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Trek District 8

Trek District 8

3.0 from 1 review

Nice riding bike, need better quality control of parts and manufacture.

Perfect riding position with seat adjusted back on my 54cm, great quality steel framed bike for road / paved leisure trail use.

Only has 8 gears so check if you have any super steep grades in your area as the gearing 'may' not be low or high enough for you. In my case it is perfect.

I would always buy Disc brakes on a bike - especially handy in the Wet vs traditional brakes after a dangerous non stop experience with traditional rim brakes on previous bike.
The Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes have excellent stopping power, but a little fiddly to set up min gap & disc flex when re-installing wheels so there is no scrap noises. Rear was perfect, buy the front I matched the disc rounout to the hub & also straightened a run out spot in the disc.

Quality issues:
1) Derailleur hanger was on an angle - not picked up by bicycle shop that sold it.
Found masking tape had bee left behind from the frame painting process on the top machined hanger surface.
Once removed, perfect alignment to wheel as measured with a ParkTool aligner.

2) Tiawanese Pedals Wellgo M141 started cracking noises - loose screws between aluminium cage to plastichub, plus after 300km still rough to turn, swapped out for Wellgo M138 with one side sealed bearing & inner DU - Much better pedal, Why Trek bothered with the M141 pedals is beyond me.

3) Front tyre had a buldge at 90psi due to poor moulding manufacture of the Bontrager AW1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x32c, replaced under warranty.

4) Headset lower fork bearing race cracked 2 places, replaced under warranty - bad heat treatment / manufacture, was causing creak snap noise and was getting harder on turns. Still have the odd creak noise trying to narrow it the source (hope it is not the headset again).

Conclusion
Great road /smooth trail bike and really enjoy riding this one.
For a Trek entry level bike with mostly brand name parts I did expect better standard parts and assembly quality from a high volume bike manufacture.

2 comments
Found and fixed the last creak, seat bracket assembly - top bracket was wrong way round limiting tilt to horizontal, de burred lubricated adjusted and all is now quite = very happy. PS Amazing how even this seat creak sound travels through the frame so you think it's up front when it is not :-)After 3000km, every rotating part was replaced in order of worst to best: Pedals to M141 were done, Center bearing became rough, replaced with 2 piece crank Shimano Alfine FC-S500 / FC-S501 Crank Set - black Number of teeth: 45 - incredible difference an original Chinese crank set had the WRONG offset, chain and gear now much more efficient and quieter. Wheels replaced as rear became very difficult to adjust (Poor Taiwanese axle sets) replace with Shimano RX05 wheel set and Shimmano discs, TRP spyre brakes (Center actuation - not one sided like original) with Shimano lever set designed for disc Tyre's Vittoria Voyager Hyper. All cables replaced with Jagwire low friction and do not seem to stretch continually like original ones. Chain replaced with KMC K9 gold Headset replaced with Cane creek 110 - sensational improvement with Eaton stem 10° one. to work with - Seat Stem Ritchies with 25mm offset rear as I found myself too far forward for optimum bike sizing. Bike Now rolls incredibly easy and where I struggled up hills standing on peddles in 4th gear I can can leisurely sit down and peddle in 5th gear. The stock rotating parts on this bike were a disgrace. The parts I replaced them with were quality ones on special, so for Trek to put better ones on in the first place wouldn't cost much more. Suggestion to others do not worry about the brand (heck they don't even have spares for the current year - pinching parts of other similar bikes in stock for ones sold) better to find a bike that has Shimano or higher quality wheels etc. Branded bikes are not worth the money unless you get into big figures and for that you can buy a motorcycle with an engine ! and just about everything else stronger / durable & better built. Seems the push bike industry is making a lot of money on parts made in third world countries.

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