Trek 8.3 DS

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Trek 8.3 DS

Postby GiancarloCipolla » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:29 pm

Hi hall, I just bought a Trek 8.3 DS for commuting and general riding mostly on asphalt, I would like some informations about this bike and what the other members of this forum think about this bike.
I am new to this sport so any advise will be appreciate.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby oxonabike » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:05 pm

Hi John, I have the Trek 8.4 which differs only in slightly better running gear, and has hydraulic discs instead of cable, but they're fundamentally the same bike. I've just racked up a touch over 10000 km which has been mostly daily commuting and on one occasion, took it for a holiday to do some simple credit card touring. It's also done a couple of runs on some roughish fire trails, so it's quite a versatile ride. Might be somewhat heavier than some would like, but I don't mind this as its a very comfortable ride and I have no drama holding 30 kph or better providing I'm not battling a headwind. It's put on a bit of weight with racks for pannier, and mud guards. The original aggressive tyres were changed to 700 x 35c slicks when they wore out, and now its a nice quiet and smooth bike to ride. The lock out suspension forks even get occasional use for the odd short cut here and there, and for our rough as guts driveway into work.

When my daughter wanted to upgrade from her BSO to a decent bike for riding around Alice Springs, we got her the 8.3. Before we sent it over, I did a couple of commutes on it and found it in no way wanting. I don't think that you're going to be unhappy with your purchase.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby GiancarloCipolla » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:12 pm

Thank you for your replay, what you think about the pedals, I don't like them and I will change them with Wellgo R 146 magnesium, and for the tyres which brand did you put on, I am thinking to change mine because they are a little noisy on the asphalt.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby oxonabike » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:50 am

Tyres are maxxis overdrive elite - seem to be wearing well with 4700 km on them, no punctures (touching wood) and barely any noticeable wear.

Pedals were very quickly changed to shimano SPDs either M324 or M545 - they get swapped between the MTB every now and again.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby GiancarloCipolla » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:04 pm

Thank you oxonabike for the informations, I will look in to the Maxxis tyres, because the one that come with the bike are to noisy on the road.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby GiancarloCipolla » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:05 am

On my bike, Trek 8.3 DS, now I have 700x38 tyres, I would like to know if I can change them with 700x32, and if I can do I have to change the tube too or I can use the one that I am using now? Any suggestion will be appreciate, I am trying to learn.
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Re: Trek 8.3 DS

Postby oxonabike » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:22 am

As far as I know, yes to tyres, and a definite possibility to the tubes. I put a new tube in my bike last night, and it covered a fair range of sizes - but just don't recall what the range was. You should be okay to do the tyre change and stick the old tubes in and see what happens.
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