Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    257
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.

  2. #2
    aka Phil Jungels Wanderer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    North Aurora, IL
    My Bikes
    Road & Hybrid
    Posts
    5,556
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

    "Retirement is the best job I ever had!" Me, 2009


    Specialized Crosstrail Sport - '08
    Nishiki Sport - misappropriated from my youngest son (circa 1984)
    Marin Stinson - misappropriated by my youngest grandson - '01
    "The Beast" - 1990 Schwinn Airdyne (in the basement for winter torture)

  3. #3
    Senior Member KungPaoSchwinn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Ms/Ca, USA,Earth.
    My Bikes
    2009 Trek FX 7.3 ( pimp moment )
    Posts
    705
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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?
    2009 Trek FX 7.3

  4. #4
    Senior Member Fibber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Dutchess County, NY
    My Bikes
    Fuji S-12s, Trek Navigator 200, Dahon Vitesse D7, Raleigh Sprite Touring ('70's)
    Posts
    826
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

  5. #5
    Pro Paper Plane Pilot wunderkind's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,624
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fibber View Post
    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.


    Vancouver Modern Portrait Photography

    Zenfolio.com membership discount code: UBV-HJY-SCY

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    257
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by KungPaoSchwinn View Post
    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.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Fibber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Dutchess County, NY
    My Bikes
    Fuji S-12s, Trek Navigator 200, Dahon Vitesse D7, Raleigh Sprite Touring ('70's)
    Posts
    826
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •