Trek 8500 Mountain Bike

The Trek 8500 is a hardtail mountain bike with an alloy frame and a setup that is great for helping riders to develop their skills on the trail.

It is lighter and faster than many of the more affordable bikes of this kind, which means that you can enjoy improved power transfer and better long distance performance wrapped up in a durable package that has a lot to offer.

The Trek 8500 is based on an Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame with a semi-integrated head tube, hydroformed tubing and forged race dropouts. This is one of Trek’s best alloy frames, with a lower weight than its rivals and the same kind of stiffness and rigidity that is vital for straight line speed and uphill momentum.

The Fox Evolution Series 32 Float RL air spring shock is found at the front of the Trek 8500, with lockout and rebound adjust and a maximum travel distance of 100mm. This is a fork arrangement which benefits from utilising components from a respected manufacturer, so you can be sure that the suspension will continue to soak up hits consistently time after time without starting to show the effects of its use too quickly. In addition the lockout is a nice feature which makes tackling climbs that little bit easier, since you will not be expending energy unnecessarily and can enjoy performance similar to that of a fixed fork bike.

Trek 8500 Specifications

The Trek 8500 harnesses a 26 inch wheelset which is typical of this type of mountain bike. Bontrager Rate Lite Pro TLR Disc rims and XR1 Team tyres are a good combination, affording you the strength and hard wearing ruggedness which is necessary for persistent off-road usage.

You get Shimano Deore XT M785 hydraulic disc brakes with large rotors at the front and rear. Disc brakes are desirable on this type of bike since they offer improved performance compared to standard braking systems, while the hydraulic operation makes for a smoother experience which is manageable with added precision in contrast with more basic mechanical options.

The Bontrager Race X Lite range is used for the handlebar, stem and seatpost, while the Evoke 2 saddle with chromoly rails is light, in line with the components to which it is matched.

The drivetrain of the Trek 8500 is comprised of Shimano Deore XT components, with a trio of 10 speed chain rings allowing you to shift precisely and quickly while having the range of gears on offer which might normally be found on far more costly models.

Trek has built this bike to be ready to race, with the frame geometry and components all pushing you towards a fun off-road experience which can also give you the edge in competitive circumstances. Trek is also confident in the actual quality of the bike itself, from the hardware to the construction. As such most new models are subject to its limited lifetime warranty, which should give you peace of mind when picking this bike because it means that care and attention has been paid to make sure that it is as hard wearing as possible.

The Trek 8500 is part of a range of bikes which begins to introduce some performance-oriented features in place of parts which have been picked purely because they represent the most value-centric option. This means you will be paying more for it than you might a more basic hardtail mountain bike. However, the extra money you invest goes towards a ride experience that cannot be matched further down the food chain, so enthusiasts will be more than happy with its potential.

Compare Bikes to Trek 8500 : Trek Roscoe

Trek have now discontinued the 8500 model but there are some very good alternatives to replace it, starting with the Trek Roscoe. Just like the Trek 8500, the Roscoe range are hardtail mountain bikes built using the Alpha aluminium frame, and where the Trek 8500 used the Platinum frame, the Roscoe settles for the Gold.

The Trek Roscoe is an excellent alternative to the Trek 8500.

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Model:8500Roscoe 6Roscoe 7Roscoe 8
Type:HardtailHardtailHardtailHardtail
Frame:Alpha Platinum AluminiumAlpha Gold AluminiumAlpha Gold AluminiumAlpha Gold Aluminium
Front Fork:Fox Evolution Series 32 Float RL, 100mm travelSR Suntour XCM 32, 120mm travelRockShox Judy Silver, 120mm travelRockShox 35 Gold, 120mm travel
Front Derailleur:Shimano Deore XTN/AN/AN/A
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Deore XTShimano DeoreSRAM SX EagleSRAM NX Eagle
Chainring:Shimano 44/32/22T32T32T32T
Cassette:11-32T11-46T11-50T11-50T
Shifters:Shimano Deore XTShimano DeoreSRAM SX EagleSRAM NX Eagle
Brakes:Shimano Deore XT hydraulic discShimano MT200 hydraulic discShimano MT200 hydraulic discShimano MT500 hydraulic disc
Rims:Bontrager Race Lite Pro TLRAlex MD35Bontrager Line 40Bontrager Line 40
Tyres:Bontrager XR1 26" x 2.2″Kenda Havok 27.5" x 2.8"Bontrager XR3 27.5" x 2.8"Maxxis Rekon 27.5" x 2.8"
Weight:-15.8 kg14.8 kg14.6 kg
Price:£1,500£875£1,050£1,400
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Compare Bikes to Trek 8500 : Trek X-Caliber

As mentioned, the Trek 8500 has been discontinued but one alternative could be the excellent Trek X-Caliber.

Like the Trek 8500, and the Roscoe, the Trek X-Caliber uses the lightweight Alpha aluminium frame, albeit the Gold frame rather than Platinum for the 8500. These are excellent chassis for hardtail bikes, giving good depth of control and handling. Front forks see the ever popular RockShox in place with 100mm travel for rough terrain. Other components to be retained include Bontrager rims, Shimano groupset and disc brakes front & rear.

The Trek X-Caliber is an excellent alternative to the Trek 8500, you’ll benefit from upgraded components and 29-inch wheels.

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Model:8500X-Caliber 7X-Caliber 8X-Caliber 9
Type:HardtailHardtailHardtailHardtail
Frame:Alpha Platinum AluminiumAlpha Gold AluminiumAlpha Gold AluminiumAlpha Gold Aluminium
Front Fork:Fox Evolution Series 32 Float RL, 100mm travelRockShox Judy SL, 100mm travelRockShox Judy SL, 100mm travelRockShox Judy Silver, 100mm travel
Front Derailleur:Shimano Deore XTN/AN/AN/A
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Deore XTShimano DeoreSRAM SX EagleShimano Deore XT
Chainring:Shimano 44/32/22T32T32T32T
Cassette:11-32T11-46T11-50T10-51T
Shifters:Shimano Deore XTShimano DeoreSRAM SX EagleShimano Deore XT
Brakes:Shimano Deore XT hydraulic discShimano MT200 hydraulic discShimano MT200 hydraulic discShimano MT400 hydraulic disc
Rims:Bontrager Race Lite Pro TLRBontrager KoveeBontrager KoveeBontrager Kovee
Tyres:Bontrager XR1 26" x 2.2″Bontrager XR2 29" x 2.2"Bontrager XR3 29" x 2.2"Bontrager XR3 29" x 2.2"
Weight:-13.4 kg13.8 kg13.4 kg
Price:£1,500£800£975£1,150
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