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Look 396 vs Trek 5200(4 posts)

Look 396 vs Trek 5200spspinner
Oct 18, 2002 4:43 PM
I have decided to get back into riding and have been following this site for a while in helping me choose which bike to purchase. I narrowed it down to either the '03 Trek 5200 with the new straight fork or the Look 386. Both would be equiped with the same equipment. The Look is priced out at around $300 more. I am planning on getting back into ridding a few times a week and an occassional century. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you ahead of time for your advice.
Camry/Accord vs Nissan Altima or VW Passatlook271
Oct 18, 2002 5:06 PM
Get the idea? Neither is a bad choice-both are great bikes.Get the Trek if $300 is imortant to you and you don't mind seeing several of "your" bike at rides. Get the Look if you like being different. Won't see lots of those on your club rides, especially the 386. FWIW-I'd get the Look, but I am biased.....
Oops, that's 396, not 386 D'oh!look271
Oct 18, 2002 5:07 PM
re: Look 396 vs Trek 5200akjohn
Oct 20, 2002 7:48 PM
Last spring I was looking at a Trek 5200 and a Look 281. I decided to buy the Look and I am certainly satisfied with my bike.
I think the workmanship on my Look is superior to my friend's 5200. The ride is wonderful. And, it is kind of cool to ride a bike that is a bit unique on this side of the Atlantic.
I am surprised the 386 is $300 more than the 5200. My 281 was priced the same as a 386. I bought my Ultegra/Open Pro equipped bike for $2100 and change. Build kit included Look carbon stem and seatpost. I would be surprised if you couldn't pick up a 386 for that now.