Trek Elite 9.9 XC Hardtail

  • Front Suspension
  • Bontrager Race X Lite Disc
  • Shimano XTR Dual Control
  • Bontrager Race XXX Lite Carbon

User Reviews (15)

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Mike Aitken   Cross Country Rider [Mar 20, 2012]
Strength:

Light, stiff, and responsive

Weakness:

Chain suck! My frame was destroyed when the chain sucked into the frame, knocked off the metal protector and gauged the frame.

I'm going to try and follow up with Trek and see if I there is anything they will do for me, but discouraged to read about others' experiences and crappy response from Trek. I dealt with this chain suck issue many times even though my drive train and chain were in great shape and tuned. I can only give this bike the lowest reviews due to the design flaw that makes it so at any moment the frame can be destroyed.

Similar Products Used: Rocky Mountain Element
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RATING
1
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1
dhight6   Racer [Feb 16, 2011]
Strength:

Extremely light, Climbs great

Weakness:

A little hard to hadle on downhills. Its almost like it cant keep on the ground

Great bike

Similar Products Used: Marin Quad XC
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Daniel Vazquez   Cross Country Rider [Feb 24, 2010]
Strength:

Light, strong, fast.

Weakness:

The chain suck thing, I was hopping it was exagerated by some comments that I read but when assembled noticed the minimum space between the crank and the frame, we tooked to Cycle World for assembly and had the first chain suck on the first ride, fortunately the chain got broken instead of the frame... lucky? not sure. :(

Nice looking bike, that performs good until you get a problem at the drivetrain, instantly you get worry about and stop enjoying the ride.

Similar Products Used: None, first carbon frame bike
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Conqueror   Racer [Sep 12, 2009]
Strength:

Stiff, light, responsive. A perfect racing machine if it wasn't of the chainsuck problem and the damage it does to the chainstay.

Weakness:

Chainsuck problem that damages the frame.

I have the same issue than others with the chainsuck problem and the damage it does to the chainstay. The season is not over yet so I really don’t want to return my frame now and not being able to ride for weeks. Did anyone have had problems riding with a damage frame? Did someone got a warranty from Trek for this?

1 chilli for now and will update once I will deal with Trek for the warranty.

Similar Products Used: Specialized S-Works
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1
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1
daniel-san   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2009]
Strength:

I had every part of the bike replaced in carbon. It is a fantastic bike: stiff, fast, light and extremely responsive. Probably one of the best hardtails in the world.

Weakness:

However... I recently found this gaping hole in my chainstay. I checked the internet and found this review amongst others and it made me realize I was not the only one with problem. I have driven the bike for almost 2 years now (mostly in dry weather as I wanted to spare the bike) but the last ride was in heavy muddy circumstances with many chain sucks as a result. When cleaning the bike afterwards I saw the damage!! I can actually put my finger trough the hole that the chain created. I will be filing a warranty claim in Belgium. So I will have to wait and see what my dealer and rek Europe have to say about this...

Truly awesome bike to ride but what a design flaw. That is some really bad R&D.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
moneyshot2555   Cross Country Rider [Jul 04, 2009]
Strength:

very stiff! very fast and light! climbs like a champ, and the paint job makes it the sharpest bike on the road!

Weakness:

a little nervous of chain suck so i've been being very careful, i did my homework before i bought it so i've heard that it's happened to some riders. i'm going to put something over the chain stay.

i love it! it's fast like a road bike but has the guts to go off road, climbs like a gazzle and descends with confidence. i stand by it 100%

Similar Products Used: stumpjumper carbon hardtail, old school rockhopper
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
C4Biker   Cross Country Rider [Nov 07, 2008]
Strength:

The frame is extremly lite and very very strong. All of the XTR dtuff is absolutly the bomb so we put it on there. Overall, the bike is the bomb.

Weakness:

The little tiny chainstays that hold on the back wheel look really weak. But they are acctually extremly strong.

We got the frame at a silent auction at a cross- country race for $300. We decided to build the bike up instead of selling the frame. We got all of our products from BikeBeat in Williamsburg and TotalCycling.com. The final product was amazing!!!! It flies through the corners and up the hills like no other. It is the absolute best bike for any cross-country riders like me. Going downhill, however, it can get kinda slippery (due to the fact that it weighs about 21 lbs.). It is an extremly strong and lightning fast bike, and are build is only slightly better than stock! If you can buy this bike at ANY price, BUY IT!!!!!!!!!

Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Tassajara
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
billybojangels   Cross Country Rider [Aug 01, 2008]
Weakness:

I have had the same issue everyone ells is having with their trek carbon frames, catastrophic falure due to chain suck. This is a design flaw, read the reviews of the same occupancy with the 9.8's or fuel 9.9 or 9.5 ex. The clearance between the chainstay and chain rings is so small that with any chain suck, the chain will shredded the little flimsy metal tab that trek glues on the frame, and gouge a huge hole right through the frame. This happened to me all at once, one minuet I am riding, next my frame is broken. The worst part is that trek will not cover this as a warrantable issue and they will not admit to this being a design problem. These frames are failing and trek will not be there fore you when it does. I am filing a claim with the consumer product safety commission. If you have had a similar problem you can contact them at 800-638-2772. You can also contact the consumer protection agency (877-USCP-ORG) or the national association of consumer advocates ((202) 452-1989)

The bottom line is trek is quickly being recognized as a poor company to deal with. This product should be put on a recal list and people deserve a refund of their money from Trek.

Similar Products Used: Trekk 8000, Blur XC, Airborne hardtail
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RATING
1
VALUE
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1
Chris Squiz   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2007]
Strength:

Light Fast Strong COMFORTABLE

Weakness:

Bontrager numbnuts saddle

Another buy this bike review.
In Alice we ride in thorns, big rocks, little rocks, thorns, sand, bulldust, gravel,thorns, sometimes we see hardpack, thorns. I'm 47 years old and don't want a full suspension bike again.
Americans seem to play hard and Trek makes the bikes for you. Your medical system must be better then what I here. The local Trek dealer is very good in Alice And he took the time to show me that Carbon is good,when I was thinking steel. Treks Carbon is good and I love this bike.

Similar Products Used: Mostly Giant and Specialized
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
William   Cross Country Rider [Aug 26, 2007]
Strength:

Lightweight, good looking paint, very stiff, excellent handling.

Weakness:

Price

I purchased this frame upgrade my old 8500. After getting the required outboard-bearing cranks (XT's), and the Avid Juicy 7's (my Hayes used the old 22mm post mount in the rear, I was off riding.

This thing is great. I ride the XL size, an 6'4", weight 215lbs, and ride agressivly. There is NO FLEX when you really crank the pedals, and although it turns quickly (my SID has 80mm of travel, a longer travel fork would slow the steering), it is not unstable. The carbon really dampens the trail impacts when compared to the 8500SL.

This thing is light, too. I built my 9.9 for reliability rather than outright weight savings, so my bike is 'heavy' at approx. 23 lbs. I could have saved between 3.4 and 1 lb by getting the lightest possible components.

-On a side note, my Avid Juicy's are head and shoulders better than my already great Hayes. The grab hard but I can modulate them well. There was a little squeal while they broke in but they are quiet now.-

I closing, I only have one thing to say- anyone want a very used '99 Trek 8500SL frame, cheap? Seriously, I doubt I will ever ride another hardtail.

If you can swallow the steep entry fee- GET ONE! You will not be disappointed, unless duallys are your gig.

Similar Products Used: Trek 8000, Trek 8500
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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