With Trek's latest release, the Roscoe, the brand has given the hardtail a whole new geometry and a whole host of neat frame updates to bring it bang up to date. Included in the four news bikes on offer is a cheaper model, making the Roscoe more attainable than ever.
The all-new Roscoe is built around an alloy frame that gets internal cable routing, space for two water bottles, and clearance for up to beefy 29x2.6" tyres. That's not all, the new frame also comes sorted with a forged and threaded bottom bracket, along with a UDH compatible 149x12 thru-axle, space for up to a 36t chainring and Trek has gone so far as to tidy up the seat tube cluster.
The frame updates continue with heaps of built-in frame protection in the forms of a double-sided chainstay guard, a dual-density downtube guard and then there's an internal cable fastener on the downtube to keep the internal cable routing rattle-free.
Oh, and before I forget, the bike runs a 140mm fork, with the top-end model running 36mm stanchions.
Moving onto the geometry, this is where you'll find the Roscoe's biggest change, having been shifted towards a much more modern shape. Trek has slackened the head angle by a respectable 2.2°, stretched the reach by 40mm (on average), shrunk the chainstays by 8mm, and has steepened the seat tube.
So, for example, a large framed Roscoe is graced with a 470mm reach, a 65° head tube angle, a 430mm chainstay, and a 74.7° effective seat tube angle. To me, that's a seriously trail-friendly geometry.
As stated before, the Roscoe has dropped the 650b+ tyres in favour of 29" hoops but the extra small frame runs standard 650b wheels.
That leads nicely onto the extended size range that comes with the new bike. There are now six sizes from XS right up to XL but that includes an M/L frame. It's not just a medium frame with a longer reach though, it almost literally sits in between a medium and large frame in its reach, seat tube length, and stack.
The 2022 Roscoe line-up is made up of four bikes with three getting the full refresh. The Roscoe 6 gets the 2021 frame with a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain, a dropper post, and Shimano MT200 brakes.
From there, each of the bikes benefits from the updated frame. If we start with the Roscoe 7, it gets a RockShox Recon Silver fork, a 12-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain and the same brakes and dropper as the Roscoe 6.
The Roscoe 8 gets an upgraded RockShox 35 Gold RL fork, then a mixture of SRAM GX and NX making up the drivetrain. With that, the Roscoe 8 sees in Shimano 420 four-pot brakes and Bontrager Line Comp 30 wheels.
Topping the range is the Roscoe 9 which runs a Fox 36 Rhythm with a drivetrain made up of Shimano SLX and XT kit along with Shimano 6120 four-pot brakes. This build gets the same Bontrager wheels as the Roscoe 8.
Prices for the new Trek Roscoe start at £1,000 and go up to £2,200.
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