Trek 1999 VRX 500 Full Suspension Bike

4.42/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $2699.99


Product Description

1999 Trek VRX 500, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Sid SL, 4.0" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yamablast3r a Downhiller from labrador city, NL, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2009

Strengths:    fantastic bike all around



Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bike is sick i love it
bought the frame n shocks at garage sale for 100bucks best 100 i ever spent in my life,

its not your average mountain bike its made by professionals for professionals VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!

if you buy this biek you will NOT be disapointed i promise if you are you must have VERY VERY high standards


ENJOY

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Favorite Trail:   earth

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   garage sale


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2005

Strengths:    excellent base setup, stock bike already kick ass, handle like a champ, much better then many of the bikes now a day. yet it is light with AC capability.

Weaknesses:    not yet found, but it is funny to have a XC weight bike that have AC capability. bobbing is the only thing is annoying riding on road but a lock out shock fix the problem.

Bottom Line:   
For the original price this is an expensive bike, but comes in around 29 lbs AC bike there is no complain on it. rear adjustment seems changing the geometry rather then change the travel, front feel solid with the SID and it is working quite good for me. this frame handles quite good on trails and wheels kick @ss!! disc brake quality is even better then the new hayes. will recommend to others on this bike!!

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Favorite Trail:   anything in the mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR
KONA
Giant


Bike Setup:   VRX 500 with stock parts (dual crown SID, icon components, LX shifters, XTR r derailleur, Rolf wheels, Hayes disc brake) yet changed components on it (XT cassette, D/A chain, SDG seat, Fox Float RC) later want to change bearings for bushings

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dOc a Weekend Warrior from Philly, PA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2003

Strengths:    Looks nice, the feel of this bike is great (fits me well @ 6'-1, 180), nice..durable component set, wheels have yet to be trued after lot of trail/urban smaller drops,

Weaknesses:    Front shock set up for 160 lb rider (need tune kit) bottoms out too much, BB started creaking last week (after bout a year of riding all conditions), broke original chain, rear v-brake is not too good, no side bite on tires, lost screw on front deraileur while riding...threads needed to be chased

Bottom Line:   
Though not the standard issue VRX500, my setup has treated me well, with no unexpected problems other than the fork setup taht i have yet to fix...I love the feel of this frame, very stable...have yet to upgrade rear shock as well, and want to get disc brakes. I would recommend this frame to anyone looking for a mid range priced bike that is durable, since it is an older frame you can get a nice set up for less money than a newer model.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything Goes

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1060.00

Purchased At:   LBS - Cycle Fit of Delaware County

Similar Products Used:   Too Many BS Dept Store bikes..., Trek 4500, Mongoose Vadium (lol)

Bike Setup:   1999 Trek VRX500 large, bontrager superstock wheelset, Continental Atlanta tires, xt r. der.,lx front der., lx brakes/shifters, sram 7.0 cassette, sram pc-99 chain, Manitou X-vert t dc fork, Bontrager race crankset, icon black riser bar, v-brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Simon Omer a Weekend Warrior from Cheshunt, Herts, UK

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

Strengths:    Strong Frame,Wheels are amazingly strong, looks nice, nice colour.

Weaknesses:    Standard tyres, brakes are a little weak for a 22 stone rider. The crank is starting to creak and will be replaced soon. most of the standard equipment is pretty bottom of the range.

Bottom Line:   
Its a nice bike for the 'weekend warrior' I have only broken 1 spoke in thee 3 years I have had it despite much abuse and considering my size 6' 5" and 22 stone.

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Favorite Trail:   Local Countryside

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3180.00

Purchased At:   Cyclone Cycles

Bike Setup:   standard exept Tioga 2.1 Factory DH tyres Uprated rear shock and spring to cope with my massive bulk SID's cope really well after initial messing around for a good setup

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Whitewater, WI USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2003

Strengths:    Versital solid frame design,looks cool

Weaknesses:    weight, too heavey for cross country, too heavey for hill climbing

Bottom Line:   
this is a great bike for the weekend warrior who wants to do a little of everything, but may be too heavy for some cross country expeditions

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Trek Factory Auction

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Stock everything except for the crank which i broke an dreplaced with a lighter Icon crank

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Monster John a Downhiller from Del,BC,Ca

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2002

Strengths:    It's a okay design at that time. A good entry level DH bike but won't do you no good if you are a serious DH rider. Comes with XTR and a Fox Vanilla R.

Weaknesses:    Rear swingarm is weak as hell. Breaks them so easily and had to replace them. The components that comes with the bike really sucks. The SID XL is a joke. I don't even know why RockShox makes them at that time. The Rolf wheels looks cool but doesn't work. It's expensive and hard to replace or rebuild. I basically strips the bike down after the first season of riding (year 1999 winter) and hang the frame on the wall.

Bottom Line:   
After I realize that this bike sucks for DH, I strip it down. However, after the rebuild, I realized that it's a pretty good DJ bike with the right setting. I currently set my fork and shock to really hard and the bike handles quite well on the jumps. I guess it's worth something after all.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler Schleyer/Joyride

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Cap's

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   I just recently rebuild it (year 2002 fall)with Marzocchi Z1, Stratos Helix rear shock, 24 r and 26 f double track, Truative crank, and some other stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by micheal anker a Weekend Warrior from victoria,bc,canada

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001

Strengths:    It has really good parts and the frame is very strong.rear shocks is good.

Weaknesses:    its a bit heavy the shocks it comes with arent that good.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this is a sweet bike good for freeride and downhill.Its so plushy.Its works great for me and the bike really exsorbes the shock of some dropes.

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Favorite Trail:   hartland

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donnie a Weekend Warrior from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2001

Strengths:    Factory components aloow amature riders to make many mistakes and still make it through in one piece (more or less).

Weaknesses:    factory tires and brakes.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, just look at, no matter where I go or what I do, people stop and check it out. As far as the performance of the bike is concerned I am extremely satisfied with it with two notable exceptions. First, the factory tires, within the first 2 months of "non-extreme" use the side wall of the front tire gave out and sent my brother flying over the handle bars. Second, the rear brakes, this bike has been in the shop not less than 5 times for the rear brake giving me trouble and it still hasn't been fixed right. The warranty is expired now so I work on the brake when it needs it. Basically what it comes down to is that I need to adjust the rear brake every time I ride. Aledgedly (according to the dealer) my VRX 500 was the first one made that was commercialy availible and as such had a problem with the way the caliper mounted to the swing arm. Supposedly the swing arm was replaced to correct this along with a slew of other adjustments and a new rear caliper. None of which worked, the swing arm if it actually was replaced(which I doubt) made no difference, the brake adjustments only lasted for one ride and the new caliper (which I know for a fact was replaced) had absolutely no impact on my brake problem. In the end, my brakes still drag and there seems to be nothing I can do about it. I don't blame Hayes or Trek for my brake problems, I firmly believe that the dealer is the sole cause of the problem thankfully the management has changed and they are no longer a Trek dealer. Don't let all this complaining fool you though, I really do love this bike and would reccomend to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Riverside state park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Wheel Sport North

Similar Products Used:   Y-3, Y-22, Y-33

Bike Setup:   Replaced factory tires with Tioga 2.1 everything else still original

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by biker from cannada

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2000

Strengths:    great suspension it is avery plush bike
but the front shox got to have more travel


Weaknesses:    nothing really besides the shox that came with it

Bottom Line:   
it is a great bike,
but hey
of course it is a great bike

you pay for what you get

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   trek vrx 400,rocky mountain reaper,gt xcr-2000

Bike Setup:   axiom pedals,bontrager crow bar,marzocchi bomber jr.T

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rodrigo vargas a Cross Country Rider from cochabamba, bolivia

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Strengths:    good looks, great handling, comfortable , i like the equipment.

Weaknesses:    slow on the climbing, i found a little diference switching
from ac to xc but you can´t change it on the run you need to
carry your tools,that sucks, flexy rock shok sucks, should bring the darn pump for the price!!!!!!expensive bike!!!!!


Bottom Line:   
i think its a nice bike, but a little useless because it has too much travel and weight for cross country and not enough travel for downhill.
but anyway i am getting used to it
my advice: test ride it before buying it, because everyone has a different style of riding

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Favorite Trail:   desert xc

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   super v 700, bianchi kodiak, gt tempest, c-dale f900

Bike Setup:   factory

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Tuxedo,NY,USA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2000

Strengths:    Good mix of components, very adjustable suspension, tracks beautifully, hayes brakes are excellent, all in a great looking package.

Weaknesses:    None really - as a freeride bike.

Bottom Line:   
Great freeride bike. Plush 4 inches of travel, great brakes
along with precise tracking. I find it climbs very well if you stay seated and spin. I weighed my bike at 27.5 lbs. which I guess matches the factory claim - might try to lighten it a little in the future but this isn't bad for full suspension and disc brakes. I also like the look of the VRX frame a lot, especially with the the Rolf wheels. Trek has reduced the price of the '99 VRXs, I got a great deal on mine. If you like the '99 models nows the time.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Trek Y22, Mongoose hardtail

Bike Setup:   Factory stock - Sid XL, Fox R, Rolf etc.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by pinoy a Weekend Warrior from duarte, california

Date Reviewed: October 4, 1999

Strengths:    
great frame geometry, plush suspension on small and big hits, climbs really well specially with stratos helix lockout, superb handling...point and shoot...will stop ona dime with hayes disc brakes...all weather and all terrain...


Weaknesses:    
Good stock Bontrager tires but better with Maxxis MOFO 2.35...


Bottom Line:   
Ecellent...Saved my ass on gnarly terrains !!!

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Favorite Trail:   
el prieto, pasadena

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Trek Y33


Bike Setup:   
medium frame, SID XL 100 mm, Stratos Helix Pro rear shock with on the fly compression and lockout adjustment, Shimano 636 pedals

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by evergreen a Weekend Warrior from hong kong

Date Reviewed: October 1, 1999

Strengths:    
a strong frame, good control n brake easily


Weaknesses:    
the disc brake is not easy to adjust for avoid the g sound. expensive price. the pump for adjust the air cartridge of the front suspension is not supplied. the screw of the break disc is easily get loose; n other screws too.


Bottom Line:   
overall a good bike

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
factory set up

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Michael Billington a Downhiller from Detroit, Michigan

Date Reviewed: September 30, 1999

Strengths:    
The rear shock is very plush and it looks realy cool. The bike dousn't wiegh too much.


Weaknesses:    
The front suspention dousn't have enough travel for a triple clamp fork. It is just adding extra wieght to the bike. It would be a good freeride/DH bike if the seat could go lower, the riding position like it is is no good for freeriding or DH. That is why they shouldn't bother with being able to switch to DH setting on the rear shock.


Bottom Line:   
It is a mix of a lot of different things, but is too heavy for xc racing, can't get the riding position to freeride and not enough travel to DH with. Basicly it is good for nothing

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
GT XCR-3000
Trek VRX 400



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Derek a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: September 22, 1999

Strengths:    
I find the ride very good much better than my Y11


Weaknesses:    
Seat\was the first to go fitted a new style with hole in the ctr, does the job very well


Bottom Line:   
Very good bike well worth the £2.2k inc bits pump & computer and matching hat, only problem I have had is the rear disc came lose, other wise very goog bike go and buy one

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Y11


Bike Setup:   
as upplied

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