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  • Joe Leen
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    I have a love hate relationship with this bike. This was my first "mountain" bike that I have recieved. After spending two years riding this bike on my local trails I can tell what it can't and can do. To start off I have spent over $500 dollars on this bike in terms of repairs. That is more than the price I paid which is outragous. I have had countless derailleur repairs and even had to replace my fork. Still after spending that money on the bike I still love it. The price that you pay adds up if you are doing anything more than riding on smooth trails. The funny thing is that Trek calls this a true mountain bike. I think that calling it a mountain bike is a little dishonest on the part of Trek. After all, to a beginner it does look like a mountain bike, knobby tires and suspension. Let's talk about what it can't do. I have took this on 4 foot drops and it survived. I highly do not recommend doing this because the bike is not designed to do that stuff. After purchasing this bike you probably will have to spend sometime setting it up. I'm talking about the bar roll. The step doesn't just go horizontally out foward bu slants up a bit too. Because of this paired with a high roll stem you have a high center of gravity. I recommend finding the perfect angle for your bars before taking it for a ride. The suspension is absolutely garbage. After 2-3 weeks of casually riding on a street and going off 2 inch curbs the fork will stop moving smoothly. Having your tire pressure around 28-30 psi will compansate for the suspension and give you a comfy ride.

    Pros
    Fun to shred, affordable

    Cons
    Cheap components, long stem, short bars, and weak rims

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  • Aaron Faletto
    *****

    The Trek 3500 is a good bike on an established frame. It can handle dirt and gravel trails with ease. 21 gears (with Shimano's MegaRange 1st gear) give you lots of options. All Bontrager bits and pieces are decent and of good quality. If you are looking for a bike to get started in mountain biking, or want something sturdy for trails but won't break the bank, I'd seriously recommend checking out the Trek 3500. I love mine!

    Pros
    This is a very good bike for those new to mountain biking, or who just want a comfortable, capable bike for trails and light singletrack. Good geometry, and has decent (entry-level) components. Tires are fine for beginners and light duty.

    Cons
    Not meant for shredding downhill or multi-foot drops. So don't try.

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  • JPWillis
    *****

    This is a great all around bike at a great price. If you want 1 bike that does a lot different riding for under $450, this is your hard tail. If you ride for more than fun and want a specialty bike for rugged terrain, then you probably want to save up for something with a rear shock. I am just getting back into trail riding after years of being an adult so this is a perfect bike to live up to how I'm going to use it and cheap enough that my wife didn't get mad

    Pros
    This is my "other" trek and it is perfect for what I wanted it for. Some days I want to get on my road bike and not take my feet off the pedals. And for the days I don't want to wear special shoes, or I want to make multiple stops this is my goto bike. This is a fun bike to take around town for urban mountain biking as it's 3 chainring x 7 speed cassette help make it a faster bike than I expected for a bike twice as heavy as my road bike. It is a 26er, so it is quick and responsive and a lot of fun to take on singletrack trails. I have taken it on intermediate to advanced trails a couple times and the ride, and control have lived up to my expectations completely. I will update if that changes

    Cons
    Not really any that I've found. The tires maybe but we'll see as I ride more varied trails

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  • ryno131
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    Good bike to get started in MTB.

    Pros
    Good bike for the money.

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  • antho_bldr
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    It's a good bike if you're unsure about your interest in MTB or need something that is serviceable for a commute. You get what you pay for in terms of component performance but everything is sturdy enough to handle moderately technical trails and medium drops and jumps.

    Pros
    Inexpensive, sturdy frame and fork

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  • ediblefrog
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    I would recommend this bike to a beginner. Affordable

    Pros
    Great starter bike for the price

    Cons
    The pedals are cheap. I would recommend upgrading these.

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  • downhilltrek
    *****

    All around great bike just get the disc brake versionProsVery durable it's a Greta bike can handle some technical trails but it needs new tires also I have the disc brake versionConsNothing wrong except the tires

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  • PDins
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    Great bike for beginner mountain bikers. This is a great bike at low cost for use on any intermediate trail.

    Pros
    Durable, Reliable, Good for Price, Great bike for exploring new trails.

    Cons
    Rear wheel brakes, Tires, and a Heavy Frame

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  • jibear
    ***

    Pros
    Great beginner bike. All components are strong and reliable.

    Cons
    Heavy frame.

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  • jpo
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    Buddy of mine tried to take this bike off-highway. Didn't work out to well for him. If you are looking for something a little more durable than a road bike to get around campus, or want something to cruise jogging paths for GILFs, then this is your ride. If you are looking for and entry level mountain bike, there are other better options out there.

    Pros
    It says Trek!

    Cons
    Components, rim brakes, weak stock tires

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