Trek 2000 Elite 9.8 Hardtail Bike

Trek 2000 Elite 9.8 Hardtail Bike 

DESCRIPTION

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Sid SL, 3.15" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 18, 2000]
Don Jacobs
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Carbon Fiber Ride - forgiving on the descents, climbs
like a rocket. Light frame.

Weakness:

Some heavy components.

Why anyone would buy an aluminum hardtail when carbon
fiber exists is beyond me. This bike is amazing!

I've been on this bike almost every day for the past 6 months and it continues to impress me. The frame is the "softest" hardtail I've ever felt when speeding over rocks and bumps, but it's very stiff laterally for great climbing power.

I got the bike as a scratch and dent special (a few superficial scratches on the downtube and handlebars) for $1700. For some reason, the shop switched the Rolfe wheels for the cheapest Bontriger rims they could find. The Bontrigers have been dissapointing since one fell apart after one week, and the free replacement makes strange noises and will not stay true. I assume the Rolfe wheels are better?

If this bike is really worth the $2500+ MSRP, then some of the components are just crap. I pulled out the BB to find a UN52, which I think isn't even LX quality and weighs about 10 lbs. The cassette is an HG70 which also feels like it's made out of lead. The stock brakes were weak and I can't imagine that the Icon stuff is very good (can't find any specs. on Icon stuff.)

As far as durability -- I've had no problems. I occasionally hear rocks kick up and hit the frame, but have not seen signs of anything breaking. There are some scratches on the BB, but nothing threatening the integrity of the frame. After reading a previous review, I'll keep my eye on the BB and, if ever needed, will have it repaired during the off season without re-painting. I wouldn't be surprised to see Trek add a protective piece of aluminum or plastic to the bottom of the BB in future models. I've ridden the bike hard, and no signs of duribility problems.

All in all, an incredible ride. Just be careful with it since carbon fiber doesn't smash against rocks as well as metal, and be sure to switch out some of the weak componets at the time of purchase since you will at least get some credit for the ones you don't like.

Similar Products Used:

None.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 28, 2000]
Matt Slaydon
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The OCLV carbon frame is sweet. It is stiff, but provides a plush ride in the saddle. also it climbs like a mountian goat

Weakness:

cheesy bottom bracket, bike could use more xt, xtr stuff and some better cranks seatpost and stem, the icon stuff is decent but could be better

bike kicks ass, it steers a little slow but other than that i love it i cant complain to much about its specs look at what you get for the price so get off your but and get one go olde towne bikes

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my last bike was a stumpjumper from 93, so this bike kicks its ass

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 27, 1999]
Jim Gregory
Racer

Strength:

Very light, real, real fast!! It feels like a road bike for the dirt. Climbs great! Can't wait to race it..........seems like you ride a gear higher everywhere.

Weakness:

Nit picking, but it is almost too light in the front end, you just have to adjust your style a tad when climbing and jumping obstacles

Carbon is for real!! Don't hesitate to buy one, seems like everyone thinks Trek is too big and un-cool, but just ride this bike and you'll like it alot, it is also a good looking bike.

Similar Products Used:

I've been riding a caad 3 Cannondale Mountain bike, great bike but still no comparison to the 9.8

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 25, 2000]
Todd
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The frame is unbelievable - light, fast, supple. Especially nice on singletrack and up those hills.

Weakness:

Seems that I got a different set-up than everyone else. Mine came with a crappy Icon crankset which I upgraded (yes upgraded) to LX. Also, I've had a ton of trouble with the SID SLs. As soon as I have the time, will put on my Marzoochi and send the SL in for fixin'.

The frame is so sweet that it makes the bike worth the buy. I'm very dissappointed with the SL, but hope that RockShok will fix whatever is wrong (my LBS has no idea). Also, I'm not big on any of the Icon stuff on the bike - especially the seatpost and the crappy cranks. Even with the disappointing shock and Icon crap, I still love this bike. It is just so light and fast, sometimes too much so... It would definitely get 5 chilis but for the headaches.

Similar Products Used:

Trek 7000, Haro Team Extreme.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 03, 2001]
Doug Graver
Racer

Strength:

Awesome. Very fast and light. Climbs like a goat and descends like it's on rails.

Weakness:

Stock parts are weak ( except for the wheels). I think they do this to keep the price point down. It's acceptable since I really like customizing my bike. The flaw: The bike comes with this cheesy glue on carbon plate to protect the frame. This is located right where the small ring is closest to the frame. What a joke! It fell off the first time I washed the bike. This part should have been attached permanently at the factory. As a result.... scratching and chipping of the paint where the chain slaps it.

This bike can handle anything I throw at it. Unlike other rides out there my ability is never limited by the bike I ride. A very sweet racing machine. My friends call it the rocket ship! Easily an A+!

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I rode a carbon fiber bike seven years ago.... The OCLV is light years ahead and a serious improvement.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 01, 2001]
rick fabbrini
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

superb ride quality, low wieght, stiffness of frame.

Weakness:

chainline is inaccurate, the SID SL cartridge failed to adjust rebound damping from day one, inadequate chainstay protection as delivered.

I won the first race I ever did on this bike or any other one for that matter. I feel bad for anyone riding hard on aluminum crap with a stubby top tube. I tried every hardtail I could afford which is any of them and this one is the best of the best. I only wiegh 135 so maybe I wont beat the Lightwieght SID fork to death as I pass you on the way up any hill. The ICON crankset has never missed a shift and since I am light there isn't any noticeable flexing. I'm willing to bet there wont be any creaking or stripped splinage to complain about either with this crank. This bike will easily move too fast until I get better.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale F 2000

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 01, 2001]
Oliver Tan
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

*ahem* FAST! and one word, sweet

Weakness:

what is up with this LX and Icon junk...oh well

Some times I even forget I'm going uphill, sometimes I feel like I'm on rails, and still, sometimes I feel like I'm riding on a groomed bike path. I love this bike...the fusion of dreams and reality. This bike flies on the uphills. I don't know how many times I can say that. The acceleration is incredible, the first time I got on I thought I was in a low gear.This is a BIKE. GO RIDE IT~!

Similar Products Used:

an ultra cushy hospital bed w/ tv OR nothing else like it

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 08, 2001]
John
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The lightweight and increadible carbon feel. It's greatest streangth is climbing. since I switched from a FSR I now pass people on the climbs instead of being passed. I have an XTR and XT set up so my bike is lighter than stock, glad that no LX parts are on.

Weakness:

The SID SL has been less than impresive. The XXX seals have let in plenty of dirt and water consequently I am in the process of having to replace the dampening shock within the fork. I have had several instances where the fork freezes up when the weather goes sour. The carbon fiber although light is easily scratched. The front der. frame protector came and is a cheezy add on .

Great bike, but needs a little more attention to detail. A Very good light race bike but has a little trouble on the decents for me. (Probably just me personally)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 06, 2000]
Kevin
Racer

Strength:

The great carbon feel. Do it all bike. Avid brakes last a long time. Fast feeling.

Weakness:

LX parts? Some heavy Icon parts. SID SL fork is weak. My rear freehub split. Pedals are kinda cheap.

This bike has a great feel to it. I had a lot of duribility problems with the SL fork. After two-four rides it would break. So I had RockShok give me a Sid XC instead, and it has worked great. On the pedals, the bolts holding the plate to the pedal striped out while I was riding.

What is with all the low end parts? A frame of this level should have at least XT.

My biggest complant is the SID SL, and the low end parts. But don't let that hold you back from getting one of the best riding bikes around. Everything else is great, and I would recomend it to everyone, racers and mountain bike weekenders alike.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale F1000, Raliegh, Mongoose(not walmart type)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 25, 2000]
Joel
Racer

Strength:

great ride

Weakness:

not strong enough

I said I would follow up on my other post. Well finally, Trek found a way to not pay for the damage. It seems my seatstay was cracked also (that came from an 8km/h fall in a tecnical section about a month before the hole in the BB I was talking about). To me, It looked like a deep scratch but the rep told me my frame was finished and I needed to buy another one on their crash replacement policy....but that would have cost 1100$ cdn. So I had it rebuild on an aluminium frame for 400$(the 8500 SLR) and I lost alot of money if you add up how much I paid in total.

So it seems carbon is not tough enough for mountain biking. If you don't want to lose your money....cause by the way, the lifetime waranty on the frame, you must not have fallen to be covered and everybody knows that you never ever fall in mountain biking (sarcasm mode turned off), you better by something else than a carbon frame.

All in all, this as been a real bad experience and you can count on me to never in my life buy another Trek product. If they'd cared about their client, they would have maybe tried to come to a deal with me. I also emailed them, I got a first response wich says "we are sorry this happened, and we are forwarding your email to someone wo could better explain things to you" and I never heard from them again...

bad product + bad service = don't buy from them

Joel

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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