggy, you simply click the two front wheels onto the frame. You’ll only need one front wheel (sold separately) if using it as a jogging buggy. 

Axkid Grand Tour: how does it look?

The Axkid Grand Tour is one of the most stylish bike trailers I’ve seen. Sleek in design, with black wheels, a black frame and black cover with white detailing, it has a minimalist, Scandi aesthetic that both myself and my husband loved. 

My first impression of the bike trailer was its size. It seemed very bulky straight out of the box, but this was minimised slightly once I’d attached it to our bike and later compared it to other kids' bike trailers I saw when out and about. 

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Axkid Grand Tour drawbar

Is the Axkid Grand Tour safe and sturdy?

Yes! As we’ve come to expect from Axkid after testing the Axkid ONE 2 and Axkid Spinkid car seats, safety is a top priority for the brand. 

When used as a bike trailer during testing, the Grand Tour attached securely to our bike - the drawbar clips onto the main trailer frame and then attaches to the bike’s rear axle using a pin followed by a secondary clip for extra safety. 

The footbrake, while a little stiff to engage, keeps the trailer firmly in place when used as a buggy, even on steep inclines. There is also a handlebar brake which is especially important when using the Grand Tour as a running buggy and is a standard feature of most running buggies on the market. Although I didn't personally test it, the compatible jogging wheel is lockable to ensure a safe and comfortable ride for your little one while you’re running. 

In the seat units themselves, the five-point harness with a magnetic clip is easy to use. The straps can also be adjusted to different heights to ensure your small passengers are secure at all times as they grow, and there are no gaps to trap small fingers. 

The Grand Tour’s stability is second to none, and I felt completely comfortable cycling with my daughter on uneven roads while on the nursery run. 

With two large rear wheels and an adjustable two-position suspension, the Grand Tour feels robust, with even weight distribution and good traction on a variety of terrain. It was taken on main roads, cycle paths, gravel paths and grass, and handled all with ease. The rear wheels are also protected against any collisions by a wheel guard. 

The drawbar should always be positioned on the left side of the bike trailer. This ensures extra safety for your child, especially when there is more traffic, as the trailer is closer to the pavement side.

For night cycle rides and buggy outings, the Grand Tour is equipped with 360-degree reflective elements and I attached the included flag for extra safety. 

I would have liked for the handlebar to be zipped away when the Grand Tour is used as a bike trailer, but it can be folded down so that it’s out of the way while you're riding. 

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Axkid Grand Tour foot and handbrake

What's the Axkid Grand Tour like to use day-to-day?

With a Dutch husband who is a very keen cyclist, I was eager to see whether the Axkid Grand Tour would stand up to the rigours of daily family life when transporting a toddler from A to B as well as on weekend cycling adventures.

As a bike trailer, it’s extremely enjoyable to cycle with and you can hardly feel the extra weight of the trailer when you’re on the move. The tight turning circle allows you to easily change direction in busier areas and the air-filled tyres successfully handled everything from potholes in the road to gravel on the local canal and cycling path during testing.

When used as a buggy or in cargo mode, it’s simple to manoeuvre and steer, with swivel front wheels and an adjustable handlebar that makes it suitable for different user heights - although I did find the handlebar stiff to adjust using the two buttons. 

While the two smaller front wheels didn’t bump up curbs as well as I would have liked, perhaps due to the trailer’s weight, the Grand Tour feels more compact to push than other double buggies like the popular Mountain Buggy Duet for example, although it is longer in length. 

I also like the fact that it’s well designed for different weather conditions and seasons, with a water-resistant cover that has a water pillar rating of 8000 as well as reinforced welded seams, which means that it can handle a high level of rain water before any leakages occur. While you can purchase a separate rain cover, I found that this wasn’t needed when I took the Grand Tour out in wet weather. 

During the warmer months, the darkened windows have an SPF 50 rating and there’s a mesh fabric at the front and back of the trailer for optimal airflow. The cover can also be rolled back completely if needed to sit in a pocket at the top. You’ll also find a handy peekaboo window for keeping an eye on your child when the trailer is in buggy mode. 

You may find navigating shop aisles tricky due to the Grand Tour’s length. It’s not especially well suited to busier towns or cities, but it comes into its own if you live in less crowded, more rural areas. 

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Axkid Grand Tour storage

What’s the storage like? 

I was really impressed by the amount of storage the Axkid Grand Tour offers with a whopping 60-litre capacity in cargo mode once the seats are tilted forwards.

When used in its other configurations, you’ll find a large storage area behind the two seats as well as a mesh pocket for storing the front wheels when it’s converted to a bike trailer. You’ll also find a separate zipped pocket at the back of the seat unit for storing essentials like your phone, baby wipes and nappies

While the size of the larger storage compartment is affected by the seats’ recline, it’s more than enough to hold shopping bags and a changing bag.

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Axkid Grand Tour mesh pocket

Axkid Grand Tour: how easy is it to fold?

The fold isn’t particularly intuitive for the Grand Tour and it took me a couple of tries to master. You fold the frame using the same steps as assembly but in reverse. First you set the handlebar to the lowest position before opening the Velcro fastener that connects the fabric cover/peekaboo window to the frame. 

Next you unzip the two zips at the back of the trailer and release the Velcro to fold back the fabric panel. Then you release the two fastening hooks until you hear a pop, and push the lower bar forwards to fold the frame down.

While it will fit in a car boot for easy transportation, it will depend entirely on how large your car is. I struggled to fit the Grand Tour in the boot of my small Ford Fiesta.

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Axkid Grand Tour harness

How comfortable is the Axkid Grand Tour?

Very! The Axkid Grand Tour has space for two children up to 111cm tall and weighing a maximum of 22kg each (45kg in total), which is around age four or five. There was a huge excess of leg room for my 18-month-old, but this reassured me that she would have ample space as she grew. 

Both seats are well padded and comfortable to sit on. My daughter enjoyed her rides and liked looking out of the see-through side panels to see the world pass by, whether the trailer was attached to our bike or used as a standalone buggy. 

Because the suspension successfully absorbs any impact, the Grand Tour offers a smooth ride for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

The minimum age range for the Grand Tour is six months or when your baby can sit unaided, although it's worth noting that the seats don’t recline to a lie-flat position. For toddlers, the reclining seats are very handy for naps. 

Is the Axkid Grand Tour easy to clean?

Yes. The benefit of black fabric is that it hides a multitude of stains, however the seats can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if needed. The foot area is covered by a waterproof material, which is easy to clean even if covered in mud. 

As laid out in the instruction manual, Axkid advises regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure the Grand Tour is in optimum condition at all times. This includes lubricating all moving parts regularly and carrying out wheel maintenance at least once a year. 

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Axkid Grand Tour peekaboo window and safety flag

Does the Axkid Grand Tour offer good value for money?

Retailing at £750, the Axkid Grand Tour is expensive. But the fact that it can be used in four different ways more than makes up for the hefty price tag. Its performance as a bike trailer and a buggy is exceptional and the safety features are very reassuring for parents. 

With that said, the Grand Tour is only really useful if you have more than one child, whether that’s twins or siblings of different ages, and it's only suitable for children aged six months plus or those who can sit unaided. 

As a buggy and bike trailer it does feel long, however its width rivals even the most compact of double buggies. As such, we think that the Grand Tour is an impressive bit of kit that adventuring families will enjoy. 

About the author

Laura Westerman is an editor, writer and Deputy Head of Editorial Content at Mumsnet. Mum to a one-year-old, she’s always keen to make travel safe and fun for her daughter, so is fully invested in discovering the best and most affordable baby products on the market, and sharing her knowledge and findings with other parents.

With over seven years' experience as a full-time editor, five of which have been spent writing, commissioning and editing pushchair product reviews and round-ups, Laura has a keen eye for what parents love and likes nothing more than putting together honest reviews to make parents' lives that little bit easier. 

In addition to her work as a writer and editor, she has also appeared in a number of baby product videos for Mumsnet's YouTube channel. Her top 10 pushchairs video currently has over 230K views.

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