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Old 06-25-17, 04:20 PM
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Is the Trek DS 2 a good bike to get?

Hello everyone!

I'm looking for a hybrid bike and thinking about the DS 2.

It seems like a pretty decent bike but aren't the components pretty entry level?

Is it worth $659 or would I be better off with a different bike?

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Altus/Acera/Tourney drivetrain combo, hydraulic disc brakes, 8-speed triple, suspension fork. This is pretty standard fair for a fitness bike that tries to be a jack of all trades--trail, gravel, packed dirt, paved. Whether it's entry-level or not is subjective. You may find other similar bikes with slightly higher combination of components for a few more dollars. It's a decent bike for the price.

You can look up Cannondale Quick, Giant Roam/Seek, Specialized Sirrus. Google 'Fitness bike' and you ought to see some reviews of the major brands.
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
Hello everyone!

I'm looking for a hybrid bike and thinking about the DS 2.

It seems like a pretty decent bike but aren't the components pretty entry level?

Is it worth $659 or would I be better off with a different bike?
The DS 2 is a good bike for the price. But what sort of riding will you be doing? This may open up other bikes in that price range.
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Old 06-25-17, 05:15 PM
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I just bought a DS 2 and have put 80 miles on it in less than a week.I am coming off a mtb.I mainly ride rail trails,some road and some gravel road.I really like it and would buy it again.
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
Hello everyone!

I'm looking for a hybrid bike and thinking about the DS 2.

It seems like a pretty decent bike but aren't the components pretty entry level?

Is it worth $659 or would I be better off with a different bike?
Kind of an odd question. It wouldn't be my first choice, but if you are looking for a dual sport style bike, you could do worse. Do you want or need a bike with a front suspension? If not, the Trek FX 2 is a bit cheaper, for example, or for the same money, the Trek FX3 is a lighter bike with better components. Do you want to do long, or fast road rides? If so, maybe look for a road bike. Ride packed dirt, gravel and crushed limestone trails? Than the DS 2 or even DS 3 might be the way to go.
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Old 06-25-17, 06:31 PM
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The Giant Roam series generally offers more bike for the same money (better components, etc). It's not world-changing better, but you might as well get more for your buck, right? That said, buy based on fit and color preference, etc. If you save a couple hundred bucks on a Giant, but maybe you don't like the colors, you may not ride it and you may have spend many hundreds of dollars on a bike you don't really like. I'm not at all saying you will or won't like the Giant -- but I am saying to do your best to not let price be the #1 factor in your decision.

Trek's DS series are very nice bikes. They're generally priced a hundred or two more than brands like Giant, but if you have a great relationship with a local bike shop that sells Trek, there's certainly value to that.
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Old 06-26-17, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
The Giant Roam series generally offers more bike for the same money (better components, etc). It's not world-changing better, but you might as well get more for your buck, right? That said, buy based on fit and color preference, etc. If you save a couple hundred bucks on a Giant, but maybe you don't like the colors, you may not ride it and you may have spend many hundreds of dollars on a bike you don't really like. I'm not at all saying you will or won't like the Giant -- but I am saying to do your best to not let price be the #1 factor in your decision.

Trek's DS series are very nice bikes. They're generally priced a hundred or two more than brands like Giant, but if you have a great relationship with a local bike shop that sells Trek, there's certainly value to that.
I did look look into the Giant Roams. I'm not a big fan of the color schemes on the Roam 2's. The Roam 1 is currently out of stock.

As far as the Trek DS series goes I love the color scheme on the DS 2. Both the matte black with green and the viper red look fantastic. But I realize I could get a bike like the DS 4 that would have much better components. The only thing is I do like the DS 2 color options better than the 4.

I gotta decide what to do. Go with the bike I like the looks of the best. Go for the bike with the best components (DS 4) or wait for the 2018 DS bikes to be released? Decisions Decisions

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The age old dilemma--function vs fashion.
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
I did look look into the Giant Roams. I'm not a big fan of the color schemes on the Roam 2's. The Roam 1 is currently out of stock.

As far as the Trek DS series goes I love the color scheme on the DS 2. Both the matte black with green and the viper red look fantastic. But I realize I could get a bike like the DS 4 that would have much better components. The only thing is I do like the DS 2 color options better than the 4.

I gotta decide what to do. Go with the bike I like the looks of the best. Go for the bike with the best components (DS 4) or wait for the 2018 DS bikes to be released? Decisions Decisions
You didn't tell us what type of riding you like. Because the suspension fork may not be worth it (heavy and expense).
I personally would wait for 2018 model or for the right bike than just buy the one that is not out of stock today. If Roam 1 is your best choice, just try some more LBS or wait for 2018 models. they should be right around the corner.
Looks are important, but none of the choices looks so bad that I would chose color over good components / frame.
you should ride them to see how they fit, which also is more important than colors.
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Old 06-26-17, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
I gotta decide what to do. Go with the bike I like the looks of the best. Go for the bike with the best components (DS 4) or wait for the 2018 DS bikes to be released? Decisions Decisions
The DS 4 has "better" components in terms of them being higher up on the groupset heirarchy, but they may or may not be all that relevant to your situation. Better gear is always better, right? I don't think that's always the case. The DS 4 is almost $1,200, and you're into a 10-speed drivetrain. 10-speed drivetrains aren't all that exotic, but they are more expensive than 8-speed drivetrains -- more expensive to purchase and more expensive to sustain. Chains and cassettes are more expensive, and 10-speed chains are thinner than 8-speed chains, which some argue reduces their durability and strength. Sheldon Brown is one such example.

You may find that the 8-speed system gives you all the functionality and flexibility you desire, and it might do so without the added cost of 10-speed. If you like the styling and colorway of the DS 2 better, anyway, that might be the right move. And, it's just about HALF the price of the DS 4.
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Old 06-26-17, 07:33 AM
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I think I would get the DS 2 and use the difference in price to buy acc.
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If front suspension is not needed consider the Giant ATX Lite. 1.95" 650 tires and a rigid fork Love mine!
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Old 06-26-17, 08:19 AM
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I love my DS 4. This summer I have about quit riding all my other bikes. That is the downside to owning a DS I have found. It does everything from road to light touring to light off road to commuting. Now all my other bikes are sitting.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
The DS 4 has "better" components in terms of them being higher up on the groupset heirarchy, but they may or may not be all that relevant to your situation. Better gear is always better, right? I don't think that's always the case. The DS 4 is almost $1,200, and you're into a 10-speed drivetrain. 10-speed drivetrains aren't all that exotic, but they are more expensive than 8-speed drivetrains -- more expensive to purchase and more expensive to sustain. Chains and cassettes are more expensive, and 10-speed chains are thinner than 8-speed chains, which some argue reduces their durability and strength.

You may find that the 8-speed system gives you all the functionality and flexibility you desire, and it might do so without the added cost of 10-speed. If you like the styling and colorway of the DS 2 better, anyway, that might be the right move. And, it's just about HALF the price of the DS 4.
I see what your saying but won't the DS 4 have much smoother shifting than the DS 2?

How do the suspension forks compare between the 4 and the 2?

If the 4 is a lot better I'm thinking it could be the way to go since it will be better for riding off-road.
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Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
I love my DS 4. This summer I have about quit riding all my other bikes. That is the downside to owning a DS I have found. It does everything from road to light touring to light off road to commuting. Now all my other bikes are sitting.
That's awesome!

Do you think the DS 4 is worth almost double the DS 2?

Which would you recommend I get?
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
That's awesome!

Do you think the DS 4 is worth almost double the DS 2?

Which would you recommend I get?
You need to set a budget and decide. I don't have an opinion on whether the DS 4 is twice as good as the DS 2 but, generally, I have never regretted getting the better bike over the cheaper bike, where as I have occasionally regretted going too cheap.
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
I see what your saying but won't the DS 4 have much smoother shifting than the DS 2?
I wouldn't say that it'd be dramatically different. You'd just have to go try both to see if you can tell a difference yourself. The DS 4 uses Shimano SLX in the back, which is between Deore and Deore XT in Shimano's mountain bike hierarchy. The DS 2 uses Shimano Acera, which is aimed more at hybrids and bikes not intended for more hardcore use.

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How do the suspension forks compare between the 4 and the 2?
They're both Suntour -- the DS 2 uses an NEX fork and the DS 4 uses an NRX fork. I have no idea how those models differ other than what's noted on Trek's website.

Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
If the 4 is a lot better I'm thinking it could be the way to go since it will be better for riding off-road.
Could be. It really depends on what you want to do with the bike. Both the DS 2 and 4 will do anything a reasonable person would do with a hybrid. You won't be jumping off 2' ledges on downhill trails with either one.
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I'll muddy the waters and tell you to look at a Specialized Crosstrail
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
That's awesome!

Do you think the DS 4 is worth almost double the DS 2?

Which would you recommend I get?
Personally yes I do think it is worth it.
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I'll muddy the waters and tell you to look at a Specialized Crosstrail
Which model?
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
I wouldn't say that it'd be dramatically different. You'd just have to go try both to see if you can tell a difference yourself. The DS 4 uses Shimano SLX in the back, which is between Deore and Deore XT in Shimano's mountain bike hierarchy. The DS 2 uses Shimano Acera, which is aimed more at hybrids and bikes not intended for more hardcore use.

I did test ride the DS 2 and DS 3 back to back a couple weeks ago.

The DS 2 seemed pretty good but the DS 3 seemed a lot smoother IMO.

Does that seem accurate that the DS 3 would feel that much smoother or I wonder if it's just in my head? If the DS 3 seemed to ride that smooth I'm really curious to see how the 4 will feel
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
I did test ride the DS 2 and DS 3 back to back a couple weeks ago.

The DS 2 seemed pretty good but the DS 3 seemed a lot smoother IMO.

Does that seem accurate that the DS 3 would feel that much smoother or I wonder if it's just in my head? If the DS 3 seemed to ride that smooth I'm really curious to see how the 4 will feel
The SLX Shadow+ RD on the DS 4 gives super smooth shifting. The fork is a bit better at smoothing out the bumps but remember that it is a 63mm fork not intended to be a real mountain bike fork so be careful not to compare it to one.
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Originally Posted by Blingnjkbling View Post
Does that seem accurate that the DS 3 would feel that much smoother or I wonder if it's just in my head? If the DS 3 seemed to ride that smooth I'm really curious to see how the 4 will feel
In the end, it doesn't matter. Most of us buy and own bikes for the enjoyment of it, and I presume the same is true for you as well. If the DS 4 makes you smile, and you are okay with the price of it, then it's the right one for you. Go get it!
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I liked the Verve 3 better - not sure your height & weight
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I liked the Verve 3 better - not sure your height & weight
Why do you like the verve better?
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