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Trek Mountain Bike Reviews

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Trek Mountain Bike History

vintage trek mountain bike   Trek Mountain BikesTrek Bicycles was founded in 1975 by Richard Burke, and accountant, and Bevel Hogg, owner of a chain of bicycle stores in the Mid West. The name Trek comes from the Afrikaans word for Journey. Trek first stepped into the realm of mountain bikes in 1983, when a prototype mountain bike frame was shipped to Harry Spehar, who was the West Coast Territorial Manager for Trek. The frame mimicked a Trek road-touring frame, and Spehar took it to legendary Whiskeytown Downhill in Redden, California, to race against the “Clunkers.” The new prototype did very well, and Trek mountain bikes were born. The first Trek mountain bike was dubbed the Trek 850. The bike used mainly Suntour and SR components on a cromoly steel frame, with a crowned fork.

In 1984, the Trek 830 was added to the lineup, which was a little bit less expensive than the Trek 850. The 830 used similar parts to the previous Trek 850. The new 850, however, used a Reynolds 531 frame, with new Shimano Deore XT components. The Trek 890 was also introduced in 1984, which debuted as an “urban” mountain bike. The 890 had 1.5” Panaracer RX Radial tires, a more upright seating position, and a Blackburn rear rack. 1986 Trek mountain bikes saw a transformation from the old way of production. These new models went from lugged construction and crowned forks to TIG construction and unicrown forks. The previous lugged construction limited the bicycle’s geometry, as the lugs did not allow for easy geometry changes. When Trek made the move to TIG construction, they now had the ability to make a more “modern” geometry, as well as tighten up the wheelbase.

trek mountain bikes history   Trek Mountain BikesIn the 1990′s, composite technology began to be used in Trek mountain bikes. In 1991, oversized headsets began being used on Trek mountain bikes. Several models began using black wall tires. In 1992, Trek introduced their first dual suspension mountain bike, and also their own line of suspension forks. OCLV, or Optimum Compaction Low Void, technology began being used. OCLV is a method of making bicycle from carbon fiber with the least amount of weight and more durability. OCLV models also began using suspension forks. New graphics and colors are also being used.

Each year, Trek Mountain Bikes continue to advance by technology and style to benefit the rider, and while some models that released in the 1980s are still releasing to retailers today, new Trek Mountain Bikes continue to meet the standards of every terrain.