Trek Bicycles Factory Tour

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From the Fab, we proceeded to the ACG department (A.dvanced C.oncepts G.roup). This is akin to the R&D department. It was here that we got our first glimpse of the new Trek DH 29er, still very much a prototype.

ACG

Dylan Howe Trek DH 29er ACG for analysis of the competition

not your typical office chair WTF?

From the ACG department, we headed to the ID deparment (I.ndustrial D.esign) Here we watched a slideshow about the industrial design global process which includes such things as team collaboration, project research, concept creation, and design development. Topics include such concepts as where is the business headed, where is the market headed, identifying lifestyle trends and researching concepts, and then finally creating those concepts. From those concept creations come the design development.

But much more interesting than the slideshow, were the one-off bikes that showed off some of the design concepts. Not meant to become production models by any means, these bike are more to show what is possible.

The Jet Bike was an instant hit. Yes, it really works. Yes, it is really, really loud:

Jet Bike

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Belt-drive, single-speed, electric bike:

Belt-drive, singlespeed, electric bike

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a few more, simpler bikes:

singlespeed, disc brakes hardtail cruiser cargo-ish bike integrated basket

close-up of the integrated basket:
integrated-basket

some shots of the new Bontrager road helmet for the Team Leopard Trek racers like Andy Schleck and Fabien Cancellara.

Leopard Trek team helmet

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And so concluded our Trek Bicycle Factory Tour. It’s evident from the smiles and enthusiasm from all of the employees that Trek has really built a fun place to work, interact, learn and grow. It’s no wonder that Trek has become the global powerhouse in the cycling industry that it is…the Passion runs deep within these walls.

But two things to note for next time….we want to ride the Trek Trails AND we want to show the world the amazing carbon fiber fabrication and craftsmanship!

For More Information About the Trek Bicycle Company:
http://www.trekbikes.com/

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Alan Kilby says:

    This would be an amazing place to work! Maybe someday!

  • Francois says:

    This doesn’t even have photos of the Trek MTB Park. I heard it is truly awesome with 10+ mile rides and a ton of features.

  • gregg says:

    I think like a lot of big, successful companies, Trek gets a bad rap for the whole “evil empire” kinda thing. But visiting their home base and interacting with the employees (from the secretary in the lobby, to head of carbon fabrication and design, to the cafeteria lady ringing up lunch…) the atmosphere is very much down to earth and genuine. Sure, some of the designers looked like they were lacking a few hours of sleep, but having a dream job means giving a lot for your Passion and getting back all that you put in and more.

  • Bryan says:

    I have an old VRX 400 frame laying around, I wonder if it’s worth anything?

  • Gordon says:

    Pfft. I was riding trail in Delaware in 1965 with a SS cruiser. No need for gears or handlebarbrakes. Used the same bike I delivered newspapers with. Sheesh, guess I invented trail riding. Anyway, I now own 3 Treks and having a ball.

  • Warren Hudson says:

    “Mountain biking begins” … I always laugh when I see this.

    Bikes were being modified specifically to take on the mountain ranges back in the 1890s. There is a book by Jim Fitzpatrick called ‘The Bicycle and the Bush’ Hesperian Press 2002 that would open a few eyes.

    “Mountain biking begins” … rubbish.

    Warren.

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