Trek DS 1 – Can It handle a mountain bike trail?

Trek DS 1 – Can It handle a mountain bike trail?

I took my 2017 Trek DS 1 to a local mountain bike trail to see how it would work out. Wildwood Bike Trail is moderately advanced and will shred an inferior bicycle. I was pleased that the Trek Dual Sport 1 handled the trail very well. It is worth note that I avoided the most difficult sections (i’ll tackle those in an upcoming video) and there are limitations to what the DS 1 can handle on the trail. The suspension only has 63mm of travel, so you have to be ready for some rough bounces on the handlebars. The 38c tires don’t offer enough traction on roots, ruts, and slopes, so braking is something that requires forward thinking. Climbing steep sections can also be taxing with the limited traction. The bike itself seems to handle the workout without issue. At no point did I feel I was overloading any of the parts. They’re quite capable.

All in all – If the DS 1 had mountain bike tires I think it would be able to conquer just about any trail so long as the rider was prepared for the jolts the limited front suspension will dish out.


  1. J M on October 5, 2022 at 4:27 am

    It’s funny because a few months ago I got into riding. Like literally….. I just wanted a bike for leisure and a little fitness since jogging was becoming too demanding. I knew I wanted a road bike but also wanted to hit up the woods. I didn’t want to buy 2 bikes. So as I began my search I came across the Trek DS3 . I thought “ PERFECT “ it’s exactly what I’m looking for. Not fully grasping the limitations and the way bikes are specifically designed for a specific purpose. So on the road it was slow, and in the woods it had no place at all. After many many many hours on line and YouTube and fully understanding the categories of bike and also the cellphone texting happy drivers on the road, I came to a conclusion that I want no parts of the road. I only want to ride woods, trails, and mountains, and now that DS3 is on Mercari for sale, and I bought a Giant full suspension bike. I wish I knew that from the start.

  2. Terry Hudson on October 5, 2022 at 4:28 am

    so i just bought a marlin 5. i spend most of my time around the neighborhood but want to go trailing more. keep the marlin or take a look at the ds1?

  3. Karen Kennedy on October 5, 2022 at 4:28 am

    I took my DS 1 on a MTB trail and it did just fine. I put XC tires on it yesterday and will try the trail out again. I’m thinking of even upgrading the forks with rockshox in the future if I want to hit a harder level on the trails.

  4. Slammer on October 5, 2022 at 4:30 am

    I think you actually put bigger MB tires on

  5. Dragos Lungu on October 5, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Does trek dual sport 1 have a cassette or a freewheel ?

  6. Cornel Bacauanu on October 5, 2022 at 4:32 am

    It performed well no doubt .

  7. Elizabeth Aguilar Machuca on October 5, 2022 at 4:34 am

    I am between the Marlin 5 and this Trek DS 1, I am not a pro in bikes, before moving my previous bike was a cheap mountain bike, a Benotto 26, I liked, but honestly I seldom was on trails, always in the road. Now my husband does triathlon and he uses route bike, he wants me to go with him to train sometimes, but I also have 2 Siberian huskies, and I want to practice bikejoring with them (the dog pulls the bike) and dogs are not supposed to run in pavement…I don’t want to buy two bikes, but what if this bike is not good for trail nor pavement, instead of being good for both? that’s my dilemma. Should I get this or a mountain bike?

  8. Nick Hallowell on October 5, 2022 at 4:34 am

    How would you compare this to the fx?

  9. albert m on October 5, 2022 at 4:34 am

    Great vid. Thanks for sharing. My wife and I are considering some entry level Trek hybrids. I was looking at this one and my wife the 820.
    What was the mirror that has the quick detach at the beginning?

  10. rochat on October 5, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I’ve got a very similar bike with 700-38c tires and it’s just fine on light stuff like this. If you want to do heavier trails, then you need a bike designed for that.

  11. Anthony Maughan on October 5, 2022 at 4:36 am

    just bought the DS 3 , incredibly versatile , both on road , & off – good Bike 👍

  12. Gassed Up Bro! on October 5, 2022 at 4:37 am

    They are preload adjustable only so you can make it stiffer for harder trails

  13. Cameron Francey on October 5, 2022 at 4:39 am

    I have a DS2, and I have never had the front fork bottom out on me, and I ride mostly on hard packed forest roads with a lot of bumps. My rides are usually 20-30 miles of forest gravel roads with about 2,000-5,000 feet elevation gain/loss. I’ve seen a few videos now of people commenting that they bottom out. I wonder if its because the left hand level adjustment hadn’t been set for their riding position and weight? I have issues with the gears, both front and rear, but for my use and I think I’m riding it pretty hard its ideal for dual purpose gravel forest roads, a bit of muddy trails and some road. It’s not great at either one of these surfaces, but it DOES get me though pretty much anything that isn’t a fill on technical MTB trail, all in one bike, so I’m happy with it. The bakes seem good to me, they are smooth and very effective, If I want to I can lock the wheels at any speed, its the tires that lack traction for my use. Apparently some disk brakes are not very smooth when braking, but I find them to be really good. Its a $700 bike, and not a high end one so you can’t expect perfection at that price point!

  14. Tim on October 5, 2022 at 4:39 am

    This isn’t a trail. It just a path in a wood just like the “mtb trails” in the Netherlands

  15. Coach_Bro on October 5, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Went on my 1st MTB trail riding the 2020 DS2 bike. It was rough getting up some of the hills. I love the bike so far because of the street and off road capabilities.
    If you are looking for a bike to hit trails maybe look at Trek Marlin series.

  16. matthew kluge on October 5, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Was considering buying the DS2 at the beginning of the year , but went with the FX2 instead. 👍

  17. DocSanti on October 5, 2022 at 4:41 am

    It´s a great all around bike.

  18. msunder0115 on October 5, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Can you, the question is should you?

  19. Bubba John on October 5, 2022 at 4:44 am

    This trail is too heavy for the DS1.

  20. Jon Donnelly on October 5, 2022 at 4:45 am

    I used to have a Megadrive

  21. Dumitrel-Adrian Dinca on October 5, 2022 at 4:49 am

    I had a ride like this with Merida crossway tfs 300 with 700x32c last Monday. Performed well if you don’t risk to do jumps. I’ll put 700x40c and test that trail again.

  22. Ben Gumz on October 5, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Great video! This is exactly what I did. I took it to my local single track mtn bike park and rode my favorite beginner and intermediate trails. I did go over a nice log/root ramp and on a lot of rutted/bumpy sections of trail. You were spot on by saying you just need to look ahead and plan your route. I also found the 29" tires actually turned faster than I expected in a section know as "the pines" where I have to weave around pine trees and stumps a lot. So far very impressed. I am not expecting this to tackle any really bad sections, I just didn’t want to lose my ability to hit a light trail now and then between road rides. I have the DS2 but I think it’s about the same as far as trails go. Thanks for all your videos!

  23. Bobby Hempel on October 5, 2022 at 4:51 am

    I have a giant roam 3 ( basically the same bike but not as expensive because your not paying for the trek name) and it does handle rough terrain surprisingly well.

  24. Anais Anais on October 5, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Thank you for this! I’m having a hard time trying to decide between The verve 1, the Marlin 5, or the dual sport. You just helped make my choice easier!

  25. msunder0115 on October 5, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Just go out and ride. I hate the question can this bike handle this trail. It’s more about your skill level than what bike your riding.

  26. krst on October 5, 2022 at 4:55 am

    what is this camera bland on the bike? Please teach me.

  27. keith taylor on October 5, 2022 at 4:56 am

    lol beat that baby up…I have this bike, it rips on pavement n gravel but I was like idk bout the woods because of the skinny tires n suspension🔥🤘🤣

  28. MrBreeze on October 5, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Looking at this as a nice upgrade from my old 820. I ride on the neighborhood street, and abandoned golf course cart paths. It would see mostly pavement and an occasional light trail. It should be perfect for me.

  29. leonard on October 5, 2022 at 4:57 am

    😜thats fine thats hybrid bike.. like neighboor buy a mtb trek with complete gear but cant even ride it in a trail🤔🤔 just showing off lol✌✌

  30. Joja is Whole Foods on October 5, 2022 at 4:57 am

    I have a brand new Raleigh Talus 2 and I wonder if it would handle this as well…???

  31. danwinz on October 5, 2022 at 4:58 am

    CAn you explain why going uphill would have been a "risk"?

  32. KyBudd on October 5, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Good information – but – I wish you had muted the camera audio on the rough part of the trail. It was almost impossible to hear and understand what you were saying.

  33. Garzilla! on October 5, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Definitely limited but still absolute fun if you keep your wits about you. I love my DS2

  34. Foot duck on October 5, 2022 at 5:05 am

    How about khs sixfifty 200

  35. danwinz on October 5, 2022 at 5:06 am

    I have a ds4 and it can handle trails that are well maintained. It struggles if there are a ton of rocks but it can get over roots no problem.

  36. Michael Walker on October 5, 2022 at 5:07 am

    Great talk… appreciate the excursion…

  37. Ayden Young on October 5, 2022 at 5:08 am

    Do you have any marlin 6 videos? Or trail videos of it

  38. monish k on October 5, 2022 at 5:08 am

    how is trek ds1 compared to specialized crosstrail or scott sub cross 40 or marin san rafael ds1 ? Please suggest. thanks.

  39. A Nother on October 5, 2022 at 5:10 am

    As a kid I used to ride this sort of terrain on a cheap Raleigh 10 speed ‘racer’, then on my Dawes Galaxy touring bike, my Raleigh Ultra Burner BMX, and as an adult on cheap Raleigh Pioneer hybrid bikes, as well as rigid MTBs. With a bit of care, any bike can cope with this sort of terrain. Hybrids and tourers were meant for this sort of thing.

  40. Luke Carlin on October 5, 2022 at 5:12 am

    I might put suspension on my hybrid because I’m a dumbass

  41. Miles Away on October 5, 2022 at 5:12 am

    Wish I could trade up my Marlin 7 for a DS 4. The Marlin is a great bike but more for advanced trail riding. A.k.a, I bought the wrong bike!

  42. GD GD on October 5, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Look ahead and plan the route? It’s natural to me, who is used to ride the tracks full speed with 15$ bike xD

  43. Adesh Anbasti on October 5, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Nicely presented 👌🏼

  44. William Gollatz on October 5, 2022 at 5:15 am

    IS this bike still working out on trails? I have a 2021 DS3 coming in May. Would you change the tires to something more grippy if you knew it would be trail only for a period of time?

  45. Knight Rider Explorer on October 5, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Why would anyone take this bike on a mountain if its a hybrid?

  46. chengs group25 on October 5, 2022 at 5:20 am

    why the same dual sports have a downslope toptube and some have straight.toptube? anyoe?

  47. Timothy Bradek on October 5, 2022 at 5:21 am

    I just don’t get it. I just bought second hand a marin ds-1, are marin and Trek ds-1 the same, if not, how?

  48. Jon Donnelly on October 5, 2022 at 5:24 am

    E.T. rode a DS9

  49. DAN on October 5, 2022 at 5:25 am

    The KHS UltraSport 1.0 would have been a better hybrid to do this with since it’s a little cheaper, has nearly all the same components, and has an 80mm suspension instead of the ~60mm of the DS.

  50. Robert Sutton on October 5, 2022 at 5:25 am

    Man I took one of these on a super sketchy park called boulder park in Dallas before I knew better. The bike took a beating. I need new brakes but I didn’t bend the wheels or frame.