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Trek Allant

Trek

Allant
2014

$639.99
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4.5 stars
 (32 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 32 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (22)
  • Lightweight  (12)
  • Great components  (11)
  • Comfortable  (9)
  • Stylish  (9)

Cons

  • Heavy  (6)
  • A bit heavy  (2)
  • Poor off-road handling  (2)
  • Kick stand 
  • None yet 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (27)
  • Pavement  (12)
  • Leisurely rides  (8)
  • Street riding  (7)
  • Exercise  (2)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid commuter utility bicycle

By Jimmer

from Key City, IA

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Light Trails
  • Leisurely Rides
  • Street Riding
  • Commuting

Comments:

I purchased the Allant after some deliberation including other bikes such as the FX series and cyclocross bikes. Ultimately, the Allant won out thanks to a good price point which included many of the add-ons the aforementioned models would need in order to fit the bill. I use the bike daily for a short commute, about 4 miles one direction. I've fashioned some panniers from military surplus bags, and loaded the rack top with an inexpensive trunk bag. The rack holds the load fine, allowing me to pack lunch, change of clothes, and keep tools and maintenance gear handy, but still handles quite nicely in traffic. The fenders work nicely also, so no worries about riding in the rain. The bike is not light, mine is the 20" (I am 5'10", 158 lbs) and weighs in at about 34 lbs stock. This does not bother me, since I am not racing, and would rather have a stable machine that can handle a loaded rack without worry. Even so, the bike is by no means slow. I am able to crank along at 20 mph on flat road with a loaded rack. The tires are a good compromise, good on the road, but substantial enough for trail riding on crushed stone and dirt. The gearing is pretty versatile as well. Seems like I am always pedaling uphill into a stiff headwind, so the flexibility in the rear cassette is quite handy up the hills. I rarely find myself under 10 mph, even up the steeper hills, but downhill have pushed 40 mph on the big crank. I swapped out the brake pads almost immediately with Kool Stop MTN pads (stock pads were pulling metal shavings from the rims), added a rear view mirror, safety lighting, cheap cyclo-computer, u-lock holder, bottle cage, and air pump. Seems like there is a place on this cycle for all of your needs! Maintence-wise, nothing major to report. Keep the drivetrain clean and lubed, the brakes and derailleur cables and adjustments in good working order, and everything else is pretty minor. I did have one rear flat within the first few hundred miles (ran over a small metal bit of something), but patched it right up and been riding the stock tires and tubes without incident ever since. Wheels have been pretty worry-free, I keep the tires at max pressure, and ride some pretty bumpy pavement daily, and have only needed to perform minor spoke adjustments. Haven't had to worry about replacing any drivetrain components yet, but they seem to be readily available when the need arises. I did replace the stock saddle after 400 miles or so. It is a bit oversized and cushy for my needs. I found it increasingly uncomfortable on longer rides, and replaced it with a touring style road saddle. I will probably replace the pedals soon, but the stock pedals (with rubberish platforms) are still going strong. All-in-all, I would have to say that this bicycle fits my needs quite well, and seems to be a durable machine.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality Bike!

By Ed

from Chelsea, MA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Leisurely Rides
    • Street Riding

    Comments:

    The Allant is my first bike purchase in more than 20 years. The styling got my attention and Trek's reputation sealed the deal. It's well-made and feels expensive. The Bontrager Interchange rack is nice, but Interchange accessories are a bit pricey. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the bike.

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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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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Reliable City Commuter

        By Ted

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Reliable
        • Durable
        • Flexible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Utility

          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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          (2 of 3 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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                (2 of 5 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

                • Slow
                • Heavy
                • Terribly Slow
                • Really Slow

                Best Uses

                • SHORT TRIPS
                • Have All Day To Get There

                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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                5.0

                A bike that loves to ride

                By DG

                from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Stylish
                • Comfortable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Street Riding
                  • Commuting

                  Comments:

                  I ride this bike to university. It is a five mile ride there and back. I also use it for weekend rides around the city. I don't use it in the winter nor if it is raining out. I really enjoy how this bike looks in all black. I baby it more than anything. The seat is not as comfortable as I'd like, but it is bearable. Cannot say too much that I don't like. I was looking for a totally different bike when I came across my Allant. Glad I bought it!

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