You may know the bicycle brand Trek as a sponsor of the professional cycling team Trek–Segafredo. Currently, Bauke Mollema rides for this team, and he will soon be joined by Richie Porte next season. Trek provide their men’s and women’s teams with top-notch, aerodynamic, lightweight road bikes. But the American-headquartered manufacturer offers far more than just road bikes! For the amateur, Trek also makes city bikes, hybrids, downhillers and so-called adventure & touring bikes. And it is in this latter category that the company has made a number of updates to the current line—including updates to the 520, the oldest model in the category.
Trek gives us a modern version of the 520. This throwback model has a traditional shield logo under the handlebars, retro letters along the frame, and many more features drawn from the 520’s design roots. But these are the only old-fashioned things about this bike.
Classic in 2018
The frame, made of aluminium, is packed with modern gadgets. For example, the rims are tubeless-ready, and the outer tires have a special layer to ward off punctures. The bike is built for both both smooth and rough roads, and no less than 27 gears help you overcome any and every type of terrain. Also, if you throw yourself into a descent, you’ll be able to stop in no time thanks to the mechanical disc brakes—even in the rain.
But there’s more. The geometry of the aluminium frame is designed for long touring journeys, providing the cyclist with a comfortable and easy ride. The last thing you want on a 250-kilometre trip is a nervous frame (yes, that really exists!). Because the bike is made for such long journeys, it also has numerous mounts for attaching your travel gear and accessories. Luggage can be hung on the carriers (both back and front) on both sides of the wheels. In total, the 13-kilo bike can carry about 125 kilos including the rider—ideal if you ride into the rugged outdoors during the Silk Road Mountain Race, for example.