Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pink Bikes IS FAST! Trek Rig first impressions

Dont look for this color at your Trek dealer
Ok, I have to admit Trek Rig just doesnt sound right. It doesnt roll off the tongue like Fisher Rig. So I will call it the Treker Rig. Actually, this first review is more on the frame and its ride characteristics rather than the components, but I will touch on them as to take up more space and look as if I had a lot to say.
So, the frame is 6061 butted hydroformed aluminum with sliding dropouts. Past Rigs had the eccentric bb, which added weight and adjustments made to the chainline also changed saddle height and placement. It has the Fisher G2 geometry-which for those not familiar is a custom 51mm offset fork to address the sluggish handling on past 29ers. It also has cable stops to run it geared, but you wont do that, will you? The frame weighs in at 3lbs. 14 oz in 19″, very nice. What makes my Rig special? Pink makes your bike faster! It is true. Yes, I stripped it down and painted it “ballet slipper pink”, it looks more like silly putty to me. Rustoleum is the best paint for do it your selfers. Lots of wet sanding and you have a factory paint job look.

A solid spec, ugly paint
The original spec includes: Fox f32 series 100mm travel fork, Firex crank, Bontrager SS hub laced to Mustang tubeless ready rims and the very stiff FCC front hub, Avid Juicy 3 brakes and Bontrager glue factory items everywhere else. Mine of course is built up with only the best offerings from Mr. Bontrager-Race X Lite wheels, bar, stem, post, Evoke 3 Ti saddle, Juicy carbon brakes, Stylo OCT crank. All told 20lbs. 9oz. great weight for this very pleasing to the eye shade of pink.

Pink is Fast!
I have put 103 miles on it since may 12th, so this isnt meant to be a long term review, just my initial thoughts. I was never a big fan of aluminum framed bikes, just because of the inherent stiff nature of the material. This is a very smooth riding frame-as aluminum frames go. I didnt feel “beat up” as other frames I have been on. Even with the rigid fork, I felt comfortable. It accelerates with the best, again this is the rigid aluminum frame at work here. It has a nice long feel to it, which is what you want because of the out of the saddle climbing, it allows one to get over the bars more and rock it, baby. It has a nice neutral bias, which, again is great for SSing.Too far forward, you spin out, Too far back your front end works against you. This a great climbing bike. No flex from the bb or rear end. The headset is integrated so the front is a bit stiffer as well.
There is nothing I have found yet that is a negative, although the rear did develop a severe creaking issue at the last race. The culprit-the sliders. A little drop of oil remedied the annoyance. The original 29.2 and 29.3 tires are wire bead, a bit of a surprise on a $1,400.00 bike. The original finish on the bike was not what I usually expect from Trek. Some minor bubbling in the paint and crooked decals, again nothing major but worth noting. The factory spec is a good mix of parts out of the box and should keep you going for a while.

This a good offering from Trek. Go tubeless and get yourself an Evoke saddle and you will have a great ride. Remember-PINK IS FAST! Enjoy.

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