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Upgrading a Trek 2200(8 posts)

Upgrading a Trek 2200Mike E.
Jul 12, 2001 12:03 PM
I've recently purchased a '01 Trek 2200 bike and am looking to upgrade some parts. It has the Shimano 105 group and Rolf Vector Wheels. What I don't want is to spend $500 bucks and not be able to tell the difference. Where should I start and how much should I expect to spend? I mostly ride the flats and average 17mph including stops at traffic lights about every mile. I also ride anywhere from 20-40 miles per ride and am looking to ride 50 miles per ride on the weekends. So far the only thing I've replaced is the saddle. Comfort is not an issue now, speed is. I'd like to be able to average 20mph by the end of the summer. Besides riding more often, what can I buy that will increase my avg speed and help me achieve this goal? Thanks, Mike
Next to the Frame the Wheels are the most important factor...Mabero
Jul 12, 2001 12:13 PM
Although upgrading to full Ultegra or Dura Ace will save you in weight their functionality is pretty much the same. Changing to a more efficient pedal with a better shoe will a better money spender (IMHO). For $500 you wouldn't be able to by the best set of wheels but you could buy a front or a rear. Also go down to a shop and see if you can test ride a set of wheels especially since the Campy Proton is right in the price range and is a great wheel.

It really comes down to you. Without spending any money you can raise the Average speed. You just have to ride and sometimes just like the Postal Team, it is good to set goals: such as 20 mph for 20 miles.

Changing or upgrading components is still a good idea, but you still have quality components on your bike to be riding with. I would focus in on riding and save the money to buy a good wheelset (Krysiums, Spinergy's, etc...)
re: Upgrading a Trek 2200rtolle
Jul 12, 2001 12:20 PM
If you are looking to go better than the 105's, you should have bumped to the 2300 w/Ultegra. I just purchased a custom 2300 (or what I consider custom). I have Dura-Ace shifters w/flight deck computer, Ultegra derailers and cassette, Ultegra crank set, bianchi titanium seat post, and Zipp 101 wheels. I can't remember the stem and handlebars I have. This is a great bike. The Zipp wheels are awsome and they are a good bit lighter than the Rolfs. The bike weighs 18.75 lbs, which is pretty good, especially for the money.
The Trek 2300Mabero
Jul 12, 2001 12:32 PM
That would have been great...and that is great setup you have there!

But if all the ifs and buts were candy nuts then everyday would be Christmas...cause you bought the 2200.

Oh well.

How do you like the Zipp 101 wheels?
Zipp 101rtolle
Jul 12, 2001 1:29 PM
I love the Zipp 101's they are extemely light and are still really stiff. These are by far the best wheels I've owned. They are built with Ultegra Hubs and I was amazed at the weight compared to other wheels I've rode.
re: Upgrading a Trek 2200Mike K
Jul 12, 2001 12:33 PM
IMHO the reviews that you read claiming that buy getting a set of brand X wheels over their previous wheels has "gained" them an extra 2 or 3 mph are absurd.. Same thing for going from 105 to Dura Ace or Record, etc..
In real terms you have a pretty nice bike. While there are nicer bikes I seriously doubt if any of them will gain you 3 mph in any given ride (you could get some extra speed by going to a very aero bike like a TT or a Tri bike but you would lose comfort and to some degree real world "rideability" like climbing, cross wind issues, etc).
The best thing you can do is work with things that make you more comfortable on the bike which will let you ride stronger and longer. And the most important thing you can do is adopt an effective training program.
Its always nice to have the best bike you can (and I have spent more on upgrading my main road bike than the value of some small Korean automobiles). Having the best, lightest, and strongest stuff is great but it can cost a small fortune.
I think Keith Bontrager (MTB guru) had once said that bike stuff can be any TWO of three things - light, strong, cheap - you pick the two :-)
Just get out and ride and train with an effective program, ride with faster riders and toss in a race or two for motivation and you will get faster and if you really want to burn a hole in your wallet, like the previous post said, wheels and tires are the easiest place to feel a difference...
re: Upgrading a Trek 2200Steeve
Jul 12, 2001 12:46 PM
I agree with Mike K. Gaining 2-3 mph from a new set of wheels (or other components) is ridiculous! Even going to the most expensive bike and equipment wouldn't get you 2-3 mph. Even after saying that, upgrading your wheels would be the top choice.
Some interesting wheel facts...MrCelloBoy
Jul 12, 2001 1:23 PM
The "light" wheels, especially light at the rim wheels, will ACCELERATE faster, and climb easier, but wheels heavier at the rim have more momentum and will continue spinning with less effort once up to speed.