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trying to decide between bianchi 2001 volpe & trek 2000(4 posts)

trying to decide between bianchi 2001 volpe & trek 2000cel
Jul 22, 2002 12:16 PM
I ride for a good workout. Most of my workout rides will be between 12 to 18 miles. When time permits, like on weekends, I may ride 25 to 30 miles. I never ride off road. I can purchase a new bianchi 2001 volpe for $650 or a new trek 2000 for $899. My budget prefers the $650 price tag on the bianchi. Will I regret saving the $250 if I buy the bianchi instead of the trek? My old specialized was stolen and I need a reliable replacement.
I have a Volpe...Gregory Taylor
Jul 22, 2002 12:42 PM
Bought new in 1999. It's a decent touring bike, but a tad heavy. It has a long touring bike wheelbase, and benign handling. Bianchi cuts a few corners on the parts spec to meet the price point -- I killed the headset in the first three months, and the brakes (cheap cantilevers) weren't particularly powerful.

Ride both of them and see what you like. I'm willing to bet that the Trek will be more fun to ride -- is having a bike that is zippy and fun worth $250 to you?
re: trying to decide between bianchi 2001 volpe & trek 2000Barton
Jul 23, 2002 4:23 AM
I also have a 99 Volpe. I agree with Greg Taylor on most points. Where I diverge is reliability. I have put about 1200 miles on mine with no problems. Yes, it is a tad heavy, but for weekend workouts it will be fine.
Hey Barton, a question --Gregory Taylor
Jul 23, 2002 5:15 AM
How are the wheels on your Volpe holding up? I have the Shimano RSX hubs laced to Mavic MA2 rims. Nice parts, but my wheelset started popping spokes at about 3,000 miles. I relaced the wheels, and cured the problem (about 9,000 or so miles on the bike so far). I've noticed that the newer Volpes have WTB wheelsets.

By the way, the bike has been pretty reliable. It gets used a lot. The Shimano RSX gruppo is tough to kill if you keep it lubed. The headset was an unsealed, no-name part that died a horrible death commuting during a fairly wet fall season.