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Trek Allant

Trek

Allant
2014

$639.99
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4.5 stars
 (15 Reviews)
 

2014 Trek Allant

Potholes, taxis, trucks, busy paths; nothing stands in the way of Trek's Allant. It's ready to roll any time with its lightweight aluminum frame, fast 700c wheels and handy rear rack. The upright riding position and stable ride mean top comfort and excellent handling that makes it easy to navigate around cracked pavement and errant vehicles. Plus, the Shimano 21-speed drivetrain offers easy pedaling, while the powerful linear-pull brakes offer excellent stopping power. You even get fenders so you can ride in comfort in all weather conditions.

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha Silver aluminum
Fork High-tensile steel
Rims/Wheels Aluminum
Hubs Front: aluminum; Rear: Shimano
Tires Bontrager H2 Plus reflective, 700 x 32c
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 12-32
Shifters Shimano EF-51
Handlebars Bontrager Satellite
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Elite
Stem Aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano EF-51
Brakes Tektro linear-pull
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Boulevard
Seatpost Bontrager
Accessories & Extras Rack, fenders

* Subject to change without notice.

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4.5 stars

(based on 15 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (10)
  • Comfortable  (6)
  • Versatile  (4)
  • Lightweight  (3)
  • Attractive  (2)

Cons

  • Heavy  (4)
  • A bit heavy  (2)
  • Kick stand 
  • None yet 
  • Poor off-road handling 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (11)
  • Pavement  (5)
  • Exercise  (2)
  • Leisurely rides  (2)
  • Street riding  (2)

Reviewed by 15 customers

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5.0

Great Bike, Great Value

By Syd

from Louisville, KY

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Great Value
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Leisurely Rides
    • Exercise
    • Street Riding

    Comments:

    I had a particular mission in mind when I went shopping for a new bike. It needed to have fenders for bad weather operation because I ride all through the year. It needed to have swept back handlebars and some padding in the saddle for an upright riding position and comfort because my road bike was giving me inflammation in my shoulders, elbows and lower back due to some of the rough roads and alleys that I travel. It needed to have fairly wide tires for both the lousy weather and the rough roads mentioned above. It needed to have cargo capacity because I run as many errands as I can on my bike. Also, it needed to look good and have quality construction. Additionally, local factory certified support is important to me. I needed a high quality commuter bike that ran well, did the job, looked good and was comfortable. I did a lot of shopping and comparing. I went to every shop in town and looked at models and prices. There was one bike of the many I saw that captured my imagination: The Trek Allant at Bicycle Sport. The Allant is an elegant European styled commuter. The color is a dark charcoal gray with a leather saddle. The logos, decorative decals and other markings are tastefully understated. There isn't a screaming 600-point manufacturer banner ad on the down tube. Trek puts their logo on the frame on the forward area of the top tube so it doesn't feel as if one is riding a sandwich board advertisement. The frame of the Allant is made of Trek's "Alpha Silver Aluminum Alloy." I don't have a clue as to what that is, but it is light without being excessively rigid. The front fork is chrome molybdenum steel which provides a bit of flex to the frame to smooth out the bumps. The drive train is the ubiquitous Shimano 21-speed indexed shifting transmission. I could live without it, but it seems to be what everyone wants these days. It is geared low so it climbs well and deals with poor surface conditions well. The tires are medium wide Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite, reflective, 700x35c. Other niceties include the Bontrager Satellite Elite lock-on ergonomic grips which are really comfortable, Bontrager Interchange rear rack, full-coverage color-matched fenders, and alloy kickstand. I have read the criticism of this bike that it is not "fast." To this critique I have some advice and comment: put it in high gear and pedal faster. You will find that it is fairly quick, but it isn't as fast as my old 12-speed road bike. If you're planning to enter the local triathlon, don't buy this bike. Anyone who buys this bike for speed has been poorly served by their advisors. Buy this bike if you want a comfortable, high quality commuter that looks great and carries a really attractive price tag. Does it accomplish the mission? Yesterday I did 12 miles on it and today I did 14 miles and these 60-year-old arms, legs and back feel great. I love this bike.

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    5.0

    A very good commuter and errand bike

    By Bob

    from Puyallup

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Comfortable
    • Stylish
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Leisurely Rides
      • Street Riding
      • Light Trails
      • Commuting

      Comments:

      Looked for a while before selecting the Allant, and was surprised the local Trek Shop didn't have one on the floor. The bike is probably one of the best commuter all around bikes in a long time. Aluminum frame is thicker and the tires slightly fatter than the last cross bike I had but the overall performance is good to very good with virtually no complaints. I read some reviews about the seat, but like any new bike you need to make micro adjustments to fit your body and riding style. For those men out there, your saddle should gently cup your lower area to the point you do not slide forward or have to keep shifting forward or back while riding. The bike shop will fit you to the unit, but, keep in mind, while riding, if you feel your hands getting uncomfortable, more than likely the seat was moved higher by the shop, and you are tilting forward onto the handlebars, actually leaning over them. Raise the handlebars to a more upright position and this bike should be one of the best rides ever. Absolutely classy bike and I could go on about what I like but space is limited.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reliable City Commuter

      By Ted

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Reliable
      • Comfortable
      • Flexible
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Utility
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I've had an Allant for just under 2.5 years, and have almost 8100 miles on it, 95% of it commuting 20 miles/day year round in Minneapolis. I rejoined the commuting community after a pause of about 30 years(I'd commuted throughout school in the 70s and for several years after, mostly on 10-speed road bikes). This is more like a highly modernized version of my old Raleigh 3-speed--it was the perfect bike on which to start commuting again. The bike makes an excellent commuter, with a solid rack, fenders, strong 36-spoke wheels, wide-enough tires, and a relatively upright position that I find helpful in traffic. I'm a big fan of the cockpit--the shifters, grips, and brakes work very well together. The 21 speed gear train is more than adequate for the minor hills in Minneapolis. There is plenty of clearance for studded winter tires and panniers (22.5" frame; I'm 6' tall). It can also pull a trailer. I did add a dynamo hub and light set, and I swap between clipless pedals in the summer and strap pedals in the winter. I also switch to a slightly lower-geared cassette in the winter. But that's just to optimize the bike for me; it worked fine right out of the store for the first 1400 miles while I figured out what I wanted. Some of the original equipment, of course, wears out during all those miles--especially the drive train parts--but nothing wore out or broke earlier than I would have expected. I originally thought I'd be on the Allant for a year or two to get back into the habit of cycling before I traded up to something fancier. It has done way better than that.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Good Value

        By Tree

        from Memphis, TN

        About Me

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments:

              I ride my Allant on a daily basis, so it's a combo commuter-exercise-fun bike. Since I like to carry a bunch of stuff, in addition to the rear rack that comes with it, I had the dealer install the front rack off the WSD model. I like everything about the bike except 1) the extremely loud squeaking of the front brake and 2) that the largest front sprocket has only 48 teeth, which, in combination with the smallest rear sprocket of 12 teeth, limits top speed to about 20 mph--not nearly fast enough for this competitive dude. But hey, the Trek Allant is what it is, a high quality, comfortable-riding urban utility that's a good buy for the money.

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              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Hope you're not in a hurry

              By turtle

              from New Mexico

              About Me Commuter

              Pros

              • Handles Well
              • Attractive Design

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Really Slow
              • Slow
              • Terribly Slow

              Best Uses

              • Have All Day To Get There
              • SHORT TRIPS

              Comments:

              I was using this as a commuting bike for a twenty mile round trip jaunt to and from work for about a month. It finally dawned on me one day that everyone, geriatrics and one very tiny woman included, were zipping passed me like I was standing still. As soon as I got a little boy racer bike, I cut my time to work by 20 minutes in one direction. No kidding! It's turned out to be a better bike for attaching my daughter's trail-a-bike thingy to it and running her to school with it or taking a leisurely ride to the farmer's market. It's a sturdy bike and pretty comfy. I find the saddle a little overstuffed. The grips became gooey after less than a season riding around and parking in the hot sun. That's a bummer because they're really nice grips otherwise. Overall it's a very nice bike if you have all day to get to where ever it is that you're going. My 40 year old single speed Schwinn Breeze that I haven't oiled or serviced in the 12 years I've owned is speedier and lighter than my Allant.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent Overall!

              By El Bobbo

              from Rio Grande, OH

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Handles Well
              • Attractive Design

              Cons

              • A bit heavy

              Best Uses

              • Exercise and relaxation

              Comments:

              I had not been on a bicycle for many years. My son had purchased several Trek bikes, as had my son in law and my daughter, so I was well versed on Trek quality. This Allant suits me very well. I am using it as part of my fitness plan. I am very pleased with the overall quality, and I like the looks of this bike. I am also pleased with the expertise of our local dealer. In years past, we had purchased several cheapo bikes from department stores. This bike was a real upgrade. Shifts well, and as I gradually extend my riding time and distance I appreciate this bike more. I would certainly recommend it, it works well for even my 58 year old frame!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Commuter!

              By Dan P

              from Sterling, VA

              About Me Commuter

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fenders
              • Versatile
              • Value
              • Seat
              • Rack
              • Durable

              Cons

              • A bit heavy

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City

              Comments:

              I bought this about a month ago to commute to the bus stop (about 10 miles round trip). Before that, I last rode a bicycle with any regularity when I was 15 (almost 20 years ago). So I'm definitely a novice. I'm also a big guy: 5'11" and 240 lbs. I was looking for a bicycle that didn't make me look like a bear riding a bicycle in a circus, but not like a road racer or mountain biker, either. I looked at the Allant and the 7.2 FX. As noted in the manufacturer's description, the Allant has much more of an upright position than the FX, and, off the rack, the FX is lighter and less expensive. However, you can't beat everything that's included with the Allant for the price. The Allant comes standard with fenders to keep you dry when the pavement is wet and a rack in the rear to attach panniers or just a platform to bungee your briefcase. These could be added to the FX, of course, but it would have put the price higher than the Allant. The seat that comes standard on the Allant is more comfortable than the FX. And the seat is leather, setting a nice two-tone color scheme for the Allant. The FX was a bit bland with just charcoal grey matte finish As mentioned above, the Allant was heaver than the FX, and this is noticeable during the test ride I took with both bikes. However, the Allant has fenders and a rack installed, and the FX did not. After a month in, I also find myself wanting to sit forward more than the swept-back handlebars on the Allant allow. To be fair, my salesman explained that I might outgrow the Allant quickly as I gain experience and want to sit farther forward. Still, on other parts of my commute, I just like to take it easy and the included handlebars with palm support make it easy to relax, sit up, and enjoy the scenery. As far as the actual ride: The 700C wheels and included tires roll easily and are built for pavement and some gravel, so this is clearly not an off-road bike. The trail I use has plenty of seams that run laterally across the trail, and the Allant can handle them easily. The included brakes stop the bike with confidence. Shifting is a breeze, but I had to learn to hold the left thumb shifter for an extra second or two when changing gears on the chainring (all you experienced cyclists probably know that, but I didn't). The 21 gears provide enough variety to find that perfect gear for all the hills and overpasses found on my commute. All this being said, the salesman is right: you're not going to be breaking any land speed records with this bike. But my goal is arriving to the bus stop with a minimum of sweat, not to arrive in record time. All in all, if you're looking for a bike to commute with and a leisurely ride on the weekends with friends or family, and don't want to look like a competitive racer (or a circus bear) while you're doing it, the Allant is probably what you're looking for at this price point. Grab yourself a lock, some panniers or a sturdy bag, and a chain guard or some pant clips (like I have, to make the 1960s motif complete) and start commuting to work!

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect for our community bike trails

              By Mark

              from The Woodlands, TX

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Smooth riding
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Recreational Riding

                Comments:

                I live in a community with 120+ miles of paved bike trails. I could not imagine a more ideal bike for this environment. The Allant is beautifully designed for recreational riding, commuting, and transporting light-to-medium baggage. All my friends comment on what a classy-looking bike it is. I ride anywhere from a couple miles up to 15-20 mile rides with my Allant. It is a joy to ride all day long. I particularly like the angled-back handlebars which I feel is a far more natural position than holding your hands in a straight horizontal line. I also like the appearance of the fenders as well as their utility in wet weather. Finally, the overall quality of construction and the convenience and quality of the bike's features are very high. I am very pleased to have chosen the Allant and am trying to talk my wife into getting the women's version.

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                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Tough and reliable

                By Michaelw40204

                from Louisville, KY

                About Me Commuter

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Great Components
                • Versitile

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Trips to the grocery
                • Commuting
                • Pavement

                Comments:

                I use this bike on a daily basis! I use it as a daily commuter, trips to the farmers market and grocery, even trips to the laundromat. I highly recommend adding these baskets [@] for trips to the grocery. Reusable bags and 12 packs of beer fit perfectly.

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                (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                great looking, fun to ride bike

                By Derrick

                from Yorktown, VA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Great look
                • Fun to ride

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Exercise

                Comments:

                So after visiting some family in Holland a few months ago and looking down and noticing that I had a few pounds to shed I decided to go out and pick up a bike that I could ride daily for exercise purposes. I also wanted a bike that was great looking. This bike seemed to fit both goals when I saw it on Trek's site. So I have been riding this bike about 15-20 miles per day on the weekdays and 50-100 miles on weekend days. The bike has held up quite well in a little over 2.5 months of service (and 1750 miles in that time span). The ride is nice nice, although it can be a bit stiff... you feel every bump in the road quite noticably. If you've got weak wrist and are preparing to use this bike a lot you may want to take note of this as that's my biggest complaint after a century (100 mile) ride. The saddle is very nice and after a month or two has broken in quite nicely. I generally do not ride with cycling shorts, rather I use regular exercise shorts and haven't had to many problems with me bottom once I got used to riding every day. The rear rack has come in quite handy as I can strap stuff on the back of the bike on some of my longer rides. The bike has a very nice range of gears and does very well on the limited hills that I have the opportunity to ride on (we are talking a maximum of 100ft/35m in height at maybe a 5% grade). Some of the spokes have gotten loose while using the bike on the Colonial Parkway which has an aggregate surface which is mostly to blame for that. At first I was averaging around 13-13.5 mph on my rides, but after a few months I am now cruising at around 16-16.5 mph on my rides... If I jump on the pedals in a flat I can get it up to around 25mph, and if I try and hold a high speed it is generally at around 18-20mph. So that should give you an idea of what kind of speed to expect out of this (oh, I'm 34; 6'0"; 175lbs so you get an idea of what i'm working with). The only issues that I've had with the bike were 2 flats. The first was due to a faulty tire from the factory (there was an issue with the bead in the tire and caused a blowout) and the second was from a nail puncture (that was exciting as I was going downhill at 25mph when it happened). One other thing of note, this bike seems to be a bit on the heavy side. I just purchased my father at Gary Fisher Marlin Mountain Bike and my mother a Trek Calypso Cruiser and this bike feels heavier than both of them by quite a bit when I'm throwing it onto the bike rack. I've been very happy with the quality of this bike and the components and that would explain why I invested in a couple more Trek's for my parents.

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