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Old 02-06-06, 07:01 PM   #1
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Trek Loves Portland, Oregon...

Now we got our own bicycle, and a commuter at that!

Check it out!
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Old 02-06-06, 07:24 PM   #2
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How do you know it's named after Portland, Oregon? Seems to me it could just as well be named after Portland, Maine...
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Apparently everyone loves Portland.

Bicycling Magazine gave it the best overall city for bicycling.
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Old 02-06-06, 07:35 PM   #4
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Aluminum frame, carbon fork...designed to provide years of commuting service, I see. And those generous fenders! Clearly designed for commuting in the rainy Northwest.
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Old 02-06-06, 07:50 PM   #5
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Woo hoo, it WAS NOT rainy today!!! God, what weather!! I especially love Portland right now! All of you that commute in nice sunny weather throughout the year, I hope you appreciate it!

... uh, sorry for the hijack I'm not a big fan of Trek and think this one is a bit expensive but the disc brakes sure are a bonus.
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Old 02-06-06, 07:57 PM   #6
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Sun forecast all week! Maybe Trek designed those fenders with global climate change in mind...
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Old 02-06-06, 08:24 PM   #7
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Not too bad, although I would probably pick the Jake the Snake over it as a commuter.
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Too bad it doesn't have a steel frame and real fenders.

But it's a step in the right direction anyway.

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Old 02-06-06, 09:41 PM   #9
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How do you know it's named after Portland, Oregon? Seems to me it could just as well be named after Portland, Maine...

Or Portland Cement.
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Old 02-06-06, 09:51 PM   #10
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I guess since they have a Soho they must love NYC too.


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So dose anyone own one of these yet?
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Old 03-31-06, 11:58 PM   #12
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How do you know it's named after Portland, Oregon? Seems to me it could just as well be named after Portland, Maine...
Because it was designed wiyh input staff from one of our local shops, The Bike Gallery. You tryin' to start something?

I am not too hot on the carbon fork for commuting. Getting banged up when it is locked to poles and racks can't be good for its longevity. The disks are nice for wheel life in wetter climates.

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Old 04-01-06, 08:43 AM   #13
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I actually want to try this bike out as my second commuter. Have been riding a 15 year-old Bridgestone XO-5 (steel) with arc bars (which are a complete thief deterent), 700x35 wheels, about 8mi each way for 4 years and want to get something more road/touring-oriented.

There are a lot of potentially silly things about this bike: carbon fork, too-small fenders (not that I have any fenders on my current bike anyway), and the Lance tax. I've seen pictures on flickr.com of a Portland outfitted with full fenders and a rack. The discs would be a plus on a long descent on my ride in. (Also, I have secure parking at work...wouldn't consider this bike without it.)

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I got one--to replace my 15 year old Bridgestone MB-6. Finally wore our the rear derailleur on it. Giving it to a close friend that I'm sure will give it a second life.

I commute occasionally and pull a trail-a-bike, with Trek trailer attached to that (have a 5 year old and a nearly 2 year old). I also do a fair number of "charity rides" with and without the trail-a-bike.

The new rig weighed in at 21.25 lbs without the pedals. I took a "delete" credit on the pedals it comes with and used my Frogs instead.

Considering my towing, the disc brakes are nice. Never had a problem with the old rig, but extra stopping is a plus.

My Topeak MTX rack looks like it will mount just fine, but I haven't decided whether or not to use it. I rarely need it except for commuting, and I can always leave a change of clothes at work the day before.

The fenders have worked pretty darn well on sprinkler-soaked sidewalks. That's probably the most "rain" the bike will see for me--I live in Texas

For those with concerns about the carbon fiber fork and wheels, I noticed that at least one of the cyclecross bikes uses them. We'll see how they hold up.

My only problem with the bike is that I would like lower gearing when hauling my load. Without the crutch of mountain bike gearing, maybe my legs will get stronger.

By the way, when I hang it on the bike rack to take it to the various bike events, it matches my Orange Honda Element -very- well.
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I would love to have one, but the first things I'd replace are those floppy-looking fenders. They're removable and therefore easy to clean (I have full fenders that I could probably grow pumpkins under by now), but they look terrible. Otherwise, it's a lovely bike.
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Doesn't look like much of a commuter to me. The fenders are a joke, they need replacing immediately with full fenders. The wheels are just overkill, they look like racing wheels. Maybe they're using really good rims so that 24 spokes can handle potholes and gravel roads daily.

Brifters on a commuter? Shrug. Maybe I'm just an old fogey. At least it has rack mounts.

Worst of all, it looks like a thief magnet.
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Our shop had (and sold)one. I inspected it up close and took it for a disc-brake bed-in ride. Size 56cm, I'm about 200lbs.
Things I noticed: The rear disc brake is mounted between the seat and chain stay, allowing the use of a standard rack and fenders withour mounting problems. Good job, Trek! Fork has fender mounts about 1/2 the way up the inside of the leg, works well, too. The fork is flexy as hell, I mean as flexy as the Reynolds 531 fork on my '84 Trek. Using the front disc brake the way it is capable induced incredible fork shudder, and trackstanding (or my attempts at it!) made the fork flex noticeably, too. Nice fatty commuter tires. The one at our shop was equipped with a triple crank, but I think the ideal setup is a compact double with a mountain RD and 11-32 cassette. I love brifters on a commuter, having my hands on the bars at all times is an advantage for my riding style. Our mechanic's experience has been that the trek wheels hold up very well. I had a set of rolf mtb wheels with the same lacing pattern, so the low spoke count is not in itself a bad thing, just has to be done right(These wheels compare favorably to any other bike in the same price range in my mind). Of course if I were building a commuter from the ground up I would want to lace my own 32-spoke wheels.
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Old 04-10-06, 11:55 AM   #18
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perhpas commuter isnt the right title, i think urban-road bike fits a little better. rack possibilities, kevlar belted tires, discs, fenders (which should not be criticized, they work very well considering the "apparent" lack of functionality--easy on/off and drag efficient), and 3 chain rings make it a high-pace bike for work and weekend.

Criticisms that the spokes cannot handle loads, wheels cannot take pot-holes, et cetera--while well based--do not consider that for many people this bike will also be their weekend road bike. A steel frame, bullet-proof tires, et cetera are great for high capacity commuting but are really limited in their weekend functionality (not a problem if one has more bikes).

This is really a great bike for what is does--can handle rack and urban application roadies cannot and then 5 minutes of clipping/unbolting can hit the pavement in a way that a solid commuter could not. Downside: not as good at either road or utility bike, upside: versatility.

what i just said could be shot down with the simple statement: it costs $1549 without accessories. One could build up a communter MTB/touring bike and get a roadie to do what the portland can for about the same price. I really love it so far, fork shudder is very prominent while braking, but everything else is very solid (not to mention 1000x faster than my '99 giant rincon)
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