Strengths: I like my Trek Antelope 800. It was bought in 1991 and now it's 2012. The bike frame is tough and many people who know about bikes have all commented on the excellent welding job and how it's not visible.
My bike has endured a house fire and all the rubber and plastic pieces had to be replaced. I live in Montreal Canada and i ride all year round, summer and winter.
In 1991, the store was saying the bike usually sells for $800. but we bought two because they were having a sale and were selling each bike for half price at $400.
This bike has been to hell and back.
I wore out the derailleur and front crank twice. I am on my third chain. I wore out the hand grips twice. Both wheels had to be replaced because the bearings were finished and the wheels got warped after years of hard riding. I bought higher handle bars because i dislike the high-seat low-handle bars idea.
I put fenders on the bike and a rack in the back for saddle-bag and i use it for shopping and everything.
Weaknesses: The only weakness i can think off were the forks that had to be changed once.
What had happened is i saw a cute woman and i was not looking where i was riding and a i hit a car bumper waiting at a red light. I wasn't going fast at all but the result was that my front tire was touching the frame after the hit. Another time, the goose neck cracked inside. But these two incidents happened only after i had the bike for year and years. The gear changer for the crack side of the gears just recently lost it's 1 2 3 dial, but the gears still change alright.
The bike is much lighter than most CCM and Supercycle bikes.
Great bike for 1991.I am sure there are better bike nowadays but i see the welding is very noticeable on most bikes i look at these days.
a Weekend Warrior
from Round Lake, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011
Strengths: Strong Frame, Good Quality Components, Nimble Handling
Weaknesses: No Suspension
I bought this bike in 1997 and got a discount off of the MSRP. I rode the S?$# out of this bike on the forest preserve trails for 5 years, and then stored it for 8 in my unheated garage. When I pulled it out to start getting some exersise again, all it needed was a good cleaning, air in the tires, and some minor adjustments. Wanted a suspension bike since I am getting older (50) and picked up a 1997 Y5 cheap. Gave the 800 Sport to my sister and she is still riding it.
Bike Setup: two stroke, frnt wheel drive 1kW brushed dc, eventually four stroke kit.
a Weekend Warrior
from Des Moines, IA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2010
Strengths: Great solid well built bike. Quality components ie Shimano derailers and gear sets.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy. Tire noise on the street (that's a mountain bike)
I bought this bike new in 98". The first thing I did was swapped out the front forks for a ROCKS SHOX and a Schwinn head clamp (to make it work) and narrower bar. If I remember correctly it all came out an inch forward and an inch lower. I had no problems commuting up very steep long hills or playing around on novice single tracks or 20 mile jaunts with the mud tires howling the whole way. Fast forward 8-9 years after a couple kids, and letting the bike set out in a barn for most of a decade, took the bike in for lube and service and installed some slicks (not sure the brand) I am very excited to ride this thing with road tires. All cleaned up this thing still looks in fact brand new!
Anyone who wants to buy the JEEP of bikes should seriously look at the TREK800. Only bike I will ever have to buy.
Similar Products Used: BMX bikes. Wifes Schwinn (really smooth), TREK 8300 (?) friends bike, lighter and more expensive
Bike Setup: Rocks Shox front suspension, reduced bar width (not sure maybe -1 or 2in)
a Weekend Warrior
from Brooklyn NY
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2010
Strengths: I had my trek antelope 800 since 1993 and it still rides great! It holds up well in all types of weather.I had the bike for 17 years and the frame is still solid!Make sure you maintain the bike and it will last for ever...
Weaknesses: The trek antelope 800 has 21 speeds, wish it had more!!
If you want to get your money worth on a bicycle get the trek antelope 800
Not sure if Trek still makes this model
Bike Setup: New tires, continental 26*1.6 sport contact.Front rear fender, rear rack,front rear lights,shimano shifters,new seat,chain and brake pads
a Cross Country Rider
from Gillette Wyoming USA
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2010
Strengths: Good and strong I have wrecked off a 10 foot cliff I picked it up and rode away with only minor scraches of the paint the weight is a part I like also I like a little weight when I'm riding it makes the bike more stable
Weaknesses: None that I have found
It is a great bike sturdy enough to fall 10 feet and nimble enough to go on tight and windy trales I normaly ride dirt bikes and I love doing that but I needed a good way to have fun with friends and famly I love my bike if ur just starting to ride mountain bikes this is the best bike for it's price level. Don't buy it if u don't have a good back because it dosent have front shocks
a Weekend Warrior
from Plover, WI, USA
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Strengths: Solid - Simple - Sturdy - Stupendous!
Weaknesses: Front suspension would be nice. Handlebars should extend higher. Could use a larger main sprocket (3rd).
Had for 14-15 years! I've replaced tubes, tires, and brake pads. That's it! I've given it a lube job 3 times. Performs flawlessly. I will replace the fork/yoke bearings this year though, they have finally worn out. It is faster than the other 3 "good" bikes we have, but high gear is not high enough. It's perfect for flat road with no wind, but if there is a tail wind or a downgrade, I can't pedal fast enough. I do miss the speed of my old schwinn road bike (1982), but for the second bike i've ever owned, I won't complain. I would really like a sprung fork... I'm going to see if I can fit one. If I can, I'll keep it another 15 years. And maybe 15 more after that.
Weaknesses: I'm a big guy(6' 230lbs) and the seat seems small. Plastic pedals, small pedals.
It has been a long time since I rode or owned a bicycle, but I am glad that this is the bike that I came back to. This bike was given to me by my fiance, it was gifted to her by an ex bf. She told me it was gifted to her 5 years and was sitting in her parents basement for 3 years.
After I got the bike into my garage I changed the inner tubes and sprayed some chain lube on the sprockets, chain and gear changing mechanisms.
The bike has since performed flawless, I can not stay off of it. I own an 09 mustang gt and this bike is a nice change of pace.
It handles the road and is VERY fast on the asphault, if i had to estimate I would say in gear 21 that my top speed is 25mph. On a gravel path at the park near my house the bike handles great.
The gear range is amazing, until this point in my life I have only rode on mountain bikes from chain stores like wal-mart and such. This is the finest bi cycle machine that I have been on. In gear 1 the torque that is applied is amazing. Since the bike sat for so long I was worried that the tires and brake pads would be dry rotted and not perform properly. Aside from a little bit of noise when applying the brakes, everything works exceptionally.
My only concern is that since the rims seem to be relatively narrow(1.95"), I only hope that they can hold up to actual use on rough terrain and mild jumps. In my youth, when I was about 60lbs lighter I destroyed more than a couple of rims on my cheaper bikes. I am going out tonight with my buddy who has a mongoose mountain bike, I'm sure we will swap rides a little and see how they compare.
a Weekend Warrior
from Leavenworth, Kansas USA
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2009
Strengths: This bike is solid, very well built. Every original part of the bike is still on it (except for the tubes). 21 speed, lots to choose from.
Weaknesses: Uncomfortable Seat, I wish the handlebars extended a little further forward.
Back when I was in boy scouts I got this bike for a 350+ mile bike ride across Iowa (Nauvoo, IL to Omaha, NB). The trip would have been easier on a road bike, but I chose a mountain bike because I knew I'd get more use and have more fun with one. The trip went fine, I kept up with everyone else on their road bikes with ease. This bike didn't have a single problem the entire trip. I greased it up, kept the tires at full pressure and road the heck out of it. I've sense done a mixture of off and on road biking, nothing as extensive as the 350+ mile bike ride, but I'm currently condition for my second century (hundred mile ride). The gears and brakes have needed some adjustments to stay ship shape, I've done it all myself. I've gone through a few tubes. Most punctures came from changing the tires from road to off-road and not while riding (stupid pinch). The gears sometimes act a little funny now and then, but nothing too bad, the brakes are still solid.
All in all, if you are looking for an inexpensive mountain bike that is also quite capable on the road, there is no better bike than a Trek 800. I bought my wife a 820 with front suspension (wish mine had that...), she loves it. We just put hybrid tires on her bike along with some lights and a water bottle holder. It looks cool, and I'm hoping it'll be as sturdy as my 800.
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Barbara
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009
Strengths: Durability and value
Weaknesses: Somewhat heavy compared to today's bikes
I bought a Trek 800 for my birthday in October 1988 and have riddden it regularly since primarily to commute to work (8 mile roundtrip), run errands around town and for exercise. I loved this bike - solid, easy to ride, tough -had the chain replaced once but no other components. A week ago I brought it into the shop where I purchased it (Open Air Bicycles in Santa Barbara, CA) for a tune-up and learned the frame was cracked! After a brief grieving, I learned that the shop and Trek had a lifetime guarantee on the frame and did Trek ever step up to the plate. They didn't just replace the frame, they gave me a brand new Trek 820! Way big kudos to Open Air, Trek and the Trek rep, Jim Anderson. I am a Trekker for life!
a Weekend Warrior
from Huntsville AL usa
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2009
Strengths: Strong frame, durable
Weaknesses: Suspension would be nice
I bought my Trek Mountain Track 800 brand new in 1996 from a bike shop. I bought the Trek trip computer at the same time and had the shop put it on and calibrate it. No joke, I still ride this bike regularly and have well over 12,000 (yes, that's TWELVE THOUSAND) miles on it according to the trip computer. I've checked it against two different car odometers and it's pretty darn accurate. As far as maintenance, just the normal wear & tear items: I've replaced tires & tubes several times, brakes twice, pedals twice, and both wheels once (just wore them slap out). Still on the original chain, deralleurs, shifters, cables, etc. I bought my wife and daughter Trek MT800's a year or two after I bought mine, and they are still trekking along just fine. For the record I don't do a lot of off-road trail riding, probably 85% is on streets and sidewalks for a good cardio workout. I used to run a lot but developed back and knee problems, so my doctor suggested biking as an alternative and the rest as they say is history. Yeah, I'd buy another one if this one ever wears out.