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Trek 1000 - Best Entry-Level Road Bike!

Old 05-01-06, 02:13 PM
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Trek 1000 - Best Entry-Level Road Bike!

The Trek 1000 won Best Entry-Level Road Bike in the Bicycling Magazine 2006 Editor's Choice awards.

I'm just saying.

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What I found interesting was they didn't say why.
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Well, they did say this:

Originally Posted by About the Trek 1000
It's unbelievable that a bike can deliver this kind of all-around performance, comfort and good looks for about $700
And this:

Originally Posted by About the Trek 1000
It gave up almost nothing to the recreational-level bikes above it
And finally, this:

Originally Posted by About the Trek 1000
It's the most refined of the three entry-level finalists, with the most zip. Stand on it, it'll respond
They also had this to say about some of the bikes that didn't get the award:

Originally Posted by About the DBR Podium 1
the DBR was a little bit heavier than the Trek (and the Schwinn) and as a result felt sluggish in comparison, and the size run isn't as complete as the Trek's
Originally Posted by About the Schwinn Fastback Sport 24
The snap the Trek displayed when we wanted to accelerate isn't evident in the Schwinn
So they did say *something*. Not a whole lot, but something.
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Hmmm...maybe next time, I'll actually do a little more than just look at the pictures.

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Its also a pretty bike in orange



But seriously, I've test ridden one, great starter bike if not for the sora thumbshifters which I hated.

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Originally Posted by rpc180
Its also a pretty bike in orange
Amen, baybee:



That one's mine, which is why I'm pimping the Trek 1000. 'Course, I upgraded some of the more entry-entry-level parts like the Alex wheels (I run Tiagra/Mavic CXP23), the 2203 front-derailleur (I run Tiagra), the brifters (again, I run Tiagra with a 9-speed drivetrain), the brakes (Tiagra yet again), and pedals (Ultegra, baybee!). But that's because I'm a tinkerer at heart, and like pulling for the underdog (the Trek 1000 takes a fair bit o' heat round these parts, heh.)

Since that picture was taken I've dropped the stem a wee bit, to test my flexibility, and eventually it'll be replaced with a closer-to-zero-degree-rise stem.
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damn, that's a nice looking bike for $700 (and orange!)

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Too bad I couldn't even afford that, especially with the cash Ima be spending at the Dayton Hamfest.
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Originally Posted by iamtim
That's a pretty odd looking setup with the seat all the way forward and the stem sticking up in the air. The only people I know with their seats all the way forward are triatheletes who lean on their aerobars all the time.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
That's a pretty odd looking setup with the seat all the way forward and the stem sticking up in the air.
Yeah, it's an old pic. It was setup that when when I first started riding again after a 10-year layoff to compete in the World Fat-N-Lazy Competition, and I was not very flexible. I've since moved the seat back, and lowered the bars a step. I'll soon be replacing it with, as I said above, a more zero-degree-rise stem.
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just wondering how much Trek pay the Editor for this.
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Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
just wondering how much Trek pay the Editor for this.
Of course, because that's the only way a Trek bike, much less the 1000, could ever be recognized for being a great entry level bike, right?

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Oh my, I've bought a different entry level bike. What am I gonna dp now?!

And btw, they list the 1000 for $710
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I test ride a Trek 1000 when I was shopping and had no problems with it, including the Sora shifters, I just ended up with a great deal on a better bike....of course for a few hundred more. The Trek 1000 is a fine entry level bike IMHO. I would not be the least bit ashamed to own one.

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You could have had a Specialized Allez Sport with all the Tiagra bits for $800 or less.
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I have a mediocre Nishiki 8 speed that I spray painted orange which I spent about $700 over the past three years on repairs. First a collision -new crankset and front wheel (tiagra) , broken campy shifters - I replaced with Sora, a messed-up hub, some broken spokes, upgraded brakes - to Avid shorties, and finally repairing a broken chain. Next week I want to replace a worn middle chain ring (its worn and the new chain is clanking on it.

I could have a Trek 1000 instead
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Originally Posted by crummyrider
You could have had a Specialized Allez Sport with all the Tiagra bits for $800 or less.
But, I didn't want a Specialized Allez Sport; it's not the same brand that Lance rides.

Just kidding.

When I bought my Trek 1000, I test rode the Specialized Allez Sport as well; I just didn't "feel" it. The Trek 1000 "felt" better to me. I liked the ride better. AND! The Specialized Allez Sport didn't come in the cool, flare duotone "orange" paint job.
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Hey Tim,

Glad to hear you are loving the Tiagra! Did you ever get the nameplate replaced? I crashed at the last Chicago Critical Mass and destroyed my handlebars and 105 nameplates. Costing me $70 to replace everything.

No more CCM for me and Midori.
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I prefer my Felt F90 for an entry level choice.
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Originally Posted by Nubie
Glad to hear you are loving the Tiagra! Did you ever get the nameplate replaced?
LOVING IT. The bike looks great, rides great, and the matching component group gives me my own, special brand of OCP points.

No, never got them replaced. My LBS couldn't get them, and the bike store hosting the links you sent me wouldn't ship out of state. No big, they work and that's all that counts.

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I crashed at the last Chicago Critical Mass and destroyed my handlebars and 105 nameplates.
Yeah, I read about your crash. That sucks.
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that means nothing. bicycling is a junk magazine. moreover, though, you wont find a palpable difference between most entry level bikes, anyway.
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Personally, I don't think there's much value difference between the $700 bikes from the popular bike shop brands (Trek, Giant, Specialized, etc.). Buy whatever fits you best (size and geometry differences are more important than component differences), from a bike shop that has a reputation for a good fitting service.
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Originally Posted by iamtim
No, never got them replaced. My LBS couldn't get them, and the bike store hosting the links you sent me wouldn't ship out of state. No big, they work and that's all that counts.
Performance is ordering the nameplates for me from their catalog. The right one definitely needs to be replaced because it's pretty much missing, and the left is all scratched up, so I might as well replace that too. If you still wanted to replace your Tiagra one, I'll bet Performance could probably order it for you as well, if you have a store near you.

Yeah, I'm pretty bummed.

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I got my issue of Bicycling this month. I pretty much decided not to renew and instead subscribe to Velo News. I saw that "Best $700 Bike" on cover but there was no article. No real reason why it's The Best. That's why I won't renew my subscription - that rag is all fluff no substance. Some articles on nutrition are OK but still no more than common sense - lose weight by a) reducing calolries and b) exercising. Duh.
That magazine is HORRIBLE and a total waste of time and money. Nothing of substance between the covers. I love articles detailed articles in Velo News.
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Boooooo. It is not the best road bike under $700. Doesn't it still come with toe clips? The 'Alpha SL' frame is hardly what you'd call responsive, and it isn't that light. I can think of a lot of better budget road bikes than the 1000.
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