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    Trek 520 steerer tube

    Made the decision to purchase a Trek 520.
    The bike has a generally good reputation is one reason,
    the bike's large size appears to be a good fit,
    another is LBS (30 miles away) is a Trek dealer.
    Phoned LBS, no they didn't have one in stock,
    but the regional stocking location had a few.
    So I was just about to place a deposit on one
    when I asked "does the steerer tube come uncut",
    their answer was- they come already cut and fitted.
    I was planning to leave it uncut until I had decided
    about the handlebar height.
    Does anyone know for sure, is the steerer
    tube cut and fitted before it arrives at the LBS ?
    If so, does anyone know if there is any extra
    lenght (height) to the steerer?
    Also asked the LBS if a Trek 520 was available
    only as a frame, they didn't think so.
    Might have to consider a LHT, which felt sluggish
    compared to the 520.
    Thanks for any feedback !!

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    Just relax and buy the Trek 520. Any good wrench can correctly fit you. The whole deal with the uncut steering tube isn't really an issue.

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    My '07 came with 1.5" of spacers.

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    Proper fit is a big deal. I tried out a Trek 520, and I didn't get one because the handlebars are too low. The bar-end shifters exacerbate this problem. Just about any other touring bike will have a higher handlebar position.

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    ScituateJohn,

    Sounds like the bike shop wasn't any good, not the Trek 520. It's possible to fit almost any rider, and I mean almost any, to a stock 520. High rise stems, steering tube extenders, bigger frame size....it's what good bike shops do.

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