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I’m sure there are a few of these out there by now, but not many. If you have any of the new District models, by all means, take a picture, and then drop us a note! Here is one from Junior in California.
Hi, I’ve been keepin’ track of your blog for the passed month. I was ecstatic when I found it because I had been looking for more user photos of the District, but not too many people have them, most especially this white 3rd District. I went to about 6 different shops in early January 2010 and they all gave me a sale date of April 2010. I put my order in to Jax’s in Huntington Beach less than a week ago and was told at that time that Trek had bumped up the ship date to February for these bikes. I called today just for kicks and was told the bike was being pieced together. Without hesitation, except for a quick stop for a teriyaki bowl, I rolled out with my buddy to pick it up at the shop. Boy, was I in utter disbelief when I saw how pretty this thing is. I almost want to leave in a glass display case; it’s that beautiful. Upon paying for it, the salesman told me that mine is only the 3rd and last one available in all of California. So I lucked out with the size I ordered, too. I will say that one reservation I did have leading up to the purchase of the 3rd District was the gold accents on the wheels, seatpost, and stem. I was afraid the gold color would be too much akin to gold jewelry e.g. bling. It turns out that the gold accents are subdued in terms of luster and are more satin-y which is a plus for me because I didn’t want to stand out in a crowd with this gold. I’ve attached some a couple of pictures from inside my apartment only because it’s dark out. I’ll send some more in day light and provide a more more objective review. Thanks Jr.
Another nicely modified District. Loving the Brooks saddle on this one. IMHO needs a stem flip though. Here’s what George has to say about it.
I just got my District on June 26th… I’ve been told it’s the first one in Calgary. Note the Brooks saddle and Shimano PD-A530 pedals that take it up a notch. I’m thinking of straight handlebars to give it some “edge”. It’s a great ride and has gotten a lot of attention already. Love 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
Here is another great review with some equally stunning photo’s from the UK!
Back in early December 2008, the winter off road commute was taking its toll on both the bike and me. I was in the market for a low maintenance, fun commuter. Not sure where I first saw a details of the District but thought – that’s got to be a fun bike.
A deposit went down on the District and every week I was hoping that it would be just another few days, I regularly visited trekdistrict.com to see if there was any news.
After waiting several months and only having a few pictures to look at, I was unsure what my initial reaction would be when finally seeing it for real. I arrived on foot at the bike shop with the intention to cycle it home. I waited eagerly as they brought it out from the workshop – the first thoughts were wow! The styling, lived up to my expectations, the build quality was stunning. It was “for real” and looked so much better in real life.
After a chat with the friendly guys at http://www.evocycles.co.uk/ it was now time to get on and ride it. At this point I felt nervous. Having not owned a road bike for 20+ years, my focus has been on long distance cross country riding. The fit didn’t feel too dissimilar to my Trek EX-8, the main thing that crossed my mind was how small and light the bike felt underneath me. In contrast to a chunky MTB, it felt fragile. I pulled away slowly and started to wind it up. The gearing felt natural and my worries about power transfer quickly faded. A strong tail wind was in my favour, before I knew it I had covered nearly 2 miles. The build felt robust with the only noise being traced to a loose inner tube valve nut – this bike is seriously silent. After a quick stop, and with a long flat stretch ahead it was time to see how fast I could go. Acceleration is effortless, the GPS logs showed that 24.8Mph was reached. At this speed, the legs spin like crazy and my fingers were twitching to down shift. Would be interested to hear what others feel about the gearing, would like to have gone faster but perhaps I just need to stick to a sensible speed and enjoy the cruise?
The next test was to see what its like at hills. Nothing to steep, but the ones I tried were fine. A few times I had to get out of the saddle to keep the spin up, the bike is incredibly light and seems to fly.
A few observations, the pivots on the brake levers have orange paint which has started to flake off – not fussed as feel that they looks better without. The weld at top of seat stay looks rushed and untidy. One side of the pedals seem convex whereas the other side is flat, I prefer using SPD’s so will fit these soon. The black spokes are a nice touch. Its amazing how much attention it gets, I think it’s a bike that people either love or hate – two days of ownership and I love it. Happy riding
Thanks Nigel! Lots more pictures after the jump…
One of our loyal readers Sander van der Vegte of http://www.coin-op.nl/ just got his Trek District last week. It’s currently the only District in Holland. He was kind enough to take some great pictures and write up his initial thoughts. If you are one of the lucky to own a District, drop us a line and share some photo’s, we’ll post them up for everyone to see. See Sanders full review below.
If there were something like drive-by burglaries, this would be the tool of choice.
The Trek District is quiet. You hear nothing but the tires or the hard-to-notice squeak of the belt when you push down hard. It’s a lovely experience, especially in parks and woods. I bought this bike at a Trek dealer called Top Bikes in The Hague, the Netherlands. Amongst many other bike stores they were one of the few that listed the District. I made reservations approximately three months upfront not knowing about the delays. When it finally arrived they informed me that only four (or maybe five) Districts were made, and only one was shipped to Holland. I consider myself very lucky.
This is my first Trek bike. I’m not an expert in biking, but in this country everyone rides bikes. It’s by far the best way to get around town (and I don’t even have a drivers license as result). This picture gives you a good idea of how common biking is here:
I’ve owned many bikes. Some were stolen, some rusted away. But it wasn’t until a few years ago before I bought my first new bike. Eventually, I got fed up with having grease all over the place and looking like a clown stuffing my pants in my sock. The belt drive of the District is, together with its stunning looks, the reason why I wanted to have one. The bike doesn’t make you worry about things like grease or gears. Just get on and drive away. A lazy-men’s bike when it comes down to those things. And I find that positive. Before I left the store I asked if they could flip the stem. Apparently the stem is mounted upwards by factory default. With such a minimalistic design something trivial as a stem can change the look of the bike entirely. The mechanic flipped it for me without a problem.
My first trip was from The Hague to Rotterdam, which is (including some sight seeing) roughly 30 kilometers or 18.5 miles. The rock-hard tires in combination with brick roads made for an uncomfortable ride at first, but as soon as I hit tarmac all my worries were gone. The word ‘smooth’ couldn’t even cover it. The gear ratio is perfect, as is the grip on the pedals. The belt drive feels like a strong piece of fabric that doesn’t stretch. It’s hard to describe the difference between the belt and a normal chain, but you can certainly feel it. There is absolutely no slippage or jerky moves to be found. It really makes you wonder why this system hasn’t been applied to all bikes already.
There is a downside to the quiet ride though. For instance, with every odd sound the bike produces I find myself bending towards the frame listening carefully to learn what causes it, and it makes a bike bell a necessity which lessens the looks of this clean machine. I can’t recall how many times I had to brake or steer clear from unexpected bikers and pedestrians that simply didn’t hear me coming. The good looks of the bike is something we can all agree on. The minute the bike was outside the store it received its first bystander’s comment of approval. Kids shouting “cool bike!”, grown ups turning heads and elderly people stopping for a moment to study it. It all happened in a matter of hours. If I have to summarize my impressions, it would be that the Trek District is a great looking bike, a very good and silent ride that is ridiculously well priced for what it offers. That evening I couldn’t help myself and went for another 15km ride. I eventually stopped at a bench and took a closer look. Here are a few pictures of interesting things.
Nick S. was one of the lucky few to have already received his Trek District. Now that he has had it for a few days he was kind enough to snap some pictures and write up some of his first impressions. Enjoy!
As I was handed my new Trek District at my local bike store the other day here in NYC, I could sense the numerous pairs of eyes staring at it. A woman approached me immediately and asked what kind of bike it was. Well, I was about to find out.
Weighing in at roughly 20 pounds, the first thing you notice while riding the District is the lack of any noise whatsoever. The rubber of the tires rolling on the asphalt and my jacket wafting in the wind were the only sounds to be heard, louder than any singular part on the bike. It’s literally like riding on a silent cloud. While the wingspan of the handlebars was wider than I had expected, the steering was still tight and nimble, allowing myself to easily negotiate myself between cars.
I really liked the gear ratio for the bike, as the District was super fast on the inclines, but only while sitting down. The configuration of the bike positions you pretty upright and I found standing up to be a little awkward. I also noticed that once I reached speeds upwards of 20 MPH, there was no point in peddling anymore. Its aluminum frame was rigid on bumps, but I’m used to that riding on NYC streets and dodging huge potholes. I did purchase a softer saddle, switching out the beautiful-looking, yet painful Bontrager one, which improved riding over rougher terrain tremendously.
While some readers were concerned about the difficulty of maintaining the District, it couldn’t be any simpler. First of all, there was no black chain grease to deal with and after using a hex wrench to loosen the rear bolts, the tire popped out vertically downwards from the adjustable dropouts. The Gates belt was easy to remove from the cog and chainring once the tire was out.
One thing that I haven’t gotten used to is the constant barrage of people staring and asking questions about the bike. People are immediately drawn to its bright orange rims and unique shape. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure. But most importantly, the District is just a true pleasure to ride and has now officially become my Spring/Summer cruising bike.
Some riders may not like the free-wheel setup or the bright colors, but it’s a unique bike that provides a unique riding experience. Ultimately, for riders looking for a beautiful and nimble single-speed urban bike, the District is one of the best out there.
Congrats on the new bike Nick!