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The '01 thru '03 5900 were the same bike w/different paintjobs & wheelsets. The '04 5900 has a new lighter fork (20-30 grams difference) and has a different layup of the carbon fiber which saves a little more. Also the '04 frame takes a standard headset whereas until now, it took a standard 1-1/8th upper & a proprietary 1-1/4 lower cup. Outside of the 10 Speed DA, the fork/headset, the slightly lighter frame and the wheelset, you're looking at the same bike. I can't speak for your obligations to your sponsor, but if I wanted the bike, it fits well and you can afford it I'd get the '01 bike. I've got an '02 5900 that I've had for two years now and over 12k miles.. no problems and it's been a wonderful bike for me.
 
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