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Well, finally did it...pulled the trigger & "what a DEAL!!".(25 posts)

Well, finally did it...pulled the trigger & "what a DEAL!!".jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 11:13 AM
2001 Trek 5200/5500 OCLV120 USPS(white w/red & blue decals) 58" frameset, full Dura Ace(double/12-23), and the '03 Bontrager Race X Lite wheelset...for...only...$2400!! I heard these wheels are lighter than the Ksyrium SL's? They now have the weight saving cut-outs like the SL's, too.=) The rest of the components(seatpost, saddle, hbar, and stem, etc.) are '02 5200 spec.

Tomorrow I'm going back to the shop for the fitting.

Ah...piece of mind that the search is over feels GREAT!!


P.S. I'm not crazy about the '01 USPS paint/decal scheme either(think it's a bit loud) but COULDN'T pass up this opportunity. Besides, the shop mentioned I can remove a label or two...or three. I told them that I had heard that Trek then denies warranties but the shop owner said that isn't the case. For now, I'm going to let her be!
FOOL! Why did you not buy a MERAK WITH RECORD 10?!?RhodyRider
Oct 17, 2002 11:25 AM
Everyone here knows it is the holy grail of bicycles...right?
Just kidding! Your Trek sounds slick, congrats & enjoy.
Hee! I think the Trek will def suffice for my first road bike!nmjtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 11:31 AM
My campaign is slowly coming to fruition. (nm)onespeed
Oct 17, 2002 11:38 AM
Won't work on mePaulCL
Oct 17, 2002 11:40 AM
Your campaign, that is. The Merak is too wimpy to stand up to REAL men (those of us over 175lbs). Bummer, it is a beautiful bike. Just kidding.....
me too...slomo
Oct 17, 2002 12:09 PM
i was looking in to getting a merak for my next bike. i spoke to the owner of my LBS and he told me it was too wimpy for anyone over 170 (his opinion). he also stated that it had a horrendous shimmy while descending. kinda scary. he promptly sold his merak.
You crack me up! =) (nm)jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 12:09 PM
Oct 17, 2002 12:19 PM
Let us know what you think after your 1st ride (post-fitting). You'll LOVE how fast a roadbike is.
Will do! Yeah, I can't wait to get on it.jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 12:23 PM
For now, I'm going to just mount up an extra old set of SPD mtb clipless pedals I have and use my Shimano mtb shoes.

carefull with those shoes...853
Oct 17, 2002 12:41 PM
I remember starting out w/ MTB shoes and pedals and scratching up the crank arms from the shoes being to wide and rubbing on them. Once you scratch those beautifull Dura-Ace cranks you can't do anything about it but cry. :(

Nice bike, Enjoy!
THANKS for the "heads-up"! Hmm...maybe I'll hold off on that!nmjtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 12:49 PM
Good purchase!RickC5
Oct 17, 2002 12:36 PM
Trust me, you'll be happy with that Trek. Seems like a great deal.

In addition to my wife's 1999/2000 LA Spec Edition in the family, I ride a 2002 5200 Triple (less loud paint scheme, mostly grey & blue). I love it so much, I recently sold my Klein Quantun Race, as I never rode the Klein once I rode the 5200.
Grey and blue = Project 1? Wow...sold the Klein, eh?jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 12:43 PM
That's what I like to hear, now that I decided against the Klein and Cannondale. This deal was just too good to let pass by.

I did the same thing - kinda!Cisitalia
Oct 17, 2002 1:32 PM
Congratulations on your new bike!

I have wanted to get a road bike for awhile, versus just riding my MTB. It was hard to make this decision with so many different choices. I got a 2002 Trek 5500 frame/fork combo in metallic blue with all Dura-Ace components then spec'd out the rest. I picked the Alien Carbon seat post, Selle Italia SLR Titanium saddle (185 gr), ITM Millenium stem and ITM Carbon/Kevlar handle bar, Rolf Sestriere wheelset with Ti skewers and Mich Axial Pro tires.

My new baby was delivered at about 15.5 lbs. I also added Shimano 959 pedals, bottle cage and computer and it is about 16.5 lbs. I found a great deal on some brand new Shimano 212 road bike shoes and put SH-51 MTB cleats on temporarily. I plan on getting the new Shimano road bike pedals this fall, which are supposed to be great!

I like the bike a lot so far. Hope you enjoy yours!
OBTW it cost $2850 USDCisitalia
Oct 17, 2002 5:00 PM
Sounds like you got a pretty good deal, too! (nm)jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 8:19 PM
Oct 17, 2002 8:18 PM
I've also been riding my mtb everywhere and you're right - there ARE a lot of choices out there! Nice bike yourself...the 5500 w/DA. Real nice seatpost. How do you like it? Nice light saddle, too. Man...16.5 w/pedals, bottle cages, and computer is light! What size frame is this?

Oct 18, 2002 6:31 AM
I like the seatpost, feels like an integral part of the frame. I was concerned about comfort of the saddle, but after some time on it, it is very comfortable - I like it alot!

Lite weight is nice, but only has one cage on at the moment. The reduced weight is helped by the 52 frame. I thought I would need a 54, but my LBS has the sizing bike and spent 45 min. on me to get my correct size. It fits great.
It's no wonder that you got a good deal...mmquest
Oct 17, 2002 6:33 PM
they probably had that 58 inch frameset in the store forever trying to find someone big enough to ride it ;)

Congrats...enjoy the ride!
Doubt it-58cm Trek is really a 56cm(center-top of seattube).(nm)jtferraro
Oct 17, 2002 8:22 PM
Smokin Deal!!!chuckjg
Oct 18, 2002 5:50 AM
where did you find that deal? now I'm even more obsessed in my search for the ultimate deal.
Deal found at a LBS in CT. You from the northeast? (nm)jtferraro
Oct 18, 2002 6:32 AM
Deal found at a LBS in CT. You from the northeast? (nm)chuckjg
Oct 18, 2002 10:51 AM
I live in Miss. there ain't no choices roun heah!
at La Bicicletta ... moreCisitalia
Oct 18, 2002 6:54 AM
My local LBS is La Bicicletta. They have a shop in Toronto and in Niagara Falls, NY. There website is which has fairly good prices. They are a great bunch of knowlegable guys. A few of the guys there have pro-racing backgrounds. The guy I dealt with was named Heath Cockburn. They have many frame choices other than Trek, but I am very happy so far with my plane jane Trek vs. the exotics like Look and Colnago etc. Hey it's a pretty good choice for my first "real" road bike.
The opposite .... moreCisitalia
Oct 18, 2002 6:41 AM
No they had to wait for someone small enough to fit the 52 frame size! :>) I thought I needed a larger size but the LBS I went to are very knowledgable and has a sizing bike that they spent alot of time on to get the best fit. I tried riding many different bikes in different sizes and this one feels pretty good.