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Trek Lync 5? The new Alfine with Belt Drive looks appealing

Old 06-22-16, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by apo383 View Post
A few nit-picks. First, gearing is a bit high for my preference. (I'm a former serious road rider and prefer to spin.) I find myself standing up in 1st gear a lot, especially riding uphill with a pannier. It feels about the same as my road bike (42x23), except I carry more on the Lync. Also the jump between 1st and 2nd is a bit big, and I end up using the high gears only on downhills, and rarely touch 8 except on a long steep downhill. I would prefer to lower all the gears slightly.
So get yourself a smaller 'chain'ring
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Old 06-26-16, 06:36 PM
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I just bought a 2016 Lync 5, lightly used.
Where did you find a used one? Mine was stolen and I can't get a new or used one anywhere near me (chicago) insurance covered it and I want to get another one.
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Old 06-27-16, 01:01 PM
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8 speed Alfine worked well for me when I lived in flat Chicago. I've since moved to Colorado and I need more gears, esp lower so I switched to an Alfine 11. Gave me new love for my city bike. I ditched the fenders and drum brakes too, cut 8 lbs off it.
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Old 07-05-16, 12:39 PM
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Where did you find a used one?
I just did a search for "used trek lync 5" and google returned exactly one for sale, in my town. It had been listed on craigslist for 2 months, apparently went unsold because it was a 15". I was looking for a 17.5, so I passed on it initially, and only came back after not being able to find a bigger one. After a change of stem and seat, I'm able to more or less replicate the riding position of my previous commuter.

The Trek website is now showing 20" in warehouse.

Where/when/how was your bike stolen, and how was it locked? My concern was an expensive bike that I need to lock outside during the day. I've added Pitlock Pitstopper's to the front wheel and headset and use a U-lock, which I hope is enough to secure it.
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Old 07-11-16, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by apo383 View Post
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Where/when/how was your bike stolen, and how was it locked? My concern was an expensive bike that I need to lock outside during the day. I've added Pitlock Pitstopper's to the front wheel and headset and use a U-lock, which I hope is enough to secure it.
Mine was stolen from inside my apartment complex along with about 5 others. It was locked up also. Pretty sure they had an agenda as they stole mine and left my girlfriends FX 7.6 which is super nice but mega small. I would never in a million years lock mine up outside but I live in Chicago. I have access to a secure room with keycard access that I lock mine up in with a U-Lock and cables (Blackburn San Quentin) and I still get nervous. I now leave it in my apartment at home as well. If you don't have an option, the lync is actually nice in that it is built to be a commuter. No quick-release and matte black looks discrete enough. I always took the battery for the light off but I would U-lock the frame to a solid structure and cable lock around those as well. Any bike can be stolen but make yours less stealable than the bike next to you if that makes sense. Park next to the guy with the two dollar Walmart lock and they're more likely to snack his than yours. Good luck!
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Old 07-13-16, 01:27 PM
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Mine was stolen from inside my apartment complex along with about 5 others.
That sounds bad, could be a planned heist, and maybe even an inside job.

I'm not actually a fan of the Allen head skewers on the Trek, as it only prevents very casual theft. I didm't want the expense of anti-theft skewers, which I've used in the past. I'm now securing the major Allen heads with PitStoppers, which block the opening against Allen keys, unless you pop them out using a special screw.
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Old 06-11-17, 01:16 PM
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This is my first post. I'm a former roadie that, after a few years off due to health issues, is committing to start making the 12 mile urban commute by bike into downtown Nashville.

The Lync 5 came on my radar yesterday and I am very intrigued by the idea of a belt drive. Also in the running is a CrossRip 3 and an FX S 5.

My road bike is a 50cm Madone. I'm more "trunk" than "legs", so I'm expecting geometry to matter a bit to me, but I get that urban commuting won't be like the "in the drops" hammering that I used to do on the open road.

So, I'm "blowing the dust" of this idle thread in the hopes that some of you can update me with your experience in the last year. I look forward to your thoughts and/or advice.
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Old 06-11-17, 07:25 PM
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I'm lovin my LTD. It has the interruper brake levers, which i really like because it allows me to be all over the drop bars and still have brakes at my fingertips. A 12 mile commute would make me want some options on hand position. You may need to swap the stem to get comfy on the bike. Good luck and have fun shopping.
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Old 06-12-17, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BNA Chris View Post
This is my first post. I'm a former roadie that, after a few years off due to health issues, is committing to start making the 12 mile urban commute by bike into downtown Nashville.

The Lync 5 came on my radar yesterday and I am very intrigued by the idea of a belt drive. Also in the running is a CrossRip 3 and an FX S 5.

My road bike is a 50cm Madone. I'm more "trunk" than "legs", so I'm expecting geometry to matter a bit to me, but I get that urban commuting won't be like the "in the drops" hammering that I used to do on the open road.

So, I'm "blowing the dust" of this idle thread in the hopes that some of you can update me with your experience in the last year. I look forward to your thoughts and/or advice.

I think you need to go ride a 15" and 17" frame model Lync 5s's to find out what size will work. I am needing a shorter stem because I like a more 'upright' ride, this is my "fast" bike compared to my other commuters by far.
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Old 06-12-17, 03:28 PM
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I met a guy on my commute recently who was riding one of these. It looked pretty nice. He said he'd had it for about a month and his only complaint was that the gearing limited him to about 18 mph. He pulled in front of me for a bit, and my suspicion that he was pedaling at a pretty slow cadence was verified. Just watching I guessed that his cadence was around 60. I just now plugged the Lync drivetrain into a gear calculator and, sure enough, it tells me that at 60 RPM the bike would go 18.9 mph.

So that's just a second-hand experience, but hopefully it's a little bit useful.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the lighting system. Integrated lights are a cool idea, but I prefer to be able to choose my own. Gizmodo says the front light puts out 500 lumens. That's pretty good for most commutes. You can buy cheap lights that are brighter but whether or not you want to use them in the brighter mode is debatable. On the plus side for the Lync, you probably don't need to worry about anyone stealing your lights. I don't understand why they chose a USB battery over a dynamo hub. I wonder if the internal wiring at least has an easy upgrade path to using a dynamo hub.

I also don't like bikes to come with rack and fenders. The ones they come with are almost never what I'd choose. Trek's fender choice in this case looks OK. The rack is definitely not to my tastes. I also prefer derailleurs to IGH, but if I didn't enjoy doing maintenance on my bikes I might feel differently.

Overall, I think it's a decent choice if it's what you want and you prefer bike that you can buy and be done without having to shop for accessories.

The CrossRip is a totally different bike. If you ride both, you're unlikely to be undecided between them. The CrossRip 3 doesn't seem badly priced for the components. I've got those shifters and brakes on my Kona Jake and they're fantastic.
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Old 06-19-17, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I met a guy on my commute recently who was riding one of these. It looked pretty nice. He said he'd had it for about a month and his only complaint was that the gearing limited him to about 18 mph. He pulled in front of me for a bit, and my suspicion that he was pedaling at a pretty slow cadence was verified. Just watching I guessed that his cadence was around 60. I just now plugged the Lync drivetrain into a gear calculator and, sure enough, it tells me that at 60 RPM the bike would go 18.9 mph.

So that's just a second-hand experience, but hopefully it's a little bit useful.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the lighting system. Integrated lights are a cool idea, but I prefer to be able to choose my own. Gizmodo says the front light puts out 500 lumens. That's pretty good for most commutes. You can buy cheap lights that are brighter but whether or not you want to use them in the brighter mode is debatable. On the plus side for the Lync, you probably don't need to worry about anyone stealing your lights. I don't understand why they chose a USB battery over a dynamo hub. I wonder if the internal wiring at least has an easy upgrade path to using a dynamo hub.

I also don't like bikes to come with rack and fenders. The ones they come with are almost never what I'd choose. Trek's fender choice in this case looks OK. The rack is definitely not to my tastes. I also prefer derailleurs to IGH, but if I didn't enjoy doing maintenance on my bikes I might feel differently.

Overall, I think it's a decent choice if it's what you want and you prefer bike that you can buy and be done without having to shop for accessories.

The CrossRip is a totally different bike. If you ride both, you're unlikely to be undecided between them. The CrossRip 3 doesn't seem badly priced for the components. I've got those shifters and brakes on my Kona Jake and they're fantastic.
Thanks! I pick the lync up today. I'll give it a review after I'm broke in. I'm may find the top side speed problematic....but only on a couple of straightaways for this urban ride. I have low expectations for the integrated lighting....but at there will be something there IF all else fails.
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Originally Posted by BNA Chris View Post
Thanks! I pick the lync up today. I'll give it a review after I'm broke in. I'm may find the top side speed problematic....but only on a couple of straightaways for this urban ride. I have low expectations for the integrated lighting....but at there will be something there IF all else fails.
Don't worry about the top speed thing. While a cadence around 60 feels natural to many people who are biking casually, a higher cadence is generally more efficient. Most people who care to are able to get comfortable pedaling around 90 rpm as a matter of habit and at 100 or more when needed. So if you work at developing a habit like this you ought to be able to get the Lync up to around 30 mph before the gearing won't give you anything more. Personally, I only hit speeds like that going downhill and when I do I'm happy to stop pedaling anyway.

Conversely, if you're more of a casual rider and don't want to spin the pedals faster, chances are you'll generally be happy going less than 19 mph. Cadence and gearing are the kind of topic the bike nerds can really geek out on, but most people are happy to just get on the bike and ride.
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Old 06-28-17, 07:27 PM
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Thanks. I'm a masher by nature...so I don't like fast cadence

But, having said that, speed is not an issue. This is urban and dense urban with lots of hills in Nashville. So, I'm only averaging 12 mph...and I'm satisfied with the top end speed because there's very little opportunity to really spin at high speed.

Overall, this is a rock solid ride. The integrated lights don't deliver five hours as indicated, but that's my only complain so far

The cable system for the internal gearing will be a pain when I need to change a flat...was frustrating to the LBS guys as well...but otherwise, I've adapted to the geometry and like it for my 10 mile one way commute.
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