Trek Pilot 5.0 Road Bike

4.76/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $2340.00

Product Description

  • OCLV 120 Carbon
  • Bontrager Satellite Plus Fork
  • Bontrager Race Wheels
  • Bontrager Race Lite 52/42/30 Crankset
  • Shimano Dura-Ace Rear Derailleu

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lombard a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2013

Strengths:    Carbon gives good road vibration dampening
More upright ride position
Triple crankset

Weaknesses:    Lateral flex in frame
Bontrager Race wheels are prone to cracking around spoke eyelets

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2007 Trek Pilot 5.0. I bought it at an LBS as a year-end clearance and got $600 off retail. Carbon frame is very light and absorbs that “road buzz” very well. More relaxed upright geometry is great for long rides and unless you are into serious racing, will not noticeably slow you down. Triple crankset is great for hill climbs. I even replaced the original 11-25T cassette with an 11-32T. Ultegra rear derailleur is only designed for cassettes 30T or smaller but there are ways to work around that. LBS removed a chain link and put in a longer derailleur B-adjust screw to eliminate the “motor boating” noise and resulting premature wear of the plastic pulley clashing with the gear when in the largest cog. It’s a great hill climber now and my knees thank me!

On the downside, the frame is somewhat laterally flexy. This makes it feel less stable and confidence inspiring than a stiffer frame. I guess the same carbon qualities that give it that nice shock absorption also make it flex more laterally? Also, at 4,000 miles, the rear wheel developed cracks at the spoke eyelets. This was noticed after I broke a spoke. Apparently, this was a design defect with the Bontrager Race wheels where the spokes were grouped in pairs which created stress points on the rim. I had the rear wheel replaced with a Mavic Aksium. Front wheel is still OK as it does not take anywhere near the load but I will be keeping an eye on it.

I consider stock saddles “throw aways”. This one was no different.

Overall, I am happy with the bike at a good price point for a full-carbon frame bike with mostly good quality components and more upsides than downsides. Sadly, this is one of the last full carbon road bikes with a triple crankset. It is also one of the last USA Made bikes by Trek.

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Favorite Ride:   Any road ride with good hills and scenery

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   2002 Cannondale Silk 400 Adventure Hybrid Bike

Bike Setup:   Upgrades:
Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x25c tires
Mavic Aksium rear wheel
Serfas Rx Men’s Saddle
Shimano 11-32T Cassette
Crank Brothers Eggbeater 1 Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2011

Strengths:    comfort and fast

Weaknesses:    none!

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden many bikes over the years, and this is by far the most comfortable and fastest bike. It is extremely responsive and stiff.

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Similar Products Used:   calfee tetra pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dhgluscuba a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2010

Strengths:    light weight, great handling

Weaknesses:    none for me

Bottom Line:   
I love my Trek. The Pilot 5.0 has great geometry for me - bad back, slightly older, looking for good combination of comfort and road speed.

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Favorite Ride:   Ashville NC - 100 miles for JDRF

Purchased At:   Bikeline - Broomall

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale

Bike Setup:   3 ring front for those Ashville mountains

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad Baggaley a Commuter

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this bike to use for commuting ~ 28 miles round trip to work. This is the first road bike I've used in decades so I was impressed with the weight, ride and look. I test rode other aluminum bikes and was not impressed with the teeth charing rides. This light weight ride did well to absorb road imperfections.

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Purchased At:   Bike Barn

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by medwards a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2008

Strengths:    Light carbon frame, geometry designed to reduce stress on back and neck, quick, responsive

Bottom Line:   
I'm turning 60 in a few weeks and was looking for a road bike that would be responsive, forgiving, and not too hard on my back. I ride to keep in shape. The 2008Trek Pilot 5.0 fit the bill. Light,responsive, with a geometry that doesn't put too much stress on my back and neck, it is quite a bit quicker than my Trek 7.7FX, climbs more easily, and seems to absorb the road a bit better. There are those that say this is an "old man's" bike. Well, I guess I fit that characterization...and this bike is just fine for me. But Id be very surprised if it was an ecellent choice for riders of any age who seek a rather comfortable yet responsive bike.

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Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Griffin Cycle, Bethe

Similar Products Used:   Tested the Cannondale Synapse and the Specialized Roubaix. The differences between similarly priced models weren't great. The Tek was a better fit for me.

Bike Setup:   Standard

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