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Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900(13 posts)

Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900texfan
May 19, 2002 9:57 AM
I am in the process of buying a new bike. One of the bikes I am looking at is the Trek 5500. My local lbs was kind enough to loan me a 5900, with Campy Record and Rolf wheels to try out over the weekend. (they did not have any 5500s in stock). As background, I have been riding an old Cannondale 2.8 with a mishmash of components for the last several years. Additionally, the roads I ride on are god awful. Very rough.

After spending the weekend on this bike, I am truly impressed. Light responsive and it really, really smooths out the roads. My average speed picked without really pushing it. The best part was that while I was tired at the end of the rides, I did not feel beat up.

My question is does the 5500 120 frame ride as nicely as the 5900, 110 frame? I sure hope so because it is already a stretch for the 5500. Thanks for the input.

re: Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900SantaCruz
May 19, 2002 11:10 AM
If you are looking to buy a carbon fiber bike, try more than just the Treks. I'm not a Trek basher but when spending this much money you owe it to yourself to check out some others. Calfee, Look, Aegis, Kestrel would be worth riding. Colnago and Parlee are probably out of your price range. Ride quality can vary substantially between manufacturers and models.
re: Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900ngl
May 19, 2002 12:13 PM
Seems like you have a LBS that others can only dream about.
As a side note, maybe purchase a 5200 and upgrade the wheels (same as a 5500 but with ultegra).
I have a 5500Len J
May 19, 2002 2:22 PM
and test rode a 5900 for about 20 miles.

My experience is that the 5900 is slightly stiffer and a tad bit harsher than the 5500. 5500 was plenty stiff for me & is an all day ride.

Good luck

I have a 5500texfan
May 19, 2002 3:25 PM
Thanks for the responses. I am still need to ride some more bikes before I make my final decision. The same lbs is letting me take a Klein Quantum Race for a few days this week.

I am also planning on trying out a Cannodale 2000si, Airborne and a Kestrel.(I do not believe that the other lbs is as liberal with loaning out their bikes)

Unfortunatly, We are somewhat limited in terms of bike availabilty in my town. While I would like to try a Look or Calfee, there are no dealers in town.

I did miss type in my first message. I am in the market for the 5200, rather than the 5500. My understanding is that they have the same frames but that the 5500 has Dura-Ace and nicer wheelsets while the 5200 has Ultegra.

some bike shop!tarwheel
May 20, 2002 4:10 AM
Where is this shop? My LBS wouldn't even let me take a bike out for a 20-mile spin -- which is one reason why I ended up buying from an out-of-town shop over the phone. Have they got any C-40s to test ride?
some bike shop!texfan
May 20, 2002 6:47 AM
The shop is CCRider in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Unfortunately, no Colnago. This is strictly, I believe, a Trek shop, carrying all of the Trek brands. (It also carries Gary Fischer Mountain bikes. I am not sure if that is a Trek brand or not.)

Hey Texfan...Ride-Fly
May 20, 2002 8:05 AM
pls let us know how you rate the Klein QR compared to the 5900. I have a '00 QRace and will be in the market for a new bike next year. I am already doing the research now, as I know I will take forever deciding because I suffer from "analysis paralysis" whenever it comes to bike purchases. Even though Carbon Fiber frames aren't what I am looking for, I'd still like to hear your thoughts on how you rate the Klein frames with others out there. BTW, you are in the "Body of Christ" uhhh?? I was stationed there at NAS CC in '91-'93. It is God-Awefully humid there during the riding season and was glad to leave but I kinda miss it from time to time. Good luck in your decision. Ride On!!
What LBS are you talking about.firstrax
May 19, 2002 4:50 PM
if the 5500 is a stretch...SteveO
May 20, 2002 4:27 AM
why not go for the 5000 or 5200?
(they used to be the same frame... is that not true anymore?)
if the 5500 is a stretch...texfan
May 20, 2002 6:49 AM
I think you are right. I am looking at the 5200, not the 5500. I do not believe that there is a 5000 anymore. Nothing in the literature or on the web site.
re: Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900BikeViking at home
May 20, 2002 5:29 AM
I can't really speak to the 5900, but I bought a 5200 about 6 weeks ago and I love it! I rode my first 50 miler yesterday on it and, while a little tired, I was not thrashed.

I'd look at the cost benefit ratio. Are the benefits of the 5900 worth the extra money you pay for it?

My .02 say probably not if you are a recreational racer like me.
re: Big mistake, I just rode a Trek 5900JL
May 20, 2002 5:44 AM
I've been riding a 5200 for over a year now, and it's never beat me up on a ride. The roads around here (PA) aren't great either.

I think you'll be just as happy with the 5200, but as others suggested try to find some other Carbon Fibers to try. I tried the Quantum Race too, and while I liked it, felt a bit harsher to me. I wouldn't discount it though, as it felt better than my old '91 all CroMo steel bike.

Happy riding.