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Trek Soho DLX

Trek Soho DLX

2013

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (11 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2013 Trek Soho DLX

Turn the bike lane into the fast lane with Trek's Soho DLX. Big-city ready with its lightweight aluminum frame, the top tube even features a bumper to protect it against the street signs and bike racks that you'll be locking your Soho to. And you'll love the ride as the wheels with Bontrager's 700c Nebula rims and reflective tires roll easy, while the Soho's excellent handling makes it a breeze to dodge potholes and errant vehicles. And, this urban speedster rolls with a super-smooth, quiet and lube-free belt drive to keep your business clothing grease-free. Plus, for commuting rain or shine, you've got fenders, a rear rack and 8 speeds for sailing right over the hills. You even get a travel mug for your favorite go juice!

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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Gold Series aluminum
    Fork Bontrager Satellite Plus, carbon
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Nebula
    Hubs Front: Shimano disc; Rear: Shimano Nexus 8 internal
    Tires Bontrager H2 Plus reflective, 700 x 32c
    Crankset Bontrager Satellite Nebula
    Chainrings Gates Carbon Drive 55T
    Chain Gates Carbon Drive Belt
    Rear Cogs 24T Gates Carbon Drive
    Shifters Shimano Alfine
    Handlebars Trek Urban aluminum
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Plus
    Stem Soho aluminum
    Brake Levers Tektro/Shimano
    Brakes Front: Avid BB5 mechanical-disc; Rear: Shimano roller
    Pedals Soho
    Saddle Bontrager H1
    Seatpost Bontrager Nebula
    Accessories & Extras Fenders, chainguard, rack, Soho mug

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    4.5 stars

    (based on 11 reviews)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable  (9)
    • Versatile  (2)
    • Great Components  (2)
    • Comfortable  (2)
    • Attractive Design  (2)

    Cons

    • Heavy  (4)
    • Noisy 
    • Uncomfortable saddle 
    • Mediocre brakes 
    • Poor Braking 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City  (9)
    • Commuting  (2)
    • Just Riding Around 
    • shopping 

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Solid commuter

    By Fred

    from San Francisco

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I bought this bike for daily commutes under 5 miles. I ride it around San Francisco, and while the 8 speeds aren't quite enough for any hill over 3-5% (I've taken it up 15%+ hills), this bike is a super commuter. With regards to the hills, bear in mind I'm close to 90 kilograms. The belt drive is great for wearing work pants, though with any bike you ride every day you may eventually wear a hole in your pants. The rubber ends on the fenders came off after about 500-1,000 miles, but that was after moving it through tight quarters every day. Overall the bike has held up quite well. I just replaced the rear tire after 1,400 miles, along with the front brake pads and front brake cable. Currently my cost is ~$1/mile, and I expect the bike to go another 1,400 miles without any additional maintenance. I flatted the rear tire once, and changing the tube was a bit tricky, but once you learn how to pull off the rear wheel it doesn't take more than 15 minutes. The front brake play is adjustable with an allen wrench for when the pads start to wear down. Highly recommended if you commute short distances several times a week.

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    5.0

    Great commuter bike

    By Larry

    from Chicago

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Low maintenance
    • Great Shifting
    • Very Reliable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I have ridden this bike for over 4 years and more than 5000 miles. I has needed minimal maintenance. I have ridden frequently in rain and sometimes in snow with no problems. I love that you can shift while stopped. Very handy in an urban stop and go environment. I have the older model and the drum breaks require more effort than I would like.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Look elsewhere

      By traderjohn

      from Santa Cruz, CA

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Gates Belt Drive

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Noisy
      • Handling
      • Poor Construction
      • Poor Braking

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I've owned this bike for two years and now it sits collecting dust while I ride my son's $650 Scott commuter. And that's after I upgraded the horrible front mechanical disc to a hydraulic SLX and changed the seat to a brooks one. I'm very disappointed Trek would sell this poor designed and manufactured tank. Yes, it will take a beating and doesn't require maintenance, but it's no fun to ride to work on this.

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      4.0

      What is that creaking noise!

      By drustan

      from Cork, Ireland

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I absolutely love my Trek Soho. Bought it in July last year. But what is that creaking noise? Anyone else have that noise? Trek do you know? Please help. I shot a video of it Thank you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-sAZ0pO20E

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great commuter year- round Calgary.

      By Hey Doc!

      from Calgary

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Winter Commutes Great

      Cons

      • Fixing Flats A Headache

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      No problems with slipping of belt through Calgary winter. Use studded winter tires in snow regions. Fixing flats on the road is a horrible undertaking but with good armored tires has been really rare. Get the shop to train you on changing tires and flats before leaving the premises. The rims are very very durable. Change the belt and rear cog every two years if commuting daily. Once a week take a dry brush to the belt, cog and front ring to stop squeaking with dirt build up. Do the same to the shifter cable channel on the rear hub to stop delayed shifting in -15 Centigrade and colder weather. The Nexus 8 and belt drive have been really great with minimal maintenance. they do need yearly lubrication and adjustment so don't completely ignore them. A wider rim would be nice to accommodate wider profile winter tires in high snow areas. Overall a super commuter and highly recommended.

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      5.0

      A Workable Car Replacement

      By Craig

      from Ithaca, NY

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      A commuter bike can be stylish, technologically advanced, or versatile ... but the ultimate test is: when you leave for work, do you pick the car or your bike? I have a Trek Soho Deluxe and for me, the answer is my bike! Overwhelmingly! In the last 9 months, I have used the car 13 times - meaning I rode my Trek 93% of the time. That includes rainy days. My commute is 6 miles each way, and I'm 47 years old, and definitely not an athlete. But this bike works for me. I could make guesses why this is so. The disk brakes work well, the tires are very low-maintenance, the belt drive makes things smooth. Pretty much what everyone else is saying on this page. There are a few minuses - I would've liked at least one lower gear for tough hills, and the belt occasionally slips. But you can't argue with stats. I wanted a bike that I'd love enough to ride every day, and that's what I got!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I Love This Bike

      By Bruce

      from Corvallis, OR

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Good looks
      • Good handling
      • Almost Maintenance Free

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable saddle
      • Hard Skinny Hand Grips

      Best Uses

      • Just Riding Around
      • Commuting/City
      • Commuting
      • shopping

      Comments:

      I purchased one of the early models with roller brakes, no rack and nice looking understated grey paint. I had a previous "towner" bike, a GT Dyno w/7 spd hub, rear roller brake and front rim brake which held up very well but when I saw the belt drive Trek I just had to have it. The belt drive has worked flawlessly so I'm very happy with that. I like the roller brakes for their almost maintenance free design - just add a squirt of the special Shimano grease when they become noisy. DO NOT try to take apart the brake to service it! You will never get it back together (learned the hard way on my GT). True, they are not the most powerful brakes out there but I find that with firm hand pressure applied I can lock up the wheels so what more do you need? I see that the newer models come with a rack, a very useful accessory. Mine did not have one so I had to mount my own. I have a set of Banjo Brothers shopping panniers that serve me very well. I do practically all my shopping errands on this bike. I have a front rack also for the big shopping days and a set of BOB rear axle nuts so I can hook up the trailer when needed. I have had the bike for over 2 years now and here are my observations: Pro: Durable, almost maintenance free. Sporty looks - kind of a cross between full on utility bike and a cycle cross bike. Good handling and ride overall although I do get a bit of toe/front wheel overlap with the 700c tires. I do not find it too harsh as someone said. I definetly did not want a suspension seat post and fork that add weight and detract from the handeling. Con: I found the saddle and hand grips uncomfortable and changed them out. I think a rack should have been included as they are now. The tires are not the most puncture proof. I had one real flat and then changed them out for thorn proof Rubenas. A dyno hub would be nice but at the price point for this bike I'm not going to nit pick the components. Besides a set of LED lights work well for my occasional night ride. The hub is not the slightly more efficient Shimano Alfine Red Line but I have not had any real problems with it either. Overall a great bike.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This bike rocks!

      By Jared

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Smooth
      • Fast
      • Durable
      • Silent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        I've been commuting to work on this bike 5 days a week since early January. This bike has been great! After suffering two flats in two weeks (darn goatheads!), I filled the tubes with Stan's and haven't had a flat since. I love the carbon belt drive. It's so quiet! I'm frequently scaring people on the bike path that don't hear me approaching! I'm guessing that's one of the reasons they included a bell. Anyway, this is a fantastic bike at a fantastic price point. Thanks Trek!

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Commuter's Best Friend!

        By Wrenchester

        from Reno, Nevada

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Handling
        • Shifting
        • Styling

        Cons

        • Extreme rear weight bias
        • Mediocre brakes

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        The Trek Soho Deluxe is a joy to commute on! The shifting on the Nexus 8 internal gear rear hub is instantaneous and smooth. And the fact that I can shift while not pedaling means I never have to worry what gear I'm in when approching a red light. The Gates Carbon Drive is silent, clean, and maintenance-free. The riding position is ideal for fast commuting--upright, but not too upright. The bike also feels great when cranking out of the saddle to maintain speed up hills. The bike feels very stable at speed, but is still nimble enough to execute quick maneuvers in traffic. The Soho Deluxe is a real head-turner! The gloss black paint, the interestingly-shaped frame tubes, the curvy lines of the rear rack, and the clean "single-speed" look of the belt-drive drivetrain all add up to a bike that is as much a joy to look at as it is to ride. I do have a few gripes (although none of them is "fatal"). The less-than-confidence-inspiring braking is my biggest gripe. The rear "roller brake" is just flat-out WEAK! The cable-operated front disc brake is better, but still not great. I replaced the Shimano front caliper with an Avid BB7, and that helped a lot. I test-rode a Soho Deluxe a couple of years ago when the bike had roller brakes front and rear, and decided that the weak braking was a deal-breaker. When Trek went to a disc brake in front, that was enough of an improvement that I could live with it. What I'd really like to see is a Soho Deluxe with an Alfine rear hub and disc brakes on both front and rear. My other two gripes are pretty nit-picky, but I'll mention them anyway. First, as with most bikes with front fenders, I have some clearance issues between the front of my toe-clipped feet and the rear flap of the fender when track-standing at stop lights. Second, although overall the bike is fairly light for a full-fendered, rear-racked commuter bike (about 30 lbs), the preponderance of that weight is at the rear of the bike. When I want to lift the rear wheel to swing the bike around a tight corner in an indoor space, it takes some real muscle to get the rear tire off the ground!

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        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's a vehicle, not a toy

        By James69

        from MA

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Great Components
        • Durable
        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting

          Comments:

          This machine will rock your world. Just turned 400 miles on mine, riding in a New England "winter." (Hasn't been much of one!) I ride in rain, sleet, snow, whatever about 100 miles a week. Hats off to the guys at Trek for putting this together at an incredible price point. Great shifting, pedaling, braking, everything. Stock saddle & pedals aren't great, but I'd rather they were cheap - you always swap both. Fantastic machine - buy one and sell your car.

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