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Trek 5200 vs. 2300(6 posts)

Trek 5200 vs. 2300GE
Sep 1, 2002 4:53 PM
What is your experience with these bikes? I know that the only differences between these 2 bikes is the frame-5200 is made from OCLV Carbon Fibre and 2300 is made from the new Zirconium 9000 Aluminium Alloy. Is the 5200 worth the extra $500? What is the difference between these 2 frame materials? How are they different in terms of riding?
Thanks in advance.
re: Trek 5200 vs. 2300briko51
Sep 1, 2002 4:58 PM
the 2300 aluminum might be a little more harsh on longer rides. the carbon seems to soak up a little more of the bumps.

a lot of people would say the carbon has a "wood/plastic/dead" feel to it...i'm more of a climber who got to test one out and much to my surprise i must say it was very lively on the slopes...

see if you can test either one :) good luck!

also, the geometries seem to be a tad different for the '03 models of 2300 vs 5200
Yes its worth the $500DavidS
Sep 1, 2002 9:00 PM
The carbon frame on the 5200 is excellent. It soaks up road noise and bumps, is light, stiff and a great ride. The 2300 is a good frame, maybe a little harsh. I have found my 5200 to be fantastic. Worth $1K more IMO.

have fun,
Dave S
re: Trek 5200 vs. 2300TREKY
Sep 2, 2002 6:52 AM
If the extra $500 is going to be hard to on the budget go with the 2300.On the other hand if you can fork over the $500 with not much pain I would go with the 5200.In the long run the 5200 is going to be worth the extra investment but the 2300 is still a quality frame that you won't regret getting.I guess it all depends on how long you plan on keeping the bike and how much time you spend in the saddle.
re: Trek 5200 vs. 2300BikeViking at home
Sep 2, 2002 2:49 PM
I was in the SAME dilemna you are now, but it was in April. I was all set to buy the 2300, but I made the mistake of riding the 5200. THey were both very stiff, but the 5200 seemed to dampen any rough road areas,(rode over some on both to compare).

THe extra money is WELL worth it if you plan on doing a lot of riding.

Either choice nets you the Race-Lite wheels and after 1800 miles, mine are still very true.
5200 holds resale value much better (nm)Raf1
Sep 2, 2002 9:02 PM