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New Bike Choices - Trek 5900, 5200 Project One or Custom Ti(13 posts)

New Bike Choices - Trek 5900, 5200 Project One or Custom TiFranchise
Aug 9, 2002 5:03 AM
I was wondering if anyone could give me some recommendations on a new frame. I'm looking at the 5900 Superlight, or a 5200 Project One Frame. I'm also considering Seven Ti(Axiom). Any advice would be much appreciated.

My stable to this point includes a Pinarello Prince, Colnago CT-1, single speeds, mountain bikes and track bikes.

Do you think I should wait for the 2003's to come out from Trek?
Skip the Treks. Everyone's got one. I'm one of them. (nm)Quack
Aug 9, 2002 5:04 AM
Less is more...TJeanloz
Aug 9, 2002 5:19 AM
It sounds like you have more bikes than you could possibly comfortably ride. Why not sell a couple, or give 'em away, so that you can at least claim that you need a new one. Bikes are made to be ridden, not hung up when you're tired of looking at them.

End of rant. Buy the 5900; better bike, less snobbish than a Seven.
Less is more...legs
Aug 9, 2002 6:03 AM
bikes arent snobbish.. people are.
go custom. enjoy life.
Mountains or no mountains? That is the questionhairywinston
Aug 9, 2002 6:59 AM
If you want to see Trek at its finest, watch the posties. In the mountain stages they tend to prefer the 5900's oclv 110 light weight and super stiffness. On the less mountainess stages they prefer to ride the 5500's oclv 120 stiff yet forgiving ride. Do what makes you happy. I personally try to imulate the best, and I believe that Lance is arguably the best. One final point that I would like to make. In our sport its the indian, not the arrow that wins the races. I love taking out my cheapest bike and wasting the guys with the bikes that cost more than my car. Then agian, that's just me. If having a $5,000.00 bike brings you joy, then I say go for it. However, don't buy it because you think it will make up for a lack of training. The bike is just the tool that takes to the podium, you're the artist that has to work his magic to get there. Have fun, its the best part of biking. I do tend to agree with the guy that said to give some of the old ones away. Unless you're a colector and those bikes are in mint condition, all they will do is collect dust. Whenever I buy a new bike, I give my old one away. It's kind of my way of fealing better about dropping cash on something that I didn't really need, and at the same time it brings someone else much joy.
Mountains or no mountains? That is the questionFranchise
Aug 9, 2002 7:16 AM
Thanks for the input. I am a pretty good racer and I do not have a lack of fitness. I compete in road races, crits, duathalons, and triathalongs. I also like to get on a beater(Old Cannondale) and smack people around. My beater still has downtube shifters!

I'll think about giving away a couple of bikes, but to me, they are like cars. I treat them like investments and I never get tired of them. I can look at my Prince, the first bike I got after I graduated college, and I remember all of the rides I went on that very first summer...it was magical, I tell you.
whichever rides better.MXL02
Aug 9, 2002 7:14 AM
Go test ride 'em, and pick the one which rides the best.
re: New Bike Choices - Trek 5900, 5200 Project One or Custom TiCT5
Aug 9, 2002 8:56 AM
how do you like your CT1?
re: New Bike Choices - Trek 5900, 5200 Project One or Custom TiFranchise
Aug 9, 2002 9:20 AM
I like it a lot. I prefer my Prince for shorter rides or races. The CT-1 is great for longer rides and anything with less than perfect pavement. It is rigid and the carbon rear triangle soaks up the bumps.
How about custom carbon?aeon
Aug 9, 2002 10:26 AM
I think carbon would be cool to try, but I also think you can do better as far as carbon goes. People have been raving lately about Bob Parlee's custom carbon frames, and you should also consider Calfee. I mean, you already have two of the best bikes made, I would think a Trek would kind of be like a step backwards.
How about custom carbon?Franchise
Aug 9, 2002 10:49 AM
Thanks! Do you have any contact information? Do you have a custom carbon frame? How do you like it?
Some Linksaeon
Aug 9, 2002 3:03 PM
Do I have carbon? Unfortunately no, I am but a lowly student riding 80's steel. Whatever I can tell you will be what I've heard from others, but I think I can start you in the right direction.

Calfee's website is http://www.calfeedesign.com/
They make stock and custom frames, in 3 models, from $1299 to $2900, and their lightest frame (the Dragonfly) weighs in around 2lb.

Parlee's website is http://www.zedracing.com/index.html
They're newcomers compared to Calfee, but the background is impressive. They make 2 models, with no upcharge for custom geometry, for i believe $2900. The lighter of the two also weighs around 2lb.

I've heard raves about the ride quality and beautiful finish on a Parlee frame, although I must admit I like the look of the Project One Treks better. If you get a Calfee, you are not allowed cover up the carbon finish with paint =).

Also look at the Calfee owner's forum, at http://www.hydromedia.com/phorum/list.php?f=1
They know more than me, so I would ask there too.

Hmmm, or you could wait for the new Colnago Carbonissimo. I know nothing about this bike, but damn is it beautiful.
http://www.cbike.com/colnago_carbonissimo.htm
Some LinksFranchise
Aug 9, 2002 7:16 PM
Thanks for the reply. I'll take you up on the info. 80's steel is real...remember that! Carbonissimo would be nice, but it's much too expensive. Also, customer service for Colnago is not that great in my area. I bought a CT-1 56cm because the dealer thought my Pinarello and the Colnago size their frames in the same manner. This was wrong, and I ended up with a frame that was a little on the small side. A 125mm stem and some extra spacers helped that, though.