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2001 Trek 5200 USPS frame and fork and headset(11 posts)

2001 Trek 5200 USPS frame and fork and headsetLazywriter
Apr 24, 2003 3:02 PM
I picked this up today for $995. Is this a good deal? Brand new in sealed box. Never thought I would get one even though I am a big Lance fan (not a groupie type of guy), but to have a CF frame that was ridden to a win in the TDF and will be a nice nostalgic piece after he retires I thought was a nice idea.
I will probably not build it up this year though. Is it worth at least $995 or are there better CF bargains out there? I am a titanium nut but shyed away from CF. This is the frame below. Another $1000 spent. A little buyer's remorse because that makes a total of $1600 this month on things I don't need. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH No kids, no mortgage (yet), it is nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lazy, I would say it's a good deal, although it's hard...Juanmoretime
Apr 24, 2003 4:44 PM
to put a price tag on something that is meaningful to you. I built up a Schwinn Peleton 853 frame full Campy. I had Schwinn as a kid and having grown up in Chicago near the Schwinn plant on Kostner in the sixties and seventies brings back many fond memories.
PS. I do understand the titanium thing. My main bike is a..Juanmoretime
Apr 24, 2003 4:46 PM
Vortex also.
PS. I do understand the titanium thing. My main bike is a..Lazywriter
Apr 24, 2003 5:45 PM
Yeah, I love my Litespeeds and have gotten so accustomed to the ti ride that when I ride my Fondriest Steel, it feels foreign. Wait until I ride the Trek CF, it will be a world of difference. I just though $995 for that bike that is really unavailable anymore was a good deal. There are a few new frames around, but not many and it was my size. The geometry is close to my Vortex and Classic. The Trek headtube is 7mm longer but the standover is shorter than the Litespeed, go figure.
I will transfer most of the Ultegra I have on my Fondriest eventually, but I will pick up Dura Ace shifters. I like the look better and my Ultegra shifters are a little banged up from a spill. Probably build it up over the next winter. At least i have a project.
A bit expensive I would say.PeterRider
Apr 24, 2003 10:56 PM
I wouldn't have paid more than 800 (spent $400 on my 1998 one last year, +50$ on King headset). But I have a tight budget and spend time looking around. For 995$ I would have looked for a used 5900 off ebay. Or I would have tried titanium just to see how it feels.

Apr 25, 2003 3:28 PM
How do you come up with $800???? Seem a little arbitrary. Just curious of how you came up with that figure and not trying to cause trouble. My frame is brand new in a sealed box. I don't like the idea of buying a used carbon frame, regardless if it is the 5900. I own 2 ti litespeeds btw so I was looking for a godd CF bike.
Considering the retail on the frame was $1700, how much cheaper could I find this color scheme that they don't even make anymore? Heck, my Litespeeds never had the fork and headset included either. I looked at this frame on ebay and yes, used I could have gotten it for $800, but mine is new from a dealer, sealed in inner box of a outer box.
A friend just bought a brand new 2003...........Len J
Apr 25, 2003 4:09 AM
frame, fork & headset for $1,200. 33% off for a two year old frame seems like maybe you paid a slight premium. Question is, is it worth it to you for the nostalga (sp?)?

I've found that a few hundred to get something you want is nothing over the life of the bike.

Watch the sizing, Treks are about 4 cm short in the seattube (C to C) compared to the top tube (52 seattube c to c on a 56 TT c to c) compared to a normal Square frame.

When you build it up, you will be surprised at how responsive it is and how much it "Likes to climb". You also will be suprised by how much it eats up bad road (even compared to your classic).

Good Luck.

Congratulations, and a few questionsFez
Apr 25, 2003 6:38 AM
I remember having a discussion with you about how OCLV is a great intro to CF, and I think you were looking at the scattante as well.

I think the Trek is the better choice. Incidentally, I think that 2001 color scheme is one of my favorites - subjectively I like it better than 02 and 03 color schemes.

And where did you get this brand new and sealed in the box? I might consider buying one if they have my size.

And don't have buyers remorse... Just remember this, paying a little extra for something that is good for you is no problem. Much better than getting a good deal on something that is absolute crap or that is the wrong size.
Congratulations, and a few questionsLazywriter
Apr 25, 2003 3:34 PM
Yes, I did comment on the Scattante and I am glad I waited. The OCLV is a little "groupieish", but I am a fan with a lot of Lance memorabilia, so this bike if anything will fit well in my collection.
Check out in Brooklyn and talk with Phil. He has more in stock. I ride a 58cm which is even the same size as Lance's (how gay is that?). But like I said, $995 seems like a good deal for a frame that he won and has been winning the TDF on. Hell, my LS Vortex (retail) plus forks and headsets would literally bought me 4 of these OCLVs.
re: 1999 Postal trekbikerbob
Apr 26, 2003 6:34 AM
I picked up a 1999 5500 frame last fall, but it didn't have a fork. I put an Ouzo Comp on it.I have $775.00 into fork and frame. I built it up with ultegra, but dura ace downtube shifters and brake levers. Ritchie bars and stem.
I have a pair of Zipp 303's, coombe pedals, and am going to get a Fizik alliant seat.Without the wheels and pedals, which I already had, I've gotabout $1,500.00 into the bike. The bike is light and seems to move along. I went out yesterday for the first time and it seemed like i was in the big ring a lot more often than usual. If we ever get the technology I'll post a picture.
re: 1999 Postal trekLazywriter
Apr 26, 2003 7:38 AM
I assume that the frame was used or was it a new frame? I am going to transfer the Ultegra from my Fondriest onto the Trek so the only additional cost I will have is for a new bottom bracket and a stem plus labor to swap. I figure $150-$200 for that max. However, I may pick up Dura Ace shifters as well which run about $200, but I may ask for those for a birthday gift. So I figure I can have the bike built up for $1100-$1400.
Like I said, it is a 2001 frame, but it is brand new in the box. From what I am reaing the OCLV 120 is the same frame as it is today. The 2001 is l00 grams lighter than the 1999. I am probably not going to build it up until the winter and have it ready for next year.