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Trek Navigator 2.0

Trek

Navigator 2.0
2012

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (142 Reviews)
 

2012 Trek Navigator 2.0

Trek's Navigator 2.0 lets you enjoy scenic streets and fun trails in luxurious comfort. Its relaxed frame design and adjustable stem put you in a back-friendly, upright riding position. The suspension fork, shock-absorbing seatpost and comfort saddle soak up the bumps for a velvety-smooth ride. Plus, the Navigator's durable wheels, Bontrager tires and quick-shifting Shimano/SRAM drivetrain guarantee easy, fun and efficient riding every time.

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha White aluminum
Fork SR SunTour NEX, 50mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager 550
Hubs Aluminum
Tires Bontrager H2, 26 x 2.0
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-3
Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 14-34
Shifters SRAM 3.0 Comp Twist
Handlebars Steel riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite LE
Stem Aluminum, adjustable
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Tektro linear-pull
Pedals Wellgo platform
Saddle Bontrager Suburbia w/supersoft padding
Seatpost Aluminum suspension

* Subject to change without notice.

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5.0 stars

(based on 142 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish  (105)
  • Comfortable  (94)
  • Lightweight  (72)
  • Durable  (70)
  • Versatile  (69)

Cons

  • Heavy  (17)
  • Slow  (3)
  • Flimsy  (2)
  • No fenders  (2)
  • 223242 chainring needed 

Best Uses

  • Leisurely rides  (124)
  • Street riding  (112)
  • Uneven surfaces  (67)
  • Commuting  (64)
  • Light riding  (28)

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4.0

Fast&strong for heavy century touring

By bikeevcc

from Calgary Alberta

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Adjustable Handlebar Stem
  • Seat Post Shock Absorber
  • Comfortable seat
  • Durable
  • Pannier Mounts On Forks

Cons

  • No fenders
  • 223242 Chainring Needed
  • Weak Rear Wheel Spokes

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Long distance touring
  • Uneven Surfaces
  • Light Trails
  • Street Riding
  • Shopping
  • Winter Commuting
  • Leisurely Rides

Comments:

Bontrager AT550 rear wheel spokes broke about every 1300 kms especially on rutted ice in the winter with studded tires and required constant truing. Spokes always broke on the gear side where the spoke bends at the hub. Rebuilt rear wheel with higher quality spokes and never had one break after 5200km even when doing torque wheelies to pedal over curbs and rough ground. You need a mtn bike with shocks on Calgary's broken pathways. Original brake pads don't work in winter. Get cheaper and softer brake pads and they will always work even when the rims ice up otherwise the rear brake will stop working on icy roads... not good. Steering is too sensitive and you can't ride hands free. Adding 20-25lbs to a front pannier rack makes for superb steering and reduces the sensitivity so the bike feels much more stable. This is one bike where my feet don't hit the front wheel when turning. Buy a rear rack with clip-in rear rack bag with panniers that zip up into a pocket. Superb! There is a huge gear jump between 1st and 2nd gear (10 teeth worth). Originally had one reasonably good low gear and top gear is barely usable because of the upright seated position needed for touring and the air resistance from cycling in top gear sitting upright. Changing to a 22/32/42 chainring creates 4 more lower gears but you lose one top gear in the process. Good trade off for self supported tours as the low gear is now a useable 16 gear inches for tough hills and I gained four closer spaced low gears for hills. This bike can climb 60 degree slopes in 2nd or 3rd gear easily as long as you can keep the front wheel on the ground (hence the need for panniers and weight on the front plus improving my climbing technique). Tires had very soft rubber and I have had several staples punch holes through the tires, requiring the tire to be patched. Bought H2 Bontrager tires and am much happier with the harder rubber. The original tires and new tires both are extremely easy to pedal as they have very little tread but hold up to 80 psi. Rode home several kilometers with a 1/8" hole and tire still didn't go flat! Lots of air in them tires! Be careful though, when the tire pressure is gone the tires simply fall off the rim... no need for tire irons to remove the tires! Averaged 26kph on my road bike century. Averaged 24 kph with gear reduction crankset over some extremely steep back gravel roads and highways. Considering the extra 50 lbs of weight, there wasn't much reduction in average speed. Faster pedaling suits my ability and 6 1/2 hour centuries still left me feeling great so I did two centuries with one day of local riding in between with this sweet heart of a bike! I think most people would prefer better quality spokes from Bontrager instead of dealing with broken spokes all the time as they are very difficult to fix when always breaking on the gear side and could result in a breakdown miles from help unless you have a freewheel remover socket and a six foot breaker bar with you. My wife's bike required the rear wheel spokes to be backed off and retensioned so this rear wheel issue is not isolated to one bike. For most people, I believe they would prefer the mountain touring chainring for lower gearing and carrying groceries or touring gear. I really loved that this bike was such a well handling machine on studded winter tires and laughed myself silly trying to climb what seemed like impossibly steep slopes. Also makes a fantastic touring machine on a budget! One minor issue with winter/mud use. The front tire throws up dirt at the bottom of the crank where bare shift cables slide. If dirt gets in here you can have delayed shifting to higher gears so squirt some oil on the cable guides. Fully encased cables would have been a better design otherwise cables have to be replaced every few years. Wore out two chains, two freewheels, one derailleur in 5200 kms and still going strong. Considering all the winter cycling, salt and grit, the bike has held up well. Only other minor issue is the paint is easily damaged and has already chipped in spots even though I'm careful not to ding the paint. For the price, this is a fantastic deal. Only need a belt drive and internal hub and Trek would have built the best heavy touring bike ever!

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4.0

Great adult commuter and recreation bike

By Timbuk4

from Burlington, VT

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Light Trails
    • Commuting
    • Street Riding
    • Uneven Surfaces
    • Leisurely Rides

    Comments:

    I was so happy to find this bike after looking at several cruisers and commuters. It is very comfortable but with higher quality gearing making it more practical in my hilly city. I had almost given up bike riding because I could no longer get comfortable on my 20 y.o. hybrid, which was a professionally fitted quality bike. Now, I am commuting to work in complete comfort 3 days a week. The Navigator almost eliminates pressure on my hands, arm, wrists and shoulders and the slightly more vertical riding position removes the need to crane my head and neck upward to see straight ahead. I'm 47yo, 6', 200#. The replacement model is the "shift" series which are functionally similar but have better shifters. Honestly, I liked the newer shift's features better but the dull colors were a turn off.

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    5.0

    Update: almost a thousand miles.

    By SDLocal

    from Palm Springs, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Stylish
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments:

        This is a great bike. I pound it every day at least 20-30 miles a day, every day. I live in the SoCal desert and I take this Trek all over the place; plenty of miles off-road in the desert; it's good on the road and trustworthy on desert trails. I recommend this bike, 100%. I love this bike. Every day, at least 20 miles a day.

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        5.0

        Buy this bike. Do it.

        By Kris k.

        from SoCal

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Durable
        • Stylish
        • Versatile
        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Leisurely Rides
          • Uneven Surfaces
          • Light Trails
          • Street Riding

          Comments:

          Buy this bike. I love this bike. Here's the thing; I wrecked it while riding late at night in the SoCal desert and it saved me. The big overdone front suspension saved me.This is such a GREAT BIKE. For the money, you can't beat it. People whine that it's heavy, but this is not true. I'm 56 years old, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds and I can haul this bike on my shoulder up and down the desert trails, no problemo. It's not heavy. No way. I love this bike. I absolutely recommend it.It's in the shop now -- crash inspection, my fault -- and I can hardly wait to get it back.Trek Navigator 2.0. Buy it, yo. You won't regret it.

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          5.0

          Relearn the fun in a bike ride.

          By Axel

          from Seattle Washington

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Leisurely Rides
            • Uneven Surfaces
            • Light Trails
            • Street Riding
            • Commuting

            Comments:

            After recovering from a triple bypass I decided to treat myself to a bike that I didnt find at [@]. I am amazed at the comfort and the efficiency of the shifter and the gear ratios. For the first time since I was a kid on my "bannana bike" I truely enjoy riding again! I am looking forward to many miles of cycling with my lovely wife Gail.

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            5.0

            great bike

            By nick

            from park city

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Comfortable
            • Stylish
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Leisurely Rides
              • Uneven Surfaces
              • Light Trails
              • Street Riding

              Comments:

              just really a fun bike to ride

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Wish I had gotten the FX

              By edvankay

              from Maryville, TN

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Comfortable

              Cons

              • Slow
              • Problem Tires

              Best Uses

              • Leisurely Rides

              Comments:

              I bought the Navigator 2.0 to ride the Greenway with my husband. We have been riding most every day for the past 2 months. He has the 7100 and flies past me like I'm sitting still even though I'm peddling the same speed. I have to work harder to go the same speed/distance. I have to put air in my front tire every single time I ride which is a nuisance. I totally wish I had gotten the FX which is a much faster bike--maybe not as comfortable but who cares.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazingly comfortable and fun to ride!

              By Chitown

              from East Central Illinois

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Versatile
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Street Riding
                • Uneven Surfaces
                • Light Trails
                • Commuting
                • Leisurely Rides

                Comments:

                I've been wanting a bike for a long time, but just didn't want to spend the money. I've been an avid walker for years(more in the past, less recently) and was just flat out bored on one morning walk and decided to go 'look' and try out some bikes. I fortunately had a wonderful salesman who spent about 2 hours with me having me try out several of the bikes in the shop. The last bike he had me try out was the Trek Navigator 2.0 and as soon as I got on it and rode it some I knew that I was going to buy it that day! It is extremely comfortable...no butt soreness:), no arm numbness or any other aches. And actually, I have problems with my knees swelling when I walk, but riding the bike makes my knees feel wonderful. I have had the bike for 11 days; I have ridden it practically everyday; started at 2-3 miles and today I did 10 miles in 2 separate 5 mile rides...yep I rode it twice. I am a fluffy almost 48 year old woman and I love this bike and I am so grateful for that salesman taking the time with me to find it. I did buy the men's in charcoal and not only do I enjoy the ride, I love the look of it. I'm going to get my son a bike and I'm also going to get a carrier for my car so we can take the bikes with us to Mackinac. This has been money I would spend again in a heartbeat!

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Perfect for what I expected!

                By Dave P.

                from Wayne, NJ

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Stylish
                • Comfortable
                • Versatile
                • Durable

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Pedals
                • Grips

                Best Uses

                • Fitness
                • Uneven Surfaces
                • Street Riding
                • Light Trails
                • Leisurely Rides

                Comments:

                I was 54 last May 2011 when I bought this bike after reading some very favorable reviews. I probably had not ridden a bike since my high school years so I wasn't sure it was something that I would even stick with so I didn't want to spend too much money at first. I went to my local Trek dealer and tried a few different models and settled on the Navigator 2.0 because it immediately felt comfortable and stabile. My ultimate goal when I decided to get a bike again was to have fun, get fit and hopefully shed a few pounds as well. For me this is the perfect bike. My riding area is for the most part flat with some hills that tax both me and the bike but that's what I was hoping for. Sure this model may be 10-12 lbs heavier than a pricier road bike but it would still be easier for me to lose the 10-12 than it would be to pay the $1500.00 or so to get a lighter, faster road bike. If I have to work a little harder to get this bike from point A to point B, then I feel I'm accomplishing my goal. I usually ride alone so I don't need to keep pace with anyone else. I have gone out for 3 hours and done 45 miles without any discomfort so it's comfort is not a question at all. I did change the pedals from the plastic stock setup to a metal pedal with toe clips and straps which makes a huge difference when you do have to stand up and get maximum torque to climb a hill. It's no fun and actually dangerous when a foot slips completely off a pedal, especially when you're working hard up a hill! If you buy this bike, just ask the dealer to put them on right away, you won't regret it. I also changed the grips because that piece of leather on the stock grips kept creeping off the end. Other than that it has been a great choice. In the 4-5 months that I rode after buying it, I put on a little over 500 miles and every component held up very well. Someday I may want to upgrade to something else a little lighter and faster but for now I couldn't be happier with the Navigator 2.0.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                fetish

                By thodorist

                from athens, greece

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Stylish
                • Versatile
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Leisurely Rides
                  • Light Trails
                  • Uneven Surfaces

                  Comments:

                  All weather

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