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Old 08-19-15, 04:58 PM
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Good Deal? Trek 1.1

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I'm looking into buying my first rode bike and have come across a Trek 1.1 for $400. I know that it's not a really well liked bike here but, at that price, just wanted to get some opinions. I don't have a huge budget. A couple other bikes I came across on Craigslist was a Motobecane Jubilee sport for $275 and a Schwinn Paramount Series 5 for $400.
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What year is the Trek? I'd look at the brifters a lot for that price range. $400 will be good if it's tiagra or more.
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It's a 2010 so, from what I've read, looks like Shimano 2300
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What year is the Trek? I'd look at the brifters a lot for that price range. $400 will be good if it's tiagra or more.
Just got a lead on a Quintana Roo PR Compact with Ultegra. Think I can push him to $400 on it if it'd be better than the trek.
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Originally Posted by Salroma
Just got a lead on a Quintana Roo PR Compact with Ultegra. Think I can push him to $400 on it if it'd be better than the trek.
The Quintana Roo is a triathalon bike, not a road bike. I wouldn't go with that for a first bike for going fast on the pavement.

The Trek being with Shimano 2300 (thumb shifters), $400 is too high in price. (MSRP was probably around $750) Look for something that has the brifters that allow you to shift up and down in the drops. Has a smaller lever parallel and behind the brake lever.
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Great bike for the money. Trek 1.1 review - BikeRadar USA I just helped my daughter's boyfriend buy a pristine used 1.1 for $350 including a Sigma computer and Mavic wheels.
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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52
What year is the Trek? I'd look at the brifters a lot for that price range. $400 will be good if it's tiagra or more.
You seem to know a bit so I keep coming back to you. Looking at a 1.2 later today with Shimano Sora gears, asking price on it is $250.
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Originally Posted by Salroma
You seem to know a bit so I keep coming back to you. Looking at a 1.2 later today with Shimano Sora gears, asking price on it is $250.
First priority; does it fit?

It's not a better bike, but I'd say $250 is reasonable. It still has brifters with the thumb knobs...
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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52
The Quintana Roo is a triathalon bike, not a road bike. I wouldn't go with that for a first bike for going fast on the pavement.
You beat me to that one. That was quite a shift. I am really glad that you came to this forum with your questions as that would not have been a good idea. Great bike but it is a Tri bike, as stated.
The Trek being with Shimano 2300 (thumb shifters), $400 is too high in price. (MSRP was probably around $750) Look for something that has the brifters that allow you to shift up and down in the drops. Has a smaller lever parallel and behind the brake lever.
The asking price is high but you can always offer less. I am not sure why you think that people believe this to be a bad bike. It is a nice quality bike especially if it fits you.

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First priority; does it fit?

It's not a better bike, but I'd say $250 is reasonable. It still has brifters with the thumb knobs...
Awesome advice. The bike is only a good deal IF it fits you. Make sure you know your size before you even look at a bike. Regardless of how good of a deal you think your getting, you will have a bad bike experience if the bike is too big or too small. For road bikes, sizing is critical. For tooling around bikes or mtb to a lessor extent, you can get away with a bike that is not perfectly sized. This is not the case for a road bike. It is critical to get the right size bike or you will be miserable and end up quitting the sport.
Why don't you provide us with some body size dimensions and we can assist you with the proper range of size to look at. You can also go to this link and plug it in yourself and get a good range for the bike size you need.
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The asking price is high but you can always offer less. I am not sure why you think that people believe this to be a bad bike. It is a nice quality bike especially if it fits you.
I didn't say it was a bad quality. I said the Quinta Roo was a different kind of bike. And Shimano 2300 shifters are as clunky as MicroSHIFT!
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman
The asking price is high but you can always offer less. I am not sure why you think that people believe this to be a bad bike. It is a nice quality bike especially if it fits you.



Awesome advice. The bike is only a good deal IF it fits you. Make sure you know your size before you even look at a bike. Regardless of how good of a deal you think your getting, you will have a bad bike experience if the bike is too big or too small. For road bikes, sizing is critical. For tooling around bikes or mtb to a lessor extent, you can get away with a bike that is not perfectly sized. This is not the case for a road bike. It is critical to get the right size bike or you will be miserable and end up quitting the sport.
Why don't you provide us with some body size dimensions and we can assist you with the proper range of size to look at. You can also go to this link and plug it in yourself and get a good range for the bike size you need.
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This is good advice. That Trek 1.2 is pretty small. You'd need to be 5'5" or shorter for that one to fit, and that is with short legs. But it would help to know Height, Bike Inseam, and weight. If you actually gave your location, then others could point out bikes on CL that might work.

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Originally Posted by ColaJacket
This is good advice. That Trek 1.2 is pretty small. You'd need to be 5'5" or shorter for that one to fit, and that is with short legs. But it would help to know Height, Bike Inseam, and weight. If you actually gave your location, then others could point out bikes on CL that might work.

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Sorry, just joined and hadn't put those things in. I'm in Fort Myers, FL. Height 5'10", weight 170lbs. Not sure about bike inseam, I wear a 32 pant length if that has any bearing. I gathered that the 1.2 was too small so I didn't go see it. Guy won't budge on the 1.1 so I'm going to keep on looking.
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Originally Posted by Salroma
Sorry, just joined and hadn't put those things in. I'm in Fort Myers, FL. Height 5'10", weight 170lbs. Not sure about bike inseam, I wear a 32 pant length if that has any bearing. I gathered that the 1.2 was too small so I didn't go see it. Guy won't budge on the 1.1 so I'm going to keep on looking.
It looks like you'll need about a 58cm, but that means an effective 56cm - 60cm may fit you, depending upon brand and geometry.

Here's one close to you that may not be too bad (if it fits)

Trek 1.5 2009 (60cm)

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It looks like they may have gone from a triple to a double crank, but that shouldn't bother you in Florida.

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Originally Posted by ColaJacket
It looks like you'll need about a 58cm, but that means an effective 56cm - 60cm may fit you, depending upon brand and geometry.

Here's one close to you that may not be too bad (if it fits)

Trek 1.5 2009 (60cm)

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It looks like they may have gone from a triple to a double crank, but that shouldn't bother you in Florida.

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Thank You

That certainly seems nice, I shot the guy an email.
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Originally Posted by ColaJacket
It looks like you'll need about a 58cm, but that means an effective 56cm - 60cm may fit you, depending upon brand and geometry.

Here's one close to you that may not be too bad (if it fits)

Trek 1.5 2009 (60cm)

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BP

It looks like they may have gone from a triple to a double crank, but that shouldn't bother you in Florida.

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Just posted was a Schwinn Tempo, 58cm with Shimano 105 components. Priced at 255 but I'm sure I can drop that. Not what that Trek is but any opinion? From what I've read, those 105 parts are nice.
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I love my Trek 1.1. In 2012 i bought a 2011 1.1 on Craigslist for $400. The bike has 2300 brifters and deraileurs and stock parts throughout. The bike fit me so it was a good deal but i agree with other posters that the price is probably too high for a bike that is 5 years old. The bike i bought was one model year old and the seller said about 500 miles on bike which seemed reasonable based on tire wear. I have bought other bikes since and the 1.1 is still my favorite bike
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Originally Posted by ColaJacket
It looks like you'll need about a 58cm, but that means an effective 56cm - 60cm may fit you, depending upon brand and geometry.
I'd argue that the OP should look for bikes with a 54-55cm virtual top tube (VTT) length. I'm 6'1", wear the same pant length and like 56-57cm VTT frames (leaves about 120mm stem to put me over the front wheel a bit). So based on height and close to same inseam, the OP's torso must be shorter.

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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52
I didn't say it was a bad quality. I said the Quinta Roo was a different kind of bike. And Shimano 2300 shifters are as clunky as MicroSHIFT!
I had microshift shifters mixed with Tiagra on my first road bike, a Felt Z95. I can honestly say that I did not think that the set up was bad at all. They were not clunky in any way. MicroShift gets a bad name when in reality they are not a bad product.
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So I bought my first road bike. Seems to fit well and rides great. Learning the shifters and things, first time I've had a drop handlebar bike. Schwinn Tempo with Shimano 105.
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