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Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????(11 posts)

Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????leeinmemphis
Jan 21, 2002 5:15 PM
I am considering the purchase of a new road bike to do some local charity rides on and to also ride while the trails are too muddy for the mountain bike. I was looking at a trek 2200 and 2300 but like the idea of trying the 5200 frame. I am 6' tall and weigh about 220 lbs. I have been out of cycling for the last 5 years and have really enjoyed my return to mountain biking. I am going to buy a road bike and this one seems to have the performance and quality of parts that I am looking for. My question is do you think that the frame itself is worth the 800 upgrade? Basically the wheels and components are pretty close to the same except the cranks. I am wondering what everyone thinks as far as ride quality and vibration is concerned. I am going to test ride them this weekend and would like to know what to look for in the bikes that I have narrowed it down to. Thanks in advance for any tips or advise.

Be more creativejtolleson
Jan 21, 2002 6:10 PM
For the price of the '02 5200s, you can get something a lot more interesting and every bit as good in CF, AL, or Steel... even some ti.

That being said, if you are determined to go Trek, it is worth the $$ to get off the al offerings (2200 and 2300).
Be more creativeTig
Jan 22, 2002 8:25 AM
I agree. If you MUST have a Trek, then by all means go for the 5200 over their aluminum offerings. I have a 2200 and long for my old 5200 that was stolen over this piece of junk. Only YOU can decide, and everyone here will advise you to test ride your choices and make sure the shop spends plenty of time fitting you before you plunk down your money.

Before you decide, consider the carbon bikes from Look and Calfee . They offer all the benefits of carbon, but with a livelier feel and greater uniqueness than the zillions of Trek OCLV's.
re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????descente
Jan 21, 2002 6:42 PM
Buy the bike that you feel most comfortable riding and the one that fits your body.

Yes many people ride Trek OCLV bikes, but in the end it's just you and road. So the fact that thousands of riders out there ride a Trek OCLV frame is irrevelant (sorry if I spelled that incorrectly). It's what feels good to you.

Carbon fiber frames are very comfortable. I ridden several (old Giant Cadex, Look KG, and yes a Trek!).
So if you are looking for a dampened ride, a CF frame will give you that. AL frames are not known for they smooth comfortable ride, that's one reason for the birth of the carbon stays in AL frames.

I chose CF because I do not race and I am more into doing long distance solo rides. So I opted for comfort.
But to each their own...

But to give props to the previous poster, for the price of the 5200, you could get a CF bike that is more "exotic", like a Kestrel Talon or a Look KG series.
re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????kyroadie
Jan 22, 2002 9:57 AM
Buy what you want! Exotic does not mean better!
re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????Elefantino
Jan 21, 2002 7:34 PM
A short course in this board's take on the Trek 5200 vs. aluminum:

Aluminum: "Lively road feel"
OCLV: "Dead, wooden feel"

Aluminum: "Great sprint platform"
OCLV: "Who wins sprints on carbon?"

Aluminum: "Tuned, responsive."
OCLV: "Trek sucks."

Aluminum: "Wait, he was talking about TREK aluminum."
OCLV: "Trek STILL sucks."

That said, because you are going to buy this bike for charity rides and the occasional road foray, I'd suggest looking at a used one. This is a good time now because many people are selling one-season bikes for much less than you'd pay for new, and many are in very good shape. And in your size, many bikes are available for a heck of a lot cheaper than either a new Trek alu or carbon.

That said, if you're set on buying new, change your hand positions often on each bike and feel the road feedback. Also take a hill or two and see if you think the aluminum gives you more of a kick than the OCLV (I bet it won't). The guess is here that you'll like the OCLV better for the long haul. Pun intended.

That said, I conclude this evening with the record for times having used "That said" to start a paragraph!

Gregg, what do I win?
And the winner isScot_Gore
Jan 21, 2002 7:44 PM
You win the prize for answering a record number of different topics with the same answer.


It's great advice, and can't be said enough, thanks

re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????ngl
Jan 22, 2002 10:41 AM
Forget the "interesting brands" if your LBS does not support them. Changing tires and tubes (even wheel sets)can change ride characteristics. Your LBS will probably upgrade for a small fee. I just updated my Specialized AL to a 5200 with sestrieres and love it. I can ride 5 hours now with less back pain than 3 hours on the AL.
re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????Scot Bolland
Jan 22, 2002 11:44 AM
LeeinMemphis - drop me an e-mail about used '01 5200. Sorry to use the forum, but I didn't see your address in your post to write you directly.
re: Any advise for someone looking to buy a trek 5200????Scot Bolland
Jan 23, 2002 9:20 AM
Buy Low - Sell Highgrzy
Jan 23, 2002 9:51 AM
Shop around you can find some killer deals on used bikes. This has to be one of the most popular higher end road frames ever sold. What's it been 8+ years on the model run? I sold mine complete for around $1,000 and unless you need to put the first ding in the finish or need the latest color scheme you will do fine with a decent used frame. Ultimately it's very good bargain, but not a unique setup. Make sure that you really get the sizing right - Trek measures it's frames a bit strange and, for example, a 56 cm frame fits more like a conventional 54 cm. A lot of the Icon componentry is crappy (but it's gotten better) and they had some very long reach bars for a while that may drive you nuts until you replace them. The frames are pretty bomb proof, but don't have a very lively feel to them. On the other hand it's a very smooth ride and really dampens out vibration for long rides. Try to avoid any bike with the original OCLV skinny "noodle" fork at your weight. The Air Rail fork beefier, but there are better forks out there.