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THis is worse than tryihg to buy a new PC(19 posts)

THis is worse than tryihg to buy a new PCphread
Jul 31, 2003 6:21 AM
And I thought buyiing a new PC was complicated .. It does not compare to buying a new bike. I know, I know .. if you keep on waiting for the next great thing to come out you never get around to buying.

Anyway, thught I'd put out my ride preferences and some of the stuff I've already found, and see what gets posted in reply -

Long rides (like Century length) with some decent hills. The only choices I've narrowed to are carbon frame set .. Campy record. (Please, no flames or discussions on those decisions.) The only carbon I've been on so far has been a Trek 5200 .... just to see what a carbon ride can be like. No, I have not necessarily ruled out Trek.

Another category is the manufacturinig porcess , i.e. OCLV ... Monocoque. I know that the Trek 5900 is 110 and that other Treks are 120 .. difference as far as I've been told beinig weight and not necessarily strength. As far as the monocoque process goes (on Looks anyway) .. bladder is used and possible weak points are strengthened by injecting more material(?) at those points. Is that a problem?

By the way, I've recently gotten distracted by the Cervelo 2.5 and the Colnago R40 (the R50 is coming out soon). Now there I go, I originallly made the point about waitiing for the "next great thing" didn't I.

Gets worsepitt83
Jul 31, 2003 6:27 AM
Lube and lug like the LOOK KG461 and others (merlin, LeMond)is fine workmanship. No real reson to limit to monocoque designs.

Also, consider Aegis if you have a dealer or are willing to do A friend rides an AroSvelte and it's a fine machine. He trashed his 5500 on a parking garage while in the roof rack and likes the replacement Aegis better.
look at Calfee too (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 6:51 AM
don't forget Parleetorquer
Jul 31, 2003 7:49 AM
Tyler rode one last year (with Look decals) when he podiumed at the Giro.
Agree, #1 choice in carbon would be Aegis. (nm)Zonic Man
Jul 31, 2003 7:01 AM
I have an Aegis VictoryPaulCL
Jul 31, 2003 11:02 AM
I rode a C-40 and Trek ...I think was a friends. The Aegis just felt better. Don't ask me why.

Cheaper than the C-40, better warranty than the C-40 (C-40 is 4 years, Aegis is lifetime). And an Aegis is just plain rare to see at least around my area. You can never say that about Trek.

If you live in the Cincinnati area, I can reccommend a good dealer.
Trek OCLV's aren't monocoqueDave Hickey
Jul 31, 2003 7:01 AM
I'm not sure if you're implying that OLCV's are monocoque.
Treks are lug and tube construction. They look monocoque because of their finishing process and their lug design.

Sorry, I just wanted to add to your confusion:-)
Trek OCLV's aren't monocoquephread
Jul 31, 2003 7:28 AM
Whoops - I guess (the way I posted it) it did look like I thought the OCLV = Monocoque. I knew the difference but I do appreicate you trying to clear up the confusion just in case I did not.
Heh heh heh you said "cocque" nmjtolleson
Jul 31, 2003 8:58 AM
Shame on you:-) nmDave Hickey
Jul 31, 2003 10:51 AM
Next great Trek due out soon...pack_fodder
Jul 31, 2003 7:57 AM
I know how you feel - there is always something new on the horizon. Don't mean to make it harder but the successor to the Trek 5900 is due out soon. The new Madone 9.5 due out in Sept. (I think). I think the 120 OCLV bikes remain the same. For what it's worth - I have an '03 5900 and have been very happy with it.
Anyone know the lbs price of a 5200 frame and fork?bikenbo
Jul 31, 2003 8:44 AM
What would one expect the price of a 2003, 5200 frame and fork to be?

$1500-1600 area from Trek dealer? (nm)geeker
Jul 31, 2003 9:19 AM
and a frame is 5700, not 5200 or 5900c722061
Jul 31, 2003 9:23 AM
I talked to my LBS Trek dealer and they said you cannot buy 5200 or 5900 as frame only. The only frame/fork they sell is 5700 and is $1500 now.
Jul 31, 2003 12:28 PM
This is wrong. You can buy the 5200 or 5900 as a frameset only (that's how I bought my 5500). The 5700 is a discontinued built-up model. It was the 5900 frame with Ultegra, which did not sell well for obvious reasons.

Check Trek's website.
the dirty little secret is that it really won't matter that muchDougSloan
Jul 31, 2003 8:49 AM
While we discuss lots of esoterica about bikes, bottom line is that most bikes are very similar, and aside from getting one that fits, not much else will matter. In other words, they're all good. Don't sweat it much.

I'm appalled! This is blasphemy, you heathen! Repent Repent!!Uprwstsdr
Jul 31, 2003 9:46 AM
If you get the chance, pick up the latest CyclesportDave Hickey
Jul 31, 2003 10:55 AM
I think it's Cyclesport, it might be Procycling. Anyway, there is a great article in the back about how TIME makes their carbon bikes. It's a very good read if you're interested in carbon manufacturing. Any Barnes and Noble or Borders carries the mags...
trek and campyovertrained
Jul 31, 2003 11:50 AM
You should look at maybe doing a project 1 bike from trek. I'm pretty sure they have a record option & you can get a color that will make your bike stand out from all the other OCLV's out there.