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Old 08-03-17, 12:14 PM   #1351
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So i'm all ready to pick up my new 2017 DS3 and boom, went to a softball game and tore my bicep. So looks like my brand new bike has to sit for 2-3 months till I'm able to ride again. Surgery scheduled for Wed, Aug 9th.
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Old 08-03-17, 01:08 PM   #1352
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Good luck with your surgery!

Bring the bike by my house -- I'll break it in for you!
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Old 08-08-17, 11:56 AM   #1353
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I recently started commuting to work by bike (only 2 miles) and thought a department store bike would do the job, as I only intended to go to work and back. However I found myself riding it in the evenings and on weekends and I quickly discovered I wanted something better. Just ordered the 2017 DS2 from my LBS- should be here in a couple days, can't wait!


Any thoughts on budget friendly upgrades that would make a difference right away?


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Old 08-08-17, 12:21 PM   #1354
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Just ordered the 2017 DS2 ... Any thoughts on budget friendly upgrades that would make a difference right away?
Initially:
  • A good-quality lighting setup, front and rear.
  • Presuming you're going to be commuting outside of daylight hours -- reflective stickers on the various bike stays, several good reflectors all around, and a high-visibility vest you can wear to boost your visibility to others.
  • If intending to bike through all weather, a good set of full-length fenders.
  • If wanting a somewhat softer ride, perhaps larger tires. Say, going from 700x38 to 700x42

Might be as much as $200 overall, for the above. Depending on the quality/brightness of lighting you get.


Or, if fine-tuning of the fitment (for comfort reasons) is more important:
  • A saddle that fits you like a glove.
  • Handlebars (and possibly a stem) that gets you into the perfect riding position.


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Old 08-08-17, 06:33 PM   #1355
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Or, if fine-tuning of the fitment (for comfort reasons) is more important:
  • A saddle that fits you like a glove.
  • Handlebars (and possibly a stem) that gets you into the perfect riding position.


JMO[/QUOTE]


I think lighting and reflectors will be something I add later on, since it will still be daylight to and from work for a couple of months here. Also biking to work is more for fitness, not a necessity so I can drive or walk if it starts getting dark. I am more interested in things that will make my weekend rides more comfortable and enjoyable. Definitely will look into a new saddle and possibly tires after getting sone miles on the stock ones so I'll have a comparison. Thanks for the input
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Old 08-08-17, 09:13 PM   #1356
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My ride today was a personal best for mileage.Did 40 miles today.

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Old 08-09-17, 10:39 AM   #1357
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Just ordered my first bike ever (a trek DS4). Hoping I made the right choice! Should be ready for collection soon
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Old 08-09-17, 12:36 PM   #1358
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@Cormaac Congrats on the new bike!!

I have the DS4 and I am sure you will love it. I can tell you that the stock tires are a bit slow on pavement so if you feel that you may want to look into some tires with less rolling resistance. I put Maxxis Ramblers on and the bike flies on pavement.
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@jase33 thanks for the advice! The only bikes i've ever ridden are my friends very heavy MTB's, so i'm sure this will feel super fast and light for me regardless
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Old 08-12-17, 03:12 PM   #1360
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Hello everyone, Recently Purchased a 2015 ds 8.4. Been riding the h*** out of it. Thanks to all previous posters. Have learned a lot and have enjoyed getting ideas about what to do next.
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Old 08-12-17, 04:39 PM   #1361
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Old 08-13-17, 06:36 AM   #1362
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Greetings DS folks.
I'm heavily considering getting a DS for my next bike. This may have to wait til spring, but I'm trying to finish all my planning stages now as I'm anxious. Before I pull the trigger, there's a few things I need to narrow down.
Is this really the ideal bike for me?
Which DS version to get? Definitely not a 1, likely a 2, maybe a 3 or 4. Are the upgrades in versions worth it to me at this point?
My backround...I've only been riding for a few months. I'm 42, 5'8", about 200lbs. My current bike is a Schwinn Connection (Walmart 700c Hybrid). I got that unsure if I'd really get into cycling. Now I'm hooked and wish for a real bike. I ride mostly paved and crushed gravel MUPS for leisure activity. Longest trip so far was 40 miles. I want to average about that or slightly less on outings. I see myself eventually doing some lite MTB trails as I hear there's some good ones nearby.
The LBS carries mainly Trek and Specialized so I figure it will be between those two brands. I've also considered the FX and Verve, but would rather have some front suspension, and something perhaps faster than the Verve. Also want something more versatile. That lead me to the DS line.
So back to my questions. Does the DS line sound right for me? Is it worth it for me (as a beginner) to look more into the DS3 or 4 over the DS2?
Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-13-17, 08:23 AM   #1363
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I have been riding the heck out of my 2017 DS 2.I have had it for just a little over 7 wks and have 740 miles on it.GREAT bike.
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Old 08-13-17, 03:59 PM   #1364
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Greetings DS folks.
I'm heavily considering getting a DS for my next bike. This may have to wait til spring, but I'm trying to finish all my planning stages now as I'm anxious. Before I pull the trigger, there's a few things I need to narrow down.
Is this really the ideal bike for me?
Which DS version to get? Definitely not a 1, likely a 2, maybe a 3 or 4. Are the upgrades in versions worth it to me at this point?
My backround...I've only been riding for a few months. I'm 42, 5'8", about 200lbs. My current bike is a Schwinn Connection (Walmart 700c Hybrid). I got that unsure if I'd really get into cycling. Now I'm hooked and wish for a real bike. I ride mostly paved and crushed gravel MUPS for leisure activity. Longest trip so far was 40 miles. I want to average about that or slightly less on outings. I see myself eventually doing some lite MTB trails as I hear there's some good ones nearby.
The LBS carries mainly Trek and Specialized so I figure it will be between those two brands. I've also considered the FX and Verve, but would rather have some front suspension, and something perhaps faster than the Verve. Also want something more versatile. That lead me to the DS line.
So back to my questions. Does the DS line sound right for me? Is it worth it for me (as a beginner) to look more into the DS3 or 4 over the DS2?
Thanks for any input.
Your story sounds about identical to mine, even including the department store Schwann hybrid. I even came here and asked very similar questions. The Dual Sport sounds right for you. I bought a Neko 2 (which did the women's dual sport) about 2 months ago and I love it so far. The Verve is super comfortable, and I would have taken a 2016 verve in a heartbeat but I didn't like the changes that were made for 2017 on the tires and suspension fork.
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Old 08-13-17, 04:32 PM   #1365
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Does the DS line sound right for me? Is it worth it for me (as a beginner) to look more into the DS3 or 4 over the DS2?
Thanks for any input.
I have the DS4 and ride very similar trails you're on and would highly recommend the DS line. But don't fool yourself into thinking that the DS3 or DS4 requires any greater skill to ride than the DS2. The main differences will come in the components that are on the bike and even as a beginner you will appreciate "better" components. Take a look at all of the models of bikes you like and consider first how they feel and how comfortable the ride is as that is most important thing. Then consider things like colors of the bikes and the "upgraded" features from one version to the next within its series and if it's something you want and are willing to pay for. I got the DS4 because it had the features I wanted in a color that I liked but I was on the fence between that and two other bikes. I cant remember why I chose the DS4 over the others and I haven't thought twice about it since I bought it either.
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Old 08-15-17, 07:24 AM   #1366
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Looking to get aftermarket flat pedals for my DS2. Hoping to keep it around $50-$60 and my main concerns are larger surface area than the ones it comes with and smooth bearings. What are your thoughts?
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Old 08-15-17, 08:14 AM   #1367
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I bought these on ebay for $47 delivered.I love them!
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Old 08-15-17, 08:31 AM   #1368
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Your story sounds about identical to mine, even including the department store Schwann hybrid. I even came here and asked very similar questions. The Dual Sport sounds right for you. I bought a Neko 2 (which did the women's dual sport) about 2 months ago and I love it so far. The Verve is super comfortable, and I would have taken a 2016 verve in a heartbeat but I didn't like the changes that were made for 2017 on the tires and suspension fork.
Holy cow you took the words right out of my mouth. I was looking at the Verve after buying one for my wife in '16 (which she loves) but did not like the newer version. I went with the DS4. Coming from a Schwinn to the DS was an enlightening experience. $150 to 1K there better be a difference, but I did not realize what I was missing.

One thing to consider, if you are 99% on nicely paved roads, the DS may be a little slow. I love my bike but do see the limitations of a hybrid. I fit nicely within them and cannot see myself getting a full on road bike for a while if ever. I am too old (not really) to go the mountain route. Some light trails ok, but full on heavy trails, are not on my agenda.
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Old 08-15-17, 09:17 AM   #1369
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Looking to get aftermarket flat pedals for my DS2. Hoping to keep it around $50-$60 and my main concerns are larger surface area than the ones it comes with and smooth bearings. What are your thoughts?
I recently added the Shimano MX-80 flat bar peddles on my Trek DS3.....I like the large surface area much better, on the stock one's I felt as I needed to adjust my feet often due to the more narrow profile of the stock peddle. The comfort level is much better with the larger surface area of the Shimano. I like the sealed bearings, there smooth and I thought I read you can get internal parts from Shimano to rebuild them if need be but not 100% sure, never the less I would just buy a new set when that time comes. I also like the grip of these peddles, my feet feel secure at all times, never a hint of my feet moving around or slippage of any kind. All in all I enjoy the Shimano's and there priced at about $60
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I recently added the Shimano MX-80 flat bar peddles on my Trek DS3.....I like the large surface area much better, on the stock one's I felt as I needed to adjust my feet often due to the more narrow profile of the stock peddle. The comfort level is much better with the larger surface area of the Shimano. I like the sealed bearings, there smooth and I thought I read you can get internal parts from Shimano to rebuild them if need be but not 100% sure, never the less I would just buy a new set when that time comes. I also like the grip of these peddles, my feet feel secure at all times, never a hint of my feet moving around or slippage of any kind. All in all I enjoy the Shimano's and there priced at about $60
I have the MX-80 pedals and absolutely love them. I have wide feet and the large surface area of the pedals really keep things comfortable.
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I have the MX-80 pedals and absolutely love them. I have wide feet and the large surface area of the pedals really keep things comfortable.
and I think there one of the better looking peddle too, also the Brantager pictured above is nice too
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I'm wanting some opinions on frame/saddle bags. Just came back from a bikpeaking trip and loved it, but my friends and I are wanting to maybe extend time out next go around. I used a Osprey Talon 22 on this last trip which worked really well. Stayed nice and tight and very supportive on the trails. Just maybe need a little more cargo room.
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Still no word on 2018 models.
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Still no word on 2018 models.
There are some showing up, was on the site last night. Looks like more electric models than last year.
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There are some showing up, was on the site last night. Looks like more electric models than last year.
I am mulling whether to buy an FX or a DS and was on the corporate site this morning to make notes. I ended up compiling a spreadsheet to compare the 2017 and 2018 prices and as I entered numbers I realized there are, or at least was not at the time, any 2018 DS models showing.

That was at 5:00 am, but it may be entirely different by the time I get home from work this evening.

Budget wise my decision boils down to whether I want to buy an upgraded FX at a certain price, or back down the model lineup two steps on the DS to justify the $$ for the suspension fork.

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