Trek 2 Series 2.3 2009

By Doc · Jun 5, 2009 · ·
  1. Doc
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    Company Website - www.trekbikes.com
    Manufacturer - Trek Bikes

    Specifications

    Frameset

    Sizes 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64cm

    Frame Alpha Black Aluminum w/TCT Carbon stays

    Fork Bontrager Race, carbon; SpeedTrap compatible

    Wheels

    Wheels Bontrager Race

    Tires Bontrager Race Lite, 700x23c

    Drivetrain

    Shifters Shimano 105 STI, 10 speed

    Front Derailleur Shimano 105

    Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra

    Crank Shimano 105 50/34 or 50/39/30

    Cassette Shimano 105 11-25 or 12-27 (triple), 10 speed

    Pedals n/a

    Components

    Saddle Bontrager Race Basic

    Seat Post Bontrager Race Lite Basic

    Handlebars Bontrager Race VR, 31.8mm

    Stem Bontrager Race Lite OS, 7 degree, 31.8mm

    Headset Aheadset w/semi-cartridge bearings, integrated, sealed, alloy

    Brakeset Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano 105 STI levers​

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  1. mriley
    I bought my Trek 2.3 on the advice of our local bike shop and I couldn't be happier. I've put 1,900 miles on the bike since I bought it 8 months ago and it's been a joy to own. It's comfortable, shifts nice, and almost silent to ride. I can't say enough about how comfortably this bike rides. The saddle on this bike was not well liked in some of the reviews I read before I bought it, but I've become accustomed to it and have no complaints. It is firm and I can understand some not liking it. Saddles are a personal preference. The hardware on the bike is mostly Shimano 105 with an Ultegra rear derailleur and I've been very happy with it. Even after nearly 2000 miles the shifting is still good, but the cables have stretched a little in that time and it's due for an adjustment. It's not a super-light bike. My 64cm bike (the biggest you can get) weighs about 20 lbs with bottle cages, pedals, and an under-seat tool/inner tube pouch. Despite not being the lightest bike ever made it is a very responsive and crisp handling bike. It feels very stiff in a sprint.

    The 2.3 is Trek's top-of-the-line aluminum bike and the price is right at the point where lower end carbon framed bikes start, so it can be a tough decision. I opted for aluminum because of my size. At 6'4" 240 lbs I didn't want to crash and wreck a carbon frame so I went with the more durable aluminum frame, but the durability of aluminum vs. carbon is very debatable.

    As far as looks are concerned this bike is hard to beat, however white bar tape doesn't stay white for long. Price Payed: $1,600.00 Recommended? Yes Pros: Very smooth ride. Responsive handling. Eye-catching finish. Cons: I would have liked more contoured handlebars, something with a straight surface on the drops.