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Old 03-25-06, 03:00 AM   #1
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Product review: Trek SU100


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I got this bike recently to use as a commuter. I'd been looking at the Cannondale Bad Boy but it was a little too pricey, and this was a bout half the price. I've always used 700c whels for commuting, but I must say, I like the maneuverability of 26" and I'm really loving the fact this bike has a rigid fork and frame, (I despise suspension.) It's got plenty of room for fenders, fat, fat tires if I wanted them, and even disc brakes if I decide to do that, (I won't.) Also, I do a lot of rain riding, so I really dig the aluminun, plus it's stiff so it climbs well.

The guys at work have really commented about how sharp this bike is, and I am very pleased with it; it's probably one of the only cases of buying something where I had %0 buyer's remorse. The only thing I'm changing is the bars. I despise flat bars, so I ordered some trekking bars from Nashbar that should be here soon. This is a good, tough bike. It even came with a bell!
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How mnay bikes do you have now ?
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4, but my basement looks like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," except instead of humans, it's the frames and components of bikes I may or may not do something with someday. I'm amazed how many bikes I'll find in the trash that are pure junk, but have one or two spectacular parts on them, like old SA 3-speed hubs and such. I never take my new bikes to the basement, because I'm worried they'll be demoralized.
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Old 03-25-06, 07:03 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

I am most likely going to grab an SU200 on Tuesday. I was originally debating on whether to get the SU200 or the 7.3FX. I was uncertain whether one might be faster/better for long rides on the weekends than the other, but as I have determined there really will be no difference in this respect, I have definitively made up my mind on getting the SU200. I too will enjoy the rigid fork and greater maneuverability I am accustomed to in 26" wheels. Interesting you mention the room for fat tires and provisions for disc brakes on the SU100. From the pictures on Trek's website, I gathered 1.) there would be little to no more room for fat tires and 2.) that the SU100 would not have provisions for disc brakes. For the later reason, I decided on ordering the SU200, since I really need disc brakes during the winter here. I am glad to know that I can put fat tires on since I may wish to take her out on the trails some times.

Please provide pictures of your new bike once you have the Trekking bars in place.

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Yeah, the 26" definitely has a different feel and steering quality. Nice to have two different style bikes. It keeps things interesting.

What size is the crank? Checked and it's a 48t largest chainring. Great for commuting.

I have a 2002 Cannondale BB and my only complaint is the 44t largest chainring.
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[IMG]It's got plenty of room for fenders, fat, fat tires if I wanted them
Do you suppose it would have enough clearance for 2.2" knobbies?
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I have a 2002 Cannondale BB and my only complaint is the 44t largest chainring.
I would've actually went with the Bad Boy, but they switched over to 700c again this year.
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Do you suppose it would have enough clearance for 2.2" knobbies?
Definitely. This bike has a ton of clearance. I'm actually trying to figure out what to use for fender spacers, since there is a ton of room between tire and frame/fork. I am in love with this bike.
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Oh yeah, the saddle it comes with is junk, and it comes with BMX pedals. I swapped out my Selle Ergo and Eggbeaters and have been very happy.
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Some more questions:
What do you think of the SR XCC-100 crank? Is it any good?
What size frame did you get and what length crank arms did it come with? Otherwise, do you suppose the 22.5" would come with 175mm crank arms?

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Some more questions:
What do you think of the SR XCC-100 crank? Is it any good?
What size frame did you get and what length crank arms did it come with? Otherwise, do you suppose the 22.5" would come with 175mm crank arms?
The cranks seem to be good, I've had no problems. I got the 19.5 frame and it came with 175 crank arms. None of the components on this bike are very high end, but are perfectly adequate for it's intended purpose, "urban assault."

I'm trying to turn it into a "trekking bike," putting on front and rear racks, the aforementioned trekking bars and fenders, and I'll probably drop some cash on some Jandd panniers in a another couple paychecks.
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The SU200 rocks! Got it yesterday. It has the perfect geometry and efficiency for me. I'm a little disappointed that I can't fit my Blackburn rack onto the rear eyelets since the rear disc brake caliper gets in the way of one of the eyelets. This is certainly not a failure of the SU200 specifically; any bike with discs would have had this problem. I could otherwise live without a rack and use a backpack, but I need that rack to add a removable child seat to the bike.
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Well I got the rack to fit on there, thanks to the valuable advise of those in the Bicycle Mechanics section. Here is a proud picture of my beautiful new steed. My LBS was gracious enough to swap out the BMX pedals for cages. I'm happy with the saddle, although that's probably because I haven't been treated to better.

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We carry the SU 100 and 200 at our shop. they've been going pretty well, they seem like a solid urban bike. Good to hear the good opinions
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Just brought mine home.

Just brought mine home, Looks like its going to be a winner. I couldn't get any pictures to come out on my camera.

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Ordered my su200

MY SU200 It arrives this week. I'm looking forward to finally taking my first bike ride in many years. I went to 6 bike shops, and a few dept stores over the last few weeks. Everyone tried to put me on a hybrid straight away, and bashed my preference for a mountain bike. The hybrids, while nice bikes, didn't get my juices flowing like the mtn's did. When I saw the SU's online, with the thinner slick tires, I knew I had my bike. The disc brakes are a plus too, although I don't plan on rough trail riding or foul weather trips-yet anyway. I just hate to be behind the curve on features, in cars pc's or whatever-now my bike.
Just wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know I'm on board. Good to hear the SU's are working out well for you. I'll post again after I finally ride some.
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Chop your bars down to about 12"
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i too have the SU200 and use it for commuting. I have put fenders and a rack with a trunkbag and panniers.

I ran into a problem with the rack too...just make custom mounts like I did. You might have to do some drilling, so make sure you know what you are doing and what you want to do before you do it. The mount that I had to make was on the drive side, not the disk brake side.

2.2's might be a stretch on the 200s. I have 2" clearance fenders and the fit really tight against the fork. That is at the very top though, so it might offer a bit more clearance near the tire, I just don't know about fitting the 2.2s though.
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I bought my 19.5 inch SU200 sight unseen last October. My first disc brake bike. Been regretting it ever since. The dunce wrench at the LBS where I bought it mis-adjusted the front brake and I've been compensating ever since. I finally decided to try it myself last week. I found and fixed the problem. Now I love the bike.
I put on a Delta mega rack sport rack. The supports bolt to bands at the base of the seat stays. I need to add a little support for heavy loads, but up to 25 lbs its good as is.
I'm not a big fan of flat bars and I'm thinking about putting on a drop bar and/or aero bars. Also need fenders.
The only regret I have now is that I didn't get the 21 inch. I like a little extra reach.

Any one know of a direct replacement Front Deraileur that will work correctly with a 52 tooth chain ring. I'd like a little more top end.

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I also bought a su100 this spring. As a whole, the bike is great, but after rebuilding the cheap hubs, I still didn't like the wheels, I purchased the $84 lx/cr18 wheels from Pricepoint, and have loved the bike ever since. My advice to Trek is to spec lx hubs and charge $20 more for the bike. I really think the bike is well worth the money even if you have to upgrade the wheels.
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