Trek 1999 STP 300 Full Suspension Bike

5/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

SIZES (M) 17.5", (L) 19.5", (XL) 21.5" | COLORS Red Nude | FRAME OCLV Carbon. The world's lightest, strongest frame material.

Optimum Compaction Low Void carbon. Computer assisted strength specific design. STP Soft Tail Pro suspension. Trek Pro geometry.

Handmade in the USA. 3.6 lb. | FORK Rock Shox SID XC suspension, 80mm travel | REAR SHOCK SID Adjust


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul from Connecticut

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2001

Strengths:    Lightweight; fantastic climber; very nimble through technical sections; suspension takes the 'edge' off during long endurance rides and descents

Weaknesses:    No complaints

Bottom Line:   
Tested a crap load of bikes, hardtail and full suspension. As I do a fair amount of endurance rides, I wanted a lightweight bike that would climb like a goat, dampen the blow of light to medium sized impacts/rocks and not get heavier during rides (i.e., mud accumulation) like most full suspension rides.
Had to get used to the weight, or lack thereof, of the bike, especially on technical climbs. Initially, the front would pop up while the rear wheel would dig in like none other. In the end, I found myself clearing the most difficult, challenging climbs. There was/is absolutely no spinning out, even on the steepest of climbs.
Keep in mind, this is not a typical full suspension bike in that it has, at the most, 1.5 inches of rear travel

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale, GT

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock except wheels, pedals and riser bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pat Smallwood a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2000

Strengths:    EVERYTHING!!! THIS BIKE really is incredible...pedal over things that normally tossed me around on my C-Dale...

Weaknesses:    OK, this is a dumb complaint, but it is so light, that it was hard to keep under me for the first 50 miles!!!

Bottom Line:   
INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! IT is expensive, but it climbs better that my CAAD 4 C-Dale hardtail. I was skeptical b/c I wanted an xc racer, and love to climb, but this rig is amazing. Carbon frame is fast and absorbs shock. no more bouncing over hard rocks. Wait til you can buy one and do it! I loved C dales b/c they climb well and I could lock out the fork. But the STP300 (with upgrades) is just over 22 lbs. Its extremely fast!

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Favorite Trail:   50 Year Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   RandR Bikes

Similar Products Used:   none. only ridden C-Dale w/ Headshok

Bike Setup:   upgraded everything. Propel wheels, XTR Cranks, Ti Cassete, Seat, Thompson Post, pedals, full XTR Drive train. Answer MARS CL.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Katie a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, great components (XT, XTR), SID suspension front and back, Rolf wheels, colour

Weaknesses:    Bontrager RE-1 pedals

Bottom Line:   
I average 75-100 miles of training a week and race 2-3 times a month. I think this bike would be ideal for competitive riders looking for a bike that would provide the XC race level performance of a hardtail with a slightly more comfortable ride provided by the "softtail." This bike is absolutely amazing. It handles smoothly through technical sections, climbs brilliantly and decends like a champ. The STP is responsive, yet its an extremely comfortable ride. It combines the handling of an aluminum frame with the comfort of a steel frame. OCLV Rule!

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Favorite Trail:   New Light

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Hammer

Bike Setup:   RD-XTR, FD-XT, Brakes-XT, Rolf wheels, Icon stem, seatpost, bars, Bontrager RE-1 pedals, SID XC fork, SID rear suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Richter a Racer from Newnan, GA

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, smooth handling, true softtail but with a tuneable rear suspension (and it'll save you a buck over the non-tuneable competition)

Weaknesses:    Only 3 sizes available. I'm not real gung ho about the idea of having graphics on the right side of the bike different than the left side, but Trek's been doing that for a while on their OCLV mtbs. Also, this bike is not available as a frame only (unless you work out a deal with your dealer).

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the perfect soft tail because the rear suspension is tuneable. You can adjust the shock to your riding style, weight, whatever. And coupled with the lightweight OCLV carbon fiber frame, this bike is the perfect ride for someone who is a weight freak but wants some rear travel too. Biggest surprise was how quiet the ride is. Some carbon frames resonate sound like a construction site, but this thing was super quiet. The STP climbs like a hardtail, but does just enough to smooth out the bumps and roots along the way. Best of all, the frame and rear suspension seem to have a forgiving quality that cancels any mistakes you might make when you take the wrong line or get just a hair out of control on the trail. Buy this bike if you want a little more comfort in the rear, but don't want to sacrifice weight and climbing ability to save your scrawny bum! Don't buy it if you think "high end" means a bike bought at Target rather than Walmart.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali, NC

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000

Bike Setup:   STP 400 frame, SID Race, full XTR, GoreTex cables, Bontrager Revolts w/ Mavic Crosslinks, Titec bar, Easton CT2 post, Nisene seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell a Racer from Baton Rouge,La

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight,Great components(Sid xc,xt,xtr,Rolf Urracos)Climbs like an animal,handles very well.

Weaknesses:    I didnt come across any

Bottom Line:   
This was the Trek reps personal bike that he let me borrow for the day so I didnt get to ride it too much, but I did take it out to the local trail for a couple hours. The suspension doesnt seem like it would do to much but you have to ride it to really apprieciate it. The STP uses the same idea as a suspension seat post but there is no bounce like even the best seatpost have. Its a great bike.Perfect for racing or just a softer ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Whatever

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000,6000,8900,9.8, pretty much every thing I work at a bike shop.

Bike Setup:   stock

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