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Trek 5200 vs Schwinn Supersport GLX(9 posts)

Trek 5200 vs Schwinn Supersport GLXclink
Dec 22, 2001 9:33 PM
So, the dilemma is as follows. I can buy either a 94 Trek 5200 (full carbon fiber,it appears to have the same geometry as the new 5200, shimano 600 + sti shifters *8 speed*) or I can get a 2000 Schwinn Super Sport GLX, (steel frame/ carbon fiber fork, 105 group) for the same price. They both fit well, both bikes are in perfect condition. My main focus is triathlons with long rides on the weekends. If anyone has a suggestion on which bike to buy, i'm open to them
neither one??C-40
Dec 23, 2001 7:03 AM
That Trek is getting pretty old. 8 speed stuff is history.
Whether either is a decent value depends on how much is being asked and how used they are.

Another thing to keep in mind is the asking price relative to the original retail price. 2001 bikes, now leftover from last season, will soon be heavily discounted.

Bikes with more than one season of use quickly drop in value. It's rare that a 2 year old bike is worth much more that 50% of retail, unless it's just been sitting around unused.

A new, custom built, steel frame bike with 105 can be had for around $1300, maybe even less. How does this compare to the price of the bikes that you are considering?
neither one??clink
Dec 23, 2001 3:21 PM
Both bikes are essentially new.. the trek has 200km on it and the schwinn has never been used. I would be paying $950 and $1000 canadian respectivly. (so that would be around $600 american)
where can I get me one of them $1300 custom bikes?DaveG
Dec 23, 2001 6:08 PM
$1300 for a CUSTOM built steel frame w/105 sounds like a steal. Who did you have in mind? No doubt you can get a production steel bike w/105 for under that though.
Don't know about $1300, butmickey-mac
Dec 23, 2001 6:26 PM
you can get a custom frame and 105 build kit for $1508 from Curtlo. I've never heard of a disappointed Curtlo customer. When I finally talk my wife into springing for a tandem, I'll probably have Doug build it.
Dec 24, 2001 5:43 AM
"A new, custom built, steel frame bike with 105 can be had for around $1300, maybe even less."

I referred to a "custom built" bike with a steel frame. A 105 build kit is about $800. This leaves $500 for the frame and fork. This would have to be an off the shelf frame. Excel sports has Gios steel that low. I believe GVH also has steel frames in this price range.
re: Trek 5200 vs Schwinn Supersport GLXbnlkid
Dec 24, 2001 6:44 AM
I own the GLx and can say the ride is very smooth and comfortable. $600 is a great deal for this bike as it orginally retailed for about $1200. There are a couple of downsides to this bike, though. With Schwinn no longer in existance, you most likely not be able to have the frame warrantied(assuming you are buying it from a bike shop). If you are bying from a second party the warranty is a non issue anyway. If the bike still has the Ritchey Wheelset with the light spokes, you will want to either have the wheelset rebuilt or get a completely new one. I had 3 spokes break after 200 miles. The 105 group and reynold 853 frame are great value at $600. Hope this helps.
re: Trek 5200 vs Schwinn Supersport GLXErnie
Dec 25, 2001 7:33 AM
I'll buy the Schwinn SupersportGLX.
What size is it ?? I want a road bike for ragbrai 2002.
P.S. are there any other Schwinn Super Sports out there ? Prefer a red 2000 model.
re: Trek 5200 vs Schwinn Supersport GLXErnie
Dec 26, 2001 2:14 PM
Hello. I'm responding to my own message. Today I put 10% down on a 2001 Trek 1000 road bike. Why did I do that ?? Can anybody tell me of this is a good bike ?? I'm going on ragbrai 2002.