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Old 08-30-13, 11:46 AM
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old vs. new bikes

Just looking for some thoughts here. My current main bike is a 2001 Trek 5900. OCLV 110,full dura ace 9 speed from that era and Mavic Kysirium wheels. The bike is nice riding and pretty light as well. So here is the question: thinking of a new bike and to go top of the line these days is quite costly. Would a Trek 4.7 or 5.2 be considered an upgrade over my 5900. Considering weight and groupsets and overall performance. I do love my bike but new is nice too. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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Old 08-30-13, 11:52 AM
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yeah either of those would be an "upgrade". If both are tuned correctly you won't be any faster though on the new bike, depending on if 5900 wheels are in good shape. I would look at other brands than trek though(personally i'm not a fan), but nothing wrong w/their bikes.
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It will be slightly lighter, slightly stiffer, and you'll get one more cog. But the paint will be much, much better.
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Old 08-30-13, 12:17 PM
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Probably, but not a major one (depending on how important that extra gear is to you). But don't take my word for it, go test ride them!
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It's classic want vs. need. You could go ride the purdy new one and see what you think.

But you already know: it won't really make you any faster, it'll just look and maybe feel really cool. What's that worth?
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Old 08-30-13, 09:39 PM
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Certainly a wants thing more than need. At the end of the day I'll keep what I have and enjoy it. It's a very capable bike for sure. It's amazing how much top of the line bikes are. Could never justify it these days. When I bought the 5900 I was in a very different place in my life, single no kids and buying what I wanted when I wanted it. New bikes are nice but there is something cool about riding that bike for so long. I'm not the type to dump and chase the next best thing every couple of years. If the frame ever breaks I'll do all upgrading then. Thanks for your thoughts.
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If you're looking to change the look just to change the look (nothing wrong with that), some new bar tape and a new saddle can help with that. Maybe a wheel upgrade as well...

But I agree with the others, it will be only marginally (probably immeasurably) better with 1 or 2 more gears.

If you really get the itch, you could always put an overpriced ad on Craigslist to see if anyone bites. I have seen those listed for $1200-$1800 used (not sure if they sold or not).
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Old 08-31-13, 07:20 AM
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Not really concerned about gearing. Just frame quality of todays Treks compared to what I have..110 carbon compared to 400 or 500 series carbon. Designs have changed quite abit from 2001 all for the better I'm sure. I'll upgrade the stem and bars from the 20.6 to 31.8 stuff.
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Originally Posted by BoJaffa View Post
Not really concerned about gearing. Just frame quality of todays Treks compared to what I have..110 carbon compared to 400 or 500 series carbon. Designs have changed quite abit from 2001 all for the better I'm sure. I'll upgrade the stem and bars from the 20.6 to 31.8 stuff.
I certainly wouldn't bother with that. I think you would be hard pressed to get any sense of upgrade out of the reconfigured cockpit. If you are not a world class sprinter, how is a 26.0 diameter bar not going to work for you? Now if you are looking for a more modern bar shape, more compact perhaps with less drop and reach, that is a different story.
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of course the carbon is better today! but as you noted, the cost has also gone up. If you want to upgrade, you should test a few more bikes. depending on what your budget is...specialized, cannondale but also cervelo, bmc,
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