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Advice on a Trek 1500 needed

Old 06-15-06, 10:05 AM
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Advice on a Trek 1500 needed

I'm looking for a second bike and am thinking of buying a Trek 1500. I currently ride a Specialized Ruby (WSD), 48" frame, which is a carbon bike. I'm wondering whether the aluminum Trek will be much heavier and/or have a much different feel ? No weights are listed on Trek's website. Any advice on another bike in the same price range is also welcome. Thanks.
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Old 06-15-06, 10:08 AM
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I don't know the weights, but just b/c your Ruby is carbon doesn't necessarily mean the frame is lighter than the alum 1500. Go out and test ride it, and see how it compares to the Ruby.
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Old 06-15-06, 12:18 PM
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I can't say anything about the weight subject; however, I can say that the 1500 rides extremely well and can handle great!
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another reply that can't give you any weights, but a buddy of mine who's 6'4" and 210 lbs rides a 63 cm 1500 and loves his. From what i've seen, it's a well made bike and the price is pretty damn good too.
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My wife and I both have 1500s. Both are pretty light. It's a good bike. I have a much more expensive Ti bike, which definitely rides better, but a Porsche drives better than a VW. A VW is still a good car.
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I recently looked at one and we put it on the scale in the store. 52cm frame with pedals and cage came int at just above 20lbs.
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Old 06-15-06, 02:18 PM
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Using a fishing scale (actually fairly accurate) my stock 60 cm 1500 comes in at around 22 lbs. including a saddle pack, cages, computer and mini-pump. The bike is great - the only thing I dislike is the ugly Discovery Channel logo and the Shimano and AMD logos on the chainstays. Other than that it's a very pretty bike and a great deal.
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I bought a 1500 recently and really like riding it, i use it to commute mostly. It is noticeably heavier than my madone, but as a second bike that's fine with me.

The only issue I'd see from a ruby to the 1500 is the different geometry. I could be wrong, but isn't the ruby a more relaxed geometry? So in that sense, I think you'd notice a different feel.
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I have a Trek 1500, a Roubaix Pro, and a carbon Torelli (Toccata). You should expect about 2.5 lbs difference between the 1500 and your Ruby. I use the 1500 for commuting and for business trips. If you replace the saddle, the tires, and (perhaps) the brake calipers, the 1500 is an incredibly good bike.
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Thanks to everyone for the helpful replies - appreciate the input.
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The girlfriend and I both have 1500's and like them a lot. Recently I tried out a Madone (62cm carbon) which was too small for me, but it was definately lighter than my 63cm 1500.

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If you replace the saddle, the tires, and (perhaps) the brake calipers, the 1500 is an incredibly good bike.
I find the stock tires and saddle to be fine, but the tires will be upgraded when the stock ones wear out.

What brakes did your 1500 come with and what did you upgrade to? My girlfriend's WSD has 105 brakes and mine has the "Cane Creek SCR-3". I'm seriously considering upgrading the brakes on mine. I think the Cane Creek brakes are the weakest feature on my bike.

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The 1500 comes with 105 brakes. I really like mine, and it doesn't weigh 22 lbs. Mine's around 19. I guess someone's scale is out of wack.
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my 2005 1500 is 23.3 pounds loaded with tool pouch and pedals.

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Originally Posted by AlanS
I have a Trek 1500, a Roubaix Pro, and a carbon Torelli (Toccata). You should expect about 2.5 lbs difference between the 1500 and your Ruby. I use the 1500 for commuting and for business trips. If you replace the saddle, the tires, and (perhaps) the brake calipers, the 1500 is an incredibly good bike.
I doub't there is a 2.5 pound difference between those two frames. You must be talking about the difference in the componants.
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i just got my 1500 last week, upgrading from a 1000. wow what a difference. SMOOOTH shifting. all i can say is that the tires suck. they should seriously be changed when buying the bike. the saddle is the same as the 1000, so my butt is used to it already. other than that its a very good handling bike, but then again i never rode a carbon bike and probally never will cuz i will buy it for no reason when im happy w/ a aluminum and 105.
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