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.
Strengths: Responsiveness, weight (although nowadays there are lighter), comfort. And hey, there's got to be some collectability there as it was ridden by Sir Lancelot to TdF victory.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of. Well, you can get slightly lighter frames now, but the Trek is still highly competitive.
This is a 2004 model. It has been a fantastic bike. The ride is stiff and responsive but also very comfortable. The handling is also faultless. I also own a Cannondale Super Six, which definitely has a stiffer bottom bracket for snappier acceleration, anbd slightly sharper handling, but this is really splitting hairs. The Trek was my first carbon fibre framed bike and is still ridden regularly today, although mostly as a decadent commuter or occasional wet weather bike. It's been lovingly maintained and apart from a few stone chips looks as good as the day I bought it.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale CAAD4, Cannondale System Six, Cannondale Super Six
Bike Setup: I bought it as frame only and currently run it with DA 7800 10 speed, DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro's, FSA bar (Energy) and stem (OS 115), Bontrager Race XXX lite post, FSA Orbit X headset, Fizik Aliante carbon saddle.
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 »
Will 5600 10-speed shifters work with 5500 9-speed derailleurs (front and rear)? I have done some searching and think the answer is "yes" but would like to confirm before buying.
I know I will have to use a 10-speed cassette and chain.Read More »
I'll just gotta say that I've had my SLR01 a bit over a year and 5500 miles and really really like it. Climbing, descending, flats...it's all great. Typical rides are 30-50 miles but I've done a good number of 100+ mile rides. One epic week I did 630 miles with 41,000' of climbing. Of course all ... Read More »
are all components from these compatible with each other?
I have a shimano 5500 RD (which works but really scuffed up), 5600 FD, and was looking to get 5700 shifters (i need to replace some 5500 shifters due to them exploding in a crash). but I see I might be able to get some 5600 shifters for a ... Read More »