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Trek 5200(8 posts)

Trek 5200glrousseau
Sep 30, 2002 3:38 PM
Other than the componets, does anyone know what differences there are between a new 5200 and one that is 5 years old? I'm interested to know if the frame technology is the same or if it changed.

re: Trek 5200CARBON110
Sep 30, 2002 4:03 PM
yes....better carbon...better forks...and cables routed better and nicer ways. Anything before 1999 is a good frame but uses 150 OCLV and 1999+ uses 120OCLV. I would never ride on the rpe 1999 air rail forks. If you have one, get a new one on ebay for like 20-40 bucks or get a Reynolds. Otherwise, they are great frames
Sep 30, 2002 4:10 PM
The steerer tube cahnged from 1" to 1 1/8" between 2000 and 2001 (I think those were the years).
re: Trek 5200cholla
Sep 30, 2002 5:07 PM
Quick question:

I have a 1996 5200. Is it just the 1999 forks that are bad? How can I tell if mine are problematic? I just upgraded my drivetrain to 9 spd DA, and I know that upgrading my forks and headset would shave more weight, but I'm not inclined to do that unless there is a real safety issue. Thanks.
re: Trek 5200big fat roadie
Sep 30, 2002 5:33 PM
Do you mean pre-1999 forks are bad? What kind of problems do they have?
My '97 Trek 5200 is at Trek for warranty replacementviperbob
Sep 30, 2002 5:58 PM
The frames were changed significantly during the 95-98 timeframe due to breakage / delaminations. I found a lot of information in on this board about these problems with these earlier models. My threaded bottom bracket delaminated internally from the carbon fiber. It got to the point that bottom bracket area was flexing with every stroke of the pedal (along with an extremely annoying squeek). Be careful...
more info.....CARBON110
Sep 30, 2002 6:44 PM
There were some instances of pre 99 air rail forks breaking simply since they are so skinny and ot as durable. Does this mean you should go replace? Not unless you feel you should. I ride my bike sometimes up to 55+ mph and I would not do s on the pre-99 forks. In 2000, reynolds came out with a super nice fork that can fit any Trek. The are standard on Litespeeds. Trek sells air rail frks and most Trek dealers can either get you one or have one. After owning seven OCLV's and going on my 8th now, I have only broken one. It was a Mtn bike and Trek replaced in 3 weeks no questions asked. They also gave me the next years best frame as the replacement. I have met some people who cracked/broke an OCLV in a crash or being hit by a car but Trek takes care of them 99% of the time. Even if its a race crash. This year I was involved in my first crash going about 26 mph. My 5900 OCLV flipped, rolled, and skid accross the pavement with me and 10 other people. Someone hit a bird in the road, I was eating at the time and was the last to go down. My bike, was in perfect shape. It scratched the peddles and the rear drop out was bent about 2 mm but nothing big. After collecting myself I was ELATED my bike was fine. Pre 1999 Treks are very nice bikes. You should be worried if you are using a stem that came with bike as I undertand it, the stem system used in the 1999 TDF and came factory on the bikes around 98-99 was recalled and replaced by a similar stem system used today. Trek changed alot this year, fom paint to forks to a few degrees in frame molding but there is no reason you should feel unsafe on your 5 year old Trek carbon unless there is something YOU are cooooncerned about. Go to a reputable dealer and ask them anything. Also you can find Bontrager stems/bars/forks or anything else for cheap on ebay and RBR.Your bike skills will usally fail you beofre your bike componentsbut I would hope everyone gives their bike a good close look over pretty often. I would have confidence of Trek taking care of you as well.. although there have been a few instances they just don't from time to time. They also changed the way they warrenty frame now. They used to make a crap load of frames every year in anticipation for replacments. Now they have a seperate factory to make frames on deand so they don't have so many left over at years end and waste money.Believeme they will be more than appy to utilize that factory for its purpose should you reck your bike :)
more info.....CARBON110
Sep 30, 2002 6:46 PM
Holy $hit my key board sucks ahhahaha

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