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Dave Hickey Question(5 posts)

Dave Hickey QuestionToothpick
Jan 21, 2003 8:00 AM
My previous post got lost below under the topic something like largest number of frames....

From before "Just beginning my search for new bike and would like your input. Could you compare the ride of a Trek 5200 to Look KG 361 (or maybe 261 if applicable) if you've had the opportunity to ride them. I have a feeling the LBS won't have the Look in my size, at least yet - so test riding the Look may not be an option. I know the geometries are different - look more "relaxed" form what I gather- but just trying to get any kind of comparison from someone who has more knowlege. Thanks in advance!
re: Dave Hickey QuestionDave Hickey
Jan 21, 2003 9:42 AM
I haven't ridden the 261/361 series but I've ridden the 241 and the 281. IMHO, the LOOK's have a more lively feel the the 5200. Many owners of Trek's say they have a wooden or dead feel. I have very limited experience on the 5200 but I felt the LOOK's are more lively.
Thank you for the input...n/mToothpick
Jan 21, 2003 10:58 AM
For what its worth...mainframe
Jan 21, 2003 12:06 PM
Never having ridden anything (not even a test ride) but Lemond steel, I recently built up a 361 and have since (45 days) been riding it exclusively. While my comparison is not with a Trek, I can say that the ride difference between my two frames was so subtle as to be almost intellectual. If one had somehow blindfolded me on the maiden launch of the Look, I doubt seriously that I could have told you which bike I was on. After 45 days and 500+ miles, I can sense the Look to be perhaps slightly more compliant especially over bumps, etc. but not at all different on flat, smooth surfaces. Don't get me wrong, I love the Look but IMHO the difference among certain frame types is subjective at best.
re: Dave Hickey QuestionIan
Jan 21, 2003 1:35 PM
I owned a Trek 5200 for about a year and owned a KG361 for about 8 months. The stiffness (flex) of each frame was very similar. In my size, 58cm Trek or 55cm Look, the geometry was very similar. The Trek frame and fork has a slight weight advantage, but I put nicer wheels on the Look so it actually weighed less overall. The frames appear very different, smooth vs. lugged. And the ride was completely differnt. The Trek was smooth, like most carbon fiber, but almost too much. I liked to compare it to riding on a sheet of glass, everything seemed to disappear beneath you. The Look gave more feedback, not more harsh, but you just felt more connected with the road.

In the end, they both are really good bikes.

Happy shopping,
Ian