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Trek 520 or Cannondale T800?(5 posts)

Trek 520 or Cannondale T800?jwhite480
Jan 4, 2003 2:05 PM
I think I have decided to buy a new touring bike. Am watching the LBS and found that I can get either for about $900. Which is better? Is Cannondale all it is cracked up to be? or is the Trek the way to go? Help!!!!
re: Trek 520 or Cannondale T800?RCA
Jan 4, 2003 3:51 PM
I too have been looking for a new touring bike. The Trek is the standard of the industry and you will not go wrong.I have one of their hybids Excellent! But I looked at and ordered a Giant OCR Touring bike. Shimano 105 same as Trek Aluminum frame,Cro moly fork and Avid disc brakes (just to be different)
I didn't want the bar end shifters on the Trek.
Here in Ontario the rumors of C'dales demise cause the LBS's to shy away from them I found.
Good luck
520jtolleson
Jan 4, 2003 4:00 PM
For a lot of reasons. Cro-Mo over al, 105 over Tiagra, and I suppose maybe even to avoid the risk that Canny will be no more and you'll have a bike with quite a few proprietary Cannondale parts.
re: Trek 520 or Cannondale T800?Tig
Jan 4, 2003 5:27 PM
Also consider the options I mentioned in the touring bike post above. It all depends on what you want to spend. Most of the time you get what you pay for though, good or bad.
Tig "touring bike" 1/4/03 5:22pm
re: Trek 520 or Cannondale T800?gogene
Jan 4, 2003 5:33 PM
Both the Trek and the Cannondale are considered 'light' touring bikes, not really suited to the rigors of loaded/extended touring. Day tours or several days, but for anything like weeks-long, unsupported touring/camping, those bikes can fall short. That said, of the two I like the Trek 520. I had it's aluminum brother, the 540, and that was a very good bike.

If your desire is towards many-day, unsupported touring where you are taking everything with you (clothes, camping/eating equipment and a lot of weight) one bike that is made for that style of touring is the Bruce Gordon bikes.
http://www.bgcycles.com/

Most small bike builders can build a frameset for you to meet any criteria you would have. A partial list of builders: http://www.bikesutra.com/manatoi.html You could do a little research to see if any of them could make the bike of your dreams.

In touring bikes the rule is to keep it simple and stout. You don't want to end a trip because something has broken that can't be fixed on the road. Bar-end shifters, MTB hubs with 36 or 40 spoke rims, fatter tires, rack and fender mounting eyes, cantilever or v-brakes and gearing that allow you to climb mountains easily while seated, spinning, are some of the hallmarks of a true tourer.