Strengths: It is smooth, rolls out fast and has a sweet feel. I have pleasure-riding bikes for more than seventy years. I bought this bike in a flea market for a friend, but sorry Tom, it is now my off-road ride, replacing another high-end mark which shall remain unnamed. My Trek.
Weaknesses: None observed.
Love this bike.
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2012
Strengths: Low price, RUGGED entry level bike. I have beaten this poor bike. I have been sent flying over the handlebars, and dumped this machine over logs. Absolutely nothing has failed. I asked for a good road and trail bike when I bought it, and that is exactly what I got. This bike has caused an addiction to trail riding.
Weaknesses: Lack of Disc Brakes, and ground clearance. I also switched out the rear gears. The difference between 1 granny gear and 2 was just too far for me. This wasn't a problem at first. I was only looking for a bike to hit the trails with a few times a year, and ended up doing it a few times a week. Shifting was also a bit clunky if shifting under power on steep climbs, but I learned when to do it to make things go more smoothly. Time to upgrade. Bike is great, I am just ready for more.
I bought this bike in attempt to get my blood pressure lowered without medication, and completed this goal within two months. I originally was going to stay mostly on rail trails, so this was the best option the salesperson gave me. I ended up hitting more intermediate off road singletrack than roads, and put a hurtin on this bike. It has held up just fine. This bike is perfect for someone not too sure if they want to get out there into the singletrack trails. I did it by accident. It will get you there without draining your wallet, and will get you to the store as well.
a Weekend Warrior
from pauline sc spartanburg
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2012
Strengths: This bike is great. I was nervous at first. I have a family with two small boys and did not or could not spend $1000 bucks on a bike I new nothing about. I did my homework online and hit some local shops. I was not having any luck until I went to Great Escape. I am pretty heavy was 230lbs when I got the bike and wanted to get back in shape . The trek 3500 is great I have lost 15lbs and I am now starting to hit some pretty big trails . I love this bike it has really change everything about me. If u are trying to get back in shap adn want a bike that will hold your eight this is the one and it want break your bank!!! Highly recomended !!!!!
This is a great bike will take a beaten and will handle the big trails too for 419 u can not go wrong great bike I love mine !!!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Central New Jersey
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2010
Strengths: Well built and stiff with a good suspension up front. Handles just fine and the fit is perfect for the average riders build. price is unbeatable at 395 list.
Weaknesses: Lack of fenders.
Hard to beat this bike for the value. Rides and handles as good as any of the bike I own and many of them are 10 times the price. All in all a great purchse for any rider but especially for the casual around town person.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 25, 2007
Strengths: Good strong entry level bike for the smaller kids, but I wouldn't recommend it to serious riders or people wanting to get into the sport. Good quality for everyone who's not into hard mountain biking but is willing to go off of the pavement.
Weaknesses: My freehub/cassette broke after a few months of using it, but I ended up getting a HiFi for my next bike. It shows you the step that I needed to take between bikes in the caliber of riding that I was doing.
A good bike for anyone who's willing to get into the sport, but needs to be replaced with a bike that has balls once you get into it. A really good bike for kids who ain't gonna go dirt jumping or punking up monuments downtown. Cheap!
a Weekend Warrior
from Carmel, IN, USA
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007
Strengths: got me off the couch and on the trails
Weaknesses: seat post, tires, weighs a ton, rear derailler
Hey, it was free. I have been pounding on this thing for a couple of years now, well over 1,500 miles on it. It weighs a ton and with no suspension that's saying something. Have had to replace the seat post, handlebars, brake pads. Upgraded the tires, seat, bars, brake pads. Shifter sucks -- probably the weakest component.
Town Run Trail is like a race track -- mostly smooth -- but the bumps on this thing are killer. I've rode my friend's Trek 3700 and if you're going to hit any bumps, I'd recommend spending a bit more for a front suspension bike.
Hey there, my name is Jen and I am completely new to all of this MB stuff. I have read tons of posts by other new people, and also skimmed through the guide for newbies, so I really only have this choice to make between two bikes.
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Does anyone know what year this bike is? Also, what is the headset size, as I wanted to put the fork from my 2002 Trek 4300 on it (Capa TL)?
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Buying new is most likely out of the question, I'm drawn to the Specialized Hardrock and Trek 3500/3700 after a few new bike test rides. I've been fitted to a 17" frame on 26 wheel and 15"/16" on a 29er. Seems like I can get used for $150-$300 which is right in my price range. I'm open to suggestio ... Read More »
How are you doing guys? Sorry I'm just new on mtb. I have a trek 3500 v brakes and I'd like to upgrade the forks. Here's the specs of my bike.[url=http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/3_series/3500/#/us/en/model/details?url=us/en/bikes/mountain/sport/3_series/3500]Trek Bicycle[/url]. ... Read More »
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 »