Weekend warrior seeks multi-purpose machine for mountain and town. Needs a capable, confident machine for legitimate trails. Wants to cruise around town, too, but still maintain mountain biker identity.
Frame: Alpha Black Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, formed down tube w/integrated gusset, formed top tube, monostay seatstay, forged dropouts w/rack & fender mounts, replaceable derailleur hanger
Front Suspension: SR Suntour XCM-HLO w/coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 100mm travel
Since i purchased this bike nothing has gone wrong and it is perfect!!
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2013
Strengths: This is a great entry level bike that you can ride easily and not break your wallet. I raced BMX for a number of years so I consider myself to be an advanced rider. The bike can take everything I throw at it and wants more. It is not the lightest or the most advanced but if you want to ride and dont want to spend big $$$$ than this is the bike for you. No complaints at all.
Weaknesses: Lower end components but good value for what you pay for.
Overall great bike for all that want a good solid bike with an affordable price.
Weaknesses: Heavy, Bontrager rims did not stay true
I bought this bike about 4 years ago because I got a great deal on it and was looking to replace a 2001 Haro that I was on. Over that time I replaced the rims, breaks, pedals, tires and cabling.
Overall for an entry level bike this is a good one that I have put many of miles on from straight XC, technical rock gardens and even about a dozen adventure races. It has been a good bike and I have no regrets.
It is heavy for a 26er but it has held up well through several uh-oh's along the way. Surprisingly the Dart 3 front fork on mine has never given me any problems and still works well. I have just ordered a Ti 29er as I have stuck to the racing and need a faster bike but will keep this one as a tight turner when the trails require it.
Weaknesses: Hard seat, but we all know we can change that.
Great for a starter racing bike. Its a tank.
from ringwood,nj usa
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2011
Strengths: comfortable simple looks amazing
Weaknesses: heavy and has a terrible fork on it
i got this bike as a christmas present to see if i liked racing so i raced 4 races in the beginner category and the bike rides amazingly for something so heavy and i was able to win state champs on this bike. i recently bought an 06 hifi deluxe but im keeping this one as a back up and for those smooth races. Make sure you change the fork though. even if it is something as simple as what i put on it is better than stock it is supposed to have a 100mm but on the lightest setting on the big hits it only gives about 50mm. all in all it is a great bike for the price and remember to change the cables regularly and it will shift a lot better than normal. I recommend this bike to the entry level racer but if you go further either upgrade or do an annual overhaul and regular tune ups.
Strengths: The Frame. it's not a bike, it's a tank. in a good way. bought the 2012 green/black version, and this frame just takes on anything. rock solid, very comfortable. the suntour XCM fork is nice. it's not a "high end" fork ofcourse, but it does it's job quite good. especially for the money.
the Hydraulic discs which came with the bike are more than enough anyone in an entry level needs. i actually wanted to settle for less (V-braking) since it appears thier far too advanced for me, but came to like them Very fast.
Weaknesses: sattle which is hard, and Stock Tires that don't grip a lot. thier mainly for "off roads" but not really for "trails" where you need massive grips on rocks.
I'm very pleased with this bike. besides the neglectable fact that they look good, i fell with them couple of times, and nothing happend to the bike. most of the stock products that came with the bike are WAY more advanced that any "entry biker" like me actually needs, so it's a bike you can actually "grow on" and advance with.
i searched forums around the world for about 2.5 weeks before purchasing them, almost bought the trek 4300, but after seeing bad reviews about thier fork, decided i'll pay a little extra, (but will get a lot more)
the rear doere shifters in the back shifts smoothly and nicely, and the ACREA on the front, which is "less quality" is enough since you don't really use a lot of front gear changing.
A very high quality bike for entry level, from a good american company, you really don't need more than this for an entry level, in my opinion.
Similar Products Used: none, this is my first entry bike.
Bike Setup: The bontrager evoke 1 sattle was too hard for me. after seeing this comment a lot, i felt it myself. for XC it's good, but for 1~ hours and more of fun riding down the area you live in "for sports" it's quite hard for my liking. i'll replace it
a Weekend Warrior
from long island, ny
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2011
Strengths: good geometry, disc brakes, remote lockout, comfortable, good gearing, handles great
Weaknesses: Shocks, weight, reliability
I got the new 2012 4500D about a week ago. Its super comfortable and looks sick. I got the black,white and green. Disc brakes are a nice step up from my old GT pantera. I cant say that the bike is reliable. Within the first hour of riding it, the shocks blew(riding street). The shop gave me new shocks no problem. The next day I take it on some light trials and the shock blows again within an hour. Once again I'm without a bike for a week. Sick bike but shocks are garbage. I just hope the rest of the bike holds up like people says it does.
a Weekend Warrior
from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2011
Strengths: Best built bike available. A perfect frame. Amazing disc brakes and all shimano components.
Weaknesses: Seat is a bit hard but not that bad.
After over 15 years away from the sport. I decided that it was time to go big or go home. I shopped around for 4-5 weeks and test drove alot of bikes. I was looking for a well built mid-level bike. I tried the 2011 TREK 4500D and that was it. A pure fast rolling, light, great looking, well priced bike with an amazing warranty. I changed the tires and this bike is perfection. I got stopped a few times the first time out by other bikers that wanted to see what I was riding. 2011 was the year that TREK decided that they were going all out on the components. I didnt feel as if I was losing out and didnt see any component that needed to be changed at purchase. The seat is a bit hard but when you're in the trails, its so fast that you dont really get to use it that much. I find myself going out more and more and cant wait for the next ride. PERFECTION.
Similar Products Used: TREK 4300D, GIANT YUKON, TREK 6000
Bike Setup: Full shimano components come standard on the frame. I had the store swap the stock Bontrager XR Jones out for Kenda Small Block 8's.
a Weekend Warrior
from flagstaff, az
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2009
Strengths: solid frame though a bit heavy, rear disc brakes.
Weaknesses: tires, front fork, chain, front pull brakes.
The review by einlanzer on Dec 08 2007 (13 months ago) is right on but I would reccomend replacing the fork especially if you weight over 180lbs. Also, the tires are crap and I would replace them with a pair of expensive Bontrager Jones XR Tubeless Ready $46.99 per tire. Don;t forget the Green Slime. I live in Flagstaff and the pine needles are hell on tires so I always "slime" my tires. Nothing worse than being out on the trail miles from anywhere and having a flat. The 4500 is excellent first bike to build on but udgrading is essential for the long haul.