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Trek 8.3 DS (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek 8.3 DS (Gary Fisher Collection)

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (12 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2013 Trek 8.3 DS (Gary Fisher Collection)

Streets and paths, suburbs and woods; return to the simple joys of cycling with Trek's 8.3 DS. This go-anywhere machine is road-bike fast, hybrid-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 paths. 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 wide-ranging Shimano speeds to choose from and safe, powerful disc brakes at your disposal. Take the scenic way home.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Gold aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour NEX MLO, 63mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager 750
    Hubs Formula aluminum
    Tires Bontrager LT2, 700 x 38c
    Crankset Shimano Acera
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    Front Derailleur Shimano
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 8-speed: 12-32
    Shifters Shimano Acera
    Handlebars Bontrager low riser
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Gel
    Stem Bontrager
    Brake Levers Tektro
    Brakes Tektro Novela Mechanical disc, 6-inch rotors
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    4.5 stars

    (based on 12 reviews)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable  (11)
    • Versatile  (11)
    • Lightweight  (8)
    • Disc brakes 
    • Good looking 

    Cons

    • Heavy  (4)
    • Gear delay 
    • Not enough seat padding 
    • Poor quality 
    • Wears out quickly 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/city  (10)
    • Road biking  (7)
    • Mountain biking  (5)
    • Fitness 
    • NOTHING 

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Fantastic Bike

    By Rec Rider

    from Lee's Summit, Missouri

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I ride on city streets, paved paths but also on cross country paths and horse trails. This bike can do it all. I can keep up with city traffic for a distance but then climb over small rocks, logs and dirt trails chewed up by horses. I have taken it through grass over the axles and the DS handles it no problem. Awesome bike.

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      1.0

      I woukldn't buy this.

      By Man

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

      • none

      Cons

      • Poor Construction
      • Heavy
      • Wears Out Quickly

      Best Uses

      • NOTHING

      Comments:

      Its terrible. Dont get this bike!

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      5.0

      One Word: Reliable

      By The Reverend

      from Newton, NJ

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City
      • Trails
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      I ride 3 times a week, getting in 50 miles or more. I used to be exclusively a mountain biker, but 2 things occred to me. At my age I wouldn't tackle the tough terrain anymore, and I wanted to connect trails via country roads (and I hated the road chatter). This bike fit the bill Perfectly!! It cruises over rocks and roots when needed, but it's very fast on the road thanks to the 700cc tires - and I love the fork lockout. Every recreational, multi-terrain fitness rider should consider this bike!

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      5.0

      Excellent craftsmanship...

      By Ant_Live

      from Providence, RI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Lightweight
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        Wonderful ride and quite responsive. User friendly. I see plenty folks having an issue with the gears delaying...I haven't experienced that as yet...Hopefully I don't.

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        5.0

        Great Bike

        By FloydDZD

        from Fort Worth, TX.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking
          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          The is the first high end bike that i have purchased I am very satisfied with its versatility i have only rode it twice but im extremly impressed and happy with this bike.

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          5.0

          Easiest purchase ever

          By Ragbrai dreamer

          from Ankeny, IA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Versatile
          • Lightweight
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Gear Delay

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Versitile Riding

          Comments:

          I use my Trek 8.3 DS to commute to and from work daily. Although it's a sprint across town, this bike couldn't fit my needs any better. Biking being a new hobby for me, I can't wait to to get both tires to the asphalt and ride. I honestly think that I could not have chosen a better bike.

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          5.0

          Great All-Around Bike

          By Red Rider 274

          from Milwaukee, WI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Quiet
          • Durable
          • Versatile
          • Disc Brakes
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth ride

          Cons

          • Not Enough Seat Padding

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking
          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          This is the best bike I have ever riden. I ride for my health and ride mostly on the street which due to winter and potholes is almost like riding off road. I love the disc brakes when I need them they stop unlike the caliper brakes that took longer to stop when they got wet or muddy. The only thing that needs to be changed is the seat. I bought a gel seat cover to address this for now.

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          5.0

          Great Purchase

          By Shawnjms

          from Erie, Pa

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking
          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          I decided that I wanted to try something different than running a few miles here and there. My wife used to road cycle heavily and I decided to go to my local shop and ask some questions. I did alot of research before I went on the hybrid line of bikes from Trek. I took a few models out on test rides and fell for the 8.3 DS. For my first bicycle it fit my needs perfectly.I love the fact that I can transition from road to trails w/o effort or concern and have logged in some heavy time and mileage. I look forward to getting more use out of the DS and already looking into cyclo-cross bikes. This is definetely worth the money, but I must say, the saddle isn't to friendly on the bottom region.

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          4.0

          Great First Bike

          By MadProphet

          from On the Ridge, Northern California

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile
          • Good looking
          • Good Fit

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments:

          I bought my Trek 8.3 after a long hiatus from riding. Something on the order of from the Beatles to Bieber hiatus. So I really knew nothing about bikes when I went in to my local store. The sales guy took good care of me, trying to steer me toward a comfort bike. For some reason, I had in my head it must have two things: disc brakes and front shocks. I didn't realy plan on trail riding but had to have them. In other words, I didn't listen. After about four test rides, starting with pure mountain bikes and finally moving up to the hybrid 8.3, I finally decided I liked the DS best. The mountain bikes were a challenge to push along the road with low-pressure wide tires and the slightly narrower higher-pressure ones of the Dual Sport made a lot of difference. I've taken to riding about 10-15 miles per ride, every three or so days. LOTS of hilly sections, but all road riding. While I enjoy the 8.3 DS, I so wish I'd gone with a 7.4 Disc FX. I'm much more road oriented and the likelihood this bike will see any more than a dirt path through the hills is nil. The FX would have suited me far better! Ah well. Lesson learned. But for those of you wanting a capable, go-anywhere bike that will allow you entry to the world of cycling in just about any terrain - this is your bike. The 8.4 offers stronger brakes, but I've flown down our local road and bike ways are far faster speeds than I would if I were sane and it stops me just the same. Great bike, well-made.

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          5.0

          Great Bike

          By USM89

          from Booneville, MS

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Versatile
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fitness
            • Road Biking

            Comments:

            I was looking for a bike for fitness and pleasure and for me this was the perfect selection. The thumb and trigger shifter work perfectly, I look forward to discover how the disc brakes hold up they work very well in my hilly terrain. Sometimes the controls for the brakes and shifters seem a bit close but not awkward.

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