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Trek carbon frames--durable??(7 posts)

Trek carbon frames--durable??Joel7676
Aug 11, 2001 3:15 AM
I am looking long distance at buying a 96 Trek 5000 and wonder how well the older carbon frames hold up as far as cracks and such. I know the warranty is only good for the original owner.

Thanxz for any info.
See thread below!! (nm)look271
Aug 11, 2001 6:03 AM
trek 5000carbonman
Aug 11, 2001 3:50 PM
I've had a trek 5000 ('97) since new. I've put well over 25,000 miles on it, and still rides & looks like new ! No creaks or any frame problems whatsoever. It originally came with 105 components,but as they wore out, I replaced with ultegra & mavic mektronic system & carbon fork. The original fork was aluminum & the best upgrade you can make is go to a carbon one (I use a time millenium). I've also used a whole lot of caron parts- cranks, easton bars & seatpost, ect... I've got it down to 17 lbs !! It's a super, problem free ride so far. I also might add that I weigh 230 lbs !
To carbonmannothatgullible
Aug 11, 2001 8:10 PM
You weigh 230lbs, since 1997 you have ridden 25k miles on a carbon Trek and it is as good as new. I don't believe you for a second. I am 145lbs. had my Trek 5000 for less than 2 years and it broke at the bottom bracket. I only put about 5k miles on it. You also say that it came with an aluminum fork? I don't think so. All Trek OCLV's come with carbon forks from the factory. Of course you also mention that you have the bike down to 17lbs. and you weigh 230 pounds and you haven't broken the thing? I don't think so. I think for whatever reason you are lying. Your story doesn't make any sense. OCLV Treks are not made to last. Yeah, they have a lifetime break every few years...
To carbonmancapnjim01
Aug 12, 2001 6:24 AM
in 1997 trek 5000 came with an aluminum fork, a friend bought a beautiful green one. he up graded to a trek carbon fork about a year later. after the frame cracked at the bottom bracket trek sent him a 5500 frame and carbon fork as a replacement. so far no troubles with the new frame. He likes it some much he bought his wife a Lance Armstrong limited edition. She recently bought him a 2002 5200. I think he decided the 5500 was to big so he went to a smaller size with the 5200. talk about people with too much money. thats okay his brother in law has a new 2300 trek in my size with 50 miles on it mostly in the drive way and i'm looking to get a good deal.
You were unlucky...Jofa
Aug 12, 2001 7:38 AM
...but I don't think that your own single bad experience is enough evidence to support such a grand attack on the previous poster's honesty. Even lightweight bicycles are generally more durable than many people think, especially when they're made by large and litigation-wary companies such as Trek; that an OCLV is expected to break in a few years is an assumption on your part, and I suspect, a wrong one. I see nothing in CarbonMan's account that leads me to doubt his veracity.

I'm offendedcarbonman
Aug 12, 2001 10:16 AM
I am truly offened by your remarks. What motivation do I have for lying ?? I don't own a shop, work for trek, or selling my bike ??
1. fact: I ride an average of 4-5000 miles per year on this bike. I am the original owner.
2. okay the bike doesn't ride like new. It rides BETTER than new. Still no creaks or noises from the frame at all.
3.Do your research before you open your mouth. Find a 96 or 97 catalog from Trek. The 5000 did NOT have a carbon fork. The 5200 & 5500 did. I got mine in Saturn silver. The only year it was made & only to be had in the 5000. With aluminum fork. From the factory.
4. I have used the best possible replacement parts available. FSA, SRP, Easton, Mavic,speedplay & spinergy (soon to be zipp's)
If it helps, I'll send you a photo of the bike on a ups electronic scale (17.24lbs). Yes I do weigh 230 - 235 lbs. I can send you a picture of that also. I go to the gym 2-3 times/week. on a good day, I can INCLINE bench 225 & leg press 1100 lbs. Still think I'm lying ?? I'm no weakling & I can certainly put the power to the pedals. This bike has held up wonderfully. Again, what motivation do I have to lie ? Why is it so hard to believe that I can drop 2-3 pounds on this bike with quality components & make it last ? So maybe Trek had some quality problems in the early stages. I was one of the lucky ones i suppose. The original poster was asking for opinions. I gave mine. I will post a picture as soon as I can track down a decent digital camera.(for all of the disbelievers). I'd welcome a meeting in Eastern Pennsylvania so that you can see it for yourself. You're also welcome to ride it (54 cm frame)if you wish.