Trek Cycling products

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Dreamt up over a few beers in a Wisconsin club and realised in a barn down the road at Waterloo, the Trek bicycle company was born in 1976. Dick Burke and Bevil Hogg were brain storming name ideas a year earlier, they settled on Trek, a word which brought up images of adventure and travel. Just what a bicycle company should be about.

From those formative years, the Trek name has grown and is now one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world. Their bikes are proven winners on the racing circuits and out in the back country where winning is measured in good times with friends. All their bikes are products of Trek’s relentless progression that has seen giant leaps in bicycle technology made over the company’s storied history. Trek proclaim their bike are ‘raised on rocket science’ and looking at their bikes’ technological features it is easy to see this must be true.

Trek technology

Trek’s mountain bike line is filled with technological features to help you go fast and stay in control and comfort out on the trail. Understanding the different technology options and understanding how they change your ride while out on the trails is an important step when purchasing a mountain bike.

IsoSpeed

The IsoSpeed system has been developed and refined by Trek to provide their endurance road and mountain bike hardtails with a more compliant rear end. Utilising a pivot system that ‘decouples’ the seat tube from the top tube, the IsoSpeed system allows the seat tube to ‘flex’ with the road or trail bumps. Increasing compliance and comfort while still maintaining the stiffness of a traditional hardtail. The IsoSpeed system is found on the Procaliber range of MTB hardtails and Domane/Madone road bikes.

OCLV

Trek’s OCLV, or Optimum Compaction Low Void, carbon lay-up process is state of the art and has been perfected to give Trek bikes an edge over the competition. The carbon is optimally compacted using a combination of heat and pressure to give it the best fibre-resin ratio. The low void, or low amount of space between the carbon layers, ensures a super stiff and durable carbon frame.

Sponsorship

In recent times Trek has been a massive sponsor of cycling through the Trek Factory Racing teams on both the road and mountain bike. Through these teams the brand have developed and improved their products, creating a strong relationship with the likes of Fabian Cancellara, Emily Batty and Rachel Atherton. The input from these riders in product design and Trek’s level of commitment to these athletes has resulted in countless victories, most recently Fabian Cancellara’s Time Trial gold medal at the Rio Olympics and Rachel Atherton’s dominance of the women’s downhill mountain biking scene.

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