Trek Bruiser 1 Freeride Hardtail

3.69/5 (54 Reviews)
MSRP : $370.00


Product Description

  • Frame: Alpha Aluminum
  • Front Suspension: InSync Edge, 120mm
  • Wheels: Alloy disc hubs; WTB Dual Duty rims
  • Crankset: SR 42/34/24
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 15 (54 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ethan

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2013

Strengths:    Frame, handle bars, stem, pedals

Weaknesses:    Rims, tires, bottom bracket, spindle, shifter, cranks,

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it unless you want to put some work into it, here's a parts list for everything you will need to buy after purchasing those bike to make it a decent bike. Button shifters, lock on grips, bottom bracket/spindle, cranks, rims, tires, and forks. Its not worth the buy if you intend on jumping or doing park riding, but it's a good bike to get around places with

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MTB PRo a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2013

Strengths:    frame, nice big wheels, forks are thick enough, pretty light and easy to control in the air, tensioners help keep chain on, brakes are awsome

Weaknesses:    The first thing you will need to do if you are going to jump this bike you need to change to a button shifter or else you will shift every time you jump, its not a must have but it might help if your going to go offroad that you change to suspended forks but the stiff ones do just fine it just get a little more bumpy going to change thoes out soon

Bottom Line:   
awsome bike especially for the price

Expand full review >>

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   craigslist


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MidgetSaw a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    forget the bike.. its all about the frame. not the lightest @1.9kg but its not for xc :) .. it has a long top tube and feels ace with a high front end. the paint is nice and thick unlike specialized. and it rips round corners awesomely

Weaknesses:    the cable mountings are not that great and would be better if it didnt have v brake boss's but hey its old..

Bottom Line:   
a do anything bike

Sick.

73mm bb
S post @ 29.2

Expand full review >>

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   specialized rock hopper 2004
specialized stump jumper m2 1996
specailized hard rock pro 2003
scott yz3 ??


Bike Setup:   Bruiser One
Z1 freeride wedge @ 130mm 2002 ayyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
fireeye bars
Saint m800 calipers and levers 140r 160f
alivio 8spd shifter & lx mech
Gub headset
Raceface bashy
Firex crank single @ 32t
alexrims td17 on sram hubs
specailized pedals
specailized fast track tyres

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ridefreeordie7 a Racer from glens falls, ny

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012

Strengths:    amazing frame, Ive had it set up for 4x, dirt jumping, and now its my xc bike

Weaknesses:    weak stock component list but thats what you get for a 400 dollar bike

Bottom Line:   
This frame has been amazing the entire time ive owned it. it didnt come with the greatest component list stock, but thats what you get for 200 bucks. But after i put about 800 into it and got it to where i wanted it its been great. Its been everything from a 4x bike to a dirt jumper, and now is my xc bike. hands down the best frame i own. And if you complain about certain parts on it than ya thats what you get for the price. Frames awesome period...... put some good components on it and you'll have this bike for life

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   plattekill mountain

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   ernies bike shop

Similar Products Used:   trek diesel

Bike Setup:   trek bruiser one frame, marzocchi dirt jumper 3 fork, specialized cranks, fsa bottom bracket, fsa pig headset, titec handlebars, specialized stem, shimano deore front derailuer, shimano xt rear derailuer, bombshell switchit front rim and hub, disc jockey rear wheel with jumping flea hub, magura julie brakes rear only

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Geoffrey a Downhiller from R.S.M.

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2010

Strengths:    Forks, handlebars, crank

Weaknesses:    Derailleur, derailleur hanger, brakes, rims

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it unless you want to buy a lot of parts for it. I put White Brothers X-c3 shocks on it and the work great! I also converted mine to a single speed with a 32 tooth cog in the front and a 16 in the back. new brake levers, petals (Crank Brothers Eggbeater C Mountain Pedals), Tioga Blue Dragon tires(soon to be White Tigers), got custom spokes and a carbon fiber T.H.E. fender. i=I think it was worth the money!

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Mustard

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Freind

Bike Setup:   Single speed

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Leo a Downhiller from Glenwood Springs CO USA

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2008

Strengths:    Strengths? what a joke.

Weaknesses:    fork, frame, drivetrain, fork, brakes, grips, fork, wheels, cranks, fork. Pretty much anything stock.

Bottom Line:   
After 2 months of light trail riding the fork had frozen and rebound was done manually by stepping on the tire and yanking on the bars. The metal in the crank was so soft that the bottom bracket had rubbed a hole in it causing the crank to work lose even when bolted on as tight as possible. Finally the tires got a big "S" bend in them causing the tire casing to rub the paint right off the craptastic frame. I ended up putting about 1,000 additional dollars into this frame and it still sucked.

Get a Kona or anything else it would be hard to do worse than this bike.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   BSR

Similar Products Used:   To say it is similar to any other bike in the world would be an insult to that manufacturer.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Bomber (a better fork) , Avid Mech Disc(better brakes)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dylan chester a Downhiller from aus

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007

Strengths:    frame but thats all i can say because its the only thing stock on mine

Weaknesses:    back disc some times rubs

Bottom Line:   
this bike is ****ing awsome i highly recomend buying one but DONT!!! leave it stock what ever you do i recomed doing what i did to a bruiser and use it for downhill

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   boyne downhill trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   GT chucker(GAY!!!) norco wolverine

Bike Setup:   nothing on this bike is stock i got fatty rise bars, earl headset, tora rock shox, jayco double wall disc rims, mechanical disck bakes, and ive also made it single speed

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by da shizit from edmonton

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2007

Strengths:    -good frame
-strong rims
-beefy tires
-apearance


Weaknesses:    -forks SUCK
-crank bends easy
-grips wear down fast
-forks
-forks


Bottom Line:   
A pretty good bike for beginners, can withstand a fair amount of jumps and drops. Forks like to crap out alot and crank cant withstand much force.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Bike Setup:   Holy roller rubber, 6' front and back avid mechanical discs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cj Smith a Downhiller from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2007

Strengths:    Strong frame, Good tires, Very strong stem and bars, Fairly good rims, and many other little things.

Weaknesses:    Fork, and Deraileurs.

Bottom Line:   
It's a good bike. Low price. With a few new parts it can be an amazing bike. I still ride mine after over 3 years and still love it.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Local Secret

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Remy Sport

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Opie, GT Chucker 2.0, Giant STP 2, Rocky Mountain Flow, Fuji Panic, etc.

Bike Setup:   Trek Bruiser, Drop Off Triple's, Hayes MX-2, Many other upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taylor from California

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2007

Strengths:    Strong frame ,bontrager big earl tires, good at climbing and jumping, very stable bike

Weaknesses:    Weak crank always strips out, stiff spinner edge fork, pretty heavy, v-brake, cheap shifters

Bottom Line:   
Pretty good bike, strong, great for jumping.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Freewheeler

Similar Products Used:   ironhorse warrior sc, haro v4, jamis dakar xc comp, Kona shred, intense uzzi

Bike Setup:   spinner edge fork, bontrager, v-brake

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taylor from California

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2007

Strengths:    Strong frame ,bontrager big earl tires, good at climbing and jumping, very stable bike

Weaknesses:    Weak crank always strips out, stiff spinner edge fork, pretty heavy, v-brake, cheap shifters

Bottom Line:   
Pretty good bike, strong, great for jumping.

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Freewheeler

Similar Products Used:   ironhorse warrior sc, haro v4, jamis dakar xc comp, Kona shred, intense uzzi

Bike Setup:   spinner edge fork, bontrager, v-brake

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jack from massaschusetts

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2007

Strengths:    everything almost

Weaknesses:    the forks barley absorb anything
the cranks creek and lossen every ride
putting new cranks and forks on tho


Bottom Line:   
its a good bike but u have to put some money into it

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   orchards

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   northampton bike

Similar Products Used:   trek 4300 kona downhill stinky


Bike Setup:   rear disc no front brakes dk bmx pedals

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by George a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2006

Strengths:    good frame, good disc brake(front only)alright forks

Weaknesses:    shifters broke while shifting
derailuers always skipped
rear v-brake sucked
crank arm always came loose and wobbled no matter what
seat clamp broke
rims dented


Bottom Line:   
don't buy this bike. I'm not even a hardcore rider and almost everything broke off it. I did not do stupid stuff either, just light trail and jumps. Bottomline:buy this bike if you wanna take it to the shop after every ride!

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by josh from notl, ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2006

Strengths:    Frame, bars i guess, seat post(seat), rims, grips

Weaknesses:    pretty much all components. Changed the forks to manitou black elite once the stock ones stopped working completely, changed brakes to avid juicy 3's, crankset, switched shifters to shimano x7,

Bottom Line:   
its a good thing they dont make this bike anymore. it BLEW!!! i was always running into probelms and having to put money into it. if i would have known this, i would have just put out a little more money into a better bike. the frame is alright and thats about it. other possitives mentioned are alright. i guess im just being nice. u get wut u pay for

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Bike Fit

Similar Products Used:   trek bruiser 2, giant STP

Bike Setup:   manitou black elite, avid juicy 3, holzfeller crankset, shimano x7 shifters, freeride tubes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by gshs agaa from new york

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2006

Strengths:    stem and grips

Weaknesses:    everything fork bottomed out of of a 2 foot jump and the cap on top shot off. handle bars are to short to freeride with needs longer bars derailers are bad rims are week

Bottom Line:   
this is like a ford explorer it is made to look it can do big things but it can't good it your going to ride around town mabye a 3 foot drop every now and then

Expand full review >>

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Berts Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Fisher bitter now


Reviews 1 - 15 (54 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


Can i use 170mm fork on Trek Bruiser 1 ?

or Specialized Hardrock .... both ~ 2007 modelRead More »

Tire clearance on a trek bruiser 1

What do you think is the widest tire that could be fit on a bruiser 1 frame and stock fork? 2.5? 2.6??Read More »

Opie or Bruiser 1

I'm trying to figure out which bike to buy, I want a strong bike that take rought stuff. and by that I mean go down long flights of stairs and also up and down curbs, and trails. I'm not gonna be attempting and 10' hucks or dirt jumping or anything of the sort. I want the bike I buy to have plenty ... Read More »

gary fisher opie or trek bruiser 1

what bike should i buy im on a budget and am looking a freeride bike i have lowered it down to the fisher opie or trek bruiser 1. please let me know what bike you think is better. opie $309 bruiser 1 $349 at local bike shop.Read More »

2005 Trek Bruiser 1? Good bike? Comparable to Giant STP3?

Okay i was pretty settled on the Hardrock sport, but then i came across this little number in the '05 previews at Trek's website. There seems to have not been bruisers in '04 but it was a model offered a few years ago. Mainly, it comes with more travel (a plus in my eyes as i want to do a bit of urb ... Read More »

Read More »



 

INTERBIKE

EUROBIKE





Interbike Featured Booths

Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!




















See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »

   

MTBR on Facebook