Why are Trek Bikes so Expensive

2022-10-23  •  

If you're looking for a top-of-the-line bike, you may be wondering why TREK bikes are so expensive. Here's a look at what makes TREK bikes worth the investment.

Trek Bike Under the Sun

Trek Bike Under the Sun

TREK is one of the most popular bike brands on the market, and for good reason. Their bikes are solid and on par with other high-end bike manufacturers like Giant, Specialized, Cannondale, and a dozen or so other brands. So what makes TREK bikes so expensive and how do they compare to the above-mentioned brands?

It all comes down to the materials used and the construction of the bike. TREK uses higher-quality aluminum and carbon fiber in its frames, which makes them lighter and more durable than other brands, especially department-store brands like Huffy and Mongoose. They also have a reputation for having great customer service and warranties, so if you have any problems with your bike, you can rest assured that TREK will take care of you.

In terms of price

TREK bikes are on par with other high-end brands like Specialized and Cannondale. However, they are often slightly more expensive than Giant bikes.

To answer your question, let's compare 3 bikes below. The first is a TREK bike, the second is a Giant bike, and the third is a Schwinn bike. First two are high-end bikes, and the third is a department-store bike.

2 high-end expensive brands:

TREK Marlin 5 Gen 2 ($739,99)
GIANT TALON 2 ($750)

And an amazon best seller:

Schwinn High Timber ($439,99)

As you can see the price difference is around 80% between high-end brands and what currently is an amazon best seller. I chose those 3 bikes because they are direct competitors, and are made for the same niche(starter mountain bikes). So, why is the TREK so much more expensive than the comparable Schwinn High Timber?

The answer is in the components. So let's take a closer look.

Starting with the frame, both TREK and GIANT are made with aluminum, while Schwinn is made with steel. The advantage of aluminum is that it's much lighter than steel, and it doesn't rust.

Weight Comparison:

TREK Marlin 5 Gen 2 - approx. 30 lbs or 14kgs
GIANT TALON 2 - approx. 29lb or 13.5kgs
Schwinn High Timber - approx. 42lb or 19kgs

As you can see, both high-end bikes are around the same in weight and frame material, while a cheaper Schwinn is around 30% heavier, which is really noticeable when riding the bike.

Moving on to the forks

The forks are what connect the front wheel to the frame and help absorb shocks from bumps in the road or trail. TREK and GIANT use a higher-quality suspension fork(both use SR Suntour XCT 30), while Schwinn uses a lower-quality generic suspension fork. Even though SR Suntour XCT 30 fork is considered to be of modest quality it is still better than what Schwinn offers.


The next big difference is in the brakes. All 3 bikes have different brake types, with TREK and GIANT having hydraulic disk brakes and Schwinn having linear pull U brakes, which are worse than hydraulic disks. Brakes are often the most complained about the issue with lower-end bikes like High Timber.

Hydraulic brakes are much better because they are more responsive and require less effort to engage than linear-pull brakes. They also don't require as much maintenance.


Wheels are another big difference between these bikes. The TREK and GIANT come with higher-quality wheelsets(Bontanger Connection and Giant GX03V respectively), while the Schwinn has lower-quality generic wheels.

Aside from that, the differences are really hard to put into text, and some can only be spotted by experts or people who have been riding bikes for a long time. But the overall difference in quality is night and day.

To sum it up, TREK bikes are more expensive because they use higher-quality materials and components, and they are simply better bikes. However, they are not necessarily twice as good as a lower-end bike, so it depends on how much you value quality. If you're just starting out, a lower-end bike like the Schwinn High Timber might be a better option for you.