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Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond Zurich(7 posts)

Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond Zurichmad max
May 27, 2001 10:00 PM
Starting to think about getting a new road ride. Now riding an aluminum (rsx spec). The four hour rides I've been doing are starting to beat me more than I care for, especially the pot holes nearing the end.

Looking at these (5200 and Zurich), have yet to get out for a test ride, may not this season.

A little worried about the carbon, feel I would be more comfortable working on a steel frame if I had to. but, the carbon sounds like the more compliant ride.

It looks like the Trek will have a steeper seat tube angle and a shorter top tube (I think that sounds like something I'd like better).

Just looking for general comments for things to consider as I move along in my process of deciding (between these or some other). Any comments, carbon v. steel (build is most important so I guess I'm looking for comments as specific to these two bikes as possible).
re: Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond ZurichDinosaur
May 27, 2001 10:20 PM
You might want to check out the product reviews on these two bikes. I was just glancing at them yesterday. The Trek 5200 got favorable reviews, the Zurich has a long top tube and you might have problems if you have a short torso. The Zurich also has a little flex in the bottom bracket. I'm not even going to get into a frame material debate. I've never ridden a CB bike. Both are products of Trek.
re: Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond Zurichslbenz
May 27, 2001 11:29 PM
I test rode both models and ended up with the 5200. I bought the 5200 because it fit me better. Like the other poster said, if you have a shorter torso like I do, the Zurich made me feel more stretched out while the 5200 felt just right. Also, the ride of the 5200 felt smoother and climbing was more responsive for me. I would, like others, strongly recommend test riding before buying. I test rode 15 bikes before finally purchasing the 5200. I don't think you have to worry about the carbon Trek. Trek backs their frames with a lifetime warranty and a one year warranty on the paint and stickers. Hope this helps.
re: Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond ZurichDuane Gran
May 28, 2001 4:19 AM
I test rode both of these bikes before inclining on the 5200. For me it was a combination of fit and performance. The steel was probably just as comfortable, but I could sense some flex in the material when I really turned the cranks, whereas the Carbon material felt very rigid. It could simply be that the lighter weight of the 5200 made it feel more snappy and responsive.
re: Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond Zurichgot2ryd
May 28, 2001 7:02 AM
i test rode both of these models. the 5200 climbed nicely, was comfy and had no lateral flex in the rear end or the bb that i could discern. it felt kind of "dead", though, for lack of a better word. the zurich was a more comfy and lively ride, but i did not like the longish top tube. also, i did not think flex was a problem on the zurich. it would have been a perfect ride except for the top tube. lastly, and ive said this many times on this board, i chose the c'dale caad5 over these two. it fit like a glove and is ferrari-like yet very comfortable for me. just as vertically compliant as the trek or lemond, i thought. test ride, test ride, test ride!
re: Trek 5200 (Carbon) v. LeMond ZurichJL
May 28, 2001 7:12 AM
I too test rode both recently, April, and decided on the Trek. Felt it fit me better (plus I received what I thought was a good deal). I liked both rides (don't know if I noticed any flex 6' 173lbs), but decided on the 5200. Like the above said, make sure it fits and that you like the way it rides, and you shouldn't have any regrets. I think both bikes are nice.

Good luck making your decision and enjoy whichever bike you decide.

fit is important.racer x
May 28, 2001 4:43 PM
wait! how do they fit!? that's important!

see, greg lemond has exceptionally long femurs (thigh-bone) . this is great for a pro cyclist--you can ride way behind the pedals and spin huge gears as you climb alpine passes. it also mean you favor slack seat angles. not everybody is greg lemond, though. make sure that slack seat angle doesn't put you in a position where you're using the tops of your knees to turn the pedals (ouch). and make sure you're either flexible enough or long-torso-ed enough to ride with those longer lemond top tubes.

that said, the steel lemond offers way better handling. --it's got a long top tube, a slack seat angle, and it's steel--of course it handles better!

anyway, they're both trek built and offer the same phenomenal customer service. oclv carbon is neato, too.--it's light and structurally stiff but numbs out rough roads.

-and you'll probably be happy either way.