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Trek 5500 inputLeroy
Jul 1, 2002 4:37 AM
I'm looking at Trek oclv and would like some advice about components. At my lbs I'm looking at an appx $1100.00 difference between the 5200 and the 5500. The main differences are in the wheels and the groups [Botranger lites to x-lites; and Ult. to DA]. I do not know anything about these components. I could get campy which I know about, but I want to get the oclv stock, like Trek really makes them. Is that upgrade worth $1100.00 ? Thanks in advance for any input.

Dave Loving
Are they worth it to you?Len J
Jul 1, 2002 4:52 AM
The difference in price at Excel between an Ultegra & D/A build kit is $411.00. I'm not sure what the difference is in the Bontager Wheel sets. I think that D/A is about 1/2 lb lighter than Ultegra & IMO shifts better.

The real question is How much do you want D/A? Ultegra is a great group, and is probably 95% of D/A at less than 95% of the price. Economically, I think it is hard to justify any shimano group above 105. That being said, I have the 5500 with D/A, and I love it. For me I had the money & wanted the best. But you need to be honest with yourself, any reason to buy it over Ultegra is purely rationalization IMO. No judgement here.

Are they worth it to you?ngl
Jul 1, 2002 6:49 AM
I purchased a 5200 from my LBS and upgraded to sestrieres (similar to the x-lites), plus lighter tubes and tires for a small fee. This gave me most of the benefits of a 5500 without the price.
That sounds do-able. Thanks. nmLeroy
Jul 1, 2002 7:18 AM
re: Trek 5500 inputdasho
Jul 1, 2002 8:55 AM
You might also want to consider the weight difference between the two bikes. The DA group + the lighter wheels and other components probably means it will be 2-3 lbs lighter than the 5200. It might not sound like much, but over the course of a long ride with hills or mountains it can make a big difference.
re: more like 1lbcollinsc
Jul 1, 2002 12:14 PM
The difference between Ultegra and DA is about a half pound, as is the difference between the Lites and the X-Lites.

The wheels would be the most important part when concerned with weight, if $ is a concern, i'd save it and go with the Ultegra stuff and put the money into lighter wheels. That said, there is nothing really wrong with the Race Lites, they could be lighter, but theyre not boat anchors.
The problem with buying a Trek bike ...pmf1
Jul 2, 2002 5:35 AM
Like Cannonadale and many other big companies, Trek bikes come with a bunch of Trek parts that you have no choice but to accept. Their matrix stuff used to really suck. Since Rolf parted company, their in-house wheels are now Bontrager. Like Rolf, these things are made by Trek and they pay to use the name. Its their way of making you think you're getting a after-market boutique wheel when you're really not. My guess is that these wheels are cheaper to build than if they had to buy Shimano hubs and Mavic rims and build a wire wheel. And God forbid anyone sell a high end bike without a botique wheel these days.

Dura Ace costs about $350 more than Ultegra. So, are upgraded wheels worth an extra $750? Not to me they wouldn't. Its debatable whether DA is worth $350 more than Ultegra. DA is a really good group, but so is Ultegra. Its been gradually improved over the last few years. The shifters are much better.

I'd say either get the 5200 and save your $1100 for pedals, an extra wheel set, etc., or find a frame (do they even sell Trek frames?) and build it up yourself. The benefit of doing the latter is you get exactly what you want on the bike. There are many very good carbon bikes out there (e.g., Kestrel, Calfee, Aegis, Look) that you would be happy with. Trek ain't the only carbon bike in town.
Jul 3, 2002 7:07 PM
My guess is that realistically, it is not worth the $1100 difference. However, the fact that you even ASK the question leads me to ASSUME you'll regret NOT getting the 5500.

There is a real disparity between the cost of the upgraded parts between the two bikes, which leads me to believe a BIG chunk of change goes toward the 5500 badge itself.

Despite what anyone says about Trek, their oclv frames are quite nice... now only if they could figure out how to paint them? I'm shocked they don't actually make the tubes bigger to that their logos are even more visible. I'd pay extra for a stealth Trek.
Have you considered Project One?CyclingWolf
Jul 4, 2002 4:14 PM
Go to then choose the "Bikes" link then Project One, choose your frame, groupo, and paint....etc!

Cycling yours,