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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenlsmith87 View Post
    Right now I ride a very stock Trek DS 8.2......looking to add some fenders and a rack and make it my commuter once I get my road bike!



    Hello. Nice bike. Is there any chance that you would like to review it? I am interested in the Trek DS series but can't find any one who actually OWNS one. I'm particularly interested in how you find it for trails and if the wheels are strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
    ... I am interested in the Trek DS series but can't find any one who actually OWNS one. ...
    You obviously don't frequent this sub-forum because it seems very man and his dog has one going by the number of posts about them lololo...

    Hold on. You might be right actually. Many people seem to compare them to other bikes like Giant, Specialized etc. but other than stevenlsmith87 and zerogravity, maybe not many people settle on them. (I was jumping the *** sorry)
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    You obviously don't frequent this sub-forum because it seems very man and his dog has one going by the number of posts about them lololo...

    Hold on. You might be right actually. Many people seem to compare them to other bikes like Giant, Specialized etc. but other than stevenlsmith87 and zerogravity, maybe not many people settle on them. (I was jumping the *** sorry)
    And THAT might just be the most telling piece of information right there, although I'd have to dig through the threads. If they aren't buying them because they are "too MTB-like" that would make it perfect for what I'm looking for! If they aren't buying them because the are junk..... well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
    And THAT might just be the most telling piece of information right there, although I'd have to dig through the threads. If they aren't buying them because they are "too MTB-like" that would make it perfect for what I'm looking for! If they aren't buying them because the are junk..... well...
    I might just add though, our member zerogravity has maybe a 3 year old model which he loved EXCEPT he was disappointed with the suspension forks. He was a strong guy and frequented single tracks and trails. The forks seemed to be a constant concern for him. Although he bought it as a duel sport, I think he may have needed a proper MTB for his uses. Hope this helps.

    EDIT...I noticed in your other thread about your requirements. I know this may seem left field, but how about a Rigid FAT TYRED Gary Fisher Sawyer?
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    Here's my new one!







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    Quote Originally Posted by Monstermash View Post
    Here's my new one!







    Nice! But why the small chain ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikaika777 View Post
    Nice! But why the small chain ring?
    Thank you!

    The front ring is only temporary. It's the 34t that came with the FSA Team Issue crankset and I'm using it with the 12-25 Ultegra cassette until later this week when my Q Rings 38t front ring and my new Ultegra 11-28 cassette arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr,grumpy View Post
    Hello. Nice bike. Is there any chance that you would like to review it? I am interested in the Trek DS series but can't find any one who actually OWNS one. I'm particularly interested in how you find it for trails and if the wheels are strong.
    I'm really happy with my Gary Fisher Utopia. It's the predecessor to the Trek DS bikes. I settled with it because it is a hybrid that's more mountain oriented. I do take it on some pretty difficult trails and have yet to break anything on it. The fork seems fairly strong, but they new ones all have different forks than what they had 3 or 4 years ago. I have some sort of Suntour fork on it, maybe an NRX or something like that. The wheels also seem to be fairly strong and hold up to what I've thrown at it. Now, I guess you sort of should take that with a grain of salt too. Even though I'm hard on the bike, I weight all of 150 pounds. I doubt me riding it the way I do would be as hard on the bike as someone 200 pounds riding it the same way would be. Whatever your weight is, keep that in mind.

    As far as street use, the bike is great. The fork locks out, the tires are't too terribly noisy and they don't slow you down much, and the geometry is comfortable for long rides (one of the main reasons I got the bike). The bike is actually pretty quick too. The only time I have issues keeping up with people is when I'm riding with people who have expensive road bikes. Otherwise, I'm usually one of the front riders.

    I'd recommend the DS bikes to anyone. I wouldn't say it's a great replacement for a mountain bike, but it works for me almost in that fashion. Find a shop that carries them, take it for a test ride, and I guarantee you'll be happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monstermash View Post
    Here's my new one!...
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    Fantastic looking bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Fantastic looking bike.
    Thanks man!

    I spent the day on it yesterday and it's awesome! I sold my Ridley and Globe to only have one bike and this one does the job very well. I did a road ride on it Thursday and hit the rail trails yesterday and I'm very happy. Now all I'm waiting for to finish it is the 38t Q Ring chainring and the 11-28 cassette.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhunley1 View Post
    Very pretty setting.
    Looks like you are getting some good miles in since your purchase. Maybe it's already paid for its self in recreation enjoyment alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Very pretty setting.
    Looks like you are getting some good miles in since your purchase. Maybe it's already paid for its self in recreation enjoyment alone.
    Thanks! Yeah, I've definitely been getting my moneys worth out of it. I don't keep track of my miles, but I've been on it quite a bit this year. I've been trying to cut back on driving, so I ride the bike whenever possible. Heck, even my motorcycle has been sitting in the garage more than normal.
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    You guys have some nice bikes.... Here is just my plain comfort bike. This pic was today in the middle of a 30 mile ride with my two daughters. They both have comfort bikes also...

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    Hello all, do I need to have a certain amount of posts before I can post pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FXRider View Post
    Hello all, do I need to have a certain amount of posts before I can post pictures?
    Dunno.
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    Been commuting on this 2011 Kona Phd for about a year. Got the bars a bit higher, put on Ergon grips and a Brooks saddle, and it rides just fine.2011 Kona Phd.jpgDaisy with Kona Phd.jpg

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    Finally got around to matching the grips to saddle (very 41)





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    giantcfr1, nice match, looks sharp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Finally got around to matching the grips to saddle (very 41)





    Looking good! I think a Bad Boy will be my next bike.
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