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1996 Trek 5200(4 posts)

1996 Trek 5200clink
Nov 14, 2001 3:28 PM
I'm interested in buying a 1996 Trek 5200. Because I couldn't find any reviews on it, I was just wondering if anybody had any expierince with it. good or bad..
thanks for your time.
Check around the bottom bracketJerry near St. Louis
Nov 15, 2001 9:03 AM
Check around the bottom bracket. Earlier Trek carbon fiber bikes can crack there. It's not a frequent problem, but well worth looking for. I have friends who are still riding Trek carbon bikes earlier than 1996. I love my year 2000 Trek 5200.
Nov 15, 2001 9:15 AM
Had a '96 Nude 5200 with the flat clear coat. The clear coat is very thin and tends to peel off. Also look around the bonded aluminum cable guides - you tend to get some corrosion around here as the clear coat goes away. Trek told me not to sweat on the bike and to wipe it down with swaddling cloth after every ride. I sold the bike.
re: 1996 Trek 5200Chen2
Nov 15, 2001 11:26 AM
I'd hold out for a later model. Ditto to what the others have said. I have a friend whose '96 model broke, chain stay separated from the bottom bracket. A cable guide also broke off. I've had no problems at all with my '98 5500, it's a nude with a high gloss clear finish. I think Trek made some significant improvements between '95 and '98. The '98 model is the first with cable guides on the lower left side of the top tube instead of on the upper left like the earlier models. I'll bet the majority of the earlier models are fine, but I'd be afraid to buy one used.