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Cervelo Solist vs Trek 5000

Old 03-02-05, 05:43 PM
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Cervelo Solist vs Trek 5000

Long time mtbr looking for a fast road bike that won't beat me up. I want to do a lot of training this year both solo and with a club. I'm 5'10 and 220 and am tryng to drop some weight.

I can get either one here from a shop I like. Carbon vs aluminum, Campy vs Shimano, Cervelo vs Trek.

I am partial to the Cervelo because it is a Canadian company and has Campagnolo components. The 5000 is full carbon and seems to have a good spec.

Probably a week or 2 up here before the streets will be dry and ice free for test riding.

Which would you pick and why?
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Old 03-02-05, 08:47 PM
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I have the same frame. I also considered the Soloist before buying the Trek. I have absolutely no regrets so far. I love that OCLV frame and I have no doubts that you will love it too. Very light and very comfortable. Same frame Lance won Tours one and two on. I have also been very impressed with my Bontrager wheels and saddle!!! I have the Race Lites. My plan was to upgrade my wheels to Ksyrium SL's...but since these Bontragers have turned out so well I am changing my mind. I am one very satisfied Trek owner.
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Old 03-02-05, 09:32 PM
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I haven't ridden them, but I know guys who have, and it seems as though the Trek is more comfortable, and should be quite a bit lighter.
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Old 03-02-05, 09:56 PM
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The Cervelo is a racing-pure bred, the Trek is too, but certainly they've paid more attention to making a softer (if more dead) ride.
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two very different rides. the cervelo will be a stiffer and harsher ride, and the Trek should be more comfortable and a softer ride. they are both great bikes by great manufacturers that are specked out really nicely
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I haven't ridden either but damn those Cervelo's look sweet.....
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Originally Posted by kubla khan
damn those Cervelo's look sweet.....
they sure do! Bling, bling

http://www.cervelo.com/bikes/2005%20...loist-Team.jpg

Do you know that "bling" is in The Oxford Dictionary?

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Old 03-03-05, 05:31 AM
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I have the Soloist and I love it. To me, it feels like you are driving a race car when you are on it. However, if comfort is a high priority on your list, I would bet on the Carbon.
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Old 03-03-05, 12:55 PM
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I've got a Soloist, and it is by no means a harsh ride.
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Thanks for all the replies. I am going to do some test riding as soon as possible but it is still winter here in Winnipeg. I have some roadie friends and they all say to get the Cervelo because it's Canadian, you don't see many, and it's got Campy. None of them have been on one though. They want to live vicariously through my purchase. I want to ride a few different bikes before making up my mind although the Soloist looks very cool.
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Old 03-03-05, 02:02 PM
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I've got an 04 Trek 5000 and think it is terrific. It is a great ride - I don't know anyone who's spent time on this setup and thought it "dead." Light, sprightly and makes me want to get my butt out of bed in the cold weather and ride!

Honestly, I love the bike. The Cervelo might be a bit sexier because there aren't nearly as many and that's cool, but if I did it again, i would DEFINITELY buy the Trek again. I love my bike. Love it. It looks good too, by the way.
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I have to admit that the 5000 at the lbs was a GOOD looking bike. I am looking foreward to taking it out for a good test.
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Old 03-03-05, 09:29 PM
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I have a Soloist and it is definitely like owning a sports car. Fast and beautiful. It is definitely set up as a race bike. The CSC team was still racing them (off-the-shelf) last year. If you like things that go fast you'll love it. I've had it for a year and still flip the light on to look at it if I am passing through the room.
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Old 03-04-05, 07:01 AM
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I don't need to flip the light on while passing through the room to see how pretty my Trek 5000 is because I would never be in a different room than my bike.

I carry it out around from room to room so it is always nearby.

I take it to work, to church, to visit the in-laws, etc. I really like this bike.
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".........I carry it out around from room to room so it is always nearby......
I take it to work, to church, to visit the in-laws, etc. I really like this bike........"


...........so do I. I thought I was sick, my wife thought I was sick, but the bike sleeps close by at all times. D#mn! the bike looks great, and rides great. I'm taking it with me to Florida in a week to get away from this winter crud. Its staying in the condo with me too!

Enjoy your ride.

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Originally Posted by Pfoot
I carry it out around from room to room so it is always nearby.
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I hope you do the correct thing for the aesthetics: put it in the biggest gear, and always view it from the right side
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