At first glance the Trek 720 is a bike that very much wears its heart on its sleeve – well, if by ‘sleeve’ you mean fork legs, since that’s where you’ll find the two custom neon-yellow dry bags and the giant plastic water bottle cages they sit in.
Ample, well-thought out luggage room
That may fly in the face of the current fashion for putting weight up high in extended saddle packs, bar rolls and frame bags. But while that may keep your stuff dry through three-foot deep rivers, it’s less ideal from a handling point of view. By contrast, ensuring luggage weight is kept as low as possible, and in line with the front fork means the Trek handles well whether it’s loaded with bags or not.
And while they don’t look much at first, you’d be amazed at how much stuff you can cram into them – certainly enough to cover you for a weekend away with a roof booked over your head, or even lightweight bivvying if you just stick to the essentials. The only thing to watch is that you tighten the straps securely – especially if you’re riding light – as otherwise the bags can jump out of their clips and drag on the floor.
There’s a lot more to the 720 than its lurid luggage carriers, though. In fact, you can side-step this part of the Trek’s anatomy altogether, since unlike a conventional fixed rack, the bag mounts unclip instantly to leave you with a sub-10kg disc-braked road bike.
And a decent-quality one, too: the excellent frameset includes a fork with tapered triangular blades that sync neatly into a big rounded belly, and a flat-backed down tube complete with over-and-under bottle cage mounts.
It ends with subtly arched skinny-as-steel seatstays side-blended into the top tube in a way that looks similar to the pivoting IsoSpeed decoupler of Trek’s Domane endurance bike.
Narrow rubber doesn’t do the 720 justice
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