Trek District Carbon
The $3400 Trek District Carbon was introduced at Trekworld earlier this week, upping the ante for the high end singlespeed crowd. Borrowing from the Madone line of carbon frames and the District belt-drive singlespeed, this is an ultralight blacked-out singlespeed bike for the unabashed roadies out there in love with all that new technology can offer. The frame features all of the carbon touches one would expect from Trek, like an oversized headtube and bottom bracket, sculpted OCLV tubes and internal routing for the rear brake. Gates provides the Carbon Belt Drive which is most definitely a love-it or hate-it proposition, with people on each side of the fence and the jury still out on the long term viability in the hands of the general public. The price to entry is high, but generally full carbon bikes aren’t cheap and are seen on roof racks of cars that are more expensive than many of our homes. For that crowd, this may be what they’re looking for. What this truly represents in the mainstreaming of singlespeed road bikes—as singlespeed mountain bikes worked their way out of the underground a similar series of products came available from the big players, legitimizing the bikes and widening the overall parts choices out there for everyone.