I am 5 ft 4 and it’s set pretty low as you can see in pictures. Nice Ally bike with carbon forks, used a few marks but apart from being dirty its A1. comes with pedals and 2 drink holdersDescription from Bike Radar when it was new Frame: Alpha Aluminium is tried and tested, and it’s reasonably light and compliant. Probably won’t win a beauty contest though (8/10)Handling: Predictable, safe but not shoddy. The Trek 1.2 won’t frighten the horses but it won’t send you to sleep either (8/10)Equipment: Mainly Bontrager, or ‘Bontrager Approved’, and should prove reliable. Shimano Sora works, although the no-thumbshift-from-the-drops can grate (8/10)Wheels: Bontrager again – smooth rolling, well built and should prove reliable (7/10)
At the Trek 1.2’s heart is that Alpha Aluminium frame. Neatly ﬁnished, it offers a solid, conﬁdent ride. Solid might actually sound like we mean harsh, but that isn’t the case here – it’s solid as in reliable, predictable.
Some cheaper aluminium bikes can, and often do, err on the side of boneshaking, but the 1.2 is pleasingly smooth – the slim seatstays have enough give to iron out too much harshness at the rear and the Bontrager Approved carbon fork aids cushioning at the front end.
Handling is reassuring – the 1.2 goes where you ask it without fuss and that’s perfect for new riders looking for a safe passage through a sportive or an experienced roadie after a slightly more relaxed training mount.
For versatility the FSA Vero 50/39/30 crankset allied to Shimano Sora shifters and Tiagra rear mech is excellent. There’s enough at the top end to get you barrelling along nicely and you’re unlikely to ﬁnd yourself scrabbling for gears. The one downside – you can’t reach the Sora thumbshifters from the drops.
The riding position is reasonably upright – thanks to the high, long-ride-friendly front end. The good news with that is that you’re likely to remain comfortable. The wheels too – from Bontrager, Trek’s own component brand – are good. They roll smoothly, feel strong and should prove reliable.
And the same goes for the Bontrager tyres – they provide a good level of cushioning and decent amounts of grip. They also proved nicely resilient to punctures on dodgy roads. As well as wheels and tyres you get a comfortable Bontrager saddle, seatpost and handlebar. Only the brakes are no-names, but they provide effective, positive stopping power.
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This Trek Alpha Road Racing Bike (size Small I Recon A 47) may be available on ebay