Trek 820 Bike 1998 or Older

3.7/5 (27 Reviews)


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trek 820


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaxes88

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2012

Strengths:    good durability, good handling, decent components, built to last, priced well, availability

Weaknesses:    weight (if you're used to lighter bikes)

Bottom Line:   
I have a 1991 820 antelope and I love it. I use it for everything, mostly commuting with road slicks on it, but sometimes I put my knobbys on it and ride it on singletrack. It handles very predictably and precisely. As others have stated if you get an older model with rigid forks don't expect to be clearing massive jumps on it anytime soon but you will definitely like it. Mine has shimano 200gs components and they still work pretty good. Overall it's a great old bike that you can find on craigslist for pretty cheap (mine was $50 with brand new armadillo street slick tires on it), I would definitely recommend it!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Phil Jones a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

Strengths:    Solid frame, ok geometry, rudimentary but functional Shimano drivetrain, tektro rim brake isn't too flexy, tires are good on pavement and hardpack. THE G.D PRICE! LIFETIME WARRANTY ON FRAME, 5 YEAR WARRANTY ON BONTRAGER PARTS... beat that Walmart.

Weaknesses:    Obviously it's heavy... it's steel, the Tires only half work offroad, The Suntour fork is pretty useless at anything other than absorbing potholes.

Bottom Line:   
This is an inexpensive ride with inexpensive parts. Functionally it works fine, but having said that don't ever expect it to shift under load, it won't stop on a dime when you pull on the brakes, and you'll probably need to true the wheels often if you ride it in the trails much.
The Shifters, derailleur and cassette being matching Shimano really helps the cause...
THIS BIKES IS A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN A DEPARTMENT STORE BIKE (despite the fact it's no featherweight).

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Favorite Trail:   Rockwood Park, Saint John, NB

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $399.00

Similar Products Used:   I'm a bike mechanic...

Bike Setup:   Factory standard Shimano Tourney 21 speed. All Bontrager parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bedge a Weekend Warrior from Bahrain

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2010

Strengths:    Sturdy,great all terrian tires. Ride it daily back and forth to work, smooth ride and rugged.

Weaknesses:    Nothing really, great bike for the price!

Bottom Line:   
Holding up well in the heat and dust/sand! Keep it clean and lubed and you'll have no problems!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Trek Bahrain

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryhan307 a Racer from Pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    Good jumping bike, easy to menuever

Weaknesses:    dont have any yet

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike for teens and young adults

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   In Gear Bicycles

Bike Setup:   RockShox Boxxer race, Maxxis High Roller, Mavic wheels, Kona jumping bars, e-thirteen 2-speed+sram x-9 crank, shimano xtr shifters

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by johnnyb9385 a Weekend Warrior from Chadds Ford, PA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010

Weaknesses:    the deraiuller!! I have had some serious headaches with this thing.

Bottom Line:   
IF you want to actually take your bike off the asphalt, I would not suggest this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Scott Aspect 60

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by itisincredible a Weekend Warrior from anchorage, AK US

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2010

Strengths:    tough and solid. excellent commuter. takes a beating.

Weaknesses:    -front derailleur,
-yes, it is heavy, but nothing i can't deal with
-not much travel in the front shock.


Bottom Line:   
a great bike for the price. almost every review i have read about this bike has remarked on the weight, but that's the price you pay for it's durability. it's a low maintenance bike that i will use for a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   coastal trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Northern Lights Bicy

Similar Products Used:   specialized hardrock.

Bike Setup:   rear rack for commuting, ergo handgrips, nimbus armadillo tires, the rest is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cadence2003 a Weekend Warrior from Pompano Beach Florida

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    Quality construction. Rides very nice. Awesome beginner bike.

Weaknesses:    A little heavy. Shocks need more travel.

Bottom Line:   
very nice bike for the price. nice beginners bike. perfect for weekend warriors that also ride on asphalt. This is our second one. I purchased the first one 2 years ago for my wife and i just bought myself one.

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Favorite Trail:   Belleview-Santos Trailhead

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   B&J's

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by A person a Weekend Warrior from Chicago,illinois,usa

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2009

Strengths:    Very fast, durable, is an awesome bike, great on and off road

Weaknesses:    No shocks(mine is a 1987 model)

Bottom Line:   
A very good bike I can't ask for anything more!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Lake michigan bike trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Unknown

Similar Products Used:   Magna great divide mountaine bike, redline 360 bmx


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by woodman a Weekend Warrior from Bellflower, California, United States

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009

Strengths:    Great bike, have had no major problems keeps on going and going. ride it every monday and thursday cant complain. jumps ok and handles alright.

Weaknesses:    heavy, and needs a better front shock.

Bottom Line:   
if u want to get a mountain bike for a good price and that will last you the 820 is perfect. its durable strong and awesome. the best hardtail i bought for 300 dollars.

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Favorite Trail:   fullerton loop, lahabra heights

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bellflower Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   jamis parker 1, gary fisher

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rrhys79 a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, iL

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2009

Strengths:    Durable and built like a tank. Been riding this thing since 95, and besides getting a few flats and a tuneup, this bike has lasted for 14 years.

Weaknesses:    HEAVY!! Gears take some time to shift, but it eventually switches. Had a recall of all 820 bikes around 97, since some break part was found to be damaged, but I took it to a bike shop and they fixed it asap.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for someone who is not picky about the best parts. I like this bike for riding in trails and on roads. Put in at least 400-500 miles since purchasing in 95. Even if this bike does weigh a ton, I am the type of person who is not willing to spend another 600-700 dollars for another bike when this one still works after all these years. Would recommend getting a tune up or check from a good bike maintenance shop to avoid any defective parts before riding.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Bike store

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bob Dole a Weekend Warrior from USA

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2009

Strengths:    I got this bike when i was 11 years old (13 years ago). Excellent bike, super strong, not too heavy (it's not light though). I used it originally as my single mode of transportation as an 11 year old. Ramped it around as a small kid. later i used it for several very hardcore trail rides where my 160lb body (this is when i was a bit smaller ;) ) would be leaping over small logs and ramps and what not. in college i used it again a commuter with no oiling/greasing. thing just kept on going. i also used it on several very muddy trails in the rain and I did manage to kill my OEM back Wheel assembly (after 11 years of operation) and my grip shifter passed away about the same time (the bike was totally submerged in mud in several occasions for this to happen).

Weaknesses:    None.
though my brother, an ex-bmx freestyle rider, tried to pogo on the front wheel and bent the OEM aluminum rim... but i think that was his fault and not treks - seeing as the bike was being used in way it wasn't designed for.


Bottom Line:   
If you're not going to go riding every weekend and you just want a bike that'll last - buy this. this was an awesome bike for to grow up with as it worked as an 11 year old and it works as a 6'2 200lb adult. I don't go easy on this bike and enjoys the beating. if i get a bit more serious i'll likely buy a new Trek 820 as mine is a bit weathered and old now as it's nearing 15 years old. this would be a great beginners bike and i think i'd do great as lightly experienced riders bike too. again, if you're a pro (or think you are) get something that's lighter and that costs two or three times as much.

I would like an aluminum frame and disc brake option

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Favorite Trail:   anything dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   Cahaba Cycles

Similar Products Used:   wal-mart bikes..

Bike Setup:   i put some shocks on it that i bought from a salvaged Specialized. the shocks don't fit perfectly yet the frame hasn't cracked yet.. so it's still good. I've got through about 1,000 new tubes (i'm still on OEM tires), a bike rack, it had a computer which died (not OEM), Duct tape on seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX, US

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2009

Strengths:    Solid piece of mean machinery. It's tough. Liked the way it carves a turn, i.e., like skiis. Looks well made for the low-end priced range of Treks. Lots of details such as different sized steel tubes designed for stress that add up to a discerning buyer.

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side, but we're mountain biking, right? It's the quality of the trail and fun time in the outdoors that really matters to me. Distance and endurance are for high-performance and competitive riders who will likely pass on this one.

Bottom Line:   
Fair price. Very stable and smooth. Wants to go. Will last for years to come.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dry dirt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Bike Barn, Clear Lak

Similar Products Used:   Specialized road.

Bike Setup:   Factory setup.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cynedd a Weekend Warrior from Columbus, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2008

Strengths:    This bicycle is indestructible! It is good for on and off-road use. If you are an urban dweller, like myself, who does the bus and bicycle combination but also wants a bicycle that is versatile enough to take on a trail I'd say you will like the 820.

Weaknesses:    It is sorta heavy (but I don't care). The original saddle was exceptionally uncomfortable so I bought a different one.

Bottom Line:   
I bought my 820 new in 1990-something and. while I have a couple other bicycles, I still favour my intrepid TREK 820. Yes, it is more heavy than some might like but it has withstood the streets of Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ft. Collins, Columbus, NYC and other destinations.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to say!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Assenmacher Cycle in

Similar Products Used:   I have a Raleigh, Mongoose and a Schwinn.


Bike Setup:   The cycle shop originally set it up to my preferences.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by m40shumunu a Weekend Warrior from country

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2008

Strengths:    its frame strong but heavy

Weaknesses:    everthing

Bottom Line:   
get the raleigh m40 its 1000000000000000000times better

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Favorite Trail:   gateway

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eriks


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by somebiker a Weekend Warrior from chicago

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2008

Strengths:    price

Weaknesses:    Heavy!!! boat anchor.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is very heavy! The frame is overbuilt with cheap steel. I've owned an old schwinn (made in usa) mt bike made of chromoly steel and it was very light. People who say this bike is lightweight are lying or have never handled it. There is no bike worth a damn below $700 these days.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   bikes in $500+ range.


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