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Trek Alpha 2000 SL Good deal?

Old 02-19-17, 12:08 PM
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Trek Alpha 2000 SL Good deal?

I'm wanting to upgrade from my low end vintage Schwinn World Sport bike and have come across a Trek 2000 SL Alpha Series bike. The seller wants $350 and it appears to be in decent condition with a few upgrades such as wheels. The parts list are as follows:
Fork: OCLV carbon
Handlebar: Cannondale C3
Stem: Fuji Alloy Component
Saddle: Specialized toupe 143mm
Crankset: Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano 105
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Equipe
Tires: Continental Ultra Gatorskin 23c
Pedals: Look clipless
Brakes: generic
Seatpost: generic
From what I can find online it seems that these Treks are decent bikes and will last a while but I want some more opinions from people who have experience with these. Are they durable? Easy to work on? And the price, from what I can find $350 is a little high so I'll try talking them down. What is a fair price if the bike is in great working condition? Thanks.
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Old 02-21-17, 08:19 AM
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Old 02-21-17, 10:52 AM
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I bought the exact bike for $150 -- it had basically been trashed by a bum. Anyway, with no mechanical experience, I proceeded to rebuild it from scratch. I then put about 7,000 miles on it and am now 100 lbs down from where I was 3-and-a-half years ago.

So, yeah, I say go for it. That one looks like it's in great shape. $350 might be a little high, but it you literally haven't even got to buy pedals or tires or anything, you're doing pretty good. My budget-conscious rebuild ended up costing about $500, total, including the original $150.

These days, mine does rain bike duty and when I ride it, I always marvel at how smooth it is:

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Old 02-21-17, 10:54 AM
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here's what mine looked like originally:
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Looks like a good bike for the money to me.
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after looking at the list of upgrades, yeah, that's probably pretty close to a fair price, actually.

If the 'generic' brakes are at all concerning, remember, you can get those pretty cheaply.. Like this random pair I searched out on e-bay:

Shimano Ultegra brake calipers, BR-6500, low miles, very good condition! | eBay
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I think it's a good price, I purchased a Trek 1500 SLR WSD for about $250 and probably spent a good ~$200 around brake pads, cables, crankset and bottom bracket and platform pedals. It was pretty light and for around ~$400-500 bike I have a light and responsive bike. I might be letting it go though since it's a little off-sized for me. For 350 the gatorskins and the clipless are nice additions by the way.
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Those aluminum alloy Treks are light, fast bikes.

Their biggest drawback is that they're quite stiff.
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug View Post
I bought the exact bike for $150 -- it had basically been trashed by a bum. Anyway, with no mechanical experience, I proceeded to rebuild it from scratch. I then put about 7,000 miles on it and am now 100 lbs down from where I was 3-and-a-half years ago.

So, yeah, I say go for it. That one looks like it's in great shape. $350 might be a little high, but it you literally haven't even got to buy pedals or tires or anything, you're doing pretty good. My budget-conscious rebuild ended up costing about $500, total, including the original $150.

These days, mine does rain bike duty and when I ride it, I always marvel at how smooth it is:
Nice looking bike! If you rebuilt it with no experience I think I might be okay working on it.

Thanks everyone for confirming that this is a good bike and the price is decent. Now if only someone would buy my XBOX, then I'd have the cash.
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aaaand the post was taken down. i was too slow.
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I had one and I wonder about your size. I am a big rider at 230 and I had problems with my frame being too whimpy for me.

I have done lots of centuries, climbing and up to 7300 miles that year. Could be my strength as a bit guy, or could be my weight as a big guy, but when I dropped the hammer even while seated, I could hear flexing around the bottom bracket area. I could hear the front derailleur rubbing on the chain no matter how I set it up. Was just too flexy for me.

Eventually the frame snapped.

I say it may depend on your weight and size.

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awww.. I was rooting for you.
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Got to be an upgrade from the World Sport. But bad thing about used bikes, is the warranty is void on the frame.

Mine was new and original owner so Trek replaced and upgraded frame and fork.

Try that with a used bike, ain't going to happen so if it breaks, you're out of luck.
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When I built my trek, I was about 255 or so... I bought some Aeromax 700c wheels for $75 (including shipping!) off e-bay with 20/24 spokes and rode the hell out of it. No problems with frame flex or cracking or anything of the sort. I'm down around 190 now and still ride it on rainy days and it really is a nice bike. Given the choice, I'll ride my 2014 Supersix, but really, if I'm honest, it's pretty close (don't tell my wife) and my ability to get over a hill or ride comfortably, etc. is not much different from one to the other bike.
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Originally Posted by ClydeTim View Post
I had one and I wonder about your size. I am a big rider at 230 and I had problems with my frame being too whimpy for me.

I have done lots of centuries, climbing and up to 7300 miles that year. Could be my strength as a bit guy, or could be my weight as a big guy, but when I dropped the hammer even while seated, I could hear flexing around the bottom bracket area. I could hear the front derailleur rubbing on the chain no matter how I set it up. Was just too flexy for me.

Eventually the frame snapped.

I say it may depend on your weight and size.
Well I'm kind of short and weigh like 130-140 so I'm not really worried about flex on the frame.
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug View Post
awww.. I was rooting for you.
Thanks for rooting but you can't win them all I guess.
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Well I'm kind of short and weigh like 130-140 so I'm not really worried about flex on the frame.
That might work for ya then. I hope it is better than mine cause you never know, I could have gotten the lemon.
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Is that 9 speed or 10 speed?

It looks like a reasonably good deal Not top of the line, but is should be a reasonably solid bike.
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9-speed.

For future thread googlers: those Trek Alphas are apparently known for getting cracks around the bottom bracket area/seat tube junction. Inspect them carefully as you would with any used bike, I guess. As I said, mine has never been a problem in that regard and continues to serve me well at 15 years and counting.
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