Trek 820

2014
 
4.5 stars
 (78 Reviews)
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Description

Trek's 820 is a fun, versatile bike at a sweet price. It features a great-riding steel frame with a relaxed, upright riding position you'll love. Up front, a bump-busting suspension fork smooths the road and trail. Plus, it sports a quick-shifting, easy-pedaling 21-speed drivetrain, powerful linear-pull brakes and quality Bontrager components, such as a a comfortable saddle and tough mountain bike-sized wheels with versatile tires.

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(78 reviews)

91% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (67)
  • Handles Well  (62)
  • Good Geometry  (47)
  • Comfortable  (33)
  • Lightweight  (19)
  • Great Components  (13)

Cons

  • Heavy  (36)
  • Uncomfortable Seat  (18)
  • Poor Components  (9)
  • Sometimes heavy 
  • Cheap everything 
  • Not good tires for trails 

Best Uses

  • Urban Riding  (57)
  • Climbing  (34)
  • Descending  (31)
  • Trail Riding  (25)
  • Single Track  (24)
  • Mountain biking  (10)

 
5.0
Jan 06, 2015

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros:
Durable, Easy To Ride
Cons:
Sometimes Heavy
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Mountain Biking
If I needed a new Bike I would buy this one again and I would recommend it to anyone
by Eli from Detroit mi

 
4.0
Jun 19, 2014

Nice Bike

Pros:
Durable, Versatile
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Road Biking
I have had this bike a few months now. It has been a great bike. Its a smooth riding bike and easy to ride. I have not been on a bike in 15 years and this bike has been a great step to get me back in the saddle. I do not like the seat, but I suspect that has less to do with the bike and more to do with me not being on a bike for so long. I have been on some trails but mostly ride it around town. It rides well on the road. Very happy with this bike
by Rich from Southborough, MA

 
5.0
Apr 02, 2014

Quality bike

Pros:
Versatile, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Commuting/City, Road Biking
I use this bike for local paths and trails and it has performed flawlessly. Very simple construction without a lot of bells and whistles that cost more money. Smooth shifting, smooth ride and a great upright feel when riding. Go to a bike shop and get fitted and it will be an extremely enjoyable experience.
by Cbass from Nashville, TN

 
4.0
Feb 02, 2014

Good sturdy dependable bike

Pros:
reliable, Durable, Handles Well, Sturdy
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Nimble, Trail Riding, Climbing, Descending, Single Track, Tracks True, Urban Riding
I bought this bike to replace a secondhand Trek 800 that I gave to a friend. I mostly used it for trail riding and foul weather riding until I converted it to a longtail cargo bike with an Xtracycle Free Radical conversion. I also replaced the horrible seat, pedals, and handlebars. But that was several months into ownership. I trail rode with others who had newer full suspension and was able to keep up with them. I also replaced the Suntour 2025 front shocks with Nashbar solid forks as I am old school. Overall a great bike.
by Tom Fuller from Warminster

 
5.0
Dec 30, 2013

Very good bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well, Lightweight, Very Good Suspension, Good Geometry
Cons:
Pedels Brake
Best Uses:
Urban Riding, Climbing, Descending
I use to ride trails and ride the road
by lil hoss from Mt. vernon, MO

 
5.0
Nov 28, 2013

Great Bike, Great Price

Pros:
Quality, Light, Recreation, Value
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Commuting/City, Light, Mountain Biking
I used to ride BMX and mtn bikes many years ago so I was looking to get back into cycling. The Trek 820 was the perfect "re-entry" bike for me. Great quality and value. As long as you're not looking to go extreme, this is a solid product.
by GB from Monterey Park, CA

 
4.0
May 21, 2013

Great Bike

Pros:
Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy, Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Descending, Trail Riding, Urban Riding, Climbing
I have beaten this bike hard and it keeps asking for more! Great bike! I got it on sale and at first I I didn't like it, as soon as I got comfortable with it I couldn't put it down. I need to replace a lot of parts on the bike but after the amount of abuse I have put it through that's expected. It's a great bike, If you find it on sale don't hesitate.
by who needs brakes! from Alberta, Canada

 
4.0
Apr 23, 2013

Great bike

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Good Geometry, Handles Well
Cons:
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding
The 820 was the very first bike I bought many years ago when I decided to go from biking around the neighborhood to real hard-core mountain biking. This bike totally filled and surpassed my expectations. The 820 had superior quality than even the next Trek I bought, the 3600, now discontinued but resembling the new 3 Series, that even had disc brakes and other stuff. I would definitely get another 820.
by Rod Bates from MN

 
5.0
Apr 07, 2013

great and reliable

Pros:
Nice Fit, Durable, Handles Well, Good Geometry, Comfortable
Cons:
Heavy, Abit Heavy
Best Uses:
Urban Riding, Single Track, Rails to Trails
I bought this bike for my girlfriend. A year later she loved it so much she bought me one for x-mas. 17 years thousands of miles and several sets of tires later I'm still in love with this bike. For the past few years I have been pulling my two grandchildren in a trailer. It NEVER wears out. I just bought my 35 year old daughter one to keep her from stealing mine all of the time. I'm basically a rails to trails flatlander so it fits my needs perfectly. I highly recommend this to anyone.
by deano from pittsburgh, pa

 
5.0
Mar 20, 2013

Great first mountain bike

Pros:
Durable, Lightweight, Good Geometry, Handles Well, Comfortable
Cons:
Poor Tires, Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Urban Riding, Climbing, Trail Riding, Descending
Purchased this to start out mountain biking. It is slightly heavier than other steel frame designs that I have looked out but not too heavy to lift in and out of the bed of a pick-up truck. The only problem that I have had is a flat tire the second time using it, but I think that had more to do with the location we were riding (construction traffic). The tire was easily removed and the inner-tube patched within seconds so no big deal. So far so good with this one. I am 6'3" 260# and am riding a 19.5" frame 820 which is a little smaller than I probably need, but I am sharing this with someone and it is working out fine for both of us.
by Jarrod from South Carolina

 
4.0
Mar 19, 2013

Great for the Novice-Average rider

Pros:
Handling, Cost Effective, Durable
Cons:
Uncomfortable Seat
Best Uses:
Single Track, Urban Riding
I bought this bike on a whim because it was on sale thinking I can always upgrade to better bike. I won't need to do that for a long time. This was a pleasant surprise! After purchasing it and riding I would've gladly paid full price for it. Its an excellent bike for the casual rider like myself. I'm 6'1 230 pounds so I can't say that its too heavy. Plus I don't have anything to compare it against as this was my first bike in over 15 yrs. The few drawbacks that I have is 1) the seat is uncomfortable and will probably be switched out for a wider gel seat. 2) The gears needed to be checked out after the first few rides. They slipped in first and second. But afterwards, no issues. Feels great.
by Chi-town rider from Chicago, Il

 
5.0
Oct 14, 2012

Awesome Upgrade

Pros:
Good Geometry, Smooth Gears, Handles Well, Durable, Comfortable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Single Track, Climbing, Trail Riding, Urban Riding
I actually purchased this bike used from a guy that bought it new this summer, he put 600 miles on it. When I purchased it from him, I just had to adjust the front derailleur as it was rubbing the chain. It rides smooth with the street tires he put on, so I can't comment on the tires. But I can comment on how smooth the gears and derailleurs were. Riding up hills was a lot easier compared to my 16 year old other brand bike. I just put 26 miles on it a few days ago, and it was very enjoyable. No slippage of the gears, handled pretty well. All in all, I love this bike. I'm actually picking up stock rim and tires to have an extra set for when I go trail riding, as current setup from previous owner are not trail tires.
by Hmoob Vaj from Wisconsin

 
5.0
Apr 17, 2012

I Love the Bike!!

Pros:
Comfortable, Good Geometry, AWSOME CASETTE, Great Looking, Durable, Light for a steel frame, Handles Well
Cons:
Not good tires for trails
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Urban Riding, Descending, Single Track, Climbing
I bought this bike to take the place of my 94 830 which would never die on me and I loved it but the time came for me to smell the flowers and upgrade. It was a great decision buying this bike, I wasn't looking for a very expensive bike and I knew i wasn't going to find a top of the line trail rider for under $400.00 but I also wanted one that could pull off some basic trail riding and stay intact without dismay. In doing so I found that the 820 was perfect for my needs and exceeded my expectations. The bike handles great in the single track trails and going up hills is so simple due to the extra large cassette sprocket, plus the bike is not heavy even though its steel I was amazed that it was only slightly heavier then the 3500 model which is all aluminum. The rapid fire shifters are of great quality and feel just right for me, The brakes handled very well on the trails even when flying down hill or wet, The seat is very comfortable although many reviews claimed its was not but I had to beg a differ. The only con I can find on this bike is that I wish they sold it with a better trail tire. The bike flew up hills but when coming across a highly rooted and rocky hill the tires just loved to slip. Just seems more like street tires to me. If you are tight on cash and want a quality made bike the 820 is definitely worth the money and anyone who knows about Treks knows they are built to last.
by Vincenzo from Manchester NH

 
4.0
Mar 22, 2012

Excellent Machine

Pros:
Handles Well, Design, Comfortable, Handling, Good Geometry
Cons:
Poor Wheels
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, City Riding
I've had this bike for a little over year now, and it has been incredible. It has seen trails, bumpy roads and a 20 mph crash in which I was the only thing broken out of the whole ordeal. I love this bike, it is my baby. The only problem is that the wheels are garbage, they bend so easily, beyond repair. I just threw down 80 bucks to get a new wheel on, but it runs just like it did before, so I am pleased.
by ESaur from Chicago, IL

 
4.0
Dec 02, 2011

Nice Look!

Pros:
Comfortable, Handles Well, Durable, Good Geometry
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Urban Riding, Descending, Trail Riding, Single Track, Climbing
Its a nice bike with reasonable price..
by Universe Jagoan from New York City, NY

 
3.0
Nov 30, 2011

Great bike wish it was lighter

Pros:
Durable, Versatile
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Commuting/City
It's a great bike for the $.Well built.Good trail and road.It's alitte heavy some reviews I've read on the lighter bikes says they are better getting up hills.
by Tripp from South Chesterfield,Va.

 
1.0
Nov 11, 2011

This is the worst bike ever

Pros:
Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy, Uncomfortable Seat, Poor Components
Best Uses:
Urban Riding
This the worst bike I have ever received.
by AP from Frisco, TX

 
5.0
Nov 07, 2011

Nice bike for the money

Pros:
Comfortable, Durable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Trail Riding, Descending
I ride road bikes but wanted a bike to ride all winter long in the snow and on trails. So I bought this bike. I took it to the trails for a test ride and it was great on the trails. Handled very well. It is very heavy. Atleast its alot heavier than my road bike.
by Dean from Michigan

 
5.0
Oct 19, 2011

really great commuter/mileage maker.

Pros:
Good Geometry, Durable, Comfortable, Handles Well
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Descending, Long trips 80 miles, Climbing, Smooth trails, Trail Riding, Urban Riding, Single Track
This bike can take high mileage. ive had it for 2 years, and it has at least 7,000 miles. people say its heavy, but its a pretty fast bike. i live on long island and i have it on the road 7 days a week every day. on weekends i rack up about 50 miles each. this bike has had no breakdowns. chain and casette just replaced due to normal wear. can easily go 30 + miles an hour. shines up really nicely. its been to montauk, north carolina, and soon upstate. ive driven it 80 miles no problem and i was passing people. even though its heavy, it hauls itself really well.
by kyle from east setauket, NY

 
4.0
Sep 12, 2011

very smooth ride

Pros:
Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Biking, Commuting/City
the most I've ever spent on a bike...the best money I've ever spent also...this bike is so smooth and comfortable to ride...very well worth the price
by treck820 from springfield,mo

Specifications

Frame
High-tensile-steel w/chromoly seat tube
Fork
SR SunTour, 75mm-travel
Rims/Wheels
Bontrager 550
Hubs
Formula aluminum
Tires
Bontrager LT3, 26 x 2.0
Crankset
Aluminum
Chainrings
48/38/28
Front Derailleur
Shimano Tourney
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Tourney
Rear Cogs
Shimano, 7-speed: 14-34
Shifters
Shimano Tourney
Handlebars
Bontrager Riser
Tape/Grips
Bontrager SSR
Stem
Bontrager
Brake Levers
Shimano
Brakes
Tektro linear-pull
Pedals
Wellgo nylon platform
Saddle
Bontrager SSR
Seatpost
Bontrager SSR