Trek 830 SHX Bike 1998 or Older

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Trek 830 SHX

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[Dec 10, 2020]
JoeNobodyX


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

This thing is bulletproof! I got it back in 1995 brand new as an early birthday present from my grandparents for my 15th birthday. Still writing it at age 40 and it still rides beautifully! This bike is going to be passed down to my daughters. I just purchased a brand new 2021 Trek Dual Sport 3.

Weakness:

There was a crank recall back in 1997 and I just learned of it in early 2020. Shimano still honored the recall and I got an essentially free drive train overhaul this year.

Price Paid:
400
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1995
[Aug 02, 2013]
Thomas

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Durable as all get out. I tried and tried to kill this bike and it refused to die. It will be alive when I'm gone, I'm sure of it.
Smooth shifting.
Brakes nice and responsive.
Quick release tires and seat post (pretty fancy for back in the day, no biggie today).
Grip shifts

Weakness:

A tad on the heavy side but that's all the negs I'll give it.

I bought this bike for $75 back in 1995 off of a friend who was in desperate need of money.
At the time I didn't even think I'd ride it and bought it just to help the dude out. Well, I did ride it,
A L-O-T! That bike moved with me up and down the East Coast, I pounded that thing on
every trail I could find. I NEVER had any issues with that bike and as far as maintaining it? Oiled
the chain and bought one set of tires. I ended up selling it in 2009 for $50 to put down on a newer
bike. Looking back, I wish I kept it because it was a smaller frame size and I could toss it in the
car and take it anywhere and I LOVED the grip shifts. Miss my old 830.....miss her dearly.

[Oct 28, 2012]
Rob55

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap. Bullet proof. Novice wrench friendly. Easy to tweek and up grade. Standard stuff fits. CroMo ride. Fairly nimble. Climbs well and easy to control on the downhills. Has done more than a few miles of 30% downhill rough trail with over 200 lbs in the saddle without a single failure. classic lines.

Weakness:

It's heavy. The group on it was pretty basic. The pedals sucked. Like most MT bikes the Geometry is not quite laid back enough for commuting or cruising.

I was looking for a 21 inch Bridge stone MB1 or MB2 on Craigslist 10 years ago and ran across this thing for $100. When I called the man didn't know what size it was and swore it was new. He said he was a big guy and the bike fit him. He was 10 miles away and I rode out to look. He had two, a 17 inch, and a 19 inch. A quick glance at the chain rings and rims verified they were hanging in his garage untouched for a decade. the tires still had label residue on them. I told him they were too small and he offered me both for $100. I offered him $50 for the 19 inch and 10 years later it has slicks, a shimano dyno hub, fenders, and racks on it. I've commuted a couple thousand miles on it. I also did some laid back trail riding with it before the conversion 10 years ago. It still looks like new. I take it apart and clean it up every spring. It will still be going when my grand kids are old enough to ride it. If I find a 21 inch frame I like I'm going to put a single speed hub on this one.

[Nov 21, 2011]
hookydoo
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

it's pretty much an old battle tank of ancient myths now

Weakness:

I'ts the heaviest rigid bike you'll ever find

okay, so I have the 1989 830 and it is pretty much the heaviest and toughest rigid mtb I've ever seen. not that anyone will see this (who looks up reviews on this thing???)
this is the kind of bike that is good for a rail trail and some mtb trails and thats about it. It will never die. It cannot be stopped. right now I have an engine mounted on mine and have done away with that rigid fork and replaced it with an old rock shox. If you find one for 50 bucks or less I might think about it for a commuter or something like that, but it is quite old and outdated in every meaning of the word.

Similar Products Used:

1999 hookooekoo, orginal Haro Extreme, Trek 4300,stuff like that.

[Nov 20, 2010]
jbeasley
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

good bike light wight and good on trails

Weakness:

my trek moutain trak 830 has no shocks so that a downer

this is a good bike

Similar Products Used:

none

[Nov 03, 2010]
fozzie0909
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

extremely light and durable. The type of bike you fully expect to see being riden 15 years later.

Weakness:

have not found any yet

this bike has become the family favorite whenever we go out on rides. we do not ride real fancy but the quality of this bike is clear and i find it very unlikely that i will find a better bike with out spending a small fortune. This is a great bike for the serious rider as well as the weekend warrior.

Similar Products Used:

old rock hopper

[Dec 11, 2009]
tim
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Shifting, Light, Durable

Weakness:

Could Use suspension

Great bike for the money. If I would have gotten this bike first, it would have save me alot of money trying other bikes.

[Jul 08, 2009]
r_kleinpaste
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great beginner bike. Purchased because they don't make good lower end chick mountain bikes. Easy to handle even though it's a bit on the heavy side. Floats over rocks, the shocks are awesome!!! Stiff but not to stiff. Breaks are great. Took two spills down the mountain; the bike survived like it never happened, unlike me.

Weakness:

Frame is heavy even for it's time.

If you get a chance to purchase this bike, it goes forever and has some upgrade ability. It's agile, quick and indestructible. It's a great ride. I can't get rid of it!

Similar Products Used:

Trek Y22

[Feb 01, 2009]
panda-man
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great bike for its time in 1994. Cromoly frame, though heavy at the time compared to aluminum was strong and managed to survive the beating I gave it. It also was my first introduction to GripShifts as well.

Weakness:

Could have used better components

I bought this bike way back in '94 and I still have it. Somehow, I can't part with my first real bike... Though I now have a 2008 Trek Fuel EX8, I still ride this for fun and ol' times sake. It is still a good ride even after 15 years...

[Aug 05, 2008]
Roger Dodger
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light but solid. Takes a real beating and surprisingly resilient. Looks nice too. Old school, no nonsense, sweet ride.

Weakness:

Components are little weak, but mine have surprisingly held up for the last 20 years! Not bad.

Solid, made in USA, classic Trek. You gotta love this workhorse. A classic.

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