If you’re shopping for a Yepp child seat to add to your bike, or thinking about upgrading to a cargo bike, you may be a bit confused by the various options. They are all wonderful, highest quality seats. But you, of course, want to end up with the right one for your family!
Vie Bikes has answered many questions about Yepp seats over time. So we thought that we’d share answers to some of the most frequent questions. Of course, you can always stop by our San Francisco showroom to test ride seats in person.
Q: What’s the difference between the Yepp Mini v. Yepp Maxi? Is it better to have my child in the front or back?
A: The Yepp Mini is a front seat, meaning it attaches to the front of your bike and has a weight limit of 33 lbs. The Yepp Maxi is a rear seat, meaning it attaches to the rear of your bike and has a weight limit of 48 lbs. Both riding positions have their pros and cons; there is no scientific data supporting one over the other. The guidelines for your child being ready to use the seat are the same for both: your child should be able to sit up independently and fit a helmet. Many people love being able to see and talk to their young child when they are in a front seat. And many people also love that a rear seat will last a longer time. If you are interested in getting a front seat, be sure to test out the fit on your bike before purchasing. The seat changes the way you will be able to get on and off your bike.
Q: What’s the difference between the Yepp Maxi Easyfit v. Yepp Maxi Regular?
The Yepp Maxi Easyfit attaches to a rear rack on your bike, either a Yepp brand rear rack or via an adapter that goes on your rack. When you purchase an Yepp Maxi Easyfit, it does not include a rack or adapter; you must purchase those separately. The Yepp Maxi Regular attaches to your seatpost through an adapter, which is included in the purchase price. This is why the prices are different; the Yepp Maxi Easyfit is $199.99 and the Yepp Maxi Regular is $229.99.
Some bikes can take either the Yepp Maxi Easyfit or the Yepp Maxi Regular, but many can only take one. If you already have a sturdy rack (check the weight tolerance and the strength and integrity of the attachment points to your bike frame) or are open to adding a relatively heavy Yepp brand rack to your bike, then the Yepp Maxi Easyfit will work for you. All other bikes will need the Yepp Maxi Regular.
If you are sharing the Yepp Maxi Easyfit between bikes, then both bikes will have to have rack setups.
Note that all Yepp seats are easy to remove, so if you want to take your bike out without the weight of the seat, it’s easy to remove and ride off.
Q: What adapter do I need for my bike? There are so many options!
A: If you are getting the Yepp Maxi Regular, you only have one adapter option. The seat comes with one adapter. If you plan to share the seat among bikes, each bike will also need a Yepp Maxi Regular adapter. You can purchase extra adapters. This seat is not compatible with Yepp Maxi Easyfit adapters.
If you are getting the Yepp Maxi Easyfit, you have a variety of options, but don’t worry, it’s very easy to figure out! The seat does not include any adapters in the purchase price.
- Don’t have a rack? Add a Yepp brand rack, in silver or black. Make sure it will fit with your wheel size and frame.
- Already have a sturdy rack on a regular or e-bike? Add a regular rack adapter. Or, if you want room to also carry a pannier, an XL adapter.
- Have a Yuba Boda Boda v2? Order the Boda Boda adapter. (Note: the Boda Boda v3 comes with two built in Yepp seat adapters.)
- Have a Haul a Day? Order the regular rack mount (one for each seat).
If you are getting the Yepp Mini, you can order it with either the Standard or Threadless adapter. One of whichever you order will come with the seat. You can share one seat between both the Standard and Threadless adapter if you have different adapters on different bikes. You can order an extra adapter to put on bikes that will share the seat. Choose the Standard Adapter if your bike has a steel, 1.5 inch exposed quill type stem with a 0.8-1.1 inch diameter. This option works on the Boda Boda v2. Choose the Threadless Adapter if your bike has a head handlebar with regular/steel front fork with 11/8 inch diameter.
Q: Can I use the Yepp Maxi Regular on a cargo bike?
A: If you have been using a Yepp Maxi Regular on your personal bike and are now shopping for a cargo bike, you are likely hoping that you can reuse your seat on your new bike. Totally understandable! Unfortunately, most cargo bikes are set up to work with the Yepp Maxi Easyfit only. If the bike description says that it has Yepp adapters built into the frame, it means the Yepp Maxi Easyfit. You may find a way to set the bike up with your Yepp Maxi Regular on a cargo bike, but it will likely not be the intended setup for the bike.
Q: Can I share my Yepp seat between bikes with different adapters?
A: You can share the Yepp Mini between the different adapters. You can share the Yepp Maxi Easyfit between different Yepp Maxi Easyfit adapters (Yepp rack, regular adapter, XL adapter, Boda Boda adapter), but not with the Yepp Maxi Regular adapter. The Yepp Maxi Regular only works with its one type of adapter.
Q: Will a pannier fit with my Yepp Maxi?
A: Yes, with the right setup. You can either do a Yepp Maxi Easyfit with an XL rack adapter, which will have room for panniers on both sides of the adapter. Or do a Yepp Maxi Regular that clears a rear rack that can hold panniers.