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Trek DS 8.4 (Gary Fisher Collection)

Trek

DS 8.4 (Gary Fisher Collection)
2012

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (5 Reviews)
 

2012 Trek DS 8.4 (Gary Fisher Collection)

Streets and paths, suburbs and woods; return to the simple joys of cycling with Trek's DS 8.4. This go-anywhere machine is road-bike fast, trail-bike capable and fun everywhere. The DS sports a spry aluminum frame modeled after 29-inch mountain bikes with 700c Bontrager wheels and multi-surface tires for a ride that is efficient on pavement and confident on trail. Up front, you have a 63mm-travel fork with an on-the-fly suspension lockout for when you switch terrain. You even have hydraulic Hayes disc brakes, so if you're commuting in the rain, or riding through muddy trails, you've got the confidence of all-conditions stopping power. Go everywhere and ride it all aboard your DS!

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha Gold aluminum
Fork SR SunTour NRX, 63mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Nebula Disc
Hubs Front: aluminum; Rear: Shimano M475
Tires Bontrager LT3, 700 x 38c
Crankset Shimano Alivio
Chainrings 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Handlebars Bontrager low riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Elite
Stem Bontrager SSR
Brake Levers Hayes
Brakes Hayes Dyno Sport discs, 6-inch rotors
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
Seatpost Bontrager SSR

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 5 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (4)
  • Versatile  (3)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Good construction 

Cons

  • Heavy  (2)
  • Poor quality 
  • Poor suspension for tires 

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city  (3)
  • Road biking  (3)
  • Everything 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Trail riding 

Reviewed by 5 customers

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5.0

Trek 8.4 DS Gary Fisher collection

By Billy Donlevy

from Saint Charles IL

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everything
    • Road Biking
    • Trail riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I bought this bike about 6 months ago and Im very pleased with it. It is extremely light compared to any mountain bike, while still haveing a sloid structure. I bought the 21.5 inch frame and it fits great. Ive put 650 miles on it so far and have tested it in many conditions. I mostly ride on trails and road which it is fantastic for, but I also mountain bike in wisconsin and with stands everything from riding through sand pits and smashing in to trees after rolling over a 2 foot boulder. The 29 inch tiers make the bike fast and able to ride over large objects. Overall this bike was a great purchase and I would reccomend it to anyone who needs a bike capable of fast trail/road bikeing and comfortable fast mountain bikeing.

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    4.0

    Not a Mountain Bike...but still great

    By Annie!!

    from Murrieta, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Good Construction

    Cons

    • Poor Suspension for tires

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I got this bike assuming it was truly a dual sport, but it's not...exactly. (It's a great commuter bike and an ok mountain bike) The tires are too thin for true gripping at times which causes a little more sliding than my boyfriends tires (he has a real mtn bike) and allows you to feel a majority of the really big bumps. (I went down a fire road that has a million gopher holes and felt every one, I road down again with my bfs bike, didn't feel a thing) Positives: It's definitely fast and the hydraulic brakes work phenomenally well. This bike allows you to go off road but I think I'm using it on more hardcore trails than I'm supposed to. The most I've done on it at one time was 21 miles of off roading. It can do basic fire roads and [...]. I've had the same issue with the suspension lockout popping off too and I had to change the seat out, without the cushion of a thicker tire you're definitely going to need a little more cushion. It hasn't broken in half or anything after the roads I've taken it on, so it's built pretty good. I would definitely recommend it to someone who's doing flat or even hilly roads but with minimal rocks. Asphalt wise, it's a dream!

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    5.0

    great commuter bike

    By Bill

    from Burlington, NC

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    Love this bike. I've had it for 4 weeks. I've ridden it for about 500 miles, from low 50's to mid-90's, rain and sunny, daytime and nighttime. Longest single ride was 40 miles. Daily commute is 20 miles round-trip. Top speed downhill was 34 mph. Average commute speed is generally about 13 mph. It's a heavy bike but I don't find it's 33 pounds too bad, considering the 38mm knobbies, the shock, my rack, and the "fatter" saddle. For my commute, I'm at 6'5" and 220 lbs and carrying about 10-12 lbs of stuff with me. I'll take the extra bike weight in trade for the nice ride and ability to haul all my gear. Changed out the stem for a shorter, higher reach and more upright riding posture. Changed the saddle for a little more padding. Added a rack, trunk, panniers, seat bag, and front and rear lights. I really like the shock and use the lock out regularly when taking hills standing, otherwise it stays open, smoothing out the ride. The hydraulic discs are great, and work wonderfully in the rain. They are noisy when wet, but compared to rim brakes, a small price to pay. When dry, they are quite. This bike has great gearing to keep it moving a faster speeds than my old bikes. Easy to pedal along at 22 mph on the flats without working hard. My only gripes to this point are the paint is hard to clean... a matte white finish is cool looking, but impossible to get grease stains off of easily. The lockout selector comes off very easily and pops right back on, but it shouldn't be coming off from normal use. I've had some trouble with the brakes dragging sometimes. A quick adjustment fixes that easily but I'd rather they not change. Can't explain why they change, the wheels have not been off the bike Overall, very pleased with this bike. The only plans I have for it is to possibly put 28mm tires on it and try to wear it out. I have a Trek mountain bike for the trail. This one is for the road.

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    2.0

    one off or design fault?

    By hurtgen44

    from Poole, Dorset

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments:

        Had this bike for a day and rode it twice. Found that something was dragging/grinding when it was simply moved (pushed) and the gear changes were something akin to a bike made of old scrap - really slack,clunky and generally not what I'd expect of a [$]bike. To top everything off, the chain has dragged across the top of the rear frame bar (from the pedal sprocket to the back wheel), leaving grease all over it and the chain itself has taken a chunk out of the paint work just behind the pedal sprocket. I have been desperate to get this bike and it has turned out to be a real let down. looks nice but I'm torn as to whether it is a one-off or a poor design. Tomorrow, I am taking it back and will be asking for my money back.

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        5.0

        Just tested it and purchased.

        By D

        from Virginia

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        Check out the bike forums for more details on this DS 8.4 bike. I chose this one b/c its a versatile all terrain bike with comfort. If it was a few pounds lighter it would be perfect.

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