Trek Soho S Japan Spotted

This version of Trek's urban bike is for the Japan market. Note the dropbar, flip-flop hub, wide pedals.

 

www.bikehugger.com/post/view/trek-soho-s-japan-spotted

 

  • Matt Haughey 7y

    Nice! I don't think drop bars would play in the states for a commuter like this though -- Americans see a drop bar and think a bike is too serious for riding to work.
  • Hugger Industries 7y

    How I wish I could get Nexus with a drop bar. And I don't really know where that connotation came from that drop bars are serious cyclists only; I don't disagree, just don't get it. I had a long talk with an industry designer all about Plain Clothes Cycling and growing the bikes as transportation demographic. Forget even commuting -- it's hey, you can ride your bike to the store on Sunday. If a million people did that once a month, imagine the change that would make. To that point on bars, could a bike shop tell the customer, " a drop bar offers many hand positions . . . you don't have to be aero or anything, just move your hands around more."
  • optimalnode 7y

    Very nice color scheme.

    I think the issue people have with drop bars is brake positioning. You assume that you have to ride with brakes at the ready, and that is why people ignore the hand positioning possibilities.

    That is what initially skewed me from a road bike, then I rode one and realized you brake so rarely that it is much less an issue than you think.
  • Hugger Industries 7y

    Right and why we're seeing a cross-over on custom commuters from Cross-racing bikes to run dual-brake levers: flat and drop.
  • Matt Haughey 7y

    Yeah, cross levers on more bikes would solve this perception problem and get people more hand positions. I love cross levers, especially when I'm riding downtown and maybe not in real bike shorts, when being in the drops or on the hoods isn't too comfortable.

    Plus with a single/fixed setup like this, you never have to shift from the hoods so the bike would operate completely normally with hands at either main position.
  • sixtyeightgearinches 7y

    That is a nice looking bike.

    I wish someone would make a commuter with drop bars, disc brakes, and a well designed eccentric bottom bracket. Oh, and maybe a bar end shifter.
  • Hugger Industries 7y

    As a test, I counted the hand-positions on my ritchey streem road bar -- I got 8. compare that to 1 with flat bars and 2 if it's got bar ends. Also during the ride home, spotted 5 commuters with drop bars and cross-brakes.
  • David Vo 7y

    While it's easy to see the connotation with drop bars, it takes literally 5 seconds to point out to a stranger that "yes, you can ride with your hands on top"
  • anarchytecture 7y

    IMHO, the ideal commuter would have drop bars w/cross levers, Nexus/Alfine with STI shifter, single small front chainring geared more to suit hills (I'm in San Francisco) than to get speed on downhills. And of course, front/rear racks.
  • egocyclic 7y

    my personal preference is for drop bars. even my mtb has drop bars. if the bar is low, I want narrow. If high, then wide. No cross levers... real estate on the handlebar is too valuable for that.

    on my mtb, i ride almost entirely from the drops. the bar is 44cm, but my road bikes have 40's and 38's, so 44 is quite wide for me. I'm a small rider. if you can put the bars in a position that you can easily access the srops, then the position is really strong and stable.
  • Hugger Industries 7y

    Check the Large Size view for all the rack mounts -- very nice.
  • Jorge 7y

    Nicely done
  • .Ally 7y

    cool shot !
  • wikid 7y

    ooh the white version is beautiful.
  • Emile B 7y

    that is one clean lookin' bike ...
  • Tacticus 7y

    I'm fairly sure all i can say about this bike is i want.

    Pics in august (probably the au version though :( )
  • Pedro Vidigal 7y

    Wonderful photo. I quite like it.
  • e_walk 7y

    nice picture - i like the color scheme!

    do you know if you can install disc brakes (i'm looking at the Avid BB7s) on the Soho S?

    i've gotten conflicting information searching Google...
  • Hugger Industries 7y

    don't know yet, but we will soon.
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