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Upgrade the components on my Trek 1.2 or sell it for something better?

Old 06-23-11, 10:19 PM
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Upgrade the components on my Trek 1.2 or sell it for something better?

I am looking to get something a bit smoother shifting that what I have now as well as a bit lighter. I was thinking of upgrading my components and possibly wheelset on my 1.2, however would it be better if I just sold the bike and bought something like a CAAD 10-5 instead?
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I guess it all depends on your financial situation and how much you like your current bike. If you can afford to sell the Trek and get a Cannondale that has the setup you want then it would be the best route.

If however you don't have the money all at once and build up the Trek piece by piece it would be more expensive in the long run but a learning experience and you could have every piece custom fitted to your likes and needs.
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Old 06-23-11, 11:51 PM
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Well if I am going to do it I will probably end up upgrading them all at once, just buying the groupset and installing it at once. It's either going to be 105 or SRAM Rival, depends on how far I want to stretch the budget. Should I look into wheels as well?
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Old 06-23-11, 11:55 PM
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If you have the money get the cannondale and sell the trek, easier path and some beginner roadie gets a good used bike.
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Old 06-24-11, 05:42 AM
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I was in your exact same situation. Unfortunately there really is no market for resale where I live so selling wasn't an option. Fortunately I found a BNIB Rival group for 5 and some change so I bought the group. If you have the money, buy the new bike and keep the Trek for a beater/rain bike.
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Properly adjusted cheap components should shift perfectly.
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The 1.2 is about $900 new, I wounder if you'd get much more than $300-$400 for it. I was in a similar situation with my trek 1000. Decided to keep the t1k as a rain bike and bought the CAAD10. Having two bikes is nice. If something needs repair on one the other is ready to go.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:32 AM
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I went from a Trek 1.5 to a CAAD9. Huge upgrade frame-wise. The groups were identical.
I'd ride the heck out of the 1.2, save up your pennies and when you're ready,
sell it (you should be able to get between $400-$500 if it's in great shape.
Apply that to your next purchase. As for the CAAD10-5? Excellent choice.
But, as much of a CAAD fan as I am, I'd say try as many difference brands
as you possibly can then make your choice. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DigitalN View Post
I am looking to get something a bit smoother shifting that what I have now as well as a bit lighter. I was thinking of upgrading my components and possibly wheelset on my 1.2, however would it be better if I just sold the bike and bought something like a CAAD 10-5 instead?
What you can also do is keep your bike. In the meantime, you have something to ride while you are saving the coin to get the bike you really want. Even better, buy a frameset and then equip it with the parts you want. It is not as economical, but once you get the parts you want, you won't be having "upgraditis" for a while.

This way you won't lose saddle time while looking around for a good deal on parts. The satisfaction of putting together your own bike is something else altogether.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:35 AM
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I'm curious why you wouldn't look at moving to a Trek 2.1. Are you that unhappy with your current Trek?

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Old 06-24-11, 09:49 AM
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I upgraded my daughter's '08 Trek 1.2 with the 105 group and a better wheelset off my old Giant OCR-1 and it rides like a dream. I'm thinking about getting her a set of Psimet wheels for her 21st birthday. I think the 1.2 frame is fine. The components were pretty low-end, but I had fun rebuilding the bike and got a pretty good deal on the group on Ebay.

So I'd recommend upgrading it.

If you do, be aware that the Trek 1.2 requires long-reach brakes (at least on the rear), so you can't use the rear brake that comes with the 105 group.
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Old 06-24-11, 10:29 AM
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I've ridden the 1 series back-to-back with the 2 series and the Allez etc just for the sake of comparison and imo, the 1 series rides like crap comparatively. I'm kind of annoyed at Trek for continuing to offer the lower grade aluminum when it wouldn't cost them that much more to just have all of their bikes with the nicer aluminum.
I took them all out on bad roads and swapped wheelsets to get an accurate comparison. The 1 series was like a heavy tuning fork.
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its rarely cheaper to upgrade than to sell off and buy a complete bike with the components you want... if you want a caad, sell the trek and get it... if you want a trek with 105, sell the 1.2 and get a 2.1/2.3... either way is going to be cheaper i nthe long run versus upgrading what you have...
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
I've ridden the 1 series back-to-back with the 2 series and the Allez etc just for the sake of comparison and imo, the 1 series rides like crap comparatively. I'm kind of annoyed at Trek for continuing to offer the lower grade aluminum when it wouldn't cost them that much more to just have all of their bikes with the nicer aluminum.
I took them all out on bad roads and swapped wheelsets to get an accurate comparison. The 1 series was like a heavy tuning fork.
The 2.X Series is the old 1.5 of 2009. A very nice ride. More comfortable than The CAAD9 I have, but not soft.
I just outgrew mine needs-wise. But I like the 1.5 a lot for an aluminum bike. Also, pretty well made.

Can't speak for the current 1.X line other than to say that for what it is, it's good. It's a $600. bike.
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its rarely cheaper to upgrade than to sell off and buy a complete bike with the components you want...
+1, unless you want to learn to wrench.
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I would definitely upgrade this bike and then sell it to the guy that is upgrading the 26 lb Walmart bike. He will be looking for a new ride soon.
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You don't know how to adjust derailleurs so you want a new bike?
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
The 2.X Series is the old 1.5 of 2009. A very nice ride. More comfortable than The CAAD9 I have, but not soft.
I just outgrew mine needs-wise. But I like the 1.5 a lot for an aluminum bike. Also, pretty well made.

Can't speak for the current 1.X line other than to say that for what it is, it's good. It's a $600. bike.
I stand corrected then. My test was with the 2010 models during a slow day at the shop.
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You don't know how to adjust derailleurs so you want a new bike?
Depending on the year the 1.2 had 2200 or Sora. I know no matter how much I adjusted, tightened, re-adjusted the FD it never ever worked right. I threw more chains than I did shifts. You can't even compare 2200 to sora. 2200 is complete and utter crap and shimano should be ashamed for ever letting anything that horrible on the market. But then again if it hadn't been for 2200 being so horrible I would never have found SRAM.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
I stand corrected then. My test was with the 2010 models during a slow day at the shop.
The 2010 1.X is a much different animal from the '09 1.X.
The '09 1.X was a decent frameset. The '10 isn't as nice.
Trek went with super cheap ('10 1.X) and high quality ('09 1.5/10' 2.X).
Still, I'd rather own a current 1.X than anything else in it's price range.
It's still a way better bike and IMO, the best value for the money,
not to mention the great support one gets from Trek if anything goes wrong.
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Originally Posted by K&K_Dad View Post
Depending on the year the 1.2 had 2200 or Sora. I know no matter how much I adjusted, tightened, re-adjusted the FD it never ever worked right. I threw more chains than I did shifts. You can't even compare 2200 to sora. 2200 is complete and utter crap and shimano should be ashamed for ever letting anything that horrible on the market. But then again if it hadn't been for 2200 being so horrible I would never have found SRAM.
My back-up bike has sora, triple even. Shifts butter smooth. Again, it's all adjustment.
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Originally Posted by K&K_Dad View Post
Depending on the year the 1.2 had 2200 or Sora. I know no matter how much I adjusted, tightened, re-adjusted the FD it never ever worked right. I threw more chains than I did shifts. You can't even compare 2200 to sora. 2200 is complete and utter crap and shimano should be ashamed for ever letting anything that horrible on the market. But then again if it hadn't been for 2200 being so horrible I would never have found SRAM.
Agreed. Sora/Tiagra is (for me) the lowest I'd go. Decent enough for basic rec riding.
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Decent enough for basic rec riding.
People race on Sora/Tiagra...
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Had my bike had Sora I'd probably still have it on the bike. The first time I shifted a Sora shifter I thought, 'That can't be right, it's to smooth.' Compared to my 2200 crap Sora felt like Dura Ace. 2200 was clunky, not smooth, finicky. Horrible Horrible. Now I won't go lower than Rival.
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