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00' Trek 5200 questions(5 posts)

00' Trek 5200 questionsCyclingWolf
May 28, 2001 11:27 PM
Is there any remedy short of changing out the creaking Icon Graphite Series stem? Also experiencing a rattling right-hand shifter which the LBS tried some expoxy and tore the shifter down but still no fix, they are going to send it out to Trek under warranty, can I simply change it out with Dura Ace or do I have to replace cables and the whole works?
re: 00' Trek 5200 questionsVW
May 29, 2001 12:11 AM
Hey, Trek is having a recall of Icon stems. I'm not sure your particular model is the one recalled, but the reason for the recall was people overtightening the stems because of the noisy stems. The result is stem failure. Check out website They have pictures showing the type of stems that are recalled. Good luck!

Same problemsAndy
May 29, 2001 8:55 AM
I replaced the stem and didn't mess with trying to fix the handlebar problem. My right brake lever rattles too. Trek said to contact Shimano and wouldn't do anything else. I tried all the Shimano "fixes" to no avail. Upon close inspection, I have determined the rattle is NOT caused by a loose "nose cone" for lack of a better term. It's the two shift levers rattling against each other.

I looked through the product review section under Trek 5200 and Shimano Ultegra Group listings and read what other people did to fix theirs. Nothing worked for me. Several people said the only way to fix it is to upgrade to Dura-Ace levers. (Which isn't really a fix)
ProblemsBob in Indiana
May 29, 2001 11:59 AM
As you mention, there are several purported "fixes" for rattling Ultegra STI levers, I used one of applying silicon to the underside of the "nose cones" and am trying it out tomorrow for first time. This fix is also from

My 1999 5200 had the recalled ICON stem replaced, but it's till not silent. Maybe that's inherent in these ICON products, which a lot of folks fell are not up to the quality of TREK bikes.

I may switch to Dura Ace levers if everything else fails, but I also have read the Shimana may be pressured into a "recall" of sorts, for customers that complain loudly enough about the dreaded Ultegra rattles! Who knows?

Let us know if you find something that works.
re: 00' Trek 5200 questionsGary M
May 29, 2001 2:04 PM
According to the faqs on Shimano's web page, "the lever cap rattling is due to a bracket coming loose, that the nameplate snaps into. Contact your local bicycle dealer, so they may obtain a replacement from Shimano®."