Trek 1.5 2012 Review

A growing number of bicycle manufacturers today are only offering the same frame with slightly different features and components, especially in their entry level ranges. Trek however understands that every rider has different needs, keeping this in mind Trek have released the Trek 1.5 as part of their 2012 entry level range, one up from the Trek 1.2.

The aspect that sets the1.5 apart from other bikes in Trek’s range and other entry level ranges offered by competing manufacturers is its slightly higher head tube. Created using Trek’s premium 100 series Alpha aluminium cyclists are reassured that they are purchasing a frame that possesses a pioneering tube shape and high quality material that increases the overall strength, stiffness and lightness of the frame. More importantly, however the Trek 1.5 features Trek’s H2 fit, this fit retains Trek’s tour tested geometry found on most Trek models, as well as retaining the ride quality of Trek’s pro-fit H1 design, however the H2 fit has a slightly higher head tube. This vaguely higher bar position reduces the amount of pressure placed on a riders back and neck, but also offers riders a number of other benefits. In particular, the upright position when coupled with the large cog of the cassette and rigidity of the frame helps riders to cruise up steep inclines, as well as helping to lower rider fatigue which can be extremely helpful on more ambitious journeys. A Bontrager Approved fork with carbon legs has been coupled to Trek’s 1.5 bike well designed frame. Designed for soft handling, when used correctly, the Trek 1.5 handles perfectly.

Trek have chosen to fit the Trek 1.5 model with Shimano Tiagra 10 speed shifting system, which includes derailleurs and cassette. As expected with most Shimano products the Tiagra has performed well under tests, ensuring that 1.5 riders can expect the shifting performance to be smooth and accurate. The FSA Vero will meet the needs of Trek 1.5 riders, while the alloy dual pivot brakes will provide riders with reassuringly sharp braking during fast declines. There are so many positive features to the Trek 1.5, in particular its frame design that it will surely be the first choice for many ambitious recreational riders who are searching for a fast, comfortable bike that is affordable.

Trek 1.5

Rating by Adam Samuel: 3.0 stars £

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