Trek's 920 Touring Machine Is No Longer Being Built, But Some May Still Be Hiding in Shops

For three years, Trek designed and manufactured a machine dubbed the 920. Today, your best chance of getting your hands on this adventure and touring machine is to check local for-sale ads in your area. Let's explore if you should put in the work and cash to do so.
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Folks, the 920 is a machine that was built from 2018 to 2021, with progression and R&D coming to an abrupt halt. Nonetheless, since production ended only last year, the chances of you still finding one of these buggers in a bike shop or online are still pretty good. Best of all, this fully loaded demon was selling for an MSRP of $2,100 (€2,000 at current exchange rates) and weighs no more than 12.9 kg (28.4 lbs) with the cargo racks.

Now, Trek is the sort of crew that doesn't need an introduction. Heck, they've been a name in the cycling industry since 1975, and over the years, their approach to bicycle manufacturing has earned them a constant presence in just about any cycling event you can think of. The first bike I ever bought with my own cash was a Trek.

One way to help you understand why this gem is being brought to your attention is to take you on a little journey that places you in the rider's seat of a 920. As I mentioned, this bugger is a touring bike, and with that comes great responsibility, no joke. These are some of the most versatile bikes around, allowing you to tackle asphalt, sand, mud, shallow riverbeds, gravel, and even those backroads that lead through the local woodlands. There's just one catch: due to a lack of suspension, you should always keep both wheels on the ground. Definitely no downhill sessions or jumping this bugger.

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Photo: Trek Bicycle Corporation
Yet, if you're looking for a bike to tackle the terrains mentioned above, read up. Overall, this bike is built using an aluminum frame and rocking 29-inch wheels. Since no suspension is available, the wheels will be your primary source of reducing vibrations. Luckily, 29s will assure you can coast over gravel and roots with ease, not to mention covering ground distance.

Speaking of covering ground, it's apparent that the 920 is designed and equipped to go the distance. Not only will you be packing a 2x10 drivetrain with Sram components and an 11-36T cassette, but the cargo racks you receive as standard clearly indicate what you're supposed to be doing with this bike; ride, ride, ride.

Since it's Saturday, imagine having this puppy waiting for you in the garage. Because you've dropped a few more dollars and added a top tube bag, handlebar bag, and a few more water bottle cages, your 920 may look like you're ready to move to a new town.

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Photo: Trek Bicycle Corporation
After riding for a good 50 miles or so, you finally arrive at your favorite spot and begin unloading your gear. In minutes, your campsite is ready with a tent, a tiny stove with the essentials for tea already in place, and you sitting there watching the sun, preparing to make way for the moon. The next day, you wake to the sounds of birds and a hot tent that's been baking for the past couple of hours and start loading up for your journey back. I can't place it, but there's just something about sleeping on the ground underneath the stars.

Ultimately, if you choose to invest a bit more into your 920 and shift it into a do-it-all kind of bike, it's entirely your choice. I was letting you know what can be done with one if you find it sitting in a shop window.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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