Archive for June, 2009
This picture comes to us from Dave B in Newport Beach. I’m loving the orange pedals. Here’s what he has to say about it.
“I just got my district today and it’s really sweet. Even better than I expected. I got more pics, if you want them. Trek District comes to Newport Beach!”
It’s funny that Trek bills the District as a commuter bike. Although I intend on using mine as such (as soon as the get 54 cm’s in stock) it isn’t really set up for commuting, at least not yet. Dave from the UK shows us that the District really can be set up as a serious commuter bike. Here are his thoughts.
Just picked up my new Trek District. I was a little apprehensive of the gearing to start with, and thought the gearing might be a little on the low side.. but my fears have been mislaid. I like the idea of adding the narrow straight bar, the curved standard bar just doesn’t do it justice. I lowered the bar slightly by putting the spacers above, but think that turning the stem over is a better option after some play. I added a slim carrier for the rear (unfortunately need to spoil aesthetics with panniers from time to time), and Ultegra SPD pedals from my road bike. Flats just don’t cut it.
I got this review from Spokane the other day.
I just got my District yesterday and woke up early for a bike ride, this is my first skinny tire bike, and I haven’t ridden a bike in a long while. i put a set of spd pedals on and that was interesting for my frst real ride in a very long time. I love this bike though, so light and nimble, the gearing is a bit on the small side. I found myself out pedaling it, but after a short ride I found myself out of wind and needed to relax and just enjoy the ride. It’s so quiet, and nimble and climbing hills was easy. So far I’m impressed, no slippage of the belt at all, its toothed pretty deep I don’t see how it could slip unless you broke off several belt teeth.
It probably should be stated that the District is the first bike I have owned in nearly 15 years. I have been threatening to ditch my car in favor of a bike for my commutes to and from work but I really couldn’t find the motivation to visit a bike shop until I first saw pictures in the District in the fall of 2008; I thought it was too sexy to see production. The concept of using such an aggressive combination of components (frame, fork, seat, etc.) and a color scheme so unique, seemed too polarizing to be considered marketable; not to mention the inclusion of a Gates carbon drive which is a bold enough move for a production bike as it is. Anyway, I downloaded the high-res screen shot from the Trek website and made it my desktop to see if my excitement for the bike would wain after some time on the eyes. As it turned out, it had the opposite effect and I came to appreciate it’s aesthetics even more. So I stopped by my local Trek concept store and plunked down a deposit; mine was their first order. After months and months of patient waiting, I received a call from the store notifying me that my District was being assembled in their shop and was ready for me to take delivery.
My first impression supports the opinions of others: this bike is even more impressive in person. Trek did a very good job staying true to the original concept. The build quality is probably the most surprising characteristic; everything is very tight. All of the welds are clean and nearly unnoticeable while the Vintage Gray paint gives it that “urban assault vehicle” appearance that I find so strangely attractive. I too, had my shop invert the stem to mimic the concept; this is the way the District was intended to look. The most interesting thing I noticed, and this may be an “error” in production, is that mine came without the Trek shield on the front. I’m not complaining because I think it looks rather nice that way…but I found it odd none-the-less.
The Gates carbon drive is remarkable. There is no noticeable difference in pedal feel between the Gates and a traditional chain drive; even when you get on it. In fact, the only difference I can tell is in the sound (or lack there of); it’s almost surreal. Anyone who is skeptical of belt drives need to take the Gates carbon drive for a spin before you write off the technology.
The District is fast. My commute to work is nearly 4 miles and it takes me a good 13-15 minutes to commute by car (accounting for traffic). The District, by comparison, is only about 3 or 4 minutes slower and I attribute that to the massive hill(s) that I have to climb going to and returning from the office. The single speed can make a large hill a work out but nothing that “breaks the will” so to speak. When the terrain is flat, the District is buttery smooth. That being said, it’s an aggressive set up so it’s not gonna ride like a cruiser…but it wasn’t designed with that intent anyway.
As far as personalization, I have some things in mind that I plan on adding sooner or later. What I can tell you is that anything I do will not detract from the original design intent.
Jay KOmaha, NE
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