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Trek 1.5 Compact

Trek 1.5 Compact

2012

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (24 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2012 Trek 1.5 Compact

Rocketing down serpentine descents, flattening hilly centuries, and scorching the blacktop: Trek's 1.5 Compact does all that and more. Its Alpha aluminum frame and carbon fork are light, stiff and velvety smooth for all-day comfort. The Bontrager wheels slice through the air and effortlessly accelerate out of turns. Plus, the compact Shimano drivetrain means you'll have the gears to get up the steepest hills without the weight of a triple set up and dual-pivot brakes ensure safety and confidence on the way back down.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek 100 Alpha Series aluminum
    Fork Bontrager, carbon
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager
    Hubs Aluminum
    Tires Bontrager R1, 700 x 23c
    Crankset FSA Vero
    Chainrings 50/34
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG950, 9-speed: 12-30
    Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI
    Handlebars Bontrager Race VR-C
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Gel
    Stem Bontrager SSR
    Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
    Brakes Aluminum dual-pivot
    Pedals Nylon w/clips and straps
    Saddle Bontrager Affinity 1
    Seatpost Bontrager Race Lite

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Lightweight  (19)
    • Handles Well  (18)
    • Responsive  (15)
    • Fast  (15)
    • Good Geometry  (12)

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat  (4)
    • Slow to shift 
    • Poor Components 
    • None I have noticed 
    • Too Rigid 

    Best Uses

    • Exercising  (16)
    • Serious Training  (10)
    • Casual Riding  (9)
    • Racing  (7)
    • Climbing  (6)

    Reviewed by 24 customers

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    5.0

    Great first bike

    By Mike

    from Menifee CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Components
    • Lightweight
    • Carbon Fork

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      Being new to road biking i wanted a bike that was affordable and one that i would not need to upgrade right away. I was looking at the 1.1 and the 1.2 at first. The 1.1 is a great bike but i was put off by the aluminum fork on it so that left the 1.2. after comparing the price of the 1.2 with the price of the 1.5 i decided to spend the little extra and gain a lot of bike. Shifting is really smooth and hills are no trouble with the compact crank. If you are looking for a quality bike with great components get the 1.5 you won't be disappointed

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      5.0

      This an amazing bike

      By Matt_toronto

      from Ajax ON Canada

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Versatile
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Great looking

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking
        • Good for any distance

        Comments:

        I've had this bike for a year and have put +2000km on it and still like it as much as I did the day I got it. It's light, rigid, has a perfect geometry and is very reasonably priced. Awesome bike!

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        5.0

        Fast and Fun to Ride

        By JD

        from Waterloo, ON

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Smooth
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow to shift

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Road Biking
        • Coasting

        Comments:

        This bike is a fantastic ride. It's very fast, and the carbon fork makes a big difference in light road chatter for someone who's used to steel. The bike is wonderfully efficient - it just coasts and coasts and coast if you let it, holds energy very well. My only major complaint is that, as someone used to analog shifters, any delay in shifting is very noticeable. Possibly this is just something out of alignment, but the bike seems to have trouble shifting between higher cogs. Also, the carbon fork is murder on my wrists, but it's so light that I don't care. For those not in the know, carbon is smooth on small bumps, but much harsher on big ones. Need thicker gloves.

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        4.0

        Great bike for newbie.

        By Nate

        from Milwaukee, WI

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          This bike has been great. I have had issues with the chain coming off when changing gears, but nothing too major. Overall- love the bike!! Even more so due to the price tag.

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          5.0

          Incredible!

          By Sean

          from Bainbridge, Ohio

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Line Sprints
          • Climbing
          • Cross country riding
          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          I got this bike about a week ago planning to race this summer. i wanted something smooth, fast, and durrable. This bike is all of them! the shifting is extremely smooth the shape of the frame is pretty confiturble to!Im 100% glad i choose this bike. In 5 days i racked on over 75 miles. this its truely an amazing bike

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          5.0

          great bike

          By wilbur

          from huntington ny

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Fast
          • Responsive
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Racing
            • Serious Training
            • Exercising

            Comments:

            This is my first road bike and i cant imagine a better quality bike for the money

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            5.0

            Excellent Starter Road Bike

            By Matt

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Responsive
            • Handles Well
            • Lightweight
            • Fast
            • Good Geometry
            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Too Rigid

            Best Uses

            • Racing
            • Casual Riding
            • Commuting
            • Exercising

            Comments:

            Before I got a great deal on this road bike last spring (2011) I was training on a big chain mountain bike. This was a huge improvement. The ride is very smooth, though you need to make sure you are out of the seat when you see any bumps coming up... it transfers up quite painfully but I suspect that is the case for any road bike. I've put over a thousand miles on it and it's held up perfectly. I know people complain about the seat, and I definitely didn't like it at first. I used my old bike seat but eventually gave it a try and now I love it. This bike is fast. I routinely average between 20-21 mph on my rides but can hit 23-24mph on flats from time to time. Gears don't go high enough to really pedal while on some descents, but I can get it up to 45-48 mph on a 6% grade which I guess is fast enough. I absolutely love this bike and have recommended it to everyone I know. This has been a great exposure to the Trek family and I look forward to buying my next one in a couple years.

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            5.0

            Great entry level bike

            By Coast Cruiser

            from Carlsbad, CA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • None I have noticed

            Best Uses

            • Casual Riding

            Comments:

            I have not purchased a new bike in some time, boy has technology improved! I am extremely happy with the purchase as it is responsive bike, rides well and looks great. I believe it is a great buy for a entry level bike.

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            5.0

            Great Entry Level Bike

            By zumi

            from Delaware

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Responsive
            • Handles Well
            • Fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Exercising

              Comments:

              Great Entry level Bike. I wouldn't go below this model. Has some decent upgrades. Really like the shifter. Before I purchased I saw several complaints about the seat. I don't have any problems with it. Of course, I bought a nice pair of riding shorts(that's the trick).

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              4.0

              Great first bike

              By RA

              from Altamonte Springs, FL

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Handles Well
              • Shifters integrated well
              • Good Geometry

              Cons

              • Uncomfortable Seat

              Best Uses

              • Exercising
              • Casual Riding

              Comments:

              I got this bike with the intention of using it for some exercise and I love it. The bike feels great to ride and it handels extremely well. It's at the beginning of the price point for a road bike and it seems like a great way to get into the sport. The seat is really uncomfortable, but I can fix that with better shorts or just change the darn thing out so it's not a big deal.

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