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Old 01-14-18, 07:06 PM
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The AW2's and the wheels that came on my FXs6 are tubeless-ready. IIUC, all you need is the rim strip, the valves, and a couple of ounces of sealant. No tape required.

I talked with my Trek dealer this afternoon...he said that TLR Road rim strip that I linked is the correct one for my 700x25c, along with the 32mm silver road valve stems.

Conversion to tubeless has quite the rabid cult following (like a lot of bicycling trends) - so much so that it makes me suspicious. I've been resistant to the trend, but recently succumbed and converted my Farley EX8 to tubeless. It's cheap to do and is reversible if it turns out to be a big PITA. I'll get out and ride it if and when the temps get above 0F. I couldn't care less about the static weight savings but I'm hoping that the decrease in rolling weight will make it worth the effort.

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Thanks for the info Cuyuna. I thought about going tubeless but (chickened out) decided to opt for the Continental 4Seasons. I'll be riding a lot in low temps so their specs are good for me.
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Thanks for the info Cuyuna. I thought about going tubeless but (chickened out) decided to opt for the Continental 4Seasons. I'll be riding a lot in low temps so their specs are good for me.
I can see the argument for tubeless on a mountain bike, or especially a fat tire bike where frequent acceleration is needed for addressing some types of terrain, and where the tires are big and heavy with a lot of rotating mass. Not convinced of the benefit of tubeless on a road bike with 25mm tires, but I'll give it a try. It's not particularly expensive, unlikely to hurt, might help. We'll see.....
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I am thinking about buying a '18 FX1. I want v-brakes and a steel fork. The group is irrelevant because I plan to upgrade to a Tiagra 4703 group anyway so this bike would be great. Does anyone know how well this Duotrap S thingy works?

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I'm using it on my FX3. I had the shop install it (recommended). The first one I got was a faulty computer. The 2nd. one they installed is great. I use the cadence on it too.
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I am thinking about buying a '18 FX1. I want v-brakes and a steel fork. The group is irrelevant because I plan to upgrade to a Tiagra 4703 group anyway so this bike would be great. Does anyone know how well this Duotrap S thingy works?
I donít know which DuoTrap model goes on which bikes, but my FXs6 uses the DuoTrap speed and cadence sensor. I used the DuoTrap S on my Crossrip, both transmitting to a Trip 300. Worked very well for me.
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[QUOTE=Lazyass;20160103]I am thinking about buying a '18 FX1. I want v-brakes and a steel fork. The group is irrelevant because I plan to upgrade to a Tiagra 4703 group anyway so this bike would be great. Does anyone know how well this Duotrap S thingy works?

We have two 2018 Trek FX S 4 bikes and have the Bontrager DuoTrap S Digital Sensor and the Bontrager Trip 300 Bike Computer installed on both bikes. They were a piece of cake to put on, simple and straight forward procedure. Might as well learn how to put them on as at some point you will need to take the sensor out of the chainstay to replace the battery in it. I think it is important when installing the sensor in the chainstay to not over torque the small bolt that holds the sensor in place. There is no need to make that thing too tight ! ! ! ! I would imagine if you over torque it you would be likely to perhaps crack the little circuit board inside of the sensor rendering it inoperable.

The units paired up quickly and running through the set up menu was quick and easy. They have been very reliable and accurate as best we can tell and since the Trip 300 unit is paired to one specific DuoTrap S sensor there are not any interference problems when the bikes are sitting handle bar end to handle bar end - both units stay totally independent and there has been no interference issues at all with them. Had them on the bikes for almost three months now and they have worked without issue for the past 1,000 miles.

The DuoTrap S sensor kit includes some rubber magnet bands to install on the left crank arm to trigger the cadence function of the unit but we did not use them. I went to Home Depot and got a pack of six neodymium disc magnets, SKU#095421070466, that are .472 in diameter and .118 in thickness. These little magnets are strong and fit perfectly on the end of the pedal axle shaft on the inside of the left crank arm.

Works perfectly, and makes for a very clean looking install. Just did not like the look of the rubber cadence bands and would imagine that at some point the rubber will give out. Just popped the magnets on the end of the pedal axle shaft and they have not moved since installed. If you use a larger magnet, and a larger one will fit, the magnet will be too strong and cause erratic readings on the speedometer portion of the unit. I first just tried to use the magnets that came in the crank bands in the sensor kit and found that the large ones were too strong and the small ones were so small that they were likely to fall off of the axle shaft. My guess on why the large magnets that came with the sensor kit were too strong is that when using the rubber cadence bands the magnets end up in a different position relative to the sensor than when they are mounted on the pedal axle. The magnets ones from Home Depot worked perfectly.

Based upon our experience with the DuoTrap S Sensor units we would certainly recommend them.


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I guess I'm trying to figure out what is special about the DuoTrap. How is it any different than a computer with cadence and all the other stuff, besides not needing to have a sensor on the fork leg?
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I guess I'm trying to figure out what is special about the DuoTrap. How is it any different than a computer with cadence and all the other stuff, besides not needing to have a sensor on the fork leg?

I would not say that there is anything really "special" about the DuoTrap S unit other than it provides a very clean and neat looking out of the way installation on some of the Trek bike models. The unit provides all of the information that we desire to have and can be matched up to a heart rate monitor, which I doubt we will ever do.

Lots of other devices in the marketplace for sure, Garmin and others have lots of offerings. For us using the inside of the chainstay mounting for the sensor and the blendr stem mount for the trip computer gave a nice clean looking, easy to use and functional combination. Other units offer much more information than does the Bontrager unit and some offer less or equal amounts of info with prices running from fairly economical to quite expensive. Just have to decide what it is you want from a bike computer, how much you want to spend and how you like the mounting system offered.

Special, no I would not call it special, bike specific, yes it will only fit Trek bikes set up for the sensor. We like ours and would buy them again.

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Old 02-09-18, 02:14 PM
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I would not say that there is anything really "special" about the DuoTrap S unit other than it provides a very clean and neat looking out of the way installation on some of the Trek bike models. The unit provides all of the information that we desire to have and can be matched up to a heart rate monitor, which I doubt we will ever do.

Lots of other devices in the marketplace for sure, Garmin and others have lots of offerings. For us using the inside of the chainstay mounting for the sensor and the blendr stem mount for the trip computer gave a nice clean looking, easy to use and functional combination. Other units offer much more information than does the Bontrager unit and some offer less or equal amounts of info with prices running from fairly economical to quite expensive. Just have to decide what it is you want from a bike computer, how much you want to spend and how you like the mounting system offered.

Special, no I would not call it special, bike specific, yes it will only fit Trek bikes set up for the sensor. We like ours and would buy them again.

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Thanks. I do like the clean look of it. It's nice that Trek has them on even the lower end models now.
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Old 02-09-18, 04:08 PM
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The difference between the DuoTrap Speed/Cadence and the DuoTrap S that you’ll have to use on your bike is the swing arm of the cadence sensor. With the DuoTrap S, you may need a lot of extra spacers to get the magnet close enough to the sensor, depending on the bike. With the more elegant DuiTrap, you just need to swing the arm out to be closer to the magnet on the crank arm.

The real advantage to the DuoTrap is its nice clean look with optimal positioning and no need for a bunch of zip ties to kludge the sensor to the frame. The DuoTrap S is only slightly less convenient, and equally convenient if you decide to forego the cadence magnet.

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The difference between the DuoTrap Speed/Cadence and the DuoTrap S that you’ll have to use on your bike is the swing arm of the cadence sensor. With the DuoTrap S, you may need a lot of extra spacers to get the magnet close enough to the sensor, depending on the bike. With the more elegant DuiTrap, you just need to swing the arm out to be closer to the magnet on the crank arm.

The real advantage to the DuoTrap is its nice clean look with optimal positioning and no need for a bunch of zip ties to kludge the sensor to the frame. The DuoTrap S is only slightly less convenient, and equally convenient if you decide to forego the cadence magnet.
On our two DuoTrap S Digital Sensors on our 2018 Trek FX S 4 bikes there was no need for any spacers to get a magnet in position to work although in reading some of the reviews on the DuoTrap S it seems that several people have indicated problems with the installation and operation of the unit with regard to the cadence sensor. In our experience with the DuoTrap S we have had no issues with operation.

There were several options in the kit with regard to rubber crank mounted cadence magnet holders, and magnets, that did work properly, we just did not like the way the rubber magnet band looked on the crank arm. We installed the magnets that I referred to in an earlier post that we got from Home Depot directly on the end of the pedal axle and they work perfectly. Nice, clean install with steady non-wavering cadence information being sent to the Bontrager 300 computer on the blendr stem mount.

I have never owned the older DuoTrap Digital Sensor (non S model) so I can not speak to how well it does or does not work. In our experience of installing and using the DuoTrap S units we have not found any aspect of installation or use that we would consider as inconvenient.

As long as it works, we are happy campers and thus far the units are working perfectly and as advertised.

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Thanks. I do like the clean look of it. It's nice that Trek has them on even the lower end models now.
If you like a real clean look, than buy a GPS type bike computer, then you don’t need a sensor at all, my Trek has the Duo Trap mount and I ended up buying a Lezyne Super GPS computer, and I love it. To me, I don’t think the Duo Trap Sensor is worth the $60-$80 plus the computer, it’s just a way for Trek to sell more of their house brand accessories.
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I use a Garmin Explore 1000, but it's connected to DuoTrap/DuoTrap S on my bikes, so sensor data comes via ANT+. A GPS unit might work fine, but it won't give you cadence without the magnet sensor. As sensors go on most current model Trek road bikes, the DuoTrap is pretty slick.

The DuoTrap S on my Crossrip works fine, but it required a little more than 1/4 inch of spacers on the crank arm to get the magnet close enough to the DuoTrap.
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Just picked up Trek FX 3 (matte black 20") this past Saturday. It's replacing a Target Schwinn Ranger I've had for over a decade. Because of the weather I only got to ride it around my neighborhood a little Saturday. Too cold for much else. Ordered some cool weather riding clothes so I'm ready for the first day in the 50s to head out. Anything below that is too cold for me.

My little neighborhood tour was a dream. Can't wait to go longer.

Still trying to decide if the duotrap S + computer would be better than my usual Fitbit + phone to keep track of mileage and mapping. If anyone has used both let me know what you think.

Edit: Forgot to say I'm so happy someone over on Imgur pointed me this way. Great stuff.

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Just picked up Trek FX 3 (matte black 20") this past Saturday.
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2008 7.5 FX, still going strong after 10 years

That is a great picture which really shows off your bike.
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That is a great picture which really shows off your bike.
+1 Colonel. Nice to see a bike with some years on it -- well maintained but used as it should be, @SpeedRanger.
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Nice !

Itís kinda sad to think that 2008 bike is getting old.
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Just wanted to show off my New Trek FX S 4!!

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Nice photo! Nice bike! Just got mine a few weeks ago but weather has been awful. I am a newbie and have to practice riding with my shoes and getting in and out of the shimano two-way pedals. Enjoy your ride!
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Just wanted to show off my New Trek FX S 4!!

Looks the business.

What are your overall impressions of the bike?
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Nice photo! Nice bike! Just got mine a few weeks ago but weather has been awful. I am a newbie and have to practice riding with my shoes and getting in and out of the shimano two-way pedals. Enjoy your ride!
I have an FX s 4 on order, hoping to pick up it next week. Can’t wait for my bike and clear skies. Glad to find others enjoying their FX4.
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Just wanted to show off my New Trek FX S 4!!
I've seen one in a local(ish) store; it really does look classy in silver and it's on my list of potentials.
The one question the sales people couldn't give me a definite answer to was maximum tyre width - would this bike frame support a 35mm tyre if fenders were installed.
Does anyone have any clue on this (preferably first-hand experience)?
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