Trek 1999 540 Older Touring Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Trek 540, touring, Touring Mix components, Trek fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 08, 2021]
yahawahz1son


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I love the bike for long rides with saddle bags.

Weakness:

I find the touring bike , the drop bars are very hard to get used to , unless you ride long distance. I will be changing them to flatware to feel more upright

Price Paid:
250
Purchased:
Used  
[Sep 27, 2010]
Tom Sims
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong bike built specifically for touring.

Weakness:

Since I do not use a handlebar bag, I would prefer brake lever shifters rather than bar end shifters, but no real weakness.

This is my first and only touring bike. Have done many tours including Anacortes, Washington to Yorktown, VA on Trans Am Trail in 2004. I have experienced very few mechanical problems. It's built specifically for touring and is well constructed. With triple chain ring, I prefer it for local road riding in hills of Tennessee.

Similar Products Used:

Litespeed road bike, Bianchi road bike

[Jun 04, 2007]
Daniel Gifford
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

AL frame, strong, light

Weakness:

AL frame, stiff (a bit), people think your a bit crazy on a AL touring bike

I just rode this bike coast to coast (LA to Jacksonville). Its an amazing bike. Nothing failed, I didn't even have a broken spoke, highly reccommended.

Similar Products Used:

tons

[Jan 23, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Almost everything.

Weakness:

Seat is uncomfortable (I will change it to Specialized comfort saddle, it rocks!), shifters on end of handle bars (intergraded brake/shifter much better - i'm thinking of upgrading).

This touring bike is strong, fast, and the ride is solid and comfortable at top speeds (no vibrations). It's a bike for the long term that is sure to satisfy just about any rider that is going to do alot of 70 mile plus trips. It will carry heavy loads with no problems at all. The frame is by far the most beefy frame that I have ever seen for a road/touring bike. I don't think I will ever get rid of this bike. It will be mine for as long as I live.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale R600, Mayata road bike (forgot model number)

[Jul 09, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The bike is designed to handle a heavy load, with stability and a low center of gravity. Everything is beefy and unlikely to fail. Well equipped with Shimano 105 components and bar end shifters to accomodate a handle bar bag comfortably. Tires are beefy touring type. Minimal vibration. I enjoy the bike, though it's not particularly nimble around town. I've done considerable touring and have found that poorly built bikes break. I don't think this one will give me any problems.

Weakness:

The latest trends in touring bikes in Europe include a front shock and an oval shaped handlebar to provide lots of hand-hold options. The bike has no particular shortcomings, short of those possibilities.

This bike is a steal at $1000.00. The components retail for more.

Similar Products Used:

Novarra, Sekai

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