Founded in 1975 by Richard Burke and Bevil Hogg, Trek is a staple in the bicycle industry – they are the largest U.S. bicycle company. Those two started it all in Waterloo, Wisconsin, which is where the company is still headquartered today. Since then, Trek has absolutely exploded, selling nearly 1.6 million bicycles annually nowadays. They have also brought a number of brands under their roof over the years. Bike brands like Gary Fisher, LeMond Racing Cycles, Klein, Bontrager, Diamant Bikes, and Electra Bicycle Company are all part of the Trek family now. With all this growth since the 1970s, is Trek still true to its American manufacturing roots and producing their bikes here? We did the research to find out – our verdict is below.
Verdict: Are Trek Bikes Made in the USA?
Unfortunately, most Trek bikes are now manufactured overseas. They continue to produce a small number of bikes in their U.S. facilities in Waterloo and Whitewater, Wisconsin (about 20,000 bikes per year), but that number is less than 1% of their overall bike sales – over 1.5 million last year.
Trek’s American made bikes are largely in their carbon fiber collection, where they get carbon fiber from Salt Lake City and make the molds in their main facility in Waterloo, Wisconsin. For the majority of their bikes however, most are manufactured in countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and China. This also holds true for most of their subsidiary brands like Gary Fisher and LeMond Racing Cycles.
Unfortunately, this move overseas is a pretty common trend in the bicycle industry. Ever since Schwinn went to China in the 1980s, other major manufacturers have followed suit. If you want to find American made bicycle makers, you really have to look small at the boutique shops.
It’s pretty tough to tell which specific Trek models are made in the USA and which are not. Our research indicates that the distinction typically depends on the frame material – steel or carbon fiber. Most steel-based frames are made overseas. If you want to purchase a bike from Trek, make sure to call them first and check if the model you’ve selected is American made.
Popular American Made Trek Bikes
- Some carbon fiber road bike models – Wisconin
Popular Trek Bikes Not Made in the USA
- Most mountain bikes
- Most bikes made from steel frames