Normally, I go into bikes stores and tsk and meh and roll my eyes at all the crap they stock and rubbish they are pushing people to buy. Then I spot a powdercoated, tig welded Trek girly bike that I just fall in love with (and keep looking at the sticker $849 !!!).
Of course I don’t really need one, and won’t buy one but I gotta say it’s the coolest production bike I’ve seen in a long time. Takes a lot to impress this snob but I’d be happy to ride one of these … only the mixte version (not the regular one, just lacks the style factor). Trek deserve a rap for making a smart, practical, integrated, and affordable bike.
I totally agree with you. I ran the idea past my lovely lady last week to see if she wanted one (cos I wanted to buy one) but she, oh so practically, said that she rarely rides the bike she has and probably wouldn’t ride that one. I just reckon it’d be ace for her to ride to the shops on…
I tried pushing the idea on Mrs. Spirito but no-go, she says it’s not her scene at all.
Oh well … 3 speed internal hub gear, dynamo front hub with integrated lighting, racks and fenders, chain case, wide tyres, 36 hole wheels … I might buy it just to strip the parts !!! It really is well kitted out and I thought it might be of interest to a bunch of peep’s here, especially if time/cost is an issue.
totally!! she has a sweet mixte already, but the headtube is flared and it’s pretty much fucked. she’s gonna need a new bike eventually, just don’t think i’ve got a spare $850 lying around at the moment!
Yes, but the little details and all the design features of the Trek go beyond what Soma offer. The way the headlight sits inside and under the little porteur rack to protect it from being knocked about or broken. That they’ve made effort to route the wiring through the frame for the rear light is cool. Even the rear light sits under the lip of the rear rack so it’s not knocked off or caught in something, and they also mount a reflector on the rear fender. The one piece bar and stem is quite a nice shape, and being the same colour as the frame they present well. Similarly the fenders and racks are matched contrasting colours and it looks good.
Soma make a mighty nice frame, but if you add up all the little things on the Trek, it overshadows the Soma, especially for the pricepoint. In saying that the first thing I’d replace is the pedals and the brake calipers are a little cheap looking but these can be sorted quite easily. Of course, I’ve no idea what it rides like but I think they’ve made a fair go at geo and balancing the weights from the look of it.
//rolly - mrs. spirito reckons your chick is way cool
I got one for my wife through my then work. They are very cool and she loves it. We went for the large which is not that large, I just have to get my arse into to gear and get the lights working. You guys know there is a guy’s version ?
The civia kinda looks more style over function: those mudguards are lame. The brooks and the front box are nice, but I reckon the belleville actually looks better. And for some minor upgrade money get a brooks/seatpost/pedals. But it does have 9-speed going for it…