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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-25-09, 06:32 AM   #1
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Any Clydes riding a Trek Carbon 5900??

Have chance to pick up a 2004 Trek Carbon 5900 Bike.. It is one of the US Postal Team Issue frames. Just curious if any clydes are riding this frame and how they have been holding up?? The last Carbon bike I had was 20 years ago a Vitus Carbon, of course I weighed a lot less back then..

Any comments would be appreciated..
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I ride with a guy who 's a clyde and he rides a 15 year old Trek carbon bike. I believe it was one of the first full carbon Trek's. He has well over 60'000km on his with no issues.
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The frame is that last thing you need to worry about. Quality carbon frames are just about bullet proof. The Trek fits that description. You'll want to check out the wheels and drive train components. That's where you'll have problems if you are going to have them.
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The frame is that last thing you need to worry about. Quality carbon frames are just about bullet proof. The Trek fits that description. You'll want to check out the wheels and drive train components. That's where you'll have problems if you are going to have them.
Wheels are not an issue, I have plenty of extra sets of wheels... The component group is Dura Ace 9 Speed..
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Sounds like a good deal (as long as it fits you). I put about 10kmiles/year on my bikes and run DA and Ultegra, they are both great. By drive train I mean chains, sprockets, tires and wheels. I go through all of them (except wheels) regularly. btw, I range between 220-240 depending on how many donuts I've eaten. If you have a well built set of wheels they should last you many, many miles.
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Sounds like a good deal (as long as it fits you). I put about 10kmiles/year on my bikes and run DA and Ultegra, they are both great. By drive train I mean chains, sprockets, tires and wheels. I go through all of them (except wheels) regularly. btw, I range between 220-240 depending on how many donuts I've eaten. If you have a well built set of wheels they should last you many, many miles.
I have plenty of chains, wheels, tires etc.. I have around 5 extra sets of wheels so I am fine..
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I have a 2004 5200. I've ridden it when i weighed as much as 215 pounds. No problems.
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I'd be more worried about clearance for tires. The 5900 is a full-on race frame, so it will have clearance for 700x25s at most, I would guess. Those are SKINNY tires for a Clyde. You'll have to run them at super high pressure, which provides no suspension whatsoever.

But, yeah, the frame can surely handle the load. Carbon is strong.
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Socalrider, I'm not sure you want to take that chance. The Trek 5200 sure, but the 5900 is questionable. The 5200 uses 120 carbon whereas the 5900 uses the Superlight 110 carbon. The difference is that the 110 carbon is lighter (and thinner, if I'm not mistaken). I have a buddy that bought a 5500 back then because he wanted Dura Ace- which the 5900 has. The 5500 was essentially a 5200 frame with Dura Ace. The 5900 is a completely different frame. He claimed that at his 245 lbs. that the superlight 5900 wouldn't be as durable. Don't just take my word for it. Contact an LBS that can give you the answer on these bikes. If they say that they need to call Trek, get another opinion. However, if you find a shop that has personal knowledge of Clydes on the 5900, listen to them. Bike shops have nothing to gain by you buying a used bike so a knowledgeable one will give you the scoop on them. They are nice bikes and they ride well (better than the new Madones IMHO), but the carbon is different on that model than the other OCLV Treks. By the way, I ride on 700 X 23 tires and have never ridden on anything more than 700 X 25 and I'm 215 lbs( my heaviest was at 232). I rarely get flats.

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I keep saying that if Trek made a single speed with a coaster brake based on their current REGULAR frames, I would buy it. Even SCHWINN is building frames like that, saw one yesterday.
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