Friday, June 19, 2015

How To Choose The Best Urban, City, Commuter, or Hybrid Bike For Your Needs

Here is a quick guide of Trek's collection of road bikes geared toward city riding.

For 2015, Trek has an incredible amount of different hybrid, recreational, and fitness bike options. Each bike style has it's own set of features that helps determine the best use.

Trek's Verve Line

2015 Trek Verve 1

Versatile, smooth and easy riding, the verve line of bikes can take you where you want to go.

Starting with the entry-level Verve 1, Trek places some of the most comfort oriented components onto a strong, lightweight and efficient hydroformed aluminum frame.

The Verve 1 comes with simple-to-use SRAM MRX twist shifters to guide the chain through the bike's 21 speeds (3x7). The drivetrain is fully Shimano Tourney; guaranteeing compatibility and hassle-free maintenance. Every bike in this line has a Women's Specific Geometry counterpart with awesome color schemes:

Hybrid wheels roll fast and smooth so you can go farther, and the soft, comfortable saddle has been well designed to minimize discomfort caused by the contact points where your bottom meets the saddle. The geometry of the bike itself, as well as the angles of the stem and handlebar make for a very upright riding position, perfect for shorter rides — but both you and the bike will be fine on longer rides as well.

2015 Trek Verve 2

The Verve 2 has a few upgrades from the Verve 1 without a crazy price increase. In fact, all of the bikes in this line are well under $1000.

The frame is upgraded to Alpha Gold Aluminum, and the shifters are upgraded to SRAM 3.0 and the rear derailleur is switched to a SRAM X3. These parts are inexpensive and help Trek keep costs down. Despite their low cost, however, they are durable enough for most city riders (4.3/5 stars on amazon over 20 reviews)

The real benefit of the Verve 2 is its ability to cut down on road shock using the Suntour suspension front fork and adjustable suspension seatpost. Mounted atop the seatpost is the Bontrager Boulevard Saddle which when paired with Bontrager Satellite Grips, you have yourself one comfortable bike.

2015 Trek Verve 3

For the 3rd model in the series: an upgraded Shimano Altus/Acera drivetrain swiftly and surely handles the 24 speed Shimano Cassette (8) and Suntour Crank (3).

The Verve 3 also gets bumped up in the rim and tire category; featuring Bontrager double-wall rims and Card Case Ultimate tires. Bontrager's top level of defense is the best of both worlds, combining the benefits of Hard-Case with the proven sub-tread protection of Hard-Case Lite for a tire that accelerates quicker, rolls faster, and lasts longer than competing brands. The ultimate in flat protection!

2015 Trek Verve 4

Lastly, the Trek Verve 4 has a whopping 27-speed drivetrain which is more than capable of handling practically any hill you can find. It's a Shimano Altus/Acera for front and rear derailleurs, respectively.

As far as comfort, the Verve 4 is equipped with Bontrager's Satellite Elite Gel saddle and Satellite Elite Lock-on ergonomic grips.

2015 Trek FX Line

Best of both worlds. Speed, Comfort, Versatility. This bike is perfect for fitness and more!

The 2015 Trek FX line starts at 7.0, but we are going to start with the

7.4 FX

Light, fast, and efficient, the FX 7.4 employs some of the same features as the top of the line Verve. Alpha Gold aluminum frame, internal cable routing, a huge selection of gears (3x9 27-speed) and Bontrager Satellite Plus (Isozone specific) grips.

If you want to start a serious exercise program or even if you just want to go on more bike rides, the features found on the FX can hardly be beat.

Tubeless Rims Means NO MORE Pinch Flats
  • Bontrager Nebula carbon fork
  • Shimano Acera/Deore front and rear derailleur
  • Duotrap S compatible (for bluetooth compatibility)
  • Tubeless Ready Rims
  • Blendr Stem for added user-friendliness
  • Also available with disc brakes or Tektro linear pull brakes

A quick jump to the top of the line:

2015 Trek FX 7.7

On the 7.7 you will find an all carbon frame, E2 carbon fork, a Shimano Tiagra 20 speed drivetrain, and alloy dual pivot brakes.

One of our favorite features, though, is the IsoSpeed Decoupler.

Trek engineers designed a decoupler that allows the seat tube to rotate independently from the top-tube-to-seatstay junction, increasing vertical compliance to twice that of our nearest competitor, without compromising pedaling efficiency. Result: you can ride harder, longer.

2015 Trek Crossrip Line

The previous two bikes will do very well if you are riding around town, on leisurely rides on nice roads and pavement. If you are looking for something a little more heavy duty, something that you can count on when the terrain might be a little troublesome, then may want to look at the 2015 Trek Crossrip.

The drop-bar Crossrip is quick in traffic, sure-footed when the weather or pavement gets rough, yet comfortable over the long haul.

  • Light and fast aluminum frame
  • Drop bars, rack guards and mudguard mounts
  • Lightweight Canti brake system
  • Responsive Handling

Ride-longer technology: Vibration-damping IsoZone road bar and flat-resistant Bontrager Hard-Case tires will keep you rolling all day. And the 24 speed drivetrain (Shimano Claris groupset) will make sure you have the proper gear for whatever you're facing. Plush Bontraker Evoke 1 Saddle and Gel cork tape on the grips reduce the pressure on the points where you contact the bike.

2015 Trek Crossrip Elite

Upgrades for the Elite version of this bike include a Shimano Sora drivetrain, Hayes expert mechanical disc brakes, a Bontrager Satellite Plus carbon fork with lowrider mounts, Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone Handlebar, and tubeless ready Bontrager TLR disc, 32-hole rims.

The CrossRip frame is fast enough for road rides, versatile enough for daily service. Geometry is dialed to accommodate larger tires and fenders with no toe overlap.

We hope that this short guide to Trek's 2015 city bikes has been helpful, and if you still have questions, you can give us a call or just stop by the shop to talk to one of our helpful and friendly staff.

We are located at 1038 W. 4th St in Ontario, CA.
You can reach us by phone at (909) 984-9067

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