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Which bike should I get????(8 posts)

Which bike should I get????Scooter
Sep 29, 2001 8:00 PM
Hey guys,
I am getting a brand new road bike soon and I am stuck between a couple different models.
Which bike would you suggest if money was not an object
1) 2002 Trek 5900 superlight
2) 2002 Specialized E5 team bike
3) 2002 Lemond Ti w/ DuraAce
I work at a shop that carries Specialized, Trek, Lemond, and Klein and I am looking for a 2002 bike with full DuraAce or Campy Record and am curious to which has the best ride and what everyone here thinks about the above bikes or a model I didn't mention.I am looking for a superlight weight race bike and I want a bike that is stiff and smooth in all the right places. Any help would be greatly appreciated. please e-mail me with suggestions.
Go ride 'em?! nmjagiger
Sep 29, 2001 8:23 PM
Vote with your backsideElefantino
Sep 29, 2001 8:49 PM
Three different bikes, three different frames. No way to compare them unless you ride them. What size are you? Makes a difference. Aluminum rides one way in a 52, another in a 62. Same with ti.
I ride a Trek 5200 so I'm biased toward carbon fiber, but I'm not you.
One other thing: If you work at a shop, you might want to consider buying a frame separately and building your own bike from components you buy from the shop. Lots of good custom frame builders out there.
Good luck, and I wish I had your pocketbook.
Vote with your backsideGalibier
Sep 30, 2001 4:50 AM
Sorry Elefantino -- I didn't read your post before I posted my reply below. No offense intended to your choice of frame -- I enjoyed my 5200, but after years of riding different materials, I've concluded that I just prefer the ride of aluminum. I'm a climber, and I feel that a well-made aluminum frame climbs and descends better than other materials. Why, I can't say, but it's true for me.
re: Which bike should I get????Galibier
Sep 30, 2001 4:45 AM
I've never ridden the specific bikes you mentioned, but my last frame was a Trek 5200, and my current frame is a year 2000 LeMond Maillot Jaune (aluminum, Dura-Ace). I encourage you to try an "Aeroluminum" LeMond frame such as mine, still available as the Chambery and the Alpe d'Huez. I much prefer its ride to that of the 5200, as it is more responsive, livelier, better handling, and, believe it or not, more comfortable. For years I have timed myself up various climbs, and my best times on the Maillot Jaune (same wheels as the 5200) have uniformly been faster, sometimes significantly, than on the 5200. Good luck with whatever you choose!
I would go with the OCLV.Highgear
Sep 30, 2001 11:10 AM
I had one in a 62cm and it was light, stiff and handled great. Remember, fit should be one of the first things on your mind. Lemond's run a longish top tube and this might be or not be what you need. I'm not sure what size you fit on but say if it was a 60cm, you wouldn't to be stuck with having to use a 100mm stem if you get what I mean.
re: Which bike should I get????keyser soze
Sep 30, 2001 3:17 PM
As others have said, I don't think anyone can tell you which is best. Its a very personal thing. You can't go wrong with any of those bikes, but the best one for you will depend on fit and how you feel riding it.
thanks everyone, that helps alotScooter
Sep 30, 2001 5:02 PM