Trek 1.2 set up?

Devon Lad
Devon Lad Posts: 75
edited August 2010 in Road beginners
Right... I've been reading some topics about the Trek 1.2 and all in all it seems a good bike for my budget and a good model to get me started on the road, but some people have been posting things such as "trek 1.2, good bike i recommend but get it set up right". Is this "set up" different from the default? As a complete beginner I have no clue whatsoever how to do this... :? Apparently there is lots of stuff on the internet, but I can't seem to find it. Maybe I'm checking the wrong places? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, maybe posting links to this "lots of stuff on the internet" :lol:
Thanks in advance
Will

Comments

  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,099
    I suspect people just mean to make sure you get the fit right. It may be worth investing £50 or so on having a bike fit before buying. Most shops will refund this if you buy from them, they may also be able to swap stems etc. to ensure the bike fits you properly.
  • Oh... I see! That's less complicated and less expensive than I was expecting. Been browsing through a couple of the forums and was wondering if I was going to be advised to whack on some Dura Ace components! This cycling lark seems an expensive business! :lol:
    Thanks alot!
  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    They may be referring to the set-up of the gears & brakes. On new bikes, the cables tend to stretch and bed-in a little over the first few weeks of use. Make sure your LBS agrees to a free check-over/adjust after this 'bedding-in' period.
    Cycling weakly
  • Ok thanks alot! Will do! Better make sure I get this thing from a decent LBS then. However the prices are so much cheaper online! Trek 1.2 at LBS - £650 Online - £531
    Is it worth trying for sizes at the LBS then buying online and paying a bit extra for the set-up at the LBS after having saved £120??
  • Buckled_Rims
    Buckled_Rims Posts: 1,648
    Devon Lad wrote:
    Ok thanks alot! Will do! Better make sure I get this thing from a decent LBS then. However the prices are so much cheaper online! Trek 1.2 at LBS - £650 Online - £531
    Is it worth trying for sizes at the LBS then buying online and paying a bit extra for the set-up at the LBS after having saved £120??

    Well ask the LBS to lower the price, have a free bike fitting and a free 6 week service.

    Negotiate. Take a few printed prices off the internet and show him (he'll probably know anyhow)

    However the Focus Variado is on sale for £599 with Shimano 105 drivetrain. Superb bargain and a huge upgrade from the Trek 1.2 Sora group.
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  • Have managed to strike a deal with the LBS on price and they have agreed to fit me out on the bike, fit parts and services etc for free. Going to go with the Trek, although might upgrade some things. If I was to upgrade it, what changes would make the most difference, bearing in mind I am a complete novice :lol: Also to what level should I upgrade to to see a difference but still keeping costs down as the bike has pretty much cleaned out my piggy bank :lol:
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Wheels and tyres will make the most difference, my g/f saved about 1kg weight off the wheels and tyres for £120. This made a big difference to acceleration and climbing. Other than that, the only upgrade would be brake pads (some Kool Stop pads in cartridges) and then comfort (if you don't like the saddle, perhaps, though the shop should swap that out when you buy) or pedals (clip in?) or maybe shifters if you don't like Sora's, but really its probably best just to ride it and replace what wears out.. . . eventually. It is much cheaper to buy a bike that is fully loaded with what you want rather than upgrade, though I realise cash flow can be an issue :wink: