Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

What is really better, Trek or Specialized?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

What is really better, Trek or Specialized?

Old 05-15-20, 07:37 AM
  #1  
pwhite
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
What is really better, Trek or Specialized?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, if so I do apologize. I have one of each and I have been wondering which brand is more popular? I see Specialized advertised more than I see trek. Thanks in advance.
pwhite is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 07:39 AM
  #2  
Oneder
Banned.
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 821

Bikes: Wahoo of Theseus, others

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 428 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 46 Posts
Originally Posted by pwhite
I see Specialized advertised more than I see trek.
That tells you where their money goes. Trek is pretty good, I see no reason to like specialized in particular.
Oneder is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 08:40 AM
  #3  
Kapusta
Advanced Slacker
 
Kapusta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 6,043

Bikes: Soma Fog Cutter, Surly Wednesday, Canfielld Tilt

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2686 Post(s)
Liked 2,431 Times in 1,369 Posts
I know this thread is going to be a train wreck.

What I donít know is whether I will be able to look away.
Kapusta is online now  
Old 05-15-20, 08:44 AM
  #4  
blakcloud
Senior Member
 
blakcloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,586
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 604 Post(s)
Liked 342 Times in 220 Posts
Your post are two different questions. The title asks "which is better?" There is no right or wrong or definitive answer to this. They are both good.

Your second question is "which brand is more popular?" I don't have any empirical evidence, just anecdotal and I believe they are pretty equal in this regard.

Just enjoy each of your bikes and call it a day.
blakcloud is offline  
Likes For blakcloud:
Old 05-15-20, 09:05 AM
  #5  
c_m_shooter
Senior Member
 
c_m_shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paradise, TX
Posts: 2,087

Bikes: Soma Pescadero, Surly Pugsley, Salsa Fargo, Schwinn Klunker, Gravity SS 27.5, Monocog 29er

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 186 Post(s)
Liked 234 Times in 166 Posts
They have the same parts on them. All bikes are built to a price point, when comparing bikes at the same level, they are all about the same. They will cut cost somewhere in the build so they can make one component better and focus their advertising on that component.
c_m_shooter is offline  
Likes For c_m_shooter:
Old 05-15-20, 09:05 AM
  #6  
hillyman
WALSTIB
 
hillyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,798
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 280 Post(s)
Liked 384 Times in 183 Posts

I've got to go with Grandma Joan
__________________
www.bikeleague.org

hillyman is offline  
Likes For hillyman:
Old 05-15-20, 09:13 AM
  #7  
Maelochs
Senior Member
 
Maelochs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 15,023

Bikes: 2015 Workswell 066, 2017 Workswell 093, 2014 Dawes Sheila, 1983 Cannondale 500, 1984 Raleigh Olympian, 2007 Cannondale Rize 4, 2017 Fuji Sportif 1 LE

Mentioned: 143 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7383 Post(s)
Liked 3,015 Times in 1,611 Posts
McDonalds or Burger King?

Try Cervelo.
Maelochs is offline  
Likes For Maelochs:
Old 05-15-20, 09:17 AM
  #8  
Flip Flop Rider
Senior Member
 
Flip Flop Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: South Carolina Upstate
Posts: 2,088

Bikes: 2010 Fuji Absolute 3.0 1994 Trek 850

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 757 Post(s)
Liked 546 Times in 314 Posts
Flip a coin
Flip Flop Rider is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 09:28 AM
  #9  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,771

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2083 Post(s)
Liked 1,579 Times in 789 Posts
Originally Posted by pwhite
I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, if so I do apologize. I have one of each and I have been wondering which brand is more popular? I see Specialized advertised more than I see trek. Thanks in advance.
Define better. TIA!
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 09:50 AM
  #10  
Ogsarg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Hollister, CA (not the surf town)
Posts: 1,669

Bikes: 2019 Specialized Roubaix Comp Di2, 2009 Roubaix, early 90's Giant Iguana

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 617 Post(s)
Liked 1,342 Times in 505 Posts
Originally Posted by pwhite
I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, if so I do apologize. I have one of each and I have been wondering which brand is more popular? I see Specialized advertised more than I see trek. Thanks in advance.
Your title asks which is better, but then you ask which is more popular. Two different questions altogether. There is no objective answer to the first question and you can look up sales figures if you want to know the answer to the second one.
Ogsarg is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 09:51 AM
  #11  
Gconan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 657

Bikes: Norco search xr

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 197 Post(s)
Liked 146 Times in 90 Posts
Which company is better? Which bike is better? Who's bikes are better? They're all made overseas. They are not really made here. All bike companies are like that.
Gconan is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 09:52 AM
  #12  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 6,016
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1814 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 919 Times in 567 Posts
I don't care for Trek's naming strategy- the whole anagram thing. Which is which and how to pronounce Domane?

I had a 5200, or was it a 120, or was it an OCLV?

Nice bikes, 'tho...
woodcraft is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 09:57 AM
  #13  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 37,605
Mentioned: 208 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17455 Post(s)
Liked 13,547 Times in 6,440 Posts
Originally Posted by Kapusta
I know this thread is going to be a train wreck.

What I donít know is whether I will be able to look away.
POTD!
indyfabz is offline  
Likes For indyfabz:
Old 05-15-20, 10:00 AM
  #14  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 37,605
Mentioned: 208 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17455 Post(s)
Liked 13,547 Times in 6,440 Posts
Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider
Flip a coin
I did. It landed on its edge. How should I interpret that?
indyfabz is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 10:01 AM
  #15  
Bassmanbob
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Treasure Coast, FL
Posts: 954

Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Supersix EVO 3, 2015 Trek 520, 2017 Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, 2022 Moots Vamoots Disc RSL

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 268 Post(s)
Liked 248 Times in 131 Posts
Bassmanbob is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 10:01 AM
  #16  
CAT7RDR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 1,946

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 763 Post(s)
Liked 1,805 Times in 871 Posts
So if I am looking for a vintage steel road bike by either brand, are there a few models that jump out as highly desirable? To me, bikes that are highly sought after 20-30 years after being manufactured says far more about the quality of the bikes than what is promoted as the best ever in 2020-2021.
CAT7RDR is offline  
Likes For CAT7RDR:
Old 05-15-20, 10:02 AM
  #17  
Rides4Beer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: VA
Posts: 1,437

Bikes: SuperSix Evo | Revolt

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 732 Post(s)
Liked 813 Times in 412 Posts
Neither is "better", no bike brand is "better". They all do the same thing. Buy the one that you like that fits your riding and your budget and go ride.

But for the record, Giant is the best.
Rides4Beer is offline  
Likes For Rides4Beer:
Old 05-15-20, 10:08 AM
  #18  
JustinOldPhart
Junior Samples
 
JustinOldPhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 83

Bikes: '74 Eisentraut, '94 Univega Alpina Pro, KLR650, R1200RT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 54 Times in 27 Posts
Originally Posted by woodcraft
I don't care for Trek's naming strategy- the whole anagram thing. Which is which and how to pronounce Domane?

I had a 5200, or was it a 120, or was it an OCLV?

Nice bikes, 'tho...
Well, see, this is because you're not a true cognoscente, an inside tracker, you don't know 'the ****', you don't have 'a guy'.

Just like Favre pronounced his name FARV, Domane is pronounced DA-MONE. The bike was built to honor Vic Damone, who died in 2018.

This is the truth, from Burke's beyond-the-grave lips to my ear, I tell ya.

Oh, **** me, this thread is going to go sophomoric...
JustinOldPhart is offline  
Likes For JustinOldPhart:
Old 05-15-20, 10:20 AM
  #19  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,771

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2083 Post(s)
Liked 1,579 Times in 789 Posts
Originally Posted by Kapusta
I know this thread is going to be a train wreck.

What I donít know is whether I will be able to look away.
Love it! We need more humor like this. I mean, I know you were serious, but the truth is funny in this case.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Likes For Paul Barnard:
Old 05-15-20, 10:21 AM
  #20  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 37,605
Mentioned: 208 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17455 Post(s)
Liked 13,547 Times in 6,440 Posts
Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
So if I am looking for a vintage steel road bike by either brand, are there a few models that jump out as highly desirable? To me, bikes that are highly sought after 20-30 years after being manufactured says far more about the quality of the bikes than what is promoted as the best ever in 2020-2021.
Trek 660. My first ďrealĒ road racer. Campy Nuovo and Modolo brakes in black with aero levers. Bought it used and rode the crap out of it until it developed a crack in the headtube. Became a trainer bike until I dialed it up to 500W and snapped the right chainstay in 1991 after rehabbing from heart surgery.
indyfabz is offline  
Likes For indyfabz:
Old 05-15-20, 10:21 AM
  #21  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,771

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2083 Post(s)
Liked 1,579 Times in 789 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz
I did. It landed on its edge. How should I interpret that?
That you need to rush out and buy a fist full of loto tickets.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 10:27 AM
  #22  
livedarklions
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8183 Post(s)
Liked 9,077 Times in 5,047 Posts
If this is to be a proper train wreck, it needs more Giant.

And speaking of brands with weird naming habits, my Giant is apparently named after optical character recognition.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 05-15-20, 10:28 AM
  #23  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,771

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2083 Post(s)
Liked 1,579 Times in 789 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions
If this is to be a proper train wreck, it needs more Giant.
Cannondale resents your oversight.

But to be really train wrecky, it won't be complete unless Bike's Direct is brought into the mix.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Likes For Paul Barnard:
Old 05-15-20, 10:32 AM
  #24  
livedarklions
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8183 Post(s)
Liked 9,077 Times in 5,047 Posts
Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Cannondale resents your oversight.

But to be really train wrecky, it won't be complete unless Bike's Direct is brought into the mix.

Not sure it's really an oversight, though. Cannondale is sort of second-tier in scale. Not a knock on their bikes, mind you.
livedarklions is offline  
Old 05-15-20, 10:39 AM
  #25  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,373

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3004 Post(s)
Liked 2,432 Times in 1,186 Posts
The better one is the on that FITS.

I have a Trek road bike and a Cannondale CX. These fit my body and needs best.

Both are excellent at what they do.
GlennR is offline  
Likes For GlennR:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.