Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 Trek Madone 5.2 Impresses Reviewers At BikeRadar

"The Madone 5.2's handling is predictably superb; it also offers a surprisingly comfortable ride"

(From BikeRadar.com)






With its bold, contrasting hues and white wall tires, the Madone 5.2’s aesthetics are like a throwback to the 1950s, but the dynamics are most definitely 2014. The third-tier Madone shares the design and features of the top flight 7-Series but with lower-spec carbon and less expensive parts.






"At first glance, the 5.2 doesn’t look like a typical aero bike, with its enormous, angular down tube, but closer inspection reveals the subtly curved leading edge that forms a Kamm Virtual Foil (KVF) – a truncated aerofoil – profile. The head tube, seatstays and fork are also KVF shapes, with the front brake integrated into the fork crown and rear brake placed beneath the chainstays, leaving two independent, bridgeless seatstays for clean, drag-reducing lines.

Trek offers its bikes in three different geometries: H1 with the lowest position, H2 featuring a slightly higher head tube and H3 for women. The Madone 5.2’s H2 fit offers a long but not too low position, and should be ideal for the majority of riders looking to race. On the road our first impression is of the sort of stability found on a relaxed-geometry tourer – it just feels planted.

And then we stood on the pedals. In line with several top race bikes, the Madone has the sort of rigidity usually reserved for buildings or oil tankers, its immense BB90 bottom bracket shell ably braced by that vast down tube and muscular asymmetric chainstays, which instantly translate the merest pressure into forward motion.

Despite the frame’s rigidity, the ride is firm but never jarring, giving surprising levels of comfort. Handling is excellent, seemingly creating extra time through the corners to amend your line, resulting in no unwanted drama. We did find the front half of the top tube a bit too wide, as your quads can rub against its edges when riding hard on the nose of the saddle or standing up climbing.

Bontrager’s tubeless-ready Race wheelset features 23mm-high, 24mm-wide rims, which definitely play a part in the bike’s stability, cornering ability and overall grip and comfort. They’re not especially light, but are quite accelerative and efficient, and are willing to hold speed well over distance. The Ultegra drivetrain performs faultlessly and the Bontrager integrated brakes do a decent job, though they don’t have the instant bite of Shimano’s direct-mount offerings.

The Bontrager bar is stiff and quite ergonomic, and the Affinity 3 saddle well padded and offering superb comfort. The complete package could benefit from an upgrade diet, but it’s competent and quick straight out of the box."

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 — The Swiss Army Knife of Bikes

This Fast-Rolling Ride is Your Go-To Full Suspension Trail Bike.

The Fuel EX 9.8 uses a carbon front triangle, and the rear triangle is composed of carbon fiber seatstays and aluminum chainstays. The rear suspension is Trek’s Active Braking Pivot with Full Floater technology (the shock’s bottom mount bolts to the chainstay, not the main frame).


 


The large wheels and neutral geometry, mixed with the bike’s efficient-yet-active suspension allow the bike to scoot up hills like no other. It is also competent and predictable on descents. The RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post performs flawlessly throughout the ride and adds confidence when charging.

Overall, the bike is playful, relishing in medium-sized drops and small doubles and happily attacking bermed corners. As on the 26in Fuel EX, rear-suspension performance is
excellent. The feel may be slightly firm off the top but the spring rate is steadily progressive with lots of pop through the mid-stroke.



While certain bikes are made for incredibly specific purposes, for most riders, the right tool for the job is a bike that is capable over the course of an entire ride, not just one or two segments of it. The 2014 EX 9.8 has been designed to be the Swiss Army knife of trailbikes. It’s light and efficient enough to be pressed into service for a cross-country race while retaining enough All-mountain DNA to tackle trails that would usually be reserved for much more specific bikes.


FEATURES:





 Other full suspension systems firm up under braking, reducing your control when you need it most. Trek’s patented Active Braking Pivot solves that by keeping your suspension active whether you're on the brakes or off.


Most suspension systems attach the bottom of the shock to a fixed frame mount. That fixed mount can contribute to a harsh ride. We solved that with Full Floater, attaching the shock to two moving linkage points so it can better respond to bumps across a wide variety of terrain. It feels like more travel, but it's not. It's smarter travel.


E2 is the evolution of the traditional 1-1/8" headset to a tapered head tube, fork, and headset system. E2 tapers from a 1.5" lower to a 1-1/8" upper headset to provide more material where it matters most, resulting in a stronger, lighter frame with point-and-shoot control.



EVO Link is Trek’s evolution of the rocker link from the plate-and-bolt style used on most suspension bikes to a one-piece rocker link. This lighter link provides a stronger connection point between the front and rear triangles, creating a stiffer frame for greater control with minimal weight.





Post mounting is the simplest, most efficient way to mount a brake caliper to your bike. Functions great, reduces weight.






A traditional front derailleur attaches to the frame with a band clamp. Our direct-mount front derailleur attaches directly to the frame using a solid, flat interface. This fastening method ensures precise front shifting.



SPECS:

Frame:
OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & seatstay, alloy chainstay, Carbon Armor, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, BB95, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, G2 Geometry, 120mm travel

Front Suspension: Fox Performance Series 32 Float w/CTD (climb-trail-descend) FIT damper, rebound, E2 tapered steerer, 15QR thru axle, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 120mm travel
IMG: Bike Radar

Rear Suspension: Fox Performance Series Float w/DRCV, CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, tuned by Trek in California, 7.25x1.875"

Wheels: Bontrager Rhythm Elite Tubeless Ready 28-hole disc wheel system, 15mm front hub, 142x12mm rear hub

Tires: Bontrager XR3 Team Issue Tubeless Ready, 29x2.30"

IMG: BikeRadar


Shifters: Shimano Deore XT, 10 speed

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT, high direct mount

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus

Crank: Shimano Deore XT, 38/24

Cassette: Shimano Deore XT 11-36, 10 speed

Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 3, titanium rails

Seat Post: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm, zero offset

Handlebar: Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise

Stem: Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree

Headset: Cane Creek IS-3, E2, alloy cartridge

Brakeset: Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc 

Grips: Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on


Monday, May 19, 2014

All New Trek Slique Women's Endurance Bike

2014 Brings An All New Women's Bike With Re-designed Women's Specific Geometry


Borrowing the IsoSpeed decoupler and other vibration reducing technology from the Domane, the Silque uses size-specific carbon layups to provide an equally smooth ride across all frame sizes. Since they weren't borrowing an existing frame and slapping WSD components on it, the clean slate allowed them to design the geometry from the ground up for women wanting both performance and comfort. A sloping top tube and shorter seat tube provide good standover (and a lower center of gravity), while increased stack height puts them in a slightly more upright position.

Trek are offering four models: Silque, Silque SL, Silque SLX, and Silque SSL (Project One). Each are made from OCLV carbon fiber with size specific carbon fiber layups. Sizes 44-56cm.

Each model shares familiar Trek features such as the E2 tapered head tube, BB90 pressfit bottom bracket, internal cable routing compatible with electronic groupsets, Duotrap compatibility and on the two cheaper models: hidden mudguard mounts. All have the 3S integrated chain guard mounted just above the bottom bracket to prevent dropped chains.


The Silque offers a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed built bike with Bontrager tubeless ready wheels and 25mm tires and Bontrager race bars and stem and Affinity 1 WSD Saddle.


The Silque SLX features an Ultegra 11-speed groupset with Bontrager Race wheels, 23mm tires and Bontrager Race X Lite finishing kit. And you can customize your own bike through Trek's Project One bike builder.

For the handling, they put it smack in between the racy Madone and the all-day Domane. The chainstay length splits the difference, so it's more stable at speed or on gravel than the Madone, but a little snappier than the Domane. It shares the Madone's BB drop, which keeps everything a bit lower to the ground for quicker turning response.

Monday, May 12, 2014

TREK Domane 4.0 and 6.9 Disc Models Announced

Image Credit: BikeRadar

Disc brakes and Thru-Axles Plus Even More Tire Clearance (bikeradar.com)


Trek have announced the release of two new Domane endurance bikes, both with the same fantastic bump-eating ride of the original series but now with disc brakes and thru-axles at both ends. The changes will of course add a little bit of weight but also superb all-weather capabilities plus additional tire clearance, too.

The top-end Domane Disc 6.9 uses Trek's upper-end 600-series OCLV carbon fiber blend, an integrated no-cut seatmast, and a premium parts blend that includes a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 electronic transmission, Shimano R785 STI Dual Control levers and hydraulic disc brake calipers, a carbon fiber Bontrager bar and saddle, and Bontrager's brand-new Affinity TLR Disc alloy clincher wheelset.


The far less expensive Domane Disc 4.0 subs in Trek's 400-series carbon fiber formula and a standard telescoping seatpost (which adds weight and firms up the ride quality). Of course, the parts spec is more budget friendly as well with a Shimano Sora 9-speed transmission and STI Dual Control levers, TRP HY/RD mechanical-to-hydraulic disc brake calipers, alloy Bontrager cockpit components, and a more basic Bontrager wheelset.

We don't expect many (if any) buyers will do so but if so inclined, both the 142x12mm rear and 100x15mm thru-axle dropouts on both bikes are convertible for use with standard quick-release disc wheels. The fork tips can also be swapped from left to right so that users can decide for themselves on what side of the bike they'd prefer the lever to reside.


With the switch to disc brakes – and the resultant omission of the brake bridge on the seat stays – the frames will now have room for even bigger tires than on the standard Domane, too. Both bikes will come stock with 25mm-wide rubber but by our measurements, tires as big as 30mm might fit depending on the make and model.

Otherwise, both bikes carry over features from the standard Domane carbon chassis, including the superb IsoSpeed 'decoupler' at the seat cluster and matching IsoSpeed extra-curved carbon fork, convertible internal cable routing, a tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in front end, the 90mm-wide BB90 bottom bracket shell with directly pressed-in bearings, an integrated chain catcher, keenly hidden fender mounts, and a pocket in the non-driveside chain stay for Bontrager's DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor.

While Trek has only announced these two Domane Disc models, it's a fair bet that more are on the way, in particular an alloy version at an even lower price point. Generally speaking, endurance-type riders often aren't quite as concerned about weight as more racing-oriented Madone buyers anyway, plus they're more likely to appreciate the more consistent all-weather stopping capabilities of disc brakes so it'd be a natural progression.

That said – and especially given the UCI's stated intentions on disc brakes in the pro ranks – we expect that a disc-equipped Madone isn't far behind, even if it's made available to the public before being widely adopted by seasoned professionals.

Also on the anticipated docket is a move to front and rear thru-axles on Trek's disc-equipped Crockett and Boone cyclocross bikes, too.



Friday, May 9, 2014

Aerodynamics. Innovation. Style. The 2014 Trek Speed Concept 7.0 Has All That And More.

**VIDEO REVIEW** 2014 Trek Speed Concept 7.0


The Trek engineer guru's have put together some awesome designs to make you quicker on the road. Simply put, speed concept makes you faster.


The Speed Concept is a full on race tri-bike. From it's full aero wing fork, integrated front brakes, KVF Kammtail Design Frame*, Shimano Compact Crank, Shimano 105 Front and Rear Derialleurs (2x10), this bike will take you to speeds you've only dreamed of.

*The KVF tubes follow an airfoil shape but with the tail chopped off in a design which Trek say saves weight and improves stiffness while also complying with UCI rules. The KVF shape is most noticeable on the downtube but has also been applied to the fork, headtube, seattube and seatstays.

Customize your own at http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/collections/custom_project_one

Come in to Schellers Fitness and Cycling today to see this beautiful bike, as well as their full 2014 lineup of bikes.

www.Schellers.com

Friday, May 2, 2014

$3.89 Reasons to Ride Your Bike More

With Gas Prices Steadily Rising, It Hardly Makes Sense To Drive Anywhere!

So maybe we don't actually have 389 reasons, but one big reason is the insane amount of money that gas can cost (and it's going up!)


Reason Number One, Then, is: SAVING MONEY!


If you drive to work 5 days a week, you can use a simple equation to find out how much money you spend on gas per week.
(weekly miles to and from work) / (your car's MPG) x (average gas price) = (money you could be saving)


Here are a few more reasons to ditch your car and ride your bike more.


2. Preparing For Your Day/ Unwinding from Work


Riding your bike to and from work can be therapeutic and even inspiring! On the way to work, the brisk morning exercise can wake you up more effectively than a cup of coffee! When you get to work you will feel more energized and maybe even come up with a solution to that one problem that has been evading you!



On the way home from work, you can use the time on your bike to relax and relieve yourself from any stress your job may cause you. You can take your time, look at the scenery, and reflect on things you'd like to accomplish when you get home.




3. Get Fit and Lose Weight

According to the International Bicycle Fund, commuters who begin to ride their bicycles to and from work lose an average of 13 pounds during their first year of commuting.

If you are planning to do a road race, cross-training is also a great way to build a cardiovascular endurance and work muscle groups you may not use while running alone.


 
4. Lessen Your Environmental Impact

One less car on the road. Help cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the nation's dependence on oil.

Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 BILLION gallons of gas per year in the US alone.

For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly 1 pound of Carbon Dioxide is saved. (US Environmental Agency, 2009)

Get Started Now With The Rest of the Nation During National Bike Month!

Is that enough reasons to ditch your car and start riding? Can you think of other reasons? We'd love to know your favorite reason for riding your bike.