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Old 08-03-12, 11:28 PM
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Trek 1200 or Trek 330? need some input

I posted this question in another forum but a poster suggested I try here for some more input.

Which should I buy? A trek 1200 with Shimano 105 groupset or 1987 trek 330 with suntour groupset?



Price is the same as there are no shipping costs to the Trek 1200.

The type of riding I am considering is just mainly recreational but may want to do 3 day tour.

Is there much difference between steel vs aluminum?

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If you are looking to go on longer rides and keep it recreational then I'd go with the steel. I had a 1400 trek and its a little harsher on the road. A steel bike has a subtly smoother ride and the geometry is going to be more relaxed so if it is your size it'll feel better for longer. The 330 is in no way a high end bike. It's fairy low so you're best to either keep the price low or look locally for something better. Be sure to get the right size bike.
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First, are you sure these bikes are the size you need, around a 20" frame or 50cm? That's for about 5'4" +/-.

Neither bike offers a triple chain wheel, so you could be at a disadvantage in hill country.
Both bikes appear to come with 23cm or 25cm tires. You want a wider tire for more cushion if you're going to be in the saddle all day, but the frame design may limit brake, fork, and chainstay clearance.
The 330 has mismatched wheels.

Unless you have your mind made up that it has to be a TREK (I have several, but then again, it appears I have several Raleighs, and Motobecanes as well), there are some very good listings for small road bikes in your market.

Make sure they have eyelets to mount a rack.




Also, since that Trek 1200 is local and also on CL, take it for a test ride.

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It's just me probably, but I'd choose something other than the Trek 330. Having seen one and worked on it, there are better bikes for your purpose. However, fit is first criteria.....and riding style and preferences to ride quality following after.
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If it is the right size, the LeTour Luxe is the pick of the three above (all three appear to be good deals, but the Luxe is the best deal). I had one recently, my size too. I would have kept it but I have too many keeper bikes already.

See my vintage steel bike tribute page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillsVintageSteelBikes

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