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Litespeed Classic vs. Trek 5200(15 posts)

Litespeed Classic vs. Trek 5200mke111
Mar 3, 2003 12:45 PM
I am in the market for a new bike and have narrowed my choices to a Trek 5200 and a Litespeed Classic. I'm 5'9", weigh 170 and will use the bike for training rides, century rides, etc. I will probably not race it. I would appreciate any advise.
re: Litespeed Classic vs. Trek 5200mla
Mar 3, 2003 2:14 PM
Take a demo ride if you can. The OCLV carbon frame has a great ride and is extremely tough. Both are really great frames. You may want to just order the frame of choice and pick your other components. You can save some money that way and get exactly what you want at the same time.
re: Litespeed Classic vs. Trek 5200Fez
Mar 3, 2003 3:27 PM
If you are not racing, either will be fine. The Classic will be good for long rides. The Trek is lighter and probably a better race bike, but you said you aren't racing it.

People complain that the paint job is not great on the Trek. The LS is bare Ti (not sure if the decal area is painted for 2003).

Both have great warranties, but the Titanium probably has to be a little more durable if you want a bike you don't want to worry about.
dont waste your money on that carbon p.o.s.the bull
Mar 3, 2003 4:07 PM
the classic is a awsome bike and is comfy and you can race it (under 3.5lbs).
ride the trek - if bikes were made of wood this is what one would feel like!
ti bikes last forever and ride better
WOOD is GOODdeHonc
Mar 3, 2003 5:25 PM
Dear Bull,

Your name obviously has nothing to do with what comes out of your rmouth/ keyboard - and clearly you have extensively ridden these spruce like OCLV bikes - I unfortunately bought an OCLV - didn't realize that I was actually buying a reconditioned mantle piece. Talk about wooden! Mine is made from antique Oak - nice grainy finish with acorns on the bar ends - others in our club have varieties made from Mahogony, Silver birch and Yarra - I believe Lance had his fashioned from Balsa for weight reduction. Still, you can get 3 hours warmth if you burn it carefully. Funny how they still manage to

1) Win heaps of races,
2) Leave the rider still feeling human after 100 miles in the saddle,
3) Weigh less than virtually 99.9% of other bikes on the road,
4) Come with a LIFETIME anti splinter warranty.

Perhaps other OCLV owners could report on the variety of spruce their belowed bikes are fashioned with - remember - WOOD is GOOD!

Kind Regards,

Amen!! (nm)bludoggy
Mar 3, 2003 7:11 PM
WOOD is GREATsuperdog
Mar 3, 2003 7:54 PM
I switched from a steel LeMond to a 5200 and if the 5200 feels like wood then I LOVE it. I use this bike for everyday training, crits and recreational riding.

I believe mine is cherry but it's stained Plutonium Blue. My only complaint is the wood screws that hold the bottom bracket together.
Wood is great, especially after....wasabekid
Mar 3, 2003 9:00 PM
Century rides on a reasonably hilly and a rougher than usual old asphalt pavement routes.


going postal!!!the bull
Mar 4, 2003 3:02 PM
you are right!my name obviously has nothing to do with what comes out of my mouth!And I have ridden the trek 5500 though it was not this years current model.
But if you like your bike all the power to you!
no need to come up with all your silly crap just say
hey that bull guy is probally just tring to stir some sh@# up but I like my trek and so does lance armstong were cool!!
It makes me faster and I can go all day now!!!!!
going postal!!!deHonc
Mar 5, 2003 2:10 PM

If its OK for you to come up with silly crap - then its OK for me to too - I do love my OCLV - it kills Litespeeds and spits them out the back of the bunch.
You might consider fit differences and the Litespeed Tuscany...PdxMark
Mar 3, 2003 5:28 PM
For your size, which is close to mine, the Tuscany is considered, by some, to be/feel a little stiffer than the Classic - without sacrificing "Ti-comfort." Another issue is that the Litespeeds and 5200 fit pretty differently. The 5200 was my first choice, but its top tube left me feeling stretched. I got the Tuscany.
If you ride in the AM?russw19
Mar 3, 2003 8:31 PM
Hey Bull, if you ride an OCLV first thing in the morning, does that mean you got "morning wood"?
why dont you suck it and find out !nmthe bull
Mar 4, 2003 3:35 PM
I've had the classic since '98MacRolnif
Mar 3, 2003 11:54 PM
I have a '98 Litespeed Classic. I love it, it's done me well. I have tons of miles on it, but have never raced on it (I don't race).

My components are starting to show their age (I use Campy Record 9 speed), but the frame has been very bullet proof.

The thing I like the most about the bike is the comfort and the ride. Of course, the Campy components help (still shifts like butter), but the frame makes me love those long, country roads around the city. It can take abuse, too.

I've lived in Colorado and California and it's been great in both places.

Good luck and enjoy your new ride!
Be the bike - feel the bike.the bull
Mar 4, 2003 2:36 PM
Look I ride a bike because I love to ride a bike.
If I did not want to feel the road and enjoy the way a bike feels going around a corner I would probally still be a swimmer.
I am all about carbon here and there but not a whole bike of it.I like it stiff but not to stiff.I would never ride alluminum.
Steel is the perfect ride.
Ti rides as good and is lighter and will last "forever"
or probally longer then you would want it to.
Those little carbon bikes the feel like a bic pen to me
cheap and disposable.But thats just me.I like something