Trek Y-Glide Bike 1998 or Older

4.61/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $1299.00


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Trek Y-Glide


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cleo of sacramento a Weekend Warrior from sacramento, ca

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2010

Strengths:    very light but strong bike, nice handling.

Weaknesses:    less possibility for upgrade to disc brakes, but who needs disc brakes if you are just having fun on trails and nothing extreme.

Bottom Line:   
very nice bike from a very nice person that shares their blessings.

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Favorite Trail:   sac trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   gene of orangevale,

Similar Products Used:   mongoose xr200

Bike Setup:   rock shocks judy forks, vanilla fox rear shocks, y-glide frame, shimano deore lx

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from Colfax, Wisconsin, USA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2007

Strengths:    Plush to ride. Not horribly heavy, can be ridden on trails with some hills (If I raced it at 12 then you can ride it too) Very reliable, I have taken some good endos and ditched the bike during tricks and nothing has broken.

Weaknesses:    It bobs but that is to be expected, not really a fan of the style anymore, mine came before disc brakes, bottom brackets are easy to bust if you rely on bashguards

Bottom Line:   
Its obviously not designed to be a XC bike so don't use it as one! If you want to do some downhilling then this is a good starter. It can be found somewhat cheap now. the front fork is nice and plush and overall the bike is very fun to ride and it seems bulletproof for the most part. I wouldn't trust it taking it off dropoffs higher than 7 feet though

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $850.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by C.O. from Aston, Pa

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2005

Strengths:    Great all around bike. I love this bike, it is som much fun and a pleasure to ride. The suspension is smooth, the ride is comfortable and the price was right.

Weaknesses:    Minimal pedal bob, but who cares?

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to give an update to my last review of this bike. I have had this bike for 6-7 years now and it works great. I have added clipless pedals and changed the tires and that is about all I have had to do to this bike besides clean it. When I first got the bike I used it for off road riding and had a blast with it. The Y-Glide is so much fun and the full-suspension makes it so much easier to control over rough terain. And if you pedal in a circular motion instead of mashing tthe pedals the bobbing isn't a problem. The fun you can have on downhill runs is worth any extra effort anyway.

The last couple of years the bike was used mainly to pull my son around in a bike trailer through the park. I got really fat and I didn't have the time or energy to go into the woods. Now I have started riding again and I have fallen in love with this bike all over again.

I got my 12 year old in to riding with me and I just bought him a Trek 3700. I wish they still made the Y-Glide I would have gotten him one too.

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Favorite Trail:   Beaver Valley

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $819.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Fit

Bike Setup:   Deore LX, Fox Vanilla, Avid Brakes, the stock stuff that came on the bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mad Dog a Cross Country Rider from B-more Maryland U.S.A

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2002

Strengths:    Reviews seem to indicate the bike is good for downhilling/freeriding and I saw Brian Lopez use one for Dual Slalom. The Frame is indestructible (I really tried!). Tons of nice soft travel.

Weaknesses:    Kinda Heavy. The plush rear eats a lot of your pedaling effort. If you've ever hear "Monkey Motion" and wondered what they meant, ride this bike up a hill and you will know. I tend to ride cross-country so the Y-glide ultimately doesn't cut it. I do have a blast ripping down fire roads at full speed. Descending at speed, this bike offers a VERY stable platform. If only it went up the hill as well.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for weekend warrior, or someone whose focus is going down and doesn't mind extra effort going up. If you can find it for less than 800 new consider it. If used, I wouldn't pay more than 500.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco Avalon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   BikeDoctor (sucks)

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper. Trek Fuel. Giant NRS.

Bike Setup:   Manitau SX, Sugino cranks, LX drivetrain. STX wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve M a Downhiller from Lehighton

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2001

Strengths:    Great parts and Suspension for a 2000 dollar bike now when you find out it costs 1200 thats even better! Very Strong! Quite Agile for having over 5 inches of travel. Yes it can still climb good too. It isn't a niche specific bike more like a do-all wonder bike. My mom even likes riding it!

Weaknesses:    Sometimes the cable rubs the seat post when suspension compresses fully. Thats a pathetic weakness haha i had to put something. This bike is flawless way to go Trek!

Bottom Line:   
This bike builds confidence. You can ride it to the Top of the craziest trail and rip down the other side. I loved this bike from day one and still do. I don't want to get another bike. My Y-glide has never let me down and holds up without question on 7 foot drops. It will outclimb any comparable Freeride Bike and even some longer travel XC bikes. Trek you disapointed me when you stopped making this bike. The Vrx was an ok substitute for a year, but now not a single long travel full suspension in your line.

I'd recommend this bike to anyone looking for a real do all bike that doesn't have 3,500 bucks or more to blow on another brand that does the same thing.

If you don't like having fun , or having a bike that improves your riding drastically don't buy this bike.

I'd give this bike a 8 out of 5 for value and a 7 overall

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1199.00

Purchased At:   Spokes Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Marin B-17 , Schwinn 4-Banger

Bike Setup:   Mostly Stock except for Sun Rhyno Lite Rims with 2.4 Motorapter Tires. I changed the Fork to a Marzocchi Z-5 with 130 mm of Travel.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bodman a Weekend Warrior from Waterford, NY USA

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

Strengths:    I actually purchased the Y-5 which came with Mavic-Asym, XT, ICON , Fox Vanilla R, and a fiew other brand components
I loved the look, simplicity, bunnyhoppability, plushness and the ride(coming previously from a rigid front and rear bike).


Weaknesses:    Manitou's Spider R fork is a beginner fork!!!
The rear triangle cracked by the bottom bracket
The entire frame was replaced and the new rear triangle is out of alignment. Seatpost is bent and the LX hubs have the tendancy to loosen after long rides. The bushings on the Fox vanilla shock need replacement yearly because they get out of round over time.


Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike for the money. The single pivot design has served me well. I'm ready for more travel now.

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Favorite Trail:   skidmore

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Bike Setup:   I replaced the Fork asap with a Marzocci Bam 1 (4")and holy #@$^ the ride transformed into awesomeness. I loved the bontrager tires but at $50 a pop they were replaced with Specialized comps.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matthew Bayly a Weekend Warrior from South Africa/Cape Town

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001

Strengths:    The whole bike is one big strength, it's plush as hell and it rides like a dream in any conditions!!!

Weaknesses:    I am still trying to find one after 3 years of riding on this hog.

Bottom Line:   
It is the coolest bike that I have ever ridden and I would'nt change it for the world.It never lets me down always performing all the time in any situation.I hope this bike lasts for ever because I never want to own any other bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything other than where cars go!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   A cool bike store in Cape Town

Similar Products Used:   None compare!

Bike Setup:   Stock Standard just the way I like it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by logan harris a Downhiller from montreal canada

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

Strengths:    evrything.

Weaknesses:    the piggy back smacks my frame on big drops but that is about it.

Bottom Line:   
now it kiks ass and it is smouth and plush and i mean it has six inches on a y frame so that is cool on its own.

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Favorite Trail:   world cup at Bromont

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   trek y3,kona stinky,kona manomano.

Bike Setup:   hayes,race face cranks,bar,stem,grips,xtr rear derauilleur,xt front,ryno lites,hayes hubs,kujo tires,black spire rock ring,race face rings,and a custom painted rear to match my x-vert r.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pauli chrysler a Weekend Warrior from vienna

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2001

Strengths:    sauber voll korrekt eh

Bottom Line:   
XTR-Cranks, XTR-Kassette, XTR-Innenlager, LX-Umwerfer, Laufräder werden nicht genannt, XT-Schalthebel, XT-Schaltwerk, RITCHEY-Vorbau, Lenker und Sattelstütze WCS natürlich, DX-V-Brake und hoffentlich bald neue Laufräder und HOPE-Enduro vorne ( 205mm Scheibe ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   freeride

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Hi-Tec sports Ebenberger (Hansi u.Koni)

Bike Setup:   leiwand

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Downhiller from Fort Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2001

Strengths:    Light enough to go up plush enough to go down. Strong frame, strong build up, a big bike for big things

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awsome. I raced it XC one year and placed well, then outfitted it for DH/DS and placed top 10 expert class on it. Rides sweet. The 24" wheels improved the handling more than I thought it could. A great DH/DS bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1535.00

Similar Products Used:   Intense Uzzi DH, Schwinn Straight 8, Marin B-17, Santa Cruz Super 8, Foes Weasel

Bike Setup:   Stock except for XTR DH 50T, MRP, Ringle Double wides 24" 24x3" Intense tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Pilote a Downhiller from Hardwick

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2000

Strengths:    Everything, evry part on the bike is great

Weaknesses:    weakness?????
not that i know of


Bottom Line:   
sweet sweet sweet!!!!
i love this bike. i dont know how much rear travel it has but it sure has enough. i just took i t of a 10 foot drop off and barely felt a thing. didnt bottom out either.
i only paid 800 for it since it was pre owned. the bike was mint other than the rear brake. it needed to be rebuilt. and then the shop skrewed up the front. but once the breaks are fixed. it will be flawless. i love this bike. and i only have gotten to ride it hard one day. i cant wait for the next ride. this bike is just so plush too.
handles great, rides great, is great.
beats my crap ass mongoose.
i will post again after the next spring ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Bushwack

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   pre-oned, but not used

Similar Products Used:   mongoose d60r, haro exo, santa cruz super8

Bike Setup:   stock, but not for long, once i get some more cash i am gunna convert it to a downhill rig.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin Montgomery a Racer from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2000

Strengths:    Bad Ass frame - cant beat it. The Front and Rear Suspension are really cushy. The Hayes stop on a dime (when properly tuned). Wheels work awesome, took me a year to knock one out of true, and I ride hard... Everything else works as it should

Weaknesses:    The Answer Manitou forks with the oil damper has had its problems in the past, so I replaced the valve (free from Answer), and the hayes disks warp when rode hard, so it takes alot of recalibration for them not to squeak....Oh well, the usual things.

Bottom Line:   
Im in love with this bike...I was considering getting a long travel (6-9 inches), but Im not a big guy, so I thought the stock 4" front and rear would work, and it does!! Great bike for a downhill/freeride run, slalom its a touch tall, and CC its too heavy. But when ya get on a single track, you completely forget how heavy this bike is, its such a fun bike to ride, I wish they made it for more than one year. Its my third full suspension Trek now, and they just keep getting better...If you ever come across one of these, get it...you wont regret it!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Quarry

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   my fav store

Similar Products Used:   Nothing Compares

Bike Setup:   I replaced the shiddy SRAM components, and got a full XT 9-speed drivetrain, and most of the Trek components are gone as well (for strength and weight reasons). I run a chain tensioner up front, and about 33 lbs tire pressure. No preload for the shocks...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Downhiller from Bay Area, California

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000

Strengths:    Just about everything about this bike is a strength - the solid frame, grippy tires, plush suspension, comfortable riding position, and all the other great aspects of the bike.

Weaknesses:    The only weakness I have encountered and has been easily fixed is that being a "freeride" bike and not a hardcore DH bike, the seatpost was too long. Solution: Hack saw. Five minutes later, the seatpost was ready for DH.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is: For freeriding and softcore DH riding, NOTHING compares to the great control, quality, handling, ride, and comfort of the Y-Glide deluxe. Other bikes such as the $5k monsters with 8 inches of travel are in a different category, so they cannot be compared. But if your on the trail with friends on their VRX 400s, Cannondale Ravens, and/or Specialized FSR's, they better enjoy lookin at your rear tire!! 5 out of 5 Flamin' Chills for this bad boy.

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Favorite Trail:   Norshore riding or BMX parks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Ive tried FSR, KHS, FOES, Trek, and Cannondale's equivalents of the Y-glide Deluxe. Nothing compares to the long travel, comfort, and control.

Bike Setup:   DEAD stock - HED rims, Bontrager hubs, Hayes Disc brakes, Manitou X Vert R triple crown forks, Fox Vanilla RX in the rear, IRC Missle tires, Bontrager saddle, Icon stem and 'custom' seatpost, Bontrager bars, ESP 9.0 shifters and deraileurs, and a terrific freeride crankset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zeus a Weekend Warrior from western new york

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2000

Strengths:    Great Value
Plush Ride
Perfect Componentry


Weaknesses:    A tad heavy, but easy to deal with.

Bottom Line:   
I have one of the more rare Y-Glide Deluxe's... And Trek is insane for taking this bike off the market! The long travel dual suspension freeride bike is a dying breed, yet freeride biking is at an alltime high. What the hell are you thinking Trek?!?!?!? But anyway, this bike just SCREAMS for you to ride fast on it. Sweet setup, super plush, and friggin bombproof. Wish I could say the same thing for my old wheelset! If you have the opportunity, then pick this up. You won't be disappointed. All this hype about how URT's and eveything suck becasue they bob up and down is bullcrap. When you have it fine tuned, the ride is the best I've ever ridden. Way to go trek for making an amazing bike, but i look down on you for not continuing production for more than one year.

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Favorite Trail:   whiteface mt.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT STS
Trek Y-3
FSR


Bike Setup:   '98 Trek Y-Glide Deluxe
Full XT
Manitou X Vert-R
Hayes Hydro Disc

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: November 21, 1999

Strengths:    
Everything
The bike handles great, its even good for trials. long travel, and unilink rear swingarm, good price


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
great bike
5 flamers for this one

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Favorite Trail:   
Everywhere

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
VRX 300 and 400


Bike Setup:   
stock and 2 brake levers unlike that John kid above me!

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