Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Trek 1000 vs 1500 for 6'9" 230lb 50 year old

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Trek 1000 vs 1500 for 6'9" 230lb 50 year old

Old 08-30-04, 09:17 AM
  #1  
BigE
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Trek 1000 vs 1500 for 6'9" 230lb 50 year old

I have been riding a Trek 920 bike for 6 years now - it came in a 24" frame, but I am now starting to do more and more road biking. Considering both a Trek 1000 and 1500. Both come with 63cm frames. I only ride about 100 miles per week, but occasionally do a 80 mile day ride which would be easier with a road bike on the steeper climbs. I have read some reviews that the spokes break on the 1000 with a heavier load. Maybe Trek has changed 2005 model. I am not sure if the extra $500 is worth it for the 1500 especially when the 63cm frame side is probably marginal for my size. This size would have to be ordered so I have not been able to try any of them.

Any comments would be appreciated.
BigE is offline  
Old 08-30-04, 10:18 AM
  #2  
elicheez
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The 1500 might actually be worse for you. It comes with aero wheels that have far fewer spokes than the older-style wheels on the 1000. I think the rear wheel on the 1500 has 24 spokes versus 32 on the 1500. Wheels with higher spoke count can usually (but not always...) bear more weight. There are a lot of things about the 1500 that are much nicer than the 1000, but it's not necessarily better for carrying a heavier rider.

You could buy either bike and ride it for awhile. If you have a problem with spokes breaking, there are heavy-duty wheels available for maybe $200 a set. Wheels built for XC and city riding can take more of a beating and tandem wheels are built to carry 400+ lbs worth of cyclist.
elicheez is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.