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Old 10-18-17, 03:59 PM
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Good place to order Trek components?

For the sake of real-world longevity and a chattier ride feel, I'm looking to do is to swap out the OE carbon fork of my 7.6 for one that's identical to the OE alloy fork on my 7.3.

I've been bugging my local dealer about it for some time, but they're dragging their feet - "Oh, sorry Sir, we forgot! We'll check later today/tomorrow morning/whenever."

So, I'd rather just order the thing directly from a place that stocks this sort of thing. Any ideas on a good place (preferably one that ships overseas?)

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Lol, the ONLY place I know to get Trek parts is from their stores. Most often with this type of thing, if you go PAY them for the item to order they get it pretty "quick". Otherwise, look at an Enve (etc)
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Why does it have to be a TREK fork?
Determine the spec, then go shopping for an after-market replacement that’s a good fit.

Odds are, it isn’t a TREK fork anyhow. It’s most likely a fork also used elsewhere, with a TREK paintjob and graphics.
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Many Trek / Bontrager parts can be purchased and sent to you from their web site (trekbikes.com). The dealers have a broader range of parts and can view stock levels at regional locations, but you can Order handlebars on-line.

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Bike Parts - www.trekbicyclesuperstore.com

I've ordered a couple of things from them, they ship pretty quick but they tend to "forget" to email you a notice that your item has shipped even though it has.
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@dabac it absolutely doesn't. But before I posted the question, I tried to find an all-aluminum fork from a reputable brand that's not some Chinese knockoff out of Alibaba/Aliexpress and the like. My search came up with exactly one result that might be a trustworthy brand and that may or may not be a good fit. Seeing as to how going the aftermarket route is a gamble at best, and even though I am fully aware that a "Trek fork" most probably is anything but, I'd still prefer the (dubious?) security of sourcing the part from Trek.

@pinsonp2 I've covered all these bases. I've chatted with/emailed Trek, and they told me outright that they won't ship overseas, and that any and all of my Trek purchases can only be made through my local dealer. They said that even if I attempt to buy and ship to a U.S. address (e.g. my local U.S. ShopAndShip address,) they won't even accept credit cards issued outside of North America. In other words, they've made it nigh on impossible for their customers to "skip the middleman" and bypass the local dealers.

@Scooty_Puff_Jr The single, solitary 700c fork that they list is a carbon disc brake fork. Aside from that, I'm going to be needing a hell of a lot of luck explaining to the Saudi Customs department (and probably a judge later) why I would be importing this Whisky-branded thing, so there's that!

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I've ran into this issue & I'm in the States. Been wanting to replace the fork assembly for mine with a trek one mainly to keep the color right, but have hit many walls. Maybe I'll order a different branded assembly, dissect it, have it coated to match as best as possible & do the swap.

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Originally Posted by Troul
I've ran into this issue & I'm in the States. Been wanting to replace the fork assembly for mine with a trek one mainly to keep the color right, but have hit many walls. Maybe I'll order a different branded assembly, dissect it, have it coated to match as best as possible & do the swap.

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I, too, was concerned about whether the colors would match - which is why I wanted the same fork as the one on my 7.3: The matte black 7.3 fork shouldn't look too weird on the matte graphite 7.6. One can't help but wonder if Trek had anticipated this sort of issue when they chose the black-on-graphite color scheme for the 7.6's OE carbon fork:

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In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? contact a British Trek Dealer , and pay shipping from there, to your location...
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
I, too, was concerned about whether the colors would match - which is why I wanted the same fork as the one on my 7.3: The matte black 7.3 fork shouldn't look too weird on the matte graphite 7.6. One can't help but wonder if Trek had anticipated this sort of issue when they chose the black-on-graphite color scheme for the 7.6's OE carbon fork:

Finding one for your match up should be not as difficult since you dont have rotors. Look over 8.3 stuff.
I have rotors & finding a comparable has been difficult.
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So far, here are the most promising candidates I could find (cross-checked for the lowest prices, tax exempt for Saudi Arabia):

- Montano Cross Aluminium Fork QR Canti; 50.34 euros.
- Radon Trekking Cross Fork Alu; 67.14 euros.
- RST Cross Fork RIGIDE RF-M7 for Disc/V-Brake (black or white); 71,39 euros.
- Cube Touring RF V-Brake; 75.59 euros.
- Cube Hyde Pro V-Brake; 75.59 euros.
- Cube Travel Pro RF V-Brake, 75.59 euros.


The site is sketchy on specifics, but they're all within the 40-45mm offset range; all have 1-1/8 steerers that are long enough to be cut down to size. I'm most inclined towards the Montano, not because it's the cheapest one, but because it's the only one with straight blades - which should help maintain the original look of the bike. According to my rough measurements of their online images, they're all 280mm/11in from axle to V-brake boss (same as original,) so refitting my existing V-brakes should be straightforward. What do you think?
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Recently Trek will let you order a bike online, but they will still ship it to a Trek Dealer, near you,
because they want it to be assembled by a trained bike mechanic..

and any warrantee issues will be resolved by that dealer..

OP is in Saudi Arabia, I have no clues about their business practices..

All I can say, is good luck.






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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Recently Trek will let you order a bike online, but they will still ship it to a Trek Dealer, near you,
because they want it to be assembled by a trained bike mechanic..

and any warrantee issues will be resolved by that dealer..

OP is in Saudi Arabia, I have no clues about their business practices..

All I can say, is good luck.





Had i known treks "ways" prepurchase, I'd never bought the bike. Now it's all aftermarket replacement parts here on out. They probably dont care either.
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You Kids like online shopping but they still wont warrantee a bike put together in your garage, by an untrained mechanic.

At my LBS there are more than one mechanic and they check each other's work .. 2nd check when customer buys it just before it goes out the door.

+ free after sale checks, for 6 months ..






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What makes Trek parts so special?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
You Kids like online shopping but they still wont warrantee a bike put together in your garage, by an untrained mechanic.

At my LBS there are more than one mechanic and they check each other's work .. 2nd check when customer buys it just before it goes out the door.

+ free after sale checks, for 6 months ..






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My wheels were never checked during the process of assembly @ LBS, had hardware not tightened fully, & the "free" maintenance they gave only was an "observation of major areas" .. They did not check tube pressure.
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Originally Posted by IRideCantitoeRd
What makes Trek parts so special?
they are made in China
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Originally Posted by IRideCantitoeRd
What makes Trek parts so special?
Nothing - except for the fact that I don't live in a highly bicycle-ized country where there's a local bike shop around every corner.

The reality of the situation - for some of the armchair experts around this forum - is that the Trek dealer just happens to be the only real game in town, with... dare I say, moderately adequate service and parts support. With that being said, the he most "major" stuff I ever bought from them were a couple of brake and shifter cables and some overpriced lubricants. The most "major" service I had them ever do is to true a couple of wheels for a Dahon that I didn't even buy from them, and only because I still don't own a truing stand.

There seems to be a Scott "dealer" that opened recently, but it will be some time before they prove themselves in the market or crash and burn like so many before them. Only one sporting goods shop sells a few Fujis and Dahons (which is where I got my Speed and Vybe, and probably a new Mu in the near future) with exactly zero aftersales support. The same goes for another sporting goods outlet that offers a very limited range of Giants and Specializeds (they do most of their business out of the UAE.)

The only other option is to buy stuff online, largely sight unseen, and hope for the best after a multiple-day lead time. Obviously, should there be a need to return or replace an item that won't fit/work, that would triple the cost and the hassle. So some of us would rather buy from actual flesh-and-blood human beings at a real, brick-and-mortar shop. Hell, I'd have them swap out my fork for me; it's their part and the 7.6 is still under warranty!

So, this is why this 44-year-old kid does most his shopping online - more because I have to than because I want to.
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Originally Posted by Troul
My wheels were never checked during the process of assembly @ LBS, had hardware not tightened fully, & the "free" maintenance they gave only was an "observation of major areas" .. They did not check tube pressure.

So? my Town's Bike Shop is better than yours..






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Originally Posted by fietsbob
So? my Town's Bike Shop is better than yours..






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Gentlemen, come on! Can we just have a little more sportsmanship?
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It's done.

The local Trek dealer actually came through. The shop manager messaged me yesterday morning to tell me that my aluminum 7.3-spec fork was in. He told me not to worry about fitment issues or go through the trouble of buying new tools to do it myself, since they have all the necessary tools to cut the steerer tube down to size and move the original bearing race over to the new fork. Fair enough!

There was a slight issue, though (there had to be!) The OEM 7.6 FX fork and bearing race are 1-1/4", as opposed to the 1-1/8" steerer on the new aluminum fork.

(The matte black one in these two is the actual OE fork of my 7.3, which I took off to compare.)





Options:

a. Trust some random local machine shop with the rocket-science task of fabricating a shim to fit between the new steerer tube and the original race (workmanship is a crap shoot at best, on top of the extra cost.)

b. The mechanic and I, it turned out, were thinking the same thing: Now that we've cut the new steerer tube down to size to match length of that of the old fork, why not just use part of the leftover length of pipe from the steerer tube to finagle a makeshift shim?

"Plan B" was simple enough: Cut some length (about 6-8mm or so) off of the leftover from the steerer tube; slice that piece open on one side to create a shim; pry it open just enough to fit snugly at the bottom of the steerer tube (prying it open with a screwdriver wasn't enough; he had to manipulate its curvature with a vise grip pair of pliers to get it to fit over the steerer tube); file down any extra girth that may result; press-fit the original race into place.

It all worked out brilliantly at the end, taking about an hour from start to finish. Back home, I installed the new fork, making sure that it rotates as smoothly as butter, with no binding or noises whatsoever. Voila!





I test rode the bike earlier this morning, and it's great - with a feel that (to me) is far more preferable to that of the OEM carbon fork's. Road chatter is more pronounced, but slightly more muted: Bulldozer track pockmarks, for instance, register a little more prominently at the handlebar grips, but not as sharply. It has that "hard rubber" feel to it now - akin to driving a 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz on coarse asphalt, as opposed to the "Japanese car with low-profiles on tar strips" feel of the original carbon fork. We're good!

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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
It's done.

The local Trek dealer actually came through. The shop manager messaged me yesterday morning to tell me that my aluminum 7.3-spec fork was in. He told me not to worry about fitment issues or go through the trouble of buying new tools to do it myself, since they have all the necessary tools to cut the steerer tube down to size and move the original bearing race over to the new fork. Fair enough!

There was a slight issue, though (there had to be!) The OEM 7.6 FX fork and bearing race are 1-1/4", as opposed to the 1-1/8" steerer on the new aluminum fork.

(The matte black one in these two is the actual OE fork of my 7.3, which I took off to compare.)





Options:

a. Trust some random local machine shop with the rocket-science task of fabricating a shim to fit between the new steerer tube and the original race (workmanship is a crap shoot at best, on top of the extra cost.)

b. The mechanic and I, it turned out, were thinking the same thing: Now that we've cut the new steerer tube down to size to match length of that of the old fork, why not just use part of the leftover length of pipe from the steerer tube to finagle a makeshift shim?

"Plan B" was simple enough: Cut some length (about 6-8mm or so) off of the leftover from the steerer tube; slice that piece open on one side to create a shim; pry it open just enough to fit snugly at the bottom of the steerer tube (prying it open with a screwdriver wasn't enough; he had to manipulate its curvature with a vise grip pair of pliers to get it to fit over the steerer tube); file down any extra girth that may result; press-fit the original race into place.

It all worked out brilliantly at the end, taking about an hour from start to finish. Back home, I installed the new fork, making sure that it rotates as smoothly as butter, with no binding or noises whatsoever. Voila!





I test rode the bike earlier this morning, and it's great - with a feel that (to me) is far more preferable to that of the OEM carbon fork's. Road chatter is more pronounced, but slightly more muted: Bulldozer track pockmarks, for instance, register a little more prominently at the handlebar grips, but not as sharply. It has that "hard rubber" feel to it now - akin to driving a 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz on coarse asphalt, as opposed to the "Japanese car with low-profiles on tar strips" feel of the original carbon fork. We're good!

I'm glad you got your fork steerer issues sorted, I think you could have got a reducer headset bottom that would have done the trick too.


Your swapping out the carbon fork so that you can get increased road chatter is amazing to me.


I would have figured that with the carbon fork on that bike not being superdooper expensive, you probably would have already had some decent road chatter?
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
I'm glad you got your fork steerer issues sorted, I think you could have got a reducer headset bottom that would have done the trick too.

Your swapping out the carbon fork so that you can get increased road chatter is amazing to me.

I would have figured that with the carbon fork on that bike not being superdooper expensive, you probably would have already had some decent road chatter?
To each their own, I guess.

If you go back and read my original post again, you'd see that this was my second reason for wanting to do the swap. The real reason (which is clear enough in that post) is more of a practical consideration than a visceral one, given the realities of where I live.
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
To each their own, I guess.

If you go back and read my original post again, you'd see that this was my second reason for wanting to do the swap. The real reason (which is clear enough in that post) is more of a practical consideration than a visceral one, given the realities of where I live.
My laughing icon wasn't meant to be one where I am ridiculing your decision, but more a bemused laughter about how the whole biking experience can be so varied and over time how new perspectives can come into view.
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