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Used Trek 2200 (Carbon)(4 posts)

Used Trek 2200 (Carbon)Chuck
Aug 9, 2001 1:05 PM
I need some advice on whether to purchase a used (~3yrs) Trek 2200. It's got 105s, Mavic CXP10, choice of pedals (Look, Time) ~400 miles.. it's pretty much brand new in excellent shape.
Oh, he's asking $825.

This will be my first "real" road bike and I plan on using it mainly for touring, not a lot of racing nor tri.

I noticed that the newer 2200 are built on aluminum... any reason why?

And should I seriously purchase this carbon bike? Thanks in advance.

re: Used Trek 2200 (Carbon)Chen2
Aug 9, 2001 3:07 PM
I had a '94 2300 "carbon" and enjoyed it for three years. I think they are good bikes at the right price. Only the three main tubes are carbon fiber, the rest of the frame is aluminum. I think $825 sounds high since it's used. The main tubes are bonded to the aluminum parts. When the owner's not looking grab the tubes and twist to see that they are still tightly bonded. If they move, don't buy it at any price. And like any other bike, be sure it's the right size for you. I don't know why Trek quit making this style of frame, others have said it was because of the bonding problems and corrosion at those joints. Of course there are other frames being built with combinations of carbon fiber and aluminum.
re: Used Trek 2200 (Carbon)Nervexboy
Aug 9, 2001 3:48 PM
I used to work at a large TRek dealer, and part of my work was handling warranty claims. The 3-carbon tubes and aluminum road frames were Trek's worst warranty situation. In five years I probably processed sixty or seventy of those with unbonded joints.
DON'T buy one of these things used! The odds of it having a bad joint are much too high. They are also not a great touring frame as they have no fender room, short chainstays, and skimpy tire clearance.
re: Used Trek 2200 (Carbon)mr tornado head
Aug 10, 2001 4:48 AM
Hmm... perhaps there were issues, but I've currently a 2300 (essentially the same frame) and had a 2100, and both have served well. I agree that the asking price is a bit much for it. Personally I probably wouldn't ofFer more than $500. I payed about $165 for my frame a year and a half ago (with bottom bracket, fork, headset).

That said, what Nervexboy said about them as a touring bike is true. They were ment as a racer-style and don't really have the clearances needed for touring.