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Trek Earl
  • Color: Lime Green
  • Color: Gloss Black
  • Color: Pink

Trek Earl

2015

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (29 Reviews)
$329.99 - $529.99
$529.99
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  • This item is not permitted to be shipped, however it can be purchased online and picked up at your convenience.
 

Product Details

2015 Trek Earl

Trek's Earl is all about good old-fashioned biking fun. Or new school fun for those who commute to work, or class, or downtown. For simple, durable and convenient transportation, it boasts a sweet-riding, tough chromoly frame, nimble-handling 700c aluminum wheels and a simple one-speed drivetrain that requires no shifting and next-to-zero maintenance. You also get powerful dual-pivot brakes, a chainguard to protect your pants and a trick double top tube on the frame that can carry a U-lock (sold separately), and opens bottles, too! Other noteworthy details include a supportive Earl seat, comfy grips, platform pedals, and you even get eyelets for adding fenders and a rack for more versatility (accessories sold separately).

Features and Information

  • The Earl has a double top tube (obscured in the photo) that lets you carry your U-lock by slipping it between the tubes (locks sold separately).
 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek chromoly, with double top tube that holds U-locks and has a built-in bottle opener
    Fork Trek steel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager aluminum
    Hubs Aluminum, sealed bearing
    Tires Bontrager H2, 700 x 28c
    Crankset Aluminum 3-piece
    Chainrings 44T
    Rear Cogs 17T freewheel
    Handlebars Steel
    Tape/Grips Kraton flanged BMX
    Stem Bontrager
    Brake Levers Tektro aluminum
    Brakes Tektro dual-pivot
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Saddle Earl BMX style
    Seatpost Steel

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Vendor Number Store SKU
    Pink / 57cm 00768682308943 13530002213 TRK-13530002213 13530002213
    Gloss Black / 49cm 00745889926064 13530000111 TRK-13530000111
    Gloss Black / 54cm 00745889926088 13530001111 TRK-13530001111
    Gloss Black / 57cm 00745889926101 13530002111 TRK-13530002111 13530002111
    Gloss Black / 61cm 00745889926125 13530003111 TRK-13530003111
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    4.5 stars

    (based on 29 reviews)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable  (25)
    • Great Components  (7)
    • Versatile  (5)
    • Good price value  (3)
    • Stylish  (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy  (10)
    • Poor Construction  (2)
    • Very Heavy 
    • Tires very hard to mount 
    • Wears Out Quickly 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting  (17)
    • Pavement  (11)
    • Commuting/City  (8)
    • Off-Road  (2)
    • Seaside Bike Path 

    Reviewed by 29 customers

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    2.0

    Look somewhere else

    By Dhill

    from Ottawa, Canada

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Construction
      • Very Heavy
      • Wears Out Quickly
      • Poor Paint Scratches Eas
      • Terrible Breaks
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I put up with this bike for 2 years. I looked it up again just to show someone what Not to Buy.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This bike will last forever.

      By Darrell

      from Emporia, KS

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Stylish
      • Handling

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commutingcity

      Comments:

      I feel like this bike will exist for the next hundred years and ride as well as it did when I first got it. This bike is very versatile I can ride over curbs through mud/gravel/grass and keep trucking. Being a single speed, very little can go wrong with it. It is simple and fun to ride.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fast and stable.

      By Rick

      from Midwest college town

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I bought mine used for a great price and I really like the bike. It is fast and handles very well. But in this price range I'd expect cro-mo frame. I am considering a 3 speed upgrade as this town is a bit hilly for a ss. The twin upper tubes construction is interesting. A 110 year old idea that keeps coming back. Need better color selections. The baby blue and lime green are the worst. Going to repaint mine for sure just to improve the looks. The graphics are ugly. Why not just put a Trek emblem on the front and leave it at that.

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      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Keeper

      By Spence

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Tires Wear Out
      • Heavy
      • Handle Bars

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      Brilliant design! I attend CSULB but live 12 miles from the school, parking is a bear, so I park out in the dunes and ride in (about 1/2-1 mile) that is jam packed with people. Its super versatile, I throw it in the back of my SUV and am good to go. It is incredibly quick and easy to handle, which is necessary if you don't want to plow people over. My only complaints are: -The Bontrager tires are rather poor quality, gotta buy a more descent set. -And the handle bars: although great when maneuvering among fellow students, however are rather inconvenient for longer rides. Buy a more suitable set if you wanna go a distance.

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      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      You get what you pay for.

      By DRS

      from Staten Island, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        Pros: -Inexpensive -Wheels can handle tough NYC streets Cons: -Bontrager H2 tires are prone to flats and handle poorly -Tektro 800A brakes are substandard -The seat post is squeaky and seating position difficult to adjust -Wheel nuts and certain parts of the frame are prone to rust -Pedals are poor quality -Chain requires frequent adjustment I purchased this bike in late April 2012 for New York City commuting and daily recreational riding (e.g., along the NYC Greenway system). I estimate that I've ridden close to 1000 miles as of the end of July 2012. I added a stem extender to make the bike comfortable (not a problem with the bike itself). The Bontrager H2 tires are absolute garbage. They are prone to flats, absorb bumps poorly at the suggested inflation pressure range and handle poorly. Don't even ride home on the these things. I switched to a set of Panaracer TServe tires and they are terrific. On the other hand, the stock wheels can really handle city streets and have stayed true. I recommend MKX RMS sneaker pedals as replacements for the stock pedals (flimsy) and the Origin 8 Classique seat post (excellent quality and much less expensive than a comparable Nitto post). The stock seat post looks like something from a very low end department store bike. I'm still working on replacements for the poor quality Tektro brakes - at least for the front as I'm not happy with the stopping power (173 lb rider). The split top tube feature is really nothing special. Neither of my Kryptonite locks can be held in place without rattling and... who really carries glass bottles while riding? While the Earl is a perfectly usable bike for my purposes and I plan to ride it for the forseeable future, I wish I had spent a few more money for a bike with better quality components.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It'll make you wish you couldn't walk...

        By Tattoo Rick

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Roomy
        • Versatile
        • Good price value

        Cons

        • Wears quickly

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        Was a gift from my permiscuous ex wife, and she out did herself! First, this bike is perfect for getting around town, exercising and pulling a taco stand. The Earl's versatility is second to none, one mintue your joy riding, the next you're attacking trails like an Indian running from a heard of ruthless Buffalo. Has a great setup to add a basket which is great for carrying jo rags, tools, air pump, anything you potentially need for the road! The bottle opener is great for some pints on the go, and the handle bars give you superior control like your navigating a jet ski on the open ocean! I plan on buying one for my nephew next month for his birthday!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Old Guy Approved

        By Bruce

        from Banning, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Value
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Seaside Bike Path

          Comments:

          I bought this bike to keep in shape. After years of being out of the saddle, I wanted a simple bicycle, that I could get on and ride and not worry about having to fiddle with it. My personal preference is to ride my Earl fixed. the freewheel never see's use, but it is available if I want it. The only negatives I could think of is the saddle needs to be a little softer and the front chain ring was just a bit too tall for my old knees. I went to a smaller front sprocket and that seems to have done the trick.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent City Bike

          By Hermes_77

          from Salt Lake City, UT

          About Me Commuter

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Handles well
          • Good price value
          • Crazy FUN to ride
          • Durable
          • Bottle Opener
          • Great components

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking
            • Commuting/City
            • Pavement

            Comments:

            I recently picked up one of these little beauties and I absolutely love it. I needed a functional, cheap, and stylish ride to kick it downtown (Salt Lake City, UT) this summer as well as something to get me to and from work on occassion. This bike completely fits the bill. I am crazy excited to casually ride my Earl to the various music festivals and gallery strolls held in Salt Lake this summer as well as put some hard sweaty miles on it when I need some exercise. For the price you get a LOT of bike for your money. The components overall are not bad. There are a lot of simple touches that add loads of charm to this bike. But to me, first and foremost, I find it esthetically pleasing. I've always dug black, deconstructed, no-thrills bikes. The Trek Earl is a beauty to look at in this regard. Clean simple lines, and the few adornments and stickers it has complement it perfectly. In addition, it handles very well, and is a BLAST to ride. Props for including a bottle opener and split bar for our U-locks. That speaks volumes on the Earl's intended demographic. Yes it is a little heavy but to me that's great as my legs will only adapt and get stronger. The only thing I wish it had is a quick release on the front wheel. But I carry a 15 mm socket in my backpack whenever I have to take off the wheel to throw my Earl into my car.

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            • No

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Makes a good city bike

            By Aaron

            from Denver

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Cast dropouts
            • Plush ride
            • Clearance for fenders
            • Stylish
            • Clearance for wide tires
            • Comfortable
            • Double top tube is cool

            Cons

            • Schrader valve rims
            • Out of round chainring
            • Tires very hard to mount
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City

            Comments:

            I've had my Earl for about 6 months now. I quite like it. It's very, very heavy. Around thirty pounds for the 61cm, but the frame also feels very durable. The bike seems very up to the task of hard urban commutes filled with curbs, potholes, getting crunched in lockup, ect. The cast horizontal dropouts are a nice touch at this pricepoint. The bike has a surprisingly plush ride quality. The stock saddle is very comfortable and the geometery is great for riding in the city. The cromo riser bars are very comfortable. The bike did come with a few issues, one being that the chainring is out of round. The stock pedals are nearly worthless, after a few rides the bearings are already toast. The description on Treks website says the bike comes with a sealed bearing headset, but this is untrue. It comes with a cheaper caged ball headset. Overall, its a solid ride for the money. Great for urban commuting. The frame has plenty of clearance for wider tires and fenders, which is also a big plus for commuters. Extra unique/style points for the cool double top tube frame design.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Piece of Art

            By Breakfast Burrito

            from Outside Chicago

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • FUN
            • Durable
            • Beautiful to look at
            • Functional
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Ok parts

            Best Uses

            • Around town
            • Just fun

            Comments:

            I was looking for a back-to-basics utilitarian bike that was made for just getting around town. I have a road bike but, for obvious reasons, was not excited about locking it to a pole outside the supermarket or pet shop. I wanted something really basic: A frame, two wheels, brakes, single-speed. I did a ton of research and the Earl really stood out from others. Price point under $500. The black is cool. Very simple. Purely functional. What I didn't expect, however, was that some of the subtleties of the frame design (the double top tube and the cool curve of the top tube into the down tube) would really make this bike stand out as beautiful. I rode it out of the bike shop but then brought it into my LBS where we busted off all the reflectors, changed out the pedals to some Wellgos with spikes, and took off the chain guard (there is so little clearance between the chain and the chain guard and the imperfect chain ring kept the clanking noise fairly constant - and no, you can't bend it out). It's now so much better. The best part, however, is the pure fun of riding a single speed around town. If you're used to riding a road bike like I am, the simplicity of just getting on and riding with no clips and no derailleurs is great. All just good fun like you had when you were a kid. I totally would have given this five stars except that the pedals and handlebars are kind of "meh" and the chain guard - which I would have loved to have kept on - needs to be redesigned for more clearance. I would totally recommend this bike.

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