Trek Wahoo Mountain Bike Review
The ebullient name of the Trek Wahoo mountain bike is in keeping with the cheap and cheerful way in which it has been designed for its 2012 revamped edition. It features 29 inch wheels and appropriate geometry in order to put the focus firmly on achieving high speeds on cross country courses, but its hard tail setup is relatively adaptable so you need not be limited in your off-road endravours.
The foundation of the Trek Wahoo is its Alpha Gold alloy frame with butted and hydroformed tubing. Trek has attempted to shave off as much extra weight has possible without compromising the integrity of the frame and it has managed to come out with a durable and stiff product which is nevertheless a light and agile creature. The SR Suntour XCT V3 fork with 100mm of travel has been adapted with custom G2 geometry. This means it works perfectly with the larger wheels and frame shape in order to give you great obstacle clearance while also dampening the impacts caused by bumps and jumps.
The drivetrain consists of a number of Shimano components from the Altus, Acera and TX ranges, which all mesh together well and afford smooth shifting and traction when you need it most. The bike comes with Wellgo ATB pedals, which is just what you would want to see on an entry level mountain bike. Where the Trek Wahoo really comes into its own is the inclusion of Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes at the front and rear with 160mm rotors apiece. You would not normally expect to find disc brakes on a bike in this price range but Trek is keen to demonstrate that those on a budget can still get a taste of higher end features.
The wheels of the Trek Wahoo consist of a Formula DC20 alloy hub at the front, a Shimano M475 hub at the rear, Bontrager AT-550 rims and tyres from the same manufacturer. Bontrager is also behind much of the other kit, from the Evoke 1 saddle and SSR seatpost to the low rise handlebars which are wide and responsive to your deftest flick. The grips are from the Bontrager Race Lite range, so there is a good deal of consistency across the bike which makes everything flow together and look good when compared in such close quarters.
Although the Trek Wahoo is certainly at the lower end of the mountain biking spectrum in terms of specifications it looks like a very serious model thanks to the metallic black or matte true blue colour options. This is a bike that is right at home on cross country courses and although there are some critics who claim that it is not up to the task of taking on trails, approaching it as such would sorely undersell what is a solid, dependable mountain scrambler that has a lot to give. If you are looking for your first proper mountain bike or just have a limited budget, you can do a lot worse than the Trek Wahoo.