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Bike selection - Bianchi vs. Trek(4 posts)

Bike selection - Bianchi vs. TrekCisitalia
Sep 26, 2002 10:21 AM
I have taken a detour from the road bike scene for many years. I have been riding mountain bikes lately, but it is time to get back into road bikes. A lot of technology changes in both. I would like either an aluminum or carbon frame and will be more of a recreational rider. I would like to long distance ride with friends and critiriums sort of appeal to me although not too competitively. Therefore, ride comfort will be important and thus leaning towards full carbon but I would like some input from the experienced individuals on this board. I appreciate the technology, refined components and have the means to afford nice equipment as long as I can make adequate use of it vs. the money spent.

I know there are many nice choices out there and many different bikes would suffice for myself. But, I have found some good deals on 2002 models in Bianchi EV4/EV2 (retail $4,500/3,500 USD) and Trek 5500 (retail $3,900 USD). The EV4 and 5500 can be had for about the same money and the EV2 Record mix for about the same price as a nice used 5500 which is $2,000.

I would like to get some input on the pros and cons of the two different frames and the particulars of the choices mentioned above. What would be the best choice for my riding requirements?

Thanks in advance for everyones input.
re: Bike selection - Bianchi vs. Trekmackgoo
Sep 26, 2002 10:49 AM
I'm a Bianchi guy so I'm going to tell you get a Bianchi. I would get the 03 carbon though. Infact that is what I'm going to do. I'm going to put aside the old Ti Mega tube for a while and try the carbon.
i have one of each_rt_
Sep 26, 2002 11:27 AM
the Bianchi is alu & the Trek is the 5200 OCLV. the Bianchi is a nice quick ride but after only 1 ride on the Trek i have to wonder what i've been doing riding alu for so long. the carbon is buttery smooth & sucks up a lot of the road jitter that i could feel (even with a carbon fork) on the alu.

i'd go for the Trek....though the Bianchi sure is a pretty bike.
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Carbon is the FutureMaartin
Sep 27, 2002 7:47 AM
Ride both and see. The Trek is smooth yet stiff. No comparison at all in my book.