29erOnline has not had the opportunity to test many Trek bikes - something we hope will change, as Trek’s 2013 lineup looks interesting. We will take a look at Trek’s new 29ers over the next several posts. All of them boast G2 geometry, a holdover from Gary Fisher’s involvement with Trek, that promises both low speed precision and high speed stability.
2013 Trek Stache
Completely new for 2013 is the Stache line; Stache 8 and Stache 7. The Stache has an aluminum frame and it is billed as a hard tail Tail bike. This means it has Trail oriented (relaxed) geometry and a long travel 120mm front fork backed up by a super stiff design and 142x12 rear axle. Add in “stealth” routing for a dropper post - you know we love our dropper posts at 29erOnline - and you have all the right ingredients for a fun bike.
The Stache 8 looks like a well rounded package. The fork is a Fox Evolution Series 32 Float w/CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, 120 mm travel and 15 QR. The head tube has a tapered steerer and the components are largely Bontrager and Shimano SLX (XT rear derailleur).
The most obvious difference between the Stache 7 and Stache 8 is probably the front shock. The Stache 7 comes with a Rock Shox Recon Silver shock and Shimano SLX level components with Avid Elixer 1 brakes, so it should have a good mix of performance and affordability.
Check back soon for more on the 2013 29er lineup from Trek.