Trek 1.2 Review (2008)
The 2008 Trek 1.2 is the latest in Trek’s entry level road bikes. It’s a very affordable bike that falls below the $750 price category, and for many, it’s the first step to the world of high-performance road cycling. Trek has updated many of their model numbers in 2008 from the thousand (1000 last year) series, to the x.x series (1.2 this year). This model number change is not just cosmetic, as it does introduce a few key differences with the previous years Trek 1000.
The most notable difference this year is probably with the paint job. With 2008′s Trek 1.2, we get a metallic black (with red, and white accents), and the pearl white model. The pearl white is pretty slick, but I do miss last years colors. The 2007 models came with the metallic black, but also the Discovery Blue/Titantite black, as well as the Flare Duotone (essentially a strikingly bright orange).
The Trek 1.2 includes the “Alpha Aluminum Frame” with the “ProTour Geometry”. I’m pretty sure this is marketing speak for entry-level, quality made frame. It will be heavier than a weight weenies carbon frame ($$$ expensive), but for the low price, it’s quite good. The Bontrager Carbon fork is a bonus for a sub $750 bike, and it does seem to smooth out the ride of the aluminum frame.
The shifters are Shimano 2203 STI 8-speed (that’s a difference over the 2007 Trek 1000). It’s a bit disappointing that the Trek 1.2 didn’t get at least the Sora shifters.
The derailleurs are not the same as last years, with the front being Shimano 2203, and the rear the downgraded Shimano Sora. This comes as a second dissapointment, but I suspect these downgrades are due to the pressures Trek is facing with the falling US dollar, as most of the parts are imported. The 2203 front derailleur is a notable weak point with this bike. There is too much flex in the cage, and the pivots, causing the chain to be thrown while going down to the higher (smaller) gear. The crank is the Bontrager Sport 50/39/30.
The brakeset has also changed down to the 2203 STI, compared to the Sora of years past. The Bontrager Race Basic saddle sits atop a carbon seat post, and will probably be one of the first things you replace (stock saddles can be uncomfortable for many, as everyone is different…).
All Trek bikes include a lifetime warranty on the frame for the original owner, 5 years on most of the Bontrager parts and the fork, and 1 year on pretty much everything else.
The 2008 Trek 1.2 is going to be a great road bike for anyone that is new to road cycling, and doesn’t want to spend a lot of money to get started. It isn’t a bike that will be upgraded very much, but many will sell it/trade it in, and move on to a higher model number as they become more serious with cycling. The nice part about Trek bikes is that they hold quite a bit of their value as it’s a very popular brand, which does help when upgrading. As always, make sure to visit your local bike shop, ask lots of help, and get properly fitted before purchasing any bike.
|Sizes||43, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62cm|
|Frame||Alpha White Aluminum|
|Fork||Bontrager Approved, carbon|
|Wheels||Alloy hubs; Alex alloy rims w/eyelets|
|Tires||Bontrager Select, 700x25c (43cm: 650x25c)|
|Shifters||Shimano 2203 STI, 8 speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 2203|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora|
|Crank||Bontrager Sport 50/39/30|
|Cassette||SRAM 850 12-26, 8 speed|
|Pedals||Nylon body w/alloy cage; clips and straps|
|Saddle||Bontrager Race Basic|
|Seat Post||Bontrager Carbon|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Select VR, 31.8mm|
|Stem||Bontrager Select, 7 degree, 31.8mm|
|Headset||Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed|
|Brakeset||Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano 2203 STI levers|