Trek 3500

2015/2016
 
4.5 stars
 (50 Reviews)
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Description

Trek's 3500 is a legit mountain bike ready for every adventure, in the city and the woods. 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 XC trail riding. The 3500's 75mm-travel suspension fork dispatches bumps, rocks, and roots with ease, grace, and confidence. This ripper delivers in the specs department too, with quick-shifting 21-speed Shimano gearing that makes easy work of the hills, and a set of Bontrager wheels with fat, knobby tires.

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(50 reviews)

84% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (37)
  • Durable  (34)
  • Handles Well  (29)
  • Comfortable  (23)
  • Good Geometry  (19)
  • Versatile  (10)

Cons

  • Poor components  (4)
  • Poor Tires  (4)
  • Heavy  (2)
  • None yet  (2)
  • Horrible suspension fork 
  • Bad rims 

Best Uses

  • Trail Riding  (23)
  • Urban Riding  (21)
  • Climbing  (15)
  • Single Track  (12)
  • Road biking  (10)
  • Mountain biking  (9)

 
5.0
Jul 17, 2015

yes i will recomend this bike to a friend

Pros:
Breathable, Windproof, Durable, Stylish, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Commuting
will like to correct my first review-which says I don't recommend this bike to a friend-which was and is not my opinion. I do recommend this bike to a friend.
by c-19 from illinois

 
5.0
Jul 17, 2015

Best bike-trek 3500

Pros:
Lightweight, Great Seat, Durable, Stylish
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting, Mountain Biking, Running
All the complains of trek bikes are the Seat-my trek is a 3500-2012- grease was dry inside the shocks- I got this bike in 2015-was fix for $15 the seat is very comfortable, the bike handles well, I have no complains about it-I have a trek x caliber -which cost $200 more than the 3500-very poor seat-uncomfortable.
by C-19 from ILLINOIS

 
5.0
Jul 15, 2015

Great Bike

Pros:
Handling, Braking, Stylish, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
I have had this bike for over a month now. I ride along trails near my house, and just around my neighborhood. I recently went down to Moab (Utah) and did slip rock (practice loop) and it handled really well. On a smooth trail, it is really easy to get going on this thing, and i love it.
by Jack from Highland, UT

 
5.0
Jun 11, 2015

Awsome bike

Pros:
Dries Quickly, Breathable, Awsome, Durable, Lightweight, Windproof, Stylish
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Wet Weather, Cold Weather, Casual Wear
This is a great bike it is what I call a good bike #awsome
by Thebeast80000 from Melrose

 
5.0
Apr 18, 2015

great bike

Pros:
Good Geometry, Durable, Lightweight, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
I have this bike-and it is a 2012 also-when I got this bike the shocks were so hard-they were not compressing -I guess because the bike was made in 2012 something happened to the grease inside the shocks that the shocks were not responding- I took it back to the shop- they fix the problem for $ 15.00(they out grease inside again) good luck $$$
by C 19 from Illinois

 
1.0
Dec 27, 2014

Not a True Mountain Bike

Pros:
Generally Can Take A Beat
Cons:
Heavy, Poor Components, Horrible Suspension Fork
Best Uses:
Leisure Cross Country, Commuting
WARNING: This bike is not a true mountain bike. If you are looking for a starter mountain bike, put the extra money in to get disc breaks, a better fork, and components that will not break in the middle of the trail. This may be sold to you as a true mountain bike. However, there is a warning sticker on the bike which has written "warning. use only for leisure cross country" My suspension doesn't work, and can't be fixed. My rear derailleur snapped. I've had to replace the brakes several times (Really. you need disc breaks) The bike rattles like a snake's tail on the downhills, and weighs probably around 33 pounds (which is a lot, even in it's price point). Simply put, If you plan on using this bike, don't buy it. Over the course of owning this bike, I have ridden a TON, and am finally about to upgrade to something that I can race on, something that just doesn't suck. I have ridden it hard, as it can be ridden hard. You just have to be prepared to deal with the consequences of doing this.
by Jon from Sherborn, MA

 
5.0
Dec 23, 2014

no complaints

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I use it for trails parks and the like works fine
by Jack from doylestown pa

 
5.0
Jul 02, 2014

Trek 3 series 3500

Pros:
Lightweight, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Nice Finish, Comfortable, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Climbing, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
This product has a nice finish, handles well, and is good for many trails. I use this bike for many things, such as commuting to places and also I ride this bike a lot on trails.
by Cyclist from Michigan

 
4.0
May 03, 2014

Awesome bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Lightweight
Cons:
Poor Tires
Best Uses:
Urban Riding, Trail Riding
I bought this bike a couple months ago and have enjoyed it very much. The only thing I have a problem with are the tires.
by grandpa_55 from Houston, Texas

 
4.0
Nov 05, 2013

Great starter bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Gearing, Poor Tires
Best Uses:
Single Track, Descending, Trail Riding, Urban Riding, Climbing
I have just recently turned over 200 miles on this bike. Only have had to replace front inner tube twice. Stock tires are not so great, very thin and poor tread life. Seat is comfy. Gearing from mega range to next gear seems like a big jump for a beginner rider when climbing.
by Casey from Las vegas

 
5.0
Aug 20, 2013

Sweet Bike! Rides Great!

Pros:
Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
I haven't been on a bike in a long time. So i decided to buy one for commuting and trail riding. I did a ton of research on Mountain Bikes and chose this Trek. Best choice ever! It handles very well on road and off. I took it to the South Shore Trails at the Lake Pueblo. I had fun riding this! The only thing bad i have to say about this bike is the pedals...they are plastic. Aluminum would have been nice, but thats something i would like to choose from and upgrade. Overall, Trek makes a great Mountain Bike!
by fredroj from Pueblo Co

 
4.0
Feb 15, 2013

Great for the price

Pros:
Versatile, Lightweight, Cheap, Strong
Cons:
Rough Fork, Rubbing Brakes, Bad rims
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Road Biking
I ride this bike on my commute to school everyday, and never have any serious problems with the bike, but during my weekend sessions out on the trails the bike preforms great in slow controlled environments, and poorly in the more technical trails. Its a good beginner level bike, but if your looking for a great everyday trail bike this isn't the one for you.
by Cookie from atlanta

 
4.0
Jan 14, 2013

Great bike!

Pros:
Fun To Ride, Lightweight, Fast and Smooth Ride, Durable
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Mountain Biking
This is a great bike. You can do a cross of road and off-road. It is nice and light weight. I would recomend this to anyone.
by csm1511 from Indiana

 
5.0
Jan 13, 2013

Great!

Pros:
Versatile, Great Control, Durable, Lightweight
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Mountain Biking
I got this bike for my son. he uses it almost every day, and it's amazingly durable. He says the gears are very easy to switch,that it is a very smooth ride, and it is very light. He uses it mostly on trails. Overall, 5+ star bike!
by Daniel Smith from Wexford, Michigan

 
4.0
Aug 18, 2012

Outstanding Bike

Pros:
Durable, Versatile, Lightweight
Cons:
Pedals and Axle bearings
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Commuting/City
Have had this bike for 8 months now and it has stood up to the reputation of the Trek name. Great bike, quality parts. The only thing I've had to replace is the axle bearings and pedals. Overall would recommend to any beginner.
by Turbo-130 from Jacksonville, Fl

 
5.0
Aug 06, 2012

great first real bike

Pros:
Versatile, Smooth shifting
Cons:
Seat could be upgraded
Best Uses:
Med difficulty paths, Street
this was my first real bike (not one from canadian tire or wallmart), it pisses me off i did not buy a better bike like this years ago.
by wildwhen from winnipeg

 
3.0
Jul 27, 2012

Decent Bike

Pros:
Good Construction
Cons:
Overpriced, Low Quality Suspension
Best Uses:
The description says that the fork has 80mm of travel. That is incorrect. It's actually only 63mm (check the Trek website directly). Decent bike but seems a bit pricey for what you get.
by JD from Cary, NC

 
5.0
May 19, 2012

BEST BIKE OUT THERE

Pros:
Good sizefit, Durable, Lightweight, Versatile, Good price value, High Quality, Fast, Easy to use, Cheap, Attractive, Well built quality, Comfortable
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Downhill, Mountain Biking, Commuting/City, Road Biking
BEST bike out there i have nothing else to say about it, it is simply perfect
by Colton from Omro,WI

 
4.0
May 08, 2012

Great Bike

Pros:
Versatile, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Mountain Biking, Road Biking
First bike of this style. Did a lot of research and the bike is everything that I expected it to be.
by Jim from Stevensville, Ontario, Canada

 
5.0
Jan 19, 2012

My son loves his new bike.

Pros:
Style, Versatile, Lightweight
Cons:
None yet
Best Uses:
Hanging out wfriends, Commuting/City, Riding to school
Bought this for my son as a Christmas present. Took him about a year to figure out what he wanted but it was love at first sight with this Trek 3500. Styling is really nice and he will grow into it at the right time. Shifting is a little tricky and his chain fell off yesterday. ALso the kick stand got loose and rubbed the rear tire. Not big issues. Overall, I give the bike 5 stars. Time will tell if that changes (refer to other posts).
by Biking Fool from Richardson