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What Next After Trek 2300?(9 posts)

What Next After Trek 2300?WhoisJohnGalt
Nov 14, 2002 4:12 PM
I started riding again 2 years ago after about a 20 year rest break. (I'm 46!) Anyway, I have about 4k on the 2300 which I bought new. My question centers around the next choice in bikes. I didn't buy a Trek 5200 because I was concerned about how much riding I would do and wanted to "not spend too much". Well, I'm hooked and the spouse supports this hobby which is a VERY good thing! I like the 2300, but would a carbon bike feel that much better? How about all the Ti models out there? I also like the idea of a steel bike like a LeMond Zurich...I know I'm kind of throwing out a bone here for conversation but I enjoy all the info here on this board...My $$$ limit would probably be about $3k. Anyone here with some similiar experiences? BTW, I'm 6"3, 200lbs.
re: What Next After Trek 2300?laffeaux
Nov 14, 2002 4:15 PM
If you like the way that the 2300 handles consider the 5200. The geometry is the same, but the ride is a bit nicer. I've ridden the TI and steel LeMonds, and they're nice, but I prefer the handling of the Treks to the Lemonds.

For $3K there are a lot of choices.
After that model of 2300, almost any frame will feel good!Tig
Nov 14, 2002 5:04 PM
The '99 and '00 2200/2300 Trek SL frames are really rough riding IMO. The carbon fiber forks reduce the front end buzz, but the vibrations in the back will make a short ride feel long, and a long ride feel like hell. These are just my personal observations after spending a few years on one. You being 6'3" and riding a larger frame, you may have had better luck than I had with my 54 cm. Also, for an aluminum frame it is rather flexible in the bottom bracket and somewhat heavy. I'm bringing up all of this to say that you would most likely be happy with something else, and very happy with the 5200.

For $3K, you have many great choices... maybe too many! I've heard many great comments about the LeMond Zurich. Reynolds 853 pro tubing is hard to beat for a nice ride. If weight is a concern, you may want to go with the 5200. A riding buddy's '02 Zurich actually weighs almost 4 pounds more than his new Redline cross bike! If you do like the ride of your 2300, consider a CADD 5 or newer Cannondale. They should ride a little nicer, and I think they are great for larger riders.

There are dozens of other good choices available to you. It all depends on what you need and want. Be sure to get sized by a qualified fit expert before you sink your hard earned $ into a new bike. What do you like/dislike about your current setup? Compare your prospective bikes to your existing geometry.

Consider moving most/all of your 2300's parts to a really good new frame to save $. Your 2 year old Ultegra parts are still great as long as they aren't damaged. Doing this, you could really go all out on a frame and also get a second set of nicer wheels (better than the Rolfs that came with the 2300!).
Forgot, LeMond Ti frameset w/a Reynolds Ouzo fork runs $1999Tig
Nov 14, 2002 5:12 PM
It might fit the bill:
http://custom.lemondbikes.com/options/index.html

Make sure you test ride several different bikes. Good luck!
Are you sure you are not me? Pretty darn close!LLSmith
Nov 14, 2002 5:25 PM
OK, I'm two months short of being 50--a fuzz short of 6'--200lbs.-- and riding a 2001 Trek 2300(silver and black).I started riding 2 1/2 years ago. I have ordered a Waterford 2200 that should be here the first week of December.The Trek has been a great bike, but after a ride on the 2200 I was sold.It really doesn't feel as fast as the Trek, but for lack of a better description it has a really smooth feel... slow,fast,climbing...just a real smooth ride.I'm a recreational rider doing about 4k a year so it should work real good for my needs.I have had six different saddles on the Trek. My lower back and butt are about all I can think about when I get past 30 miles.Some of that is me and some is the bike.I'll post a review after I get a few miles on it.
re: What Next After Trek 2300?BikeViking
Nov 15, 2002 6:06 AM
I am 6'3" 198lb and I am currently riding an '02 5200. I absolutely love it and woouldn't trade it for anything.

FWIW

Scott
Lemond steelTrekFurthur
Nov 15, 2002 7:05 AM
Many places have '02 Lemond bikes on sale right now, since you mentioned you liked the steel. My LBS has a Maillot Jaune on close-out for less than the $3000 you've budgeted, so look around.

I ride a 5900, and I had 5200; I love the carbon ride, but am drooling over steel bikes right now, also. Not enough time to ride them all!
re: What Next After Trek 2300?Dave L
Nov 15, 2002 7:29 AM
If you like the handling of the Trek, than I would not consider buying the Lemond unless you take a long test ride on it. I was going to buy a Trek 5200 this spring, but after test riding both the Trek 5200 and a Lemond Zurich I ended up buying the Lemond. The handling of these two bikes is very different and the Lemond was a better choice for myself. I am 50 years old and enjoy long (50 to 100 miles) recreational rides. The Trek was a 01 and priced about the same as the Lemond so price was not a factor in choosing the Lemond.
re: What Next After Trek 2300?WhoisJohnGalt
Nov 15, 2002 5:54 PM
Thanks to all for the great feedback. Every group ride I go on I try and check out other bikes and why their owners selected that model. I'm amazed at the excellent quality of most of what I see. Trek, Cannondale, Bianchi, Litespeed, Kestrel, Colnago, etc etc. Oh ya, and Airborne too! (Just to stir things up!) And how about Colorado Cyclist "Douglas"? What a varied selection to choose from!

Dave L.- What was so different about the LeMond vs 5200 that made the difference for you?
Good riding all...