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Another Trek Y-Foil question(6 posts)

Another Trek Y-Foil questionKapusta
Sep 18, 2001 5:18 AM
As I posted earlier, I'm looking at a slightly used Trek Y-Foil 66. I was given a link with some good info on the bike (thanks). It said that the bike was discontinued because the UCI ruled that all bikes must have a seat tube, making the bike useless to many racers.

I'm new to the sport, so I'm not sure what UCI even stands for, but I assume they regulate many of the races?

More importantly, I'm wondering what thier concern was regarding the bike.

Thanks
Kapusta
re: Another Trek Y-Foil questionLone Gunman
Sep 18, 2001 6:01 AM
The concern was an unfair equipment advantage (when first introduced, aerodynamics) and I (opinion) believe the UCI wants to keep the sport "pure" with a double triangle bike. If that bike really fits you, and you like it, it is really a unique bike to have. I do alot of club and organized rides and you don't see many of those out on the road. Since you said you were new to road biking, take the bike out on a variety of road surfaces. Listen for any creaking, or cracking noises particularly in the bottom bracket area. A bike should be whisper quiet. Put alot of strain on the cranks while testing and listen for noises.Also pushing and pulling on the handlebar and again listen for noises. Some of the problems I have seen with that type of frame is, you can only use one water bottle, and a small one at that, on the frame. You want to carry more liquid, you need to buy a double rear of seat carrier used by triathletes, or a camel back. Also may be problems with carrying a frame pump, unsure about that. If I had the funds I would want to have a Y frame for yucks.
re: Another Trek Y-Foil questionKapusta
Sep 18, 2001 6:27 AM
Thanks for the link, the info and the advice.

I noticed the water bottle thing, but I've gotten used to a camelback from mountain biking. Actually, I've gotten so used to it that I don't know how I'd feel about not having 100 oz of water durring long, hot rides.

I'm hoping to take it for a real ride tommorow. It used to belong to a woman who was too small for it, so I think I may need a longer stem than what she had on it.

Thanks again,
Kapusta
re: Another Trek Y-Foil questionLone Gunman
Sep 18, 2001 7:23 AM
After thinking about this a little further, I recall that the bottom bracket on the Y foils are different, in that there is a sleeve that is made to be part of a the frame, not like conventional bikes where the BB shell is part of the frame. I could be completely wrong on this, check for yourself. And I also recall hearing of problems with this set up that Trek was fixing, sending the frame back to them. Now a warranty issue comes up since you are buying this bike third hand and if this problem comes up, what recourse do you have? Talk to Trek about this and see if you can get something in writing.
Yet Another Question...Kapusta
Sep 18, 2001 5:42 PM
The link that Mr. Clark gave me mentioned that the bike came with Rolf wheels. This one has Ultegra hubs and Mavic CXP 21 (or maybe it is XP 21, it is hard to read) rims. Are these comparable?

Thanks again.

Kapusta
Yet Another Question...Lone Gunman
Sep 18, 2001 6:14 PM
Ultegra hubs are good, I have heard of the CXP21, but I can't picture the rim. Is it Aero, deep dish type? Because that is what the Rolfs are, an aero rim. Overall not a great set of wheels, in step with the component group. Either set of wheels are good, if you don't like them you can always get something else.