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Trek 520

Trek 520

2014

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (38 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2014 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 you with authority. You'll also love the ride and puncture resistance of the wide Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires and the fact that this sweet tourer comes with a rear rack, fender mounts and pedals. Load it up and enjoy the journey.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek butted-chromoly
    Fork Chromoly Touring
    Rims Bontrager Camino
    Hubs Shimano Deore LX
    Tires Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase, 700 x 32c
    Crankset Shimano Trekking
    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 Race Lite
    Brake Levers Tektro
    Brakes Shimano M422 linear pull
    Pedals Nylon platform w/cages
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR
    Accessories & Extras Rear rack

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

    (based on 38 reviews)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Handles well  (34)
    • Comfortable  (32)
    • Good Geometry  (30)
    • Responsive  (16)
    • Fast  (11)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat  (10)
    • Heavy  (7)
    • Poor Components  (2)
    • Brakes Could Be Better  (2)
    • Poor rims 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting  (27)
    • Casual riding  (17)
    • Exercising  (17)
    • Climbing  (11)
    • Touring  (8)

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    5.0

    Love this Bike

    By Margie B.

    from Melbourne, Fl

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Smooth Ride
    • Handles Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exercising
      • Commuting
      • Casual Riding
      • 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

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

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Touring
      • Casual Riding
      • Commuting
      • 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

        • Road Biking
        • Commuting/City
        • Touring

        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

        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • 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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        keeps on keeping on

        By dabba

        from australia

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Brakes Could Be Better
        • Gearing
        • Price in Australia

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Touring

        Comments:

        I bought my 520 in 1995, and since then it's done over 80,000kms. Only the frame and front derailleur are original, but I've had the frame repainted. It is a beautifully balanced bike with touring load on front and rear and is as solid as a rock descending with load, but the brakes are underpowered. Probably better with disks. For my touring I use a 48-36-24 chainring setup and 12-36T cassette. Still have the occasional walk up some hills, but it's considerably better than the standard setup. Price in Oz when they were last imported a year or so ago was double the US cost despite our dollar being almost at parity. It's a good bike, but not at any cost.

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it -- used it a lot

        By biking nut

        from Pueblo West, Colorado

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Handles Well
        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Climbing
        • Casual Riding
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I bought this bike for less than a year and used it a lot -- RAGBRAI ( bike across IOWA ), NUMB Ride for Hunger in NE (multi-day bike event), many bike events and exercise almost every morning -- No problem with the bike; never have a flat tire; just changed a better saddle-that's all - Happy biker

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        (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Sizing makes for ... purchase hesitancy

        By Al

        from Vientiane, Laos

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I have a 1997 Trek 520 which has serviced my needs admirably. However, in deciding on a replacement I am facing the same issue now that I was then - I am between sizes, which in Trek's case are simply too far apart to be made up for by stem and seat adjustments. I am a 55-56 cm frame size. And yet Trek only has 54cm (in reality slightly less) and 57cm (in reality slightly more). When is Trek going to move away from the old fashioned 2 inch increments (which it has for every other model) for the 520?

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        (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ithaca NY --> San Francisco CA

        By epiphi

        from Ithaca NY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Touring
          • Commuting
          • Long-distance rides

          Comments:

          Got this bike for my first tour a few years back. Took her from upstate NY to CA, almost 5000 miles in less than two months. She got one flat tire the whole way, and that was it. I named her Sparta by the end of the first week, and it's the perfect name for this bike. Extremely solid and reliable, and a great all-around bike as well. And beautiful. What more can you ask for. Not a racing bike, to be fair, but if you want a racing bike, go get one. Different purpose here.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great All-Around Bike

          By Nate

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Good Geometry
          • Comfortable
          • Handles Well
          • Built like a Tank

          Cons

          • Weak Stock Pedals

          Best Uses

          • Serious Training
          • Commuting
          • Exercising
          • Climbing
          • Touring

          Comments:

          I just rode my first century on the 2011 520 I purchased last month, and I continue to love this bike! It's very comfortable, with a relaxed geometry that still feels good after 100 miles. I especially like the ease of riding on the drops, as well as the easy access to the bar-end shifters from the drops. Great for short grocery trips as well as longer rides. I swapped in half-SPD, half-platform pedals since the stock pedals weren't great for around-town trips. Also, I'm still undecided about the stock saddle, but I think I'll probably replace it with something softer.

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