Trek’s 1120 adventure bike might survive the Apocalypse

First look at Trek’s new 29+ adventure bike

Trek has quietly added a new model to its lineup. The new 1120 uses a modified aluminum Stache frameset with additional cargo carrying capabilities that make this 29+ monster suitable for bikepacking expeditions or fleeing ruined cityscapes following the Apocalypse.

Trek 1120 highlights

  • Built on a modified Stache platform
  • 29+ wheels and tires
  • Propriety rack and cargo system
  • Carbon fork with cargo mounts
  • $2,500 MSRP (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
  • Available now

Compared to the Stache, Trek lengthened the 1120's chainstays and steepened the head tube to make it better suited to loaded touring
Compared to the Stache, Trek lengthened the 1120's chainstays and steepened the head tube to make it better suited to loaded touring

The name might be rather unimaginative, but Trek’s 1120 is a crafty adaptation of an existing model. At the heart of this backpacking rig is an aluminum version of Trek’s 29+ Stache trail hardtail with some geometry tweaks.

The chainstays have been lengthened from 420mm to 440mm for improved stability and heel clearance when hauling cargo. The head tube angle has been increased from 68 degrees to 70.4 degrees to make the steering more responsive when loaded.

Integrated front and rear racks allow riders to carry nearly anything
Integrated front and rear racks allow riders to carry nearly anything

The suspension-corrected carbon fork sports a trio of eyelets on each leg to bolt on cargo cages. While I'm on the subject of cargo, the 1120 comes equipped with front and rear racks for camping gear, hunting gear, weapons to thwart zombie attacks, or whatever else the situation might call for. The 1120 looks like it would also make a great trail maintenance machine.

The 1120 has a mostly Shimano SLX drivetrain with an 11-46t cassette and a RaceFace Affect crankset with a 30t chainring. SRAM’s Level T brakes handle braking. Bontrager components, including the Dropline seatpost, round out the cockpit.

The whole kit and caboodle rolls on Bontrager’s 29x3in tubeless-ready Chupacabra tires mounted to SUNringlé Duroc 50 SL rims.

The 29+ platform is well-suited to bikepacking
The 29+ platform is well-suited to bikepacking

The 1120 is available now and retails for $2,500. Trek claims the complete 1120 in a size 19.5in weighs 31.01lb /14.07kg.

Visit www.trekbikes.com for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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