Trek has released an all-new version of its legacy steel touring bike. 520 was introduced in 1983 as a dependable option for multi-day tours. Today, it's the longest-running model in Trek's history.
The all-new 520 keeps the spirit of a classic steel touring bike, but it's stacked with modern features that help riders tackle more adventurous terrain.
Major frame and fork updates
520 is built with Trek's custom-butted chromoly steel frame, which delivers a comfortable, road-smoothing ride. Compared to previous versions, the all-new model has a larger-diameter down tube for extra stiffness when it's loaded with gear, as well as a taller head tube for a more comfortable upright fit, a longer wheelbase, and a lower bottom bracket height for extra stability.
520's alloy fork features Trek's all-new ThruSkew, a captured skewer system that ensures the front wheel will never drop out unintentionally. ThruSkew provides some peace of mind when you're flying down a mountain pass, and it takes the hassle out of changing a front flat on a loaded touring bike. With ThruSkew, you can remove the front wheel without having to remove the front cargo.
Adventure-ready parts spec
520 is equipped with 700x38c tires for stability and traction on mixed surfaces, and the new frame has enough clearance to run 29x2.0˝ tires for adventures that stray from the beaten path.
It also has a wide-range 3x9 Shimano drivetrain with Sora STI shifters, mechanical disc brakes that can slow a heavy load, and overbuilt 36-spoke Tubeless Ready wheels that are less likely to require a spoke replacement on the road.
There's strength in simplicity, especially when it comes to touring bikes. 520 is purpose-built with dependable parts that are easy to service, so even a breakdown won't mean the end of an adventure.
Extra mounts and cargo-carry options
520 comes stock with heavy-duty front and rear cargo racks rated for more weight than you'd ever want to carry (33 lbs up front, 50 lbs in the rear). It also has mounts for full-coverage fenders and up to three water bottle cages.
520 is available immediately in one complete model ($1574.99 MSRP) and a frameset ($639.99 MSRP), each with two colorways, through Trek's global network of retailers and on trekbikes.com.