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(based on 36 ratings)
Brand: Trek
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 36 reviews)
94% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable(32), Durable(33), Good geometry(25), Handles well(34), Lightweight(8)
Cons:
Heavy(17), Poor tires(3), Uncomfortable seat(3)
Best Uses:
Climbing(19), Descending(18), Single track(21), Trail riding(31), Urban riding(28)
Describe Yourself:
Avid cyclist(14), Casual/ recreational(20)
Was this a gift?:
No(13), Yes(4)

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Ride
By Adamplus4Verified Reviewer from virgina on 4/11/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Commuter
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I took it out for a ride today with my daughter in the bike trailer. Everything was smooth. The shifters are great. I finally feel I have a bike that fits me.

 
good bike
By Reldnach Llitna from Williamstown W.V. on 4/7/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good for easy trails, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy, Poor Tires
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

i ride this bike mainly on single track and it has done pretty good ,but the tires are more of street tires so i have a hard time going up hills. when i got mine i rode it may be 3 times and the crank broke on it and i had to replace it.

 
Nice beginners bike
By That one guy from Rhinelander, WI on 3/20/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry
Cons:
Heavy, Poor Components
Best Uses:
Single Track, Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This was the first actually name-brand bike that I've ever purchased. It's a nice bike, but it is quite heavy, the brakes aren't too good and it just handles weird. It goes though; it's a smooth ride and the shocks are nice. It shifts through every gear smooth. I just upgraded to a Trek Marlin. Don't get me wrong though - It's a great beginner's bike I've learned to ride on it and it was (and still is) a great bike.

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Typical of Today's Quality
By bolillo_loco from Lickdale, Pennsylvania on 3/11/2011
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

If you're looking for a bike to ride on occasion, then you cannot go wrong with buying this. If you're a serious rider, read on.

I purchased this bike in March, 2007. Despite being 4 years old, my bike is identical to the 2011 model except for different cranks and paint.

I hadn't rode for a while, and I was always a road cyclists. With all the rails to trails popping up, I purchased a cheap mountain bike to make sure that I wouldn't buy a bike and then leave it sit.

I am 6'3" 200lbs. I couldn't buy a bike to fit me, so I had to settle on the 21.5" frame, and I had to jack the seat post more than a foot out of the frame.

The gearing is typical of most cheap bikes in that it's very broad. It's far too low for me. Within two months, the heavy front shock became worthless deadweight. I didn't want a suspension at all, but unfortunately, most people that ride very little dictate what we can buy.

I began riding the Swatara Park rails to trails. From Lickdale, Pa. to Pine Grove, Pa. A round trip distance of 20 miles. I did this seven days a week for a total of 140 miles per week. As soon as I began riding, problems began to arise. Within a month, the crank came loose, and I had to walk five miles back home pushing the bike at 2 mph. The crank was easily fixed, but it would be a good idea not to become inconvenienced like me, so check all the fasteners to make sure that they're tight.

One rear derailleur failed, and it caught the spokes, wrapped around, and ruined the chain and rim. The rim folded like a pretzel. I was probably going about 18 - 20 mph, so it was catastrophic for the rim, so I had to purchase another rim as well as a derailleur. I hadn't learned my lesson with the very cheap components for this bike, so I simply put identical replacement parts back on the bike. About three months later, this happened again. As well as the derailleur failing, it again caught the spokes, and ruined the rim and chain once again.

I purchased a rim that accepted cassettes rather than freewheels so I could run a tighter gear pattern. I went with an 8 speed set up and ran 12 – 19, a straight corncob. I could then shorten the chain, and put on a respectable rear derailleur that wasn't going to fail because it was a cheap piece junk. I used a Shimano 105 derailleur.

After having the bike a year, and putting nearly 5,000 miles on it, I changed the worthless front shock system out in favor of a lighter rigid fork. When the bike was new, I experienced a lot of shock bob as I tried to climb hills. Shock bob robs power from the rider.

I rode this bike for a year and a half. After changing out the cheaper components for better ones, I no longer had trouble with this bike. My problems were all due to the cheap rear derailleur. In each case, the pin that holds the cage on the derailleur would fail, it would creep out, pop off, and into the spokes. I do all my own repairs including truing rims. After complaining to the man where I bought the bike, he told me that something was bent on my bike. He didn't want to hear that the cheap components are fine for somebody that rides the bike 100 – 200 miles in their lifetime, but for somebody that puts that on a week, the parts quickly fail. Upon putting on a quality rear derailleur, I no longer had failures. I've nearly 5,000 more miles on the bike since fixing it, and it hasn't failed.

At 6,500 miles, the bottom bracket began clicking. When I took it apart, it was easy to see what the problem was. I ride this bike in rain, snow, and all sorts of weather. The bike easily lets water into the bottom bracket. I had to chisel the old bottom bracket off. It was rusted fast to the frame. Soaking it overnight with penetrating oil did not help. I swapped out the bottom bracket for an octalink set up and a crankset with tighter gear spacing, 42, 32, 22.

Other than an exceptionally cheap rear derailleur and front fork, this bike is fine. It should serve anybody that only rides in fair weather at distances of 5 – 10 miles a week and an average speed of 5 – 10 mph well. I've more than 7,500 miles on it, and it's begun to rust through. It's nothing alarming. It's surface rusting all over the frame through the paint. I do ride in the rain. I keep the bike in the garage as well, but I guess the paint was cheap, so now it's rusting through all over the bike. It should take a lot more years until it ruins the bike, so it's purely cosmetic.

I would recommend this bike to the average trail riders I see that doddle along at 10 mph or less and only ride a dozen or less times a year. It's a barebones bike, that's at least as good as the next, and better than many of the bikes that shoe box stores sell. However, if you're serious about getting into cycling, and you know you're going to be averaging 17 – 20 mph on the trail, get a better bike.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Bike
By Jeff from Sioux Falls, SD on 2/28/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

When I bought this bike awhile back, I was much larger than I am now. Started out at 310lbs.

I am now still 6' 1" and down to 260, and the bike is still in great shape. I have done just annual tune up and kept tires inflated. I haven't had to so much as even replace a flat tire!

5-10 miles a day, is a breeze.

I have some friends getting me into road riding, so looking at adding a road bike, but even if/when I do purchase a road bike I will absolutely still keep the 820!

I added a few after market items: gel seat cover and a water bracket/bottle, forged bar ends and air pump.

I highly recommend this bike!

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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
I have NEVER regretted this purchase!
By JASTREK820FANVerified Reviewer from Sioux Falls, SD on 2/21/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This purchase was my first venture outside of the "department store" models.I am NOT a small person, but this bike has stood the test. I am 6'1" 260 (lost 50, another 40-50 to go!)Despite my size, the only thing I have had to do is occasional tune ups! I haven't even had to fix a flat tire.The bike trails in town are mostly paved, but some gravel areas exist, too. Between trails and streets, and 4-5 years of use, this bike is still in great condition.

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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Trek 820
By JASTREK820 from Sioux Falls, SD on 2/21/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Bought my first Trek 820, about 4-5 years ago.
I have NEVER regretted this purchase.

I am not a small guy. I am now 6'1" 260.

Lost 50 lbs, got 50 more to go!

All this time, with this bike, I have not even had a single repair, not even a flat tire. I just added a gel seat cover, and have had occasional tune ups.

I ride on the paved and/or gravel bike trails in town and ride on the streets/roads. I never have gone "off road".

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I'm impressed...
By InstitUTE from Layton, UT on 1/20/2011
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight, Well built quality
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I chose the Trek 820 for my 15 year award through my job because I really just wanted a bike. After getting it I was really impressed with the overall quality and I'm very happy I own a Trek 820. I don't know why some people say that the bike is heavy because it seems pretty dang light to me.

 
Great bike for money, and a destroyer.
By The No-Longer Video Game Nerd from Wisconsin. on 12/25/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy, Poor Tires
Best Uses:
Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

At first I only wanted a mountain bike so I could ride to town, rent video games and sweep up a few 12 packs of Mountain Dew with my friends. But this bike actually helped me realize how much I actually love to bike. I must have put at least 60 miles a day on this bike for about three months and plan to race next year. I haven't touched a video game since my first ride to town. This bike is very nice for [$]. It still has drawbacks though; it is actually kind of heavy (to other bikes, I can bench 160 so it doesn't seem heavy to me) and the tires are great for commuting, but I've taken a few spills in sand pits. Also, the first day I got the bike, I got in a really bad downhill two bike crash with my friend going at least 25. We were weaving down the road, then before I knew it my friend was in front of me. I tried to stop, but I was right on a big patch of sand then I rammed into his rear wheel and went over the handlebars. I sprained both hands, broke 3 fingers, my right wrist and broke four toes. He broke a finger and his wrist. The only damage on my bike was a scratch on the stem and the chain slipped, my friend's rear wheel was literally twisted around his frame(that's why it's a good destroyer). I haven't had any problems with the bike besides a slight wobble in the rear wheel (I fixed that easily) but besides that, this bike is fantastic. I will never get rid of this bike, because this is what brought me into the wonderful world of biking.

 
My first Trek and I love it
By Trek for LifeVerified Reviewer from Cumberland, Md on 12/4/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I use the bike mostly on a rail trail and the C & O Canal. I got the bike in May '10 and have peddled over 800 miles on it. The only mechanical problem I have ever had was a shifter cable snapped. Fotunately that was at the end of an all day ride. All in all it's been a great bike.

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GREAT BIKE 3
By caterpillarturbodiesel from South Jacksonville, Illinois on 12/2/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Well, I still have my orginial 820 ST, and now I have the 820 ST 8-Series. This bike is just as awesome if not more so, and handles like a champ. I use another brand of tires (exact same on both bikes), that really make the bikes handle even better than imaginable. Not only that, the new bike has the same number of gears (21), and the same number of teeth per gear as my first 820 ST. All-in-all, both bikes are wonderfully great.

 
Great Bike for Beginners
By Shifty TVerified Reviewer from Mpls, MN on 10/12/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I just got my 2010 820 the back in July for a birthday present, I used to bike alot in my youth buth, the last 10 year I have not been on a bike. So I asked for an very affordable bike, to get back into the game not being sure if I'd use it. I'm 6'2 245 got the 19.5 and it fits like a glove.Man was it worth it, since I"ve been out 2-4x a week since, this bikes rides great, handles really well on all terrains. I gone on blacktop, cement, gravel, grass it can handle it all, climbs hills well and the the descends down are nice and smooth. I don't know much about components but never had any issues with shifting other then an occisional miss shift and the brakes can stop on a dime. For how much I've used it and really enjoyed it, I would highly recommend the 820 for anyone who's just getting started up in riding, hopefully it'll help somebody out there buy a great bike!

 
Excellent well rounded bike
By Rhino from Minnesota on 10/7/2010
Pros:
Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This is the first Trek i've owned. By far the best bike i've had. Smooth, and solid; for those that say it is heavy are weak and pathetic. This bike is not heavy. At least not compared to the cheaper bikes I've owned before. To me it is very light. But like I said above...... I like Trek very much and I would recommend to anyone.

 
Great Bike 2
By caterpillarturbodiesel from Illinois on 9/19/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Same guy of previous message (Great Bike), as of 9-19-2010 (Sunday), my bike has 3,048 miles. And it is still working like I just took it out of the factory.

 
I would definately buy it again!
By NGR (No Gas Required)Verified Reviewer from Wichita, KS on 9/16/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Bought my first 820 in 2000, it's 10 years old now, and tougher than the back wall of a shooting galley. I've never had any problems with components. The seat is little uncomfortable, but a gel pad or two fixes that right up.

 
Great Bike
By caterpillerturbodiesel from Illinois on 9/9/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I have a men's 21", 21-speed Trek 820 ST (Single-Track Series). This is the very first Trek that I have ever had. It is a 2009 Model Year. Well, I bought and paid for it March 2009, and thus far have put of 2960 miles, great miles. At one point in time, I thought that Schwinns were the best. Well, they are 2nd best to my Trek 820 ST. To me, the heaviness is just fine. It does not bother me at all. I prefer the "heavy" framing etc. moreso than if it was lighter. All round, excellent bike.

 
excellent bike overall
By mutt from Coeburn,Va on 9/8/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Weight just right
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Really a nice bike, rides very comfortable. I have had mine now for 2 months and have ridden about80 to 90 miles. Love everything about it would suggest this bike to anyone

 
first experiance with the 820
By just820 from ontario on 8/24/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

this bike was awesome for the price i rode it for a 1 hour ride road to trail it just all wokred! overall a great bike so far

 
Excellent, but heavy in the long run
By A. DexterVerified Reviewer from San Diego, CA on 8/21/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This is my second Trek, and I'm completely sold on the brand. You really can't beat repuation, and Trek has it.

This bike handles well on the street, and off road. The downside is after about 15 miles, your wrists really start to hurt, and the weight of the bike is extremely apparent.

It's very difficult to climb uphill even at mild incline.

If you are for a multi-purpose bike, for both blazing mild dirt trails, and going to work, this bike is for you. Can't beat Trek's great quality for the price!

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Excellent!
By student_doc from Omaha, NE on 8/16/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Looks sharp
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This is my first Trek bicycle and I am hooked! This is a comfortable and very durable bike. I take it out almost daily on the local single tracks and have had an incredible experience everytime. The only downside that I have noticed is that I have trouble changing from the granny gear to the 2nd gear on occasion. Other than that this is one of the best buys I have made in a long time.

 
No matter how hard I try I can't kill it
By Tyler from Ohio on 8/8/2010
Pros:
Awesome, Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight, Long Lasting
Cons:
Poor Components, Poor Tires
Best Uses:
Anything, Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I got a trek 820 as a gift for christmas in 2007. It was my first "Gear-Bike" and it has reliably transported me to and from more Cross Country practices, school events, friends houses, and whatever else I can think of in the 3 years I've had it. More than once I've crashed it, doing damage to me, but the bike suffers only minor scratches. Just recently I got a flat on my road bike and decided to take my Mountain bike racing friend up on his offer to go riding on the bike trails at our local state park. I'd never done that before, but after only an hour or so I was storming down hills, and promptly back up them, keeping pace with my friend and his $2500 Felt. On our second loop through the trails we switched bikes and he refused to believe that it was 3 years old, he thought it was brand new and apparently he really liked it! Despite suffering a minor spill, and a more... signifigant... one (I fell off a bridge into a creek lol)I couldn't see any damage. Overall this bike is excellent for beginners, fantastic for people that are new to the sport (like myself) and still really enjoyable to significantly more advanced riders.

 
1997 Trek 820
By Red Armadillo Ride to Roswell 2010Verified Reviewer from Alexandria, VA on 7/23/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

My first hardtail knobby tire bike was a 1993 Trek 820. My first true love. I left her in France in 1995. bought my 2nd Trek 820 in 1997 and rode that bike 30 miles a day , 5-6 days a week for a few years, then back to 3 days a week consistently. We crashed in 2004 and I shunned her , while mending from two broken hands, etc. i bought a 2003 Fuel 90. Got the 820 fixed and rode her again for the first time 3 years after the crash of 2004. It was like seeing my best friend for the first time and falling in love all over again. I'll never get rid of either of my Treks. Lifelong trilogy. Best all around bike ever is the 820. My WSD Fuel 90 is like an protective boyfriend and has never let me fall down on dirt yet!

Ride more and drink more water!

 
Great Buy
By Flavio from Bogota, Colombia on 7/20/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I live in Colombia where we have mountains and stuff, its been great so far. A little heavy but doesnt matter to me, that means is a strong machine.

 
great bikee
By bob from Pa on 7/16/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Competitive Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I do a lot of of road riding and this bike is perfect for it!

 
nice
By rob from Philly on 7/5/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good suspension, Good Value, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

The gears are slow to change and sometimes don't change at all. I hope that it was a problem with my particular bike, not all 820s.

 
Tough as nails bike.
By ToomVerified Reviewer from Marion, Ia. on 7/2/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

For two and a half years, I have thrashed this bike up and down hills, off jumps, through waist deep water, and any other obstacle that should have left this bike in a twisted mess at the bottom of a ravine. This bike takes it. No problems with the derailleur that others say is prone to breakage, or any other failures. As far as it being a heavier than other bikes, if you're afraid you'll have to peddle too hard... get a moped, you don't belong on a Trek. Great bike for the money!

 
Great beginner's bike!
By Burrito from Oneida County, Wisconsin on 6/25/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I test rode mine at my local bicycle shop. I can say with expirience from my 10 minute test ride that this thing is the bomb. I am a beginner to mountain biking. I've heard bad things about this bike, but once I set off down the sidewalk they were all wrong in my opinion. It handles well, has really good brakes, I didn't think it was heavy and is very comfortable. It rides nice and smooth too. Sure, this bike may be heavy for a Trek (that's what the guy at the shop said), but to me this bike was really light. The only thing that wasn't the best I would say is that the rear derailleur stuck out about a half of an inch, but that's no biggy at all. My bike is on layaway right now and I'm going to pick it up in a few days.

 
SuperBike
By YanezVerified Reviewer from Staunton, VA on 5/24/2010
Pros:
Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Best Uses:
Climbing, Single Track, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Just bought it today, I'm a individual, lets say on the heavy spectrum of life. So I decided on the 820 for its durable steel frame. Just got done riding and i am in love with this bike, handles smooth climbs well and shifts amazingly. For the money you can not beat this bike.(i.e.) If your a larger individual who is nervous about a bike holding up under you, or think you cant find a durable bike go with the 820!! Don't be scared

 
Great Bike
By James from Florida on 5/20/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Climbing, Single Track, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I first got this bike as a commuter bike to go to and from work (about 20 mlies) but it has supassed my expectations for it and I now use it as my all purpose bike, everything on it works fine expect for the gear system but that has been fixed, it is an all around good bike

 
Great on the road and off
By StephenVerified Reviewer from North Carolina on 4/11/2010
Pros:
Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
A Bit Bumpy
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I use this on my daily 10 mile rides downtown and back. It handles well, and i have a few off road points and short nature trails. Only con is lack of rear suspension makes uneven concrete uncomfortable, not that I sit much when I ride. It has kept up very well.

 
AWESOME BIKE
By FodusVerified Reviewer from Utah on 3/19/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual/ Recreational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I was given this bike as a wedding gift, my fiance at the time was given the same model, only with a smaller frame. The wedding didn't work out but this bike sure has. (They were from her mom and step-dad. They insisted we keep them as birthday/Christmas gifts.)This was in 1999 and this bike is still going strong 11 years later. I upgraded the forks, replaced a few parts (for normal wear and tear), and added a few accessories. Other than that the bike is original and in great shape and I love it. You want an awesome bike buy a Trek!

 
WoW
By Matt WellingtonVerified Reviewer from Reno, Nevada on 2/20/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Handles Well, Responsive
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

As a Road Bike Cyclist, this is my first MTB and i have to say,... this bike performs far beyond my expectations,...comfortable ride was my first impression. responds well to rural and off road terrain, great and smooth ride to those who are a road enthusiast or a solid cross terrain rider. my only disappointment is the schraider valves instead of presta on the tubes,... but thats bout it, not much to complain about

 
Great Bike
By Michael Urban from Lititz, PA on 12/28/2009
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I bought my 820 about two years ago and I have about 3900 miles on it. The 820 is great for any kind of riding. I like to use the 820 for trail and road riding and for riding long distances. The 820 is an all around great bike and I would recommend it to anyone.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome Bike
By mountainbiker407Verified Reviewer from Tulsa, OK on 10/21/2009
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

This bike has been a great bike. It has far surpassed my expectations for durability. I had always been told by the dealers that I can't get too rough with this bike and I can't disagree more. I have used this bike so much that I wore the fork out and rather than replace the bike I upgraded the fork instead because I loved the bike so much. The only set back is that it is as heavy as a rhino but it makes up for it with durability and its a great down hill bike. The bike is even very comfortable to ride on road short or long distances. Best bike on and off road I've ever owned.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great bike, would recommend to anyone.
By Darrick Grooms from Princeton, NJ on 9/11/2009
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Descending, Single Track, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

I use my 820 for riding all the local trails and commuting to work. It is very comfortable for long rides, handles well on narrow and steep trails, and can take a lot of abuse. The only disadvantage is that the 820 is as heavy as tank, but it is also built like a tank. Wrecked it three times and its still going.

[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Still going strong
By VictorVerified Reviewer from Pittsburgh, PA on 9/7/2009
Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, reliable
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Rail Trail Riding
Describe Yourself:
Casual Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek 820:

Bought my 820 several years ago, only take it out about 8-12 times a year, but this summer I've been taking it out 1-2 per week. Just did the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to Frostburg, MD (228 round trip) and the bike held up really well. I even did the return trip in 1 day (114 miles) with no problems. I was impressed with how it performed long distance. Solid bike.

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