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Trek 3700 Review: Is It a Good Bike or Waste of Money?

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Trek 3700 is a mountain bike sold between 2004 and 2015. It gained huge popularity over the years. The question is: Is it a good bike?

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One of the highlights of the Trek 3700 is its suspended front fork with a 100mm travel that improves riding comfort by absorbing bumps and vibrations. Additionally, the aluminum frame is sturdy yet lightweight. It also has a relaxed geometry for a comfortable, upright riding position, which is ideal for short trips or commuting.

Let’s now scrutinize this bike more in-depth.

Is Trek 3700 a Good Bike?

Trek 3700 was a popular bike thanks to its excellent price-value ratio. Many people decided between the 3700 and Trek 4300 , which had better specs.

They tended to lean toward the 4300 because its specifications were better for a relatively small price increase (~$90).

Trek 3700 in front of a garage door.

Trek 3700’s MSRP increased from around $280 to around $410 in 2010. ( Source ) It is not officially sold anymore, so you must buy it second hand.

The 3700 was available in multiple sizes ranging from smaller ones for kids to larger ones suitable for adults (13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5″…).

It was available in multiple colors and with rim or disc brakes , depending on the model year.

Pros and Cons of Trek 3700

Here, I summarized the pros and cons of Trek 3700.

Pros of Trek 3700

  • Quality and sturdy aluminum frame
  • Suspended front fork
  • Available for men and women
  • Comfortable geometry, allowing upright riding position

Cons of Trek 3700

  • 26-inch wheels
  • 3X drivetrain (2X and 1X became more popular thanks to their simplicity)
  • Rigid front fork

To fully understand the pros and cons, I recommend reading the following section, where I compare its features with those of today’s mountain bikes.

Main Features of Trek 3700

Below, I evaluate the main features of the Trek 3700.

Aluminum Frame

All Trek 3700 bikes are based on Alpha aluminum frames.

Aluminum is relatively lightweight and affordable yet durable. That’s why it’s so popular as a bike frame material .

Detail on the Trek 3700 frame size.

However, the overall weight of the Trek 3700 is around 14.5 kg (32 lbs), which is pretty high.

This is mainly because the suspended front fork adds a lot of weight. Remember, the Trek 3700 disc brake version is heavier than the rim brake version.

But you don’t have to fear putting this bike under much stress. It will handle everything you throw at it because of its durability.

26-Inch Wheels

Like most old-school mountain bikes, the Trek 3700 came with 26-inch wheels.

Detail on the Trek 3700 rear 26″ wheel.

Those are more agile (meaning they accelerate faster) but less stable and comfortable than the 27.5 or 29-inch wheels used today.

If you can, I recommend trying bikes with different wheel sizes, so you experience the difference.

Trek 3700 was equipped with a combination of Shimano, SRAM, Bontrager, and other 3rd party components.

Detail on the Trek 3700 saddle and seatpost.

Considering today’s standards, its handlebar was narrow, and the saddle was pretty wide.

Depending on the model, most Trek 3700 had a 3×7spd drivetrain, offering 21 gears. Some, however, had a 3×8spd gearing.

Today’s mountain bikes usually come with 2X or 1X drivetrains. This is because of their simplicity, lower weight, and less chance of cross-chaining.

On the other hand, the Trek 3700 was similar to today’s hybrid bikes because of its rigid fork and geometry. Those still use 2X or 3X drivetrains, offering a wide gear range for various terrains.

Suspension Fork

One of the main features of the Trek 3700 is the coil suspension front fork. It has 100mm travel that absorbs bumps and vibrations, making the ride more comfortable.

Its drawback is that it increases the overall weight of the bike. Models like the Trek 800 are lighter because their front fork is rigid.

Trek 3700 was sold with rim and mechanical disc brakes. The rim brakes are lighter but less effective than disc brakes in rougher conditions.

Deatil on the Trek 3700 front disc brake.

Disc brakes are known for their better effectiveness, for example, in the rain. So, if you are a heavier rider, prefer models with disc brakes.

Trek 3700 Specifications

Below, I summarize the most important technical specifications of Trek 3700. Remember, they differ based on the year:

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Weight: ±14.5 kg (32 lbs) depending on frame size, brakes, and year made
  • Wheel size: 26-inch
  • Brakes: Rim or disc
  • Groupset: Shimano Altus
  • Gears: 3×7spd or 3×8spd
  • Colors: Differ based on the year

Although the Trek 3700 has been discontinued for several years, it still has a place among beginners and undemanding riders.

It was a popular mountain bike because of its quality aluminum frame, front suspension, and wide enough gear range.

You can buy it for around $150 in mint condition from people who tried it but have never ridden it frequently. Check out Craigslist or eBay.

If you want to spend more on an up-to-date mountain bike from Trek, check out their website.

Trek 3700 FAQ

Trek 3700 is still worth it today if you are looking for a cheap mountain bike. It was already discontinued, so you can only buy it second-hand. Aim for a price of around $150 for mint condition.

Trek 3700 was made between 2004 and 2015.

Trek 3700 weighs ±14.5 kg (32 lbs). Its weight differs based on its size and year made. Remember, the rim brake version is lighter than the disc brake version.

Trek 3700’s weight limit is 300 lbs (136 kg).

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Small Alpha Series Aluminum Trek road bike, handmade in USA, with red accents throughout. Shimano Tiara groupset (crank, hubs, derailleurs, integrated shifters/levers). Shimano Sora caliper rim brakes. Black Bontrager seat and bottle cage. Cushioned black and red bar tape. Black Salsa stem, and icon drop bars. 3x9 speed drivetrain. Red Aluminum RDR rims and stainless steel spokes. CST Czar 650x23c road tires. 

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Trek 1.5 road bike review

The Trek 1.5 is designed to be solid and dependable option for the new road cyclist, that will feel equally at home on a commute as a long Sunday ride

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If you are looking for a first road bike or solid winter steed, this is a quality frame that will last the course and not let you down. The geometry is very relaxed, with this bike better suited to all day comfort and less flexible riders. The ride is smooth, but the brakes and a couple of other minor details let the overall package down when we consider the price.

Smooth ride

Accelerates well

Tiagra shifting is good

Tubeless ready rims

Lifetime warranty on the frame

23mm tyres not 25mm

No 32t cassette

Boring styling

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Trek frames are synonymous with quality and their faith in the product is backed up by life time warranty. The frame is Trek's top drawer 'Alpha aluminium' whilst the fork is carbon fibre. In order to test the Trek 1.5 we have been riding it throughout winter, on commutes and longer training rides.

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The One series is Trek's base level frame and would potentially suit a large number of cyclists. If you are in the market for your first road bike, a dependable winter bike, or just something for epic sportives that won't break the bank, the Trek 1.5 is a great option. Hinting at this versatility is the inclusion of eyelets on the stays and forks, to aid the fitting of mudguards. There is also loads of mudguard/tyre clearance under the brakes. But, if you are flexible, or have good core strength you may find the upright posture this bike encourages limiting when you want to get lower and more aero.

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 Geometry

The geometry of the Trek 1.5 is relaxed. For those new to cycling, this means that the horizontal reach from the saddle to the handle bars is shorter and the vertical height of the handle bars is higher. Rather than a super aggressive flat back like Bradley Wiggins , this enables the rider to sit more upright, in a more relaxed position.

This makes it ideal for new riders, who are yet to develop the core strength and flexibility that makes an aggressive position more sustainable. Our 58cm test model came with 44cm bars, which although less aerodynamic than a narrower bar, they may help add stability to overall handling to less confident riders.

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The Trek 1.5 comes fitted with a range of components. The shifters and derailleurs are Shimano Tiagra , but the chain set is FSA Vera and the brakes are unbranded callipers. We were hugely  impressed with the quality of the shifting on this bike. The FSA chainset works well in this regard with little or no flex, to hamper shifts.

We felt that the brakes let the bike down. The unbranded callipers didn't feel as responsive or stable as a Tiagra or Shimano 105  calliper. The lack of strength translates to less braking power and compromised modulation. That considered, the first thing we would upgrade on this bike would be the brakes. This is disappointing when we consider the overall price.

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Our test model featured 23mm Bontrager R1 tyres. These rolled nicely and were puncture free for over a few weeks of winter riding and commuting on roads strewn with potential puncture hazards. We would have preferred to see this bike come fitted with 25mm tyres as they are stronger and can aid comfort. We do however like that Trek have equipped the bike with tubeless ready rims . Using tubeless tyres could reduce the risk of punctures.

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The Tiagra rear cassette is 12-30t. With professionals even adopting 32t cassettes on steep mountainous days, it would be nicer if the Trek came with either a 12-32t cassette or a medium length cage rear derailleur, which would allow a 32t cassette to be fitted. Being a short cage derailleur, it is designed to only go up to 30t. This is in contrast to other bikes in a similar price range, such as the Giant Defy 3 and B'Twin Alur , which both have 32t cassettes as standard.

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Ride and handling

Our favourite thing about the Trek 1.5 is the ride handling. Use of round tubes helps contribute to stiffness, whilst the carbon fork offers some dampening. The ride is very smooth, with the frame doing an excellent job of ironing out imperfections and bumps. Considering how well the frame absorbs road buzz we were pleasantly surprised to find that the bike is no slouch when you want to accelerate out the saddle either.

Compliant frames can often feel spongy when you give it the beans, but the Trek 1.5 quickly gets up to speed without any fuss. Wheels on bikes in this price range can often be bargain basement, with spokes that feel as if they are made of cooked spaghetti, but we were pleasantly surprised by the Bontrager wheels on this bike. They compliment the frame well and don't sacrifice ride quality.

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Overall, the bike feels nicely balanced, with the weight centred. This is noticeable when riding uphill or track standing. Our 58cm test weighed in at a respectable 8.7kg without pedals. Cornering can feel a little tame, but will always be the case when a bike has a high front end. A lower front end enables you to lower your centre of gravity to a greater degree.

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Whilst colour is subjective, we feel the Trek is rather boring to look at. The first thing that draws your eye to a bike is the way it looks and the Trek looks pretty utilitarian. Don't expect to cop admiring glances at the cafe stop. That said, plenty of us value function over form.

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Trek 4300 Mountain Bike Review: Is it worth it?

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Looking for a reliable and affordable mountain bike that can handle rugged terrain? The Trek 4300 might just be the bike for you. 

As a mountain bike, Trek 4300 is built to take on any adventure. Thanks to a durable aluminum frame, wide range of gears, and powerful brakes. 

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Trek 4300 mountain bike, its features, and what makes it stand out from the competition. 

Read on to find out if the Trek 4300 is the right mountain bike for you.

Trek 4300 Mountain Bike At A Glance 

Trek 4300 is a hardtail mountain bike with a lightweight and sturdy Alpha aluminum frame, which makes it easy to handle. While the Marlin 5 is made for trail riding, it’s also versatile and can double as a commuter bike. 

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The Shimano drivetrain and powerful disc brakes offer great versatility on all types of terrain. While the front suspension provides excellent balance and stability on rougher roads or trails, ensuring smooth rides. 

It also comes with double-walled rims and puncture-resistant 26×2.0″ tires, making it a reliable choice for trail riding. 

Trek 4300 is the perfect combination of affordability and quality, which is a great choice for beginner riders looking to hit the trails.

  • Sturdy and lightweight aluminum frame
  • Responsive brakes and smooth shifting
  • Comfortable riding position
  • Adjustable saddle and handlebars
  • Complex 3X drivetrain
  • Small 26-inch wheels

Unfortunately, this bike has been discontinued, but Trek has impressive newer models with better designs which are excellent alternatives to the 4300 Trek mountain bike. 

We recommend Trek Marlin 5 and Schwinn Traxion as great alternatives, you can scroll down to see our brief review of these bikes. 

Trek 4300 Mountain Bike Features

Frame and fork.

First things first, the frame is a crucial component of any bike. In the case of the Trek 4300, it’s made of aluminum, which is a popular choice due to its durability, affordability, and lightweight. 

In fact, the original 4300 model used Trek’s Alpha Aluminum frame that’s tough enough to handle rugged trails with ease. As the model progressed, Trek introduced the Alpha Gold Aluminum material for the frame of the later versions of the 4300. 

This updated version has a more aggressive race geometry for speed, with internal cable routing for durability, and rack mounts for versatility.

You’ll also find that it has a replaceable derailleur hanger. Now, these upgrades made the bike more versatile and allowed it to handle a wider range of terrain.

Moving on to the fork, the Trek 4300 is a classic hardtail mountain bike with a front fork. This means that the front wheel is equipped with a suspension system that can absorb shocks and vibrations, making for a smoother ride on moderate terrain. 

The suspension fork has 70-100 mm travel, depending on the specific model, and it’s designed to handle mountain trails. However, it’s important to note that the suspension fork isn’t long enough to handle descents on rough trails. 

So while it can certainly absorb some bumps, it’s not enough for really difficult trails or downhill riding. But don’t worry, this bike can still take a lot of abuse. After all, it’s a mountain bike, and it’s designed to handle dirt trails.

Gears and Brakes

Gears and brakes are some of the most important components of a mountain bike, especially if you plan on hitting tough trails or climbing hills. 

Let’s take a closer look at the gear and brake systems on the Trek 4300 mountain bike.

In the first few generations of the Trek 4300, you could find a 3x8spd drivetrain with 24 gears.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more efficient, the later models of the Trek 4300 were fitted with the Shimano Acera M390 9-speed drivetrain. This gives you a wider range of gears for better control on hard trails.

Now, let’s talk about brakes. If you carefully look through all the different versions of the Trek 4300, you’ll find that some of them had rim brakes and some others had disc brakes. 

The older models were fitted with rim brakes, while the later models featured the Shimano M395 hydraulic disc brakes, which gives a much better braking power at a great price. 

Wheels and Tires

Most mountain bikes we see now have 29-inch wheels, but the Trek 4300 had 26-inch wheels and 26×2.20 tires, which actually are very agile and will quickly pick up speed. 

In later models, these tires were improved to be puncture resistant and could withstand increased tire pressure. 

We consider bigger wheels to be better for mountain riding, but small wheels aren’t that bad either because they are more agile, tend to accelerate faster and will easily move around tight corners. And these features are great for technical riding. 

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But the bigger 27.5 and 29″ wheels actually provide more stability and comfort, which is why they are now preferred for mountain biking.

Despite the small wheels, the double-walled rims and 32-spoke design of the Trek 4300 are pretty solid and tough enough to withstand years of abuse on the trails.

At the end of the day, the wheels and tires on the Trek 4300 are a great combination for riders who want to tackle technical terrain and need a bike that can handle quick acceleration and tight cornering. 

While the market may be shifting towards larger wheels, the Trek 4300 is still a great option for those who value nimble handling and puncture resistance.

Saddle and Handlebars

The saddle is an important component of any bike, especially when it comes to mountain biking. 

While the standard saddle on the Trek 4300 may not be the most comfortable, the 31.6mm seatpost offers plenty of adjustment for a customized fit. 

You can even upgrade the saddle to one that suits your preferences for maximum comfort.

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The handlebars of the Trek 4300 are a different story, though. Made from durable alloy, these handlebars are built to withstand the rigors of off-road riding. 

With a 31.8mm diameter and 15mm rise, the handlebars provide a comfortable and stable grip while you ride.

The stem of the Trek 4300 is also designed for both comfort and control. With a 31.8mm clamp diameter and a 10-degree rise, the stem ensures a comfortable riding position while keeping you in control of the bike. 

When you combine the Bontrager Riser handlebar and the Bontrager Approved stem on the Trek 4300, you get a comfortable and stable ride. 

Size and weight

When it comes to finding the right fit, the Trek 4300 Mountain Bike has got you covered. With a wide range of frame sizes available, from 13″ to 22.5″, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your body type. 

Actually, you may find sizes ranging from 13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21.5, 23.5″. But since these bikes have been discontinued by Trek, finding them in the exact size you want may be a challenge.

One thing to keep in mind is that the bike weighs around 28.2lbs (12.8 kg), which might not make it the lightest bike on the market. I believe this is due to the front fork, which adds weight but also adds extra shock absorption for a more comfortable ride. 

However, this bike is sturdy enough to support riders up to 265 lbs of body weight.

Ride quality and performance

The Trek 4300 Mountain Bike offers fun and confident rides on the trails, whether you’re hitting the trails or cruising around town. 

While it’s considered an entry-level mountain bike, don’t let that fool you. It’s a reliable bike that can be used for commuting, leisurely rides, or for hitting some challenging trails.

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The comfortable riding position and triple chainring setup make it easy to tackle steep hills and rough terrain. Plus, the high-quality suspension system keeps things smooth and comfortable, no matter what kind of surface you’re riding on.

Trek 4300 has durable components that are built to last, so you don’t have to worry about things breaking down quickly. 

The responsive brakes and smooth-shifting gears give you complete control and make riding this bike a breeze. And, even in wet or muddy conditions, the disc brakes offer reliable stopping power.

One of the best things about the Trek 4300 is its versatility. While it’s certainly a capable mountain bike, it’s also a great choice for commuting or everyday riding. 

Best Trek 4300 Alternatives

As Trek 4300 mountain bikes are now discontinued, you cannot buy them brand new. However, Trek has a range of trail bikes that offer superior build quality and performance. 

These models are more advanced and come at a higher price point than the budget options available from brands like Schwinn and Mongoose, but the investment is worth it as the quality is unmatched.

In my opinion, the Trek Marlin 5 and Schwinn Traxion are great alternatives for the Trek 4300 mountain bike.

Trek Marlin 5

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Trek Marlin 5 is a trail mountain bike that’s built to gracefully handle daily adventures on rough terrains. It has a lightweight aluminum frame with a 2×8 drivetrain for smooth riding and shifting and powerful hydraulic disc brakes which provide fast and precise stopping. 

While the Marlin 5 is made for trail riding, it’s also versatile and can double as a commuter bike. This bike has a stunning frame with internal routing for the brake and shift cables, which can extend the lifespan of your wires by shielding them from the environment.

It’s the perfect bike for new trail riders and comes in seven frame sizes to fit riders of all heights. Marlin 5 is elegant and comfortable, with a ton of features that are typically reserved for more pricey bikes.

Schwinn Traxion

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The Traxion MTB is equipped with a remarkably solid aluminum full-suspension frame that easily picks up speed and maintains it very well.

This bike provides comfortable rides and handles bumps well, regardless of where your trail adventures take you. Thanks to the wide knobby tires, sturdy double-walled aluminum rims, and a superb trail-taming Schwinn suspension fork. 

The 24 speed shifters also ensure fluid gear shifting, which makes for a fun and pleasant riding experience. In addition to that, the mechanical disc brakes lock into place instantly when applied, and this ensures precise and efficient stopping. 

The wheels have all-terrain tires and alloy rims for strength and low weight. Plus, you can easily adjust the height of the saddle using the quick release seat post to get your best fit. 

Related Post: Schwinn Traxion Mountain Bike Review

Finally, is Trek 4300 MTB a good buy?

The Trek 4300 mountain bike is a reliable and versatile bike that can handle a variety of terrains and riding styles. 

With its durable aluminum frame, wide range of gears, and powerful brakes, this bike is a great choice for both beginners and experienced riders. 

Trek 4300 offers a solid balance of performance and affordability. And if you’re looking for a reliable and budget-friendly mountain bike, the Trek 4300 is definitely worth considering.

You likely won’t find a brand-new Trek 4300, but the alternative options we included above are great choices too.

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Trek 1.2 road bike

The 1.2 is the middle of Trek's three 1 Series aluminium road bikes, sitting between the Shimano Claris-equipped 1.1 (£575) and the 1.5 (£750), which comes with Shimano Tiagra components.

Is it the right bike for you? We've picked out four reasons why it might be, along with a reason that might make you think twice.

1 It provides solid performance with few surprises

The 1.2 puts in a solid performance out on the road, offering a stable, predictable ride, the only real disappointment being the lack of braking power (see below).

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Hitting the scales at 9.48kg (20.9lb), the 1.2 isn't as lively as many lighter bikes, but for £650 this is certainly a decent enough weight. Compared to bikes of a similar price, it accelerates well. You'll find a little more flex in the frame and fork than in higher level models in Trek's range, but this is a bike that's well capable of holding its own when you crank up the power.

You could't say that the 1.2 is the fastest climber but it's far from sluggish when things get lumpy. It's helped in its hill-climbing endeavours by a compact chainset (with 50-tooth and 34-tooth chainrings rather than 52 or 53 and 39). Most bikes of this price come with something similar these days. Matched up to an 11-28-tooth cassette, it'll allow you to get up the vast majority of gradients without your knees popping or your lungs bursting, while still providing enough big gears to keep you bowling along quickly on the flat and downhill.

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Aluminium frames have a reputation for feeling harsh but that's a gross generalisation. Some are jarring – as some carbon frames are – but plenty aren't. This bike is certainly comfortable enough for racking up the big miles.

For a start, it comes in Trek's H2 fit. That requires a brief explanation. Compared to Trek's H1 fit, H2 has a taller head tube: 3cm taller in the case of our 58cm test model. Why? It puts you into a more upright riding position with less strain on your lower back and neck. You could achieve a similar position by adding a bunch of headset spacers on an H1 bike, but if you want your bars at that height, you're better off going for an H2 fit because the front end will be stiffer and the handling will be better.

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The Bontrager Race VR-C alloy handlebar has a shallower drop than usual too: 124mm rather than the 145mm you get on Bontrager's Race Lite Classic, for example. That means it's that much easier to get down on the drops. A lot of people have a bar with a deep drop and rarely take their hands off the hoods.

The other reason for the comfort is that the 1.2 is inherently pretty smooth. Sure, there are plenty of bikes out there that will filter our more road vibration but this one does a decent enough job on that front. Swapping the 23mm tyres for 25s would add more comfort but this bike isn't crying out for them by any means.

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The Bontrager Gel Cork bar tape provides good cushioning for your hands and the Bontrager Affinity 1 saddle has plenty of padding too. Truth be told, I found it a little too soft, verging on squidgy, but everyone has their own taste when it comes to saddles.

2 You get a neat, well-proven frame and fork

All three bikes in the 1 Series share the same 100 Series Alpha Aluminium frame. It's fairly busy looking with a squared off upper edge to the down tube that makes it resemble that of Trek's more costly Madone.

The top tube slopes towards the seat tube junction and tapers down as it does so, and slim seatstays provide compliance at the back.

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You get mounts for a mudguard and a rack back there too. They'll be useful if you want to ride the bike year round and perhaps carry stuff to and from work on a daily commute.

You don't get the oversized bottom bracket or tapered head tube that are regular features designed to add stiffness to higher-end performance bikes, but this is a £650 bike and the frame is good for the money. The welds are pretty tidy throughout and the same can be said of the paint job.

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The fork is Trek's own with carbon blades and an alloy steerer. Like the frame, it comes with eyelets for fitting mudguards that will save a lot of faffing.

It's worth noting that the Trek 1.2 is available in eight sizes from 47cm up to 62cm. That range will cover nearly everyone.

3 Shimano's Sora shifters and mechs are excellent for the money

Nine-speed Sora is Shimano's fifth tier road groupset (if you don't count the electronic variants) and it offers fantastic value for money.

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Back in the olden days (before last year), you changed gear on Sora by pushing the brake lever to the side or by using a small thumb lever on the side of the shifter body, depending on the direction you wanted to shift.

Now, though, Sora levers are Dual Control, so instead of that thumb lever, there's a lever tucked behind the brake lever. It's the same design that Shimano use right up to top-level Dura-Ace and it's a big improvement, making it far easier to change gear from the drops.

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Resting your hands on the hoods is comfortable and there's a little gear indicator on the top of each of the levers that you might find useful. I can't say I ever checked them – I just couldn't get into the habit – but they're there if you want to.

Whereas the gear cables run underneath the bar tape on Shimano's higher level groupsets, they head out from the side of the levers with Sora and loop around to the frame in the fresh air. That's certainly not a problem from a functional point of view, although visually it's a less tidy way of doing things. That's being picky, though. Sora shifting has taken a massive leap forward with this latest design. It works very much like the highest level offerings from Shimano, just adding a little weight. Even there, the difference isn't massive.

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Trek don't give you a complete Sora groupset here, just the shifters and mechs. The chainset is FSA Vero, a square taper design that does its job just fine, and the brakes, as mentioned, are unbranded.

Most other big brand bikes at this price, such as the Giant Defy 3 (£649) and the Felt F95 (£649), have Shimano Sora components too. It's worth comparing the spec sheets to see exactly how they match up, but don't buy a bike solely on that basis.

4 Bontrager's wheels and other components are good, reliable kit

The wheels are made up from Bontrager's own alloy hubs, containing cup and cone (rather than cartridge) bearings, and Tubeless Ready http://www.bontrager.com/technology/why_tubeless_ready rims. That means you can run the wheels without inner tubes at some point in the future, although you'll need to upgrade to Tubeless Ready tyres first.

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The tyres that come fitted as standard are Bontrager's T1s (700 x 23). They're some pretty hefty rubber, made for durability rather than all-out speed, but they're reasonably resistant to punctures and they hold the road well even in damp conditions.

I had no problems at all with the wheels during the month-long test period. They're not the lightest wheels ever, taking some coaxing up to speed, but they're still as round and as true as they were out of the box, and there's a lot to be said for trouble-free operation. Fast wheels aren't so fast when you're standing on the side of the road trying to remove a broken spoke.

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Most of the rest of the kit is no-nonsense stuff from Bontrager too, the handlebar, stem and seatpost being reliable alloy options and the Affinity 1 saddle providing at least as much cushioning as most people will want.

And the compromises

There are no two ways about it, the 1.2's brakes are disappointing. Trek have put the Shimano Sora theme to one side here and specced nameless dual pivot callipers that lack bite. Don't get me wrong, they're consistent and they'll stop you, just not as quickly as you might like. You have to engage the brakes for a bit longer than normal or pull the levers a bit harder to get down to your desired speed.

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You adjust to this within a ride or two and don't really think about it until you ride with people who have better brakes on their bikes, or jump back on to a bike with better brakes yourself. Then you're struck by the contrast.

Swapping the brake pads helps, but the bottom line is that these brakes are a compromise to make a price point and, for me, they're the weakest aspect of the entire bike.

Other compromises? There's nothing that really stands out. Trek offer a decent all-round package here.

The Trek 1.2 is a very good bike for the money. The frame and fork are sound, reliable options and the Sora shifters and mechs are better than anything previously available for this kind of cash. They're a great example of the benefits of trickle down technology.

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Yes, if you pay a couple of hundred pounds more you'll get a lighter bike that leaps into life more eagerly when you up the intensity for a sprint or tough climb, but that's always the way. As it is, the Trek 1.2 is a very able road bike that'll reward your efforts with decent speed, and it's comfortable enough to ride all day long. The fact that it comes with mudguard and rack eyelets increases its versatility, so you can use it as a year-round workhorse if that's what you're after.

We'd have no hesitation recommending this bike for someone after their first proper road bike, or for anyone else looking for plenty of value.

Very good value, ideal for anyone looking for a first real road bike, with just the brakes as a low point

road.cc test report

Make and model: Trek 1.2

Size tested: 58

About the bike

State the frame and fork material and method of construction. List the components used to build up the bike.

Frame 100 Series Alpha Aluminium

Fork Trek carbon road

Sizes 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm

Front hub Bontrager alloy

Rear hub Bontrager alloy

Rims Bontrager Tubeless Ready

Tyres Bontrager T1, 700x23c

Shifters Shimano Sora, 9 speed

Front derailleur Shimano Sora

Rear derailleur Shimano Sora

Crank FSA Vero, 50/39/30 (triple)

Cassette SRAM PG-950, 11-28, 9 speed

Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage, toe-clip/strap

Chain KMC X9

Bontrager Affinity 1

Seatpost Bontrager Alloy, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 8mm offset

Handlebar Bontrager Race, VR-C, 31.8mm

Stem Bontrager Elite Blendr, w/computer & light mounts, 31.8mm, 7 degree

Headset 1-1/8" semi-cartridge bearings

Brakeset Alloy dual-pivot

Accessories

Bar tape Bontrager gel cork tape

Tell us what the bike is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

Trek say: "1 Series aluminium road bikes feature the same aero shaping and race-ready detail as our top-end bikes. They're strong, light, and built to fly over the pavement," [Trek, being from the US, use "pavement" to mean the surface of a road rather than a path].

Frame and fork

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

It's a tried and tested frame built to a high quality. The same goes for the carbon leg/alloy steerer fork.

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

The frame is made from aluminium: what Trek call 100 Series Alpha Aluminium.

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

The 1.2 is built to Trek's H2 geometry that I've explained in the body of the review. Essentially, it's slightly more relaxed than a full-on aggressive race position, but it's still speed orientated.

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

It's a little taller at the front end than a traditional low and stretched road bike.

Riding the bike

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

I found it comfortable both in terms of ride position and ride quality. It's certainly a long way from being a bone shaker.

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

It's not mega-stiff but it's not too flexy either.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's comfort? would you recommend any changes?

I found the saddle a touch too squidgy for my taste, but I'd rather that than too firm.

In all of these marks, I'm comparing the bike to similarly priced alternatives.

The drivetrain

Wheels and tyres, your summary.

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes.

Would you consider buying the bike? It would certainly be on my shortlist if I was after a bike at about this price.

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? I'd recommend it should be on their shortlist too.

Anything further to say about the bike in conclusion?

Nearly all big brand bikes at this price have these features: aluminium frame, fork with carbon legs and alloy steerer, an incomplete Shimano Sora groupset (chainset and brakes being the most frequent omissions), in-house aluminium handlebar, stem and seatpost. If you simply compare spec lists, you'll see that the 1.2 comes out better than some and not quite as well as others.

However, we'd caution against making a decision based solely on a comparison of spec sheets. We've not reviewed all of the 1.2's chief rivals, but we can tell you that this bike will provide you with a very good all-round performance, the brakes being the only real low point.

Overall rating: 8 /10

About the tester

Age: 43   Height: 190cm   Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:    My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years   I ride: Most days   I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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I'm riding this bike now for over 6 years. Inexpensive when bought for  €600. Needed maintenance about 2 years ago which was about €400 (new wheelset, cassette/chain/cabling etc). I've replaced the 700x23-tyres by 700x25-tyres a long time ago without changing anything else. Works like a charm.

Great value for the money but brakes could indeed be better. Meanwhile looking to add a new bike (and use this one solely on the Tacx) with disc-brakes.

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The current Trek 1 Series bikes have plenty of clearance for fixed mudguards, even with a 25mm tyre. The 2013 1.2 had little clearance, and this was because Trek used the 2 series frame for that particular year. I'm guessing evo_playa has one of these. Agree that SKS Raceblade Long guards are great. The lack of availability is due to a redesign - SKS are developing the new version to allow for bikes with disc brakes. I gather they won't be available until this autumn at the earliest. UK distributors sold out of the old versions months ago.

Seems like a comparable spec and set up to other value bikes. Agree that even low spec bikes are good and has recently made me question my prior choice of 105 or nothing. Anyone know if Claris is any good ? Always found the Trek styling a bit bland but this one looks ok. The latest B twin road bikes seem anazing value if your in the market for a new bike. www.tinpony.co.uk/shop

Tin Pony wrote: Seems like a comparable spec and set up to other value bikes. Agree that even low spec bikes are good and has recently made me question my prior choice of 105 or nothing. Anyone know if Claris is any good ? Always found the Trek styling a bit bland but this one looks ok. The latest B twin road bikes seem anazing value if your in the market for a new bike. www.tinpony.co.uk/shop

The 8 speed Sora front and rear Derailleurs on my Trek are long since worn out and were replaced with Claris just before the winter kicked in. It works really smooth with no problems - even on the old Sora shifters with thumb button.

I've had the 2011 1.1 with shimano 2300 (remember that?) for just over 4 years now, and it certainly scrubs up well. Even with just 2300 and a different wheelset I've raced on it for a couple of years to some success, it certainly doesn't feel like it holds me back, which is very impressive for such a cheap machine. In fact, I like it enough to complete the change to 5700 groupset in the spring.

I can't say I ever had a problem with the brake calipers, and I can't tell the difference between the alloy calipers and the Shimano long drop calipers having swapped them out- they are certainly good enough.

However, I'm not a fan of the H2 fit with the massive head tube- I hate long head tubes and was lucky to get mine before they were introduced.

Excellent winter trainer and commuter. My 2007 Trek 1.2 is still going strong - it's had a few minor changes but still has the Sora 8 speed with thumb button - oh and a pannier rack!

It's still a lovely bike to ride and recommended first road bike.

Not a racing bike. Sit up and beg.

WHY wouldn't they put sensible 25mm tyres on the bike?

Mike T. wrote: WHY wouldn't they put sensible 25mm tyres on the bike?

Quite. I can't really understand why they'd have clearances so tight, seems unecessary. It may be that 25mm tyres would work with some mudguards already mentioned, but probably not full guards that also help keep crud off the chainset especially in winter.

Word of warning though, if it is like my Trek 1.2 with the carbon fork you will be lucky to get a fixed mudguard that fits even though the bike has mudguard eyelets.

Clearance on the front is not good and i had to end up using Crud mudguards for the front wheel.

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craigr wrote: Word of warning though, if it is like my Trek 1.2 with the carbon fork you will be lucky to get a fixed mudguard that fits even though the bike has mudguard eyelets. Clearance on the front is not good and i had to end up using Crud mudguards for the front wheel.

As ever, SKS Raceblade Longs. Sorted.

KiwiMike wrote: craigr wrote: Word of warning though, if it is like my Trek 1.2 with the carbon fork you will be lucky to get a fixed mudguard that fits even though the bike has mudguard eyelets. Clearance on the front is not good and i had to end up using Crud mudguards for the front wheel.

Tried quite a few including SKS chromeplastic ones.

edit: tracked them down, looks like instock here : http://www.tredz.co.uk/.SKS-Race-Blade-Long-Mudguard-Set_51833.htm

Fairly simple and inexpensive to swap out the substandard brake calipers.

I upgraded my Trek 1.1 to Shimano non series long drop brake calipers and the difference in braking was amazing.

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My first road bike was 1999 Trek 2200 and I am still riding it. I stopped riding the bike on the road for quite some time as all our roads in my rural area are going to chipseal. (Man I hate chipseal!!!) I was also a lot heavier and last year I finally got my chit together and lost some weight. I am riding at 220lbs right now and want to get down to about 190-195. I am 6'3" and a heavy build, more of a football player than a cyclist. Anyway, I must admit I am pretty curious to check out a Domane 4.3, 4.5, or maybe a 5.2 if I could find a great deal. My questions is how much of a softer ride am I going to get going to Trek Domane Carbon over the Alpha SL Aluminum of my 2200. My 2200 has the Rolf Vector wheels and I am riding on 700x23s at 130 pounds. The problem is that any riding I am going to do at a bike store is going to be smooth blacktop and I have to drive several hours to get to a store that has bikes in stock anyway. I am not complaining about the ride quality of my 2200 but if i could get something that was substantially better it would be worth my trouble to drive several hours to a bike store to try and ride one. Who doesn't like to get a new bike?  

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cxwrench said: The one thing I can tell you for sure is that you should be on bigger tires, 25mm should do nicely, and a LOT lower pressure. 23mm at 130?!? Cazzo... Click to expand...

Yeah I am in the process of getting new tires. I am running some Conti Grand Prixs that I used when the roads were a lot better, I just have not had a chance to change them.  

Since you're new, here's some info on pressure. I'm 170lbs, my tubeless wheels have 25mm rear/23mm frt. I use 85rr/80frt. On my normal, tubed clincher wheels I have a Pro4 25mm rr, and a Bontrager 25mm front(it's about 2mm narrower than the Michelin) and I use 90rr/80frt. On my tubular wheels w/ Challenge 22mm tires (I need to swap them for some wider ones) I use 95rr/80frt. I have NEVER had a pinch flat...ever. Not one.  

If you are after a softer ride, why not go modern steel instead. The weight penalty on the frame will only be around one pound which will be insignificant when compared to the total weight of rider+bike, but even then you could save the weight else where with lighter components. Personally I think over 200 lb riders are better off on a steel bike which should hold up better.  

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I dont know, i have had a few steel bikes over the years. My Domane beats them all hands down.  

Thanks for all the feedback, very much appreciated! It is not that the ride is so harsh that I cannot handle it I mean I am not in the saddle for several hours at a time. I am kicking the idea of a new bike around and was more or less just wondering if the Domane is the answer. If I am going to spend 3500.00 and not be able to go wow what a difference then what is the point. If I have to convince myself, because I spent money, that I think I am getting a better ride then what is the point. Sure I will be getting new ultegra but I can get along nicely with 13-14year old 105. I do like the idea of the endurance rider position though. I am going for a longer ride today and will adjust pressure. Thanks for all the tips, still interested in feedback on the frame materials.  

When you consider what can be done w/ carbon layup it becomes obvious that you can't come close to all the qualities one would want w/ any metal. Stiffness where needed, compliance where desired...you can do so much more w/ carbon, I'll probably never ride another 'metal' bike again. The Domane has the best ride of any bike I've ever been on, hands down. Period. No contest.  

Not 100% true. When you look at modern steel bikes the same quality steel is not used through-out the bike, for very much the same reason. Plus you can get a top of the line Steel frame for less than a top of the line Carbon frame. I'm not going to argue that Steel is unquestionably superior here, but one of the arguments in favor of Carbon is not 100% accurate, and then there's the cost advantage and the structural integrity advantage of Steel over Carbon.  

You need wider tires. The pressure is about right for 23s at your weight, so you need to go wider to drop the pressure. Frame material won't make a detectable difference compared to that.  

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+1. You can pretty much have the ride of the carbon model with a nice set of wheels and tires. Try something like a set of Shimano RS80s or Ultegra wheels. They can be had for under $500 if you look online. You'll save weight with the right tires and get a better ride. the carbon models have higher level wheels and tires so they should ride better, but I bet if you were to put the same wheels/tires on your aluminum model, you couldn't tell the difference between the alum and carbon model.  

So lets assume a budget of about 750.00 what wheels, hubs, spokes should a person be looking at. What tires, I assume move up to 700x28. Thanks for all the suggestions.  

I have a 2006 aluminium specialized allez running 25mm tires at 90psi. Last year I bought a 2012 cannondale supersix (carbon) with 23mm tires at 120psi. I rode those two bikes back to back and I was astounded how smooth and comfortable the carbon bike was over the aluminium one. I took the as out for TPA test ride with the view of NOT buying it, but after the test ride, I just had to have it. You should test ride a carbon bike and see how you feel.  

Glad you mentioned it. Now try a CAAD10 and SuperSix with the same wheel/tire combo. They feel identical. Tire do make a difference but wheels are equally important.  

Yeah I think I am going to try and find a shop that has one and see if they will let me spend some time on one. May have to visit the sister in law 4.5 hours away. That city has a trek dealer with a guru sizer and shows that they have a couple of Domanes in stock. I would love to take my old Trek or at least the wheels and ride the bikes back to back.  

Do yourself a favor and take your bike. That way you will really know if its the right thing for you.  

I had a 1999 Trek 2300 Alpha SL that I just sold. With the right wheels and tires, there wasn't much difference in it and my carbon Cervelo RS. Those Trek alpha frames were pretty good and I weighed 220 to 230 when riding that frame. Wheels that I have found to be quite good are Mavic open pro, 32 spoke and Velocity Spartacus - the version marketed for heavier riders. The Spartacus is one wheel I would never have guessed would give a quality ride but it does. Terrible were Mavic kysrium elites. The Rolf Vectors were somewhere in-between. My current tire of choice is Vittoria rubino pro slick, 25mm. With all that said, chipseal is going to beat you to death. You can probably fit 28mm tires on that frame - if so, that would be my recommendation. I am also a firm believer in the need for at least two bikes...just in case.  

Good post, thanks!  

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T rek has introduced a new addition to its e-bike lineup: the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT. This lightweight electric city bike is designed to provide a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience for leisure riders and those looking for a more relaxed commute.

The Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT features Trek's lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame with a lowstep geometry, making it easy for riders to get on and off the bike. It is equipped with a Hyena rear hub motor (250W, 40Nm) that provides pedal assistance up to 20mph, powered by a 250Wh integrated battery. The bike also includes an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, wide 27.5 x 2" tires for stability and traction, and a MIK-compatible rear rack for carrying essentials.

One notable difference between the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT and Trek's Verve e-bike models is the use of the hub motor instead of a Bosch mid-drive motor. While the Bosch motor, found in models like the Verve+ 3, offers better weight distribution and smoother power delivery, the hub motor in the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT keeps the price more accessible.

Though many rear-hub e-bikes offer a throttle, such as those from Rad Power, the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT does not. The Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT relies solely on pedal-assist. I see this as a disadvantage for some riders who prefer the option of a throttle for quick bursts of speed or assistance when starting from a stop.

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During a test ride in Central Park with Trek, I found the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT to be a comfortable and enjoyable ride. The upright seating position, made possible by the bike's geometry and adjustable stem, offers a more relaxed riding experience compared to the more aggressive posture on Trek's similarly priced FX e-bike line. The 250W motor offered enough power to flatten the park's steep Harlem Hill.

The controls are simple and intuitive, with three levels of power assist indicated by LED lights. The 250Wh battery should provide a range of around 20 miles, depending on the level of assist and riding conditions, making it best suited for leisure rides and short commutes.

While the Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT's hub motor helps keep the price lower than Bosch-equipped Trek models, it is still priced higher than some competitors. However, purchasing from a brand like Trek offers the advantage of access to a wide network of authorized dealers for service and support.

For leisure riders looking to jump into the e-bike world without spending a bundle, but still want the quality assurance and support network of a major brand, the $2,299.99 Trek Verve+ 1 Lowstep LT is a compelling option.  Explore on Trek.com

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Riding with the Trek 7.2 FX: Unbiased Bike Review

October 26, 2023

Riding with the Trek 7.2 FX: Unbiased Bike Review | PedalChef

‍ Key Takeaways

  • The Trek 7.2 FX hybrid seamlessly melds city-bike convenience with road-bike agility, guaranteeing riders a dynamic performance across terrains.
  • Combining state-of-the-art features like its Alpha Gold Aluminum frame and ergonomic design, this bike stands out as a top pick for daily commuters and recreational riders.
  • Although maintenance plays a vital role, the Trek 7.2 FX's robust build and quality components promise durability and longevity for dedicated cyclists.

‍ If you're in the market for a hybrid bike with solid durability, the Trek 7.2 FX has to be mentioned. It has amazing features that make it worth considering.

The Trek 7.2 FX is a versatile hybrid bike, expertly blending the comfort of a road bike and the adaptability of a mountain bike. Ideal for city commutes and gravel roads, its lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame, ergonomic design, and 700c wheels offer a smooth, efficient ride for long distances.

With years of expertise in evaluating bikes, our team knows precisely what to look for and what matters most to riders. In this review, you'll gain insights into the performance, comfort, and versatility of the Trek 7.2 FX, ensuring you clearly understand what this hybrid bike truly offers.

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‍ Overview of the Trek 7.2 FX Bike

The Trek 7.2 FX is a hybrid bike that perfectly balances city bike comfort and road bike handling. This bike is versatile and offers a smooth ride in various conditions.

These features make it an excellent choice for daily commutes, leisure rides, and short trips around the town. The 7.2 FX is designed to provide the comfort of a road bike with the versatility of a mountain bike.

This makes it suitable for various terrains, from city streets to unpaved trails. Made with Trek's Alpha Gold Aluminum, the frame is lightweight yet durable. This ensures the bike offers a swift ride without compromising on strength.

What We Loved

As we rode the Trek 7.2 FX, we couldn't help but appreciate its versatility. This bike combines the best road and city bikes, perfect for commuting and light trail riding adventures.

The comfortable handlebar position and responsive brakes make it a joy to ride. Packed with features like Bontrager wheels, this hybrid is quick and maneuverable.

One thing that stood out during our ride on this bike is how easy it is to customize to fit our needs. It adapts well if we need it for fitness, commuting, or leisure rides. Plus, its affordability doesn't hurt either.

What Could Be Improved

No bike is perfect, and the Trek 7.2 FX is no exception. Some areas we feel could use improvement include the availability of the bike at local Trek shops, due to supply chain issues.

The weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) could be higher for those who plan to carry heavier loads during their rides. A comparison to the Giant Escape might be useful for potential buyers who are considering alternative options.

While the Trek 7.2 FX comes equipped with puncture-resistant tires, we believe the puncture-resistant belt 700x35c could be further improved for increased durability.

The steel fork provides function at the cost of adding weight, and an upgrade to a lighter material, such as carbon or aluminum, might be desirable for some riders.

In terms of gearing, the Trek 7.2 FX features Shimano Altus EF51 8-speed components. While it gets the job done, we found ourselves wishing for more (or more refined) gear options, particularly for steep inclines or tougher trails.

Key Features Of The Trek 7.2 FX

One issue with an old bike like this is that it can be difficult to find it brand new. For that reason, retailer prices may vary. You can still find it available for the manufacturer's suggested retail prices if you buy used too. Here are some of the key features that stand out.

Alpha Gold Aluminum Frame

The Trek 7.2 FX features a premium Alpha Gold Aluminum frame. This material strikes the perfect balance between lightness and strength, ensuring a nimble ride without compromising on durability.

Its design is robust and aesthetically sleek, offering a modern look for urban riders. The Trek 7.2 FX is a versatile bike that can easily handle city streets and urban environments while still being capable of tackling light off-road terrain.

Versatile 700c Wheels

Equipped with 700c wheels, the bike offers a combination of speed and stability. These larger wheels roll more efficiently, allowing riders to cover distances faster on paved roads. Meanwhile, the tread design ensures sufficient grip for light off-road trails.

Due to its lightweight aluminum frame, the bike delivers smooth and stable handling at various speeds, making it enjoyable and safe to ride. Pair this with the 700c wheels, and you have a top-rated bike.

Ergonomic Design for Comfort

Prioritizing rider comfort, the 7.2 FX boasts an ergonomic design. The handlebars and saddle are specifically shaped to provide optimum support during extended rides.

The bike's geometry also promotes an upright riding position, reducing the strain on the rider's back and shoulders, ideal for daily commutes and long weekend rides.

Although the Trek 7.2 FX is slower than road bikes because of its heavier and wider tires, it still offers quick and efficient pedaling, outperforming most city bikes. The gearing system contributes to its ability to maintain an optimal riding speed on different terrains.

Easily Customizable Mounts

To cater to the diverse needs of riders, the 7.2 FX comes with multiple mounts. These allow for easy attachment of accessories like racks, fenders, and lights.

Whether you're commuting with cargo, bracing for wet weather, or riding in the dark, these mounts make customization straightforward and efficient. They pair well with the pre-production painted frames.

Riding Experience With The Trek 7.2 FX

Navigating city streets or cruising on weekend trails, the Trek 7.2 FX promises a unique blend of performance and comfort. Dive into this section to uncover firsthand insights into the riding experience this versatile hybrid bike offers.

Gravel Roads

Riding the Trek 7.2 FX on gravel roads is a breeze. The off-road experience might not be as comfortable as a dedicated mountain bike, but this bike offers excellent climbing performance.

You can also expect a lightning-fast response time and a wide 3x8 gear range, making riding on gravel roads enjoyable.

City Commutes

The 7.2 FX boasts excellent handling and stability. Wide, puncture-resistant tires and 700c Bontrager wheels provide smooth riding at quick speeds.

Although it is slower than most road bikes, it easily passes city bikes while commuting. The lightweight aluminum body with an alloy cage allows for easy handling during city commutes, and the slim-stack semi-cartridge bearings sealed pedal set keeps your ride smooth.

On pavement, the Trek 7.2 FX shines as it provides a smooth and efficient ride, perfect for commuting to work, running errands, or just enjoying a leisurely cruise. The wide gear range, coupled with the puncture-resistant belt 700x35c tires, helps the bike take on various urban terrains.

The Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes ensure reliable stopping power, allowing you to tackle any pavement situation confidently.

Riding the Trek 7.2 FX on trails offers a versatile experience suitable for riders with diverse needs. This bike is great for those who wish to commute to work or start a fitness program but still want the capability to explore nature trails on the weekends.

Though the 7.2 FX might not be as agile as a dedicated mountain bike, it does provide an overall enjoyable experience for casual trail rides. Some notable features include:

  • W puncture-resistant belt
  • W lowrider mounts Clix protection
  • Tensile steel w lowrider mounts
  • Lowrider mounts Clix dropouts
  • Lite w puncture-resistant protection
  • Slimstak semi cartridge bearings
  • Durable body w alloy cage
  • Additional nylon body w alloy protection

How Long Does The Trek 7.2 FX Bike Last?

As avid cyclists, we love the Trek 7.2 FX for its unique blend of city bike comfort, road bike handling, and stability. It's a versatile machine that is built to withstand various weather conditions and lasts for years. But how long does it really last? Let's dive into some details.

The Trek 7.2 FX hybrid bike's lightweight alpha silver aluminum duotrap frame and robust components are designed to endure long-term use and resist wear and tear, making it a durable choice for those who commute or ride regularly.

On this bike, you'll find features like puncture-resistant Bontrager H2 hard case tires and a reliable Shimano drivetrain to help maintain its longevity. Now, keep in mind that any bike's lifespan largely depends on factors like how it's used, the terrain it's exposed to, and how well the owner maintains it.

Regular maintenance, like cleaning and lubricating the chain, checking the tires for punctures, and adjusting the brakes, will extend the life of your Trek 7.2 FX. Aside from proper maintenance, it's essential to consider other factors, like the maximum total weight limit the bike can handle, including the rider and cargo.

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