2006 Specialized Dolce Elite vs 2000 Trek 2200 WSD
Hi - I am sooo new to this and feeling like a fish out of water. I have an opportunity to purchase a 2006 Specialized Dolce Elite or a 2000 Trek 2200 WSD for roughly the same price. I don't want to assume that the newer bike is the better choice, so I am seeking experienced thoughts and opinions on my two options. For your reference, I am looking to complete my first triathlon early next year. I have not owned a road bike (mountain bike only) previous to deciding to take on the challenge of a tri. And I don't want to buy less and need more out of a bike in a year - or worse before my first triathlon. Any thoughts to help narrow my decision would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in the tech specs of each, I can post them or send them via email. In the meantime, I'll keep all that off this board. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
If you are going to race, I would consider the weight of each bike and the components. It is best to go with a better frame as components can be upgraded later. How tall are you? The problem with the 2200 WSD is that it as a 650C wheel. I know some ladies love their small wheel but there are definite disadvantages. If you don't need the small wheel, don't purposely buy a bike with one. The Specialized has a full size wheel. Especially since you are going to race with the bike, perhaps you should keep looking.
Ride them both (and others) and go with the one you like better. Fit is far more important than components. You could have full Campy, but if the bike doesn't fit, it doesn't matter.
Thanks for your responses
I appreciate your responses. The more I talk to people like yourselves, the more I appreciate the value of the right frame. And good point re: the Trek 2200 wheels. Thanks again for getting back to me. I value the opinions of the folks in this forum.