Trek’s touring bike has been the multi-day touring standard for more than 3 decades. If you’re a committed touring cyclist looking for the utmost in comfort and durability, the 520 is for you.
The bike rides great regardless of the amount of weight that is packed onto it. Unloaded, the 520 is fun to ride. Loaded, even with front panniers, you can handle the 520 in the most severe cross winds.
The key features of the 520 are the frameset, which is made of springy, strong, and surprisingly light cromoly tubing (about 2 pounds lighter than Surly’s Long Haul Trucker), the robust traditionally spoked touring wheels with DT spokes and Shimano hubs, and the complete Shimano drivetrain utilizing the best elements of road and off-road componentry.
Trek has picked equipment that is reliable, touring tested and simple to repair in even the most out of the way places.
For those of you who want simple and familiar, you’ll appreciate the bar-end shifters and rim brakes on the standard 520. For those of you who want cutting-edge and new, there is a disc brake edition.
Whichever version you prefer, we can customize your 520 with integrated shift/brake levers, clipless pedals and all of the bags and racks that you could want to carry your gear.