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Just got a 2013 1.5 should I look at a 2011 2.3?

Old 07-24-12, 05:39 PM
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Just got a 2013 1.5 should I look at a 2011 2.3?

Hi all,
I just stepped out of the time machine and got a 2013 Trek 1.5.
My other bike was/is a Cannondale 3.0 crit from 1989-90, wow what a difference 22 years makes
I really like the 1.5 (just did 14 miles) but I was wondering if 2.3 with the 200 aluminum frame would be any better for approximately the same amount of money? Or the new Domane for a few shekels more.

I'm not a racer(55 years old and losing weight) I do intend to do a century this fall. My local rides involve hills ( Prospect park Brooklyn, and upstate NY).

Any suggestions for Trek bikes would be appreciated. I'm funding this with theTrek card so I need to stay in the family.
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Old 07-24-12, 06:26 PM
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I'd buy as good a bike as you can justify financially that meets your needs. If you already are considering upgrading, do it now while you can rather than in a year and lose value in the bike you bought.
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Old 07-24-12, 06:56 PM
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Why not enjoy the new bike you just bought, and keep using the Cdale 3.0 as your backup bike?
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Old 07-24-12, 07:10 PM
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I've got 30 days to test ride and just thinking that if the 1.5 is so good then maybe I'd like the 2.1,2.3, or the doumane better. Just trying to get opinions.
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Old 07-24-12, 07:15 PM
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Test all that you're considering. I'd think the Domane would be in a different price category.
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Old 07-24-12, 07:47 PM
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I had a 1.5, and one day, out of curiosity, I asked my friend at the LBS "what's the difference between my bike and a full-carbon bike?" In a few minutes they had my pedals off the 1.5 and put them on a Madone 5.2, and said "Go out an ride! Just be back within a half-hour." It took about five minutes on the Madone for me to be hooked. On rough roads where the aluminum-framed 1.5 would buzz and rattle me to death, the Madone just glided over. Plus, the Ultegra components on the Madone were a big improvement over the Tiagra on the 1.5. Also, the Madone is so light it takes off like a fighter jet on hills and stoplights.

Before the day was out, I had traded in the 1.5 for the Madone.
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the domane is going to probably blow the 1.5 away but the price difference may blow you away ..... depending on your budget of course
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Old 07-24-12, 07:56 PM
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Actually it looks like there's a Domane 2.0/2.3 which is not much more expensive than the 2.1/2.3. Of course it is still aluminum.
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Ride both/all! You'll get infinitely more data doing that than you will on a message board.
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The 2.3 is leaps and bounds better. I've owned both frames.
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I would just keep the 1.5 c. My bike is on ordered and Trek gave me a 5.2 D and i went on a 10 mile ride. All I can say is wow!!! At this moment I don't want to spend that type of money on a bike tho
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Originally Posted by Ricanfred View Post
The 2.3 is leaps and bounds better. I've owned both frames.
How so?

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Originally Posted by mdelrossi View Post
How so?

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I owned a 2009 1.2 which, I believe, shares the same frame as your 1.5. That my first road bike so please take that into consideration. It's a great bike don't get me wrong, but I found the frame very harsh as in transmitting all feedback from the roads. Upgraded comfort 25mm tires helped to a point. The 2.3 frame, to me, seems much more comfortable. Two Trek employees have told me they're actually better machines overall than the lower end Madones, but most people prefer to spend just a few hundred bucks more for a carbon fiber frame. If you can swap your 2013 1.5 for a 2011 2.3 for $0, that's a no brainer in my opinon. Why don't you just take it for a test ride?
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Plus you upgrade from Tiagra to 105.
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If you can get 2011 2.3 for the same price as a 2013 1.5, get the 2.3. I assume the 2013 1.5 is spec'd the same as the 2012 (2013 isn't on their site yet), which means it's Tiagra with an FSA Vero crank and generic brakes. The 2011 2.3 is listed as all 105, and reportedly has a better frame. That's a no-brainer.
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Originally Posted by joeturner View Post
Actually it looks like there's a Domane 2.0/2.3 which is not much more expensive than the 2.1/2.3. Of course it is still aluminum.
I didn't check out the 2013 offerings....yes, quite a few lower end options available on the Domane now. Good
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Old 07-25-12, 11:33 AM
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Thanks to all, I'll call the shop and see what I can do.
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Yeah, I would make the switch or you'll never be satisfied with your 1.5 with Tiagra. The more you spend time reading on this site and about other bikes, you'll wish you upgraded. I would do it if you got a 30 day no questions ask policy in your favor.
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Originally Posted by mdelrossi View Post
I've got 30 days to test ride and just thinking that if the 1.5 is so good then maybe I'd like the 2.1,2.3, or the doumane better. Just trying to get opinions.
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I'd for sure ride the Domane, since the geometry is different. I don't know what Trek calls it anymore. Endurance, H3, whatever.
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you say you are 55. time to buy what you want. if you can financially swing it for the better bike (and the one you REALLY want), buy it.

remember, there is now no such thing as debtor's prison.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
you say you are 55. time to buy what you want. if you can financially swing it for the better bike (and the one you REALLY want), buy it.

remember, there is now no such thing as debtor's prison.
Will you represent me at the divorce proceedings?
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Originally Posted by mdelrossi View Post
Will you represent me at the divorce proceedings?
Push the health aspect of a bike. The more expensive the bike, the healthier it is for you.
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Old 07-26-12, 06:59 PM
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What did you end up doing?
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I vote also for the 2.3, the 105 is clearly better than tiagra
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At 55, get the Domane! They are comfort race bikes. You'll feel much better / more comfortable getting off the Domane after a good ride than the 2.3. The Domane is a great bike. Take one out for a decent ride and you'll love it.

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