Trek Pilot 5.2 Road Bike

4.79/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00


Product Description

  • OCLV 120 Carbon
  • Bontrager Satellite Plus Fork
  • Bontrager Race Lite Wheels
  • Shimano Ultegra Rear Derailleur


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by miles_from_anywhere a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2010

Strengths:    frame, position, hills

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I don't have to write an essay there are plenty here. After many years on many different bikes this one has proved difficult to beat. A joy to get on. I recently bought a commuter bike and had to get back on my pilot because it just wasn't the same. I will hate the winter commute when it gets here.

The main difference is the hills, going up a big hill on this bike is still a joy. Nearly all the effort you put on your shoes is transferred to the wheels, lovely!

I will be with this bike for years to come. I may get a larger set for the front so I can enjoy the down-hills as much as the up-hills. I could get a better seat and might go dura-ace but then again I don't think I will change for the sake of it.

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Favorite Ride:   London To Paris

Price Paid:    $1999.00

Purchased At:   Evans Canary Wharf

Bike Setup:   stock, extra water cage!


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cm daley a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2008

Strengths:    excellent quality and beautiful.a real'bang for the buck'.

Weaknesses:    none that really matter

Bottom Line:   
this bike is primo.beautiful blue paint.tried and proven oclv 120 carbon hand built in usa.all ultregra components and lite bontrager wheels.triple chainring is nice feature.has a relaxed geometry for easy enjoyable riding.an excellent bike for almost anyone.not made for racing.smooth and a joy to ride.this is the 'gold standard'for all road bikes!!

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Favorite Ride:   louisville bike club sunday ride

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   scheller fitness

Similar Products Used:   old trek 2100 early carbon

Bike Setup:   comfortable ride set-up


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007

Strengths:    light, manuverable, comfortable

Weaknesses:    seat
machismo hit, it's not a madone


Bottom Line:   
Traded my old SLX Cinelli for this bike after my wife got one. I can not describe how much more comfortable this bike is to ride. I'm 44 and finished a 70 mile event last weekend, then rode 25 miles the following day. Not bad considering I haven't riden a road bike SERIOUSLY for 10 years (since the birth of my first child). I upgraded the seat to the new Terry fly carbon and have the bontrager race lite wheel set. No mechanichal issues riding 15 to 25 miles a day 4 to 5 days a week. Needless to say, I have no regrets regarding this purchase. I also noticed that I can stay in the drops in headwinds...and more often in general, because of the bike geometry. I have no doubts that I am faster on this bike than I would be on a conventional race bike, because I can stay lower longer. I ride more often and longer because of this bikes attributes.

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Favorite Ride:   out the driveway

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   wwbs.com

Similar Products Used:   1990'S Cinelli w/ shimao 600

Bike Setup:   race lit wheelset
terry fly carbon saddle


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by longrider1 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007

Strengths:    VERY comfortable especially noticable after 100 miles! versatile light weight frame.

Weaknesses:    I'm no fan of the bontrager parts package that comes with the stock model - especially their wheels and seatposts.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike to deal with the pain of doing long rides on a Klein aluminum/carbon frame. The Klein is an awesome bike, fast and very maneuverable, but the fatigue that one gets as you pedal past the century mark is well...painfull. I test rode a great many bikes with frames in titanium, steel, and carbon, and none felt as good as the Pilot 5.2. SO I bought one. I didn't care much for the Bonty parts that came with it since I had rapidly trashed the ones that came with the Klein (no more bonty stuff on that bike except the fork and stem - same for my pilot) so I opted for a custom spec. I've ridden about 1000 miles on it in the 2 months that I have it. I did have a bit of a painfull few weeks when I was still getting the fit right, but once dialed in the bike became a dream. I just logged my fastest 200K brevet yet and with no upper body pain at all. NONE! Amazing. I was able to sustain a much greater effort for a much longer time because of the comfort. What more to say? I can't wait for the longer rides to really put it to the test.

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Favorite Ride:   Brevets

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Pilot 5.2 with ultegra triple. Handbuilt 32 spoke wheels, Ritchey Logic bar, Chris King headset, Thomson masterpiece seatpost, my old broken in Brooks Team Pro Saddle. After checking on gear ratios I also replaced the 30 tooth chainring with a 28 and the shimano 12-25 cassette with a SRAM 11-26 to give me the widest gear range I could get. Still not sure why SHimano left the 30 tooth ring when they went to the 10-speed triple configuration, and I must admit that I haven't been in the 28 on a ride yet. Still....nice to know its there.


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

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2006

Strengths:    comfortable riding position
light and nimble
Nice frame construction


Weaknesses:    Race lite wheels tough to keep true (I'm 190-200 pounds)
Rear hub failed almost immediately
Stock seat


Bottom Line:   
I've spent most of my ride time on a mountain bike. While I've owned road bikes off and on over the years, this was my first serious purchase of a higher end road bike. I wanted a US made carbon frame, and to keep the tab under $3K. I felt really comfortable on the more upright Pilot. Full race bikes just didn't seem to fit me as well. I ride about 70-100 miles a week. For the most part, the bike has been wonderful. I've lost a bunch of weight and really look forward to heading out on 2 hour+ rides. All that being said; there have been some growing pains. My rear hub failed after just a few weeks. Trek warranteed it, as they know they have a problem. Buyers should be aware that this is an issue. The fix is free but it is a headache. I replaced the stock seat almost immediately. The ultegra triple is a pain in the a** to keep running smoothly. If I had my choice, I go with a double. I may in fact convert the bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Rt 100 in PA/DE

Price Paid:    $2699.00

Purchased At:   Bikeline

Similar Products Used:   Older aluminum trek
Santa Cruz Heckler and Chameleon


Bike Setup:   Ultegra triple with a 12-25 cassette



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