Trek 2001 4900 Hardtail Bike

4.28/5 (61 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sully

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2013

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    components

Bottom Line:   
A good buy for an intro machine.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James from MI

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2005

Strengths:    Durability - Trek Quality control, solid construction, farily decent componentry for the price.

Weaknesses:    For a true XC racer, some components are both too heavy and too non-efficient. However, this bike isn't meant to be thrown on the XC circuit.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for the money. Trek lives up to it's standard of excellence in quality control. I work at a shop, and so I've seen the bikes progress through the years since I got this hardtail - If not staying as good as they were, they only get better. As you can see, I've swapped out a bunch of componentry. However, the stock Deore derailleur has surprisingly given me excelent performance. Props to Shimano for my lucky break! Overall, excellent bike, good price, and a fun bike to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   D&D Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   All Trek hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z.5, Avid SD Ti brakes and levers, Raceface Deus stem, WTB Speed saddle, Rhyno Lite Wheelset, Panaracer XC pro tires, Shimano clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Ruggiero a Weekend Warrior from West Windsor

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2004

Strengths:    Frame Build Quality

Weaknesses:    Aweful Stock Parts

Bottom Line:   

Dear
Reader

This is a long-term report. My 4900 has now over 3,000 miles, and is still going strong. The stock 4900 has an excellent rigid frame, but parts quality is just plain aweful. Listed below are the progressive changes:

Shimano XT FD/RD are quite good, as is the the Shimano Deore Hollowtech crank. Bontrager Race stem, bar, and post improve rigidity, while providing a quality feel. This is the same level of parts offered on the new Trek 8000.

Don't get caught-up in SL vs. SLR thing. A good hardtail 21" frame will come in at 4 pounds. Start with a solid platform and upgrade the componenets to fit your riding style. Bottom line, the Trek 4900 is not made for racing, but it can be made into a very respecable trail bike with the proper upgrades.

Russ


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Favorite Trail:   R

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Jay's

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4900 (2004), Trek 4500 (2003), and Trek 4300 (2002)

Bike Setup:   Bar: Bontrager Race
Stem: Bontrager Race
Post: Bontrager Sport
Seat: Bontrager FS 2000
FD: XT
RD: XT
Crank: Deore (2003)
Pedals: M858
Cassette: SRAM 850
Grips: Crank Brothers
Tires: Revolt SS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Wells, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2004

Strengths:    The crowbar is amazing also the rims have lasted me a while. I have nerver had a bent rim with all the ridng ive done on singletrack. I think that if you are going to ride on dirt roads, trhe fork is perfect but any other riding, i would upgrade.

Weaknesses:    Ive had some trouble with the fork and spacers. My bottom bracket is wearing fast to. I also bent the pedals out of shape.The front derrailur is shizz.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. If you want a good bike for xc racing or starting out into xc rcaing, it would be beneficial to buy this bike. It is a great find for its price.

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Favorite Trail:   Willis Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   First high quality mountain bike i have owned, have tried simialr treks and gary fishers but couldnt afford them, I owned many department store bikes before this and i have had to repair them constantly.

Bike Setup:   Cinelli Grips, wierwolf tires, xt front deraillur, the rest is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Cross Country Rider from NJ

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003

Strengths:    durability, price, nice components, great entry level XC bike

Weaknesses:    weight, i dont quite remember much since i bought it, ive upgraded alot.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice to start out, great frame so you can upgrade as you go. go out and buy this bike. now. unless you already have a nicer one.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   '03 trek 4900, bianchis, raleighs, giants, specializeds, fishers, litespeeds, all sorts of bikes

Bike Setup:   everything stock except the tires (michelins), grips (Odi lock on), seatpost (no-name thing, last one broke), pedals (eggbeaters(get these, AMAZING)), threw on some cane creak bar ends, Shimano XT frt brake, SRAM chain, XT 9 spd Deraileur, cassette, and shifters.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Ruggiero a Cross Country Rider from West Windsor, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003

Strengths:    Build Quality

Weaknesses:    Lower-Line OEM Products

Bottom Line:   

Dear
Reader

I have put 1,200 miles on this product in less than one year without any problems. It is heavy (30 pounds), and well built. However, the stock drive-train is pure junk, so I changed the FD to Shimano LX and the RD to Shimano XT. In addition, RE-1's have replaced the stock OEM pedals. The aforementioned setup has worked very well, and the component change was well worth it.

The Trek 4900 is a good value, and is holding-up very well. If you want a solid product for between $500-$600, then the Trek 4900 is a tough act to beat.

Thank You
Russ

PS: The 2004 4900 will a use Alpha SL frame, which makes the 4900 an even better value at this price range.

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Favorite Trail:   R&D

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   Jay's Cycle

Similar Products Used:   2001 Trek STP 200
2003 Trek 4900
2002 Trek 4500
2002 Trek 4300


Bike Setup:   FR: Shimano LX
RD: Shimano XT
Pedals: RE-1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T C a Weekend Warrior from poughkeepsie,NY

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2003

Strengths:    All the Bontrager components work great light wieght and strong frame

Weaknesses:    front shifter, and the seat is terrible

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for the money. It can take more than most bikes that cost twice as much. Very reliable and manuverable around the tight singletrack of the east coast. The frame is super light and hasnt broke yet despite some harsh rides. TREK RULES.

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Favorite Trail:   hereford park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $520.00

Purchased At:   Wheel and Heel

Similar Products Used:   similiar Treks

Bike Setup:   shimano clipless pedals, upgraded seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt from new jersey

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2002

Strengths:    this is a great bike overall. Ive had few big problems with it. a few tunes, which is expected, and alot of popped tires. teh bike can take its abuse. It takes its falls without showing the agony of the drop.

Weaknesses:    as i said way back on 8\5\01 this saddle sucks. i broke the one i bought and im back to this old piece.

Bottom Line:   
i love this bike. as i said back in 2001, i still want some new brakes and shock on this thing, but ive recently realized i am way to cheap to do that. ive done alot of riding with this bike and had few problems. my most recent was the chain breaking, but that was yesterday, so the thing jsut took too much and died. i would suggest this bike to anyone. it can take whatever you give it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   marty's reliable cycle

Similar Products Used:   a whole lot of hard tails, and a few fulls

Bike Setup:   all stock cept new tires cause i killed teh other ones after two years of hard riding

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sal valgoi a Weekend Warrior from detroit

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2002

Strengths:    frame, rims, shock

Weaknesses:    drive train

Bottom Line:   
chris platz is gay

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Favorite Trail:   island lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $519.00

Purchased At:   point cycle

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher tassajara


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven a Cross Country Rider from IL

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2002

Strengths:    Good bike for the price.l

Weaknesses:    Tires! Supposedly they're decent, but I thought that they were horrible. Also the seat is very, very, very uncomfortable. Grips slide off.

Bottom Line:   
Well here it is: This is the first "bike" that I've ever owned (aside from the usual huffy). I did a little racing for my university on it. But mostly I just take it once a week out to the local mtn bike trails. Although I keep seeing others with nicer bikes, I remind myself that it is not all necessary. I believe that the rider makes the ride, not the bike. So overall I think that this bike is good enough for most riders. No problems with it at all. The best bicycle quote ever, "for all those weight freaks, that need to spend all the extra cash on the lightest parts....just lose a couple pounds"

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Favorite Trail:   Kickapoo (only real one I've been on)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   None, first bike!

Bike Setup:   Stock except some richey pedals, geax blade front tire, panaracer fire xc rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Amherst, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2002

Strengths:    Light, looks good, wheelset

Weaknesses:    Front derailleur!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
quality bike for the money except for the front derailleur

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Goodales

Bike Setup:   Replaced bar and stem with Titec clipless pedals Soon xt front derailleur

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark from lewiston,newyork,USA

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2002

Strengths:    -Frame
-Wide bars
-The stickers on the frame


Weaknesses:    -Fork
-Drivetrain (derailleurs, cranks, chainrings etc.)
-grips - i didn't like 'em


Bottom Line:   
i love the frame, it is super strong and pretty light. the fork blows...im into trials and the darn promax brakes went to be replaced by the avid discs...new truvativ cranks for the bashguard and strength...overall a good bike to begin with, though i would expect better fork and maybe better derailleurs.

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Favorite Trail:   ...The bank...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Bert's Bikes and Fitness

Similar Products Used:   TREK 6000 - previous bike.

Bike Setup:   4900 frame, xt derailleurs, truvativ hussefelt A2A cranks, avid disc and levers,XT disc/sun ds-2 wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Meyer a Cross Country Rider from Fairfax, Va.~USA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2002

Strengths:    price and frame, it is light and strong, will take a beating

Weaknesses:    the rider, the bike will take care of anyone

Bottom Line:   
nice used 4900, with all shimano xtr up grades, I added, a manitou 6 fork, new saddle, rock shox stem, and xtr calipers
all the other xtr was on it.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   on Ebay

Similar Products Used:   trek, and gt lowenders

Bike Setup:   all xtr components, wheels are xt's, saddle is a Performance contour, topo
petals with toe clips and straps. handle bar is 1 1/2 rise and titec 120 stem. tires are a medium tread continental

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Hauser a Cross Country Rider from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2002

Strengths:    Nice Frame, no complaints. Has held up through some wicked crashes.

Weaknesses:    Weak components: Need to upgrade a lot of them. The frame alone makes it worth the investment.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money.

With all the stores online, it is easy to find great deals on components to upgrade to mid-high range quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Landahl

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Harley's (Huchinson Kansas)

Similar Products Used:   Previous bike: 1999 Gary Fisher Marlin (rigid fork)

Bike Setup:   upgrades: LX cranks and new BB, Easton EA50 Stem and flat bar, teflon coated cables, LX front derailler.
Soon to upgrade: XT rear derailler, LX shifter/brake lever combo, 9 speed cassette, Duke fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Forrest Pengra a Racer from East Lansing, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2002

Strengths:    Climbs well... I really like the wheels that came on it (Bontrager Corvair). Corners and Jumps EXCELLENT!

Weaknesses:    Derailers suck. I had problems with my front and rear for quite a while. I finally have the front adjusted nicely. One day my rear came apart and I lost a pully... so that was a great excuse to put on an XTR rear derailer. Havn't had any probs. yet. The RockShox Judy TT on the other hand will be replaced this week. I weigh 140lbs and I EASILY bottom this thing out. Probably from over use though (needs a new spring).

Bottom Line:   
GREAT BIKE FOR THE PRICE!!! My only complaint is probably the derailers. The fork was fine in the beginning but like I said earlier.... I wore it out.

All in all.... Great value for the weekend warrior and beginning competitor.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer, MI

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Velocipede

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900 only upgrade thus far is the XTR rear. However, am ordering the Rockshox Duke Race to replace Judy TT.

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