from kalundborg, denmark
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2008
Strengths: easy to adjust to personal needs..
all parts(besides the tank-frame) are grinded after constant use for 2½ years, after that you can customize the bike as you want and still keep the respect for the brainacs at trek.(wich is where i am with the bike right now)
Weaknesses: the aliviogear is a bit hard to sprayclean compared to the scram gear´s...
the fork is a big dull compared to the bike but its great in a skatepark(where i ride mostly)
last but NOT LEAST!!!
THIS IS A WARNING!!! YOU BRAKE YOUR BODY ON THIS BIKE!!!! YOUR GETTING DESTROYED!!
when i ride it i know that this bike can deal with anything logic on a trail.. but the human body cant, i have a list of damages for further readin..
used this bike ALOT!!
my thumb cant bend, my right knee hurts when its cold, my elbows have eyes but, my shoulder is getting better, it dosent click anymore! :)
there is a reason for why this bike is called bruiser, no safety atall, compared to what the bike can handle..
if you ever get a frame to this bike, BUY IT!!
the alivio gears from shimano could be better but its cheap to repair or even upgrade..
rest of the bike is awesome!!
Similar Products Used: :Cannoadale Chase, Trek Jack 1,2,3, Transition trail or park.
Bike Setup: Disk brackes, short stought handelbars, etc.
Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007
Strengths: frame, rims,seat,seat post
Weaknesses: rear cassette,gear leavers(snapped after a week)
its a brilliant bike if your prepared to spend money on it all the time. your stuffed if you want to respray the bike in original colours due to scratches because they dont make matte navy blue anymore you have to mix it your self.
a Weekend Warrior
from Pullman, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2006
Strengths: Inexpensive! Lightweight, long travel (close to 5"), excellent brakes (8"front disc 6" rear), solid frame, very quick bike, some very good componentry, good maneuverability.
Weaknesses: A bit noisy, very low top speed (but it gets up to the top speed very quickly), almost a bit too squirrely at top speed.
Wow, this bike is a STEAL at this price. The specs say it has 125mm travel, to be realistic I would say it has at MOST 120mm (which is still a lot).
I would reccomend this bike to ANYone looking to get into trials, jumping, or freeride/downhill. The brakes are EXCELLENT, they work as well as my old Hayes Nine hydros.
After a few weeks of riding the cranks began creaking something awful. Took it back in and had them tightened up, haven't had a problem since.
The front brake is giving me grief, it won't stay centered and rubs quite often. We had to hone in the screw holes o nthe front fork to get it to sit right, and it still isn't quite right.
Derailers are cheap, and I don't like the feel of the shifters. Plus, the shifters can only shift up 3 gears at a time, versus my XTR's which can shift up 4 at a time. But all in all, performs better than expected at this price range.
I personally don't like the feel of this bike. It is just a wee bit too squirrely at top speed. However, this is not the fault of Trek or the bike's geometry, it is my personal taste. My first two bikes were Gary Fisher Genesis Geometry, which I learned all of my balance points and riding techniques on. Thus, this bike has more standard geometry and I am not used to it. I have gone back to the Fisher Geometry and am selling this bike, only due to personal taste. If I wasn't spoiled rotten by Genesis, I would be riding this bike every day.
Highly reccomended buy, especially if you're just getting into the more extreme riding styles.
Weaknesses: Derailers are weak. Tires wear down fast. Front crank bent but was cheap to replace.
Awsome bike. I've beat the s#!t out of it both jumping and riding DH. Stood up to it all with only the crank being damaged and the derailer comming out of whack. Both fixed easily. Great Bike for the buy.
hey guys im new to the forum, was looking for a place for this post, I am stripping down this bike and building it with all new components, i already have a shimano saint for the rear caliper, and a shimano xt for the front. i havent decided yet whether or not I can go 10 speed in the rear, but i do ... Read More »
Is the bruiser more of a dj or can it be a decent xc bike? I found a good deal on a used one but from the pics it looks more dj or dh ish. I plan on trail riding mostly, some technical rocky stuff. I was looking at a trek 4500 and found the bruiser,, these are both the same $ and about the same c ... Read More »
Hi I am thinking about getting a Trek Bruiser 2. i am 5 foot 5" and about 130lbs. What size frame should I get. I was also wondering if it could handle our local freeride park. There are some ladders and drops and stuff and I want to go there but I want to make sure my bike can handle it. Here ... Read More »
I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2005 Trek Bruiser series. Unfortunatley my budget will only allow me to purchase a bike within the 500-600 range, so i am opting for the bruiser 2.
It looks frickin awesome with disc brakes (BRAKESET: Hayes MX, mechanical disc, 8" front rotor, 6" rear), ... Read More »
The Trek Bruiser 2 seems not very well known - anyone familiar with it? To my knowledge it wasn't available in 2004, and a new model is coming out in 2005,
See 2005 specs here: [url]http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2005/mountain/bruiser2.jsp[/url]
It comes with a MZ Comp 130mm fork, mechanical dis ... Read More »