Trek Soho DLX 2011
It seems Trek have address the shortcomings of last years model with the addition of a front disc brake and carbon fork, however my question is about the Soho in general. With the bike being a belt drive, are parts easily obtained? My main worry with purchasing this bike is that replacement parts would be very hard to get hold of, doing a quick search online and also on your store I haven't found any retailers selling replacement belts, sprockets etc. Is this something to be concerned about? Also with it being belt drive should Trek or Gates decided to discontinue their products. Will it be hard to obtain parts therefore limiting the life of the bicycle? Your opinions/answers much appreciated. Thanks
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
on Trek Soho Deluxe 2011 Hybrid Bike
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Trek UK stock replacement belts, cogs, chainrings and the service tools required for our belt drive bikes. In Europe Gates also supply belts direct. http://www.g-boxx.com/e-carbondrive.html and you can find more information here: http://www.carbondrivesystems.com/
I think you will find more manufacturers are moving to belt drive systems as per the gates site information and other industries like motorcycle manufacturers use a similar product.
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The future is never certain, but I'd be surprised if parts weren't available in the long term - Trek are one of the largest bike companies in the world and they've been pushing the Gates drive for three years now.
Plus other manufacturers are taking up belt drive (Pashley TSR 2 etc.), and I'd imagine it'll be popular in Europe - it makes a lot of sense for the kind of hybrid bikes that are popular in Germany etc.
I'd imagine that so far few companies stock spare parts because the belt and sprockets last so long - there's no point in stocking something unusual that even people who would buy won't need for a year or so yet. Most shops would simply order one in as and when it was necessary.
Plus if the worst happens - unlikely I think - you could always fit a standard chain drive system.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
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