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Need Opinion on the '03 Trek 5200(7 posts)

Need Opinion on the '03 Trek 5200nipper99
Mar 16, 2003 2:01 PM
After much research and confusion I am considering dropping some bucks on the Trek 5200 w/ the Bontrager Race Lite wheel set. Anyone have any opinions on whether this is a good idea or not. Thanks in advance.
re: Need Opinion on the '03 Trek 5200upandcomer
Mar 16, 2003 4:25 PM
Check out the reviews. I have one and like it. It's a great carbon value. Nothing else really can compete in the price range except maybe Giant's new carbon frames. Downside is that a lot of people have a Trek 5XXX.
Millions can't be wrong (nm)chazman
Mar 16, 2003 6:38 PM
test rode one...briko51
Mar 16, 2003 7:32 PM
I've test ridden an 03 5200...great bike, very responsive and an excellent value. you can't go wrong.

i was going to get one...but then rode a 5900 with the 110frame...and i ended up getting a 5900 frame with ultegra/x lite wheels/itm bars. although the 5200 was great, the 5900 frame felt more responsive. a few hundred more though...

i'm not a big lance fan...and hate the fact that a lot of people own one...but out of a number of bikes i tested...nothing was more responsive/comfortable/fast as the trek...

good luck :)
re: Need Opinion on the '03 Trek 5200johnrg
Mar 16, 2003 8:42 PM
I tried the Trek and the Giant TCR. Bought the TCR composite same day. Just felt better and fit better.
re: Need Opinion on the '03 Trek 5200dtufts
Mar 16, 2003 11:32 PM
I voted with my pocketbook on one last week. It's my first Road bike in a long time. I went into this thinking I wanted a $1000ish aluminum bike, but after tons of research and test rides I decided on the 5200. I didn't see any negative reviews or posts that worried me. Most of the complaints, and there seem to be very few, are unsubstantiated suggestions that the frames wont last (look at Bull's posts, for example). I couldn't find one first hand account of a broken frame that Trek refused to replace. Oh yea, there's also that complaint about "too many" or "not original". Funny, nobody ever says that about BMW or Porche, and there's a lot of those mass produced machines.

Just my $0.02 . . .
What's the upcharge for the Bontis?torquer
Mar 17, 2003 7:20 AM
When I bought my 5900 last year, I went with Open Pro/DA wheels and saved quite a bit. The difference should be enough to upgrade to DuraAce, perhaps with some money left over.
I have no experience with the Race Lites, and don't know what your wheel needs are, but plenty of others on this and other boards will tell you the advantages of a "standard" wheelset over the "boutique" wheels out there.
Either way, the OCLV is a great choice (assuming it fits).