I like my Trek 5000 that I bought the day Lance started his winning 5th TDF...I wanted a Lance bike, and back when we had a couple of bucks, Cathy bought it for me for our July 2ND anniversary. Two things that drove me crazy though was that it had a high velocity shimmy from the oscillation in the front end. I remedied that by going withMavic Cosmic Elite wheels which immediately fixed that!
Second problem was that shifting sucked. I hated the triple. I like a wide range for my middle chain ring, but no matter what I did (setting the trim & new chain, I was never happy with it!
I actually was thinking about selling it this week, but I wanted to set it up for a "Night Bike" cause the ride is as smooth as butterscotch!
So today I just put it in the stand and kept messing with different variations...Finally I locked out the Granny gear and now it's purring like a kitty and it's a hell of a lot more fun. I can get a huge range on the middle chain wheel which I use most. When I think about it...I don't think I really need a granny
Has anyone else done this? seems like most have "Compact cranks". I couldn't really afford that right now, but this seems to work really well. Ultegra BTW