Trek 3500 Disc XC Hardtail

4/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $459.99

Product Description

Hit the trails or own the streets on a bike that’s meant for you. Front suspension, knobby tires… the trail awaits.
  • Frame: Alpha Silver Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, bi-axial down tube, disc compatible dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger
  • Front suspension: SR Suntour XCT w/coil spring & preload, 80mm travel
  • Wheels: Formula DC20 alloy front hub, DC25 alloy rear hub; Bontrager 550 36-hole rims w/brushed sidewalls
  • Shifters: Shimano EF51, 7 speed

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

Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven Loesch a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2012

Strengths:    Basic parts seem to be good quality. Not a lot of dough for a quality, reliable ride.

Weaknesses:    Minor parts that come with this bike are cheap - not surprising given the low cost to begin with. Easily rectified over the first two or three months of ownership.

Bottom Line:   
As the other review mentions, some parts could be better. After I upgraded the grips, pedals, and tires, I was pretty satisfied. The frame, rims, and drivetrain components aren't the best, but they are more than adequate for someone getting into the sport and who doesn't want to drop a grand or more on their first bike. Forks aren't bad, though obviously they are not the cream of the crop. I have owned this bike for five months, and for the first three I kept mainly to the street as I was not in shape to hit the trails. Now that I have built up my endurance, the trails are fun on this bike. I do not find myself wishing I had spent more money on a bettter bike, this one feels solid beneath me either rambling downhill or climbing. Of course, this bike is a bit on the heavy side, but anything less than $1k will be in this same weight category. Overall a good value to begin with.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   DORBA at Cedar Hill State Park, TX

Duration Product Used:   5 months

Price Paid:    $439.00

Purchased At:   Fort Worth Cycling

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Sierra - 1993. Was obviously in much better shape then!

Bike Setup:   Replaced the tires with Kenda Small Block Eights for the street - these are much faster than the LT3s that came on it. Will be upgrading these to a better trail tire soon. Also changed the grips to the Ergon GP5s - I like the big bar ends for riding the street (used to ride road bike with aerobars). I upgraded the pedals when I bought it to metal platforms with toe clips.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2012

Strengths:    good buy for the price, sturdy construction, comfortable ride.

Weaknesses:    grips are a bit uncomfortable on longer rides, plastic pedals seem a bit on the cheap side, saddle becomes uncomfortable with longer rides

Bottom Line:   
I took this bike out for a nice long ride over dirt trails, road and a few inclines, it did pretty good, comfortable ride however after a while my palms began to hurt from the grips I will definitely change them out soon. Bike rides pretty smooth, for longer rides I would recommend changing out the saddle it can become a bit uncomfortable and the pedals are another component that I will change. I like the feel of the gears they shift very well going up inclines and I will able to speed up the hills pretty good, overall this is a good bike for the price will be even better with a few minor upgrades.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bike Garage

Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

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

Buying a bike, complete newbie! Trek 3500 Disc?

Hi guys! Well i'm looking to getting a bike here to ride back and forth to work about 4 miles each way, and hopefully to get me into the cycling spirit. I haven't ridden a bike probably in 10 years but after visiting my LBS I think i'm going to pick up the Trek 3500 Disc, which I hear is better bec ... Read More »

Trek 3500 disc My SS Conversion

Here is my SS so far, add any comments! [ATTACH]752663[/ATTACH]Read More »

my trek 3500 disc/forks and component upgrades

Finally, I have 5 posts so can create this thread. my wife and I just got bikes. We both got entry levels for now. Mine is a trek 3500 Disc. I got it because out of all the bikes in my price range (400.00) it had disc brakes. I already know it is considered a pos, so dont need to be told how i s ... Read More »

New Trek 3500 Disc or Used Trek 4500 Disc

I am new to bikes and this forum. I did have a mid 90's Trek 830 in college but it was just to use for class. I still have it but it needs too many repairs from sitting for so long. I recently found out I have type 2 diabetes and stand a good chance with weight loss and exercise I can stay ... Read More »

First Bike: Trek 3500 disc vs Trek 3700 disc

(I didn't see this thread option) So I thought I knew what biked I was going to get. I wasn't looking to spend crazy money and I'm not doing any trails that are that insane. With that said it came down to the Trek 3500 disc. What I noticed was that the 3700 disc is $40 more. Can someone please ex ... Read More »

Read More »



Tour De France


MTBR on Facebook