I bought this bike 1 1/2 years ago on Kiji, and although I got it for less than half price, it was still scary to fork our that much cash for a road bike. I'd been riding a 70's era BRC road bike, which I'd upgraded. But there's no comparison with the Trek. I'm almost 65, and I'm now experiencing a bike renaissance thanks to this bike. It's got less than 1,000 km on it, so it's a newborn. All I've replaced so far is the handlebar tape and the seat (upgraded to a f:sik). I try to get out almost every day. Despite Trek getting some bad press and Sir Lancelot falling off his throne, it's still a great bike.
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2013
Strengths: durability, speed, and comfort.
Weaknesses: after 10 years of riding - none so far.
Bought new in 04'. 53K miles and just upgraded the BB to the new 9000 do to non drive side bearing noise. Still a fast, stiff, and low maintenance ride. I know Trek is suppose to suck, just sayin.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2012
Strengths: Light, comfortable, good cornering
Got the frame for a case of beer, loved it ever since I got it has full ultegra
john the fishing god !
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012
Strengths: god rides this bike because it's so bad ass
Weaknesses: this bike has no weaknesses !
all in all great bike and love the why it rides... If you don't have this bike you need to get one.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2010
Strengths: Light, comfortable, like the handling.
Weaknesses: The rider is getting old! Nothing to complain about the bike itself. Maybe could use a slightly stiffer fork.
I was a serious MTB rider but had not owned a road bike for 10+ years. Bought the 5500 (at the price for a 5200, because it had Ultegra rather than Dura Ace components). Rode the Marlkeville Death Ride in 1996, and many miles in the Utah mountains. Upgraded to Ultegra 9 spd triple when that became available (now somewhat regret the triple, but that is another matter). Love the bike, have ridden it many thousands of miles and never been remotely tempted to replace it.
I picked up a 1999 Trek 5500 for a good price. One reson for the price, was it has flat, mt. bars & Deore shifters.
I'm fairly convinced I need a road-type bar, (even though I've trainer over 15 yrs. on my old Klein, flat bar Pinnacle).
I'm a middle aged athlete, (climb mtns. ride hard a f ... Read More »
Let me get this straight. Mass-produced frame made in China costs almost as much as a Colnago made in Italy and more than Time, which is made in France, and more than a Moots Vamoots RSL, which is handmade in the USA.
So, anyone buying this frame is basically writing a check to TinkoffBank, Omeg ... Read More »
Just completed a makeover on my 1998 trek 5500 oclv w/ ultegra triple CS,FD,RD,shifters and tektro R580 brakes ....and before even riding it i'm thinking of selling it.
All decals are on top of clear coat, as to change they're color if i desired,how does one put a value on something like this,and de ... Read More »
Alright, so I've got a bent and broken RD that I need to replace. I've looked and got the model, Shimano 105 RD 5500. It's mounted on a 9 spd cassette that is 12/25. But as I'm shopping around online for a new one, I can't seem to find any. But there are a whole bunch of 5501s. Is there a diffe ... Read More »
This is probably an easy question for many of you, but I only got started riding on 10 speed stuff.
I ride with a guy who got started on a Scott CR-1 that's a few years old. He has Shimano 105 9 speed drivetrain (that's 5500 I think) and an Octalink crank spindle. The crank is 53-39 and 12-25 i ... Read More »