Trek bikes - any good?

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Dr Zoidberg, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    I'm considering buying a half decent bike to replace the unused Halfords
    cheapie that's cluttering up my garage so I wandered into the local bike
    shop last weekend.
    They seem to mostly stock Trek bikes and while they look good enough to me
    at a quick glance, what's the wider opinion? I'd prefer to use a local shop
    but can go further afield if necessary.

    I'm looking to spend roughly £5-600 (via the Cycle to Work scheme, not that
    that makes a difference) on a bike for a mixture of road and light
    off-road - canal tow paths and the like.

    So... a sensible enough choice?
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 20, 2011
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  2. Trek's fine, if that's what your LBS stocks. Mine has Giant and other
    brands. At that sort of money you have a pretty wide choice and few of
    them will be crap - even Halfrauds sell decent bikes at that price
    point.

    Guy
     
    Just zis Guy, you know?, Sep 20, 2011
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  3. Dr Zoidberg

    Simon Mason Guest

    Trek are good bikes, I have had one for winter commuting for the last
    6 years, but I have been very disappointed with the Bontrager wheels
    that tend to come with them.
    See if they will fit Mavic wheels instead if it comes bundled with
    Bonty wheels.
     
    Simon Mason, Sep 20, 2011
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  4. Dr Zoidberg

    Paul - xxx Guest

    +1

    Trek have a wide range but your price point is where the 'reasonable
    stuff' has started to become 'better' stuff, so almost any model at
    that price would probably be good. Make sure you sit on the one you're
    going to buy, get the sadlle and handlebars set for your height etc and
    have a spin on it, at least a few hundred yards .. you'll soon know if
    it's not right for you.

    Based on your stated uses I'd look at a hybrid, maybe a Trek 7300 or
    7500, or something similar.
     
    Paul - xxx, Sep 20, 2011
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    Mark Guest

    IMHO Trek make decent bikes. I think they are a little overpriced but
    YMMV.
    Aaaaagh! Avoid Halfrods at all cost.
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    Tosspot Guest

    A few people I know ride them and they seem a good value point bike.
     
    Tosspot, Sep 20, 2011
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    nmm1 Guest

    Not at all, if you want a bicycle for use, and you are not a real
    expert. Of the many people I know of who have bought from them,
    the majority got an appropriate and usable bicycle, and very few
    had any grounds to feel that they were ripped off. Of the
    non-experts I know of that bought from specialist, high-end
    bicycle shops, a large proportion were sold highly inappropriate
    and/or expensive devices, and some were clearly being ripped off.

    The category of shops that seem to be best in selling appropriate
    kit are bicycle shops that sell a lot of fairly ordinary ones in
    a low-to-moderate price range (for actual shops, i.e. excluding
    the start-riding-for-100-quid magazine deals).


    Regards,
    Nick Maclaren.
     
    nmm1, Sep 20, 2011
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Why?
     
    Paul - xxx, Sep 20, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Why? They stock some very reasonable kit, some provide good
    knowledgeable service, they're open late ...
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 20, 2011
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    Tosspot Guest

    They used to have a terrible reputation, While I wouldn't make them my
    1st port of call, a large selection of toys brings me in there for some
    cheap retail therapy :)

    Tyres, chains, *TOOLS*, Halfords Pro kit is nicey nicey, got a good
    ratchet spanner set for 40 squids, down from Eeek!
     
    Tosspot, Sep 20, 2011
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  11. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Thanks all.

    Sounds like this is as good a place as any to go shopping then.
     
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 20, 2011
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    Ben C Guest

    What was wrong with them?
     
    Ben C, Sep 20, 2011
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  13. Philosophically, yes, but the Subway and Boardman bikes are hard to
    dismiss as toys.

    Guy
     
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    Andy Morris Guest

    They had a reputation for having inexperienced, demotivated staff
    selling bottom end bikes badly setup. Things may have changed, I've not
    bought a bike or fixed any bike bought from them for years.

    I would think carefully about buying a bike from somewhere that does not
    run a repair workshop, unless I was capable of stripping down, checking
    and setting up every part and system on the bike.
     
    Andy Morris, Sep 21, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    Rubbish bearings and snapping spokes.
     
    Simon Mason, Sep 21, 2011
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  16. Would those be the same Boardman bikes ridden by the Junior World TT
    champion? http://lockerz.com/s/140475003

    Yes it would.

    --chris
     
    Chris Gerhard, Sep 21, 2011
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    Mark Guest

    I agree with only the last point.
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    Mark, Sep 21, 2011
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    Mark Guest

    Because all the bike spares I have bought from there have, without
    exception, been total sh*te. Their customer service is unacceptable
    too, the shop being staffed entirely by bored teenagers. The last
    straw was when they refused to refund on some pedals that fell apart
    in about 1-2 weeks.

    They're not even my last port of call any more.
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    Mark Guest

    I've not had trouble with bearings. I would not expect them to last
    forever anyhow. I have had snapping spokes but only on an ancient
    wheel over heavily potholed roads.
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    Mark, Sep 21, 2011
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  20. Some of them, as Rob said, provide good knowledgeable service.
    Others are reportedly still more as you describe. They still
    sell bottom end bikes, but they do sell more decent kit too.

    But some Halfords do run a bike repair workshop. (And even the ones that
    do just have a small bike section that the staff don't know much about can
    be useful if you need something at 7.30pm and all the local proper bike
    shops are shut.)
     
    Alan Braggins, Sep 21, 2011
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