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Old 08-14-11, 07:05 AM
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Trek Bikes...anyone care?

I am rightly or wrongly not a big fan of trek bikes. I owned several but never the current crop of High end stuff. I have no desire to ride or buy one, they seem boring.
Does anyone else feel this way? Are they really as good as everything else. The new Specialized , Scott, yadda yadda all seem on the cutting edge.
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If they were everything to everybody, there would be nothing else. I don't care for them but the cult of Lance is strong.
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Well, I "don't care", but I do own and ride a 2011 Trek 5.9 daily. Seems to work just fine for me. Plenty comfortable for 100 + mile rides, stable at speeds over 50 mph (yeah I'm an idiot) and it light enough not to hamper my poor climbing efforts. Not sure the purpose of your thread or what you are looking for in a bike but...
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[QUOT Not sure the purpose of your thread or what you are looking for in a bike but...[/QUOTE]

My point was clear. Trek while they may make a good bike is not on the cutting edge any longer. Seemed to have shot their wad under Lance....Nothing sexy and cutting edge has come from them in years.....Not bashing just commenting....Many newer and smaller lesser known companies are making some very attractive stuff....if your a Trek fan I am asking why?
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I am also not a trek fan at all although have owned and still have a older Trek 660s racing with Modolo stuff. Had a fuel ex 8 mtb which was alright. They became run of the mill and put cheaper stuff on their frames yet charged the same from year to year. Went almost entirely to Asia for builds.
Marketed their OCLV too much (Optimal compaction Low void), all carbon fiber frames are basically the same thing.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
[QUOT Not sure the purpose of your thread or what you are looking for in a bike but...
My point was clear. Trek while they may make a good bike is not on the cutting edge any longer. Seemed to have shot their wad under Lance....Nothing sexy and cutting edge has come from them in years.....Not bashing just commenting....Many newer and smaller lesser known companies are making some very attractive stuff....if your a Trek fan I am asking why?[/QUOTE]


What cutting edge stuff are you looking for? They have had very nice innovations over the last couple of tears. They are not ground breaking by any stretch... But stuff like the duo tap is very nice.

If you think the brand is boring, well that is your opinion and you are entitled to it.
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Old 08-14-11, 07:34 AM
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I would ride a trek 6 series before a s-works. Have you seen one up close? The cable routing and the way they do the carbon fiber bearing cups is pretty bad ass.
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Great thread!
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Old 08-14-11, 07:36 AM
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nope, don't care.................
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Trek makes great bikes. Don't know what you think they are missing. Good options for fitting. Pricey.

My main complaint is that they put Trek all over the bike, 3x each side, so you have to be a rolling billboard for them. And the colors are fugly. Oh, and they are tight with the warranty issues, remember Waterockets thread with the BB....

I still fancy a 5 or 6 series Madone some day.
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Some care, some don't. If you have to ask those that own Treks, you really won't get it. If you don't like them nor care for them, your question seems a bit more of a bait and intent on trying to get a rise out of Trek owners and their choice of bikes.

This reminds of an older thread wanting to ask about Soul wheel owners and basically telling them they are suckers. Yours is a bit more veiled, but the intent is no less nefarious.

Of course, your "point is clear", because you said so...
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i disagree. i think the madone FRAMES look amazing, it's their terrible, old man paint jobs that are boring. that one guy posted a flat black madone from in the "show us your road bike" thread and everyone went ape**** over it. it looked way better than every specialized except that mclaren venge. OP, what do you consider cutting edge? please post pics of your examples. i would like your take please.

*edit: found it:




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Old 08-14-11, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
I am rightly or wrongly not a big fan of trek bikes. I owned several but never the current crop of High end stuff. I have no desire to ride or buy one, they seem boring.
Does anyone else feel this way? Are they really as good as everything else. The new Specialized , Scott, yadda yadda all seem on the cutting edge.
Thanks
I recently bought my wife a Madone 5.2 WSD. It is a technically well done, well executed bike. For the price, it was a bargain.

Having said that, the bike seems to be missing something...a "soul."

So when it was time for me to get a new bike, I pulled the trigger on a 2012 Bianchi Infinito.

Technically it is a match for the Madone 5.2 and, like all Italian bikes, it's got soul. Que bella!!!
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Old 08-14-11, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Yours is a bit more veiled, but the intent is no less nefarious.

Of course, your "point is clear", because you said so...
WOW...haven't seen nefarious used in a BF...until now. Well done.
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I'm not a fan and I have no good reason for it. With that said, they do make very nice bikes, as nice as pretty much any bike out there (that pains me to say). Unless you are putting out 1,800 watts on your sprint or climbing like Contador I'm pretty sure that any of the $1,500+ bikes are going to be good enough for any of us no matter what they say on the downtube.
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[QUOTE If you have to ask those that own Treks, you really won't get it.. Yours is a bit more veiled, but the intent is no less nefarious.

Of course, your "point is clear", because you said so... [/QUOTE]
Holmes, you are thinking to hard here fella, Just asking a question as far as not getting it? Please..........Treks have done a great job over ter past decade they were truly great bikes but they seem to
be no longer cutting edge as the new Venge or Evo's or Scotts Foil..... you to act as if I am missing the Trek Magic. media buzz is lacking Justsaying
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
I am rightly or wrongly not a big fan of trek bikes. I owned several but never the current crop of High end stuff. I have no desire to ride or buy one, they seem boring.
Does anyone else feel this way? Are they really as good as everything else. The new Specialized , Scott, yadda yadda all seem on the cutting edge.
Thanks
That you say this merely reflects how easily swayed you are by advertising and the cult of personality. Trek makes an excellent bike. We are past the flavor of the month and now they seem passe. Sad that we can be so shallow and malleable.
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I think two brothers named Schleck did pretty good on their Trek bikes this year. Treks can't suck that bad.

I guess if I used the OP's logic, they would have won if they were riding Specialized or Scott. Bells and whistles and marketing BS.

With this much bait in the water we should get at least 5 pages out of this one.....
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My Madone is a tool. It doesn't have a soul.

Buy what fits. Ride what's comfortable.

I bought a Trek because of the LBS customer service. That has more to do with the Trek warranty than anything else, and the Trek warranty is still one of the best if not arguably the beast. The fit of the Madone fit my odd proportions. I don't know what people Mean by innovation, I haven't really seen any major paradigm shift in the biking industry since I've been alive other than materials change and such but bikes still look like bikes. Cutting edge doesn't mean better. Boring doesn't mean it doesn't work great.

I tested a Giant, a Tarmac, an Orbea. Cervelo didn't impress me as a price point but it was a nice bike. I'd ride one. I'd say their paint schemes are as boring as they come, but sometimes less is more... There really wasn't anything ground breakingly different about any of these bikes when I rode them I chose the Madone because it fit well, looked cool, had SRAM which i wanted to try, was on sale! and just kind of knew on the test drive this was the bike.

Not that I'm not guilty of it at times but people focus way too much on brand and the latest gizmo. It's like who had the new Air Jordans, or other latest sneaker craze it a more "mature" form - but is it?

Trek bikes are like Gibson guitars, and Harley motorcycles. They are a little overpriced sometimes and have gotten so big people hate on them simply because of that fact. they aren't always cutting edge. They have changed their corporate mentality from the little handmade shops to overseas production, reduced quality possibly in some opinions to make more at a cheaper cost. What the hell company hasn't done this?

Most people hate on Gibson because they can't afford one. Some people hate Harley because of the posers riding them. Some people hate Trek because it's the Evil empire ridden by Darth Vader.

Whomever thinks all major manf. aren't cutting corners or having frames made by Ting Wung and then painting them in Euro colors is fooling themselves. This doesn't mean that the bike sucks, nor does it make the bike better to be named after an Italian sports car or western European location.

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.....Whomever think all major manf. aren't cutting corners or having frames made by Ting Wung and then painting them in Euro colors is fooling themselves. This doesn't mean that the bike sucks, nor does it make the bike better to be named after an Italian sports car or western European location.
Interesting point.
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Who's Ting Wung?
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There is a trek store in my neighborhood and the staff are really nice and helpful people . Mechanics are not that knowledgeable about older bikes, but whatever problem you have, they don't mind going an extra step to help you out. (A) service.
Not really a fan of trek bikes and Bontrager stuff, but it's a personal thing. I used to have trek 7000 hybrid 08' and it wasn't a bad bike for the price, but they tend to slightly cut corners on their less expensive stuff. Been to 2 trek stores in my area and both stores have really helpful staff.
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I think two brothers named Schleck did pretty good on their Trek bikes this year. Treks can't suck that bad.
The brothers "Schleck" would do good on huffy's
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
[QUOT Not sure the purpose of your thread or what you are looking for in a bike but...
[/QUOTE]My point was clear. Trek while they may make a good bike is not on the cutting edge any longer. Seemed to have shot their wad under Lance....Nothing sexy and cutting edge has come from them in years.....Not bashing just commenting....Many newer and smaller lesser known companies are making some very attractive stuff....if your a Trek fan I am asking why?[/QUOTE]

Yeah, actually their high modulus frames are very much cutting edge, as much so as any of the other companies making professional level frames. You just exposed your level of knowledge.

Their three and four series Madone's are very comfortable for sport riders. Most all of them are not looking for high tech, but comfort.

Another BikeForums ThinkTank thread. In other words, an idiotic waste of bandwidth.
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