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I'm riding a snakejjohnson05
Aug 27, 2002 10:08 AM
I'm in my third year of tri/duathlon and have been getting steadily better with each event in the 40-44 age group. So, I decided it was finally time for me to get rid of my old road bike (Pinarello Stelvio, Campy Chorus). I replaced it with a brand new Trek Hilo 2000 (m). Looks very fast and glides down a flat smooth road. My problem is with hills, up and down.
Going up is going to take some getting used to. I used to be able to sit and grind my way over the top or stand up and dance if it was steep. Can't quite seem to get a rythmn going with the Hilo. Any suggestions. But here is what really worries me. There are lots of hilly roads where I live (Knoxville), so there are lots of down hills. I used to take several of these decents at 40-45 mph on my Pinarello and loved every second of it. Now, on the same decents, the Hilo shakes and wiggles like a cross between a snake and a bucking horse. I mean it really scares me s*** less. What's up, are the wheels too small (650c), is the seat tube too steep (78deg.). It's so cool looking I really want things to work out. What should I do?
re: I'm riding a snakebrider
Aug 27, 2002 12:48 PM
When the bike starts moving and shaking, try moving your weight back. It's not the wheels, per se. It's probably the bike design and weight balance on the bike. A lot of people have trouble climbing on steep geometry, especially those who are accustomed to standard geometry. What you might need to do is to reserve the Hilo to flatter races, and keep the Pinarello (nice ride, BTW) for the hillier races (with clip-ons). Just a thought.

Oops, just re-read your post and saw that you sold the Pinarello. Bad news. I know a lot of people who do both. Might be worth considering.
It's tri bikeliu02bhs
Sep 11, 2002 7:08 PM
I think your problem is that the Trek Hilo is a triathlon bike, which is more apt for flat courses. This is the reason why pros ride road bikes in the tour.
re: I'm riding a snakebig ring ma5her
Dec 15, 2002 3:00 PM
Traditional cr@ppy Trek Geometry. the BB shell on the Hilo is to high. Their really nice bike as far as first time tri/tt bikes go, but coming from a traditional low BB stage racing frameset to a higher BB and 650cc wheels is going to do that, also the super stiff tubing doesn't help. If your rolling on 650cc wheels, your probably turning a 55 or 56 tooth chainring around and round. that much tourque can rip a bike apart at the welds so oversized (even for aluminum) tubing is used, hence a stiffer ride. you could start using fat tyres, ala 650*28 if they even fit the frame... or if their even made???

I'm thinking long and hard about picking up a TT frameset for RR and kinda got a hankering to do a few tri'ss as well, but even though age wise I'm a young turk (19), I'm an old man as far as bike geometry is conserned (about 1970's steel bikes) so I'm kinda caught...

talk to your LBS, you did buy from your LBS right... (mail order shoppers bug me, long story.) they might be able to work something out with either replacing the bike or giving you credit if you trade in your old frame and buy a new one. I'd reccomend a Quintana Roo, there the sweelest.