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Offline RonK

New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2015, 04:31:42 pm »
OK, I get the point.  This may be a genre of bike - and of cycling - I haven't encountered before. Not sure about the degrees of difference between 'Adventure bike' or tourer. Isn't it all an adventure?  As for drop bars, it's like a lot of things, everyone has their favorites.
Nope, you missed the point again.

These bikes use a geometry with a high front and short reach. The drop bars used are typically Salsa Woodchippers, but there are other similar bends which have flared drops which are intended to be ridden at the normal height of flat bars.
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Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2015, 06:21:24 pm »

Nope, you missed the point again.

These bikes use a geometry with a high front and short reach. The drop bars used are typically Salsa Woodchippers, but there are other similar bends which have flared drops which are intended to be ridden at the normal height of flat bars.

Actually, the Trek 920 has a Bontrager Race VR-C handlebar, which like most Bontrager drops, are not flared. It is the same handlebars as on the venerable Trek 520, which, BTW is now also available with disc brakes for $200 more than the canti version.

The Trek website (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/city/touring/920/920/) surmises what the bike is built for: "When the pavement ends, 920 is just getting started. This rugged adventure tourer sports 29er wheels and an off-road drivetrain, giving you endless room to roam. Don’t let a little bit of gravel dissuade you. 920 is equipped to handle whatever lies on or off the beaten path, while carrying the cargo that matters most."

Salsa, on the Fargo page, says it even better; "The Fargo is our drop-bar, off-road adventure bike. A unique creature with a special set of skills, it is always willing to fulfill the most imaginative endeavor. It has developed a cult status as an off-road touring and bikepacking machine, and fuels our passion for long days in the saddle in distant lands."

I'm just happy as a clam the thing is finally actually on the market!

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Offline sanuk

Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2015, 12:36:01 pm »
Re the Trek 920.  Seems this type of off-road/touring bike - including the ugly - IMHO - drop bars - as mentioned has been around for a bit in Europe.  I'm just looking at the 2014 catalog of a local German manufacturer - Velotraum - based near Stuttgart.  They have several versions with or without fenders, with either Shimano XT derailer or Rolof gearing and disk breaks, plus unlimited colour options and made-to-measure fitting on site. All their bikes come with 26inch wheels - the only limiting factor for those who prefer really big wheels like the Trek. Worth checking out if you're ever in the region.   

Offline RonK

Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2015, 05:29:24 pm »

Re the Trek 920.  Seems this type of off-road/touring bike - including the ugly - IMHO - drop bars - as mentioned has been around for a bit in Europe.  I'm just looking at the 2014 catalog of a local German manufacturer - Velotraum - based near Stuttgart.  They have several versions with or without fenders, with either Shimano XT derailer or Rolof gearing and disk breaks, plus unlimited colour options and made-to-measure fitting on site. All their bikes come with 26inch wheels - the only limiting factor for those who prefer really big wheels like the Trek. Worth checking out if you're ever in the region.
Drop bars are rare in Germany. I have a 26" Euro "trekking" bike, a Van Nicholas Pioneer Rohloff. As matter of fact I'm in the final days of a tour of the South Island of New Zealand on it right now.
It's nothing like the Fargo frame which is on it's way to me.
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