Trek 1999 820 Rigid Bike

4.06/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $329.99


Product Description

1999 Trek 820, mountain bike, non-suspension, Mountain Mix components, Trek fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mari a Cross Country Rider from Maumee, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2001

Strengths:    all-around reliability

Weaknesses:    I'm not a bike guru, but I can say that the rims bent a bit easily, and the foam seat ripped up pretty soon (duct tape and a locally-made vinyl cover solved that). Grips got all sticky after a few months in the African sun.

Bottom Line:   
I loved this bike and was sad when my two years as a volunteer in Ghana (West Africa) were up (Peace Corps property). :( I would've liked shoxx, but couldn't choose. The bike held up well on paved roads and bumpy bushpaths! Headset came a little loose, but that was to be expected. This bike might not be the best for gurus who want fancy expensive stuff, but I loved it.

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Favorite Trail:   Wa to Busa

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Peace Corps issue!

Similar Products Used:   Univega hybrid(which I loved dearly until someone stole it from a balcony! Argh!)

Bike Setup:   Standard, I guess. Shimano stuff. Cateye halogen. Locally-made saddle bags. Rack.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Art a Weekend Warrior from Parker, Colorado USA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2000

Strengths:    My 820 is the 2000 model with quick fire shifters (great) and the front shocks. The bike handles well and shifts positive. I also love the brakes because they feel positive.
The bike handles well, feels solid, shifts great, and stops well. Not bad for a bike in this price range.


Weaknesses:    The bike is heavy and I wish it still had the aluminum frame my wife's 1999 Trek 820 has. I wish it also had better pedals.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that for 289 bucks it's a great entry level bike and for those of us older guys it will work fine for trails and light off road riding that I do. The warranty is excellent an when I compared it to other bikes in the same price range it won hands down. The components seem well thought out for a bike that Trek says is for light off road use.
This is not a bike for an experienced and aggressive off road rider because you won't be happy and you will break parts.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Village

Similar Products Used:   1999 trek 820

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ralph machio thekaratekid a Cross Country Rider from newark, DE

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2000

Strengths:    Cool Orange Paint
Love the American Flag
Free


Weaknesses:    Heavy
Bad bar position


Bottom Line:   
I use it to run errands and to goof off with friends on the trails. It's fun to ride a rigid bike now and then., Plus, It's ORANGE so how cool am I? Still, even though its rigid, I can feel the frame and fork moving when I get going and I love to ride it, it gets almost as much time as my other bikes. and it was free. And a big shot out to all the money makers in the house come on and help me turn it out.

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Favorite Trail:   doublehorseshoetolenapetosnowgoose

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   hehe

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Privateer
Trek 8000
Specialized Hard Rock


Bike Setup:   I swapped out the stem to a lower/longer one
threw on a set of good wheels I had laying around
Flat pedals and took off the front deraileur( wow, is an 8 speed as cool as a single speed?)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brad Lawer a Cross Country Rider from Indiana, PA 15701

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2000

Strengths:    good handling. it steers well. the component setup is decent for a bike on this end.

Weaknesses:    rims bend easy, much truing.

Bottom Line:   
i like the handling, it works well on my trails. it isn't an 820, it's a 97 830, but this is the closest to it. i like the way it steers, it ramps well, on my trails it is the best thing to have because you can feel everything underneath it. it hasn't seen the bike shop's repair stand much cause it holds up well. sometimes it breaks, but not often

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Favorite Trail:   the harsh ones my bike can suprisingly handle that i find and make

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   schwinn homegrown(my friends), trek 820, giant iguana

Bike Setup:   stock except for specialized cactus tires, profile bar-ends, pedros grips, schwinn moab seat with kevlar wings, system bars, wellgo aluminum platforms

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: September 10, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame
Gears
Colour
Weight (for price)


Weaknesses:    
handlebars are to close


Bottom Line:   
This bike is ten times better. Even the guys at the bike shop were impressed on how well I changed the set up. They said that the Indy C's were a good idea. I suggest anyone that likes off roading but cannot afford a higher end bike to do this. I only spent $660 canadian. And considering the Schwinn Messa is $699 and the shock arent even adjustable and the components aren't even that much better!
I love this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   
Ravenshoe

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Specialized
Gary Fisher


Bike Setup:   
I am here to update my last review. Since then I have changed my stem
( positioned it farther away)
I have got Shocks
( Rock Shock Indy C)

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Quincy, MA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid Frame. 99' has upgrades like more comfortable seat, color,
shifts well


Weaknesses:    
no suspension


Bottom Line:   
Good solid bike for entry level rider. light (if you were used to huffy, etc!! like me growing up)
Well worth the money for a good looking, solid, and easy riding bike. Would recommend to any weekend warrior who wants a smooth ride on trails or rails.

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Favorite Trail:   
MA State forest/Cape Cod canal

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
puegot, specialized



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: August 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Frame
price
looks
gears
brakes


Weaknesses:    
weight
headset
geometry


Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike but the handlebars ae positioned to close to you ( But this is supposed to be for rec riders so you can see why this is) It handles great, the gears shift well, and it is the best in its class for the money. Some people review the bike as shit, but these idiots are comparing a $359 dollar bike to a $600 dollar and above bike. And if you are going to be racing, my advice would be save up and get a better bike. But if your a starter this bike kicks ass!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   
hardwood hills

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
gt
specialized
gary Fisher


Bike Setup:   
new headset
stock

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Nick Fenton a Racer from ClintonCt

Date Reviewed: August 16, 1999

Strengths:    
price


Weaknesses:    
frame geometry headset
crancset


Bottom Line:   
This was my first real mountain bike before I started to really get into the sport. I got it for my birthday and upgraded the hell out of it. Then bought a K2 full suspention. On the trek be carefull I ripped the front end of this bike! It hates suspension forks! and the geometry screaws up the shifting. by careful with the crankset. Don't use it to go over over obstackless. There is no bolts on the chain rings so when it comes lose it falls of and cant be tightend or put back on for that matter.But for rec riding through town it's great

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Favorite Trail:   
Not Telling

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
K21000


Bike Setup:   
Stx-Rc parts indy C fork
negitive rise road stem
ritchy pedals

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Bongo Billabob a Weekend Warrior from Gilroy, CA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 1999

Strengths:    
excellent brakes, frame,
location of gear shifters, downhill


Weaknesses:    
not smooth switch between gears, weight


Bottom Line:   
overall good bike, great for a sunday joy ride, not much competition considering it is a non-suspension bike, not bad off-road, love the brakes compared to my old huffys

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Favorite Trail:   
levy

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
huffy, haro


Bike Setup:   
stock, 19.5in frame, green

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by james a Cross-Country Rider from auckland

Date Reviewed: July 25, 1999

Strengths:    
paint job
brakes
wheels
suspension fork


Weaknesses:    
weight
crap rear derailler
heavy steam


Bottom Line:   
steam is to heavy,good with downhill bars and a
theadless steam adaptor needed,womans seatis crap
good wheels chese tyres too damn heavy thats
why im upgrading to a cannondale good allrounder,

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Favorite Trail:   
49 traverse

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
khs sport
cannondale f500
mongoose
gt backwoods


Bike Setup:   
spinner,sync sus fork
2.5inc
21inc frame

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from B.C

Date Reviewed: July 22, 1999

Strengths:    
frame,brakes, SRAM shifters


Weaknesses:    
weight, not as smooth of a gear change as I would have liked


Bottom Line:   
This bike is grat for the money. I rides very well and it has a beautiful frame. My only complaint is that the shifting is not as smooth as I would have liked, But I think I can adjust that with time. I have put this bike through hell and it has held up very
well.

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Favorite Trail:   
fast

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
gt, scwinn, khs, norco


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Weekend Warrior from VA

Date Reviewed: July 3, 1999

Strengths:    
strong frame, good starter components


Weaknesses:    
brakes were kind of lame


Bottom Line:   
Rented one of the '99 models to give it a run while i was searching for a good commuter bike. Took it down an intermediate trail, held up well. Front shocks would have been nice, but they can be added later on. Great bike for the money. Grip shifts are killing me though. I'll give it 4 flaming burritos

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Favorite Trail:   
anything around VA Tech

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
specialized hardrock


Bike Setup:   
straight up from the factory

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Cross-Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: July 3, 1999

Strengths:    
has a good solid frame. Brakes are strong


Weaknesses:    
A bit heavy. Distance from seat to handel bars is a bit to short.


Bottom Line:   
A good bike

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Favorite Trail:   
anything fast

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Mongoose
Raleigh
Schwin


Bike Setup:   
stock bike set-up

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Chou a Weekend Warrior from NJ

Date Reviewed: June 14, 1999

Strengths:    
smooth, solid, light for a cro-mo


Weaknesses:    
brakes, tires


Bottom Line:   
Its a good bike, but the brakes coold use a little help

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
RU Distortion
Mongoose Frontier


Bike Setup:   
Standard

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Alex a cross-country rider from New York

Date Reviewed: February 8, 1999

Bottom Line:   


So I go tthis bike about 2 years ago. I thought it was the best thing than I reilized it wasn't that good. So I upped it a little. I put a RS Judy XC on it more agressive stem with an aheadset. I took it on trails. Then I became a more serious rider. I needed a more seriouse bike. I hooked up wit a 99' GT XCR 3000. The bike is a great entry level bike. (provided you hook up wit some suspension) 4 chillies for the durability -1 chilie for the components = 3 chillies

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