Strengths: Climbs extremely well - descends even better :-). I love the fixed hanger on the back, geometry, and old school smooth carbon transitions, especially on the rear stay. I can also sit on the top tube and pose like a pro racer, which is easier than the new compact frames.
Weaknesses: It's not a fair comparison, but I ride a Speed Concept most of the time, and can definitely tell the ol' 5200 has a little flex in the BB under extreme load (for me, that's north of 350 watt efforts for short duration) but not enough for me to want to switch to a newer frame or one of the open molds (although I have been tempted by the FM028 and FM015...)
I purchased my 5200 (the nude carbon model) in 2003 and am the original owner. I ride and train primarily for long course triathlon, but the 5200 gets a few races and events each season and is my go-to for technical rides or mountain climbing. This past winter I pulled the entire grouppo and replaced with the dark glossy ultegra 10 speed. Also just mounted new Zipp 101's with Michelin Pro Race 3's. This baby will move. I've dropped newer bikes, and have also been dropped myself by steel bikes, old Serrottas, etc. (at least no one with a burley trailer has passed me yet.) From a reliability perspective - the 52 has never let me down.
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2012
Strengths: Great on Century Rides
Weaknesses: On slow rides not the best road feel
Have this bike for 8 years. It's phenomenal
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2012
Strengths: Fast light, agile. Great ride.
Weaknesses: Poor customer service, weak frame that'd broke after 5 years. The bontager race liters almost killed me when the rim crack on a step downhill. I 've heard that many people had similar experiences. Trek should have recalled these and instead they wait for them to fail.
Great bike that trek has ignored its faults. I think trek has figured we have the reputation, let's not fix the flaws, make money and let people assume it is their fault.
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2012
Strengths: Hard fast accel smooth ride
Weaknesses: Bottom bracket flex even though it is lateral stiff and its not really a problem
This is a Trek 5900 found this ultra lite with less than a 100 mi on it. Been sitting in garage for years had orginal tires dry rotted but still ridable. What a great bike 15lbs 4oz 56cm will upgrade to sti new tires convert to 9sp . I ride ti most of time wanted to try carbon without big cash outlay wow!
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2011
Strengths: Incredibly smooth ride, firm acceleration, and decent braking. Silky smooth shifting which needs little maintenance. Good looking frame.
Weaknesses: Still a little on the heavy side compared to the Madone series, but still a great value for the price. Ultegra brakes are average.
Great upgrade from my previous aluminum frame bike with down tube shifters. The bike rides very smoothly, pedaling is very efficient and there's no noticeable frame flex during hard sprints. It's a good step up from the Trek 1000/1500 level. Good for riders with a few years of experience.
Bike Setup: Ultegra Flight Deck shifters, Ultegra front and rear derailleurs, crank, rear cassette, and brakes. Cane Creek S2 headset. Look Keo Carbon pedals. Bontrager Race Lite wheelset, Race XXX lite tires
I have been watching CL for a while now for a deal on a bit faster bike then my Diamondback Insight Hybrid, I have been riding the DB for about 3 months 4-5 times a week around 15 miles a night and usually a 30 mile ride on weekends. That being said I found this 2004 5200 on CL. The bike ended up be ... Read More »
Just wanted your opinion on a bike listed on craigslist. Is it a good value? Should I forgo a carbon frame for my first bike and save money?
I've been visiting local bike shops and searching the internet for my ... Read More »
I found a bike online and it's an estate auction locally where I live. I am trying to find more info on the bike as the auction site only lists "Trek 5200". I have attached and hope someone recognizes the year.
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I just got myself a used 2006 Trek 5200 frame and am looking to make it my winter project to build up into a complete bike. I would like recommendations for components, wheels, etc.
I plan on using the bike for regular club rides and occasional triathlons. My goal is to make the project affo ... Read More »
Has about 10k miles, but never wrecked and pristine. My current bike is a 2010 Trek 1.2 and I really want to get into something with some more durable components (This has full Ultegra). I just get frustrated with the constant adjustments the Sora components require after a heavy week. Not to mentio ... Read More »