Dependable Mountain Bike
Trek is one of the single most reliable mountain bike brands that money can buy. They have produced a definite series of branded hardtail bikes that exists more than a decade in the market. They cater for different riding segments with various model lines. Latest models of Trek hardtail bikes are built with tougher frames and dependable component setups when compared to older models. The word ‘dependability’ defines the capabilities of these hardtail bikes to take up challenges on tougher cross country trails. Trek is a well known company for building hardtail bikes that involve entry level bikes as well as top of the line mountain bikes.
Here, we are talking about Trek 6000 series which is a very popular bike that suits both beginners and intermediates.
Bike for Beginners and Intermediates
It has always been great fun getting into mountain biking for both beginners and intermediates. Trek 6000 hardtail bike had many improvements in frame and component setup in the past ten years. This mountain bike is comfortable enough for long, cross-country rides and extremely manoeuvrable for tight single tracks. As this bike directly falls between two types such as entry level and top of the line Hardtail Mountain Biking, it gives flawless off road performance that does not cost much. Trek offers 6000 series in 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5 inch options and have also been categorised as small, medium, large and XL.
Tough Frame Design
This hardtail mountain bike has low frame geometry, for better stand over height and feels very solid even on most technical challenges. On a closure look at the frame it has a seamless design with smooth welding points. It does not look like a hard frame with bolded gussets and overlay beads around welding points. The frame is well constructed and beautifully carved with light weight aluminium material which gives total strength. Besides having a cross country look, this Trek mountain bike maintains a high profile of the trail bike with a tough off-road performance.
The cockpit has comfortable space to move around and the top tube is not long, so the riders need not stretch for the handlebar. This makes the riders weight equally distributed in the rear end and they can easily reach the front for fork dialling. Though there is a lot of technological improvement in the full suspension bike, some riders initially like to try hardtail bikes and Trek 6000 is no exception. This hardtail has Shimano M521 crank that delivers consistent acceleration on every stroke. The bike remains stable and produces controlled ride when moving at full speed. Trek 6000 comes with SR Suntour XCR-RL coil front fork with 100mm of travel. This fork takes up fair beatings and goes more into jumps especially over rooted trails and stutter bumps.
The drive train is fully equipped with great quality of Shimano products. Shifters, derailleur, crank and wheels are tough and durable enough to take up abuse. Good component setup along with light weight aluminium frame would ultimately improve the agility of this mountain bike while climbing. If you are serious about long cross country with fairly tough trial riding you can still run the bike with its original component setup without any upgrades. The frame is one of the best in weight/strength ratio that performs flawlessly under much pressure. It can tear up some hills and is tight in downhill switchbacks. Some riders still feel that it is a quite heavy frame and expect stiffer fork for better climbing over the hill. The best part is this hardtail mountain bike has Shimano M445 hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur which withstand tough trial ride.
Rough Terrain Performance
Riders can comfortably stand over from saddle and put more weight on the front chassis to control the bike on slippery corners during rough rides. Cornering becomes an easy job with this Trek mountain bike and since it is more responsive, it enables the riders confidently handle the trail with wire bead Bontrager tyres on loose soil. The rear wheel finds better traction through poor conditions and support adequate climbing. You might feel rather heavy when you go for long climbs, though 31 pound weight of the bike is not hefty, you must plan your routes in advance.
Suntour front fork gives stable performance while descent and the rebound adjustment would give you big difference. When you happen to contend with gravity during descent the solid aluminium frame would give good support and flow with the gravity. Hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano would give adequate stopping power but avoid early braking during descent. All these factors purely define serious descending capacity of Trek 6000.
This bike is definitely designed for a rider who likes to ride his hardtail for both cross country trial as well as little rough trail, but does not want to shell out more money for whatever reason. You would definitely be delighted with the quality of Trek 6000 which rather extends the durability for any trial condition.
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About Trek 6000 Hardtail Mountain Bike – Technical Specification Details
|Brand Name: Trek 6000|
|Front Suspension only|
|100mm of travel|
|Hydraulic Disc brake|
|All rounder Hardtail bike|
|Shimano drive train|
|Light weight Aluminium Frame|
|Semi-integrated head tube|
|Downtube with integrated gusset near the head tube junction|
|Short distance formed top tube|
|Forged dropout with rack and fender mounts|
|Replaceable derailleur hanger|
|Monostay Wishbone seatstay|
|Available size 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5 inch|
|Suntour XCR-RL Coil fork|
|100mm of travel|
|Shimano M445 hydraulic disc brake|
|Shimano M590 9 speed|
|Shimano Deore XT Rear derailleur|
|Bontrager XR3 Tire|
|Bontrager Range 32 holes Rims|
|Wellgo alloy pedals|
|Bontrager 31.8mm stem|