I see what you are saying about the torque but the cassette was making bad noises even when not under great pressure. I had heard from a friend that was looking on posts as well that the forks are crap on the treks even the new ones and should be replaced and I didnt know enough at that point to make a wise decision. I thought it would be a great bike at that point. I understand they dont like bringing in parts but if they would have told me the first time I would have to replace everything I would have a new bike. I would have got one in a heart beat if I new. So they didnt do there job if they did they would have sold a bike.