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Trek 3500 Disc

Trek 3500 Disc

2014

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (68 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2014 Trek 3500 Disc

Trek's 3500 Disc is a quality mountain bike ready for any and every adventure. Trek's aluminum frame is light for nimble handling, easy acceleration, and quick climbing. It's also built tough so it's fully capable of handing real trail riding. The 3500's 75mm-travel suspension fork dispatches bumps, rough trails, and roots with ease, grace, and confidence. This trail-tamer delivers in the specs department too, with quick-shifting 21-speed Shimano gearing that makes easy work of the hills, a nice set of Bontrager wheels with fat, knobby tires, and disc brakes that are powerful and controllable in all conditions.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Silver Series aluminum
    Fork SR SunTour coil, 75mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager 550
    Hubs Formula
    Spokes 14g stainless-steel
    Tires Bontrager LT3, 26 x 2.0
    Crankset Shimano
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney
    Rear Cogs SRAM, PG-730, 7-speed: 12-32
    Shifters Shimano EF51
    Handlebars Bontrager
    Tape/Grips Bontrager SSR
    Stem Bontrager aluminum
    Brake Levers Shimano Altus
    Brakes Mechanical-disc
    Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
    Saddle Bontrager SSR
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    4.5 stars

    (based on 68 reviews)

    91%

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    Pros

    • Durable  (30)
    • Lightweight  (23)
    • Versatile  (20)
    • Light  (4)
    • Comfortable  (3)

    Cons

    • none  (4)
    • Plastic pedals  (3)
    • Tyres  (3)
    • Fork  (3)
    • Pedals  (2)

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking  (23)
    • Commuting/city  (15)
    • Road biking  (12)
    • Commuting  (6)
    • Road  (3)

    Reviewed by 68 customers

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    5.0

    good bicycle to have

    By kenny

    from carbondale

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Dries Quickly
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Good All Way Around
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Stylish
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Lightweight
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Windproof
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable
    • Breathable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Cold Weather
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Casual Wear
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      good for on road also good for going up and down hills. good and no noise come from the bicycle at all when I used the bicycle. it got me to where I need it to go. there's nothing wrong about it. I would say good things about this bicycle to a friend of mine.

      • Gift:
      • No
      Originally posted on Trek's website
       
      5.0

      great bike

      By Kieran

      from newcastle ontario

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Stylish
      • Suspension Travel

      Cons

      • Pedals

      Best Uses

      • Trail Rididng

      Comments:

      I use this bike as a trail bike and a way to ride around town, I got the bike in July and the only problems I have had with the bike is popping tires. the bike is a great bike if you plan on upgrading it or as a project bike. the 2 main cons are the tires wear down quickly, the pedals may come with reflectors, the normally snap or crack of. over all its an excellent bike.

      • Gift:
      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      My 2 year old steed

      By Jules

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Entry Level
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Simplicity
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade
      • Easy To Upgrade

      Cons

      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Fork
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Heavy
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes
      • Stock Brakes

      Best Uses

      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Learning Mechanics
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Commuting
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      So I've had this bike for two years, so I'm going to give as much rider feedback as possible. When I first received it as a gift, it had a generic parts kit. I was able to learn how to improve my riding experience. I wanted to be more fit and enjoy the outdoors more, thanks to this bike. Also, it covers as a great commuter for your kids or student in need of transportation. Now it's my commuting steed, however, it performed well with marginal maintenance in any condition (dry, wet, cross country single-track and entry level riding). The transmission drive-train or the "gears" as some call it is very generic, but it is good enough for riders who are starting the sport and are less experienced. The wheels are light, but not very durable (not the tires, the WHEELS). The stock tires are junk. You can change them to whatever you prefer (make sure they are 26" and fit the fork and frame). The saddle (seat) is not too comfortable, so I changed it a long time ago. The high rise position (like a slanted, non-aggressive position) from the handlebars is very relaxing. I changed it when I started to ride in more "aggressive" conditions. I also changed all of the transmission drive-train parts (shift-pods, derailleurs, chain, cranks, cassette) to durable upgrades, including the wheels. There are some cons about the original parts, though: The original brakes are horrible. The first set lasted about a month (pads squeaked, stopping power was decrease dramatically). Then I replaced it at the shop and the second set lasted around the same duration. I decided to change them for a an easier-to-repair and better set that stops better. Did I mention the tires already? They don't have good traction, trust me, even at the right pressure. Durability, nope... The rear one has a one inch by half inch scrape on the side wall, just from running over a dull, three inch rock. They started to look old after three weeks, even after soft brushing and polishing. Also, they're heavy for bike tires. Do yourself a favor and get some decent tires... Some tips for you all: The drive-train transmission parts are quality, however, the cables that pull the brakes and derailleurs will stretch, causing your "gears" not to shift and the brakes to feel quite loose. This is normal, it happens to most bikes within one to three weeks depending on the use of the bike. Again, do yourself a favor and go back to the shop you bought it at and get it adjusted. The repair is covered by the bike's warranty. Before you decide on the purchase, make sure the bike is your size. Look under the "Geometry" tab on here, and your height is determined to a size in a chart. There are certain factors too, like saddle height, bar position, saddle setback (how far it goes back and forward), etc. that will determine your "fit" and comfort on the bike. Make sure you buy a pump that matches the valve (like the valve in a car, "schrader" valve or "presta" valve) and some extra inner tubes just in case you get a flat. Buy some tire levers for ease of removal. Buy some bike specific lubricant the bike shop stocks, and a multi-tool for emergency repair. Buy some bike specific tools (hex keys, pedal wrench, pliers, screwdriver Phillips or flat-head, not sure of size but it is pretty small). Buy a bike bottle and a bottle cage/holder for hydration. This sums up the two year's experience with my bike. Riding in general has great benefits (economic and efficient), and this bike is probably your best bet to an introduction when it comes to price and quality. For entry level riding, definitely yes, and commuting and big yes from me, happy riding and happy holidays!

      • Gift:
      • No
      Originally posted on Trek's website

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      perfect for me

      By Wheelie55

      from Manchester UK

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Mountain Biking
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        I ride daily no matter the weather, and it is great in the rain... to work and uni as well as for fun and I only have space for one bike.. this is the one. I love it, what can I say.

        • Gift:
        • No
        Originally posted on Trek's website
         
        5.0

        Trex 3500 desk

        By Jim

        from Calverton New York

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Durable
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Versatile
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride
        • Great ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          Best entry mountain bike on the market.! Big bang for the buck! Comfortable ride on and off the trail.

          • Gift:
          • No
          Originally posted on Trek's website

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great fun entry level bike

          By jing

          from Australia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Mountain Biking
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting/City

            Comments:

            A great entry level bike that i can rely on. i use this socially for a casual ride along footpaths, bike tracks and light mountain riding. I love this bike. great colour (yellow) too.

            • Gift:
            • No
            Originally posted on Trek's website
             
            5.0

            Can't get enough of it

            By Dane Cox

            from Northampton, England

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking

              Comments:

              I use my bike for maintaining my fitness while having tremendous amounts of fun at the same time. Using local trails the trek 3500 really does exceed to overcome them due to the bike quality and performance. I can't think of any cons.

              • Gift:
              • No
              Originally posted on Trek's website
               
              4.0

              My bike

              By Marsy

              from Australia

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner
              • Great Beginner

              Cons

              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes
              • Gears Sometimes

              Best Uses

              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Some Downhill
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Commuting/City
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Trail Cross Country
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Biking

              Comments:

              Being a teenager i can't think of anything better than riding my bike. I use this bike for trail, cross country, casual and a bit of downhill. This bike performed great on all occasions. The one thing i would replace is the tires but i ride a lot of rocks so it could just be me. Overall great quality and a perfect bike for beginners. This is my first mountain bike and i wouldn't change it.

              • Gift:
              • No
              Originally posted on Trek's website
               
              5.0

              Great bike except for 1 thing

              By Hi

              from Wallingford CT

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Great bike
              • Lightweight
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Tires

              Best Uses

              • Off road
              • Road
              • Small Jumps
              • Offroad

              Comments:

              I bought this bike to days ago already got to flat tires. Otherwise it's awesome.

              • Gift:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Why did I wait so long

              By rusty4k

              from North West Indiana

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Versatile
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Commuting/City
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments:

                Great product

                • Gift:
                • No
                Originally posted on Trek's website

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