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Old 05-12-10, 10:16 AM   #1
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trek navigator-opinions

i have the option of getting a trek navigator free of charge. was just wondering if anyone can fill me in on this bike
i plan to use exclusively for commuting within ten miles, on paved roads only.
i presently use a fuji del rey from 1982, which runs just fine, and was recently repaired for the gear cables and a new shifter.
thanks in advance.
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Old 05-12-10, 10:24 AM   #2
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It's hard to argue with free - but 10 miles is about the limit on that bike.

It'll be comfy for short hops, and errands, but really stretches it's credentials over longer distances.

MHO - after having one available to me, also.
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Old 05-12-10, 03:15 PM   #3
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I am looking to switch over from my FX to a Navigator 3.0, i think you can ride longer if you take a break,my usual riding distance is from 10 to 12 miles.If the bike is free,i don't see why not to take it, which model is it?
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I have an older ('02) Trek Navigator 200. Compared to some of my more 'sports sedan' bikes (including an '82 Fuji S12-S), the Navigator feels like stepping into a large SUV. It is plush and comfortable, but not overly fast or responsive.

Early on I liked the suspension seat post, but now realize that the variable seat tube length saps some of my pedaling power, and actually bothers my knees some as my stroke changes. I tightened down the screw so that it only flexes on the worst bumps. Same with the front suspension which unfortunately cannot be locked out. Great ride on broken pavement and fire trails along with light off-road trails, but it adds weight and numbs steering. A better seat would also help.

If you keep the tires pumped to the full 65 lbs, you ride up on the center ridge and it feels faster. Allow the pressure to drop, and you'll have to work harder. You can always shop for slightly narrower tires for these rims, or swap them out completely for a more narrow hybrid-like 35mm width. IIRC, the Trek 7200 hybrid and the Nav 200 shared almost everything except the tire/rims for a faster ride.

Bottom line is that for free, it is a fine bike. Tighten the seatpost to make it more rigid and top off the tires, and you should have no problem with 10 miles
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I have an older ('02) Trek Navigator 200. Compared to some of my more 'sports sedan' bikes (including an '82 Fuji S12-S), the Navigator feels like stepping into a large SUV. It is plush and comfortable, but not overly fast or responsive.
Hence the name. There is a large SUV called the Lincoln Navigator.


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I am looking to switch over from my FX to a Navigator 3.0, i think you can ride longer if you take a break,my usual riding distance is from 10 to 12 miles.If the bike is free,i don't see why not to take it, which model is it?
redeem catalog does not state which model. actually i am getting it because i wagered a certain amount of money on youbet.com, a horseracing site. when you reach a certain cumulative amount of wagering dollars they have a redemption catalog that you can pick what you want.
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If I had to bet (sorry... couldn't resist), I'd say that they are probably giving you a 1.0, which is only 7 speeds, no suspension fork or seatpost. You don't get the "full package" that has been the traditional Navigator offering (3 chainring front derailleur, comfort items) until you get to the mid and upper range.
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