Trek Bruiser 2 Freeride Hardtail

4.37/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $630.00


Product Description

  • Frame: Alpha Aluminum
  • Front Suspension: Marzocchi MZ-Comp, 130mm
  • Wheels: Alloy disc hubs; alloy HD rims
  • Crankset: Bontrager Earl 32/22 w/bash guard
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scandinaviansystem a Downhiller 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..


Bottom Line:   
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!!

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Favorite Trail:   kalundborg skatepark

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   cykelperronen, slage

Similar Products Used:   some old "BH Top line"
trek 4300/6700/6900
trek bruiser 1
some random ghostframe..
random bikes random bikes! lol


Bike Setup:   bigger crowbar
v-brakes instead of frondisc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ref a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2007

Strengths:    every thing rims brakes forks frame seat.

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
the best bike ive ever had if ur a biker and want a good bike for a desent price here u go no matter what ur style is.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   doug and marions

Similar Products Used:   norco katmandu

Bike Setup:   hayes v8 rotors with mx2 calipers wellgo pedals bar ends and screww grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Jordon a Downhiller from centennial, CO,USA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    the frame is so strong, imean i hit a moving car at 15 mph and my bike dident have a scratch on it. It is a very lite frame and pedals good and great for a skatepark.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this is a great dirt jump bike for the price and is awsome for the skatepark, needs little maitmence, and runs like a dream

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Favorite Trail:   98 downhill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   treads

Similar Products Used:   specialized p2, kona chute, and the norco one 25

Bike Setup:   rock shox j1 front fork, e-thirteen bash gaurd, avid juicy disc brakes it is all costamized

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John McNally a Downhiller from Milford, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2007

Strengths:    Does not brack. Ever ever ever ever. light!

Weaknesses:    The forks i got with the factory bike were horrable but otherwise nothing is wrong with this bike.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a bike to do some crazy stuff, or If you go big and screw up this bike will handel anything you throw at it!

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Favorite Trail:   Mtn. Creek NJ

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Cycle corner in frenchtown NJ

Similar Products Used:   :Cannoadale Chase, Trek Jack 1,2,3, Transition trail or park.

Bike Setup:   Disk brackes, short stought handelbars, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by daniel roots a Racer from england

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007

Strengths:    frame, rims,seat,seat post

Weaknesses:    rear cassette,gear leavers(snapped after a week)

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   evans cycles

Similar Products Used:   trek jack pro, felt jump shot

Bike Setup:   dirt jumper two's, buzz bars,sram pg850, gold nitrate chain, magura hs33 on the back,magura marta sl disk on the front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ferg hk from delemere

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Strengths:    very strong frame it bomproof nice and basic so nothing can go wrong

Weaknesses:    if u buy it new u get awful stock parts

Bottom Line:   
this bike is amazing but if u are very good customise it like i did. i would reccomend this bike to you if had the cash to customise it into your style

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   mongoose fireball and ritual

Bike Setup:   dj2s single speed, hayesnine rear 8" hydraulic no front brake super fat cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by forest gump a Weekend Warrior from mp

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2006

Strengths:    the frame

Weaknesses:    the stock bars suckk,most of the bontrager parts suck,the deraileur is horrable,pretty much all the stock parts are bad, and the forkss

Bottom Line:   
the bike wasnt good wit stock parts but wit all my new parts its sweettt

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   canarys

Similar Products Used:   ccm

Bike Setup:   e.thirteen supercharger,dmr v8 pedals,holy roller rubber, axiom bars,hot pink oury grips,kona dj seat, dj 3, soon to be single speed, upgraded 8 inch discs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ferg a Downhiller from weverham chesire england

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2006

Strengths:    its AMAZIMG FOR DIRT I MADE MINE INTO A DIRT JUMPER
and a very good aluminum frame


Weaknesses:    non that i know of

Bottom Line:   
this bike rules

ferg

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geoff Jensen 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   B&L Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   '03 Specialized Big-Hit, 8" front & rear, race modified.

Bike Setup:   XT rear derailer, XTR 8spd shifters, Avid 1.0 brake levers, Thudbuster LT suspension seatpost, Avid Rollamajig.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Downhiller from J-Town USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2006

Strengths:    Light Frame, Great Fork, Nice Brakes.

Weaknesses:    Derailers are weak. Tires wear down fast. Front crank bent but was cheap to replace.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowbowl

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Rt. 15 Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose, Giant

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eugene Pitcher a Downhiller from st.johns N.L canada

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2006

Strengths:    very durable rims, very light and easyto throw around, also the stock bike its self can take a beating!

Weaknesses:    the bars suck and dont have enough rise, also the derailer is pretty crappy!

Bottom Line:   
over all the TREK bruiser 2 is a very good bike performance and looks wise

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Favorite Trail:   loose teeth

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   canarys cycle

Bike Setup:   raised bars and dropped seat fordirt jumping

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by honeytoast maple syrope a Weekend Warrior from nfld

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2006

Strengths:    yeti grips,pedals,tubes,bashguard,

Weaknesses:    bars suk,i dont like the chain, or the lizard skin

Bottom Line:   
i dunno man..this bike is pretty intense...buy it..its great..i like it...ya

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Favorite Trail:   my kitchen

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1001.00

Purchased At:   a store

Similar Products Used:   kona shred, cannondale chase 3, specialized hardrock sport. tech team,kona scrap, norco rival, and keiths bike

Bike Setup:   grips(yeti), dmr pedals, new tubes, new bashguard

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by honeytoast maple syrope a Weekend Warrior from nfld

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2006

Strengths:    yeti grips,pedals,tubes,bashguard,

Weaknesses:    bars suk,i dont like the chain, or the lizard skin

Bottom Line:   
i dunno man..this bike is pretty intense...buy it..its great..i like it...ya

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Favorite Trail:   my kitchen

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1001.00

Purchased At:   a store

Similar Products Used:   kona shred, cannondale chase 3, specialized hardrock sport. tech team,kona scrap, norco rival, and keiths bike

Bike Setup:   grips(yeti), dmr pedals, new tubes, new bashguard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wallace . from canada

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006

Strengths:    every thing

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
i like to fly ramps im pretty bad but i think people call me poser so i an getting a shred

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Favorite Trail:   my drive way

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2599.00

Purchased At:   mr c's bicycle shop

Similar Products Used:   crap on wheels,stunt bike

Bike Setup:   ..........

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven a Weekend Warrior from Victoria B.C Canada

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
great

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Favorite Trail:   Hartland & Whistler

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $829.00

Purchased At:   Fort Street Cycle

Similar Products Used:   stuff sasquatch

Bike Setup:   stock

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