|The 2012 Trek Transport, including Bontrager bag. Credit: Trek website.|
This is a cargo bike done the right way. I'm very happy that Trek, having swallowed up the Gary Fisher brand, is at least continuing to execute some of his best ideas. The Transport comes with well-designed, well-proportioned front and rear racks, fenders, disc brakes (makes good sense on a fully-loaded cargo bike), and kickstand (the specs say it's a double kickstand, but the photos show a regular kickstand).
Now here's a feature I really like: flip-flop dropouts. This means you can have vertical or horizontal dropouts, which allows you to choose whether you want a derailer with multiple gears, a single speed, or an internal gear hub. Versatility is nice.
You can also opt for the Transport Plus, which gives you an electric assist.
|What are the Trek marketers trying to tell us about this bike? Click for big. Credit: Trek.|
Here are a couple of reviews of the 2010 Transport:
The 2012 specs:
Colors: Matte Metallic Bronze
Frame: Trek Aluminum cargo design w/folding load racks
Fork: Alloy, straight blade w/lowrider mounts
Sizes: 17, 20"
Wheels: Shimano disc alloy hubs; heavy-duty double-wall 36-hole alloy rims
Tires: Bontrager H4 Hard-Case Plus, 26 x 1.5"
Shifters: Shimano M360 Acera, 8-speed trigger
Front derailleur: Shimano Altus
Rear derailleur: Shimano M360 Acera
Crank: FSA Alpha Drive, 38/28 w/guard
Cassette: Shimano HG31 11-32, 8 speed
Pedals: Wellgo nylon body w/alloy cage
Saddle: Bontrager H1
Seatpost: Bontrager SSR
Handlebar: Bontrager Capital OS Urban
Stem: Bontrager SSR OS, 10 degree
Headset: Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset: Shimano M416 mechanical disc front brake, Tektro linear-pull rear brake w/Tektro alloy levers
Grips: Bontrager Satellite Plus, ergonomic
Extras: Folding rear load racks, front rack, Bontrager Transport cargo bag, fender, wide-stance double kickstand