I bought my first Trek back in the 90s. It was a Thursday morning, I’d just bought the Trading Post and after scrolling through the GOLF section I started through the BIKES: Men category. A listing for a brand new Trek MTB for $800 sounded too good to be true.
I called the bloke and he’d got a voucher for a brand new bike with the purchase of his Volkswagen Golf. The voucher was to be redeemed at Cecil Walker. I paid for the voucher, and rolled out of Cecil’s on my burnt orange / gold Trek 800 grinning like an idiot.
It was the first bike I’d owned with V-brakes and bugger me, I nearly went over the bars the first time I pulled hard on the anchors. The forks were an RST elastomer fork and pox would be a kind description. I rode that bike into the ground and straight through it. Mt Disappointment, Kinglake, VICMtb night rides, Fat Tyre Flyer races, Smiths Gully, Lysterfield, Aireys Inlet.
One particular night ride I was really struggling to keep up and when we finally did stop for a breather mid ride I discovered my rear wheel had siezed to the point I could barely turn it with my hand. Today, my mechanical intuition is slightly better but my love for TREK remains, no doubt due to this first purchase and subsequent love affair.
I got a Trek RIG about 6 months ago. It’s about a simple as it gets and every time I ride it I’m taken back to my earliest MTB memories on the 30lb Hallmark.
For the price you get a lot of bike. The chainring and chain went in the bin after the first ride and I upgraded to a Cycle Underground Chainring, bash guard and Izumi chain, and bias aside it’s now a silky smooth, silent ride.
Next upgrade will be the Wee-ride.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I own this bike, and will pay good money for someone to teach me how to wheelie like Peter Sagan.