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Trek District 1 2011 specification

Posted by Matt | September 30, 2020 | Leave a comment

Trek District 1 profile
I got my Trek District 1 back in early 2013 but it is actually a 2011 model.

In point of fact the specification didn’t change massively year to year when Trek had these in production, apart from the colours going through a rather fetching range of retro colorways (sic). I think this blue and cream iteration was the best of the lot.

I half understand why these didn’t sell in greater numbers. It’s a comfortable urban commuter that requires very little in terms of maintenance. But it had a Gates carbon belt drive – which may have deterred some – and it only had one gear, whch would have deterred rather more. All this combined for me to pick it up for £450 brand new, down from the original £750 (I think).

Neither of these have been issues for me. 7 or 8 years later, my Trek District 1 belt drive is still running as well as when I first bought it, with the addition of some rather nice SKS mudguards (or fenders if you will). I love this bike and during lockdown its been my main form of getting around.

Trek District 1 belt drive rear dropout

That single gear is a bit of an issue though. It limits comfortable spinning speeds to about 18mph and it makes you hot climbing relatively gentle inclines. My plan is to get the wheels rebuilt with Pacenti Brevet rims and an Alfine rear hub to give me 8 speeds, albeit with a bit more weight than I’m used to.

For now, I thought I’d record it’s original spec for posterity – you never know how long Trek will keep its archive going.

Trek District 1 2011/2012

Colour Neptune Blue
Frame Alpha Black Aluminum
9×135 thru-axle rear non-QR
Fork Bontrager Satellite Plus, carbon
9×100 thru axle, non-QR
Rims Deep-section colour-matched alloy rims
Hubs Alloy
FW 9x100mm Thru Axle,
RW 9x135mm Thru Axle
Cassette Carbon Drive belt sprocket
22T alloy
Chain Gates
Carbon Drive belt
Chainset Bontrager Satellite Nebula with Carbon Drive belt chainring/sprocket
55T alloy
Brakes Alloy dual-pivot brakes w/Tektro alloy levers
Seatpost Bontrager Satellite Nebula
350mm x 27.2mm
Saddle Bontrager Race
Steel rails
Headset Cartridge bearings, sealed
Stem Bontrager Approved
100mm, 25.4mm clamp, 15° rise, alloy
Handlebar Trek Urban
580mm alloy
Grips White
Tyres Bontrager
FW Race Lite Hard-Case, 700x28c,
RW Race Lite Hard-Case, 700x28c

Trek District 1 Nebula 55T belt crankset

Filed under Bikes in September 2020

Matt

About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird Zero AM Boost.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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