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buy trek or else(9 posts)

buy trek or elseyossi
Aug 27, 2001 1:35 PM
im am new on road, could some one with experiance can tell me :
buy trek 1000 or cannondale r500 ?
or can you ofer better bike in this price rang .. ?
Bianchi Veloce only 8 years old, fuzzy picture....See belowTrollman
Aug 27, 2001 1:38 PM
Buy...ChrisVedral
Aug 27, 2001 2:41 PM
a Trek 1000 and upgrade some stuff, i put clipless pedals a new seat and aero bars on mine, got about 2500 miles on it and not a problem yet, but the Shimano Sora is a drawback but its really not that bad.

Chris
Trek 1000 no-noPiP
Aug 27, 2001 3:43 PM
I made the mistake of settling for the Trek 1000. The wheels and components are crap, but the frame is nice. Try to find something like a KHS Flite 500 from the year 2000. There are still some around for CHEAP ($700). This is less than the price of the Trek after upgrades (pedals, saddle, etc)
Stock saddles...jtolleson
Aug 27, 2001 3:48 PM
are made to make a bike look "complete" on the sales floor but are not fit for human consumption, IMHO. Swapping the saddle isn't really an upgrade, it is a necessity. You'll have to do it on any bike. And most bikes below $1000 will either come with toe clips or with no pedals at all. No matter what you choose, I think you are looking at a pedal and saddle purchase. The question is whether the LBS will cut you a deal on them if you are buying a bike.

That being said, there is no question that the components and wheels on the Trek are solidly entry level. They'll be very comparable to what you'll find on almost any bike that retails for $650 or under (Canny R300, KHS Flite 300, etc.) so the dilemma will be how much you want to spend.
\this guy doesnt know what hes talking about right ALLEN phx.NTChrisVedral
Aug 27, 2001 3:49 PM
fff
Cannondalejtolleson
Aug 27, 2001 3:45 PM
The geometry between the two varies a little bit, so let fit be your guide.

The R500 is probably the "better" of the two you've listed (and it costs a little mroe). It is full Tiagra rather than Sora components and I think the comfort on Cannondale frames has come a long way baby!

If you are interested in steel bikes, you may want to look at the Lemond Nevada City, which is also in this price range.
re: buy trek or elseMVN
Aug 27, 2001 4:03 PM
I don't have much experience but I'll try not to muddy the water. I too am new to the road, but my new Trek 1000 is just fine. It's comfortable, corners fast, and the Sora shifts quickly and well. My LBS swapped saddles and gave me a discount on new tires (Spec. Turbo Armadillo's). They also put on better rim tape than what came on it. I bought mine before his Fall sale (coming soon) but I don't regret spending what I did (just under $700). I'm keeping the toe-clips for now but will get some Look PP206's later. I don't have any experience with the Cannondale but I do know I'm happy with the Trek. Hope this helps.
Call me a snob...Elefantino
Aug 27, 2001 6:53 PM
...but it really doesn't matter whether you buy a Trek 1000 or a Cannondale R500 or a Giant OCR 3 or ...
what matters is that you RIDE. None of those manufacturers is going to sell you crap that will fall apart in a year. My son has an OCR 3; it's fine for him. My neighbor has a new Trek 1000; he think's he's riding Lance's bike. Whatever. Just buy one from a reputable LBS and ride for a year or so.
By then, if you really ride, you'll have upgrade fever ... and be asking this message board whether you should buy ti or carbon fiber or whether the Pinarello Prince seat stays really work on an aluminum bike. Betcha.