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Vintage Trek, need model year and opinions

Old 01-14-20, 11:30 AM
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Vintage Trek, need model year and opinions

This is an old vintage trek 5200 oclv carbon. Seller says the tires are worn but the bike is otherwise good and frame is good. Anyone able to I'd the model year? What

do you guys think of this bike? How much would you think it's worth?
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Old 01-14-20, 12:32 PM
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Looks like a '93: http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/93/Trek93.pdf
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Old 01-14-20, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post

Wow ... Spot on! So what do you think? Im a novice for the most part. Are old high quality components better than new low quality ones? What's your advice on the bike for a novice? I'm on a tight budget. One alternative I have is a specialized allez comp 1 2002 model
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Old 01-14-20, 01:26 PM
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that's a good price for that bike as long as there are no cracks anywhere
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Old 01-14-20, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
that's a good price for that bike as long as there are no cracks anywhere
What price? I never specified in my post but guy was willing to do 200$
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Old 01-14-20, 02:22 PM
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Some of the components look like they've been replaced. The rear derailleur does not look like the original Ultegra, can't quite tell what it is. Brifters look like 9-speed Ultegra (pointy hoods) instead of the original 8-speed Ultegra (rounded hoods).

Wondering whether drivetrain parts are mismatched. If that's the case, they won't play together nicely. $200 would be a good price if all original.
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Old 01-14-20, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by oik01 View Post
What price? I never specified in my post but guy was willing to do 200$
Was looking at this post on my ipad and it showed $200 somewhere - but the price doesn't show up on my desktop computer

But for $200, the frame alone is worth updating if the replacement parts on it don't get along
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Old 01-14-20, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Was looking at this post on my ipad and it showed $200 somewhere - but the price doesn't show up on my desktop computer

But for $200, the frame alone is worth updating if the replacement parts on it don't get along
Yeah. Seller is a drive from me but if the bike is still available by Saturday I will try and pick it up then. I bargained price down to 150 but only if its not sold by the weekend ( which I wasn't going to be able to pick it up before the weekend anyway). Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 01-15-20, 07:35 AM
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wow it looks old but still cool, Is it still comfortable?
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Old 01-15-20, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by irfani28 View Post
wow it looks old but still cool, Is it still comfortable?
I don't know ... Haven't rode it yet.
I think trek introduced carbon bikes in 92 so it must be one of the earliest versions...
You tube had a video comparing a 92 model carbon fiber trek bike to a modern one and they didn't think there was a huge difference. Ofcourse the bike they road was much better maintained ...
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Old 01-15-20, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by irfani28 View Post
wow it looks old but still cool, Is it still comfortable?
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Old 01-15-20, 10:17 AM
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Is it worth $200? Sure...would I buy it? No. Old 90s CF scares the hell out of me. Im
not one of these “carbon is a delicate time bomb” people, but it did get better over time (trek was always pretty good to be fair) and there are material issues that would probably discourage me from used CF.
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FWIW, I just picked up this early Trek OCLV with full Campy Record for a couple Franklins. I may end up parting it out, but not until after it's ridden a bit. I always loved this green and it's my first carbon bike. I think these carbon frames will age well and be ridden for a long time.


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Old 01-16-20, 11:40 AM
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So I just found an alternative bargain. A felt z6 carbon bike 2011 model recently tuned with new tires and apparently good condition. This one will sell for 300$. What would you go for? The felt z6 or the very old trek carbon? I really liked the idea of having an old vintage bike but my feeling is the felt is a better bargain, will be safer, and last longer with less maintenance.... Thoughts?
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The best thing you can do when you're considering a bike is to go ride it. That will tell you which bike speaks to you and which one doesn't, and it helps you define what exactly you're looking for. Fit and how the bike works for you is key.

As far as whether a newer Felt or an older Trek would fit that bill for you - that's a better question after you've ridden them both.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
The best thing you can do when you're considering a bike is to go ride it. That will tell you which bike speaks to you and which one doesn't, and it helps you define what exactly you're looking for. Fit and how the bike works for you is key.

As far as whether a newer Felt or an older Trek would fit that bill for you - that's a better question after you've ridden them both.
Amen. A bargain bike that rides like a dog is a dog.
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Old 01-16-20, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
Amen. A bargain bike that rides like a dog is a dog.
The trek is a 2 hour drive away while the felt is 10 minutes. Also I was asking because as a novice I'm not quite sure what I would value in a bike/ ride .
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