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HELP WANTED - frame choice TREK-GIANT-COLNAGO(12 posts)

HELP WANTED - frame choice TREK-GIANT-COLNAGOmorency
Jan 20, 2003 11:54 PM
I am looking for a new racingframe and I have 3 options:
-TREK US-postal frame OCLV 5500 year 2002, price 1100 euro
-GIANT TCR COMPOSITE frame year 2003, price 1600 euro
-COLNAGO C40, worldchampion edition, second hand but really as new, price 1800 euro
which one would you choose?
hooooo boy...wheres that 10 foot pole when you need it? nmcollinsc
Jan 21, 2003 12:19 AM
hooooo boy...wheres that 10 foot pole when you need it? nmmorency
Jan 21, 2003 12:25 AM
well, I am kinda looking for a handlebar with a width of 56cm or do you know something even better?
hooooo boy...wheres that 10 foot pole when you need it? nmwasabekid
Jan 21, 2003 4:39 PM
good one! LOL! ;-))

BTW, the 5500 'Frame'(only) is the same as the 5200. However, the color schemes for the 5200 are much better IMO.

W.
Carbon fixated? What about Look? Cheaper in EU? NMSpunout
Jan 21, 2003 3:59 AM
Colnago. (nm)StevieP
Jan 21, 2003 4:50 AM
Colnago - nmMcAndrus
Jan 21, 2003 5:01 AM
re: HELP WANTED - frame choice TREK-GIANT-COLNAGOweiwentg
Jan 21, 2003 6:15 AM
is the trek frame second hand? if not, it will have a lifetime warranty, and you should consider it. regardless of warranty, or price, the one you should get is the one that fits.
if they all fit well, then I'd probably get the C40. just make sure you can ride fast; that IS the world champ edition with the stripes :)
What you can afford, what you like and what feels bestMel Erickson
Jan 21, 2003 6:16 AM
For racing all of these frames will perform well and not limit you in any way. Anything more than cosmetic damage in a crash could very well mean the end of these frames. How much disposable cash do you have? Which one looks sexy to you? Can you ride an example of each? If so, which one feels the best? In my situation (limited funds, more limited ability) I'd choose the Trek to hold my losses down.
Alright, I'll touch it with a 10 foot pole...Bonked
Jan 21, 2003 10:17 AM
I pretty much agree with Mel. At this level, you are talking about three great frames that have each won a number of pro races and you can't really go wrong. Also, they are all carbon, so you don't have to deal with the question of frame material. What it basically is going to come down to is how each one fits 1) your body, 2) your budget and 3) your heart. If they all fit you pretty well and you have the cash, go with what is going to induce you to ride the most. If it was my choice? I'd go with the C40 because of reason #3, but that is just me. In some places (i.e. Italy), it is the Trek that will have the most panache...

For what it is worth, I have two bikes at home, a 15 year old steel Trek and a new C40 that is waiting for the spring rains to wash the 6" of salt off the roads. The Trek has been extremely reliable and a great ride. While I can't compare it to either the C40 (because I haven't ridden it yet) or the 5500, I would doubt that you could go wrong with any of your choices. However, I can say that I have done much more to stay in shape this winter because I know I have a new bike that I can't wait to hammer on this spring.
Now that's a great ideaMel Erickson
Jan 21, 2003 11:10 AM
Maybe I can convince my wife that all it takes to keep me in shape over the winter is a new bike each spring. Sounds good to me! I think I'll try it out tonight, if only I could find the garbage can cover.
re: HELP WANTED - frame choice TREK-GIANT-COLNAGOrogue_CT1
Jan 21, 2003 11:41 AM
Go with the Colnago. Like the other guy said, make sure you are fast because when you pull that sucker out everyone is going to be looking at you. Yes, it is a good feeling!