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Trek DS 8.3 (Gary Fisher Collection)
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Trek

DS 8.3 (Gary Fisher Collection)
2012

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Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (10 Reviews)
 

2012 Trek DS 8.3 (Gary Fisher Collection)

Streets and paths, suburbs and woods; return to the simple joys of cycling with Trek's DS 8.3. This go-anywhere machine is road-bike fast, trail-bike capable and fun everywhere. It sports a lightweight Gold Series aluminum frame and a 63mm-travel suspension fork so it floats over rough roads and trails. With multi-surface Bontrager tires wrapped around big, 700c wheels any route you want to take is yours. And hills are no worries with 24 Shimano speeds and safe, grippy brakes at your disposal. Take the scenic way home.

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha Gold aluminum
Fork SR SunTour NEX 4610, 63mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager 750
Hubs Aluminum
Tires Bontrager H5, 700 x 38c
Crankset Shimano Acera
Chainrings 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Acera
Handlebars Bontrager low riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Plus
Stem Bontrager SSR
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro Novela Mechanical disc, 6-inch rotors
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager SSR
Seatpost Bontrager SSR

* Subject to change without notice.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.5 stars

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (10)
  • Versatile  (9)
  • Durable  (8)
  • Cool looking 
  • Excellent value 

Cons

  • A bit on the heavy side 
  • Brakes are noisy 
  • Brakes req adjustment 
  • Changes gear all the time 
  • Makes clicking noise 

Best Uses

  • Road biking  (8)
  • Commuting/city  (6)
  • Mountain biking  (2)
  • Beat those expensive MTB 
  • Bike paths 

Reviewed by 10 customers

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4.0

Great Bike

By rider21

from Boston, MA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Gears and Shifting
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    I ride on a bike path and on roads about 25 to 30 miles a day. the bike helps make good time with great speed. disc brakes and gears work great for riding on most terrain and any slopes. Comfort could be a little better because after a long ride the seat can get uncomfortable, but everything else is great. the bike really looks good in black too

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    5.0

    Excellent all-around bike

    By Cucape

    from Arlington, VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Cool looking
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Squeaky brakes

    Best Uses

    • Short 25mi Road riding
    • Commuting/City
    • Light Mountain biking

    Comments:

    I use this bike for pleasure & fitness. It is light and quite fast. It is very comfortable in paved trails and easy to handle in single track trails.

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    5.0

    looks good, rides even better.

    By ibert

    from LI NEW YORK

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      rode this bike from the shop, about 7 miles from my house.first time on a bike since i was a kid,felt like a kid untill i got to the fist hill.8 months later i ride 16 miles an average of 5 times aweek.done a few long rides, for me anyway.longest being a 28 mile ride,felt fine for the first hour and a half.but then one's butt started to hurt.i guess i well have to get used to that.bike still rides great,looks great and i've lost 10bls so i look great....

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      4.0

      Love it!

      By lakeshore rider

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Brakes are noisy

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I bought this bike after owning a trek 900 mtn bike for about 15 years with no problems. I average about 50 miles per week in the summer.I love this bike it is light and fast but has the ability to easily go off the paved paths. I've owned this bike for about a month now and I'm excited every time I ride it. It looks great, handles well on multiple terrains and was a good value.

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      4.0

      THE PERFECT BIKE FOR MY NEED'S

      By Happy Trek 8.3 DS Owner

      from Norristown, PA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Lightweight
      • Excellent Value

      Cons

      • Brakes req adjustment
      • A bit on the heavy side
      • Noisy brakes

      Best Uses

      • Bike paths
      • Commuting/City
      • Light trail MTB'ing
      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      I admit it; I fell in love with this bike at first sight and after one year it has served me well. It's versatility is tops and I've had rides that have combined road biking, including in traffic; bike path riding, paved and gravel; and riding on rolling single track through the woods. It wasn't the best bike in any area but unlike the others it did well in all areas. It handles well in most situations whether a trip to the store or coffee shop, a ride down the path, or a little jaunt off the groomed stuff into the woods onto approved of trails. Held in the hand it is noticeably heavier than my Novara Express but oddly in the saddle pedaling doesn't seem to be appreciably heavier, and I find it a lot more fun to ride than my flatbar road bike. It allows me to keep up with a group of four friends on a weekly dinner ride without too much effort on a gravel trail (22 miles round trip @ 11-14 mph). I'd love it even more if it were lighter but it's fine as it is. Prior to the current two bikes my bike was a Next Avalon CS from the Walmart. That bike saw little use but than things changed and along came first a flatbar roadbike, but than one that better fit the purpose: a bike that is at home just about everywhere except on serious and/or technical trails. And let's face it; I'm no "roadie" nor a mountain biker either, and at age 50 doubt I ever will be. The dual purpose nature of the DS is perfect! Now about those brakes. Granted, this is my first experience with disc brakes and I'm thrilled to be able to have the advantage of them. On the other hand are these entry level Tektro's noisy, and need frequent cleaning and adjustment. And from what I read online just about anyone with Tektro Novela's on their bike seems to have pretty much the same opinion. Maybe someday because of experience I'll be able to adjust them perfect with my eyes closed, but by than no doubt the pads will need replacing and won't be available.

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      5.0

      Great Bicycle

      By T.C.

      from Niagara Falls, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        Bought this bike for the road. Didn't want a traditional road bike. The locking shocks enabled me to add aero bars for longer rides, they work and look great! This bike is fast, easy shifting through the gears, and the disc brakes do their job. Would definately reccomend.

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        5.0

        Great for everyday use on the trails.

        By Pebo666

        from Lakeland, FL

        About Me Bike Messenger

        Pros

        • Smooth ride
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking
          • Light Trail

          Comments:

          I bought this bike for exercise and workouts. It performs flawlessly and rides like a dream. It is so quiet people don't even hear me coming. It is durable, lightweight and comfortable. I am glad I got the manual disc brake model instead of the caliper model. It stops great and has the added shocks for light trail riding. I really like the handle grips for a more comfortable ride. I only have 10 miles on it but so far it is a great buy. There is nothing I would change about it and I love the feel and quality of the bike. You can't go wrong with a Trek 8.3 DS!

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          3.0

          Only hours old

          By Too Old to be riding

          from Louisville, Ky

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Versatile
          • Durable
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Great looking
          • Ride great so far

          Cons

          • Makes clicking noise
          • Changes gear all the time

          Best Uses

          • Too early to say

          Comments:

          I just picked up this bike up today and have put about 10 miles on it so far. First, the bike passes the eye test first and foremost. For some that may not be that important but for me it was. The bike handles pretty well in a variety of terrains.But after riding it about a mile I noticed that the bike would attempt to change gears( while making this clicking sound) on it own while I was riding. This continued for the entire time that I rode the bike. I will put about another 35-50 miles on it to see if works itself out if not I will return it to the shop. The only other problem i've noticed with my limited riding times is the disc brakes don't work as well as I would have thought. I've never had a bike with disc brakes before so I guess my expectations were a bit high in that regard. But again today was the first day of me riding and the bike is new so I will reserve final judgment until a later date. I will continue to update as needed all and all I think this will be a great bike for me.

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          5.0

          Best In Solo, Indonesia Mountainbikers

          By Hery Suryo Wibowo

          from Solo. Indonesia

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Pros

          • Value for money
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Beat those expensive MTB
            • Road Biking
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments:

            I bought this bike in second hand condition, but it still in good conditions, everything is perfect ( for it's price ). I Live in Solo City, Indonesia, where there are a lot of Mountainbiker and fancy biker ( they spent amazing money to buy expensize bikes ). But as soon as they know this bike, it's performance and it's price...they shocked !!!

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            5.0

            Everything you want in a bike at a great

            By Flyguy35

            from Ottawa,ON Canada

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Versatile
            • Durable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Trail biking
            • Road Biking
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments:

            After not being on a bike for 20 years, I picked up a used bike about a year to give it a go. After one long trip on the used mountain bike, I was hooked. I kept riding this bike while I researched what would be a good bike for me. I tried Mountain and Hybrid bikes and both had their pros and cons. Then one day while at a local sports store I came across the Dual Sport and it was love at first site. I took the 8.4 for a spin, as the sport did not have the 8.3 in stock as of yet. I was truly amazed at how great this bike was and how it handled. The 8.4 was more bike than I needed and was outside the budget unfortunately. I called all the local Trek dealers in Ottawa but no one had the 8.3 in a 19" frame. I wanted this bike so bad that I contacted every Trek dealer from Montreal to Toronto to see if they had the 8.3 in stock. Though one dealer did not have in stock, he told that there was an actual Trek Store in Toronto. A quick email to them and I had found my bike!! I made the 4.5 hour drive to Toronto and test-drove the bike and it was all I could ask for. The tires were a little smoother than the 8.4 and the sales person said no problem and swapped out the rubber at no extra cost. The salespeople and techs at the Toronto Trek Store were amazing. Upon returning to Ottawa, I took the 8.3 on a 40km ride. I certainly put it through its pace. I started off on paved road were the bike performed a lot better than my mountain bike and the lock shocks are a great feature for road biking. I broke off of the road and took it on a hard pack trail where again the bike perform very well. Off of the hard packed trail was some very rough mountain bike trail. I unlocked the shocks and went for it. To my surprise the bike handled a lot better than expected. It took the humps and bumps with ease and confidence. As I rode on this trail I see a very sandy trail and said what the heck and again, I was surprised that the tires dug into the sand with ease. If you are looking for a truly all-purpose bike, you cannot go wrong with the DS 8.3. The light frame weight, quality components and comfortable seat this bike a pleasure to ride.

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