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Trek History

Granted, it IS just a long commercial for Trek, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little history of the company considering the impact they had and continue to have on both bike design and culture. I bet a number of us started out on Trek’s before venturing into more obscure brands or independent framemakers. Still, I find myself eyeing some of their models, specifically the District, when I browse my local shops. They may not up hipster cred, but you can’t say they make crappy bikes.

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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. jorgeSeptember 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Nice, but…should we include in Trek’s history their support (and profiting from) a notorious cyclsit who cheated his way to 7 Tour de France wins? That relationship went a loooong way towards making the Trek brand what it is today.

  2. jorgeSeptember 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I can’t help but wonder if Trek knew anything about the doping…

  3. t.s.September 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    yes but what professional cyclist wasnt doping at the time? does that mean specialized, giant, pinarello, cervelo and every other major brand got their reputations from doping? yup…. go ride your bike.

  4. Joe PeraltaSeptember 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Good bikes is the point. I still have a classic ’80s 600, and I’m currently bombing around the backwoods on an 820 kitted for camping. Or is that bumming…

  5. adamSeptember 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    there was a show on discovery channel i forget exactly what it was called but it was a cross between how its made and modern marvels and it was on trek bicycles. pretty cool to see their manufacturing processes in such detail. the show claimed one of their mountain bikes is the worlds strongest frame. also theres no proof lance cheated if i stand corrected he only ever failed one drug test and it was most likely for using a topical cream. not saying he didnt cheat but can you really say for sure that he did?

  6. SloppyjoeSeptember 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I have worked at a Trek shop for the past 5 years and although I don’t ride a Trek, they do make pretty awesome bikes. There is a lot of, what I call, “Treknology” crammed into their high-end bikes that trickles down to the mid-level bikes. Some pretty impressive work and you can’t beat that lifetime frame warranty as well as the 1 year warranty on parts. We have had very good luck with Trek’s customer service and if they made more high-end steel framesets more of my bikes would be Treks.

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