Trek 520
  • Color: Anthracite
  • Color: Diablo Red
$1,579.99
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Details

520 is a steel touring bike made for the open road. It's the longest-running model in Trek's lineup, and it's built to carry you and your gear on your longest journeys. Rack and fender mounts, a wide range of gearing for climbing, and a stable touring geometry make it the perfect choice for loaded multi-day trips and comfortable all-day adventures.

It's right for you if...

You measure the success of a ride in the number of beautiful views, and when you're not riding you're likely to be found planning your next escape. You hear the call of the open road, and want a stable touring bike that's just as capable of carrying a heavy load on multi-day trips as it is on everyday rides.

The tech you get

A road-smoothing chromoly steel frame, alloy disc touring fork with a ThruSkew captured quick release skewer, wide-range 27-speed drivetrain that's great for hauling a heavy load up hills, Shimano Sora brake/shift levers, Bontrager Tubeless Ready wheels with puncture-resistant tires, included front and rear racks, and all-weather mechanical disc brakes.

The final word

520 is a comfortable steel workhorse that's capable of everything from daily rides to expedition tours. It's ready for adventure right out of the box, with an included rear rack and a drivetrain that's ideal for hauling a heavy load.

Why you'll love it

- 520 is built to hold up, and it's super reliable over the long haul—you'll leave this bike to someone in your will
- ThruSkew ensures the front wheel will never drop out unintentionally, and makes it easier to remove your wheel without removing all of your front cargo
- There's no better way to see the world than from the saddle, and this is the bike that answers your wanderlust
- All-weather disc brakes and puncture-resistant tires give you the confidence to take on bigger adventures in any conditions
- It's the longest-running model in our lineup, and we've kept it around so long because it's one of the best-loved, too

Specs

Frame Trek butted chromoly disc touring, rack & fender mounts
Fork Alloy disc touring fork w/lowrider mounts and Thru-skew captured skewer system
Headset 1-1/8" threadless, sealed cartridge bearings
Rims Bontrager Affinity, Tubeless Ready, 36h
Hubs Shimano M475
Tires Bontrager H1 Hard-case Ultimate, 700x38c w/reflective sidewall
Crankset Shimano Alivio, 2-piece
Chainrings 48X36X26T w/chain guard
Chain KMC X9
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora, 34.9mm clamp-type
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio 9 speed, Shadow Design
Cassette/Rear Cogs Shimano HG200, 11-36, 9 speed
Shifters Shimano Sora, 9 speed
Handlebars Bontrager Comp VR-C, 31.8mm
Tape/Grips Bontrager tape
Stem Bontrager Elite, 31.8mm, 7 degree, w/computer & light mounts
Brakes TRP Spyre C 2.0 mechanical disc
Pedals Wellgo nylon body w/alloy cage, toe-clip/strap
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1.5
Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
Anthracite / 48cm 601842024249 579555 52019259867E
Anthracite / 51cm 601842024256 579556 5201967558E
Anthracite / 54cm 601842024263 579557 52019321162E
Anthracite / 60cm 601842024287 579559 52019210671E
Anthracite / 63cm 601842024294 579560 52019708152E
Diablo Red / 48cm 601479917525 569323 52018217977D
Diablo Red / 51cm 601479917532 569324 52018531404D

Reviews

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5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles Well  (11)
  • Comfortable  (11)
  • Good Geometry  (9)
  • Absorbs Shock Well  (4)
  • Great Components  (4)

Cons

  • Heavy  (4)
  • Uncomfortable Seat  (2)
  • Original fork too short 
  • Brakes Could Be Better 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (7)
  • Casual Riding  (6)
  • Exercising  (4)
  • Climbing  (3)
  • Touring  (2)
  • Touring  (2)
  • Serious Training  (2)
  • Cyclotouring 
  • Road Biking 
  • Commuting/City 

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4

27000 miles on my 520

By 

from victoria bc

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Brakes Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Exercising

Comments:

I do not wash or change chains very often so I rebuild casset a few times obviously. Just back from EU tour thru mountains/switch backs. Very steady bike - safe at any speed. I prefer 28 marthon plus tires and get over 5000 miles before I replace then even if they are still fine. I invested a lot of $$ trying to lighten it- was a dumb idea- just us it out of the box. When ur 180 lbs-- a few grams can be saved with a long pee. MY racing bikes are twitchy so I often ride my 520 for relaxation.

5

Love this Bike

By 

from Melbourne, Fl

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Comfortable
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising
    • Commuting
    • Climbing

    Comments:

    Love this bike. it rides like a Cadillac! I rode mine from Philadelphia to Key West. The bontrager hard case tires that came with it held up great. No flats the entire trip. I changed the saddle to a Brooks B17 flyer and actually rode with regular shorts...that's right....no pads! The only thing that bothers me with manufacturers is pre-cutting the steer tube. I think it should be up to the customer on how low or high the tube should be cut. I would have like the tube higher for touring. Other than that...great bike!

    5

    Had one. Had it Stolen. Will buy again.

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Good Geometry
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Touring

    Comments:

    I rode a 2012 Trek 520 from Seaside, Oregon to Long Island, New York. 3,794 miles and it never disappointed me. The frame is heavy, yes, but if you're carrying gear on an unsupported ride, nothing can compete. I had 2 fellow riders on that tour. Both were on "normal" road bikes and had constant issues. I had to replace the tires in Iowa, but other than that the 520 was perfect. I replaced the saddle with a Brooks for a more comfortable ride, and added a front rack for carrying capacity. I found the 520 very enjoyable to ride around without weight, too. (Which is how I got it stolen, and why I need another one.) It's faster than you'd think, in spite of its own weight. The gear system takes a bit of getting used to, but it soon feels natural. The most distinctive difference between this and my racing bike is the wheels. They're wider than a standard road bike, which is perfect for touring. If you ever end up on gravel or dirt, you won't be totally sunk. They also bear weight well. I don't just mean this in terms of balance. I carried about 50 lbs of gear everyday for 52 days and never broke a spoke. This bike is tough as nails, and comfortable to ride.

    5

    12,000 miles and going strong

    By 

    from Kent County Maryland

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Handles Well
    • Good Geometry
    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Casual Riding
    • Touring

    Comments:

    I have ridden over 12,000 miles on my trek 520 and am thinking about getting a second one so I can have 1 full time at my vacation home. After 12 years of riding a mid level trek I decided to upgrade and couldn't believe the difference. I do 2 week long tours in the summer and this bike is good for all types of elevations. fit woman in my 50's I just love this bike

    5

    Best ride I have ever had!

    By 

    from Muncie, IN.

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Comfortable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City
      • Touring

      Comments:

      I researched all the top brands looking for the perfect bike for me and the 520 has won my heart. It's the most comfortable bike I have ever been on and the gearing is great for flatland or hilly riding. I have been able to double my ride distance and am planning a long tour in the spring. I would not have even thought about it on my last bike. I have upgraded the seat, but that's all.

      5

      took me from [...]or [...]

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      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Lightweight
      • Handles Well

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training

      Comments:

      Went from [...] to [...] in 2010, I put over 5,000 miles on the bike in the first year. Only a few modifications like a new saddle but everything else was the same with one tire change and a few tubes along the way. As a 5'2 woman this bike was perfect for me.

      5

      My new favorite ride!

      By 

      from Sandiego

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Comments:

      I ride alot and own quite a few bikes of all varieties. I've always thought the 520 was a good looking bike but never see them too much in the shops. I found one in a 57 near by, they assembled it for me after a few words over the phone and I headed up to the shop. When I arrived it was assembled and waiting for me to test ride it. It fit well and I fell in love and took it home. My other trek is a 60, so at first riding this one was a little strange since I was actually use to over reaching and seeing this massive frame below me. I think this one is a better fit, I can ride all day without any pain and the drive train actually has me looking for those climbs that intimidated me on my compact! The 520 is a joy to ride, more than an all arounder and funner than the typical tourer, since the bars sit a little low, but definately capable of comfort and being loaded up. It's a head turner as well and it seems everyone thinks its gorgeous..

      4

      Trek 520

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      from Victoria, BC Canada

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

      • Original fork too short

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Casual Riding
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      A superb bike that has exceeded my expectations. I wanted to ride more upright and Trek sent the store a new, uncut fork that gets me where I want to be. The seat and rack need replacing for serious touring. I am a bit confused by why any reviewer would check off poor components. LX is bulletprrof unless you are mountain biking across Mongolia. All components are excellent. Bruce Gordon uses same components on some of his $3000 touring bikes. The 520 handles beautifully heavilly loaded and is smooth and flawless in all gears. There is new, lower gearing that gives you a very easy granny gear for the steep hills.

      5

      Superb Touring Machine

      By 

      from Sebring, FL

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Handles Well
      • Comfortable
      • Good Geometry
      • Rugged
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Serious Training

      Comments:

      Superb bike for loaded touring. I spent a year on the road with this bike with loaded panniers. Cycled all over New Zealand for 9 months than crossed the USA on my return. The bike never failed me! Built for comfort not speed, this bike handles well in all types of terrain and weather conditions. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

      4

      Entry Level Tourist 2009

      By 

      from Lincoln N.Y.

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

      • Handles Well
      • Good Geometry
      • Comfortable
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Cyclotouring

      Comments:

      Great cyclotouring bike replaced the rack, added front and rear Tubus racks with Ortlieb panniers and Brooks spring saddle piled on the camping equip. and headed out...had great experiences over the Summer. 75# total weight handled it great..I am very satisfied with my 520 after the first 900 miles of my cyclotouring JUST BUY IT

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