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Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein Quantum(6 posts)

Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein QuantumMiggy
Jul 31, 2001 10:32 AM
I am looking at these two bikes, which one would you buy and why? I do hard long distance rides, some minor racing/charity rides, and light touring. Thanks!
re: Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein QuantumLardog
Jul 31, 2001 11:26 AM
Well, you're talking about mass produced carbon molded vs. mainly handbuilt alu. I ride a Quantum Pro. I'd recommend a Klein any day, any time. I've had personal help from Gary himself. This separates that brand from just about any other that I know. Lifetime warranty on orig. owner.
re: Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein QuantumMiggy
Jul 31, 2001 11:40 AM
Actually the Treks are both aluminum, the 2300 being top of the line aluminum and the 2200 being one level lower. I have had my sights set on the Trek, but the other day I came across the Klein, with roughly the same components but a little more $$$.
re: Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein QuantumLardog
Jul 31, 2001 11:45 AM
Sorry about that, I'm obviously not too familiar with the Trek model #'s. I see Trek and automatically think OCLV. My recommendation remains. I'd always suggest go with the best frame possible. Should you wish to upgrade later, you'll be able to change brakes and cranks, however, much more $$ to change frames.
re: Trek 2200/2300 vs. Klein QuantumOstimu
Jul 31, 2001 7:01 PM
I was considering the 2200 and the 2300 back in May. The 2300 was a significantly better bike it seemed (105 vs. full Ultegra), but I didn't like the look of this year's 2300. (The 2200 is a much sharper looking bike, unfortunately.)
I ended up buying a Specialized A1 Comp for exactly the same price. It's a much nicer looking bike (for what that's worth, and for some like me, it's worth more than it should be), shares the same Ultegra group, but has arguably better overall components than the Trek. (Great saddle -- you'd probably want to switch out the saddle on the Trek -- nice fork and stem, etc.)
The Specialized A1 Comp has different geometry than the Trek, but I think it's an underrated bike. If you're only considering the Trek or the Klein, I can say that I didn't ride a Klein, but the Trek 2300 was a nice ride on my brief test drive.
Happy shopping!
frame flexak
Aug 1, 2001 5:31 AM
do you want a frame that flexes? there's a whole bunch of people that'll argue both sides of it, but I'm one who pretty much thinks that the more a frame flexes, the less it responds. (the other side would say that a frame with a little give can soak up bumps & track better in rough turns) The frame that flexes less will allow for better acceleration, climbing ability, and efficiancy. The less flex a frame has, the more of your power actually gets to the road instead of being wasted in lateral movement.
Trek frames flex just like all the others
Klein frames are made with gradiant alluminum...= least flex of any high-end alluminum bike. (Quantum frames are also lighter, but it's only a few tenths of a pound)