Trek 1999 Y3 Full Suspension Bike

3.76/5 (50 Reviews)
MSRP : $849.99


Product Description

1999 Trek Y3, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Jett C, 1.8" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jarvee4 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2013

Strengths:    this bike has not let me down

Weaknesses:    i have changed the forks

Bottom Line:   
i want rid of my trusty y3 but dont no were to sell it any one got any ideas

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Duration Product Used:   5years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   ebay uk


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zak a Weekend Warrior from Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2007

Strengths:    frame

Weaknesses:    worst fork on the face of the earth....

Bottom Line:   
For the price, it's an incredible bike except for the front fork. It is terrible. When you buy this bike, expect to add on $150-300 to the price for a decent front fork. Other than that, its good. The frame is wicked strong and can handle a lot.
So it starts with 5 chilis but -1 for the fork.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Bike Setup:   all shimano stuff (LX, etc.)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zak a Weekend Warrior from Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2007

Strengths:    frame

Weaknesses:    worst fork on the face of the earth....

Bottom Line:   
For the price, it's an incredible bike except for the front fork. It is terrible. When you buy this bike, expect to add on $150-300 to the price for a decent front fork. Other than that, its good. The frame is wicked strong and can handle a lot.
So it starts with 5 chilis but -1 for the fork.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Bike Setup:   all shimano stuff (LX, etc.)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chance a Weekend Warrior from highlands ranch colorado usa

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007

Strengths:    good gears and shocks, nice design, tough and reliable

Weaknesses:    cant think of any

Bottom Line:   
great for every thing all the time. highly recomend it if you can find one.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe d a Weekend Warrior from wanaque, nj

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2007

Strengths:    The frame is the best strength of the bike

Weaknesses:    front and rear shock, all components

Bottom Line:   
I had this bike for 9 years and changed everything on the bike. I have a new cannondale but I prefer to ride my y3. I get compliments all the time on this bike I guess becuase it looks like an Italian bike because the frame is red, tires are green, seat is white. This bike kicks ass

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Favorite Trail:   skyline trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Bike Setup:   marzzochi z1-bam,all shimano xtr components,
king headset, hayes disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ray Stetler a Weekend Warrior from Honolulu, HI

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2003

Strengths:    Frame strength and design. I have pounded the hell out of this thing and I couldn't break it.

Weaknesses:    Stock fork, shock, cassett, and brakes. It would be better to just buy the frame.

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike because a friend of mine wanted one of my boards but he didn't have any cash so I took the Y3 in trade. When I first got it I hated the thing. I am 6'2" and weigh 210. The suspension couldn't handle it. I did everything I could to trash it but the FN thing wouldn't break. I took it to a skate park and rode it on the half-pipe (not recommended), I rode it (more like tumbled with it) down Diamond Head, and all that broke was my helmet (compliments of the half-pipe). After a few months I decided to put some money into it and see if it had any real potential. I reequipped it with Hayes disks, Fox rear shock, Manitou fork, Shimano XTR cassette, and a bunch of other goodies. I must say, you put about $4,000 into the Y3 and you will have a damn good MB/DHB.

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Favorite Trail:   Hanama Bay Fire Road

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   The price of a surf board

Similar Products Used:   Marin FS


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dana major a Cross Country Rider from scituate MA USA

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2002

Strengths:    solid fealing under all conditons fairly plush floats well through rocks

Weaknesses:    i broke every component in 6 months swaped out to xt and xtr stratos xc bontreager bars risers seatpost.in the end i broke the rear triangel in half workin the rocks

Bottom Line:   
the 33 is a far superior ride if you can get one.

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Favorite Trail:   swampituckSTrockgarden

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   cohaset cyckel

Similar Products Used:   trek y33 trekwarented my frame and oferd me this upgrade for 700 this is it

Bike Setup:   swaped all my stuff on the 33 plus a mars super

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by FTN HEADER a Cross Country Rider from Woodbridge, va

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2002

Strengths:    Strong Frame

Weaknesses:    every component that TREK put on it.

Bottom Line:   
The stock components belong on a bike from Toys-are-Us, not on a Trek. I changed, the crank set, pedals, fork, rear shock, brakes, shifter/brake levers, cables, tires wheels (hubs spokes rims), handle bars, seat, seat post, cassette, chain, stem, and the grips.

The stock components are not meant to withstand the punishment that a true MTN BKR dishes out.

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Favorite Trail:   Fountain head

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   metropolis

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll (no comparison)

Bike Setup:   XTR all the way around, fox float rc, rock shox duke, monkey lite bars, sun rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken a Weekend Warrior from Wetaskiwin Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2001

Strengths:    good frame,

Weaknesses:    shock!!! pedals and bars were the only problem

Bottom Line:   
This is agreat bike if you are willing to put money into improving some of the components.

the only real problems i had were falty tubes and the pedals
but they were replaced instantly

the rock shox pyslo is Nuts i go of 5-8 footdrops and they just don't bottom out. The one time the did i nose dived of a ten foot gap i had built.

Buy this bike if you don't care about wieght the xc people who had test this bike had to be nuts it is definentily not lite and the bobbing makes it very non xc able



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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock except 1664 pedals (the best pedals ive ever had) amobea downhill bars and rock shox psyloxc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Jersey City, NJ

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001

Strengths:    Good price for an entry-level FS

Weaknesses:    stock components

Bottom Line:   
Bought it used for a decent price last year, but cashed in on the upgrades. I ordered about another $400 in parts from a very popular mail order place (not to be named here). To make a long story short, they screwed up the order (like they so reliably do) but this time in my favor. I got the whole shipment/upgrade for free.

I've been riding the bike for two seasons now and its been awesome. I tossed the stock parts immediately. With the changes, I've had no complaints yet except for the XT cassette that is as durable as a turd. Next year I want to upgrade the shocks... maybe I can cut another deal. :)

I'm sure there are better, more energy efficient fs frames out there. But I find as long as I keep my butt on the seat, there really is no bobbing or energy loss.

I recommend the bike to those who are looking to get into the fs scene. It's not worth the msrp, but used it can be a good deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Ringwood SP

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   I-drive tested

Bike Setup:   XT (shifters, front/rear der, calipers, hubs, chain), LX (levers, cassette), stock shocks and crank (LX)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brett Stone a Weekend Warrior from Clifton Park, NY

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2001

Strengths:    Great entry level bike, the suspension helps absorb alot of the bumps, strong frame, comes with decent rims and tires(Bontrager), and the price

Weaknesses:    The bike is a bit on the heavy side, if you weight over 200lbs the stock rear shock won't hold you, cheap components all around, & awkward to carry.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for beginners. I had to order a stiffer coil for the rear shock because I weigh 215lbs. The Jett shocks in the front work for me, but you can't upgrade there springs. It comes with alot of cheap components, as all entry level bikes do. I have upgraded to alot of Bontrager parts and XT components and I love my bike so much more. I have eliminated so much of the extra weight that the cheaper components provide. The bike was a gift and $300 in upgrades are worth it to me. If you are looking for a full suspension bike that comes stock with higher end components, I would recommend a Trek Cross Country bike with an air shock or something like the GT I-drive. That would be my next choice. The pivot points have changed alot over the past two years, which accommodate heavier riders. When I first got the Y3, I would loose alot of energy going up hill because my weight would cause the bike to bounce. By replacing the rear coil($20 from Fox), the bike does not bounce much any more. If you can find a used one in good condition, I strongly recommend picking it up.

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Favorite Trail:   Skidmore

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   The Downtube in Albany, NY

Similar Products Used:   None. This is my first full suspension bike.

Bike Setup:   Bontrager upgrades(neck, bars, bar ends, crank, seat, and seat post). Upgrading to XT components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darryl a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2000

Strengths:    Looks great,life time frame,great starter bike for some one under 200lbs

Weaknesses:    Lighter,better conponents needed,frame to be stronger

Bottom Line:   
As you can see that I have taken a great liking to this bike in the looks ,ride,warranty the only down fall is the frame .I'm on my second frame but have no head ache with replacing the frame.All problems have been weld related.I'm 195lbs but I wasn't as heavy when I first bought the bike up grading was a must do to the size of rider I'm now. I went to more suspusion to help with the stress of the lack of front suspension / weight ratio ,the rear spring shock works well but is to heavy no bottoming out problems .The front 2.5 inches to 5" makes a great deal when riding hard ,jumps,big bumps,etc.The bike weighed 27.5 lbs when bought the bike I had the weight droped with all the race face and stratos rear shock have and front judy xc to 25.5lbs but know with all the latest upgrades for more down hills ,jumps,harder riding etc this bike is even more fun to ride (SEE BIKE DETAILS THE BIKE WEIGHS IN AT 30LBS)Ouch yes, but my weight and riding style I'm still smoking the best riders.This bike rocks and I would recommend it to any one who doesn't have the money at first to buy in at the higher cost level.Upgrades make the bike awesomes but not needed if your a lighter rider, stock or juiced up you'll have a blast.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   tommy whites

Similar Products Used:   y5 before this one

Bike Setup:   Over the last year I have added hayes disc 6" all race face conponents,xtr deraillers,5" inch drop off shocks ,stratros rear shock,cartridge hubs,head set,bottom bracket and rhino rims.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Roger a Weekend Warrior from Surrey British Columbia

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2000

Strengths:    Great price / good when you buy a used framset only used but
like new.


Weaknesses:    If you did get it new the fork was very poor.

Bottom Line:   
For the money Ive had fun with this bike / I mostly ride a
hard tail but wanted a toy to have fun downhilling with . Its
a strange frame to build up for Downhill riding but it never
cost me and what a blast it is to ride . Heavy and strong but
going up is a real hard. I will still ride my Kona on the trail but if I want to hammer at 3 times the speed going down
over roots and 4x4 water bars I will take it out.

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Favorite Trail:   cork screw

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Intense Ozzie

Bike Setup:   Free ride stuff / rock shox judy xlc 120mm / wide riser with
stubby tall stem / basic deore brakes and cranks and rino rims and kujo irc tires / heavy and strong

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Swenson a Cross Country Rider from Marcellus, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2000

Strengths:    Good price for a full suspension bike and looks awesome. The components are pretty good for the price and a nice handlebar.

Weaknesses:    NO REPLACEABLE DEREAILUER HANGER!!!!!!!!!! I bent it twice, and had it bent back, so it isn't as strong anymore. Bought a new bike because it was bent back poorly. Crappy front suspension (needs to be upgraded), somewhat weighty, and the paint chips easy. No name brakes but they work.

Bottom Line:   
This is an okay bike for the price. It wont eat up your wallet, but it won't eat up the slopes either. The front fork is the worst I ever rode. It sucked A**!!!!!!! I had fun for a while after I upgraded the fork and added clipless pedals. It was tough and it held up except for the derailuer hanger. After being bent twice I had wished I had gotten a bike with a replaceable derailuer hanger. Did I mention when it bent i didn't even crash and that my rear wheel fell off. I wasn't too happy. The components worked well, I didn't have much trouble with them until the hanger got bent. The rear suspension squeaked and creaked, but it worked to my satisfaction. However, sometimes it felt like it didn't eat bumps as well as I had hoped. A person looking to buy a bottom of the line full-suspension bike for not too much money, this could be it. This is a satisfactory bike for the amount of cash.

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Favorite Trail:   Split Rock Quarry

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Gus' International Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper A1 FSR, Kona Manomano, GT LTS

Bike Setup:   Manitou SX-LE, new seat, Shimano M-545 clipless pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Regina, SK Canada

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2000

Strengths:    Looks good - attracts attention. Easy to carry. Just a fun bike to ride.

Weaknesses:    Attracts attention. Front fork (Jett C) doesn't work well - esp. for heavier folk (85kilos) like me. Rear shock is good - but I need to get a higher rate spring to make up for the preload I have dialed in to keep the rear tight.

Bottom Line:   
I'm starting with some 2000 Judy XC or perhaps Race to see if the front end will perk up a bit... After that, maybe some Rolf wheels. It's a tough call - an extra $400 would have got me into a VRX200 with most of the components I am now wanting to upgrade to...

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Favorite Trail:   White Butte

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Demoed a bit of everything

Bike Setup:   99 Y3 - factory setup

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