The first bikes Trek ever made were touring bikes and they have been making them ever since. The Trek 520 touring bike has become something of a classic and is now the longest running bike in the Trek range. For 2018 Trek have expanded their touring range to include two new adventure touring bikes, the 920 and the 1120.
Backpacking has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years alongside self-supported ultra-endurance races like the Trans Continental. Trek’s new touring bike range responds to this trend with 3 bikes to suit different types of touring terrain.
The 520 has been in the Trek range for years and is a tried and tested bike. One of our customer’s recently rode his Trek 520 from St Albans to Armenia carrying all his camping gear and now uses his bike for commuting at home. The Trek 520 is designed for classic touring trips like this where you are doing long distances on roads, cycle paths and maybe the odd section of rougher ground.
The Trek 920 - An adventure sports tourer
The Trek 920 still has drop handlebars and is designed to be fast on the road but it is also built to withstand rougher off-road sections. If a big part of your touring is going to be done on gravel roads, or you are going to have extended sections of cyclepaths and tracks then the 920 will give you extra grip and stability, as well as easier gearing, compared to the 520.
The Trek 1120 – Go anywhere adventure bike
The Trek 1120 is designed for touring where there are no roads. The 1120 comes with plus size tyres and a carbon fork to soak up bumps and a dropper seatpost to help you cope with more technical sections of trail. If you plan to ride across a desert or try and cross a mountain range then the 1120 is the bike you want.
The Trek 520 is available to buy now. The 920 is due to land in the UK in January 2018 and the 1120 should be available around Easter time. So if you are planning a big adventure this summer you have some time to save up.