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New 5200 OCLV and I love it!(13 posts)

New 5200 OCLV and I love it!BikeViking
Apr 10, 2002 3:54 PM
Just upgraded my '92 Trek 1200 with an '02 5200. I was set on getting the new 2300, but once I tried the carbon, I was sold. Much more tolerant of road bumps and sprints like a demon! THis is my first bike w/STI, so it is doubly great for me.

That being said, are there any TANGIBLE differences between the C40, 300EMS or Look series CF frames that make them better than OCLV?
I'd like to hear this as well...floatch
Apr 10, 2002 4:02 PM
I'm the proud new owner of a 2002 5200 as well. I really dig the stiff but compliant ride, and the way the bike just seems to want to go fast. I'd love to hear how much better the really high-dollar bikes are.
Who cares enjoy your ride...agilis ti
Apr 10, 2002 5:22 PM
Does it matter. 5200 is 120 carbon design strong light and well made. the 5900 is 110 carbon and considered the "best" of the trek line but many of the posties were on the 120 grade carbon at the 2000 tour so I would suggest that it is a good frame. If it is good enough for you why bother wondering what if. You will find good and bad posts about every single bike ever made and I mean every so take these posts with a grain of salt there is a little bias in all of us..
Who cares enjoy your ride...bic
Apr 10, 2002 7:47 PM
I went from a TREK 1420 with alum. fork to a 2000 OCLV a few years ago. I understand your excitment!! But I have to agree with the above. If you enjoy it as much as I have why wonder what the other guy is riding.
Who cares enjoy your ride...Doc
Apr 11, 2002 3:55 AM
Isn't it great to have a beautiful bike you love to ride? I understand completely, except for the carbon part. I've never even ridden one. It makes you wonder how much better anything else could be.And, by the way, everybody I've ever met who rides on oclv absolutely loves them.
re: New 5200 OCLV and I love it!BikeViking
Apr 11, 2002 4:42 AM
It's not a jealousy thing at all. Strictly from an intellectual standpoint, I am trying understand why someone whould pay $3800 for a C40 frame when there MAY be no tangible difference between it and the $4200 (complete bike w/D/A) 5500/5900?

congrats!Duane Gran
Apr 11, 2002 5:00 AM
I have been riding a 5200 for about a year and a half now and still love it. I couldn't tell you the difference between OCLV and other carbon models, but I know I'm very happy with the one I ride. Enjoy!
re: New 5200 OCLV and I love it!JimP
Apr 11, 2002 5:14 AM
I think the question is are you willing to spend a lot of money for fine art that rolls on two wheels? I looked at the C40, Look, and Trek OCLV before buying my Aegis. I rode with and talked to people who had those different bikes. Each owner has their own reason and logic for their decision. It was interesting to talk to people who owned more than one brand and then ask why they were riding that particular bike that day. The common thread was that each bike has a slightly different feel and you have to find the one you are willing to spend a lot of money on. One of the points I liked about Aegis was that they built early carbon bikes for both Trek and Colnago and thus had a lot of experience with carbon. Another factor in my decision was that companies that build bikes for the pro teams use that as marketing to justify the price. I understand the research costs must be recovered but question cost versus performance. Good luck on making this $$ decision.
Trollman asks....Trollman
Apr 11, 2002 6:04 AM
If there are tangible differences, will you go out and buy the others?
Trollman asks....Chen2
Apr 11, 2002 6:15 AM
I'm a happy owner of a '98 5500 that I've upgraded with Ouzo Pro fork and Chris King headset. There are two features of a C-40 that I think I like better, the slacker head tube angle and that the C-40 is built in 1 cm increment sizes. But I don't think you can beat the OCLV's for dollar value and I suspect the Trek frame materials are as good as any in the world.
Apr 11, 2002 7:23 AM
If the TREK fits, I doubt if you could find a better carbon frame for the money. That said, there are valid reasons to consider other makes -- primarily related to fit. As stated, TREKS only come in 2 cm increments, which can be a problem for really dialing in fit. Also, TREKs tend to have longish top tubes and short head tubes -- making proper fit a problem if you need a frame with shorter reach and/or higher handlebar height. Personally, I don't think I could get fit properly on a TREK carbon without using a BUNCH of spacers under the stem. Colnagos and Looks have very different geometries from the TREKs. The other reasons to consider relate to aesthetics. Not everyone is crazy about TREK graphics, paint and decals. You gotta admit, a C-40 is one sharp looking frame and available in many different color combinations -- although some might find them ugly. TREK is now offering custom paint jobs, or at least more selection, though. If I was considering a carbon frame, I would look long and hard at the Calfees because they can do custom geometries -- but that runs into some big bucks. I'm not trying to rain on your parade, though, as I think the TREK carbons are great bikes. My brother has a LeMond carbon (which they no longer make but is the same frame as the TREK) and he loves it. TREK has been very responsive in handling several warranty issues that have arisen over the years.
Trek warranty was a disaster for meKrypton
Apr 11, 2002 11:44 AM
I had an OCLV 9.8 (mountain bike). I was going down a hill at about 45km/hour, my front tire kicked a stone up that went trough my downtube. It had a gash of about 3cm by 0.5cm. Trek did not warranty the frame since there was another mark on the seatstay and they said that I crashed it. They did not believe that a stone could pierce the frame. So, I had a 1 month old bike with a frame that was unusable. I had to fork over the money for a new frame, so I bought an aluminium more OCLV moutain bikes for me. Actually, no more Treks for me....but this is a personnal choice. I believe taht they are good bikes, but the warranty I'm not so sure....
re: New 5200 OCLV and I love it!dasho
Apr 11, 2002 3:21 PM
I have a Trek 5200 and a Look KG 281. They are both wonderful bikes. The Look has a more steely feeling ride while the Trek is more dampened. The Trek may be a little more stiff because it is more like a monocoque than the Look and the Air rail fork is a lttle more beefy than the HSC 3. The Look is hand built and definitely a work of art but for the money you can't do better than OCLV. They are both a blast to ride.