I was lucky enough to receive the proto for the 2012 9th
District. The Aluminum frame and fork were made in Waterloo
Wisconsin by Jarod Brown for geometry and styling evaluation.
After passing, it was broken down to frame and fork to eventually
be given to me. As a proto, it has no bottle cage bosses and a few
differences from the final production model.
I wanted to make the bike a tribute to Detroit, the city I
learned how to ride a bike in. Detroit is mostly flat yet has
some of the roughest roads in the country compounded by
broken glass and metal shards that line the shoulder. I started
with bomb-proof Bontrager SSR wheels and 4mm thick thorn
resistant tubes. I kept the gearing a shallow 11-23 9 speed
with a 48t SRAM courier crankset. To tell the story of robustness,
I went with the Shimano Saint downhill rear derailluer and crank
bros stem. The Bontrager Krivits bar is a fun MTB bar that really
gives the rider a feeling of control and stability over rough terrain.
Lastly, the graphics are derived from the production graphics, but
where the production bike shows Osaka Japan's streets, my bike
highlights some of the fun spots to mash around Detroit. The bike
is matte black with gloss black/gold decals and an unfinished raw
aluminum fork. This was to reflect Detroits incredibly technical
and developed engineering abilities while admitting to its "unfinished"
The geometry is fun and whippy like all the Districts and it has
been a hoot to ride all over Detroit, Chicago and Madison.
I have been riding it for 4-5 months now and can finally show
everyone now that the 2012 model line up is out now.
Stop on by a Trek Dealer and take one for a spin!