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Trek 520

Trek 520

2016

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5.0 stars
 (14 Reviews)
$1,259.99
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2016 Trek 520

Get out the maps and plan your countryside tour. Trek's 520 features a compliant chromoly frame and fork for all-day comfort and stability — even when you're carrying a load. Its Shimano shifting is slick and smooth with a wide-range 27-speed drivetrain that makes easy work of long rides and big climbs, and its linear-pull brakes stop with authority. You'll also love the puncture resistance of the wide Bontrager Hardcase tires and the fact that this sweet tourer comes with a rear rack, fender mounts and pedals. Load it up and enjoy the tour.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek butted-chromoly
    Fork Chromoly Touring
    Rims Bontrager TLR
    Hubs Shimano
    Tires Bontrager AW1 Hardcase, 700 x 32c
    Crankset Shimano Deore
    Chainrings 48/36/26
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 11-32
    Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace handlebar-end
    Handlebars Bontrager Race VR-C
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel Cork
    Stem Bontrager Elite w/Blendr
    Brake Levers Tektro RL-520
    Brakes Shimano linear pull
    Pedals Nylon platform w/cages
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR
    Accessories & Extras Bontrager Backrack Deluxe rear rack

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    54cm 00768682926796 508381 52018655887N
    63cm 00768682978436 510069 52018911624N
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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Comfortable  (12)
    • Handles well  (11)
    • Good Geometry  (9)
    • Absorbs Shock Well  (4)
    • Great Components  (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy  (4)
    • Uncomfortable Seat  (2)
    • Brakes could be better 
    • Original fork too short 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting  (7)
    • Casual Riding  (6)
    • Exercising  (4)
    • Climbing  (3)
    • Touring  (2)

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    4.0

    27000 miles on my 520

    By rocket man

    from victoria bc

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Exercising

    Comments:

    I do not wash or change chains very often so I rebuild casset a few times obviously. Just back from EU tour thru mountains/switch backs. Very steady bike - safe at any speed. I prefer 28 marthon plus tires and get over 5000 miles before I replace then even if they are still fine. I invested a lot of $$ trying to lighten it- was a dumb idea- just us it out of the box. When ur 180 lbs-- a few grams can be saved with a long pee. MY racing bikes are twitchy so I often ride my 520 for relaxation.

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    5.0

    Love this Bike

    By Margie B.

    from Melbourne, Fl

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Smooth Ride
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Casual Riding
      • Exercising
      • Climbing

      Comments:

      Love this bike. it rides like a Cadillac! I rode mine from Philadelphia to Key West. The bontrager hard case tires that came with it held up great. No flats the entire trip. I changed the saddle to a Brooks B17 flyer and actually rode with regular shorts...that's right....no pads! The only thing that bothers me with manufacturers is pre-cutting the steer tube. I think it should be up to the customer on how low or high the tube should be cut. I would have like the tube higher for touring. Other than that...great bike!

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      5.0

      Had one. Had it Stolen. Will buy again.

      By wheresmy520

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Touring

      Comments:

      I rode a 2012 Trek 520 from Seaside, Oregon to Long Island, New York. 3,794 miles and it never disappointed me. The frame is heavy, yes, but if you're carrying gear on an unsupported ride, nothing can compete. I had 2 fellow riders on that tour. Both were on "normal" road bikes and had constant issues. I had to replace the tires in Iowa, but other than that the 520 was perfect. I replaced the saddle with a Brooks for a more comfortable ride, and added a front rack for carrying capacity. I found the 520 very enjoyable to ride around without weight, too. (Which is how I got it stolen, and why I need another one.) It's faster than you'd think, in spite of its own weight. The gear system takes a bit of getting used to, but it soon feels natural. The most distinctive difference between this and my racing bike is the wheels. They're wider than a standard road bike, which is perfect for touring. If you ever end up on gravel or dirt, you won't be totally sunk. They also bear weight well. I don't just mean this in terms of balance. I carried about 50 lbs of gear everyday for 52 days and never broke a spoke. This bike is tough as nails, and comfortable to ride.

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      5.0

      12,000 miles and going strong

      By DETrek520

      from Kent County Maryland

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Good Geometry
      • Fast
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Commuting
      • Touring
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      I have ridden over 12,000 miles on my trek 520 and am thinking about getting a second one so I can have 1 full time at my vacation home. After 12 years of riding a mid level trek I decided to upgrade and couldn't believe the difference. I do 2 week long tours in the summer and this bike is good for all types of elevations. fit woman in my 50's I just love this bike

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      5.0

      Best ride I have ever had!

      By Grandpa

      from Muncie, IN.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Versatile
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Touring
        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I researched all the top brands looking for the perfect bike for me and the 520 has won my heart. It's the most comfortable bike I have ever been on and the gearing is great for flatland or hilly riding. I have been able to double my ride distance and am planning a long tour in the spring. I would not have even thought about it on my last bike. I have upgraded the seat, but that's all.

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        5.0

        took me from [...]or [...]

        By Amber

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Handles Well
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Serious Training

        Comments:

        Went from [...] to [...] in 2010, I put over 5,000 miles on the bike in the first year. Only a few modifications like a new saddle but everything else was the same with one tire change and a few tubes along the way. As a 5'2 woman this bike was perfect for me.

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        5.0

        My new favorite ride!

        By Roybot

        from Sandiego

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Comments:

        I ride alot and own quite a few bikes of all varieties. I've always thought the 520 was a good looking bike but never see them too much in the shops. I found one in a 57 near by, they assembled it for me after a few words over the phone and I headed up to the shop. When I arrived it was assembled and waiting for me to test ride it. It fit well and I fell in love and took it home. My other trek is a 60, so at first riding this one was a little strange since I was actually use to over reaching and seeing this massive frame below me. I think this one is a better fit, I can ride all day without any pain and the drive train actually has me looking for those climbs that intimidated me on my compact! The 520 is a joy to ride, more than an all arounder and funner than the typical tourer, since the bars sit a little low, but definately capable of comfort and being loaded up. It's a head turner as well and it seems everyone thinks its gorgeous..

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        4.0

        Trek 520

        By Richard

        from Victoria, BC Canada

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Handles Well
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

        • Original fork too short

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Exercising
        • Casual Riding

        Comments:

        A superb bike that has exceeded my expectations. I wanted to ride more upright and Trek sent the store a new, uncut fork that gets me where I want to be. The seat and rack need replacing for serious touring. I am a bit confused by why any reviewer would check off poor components. LX is bulletprrof unless you are mountain biking across Mongolia. All components are excellent. Bruce Gordon uses same components on some of his $3000 touring bikes. The 520 handles beautifully heavilly loaded and is smooth and flawless in all gears. There is new, lower gearing that gives you a very easy granny gear for the steep hills.

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        5.0

        Superb Touring Machine

        By Touring Man

        from Sebring, FL

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Reliable
        • Rugged
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Serious Training
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        Superb bike for loaded touring. I spent a year on the road with this bike with loaded panniers. Cycled all over New Zealand for 9 months than crossed the USA on my return. The bike never failed me! Built for comfort not speed, this bike handles well in all types of terrain and weather conditions. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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        4.0

        Entry Level Tourist 2009

        By Stu

        from Lincoln N.Y.

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Cyclotouring

        Comments:

        Great cyclotouring bike replaced the rack, added front and rear Tubus racks with Ortlieb panniers and Brooks spring saddle piled on the camping equip. and headed out...had great experiences over the Summer. 75# total weight handled it great..I am very satisfied with my 520 after the first 900 miles of my cyclotouring JUST BUY IT

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