I am debating whether to buy a 2004 Trek 5200 or a 2005 Salsa Campeon. I would be using it for Triathlons so I would definitely be putting the aero bars on and possibly changing the seat post. Any Suggestions?
Are you just buying the frame and fork or a complete bike? Is the Trek stock? What components are on the Salsa. Personally, you can't go wrong with a trek but Salsa is just cool. I don't know anything about the bike except that it has some decent reviews.
Aero bars or clip-on extensions?
The Salsa has:
Scandium aluminum set up with carbon seat stays and fork.
Dressed in full Ultegra with DurAce front and rear Deraiuler(sp)
FSA Carbon cranks 172.5 external bearings
FSA Carbon post
Selle Italia Flight saddle
The Trek has:
Ultegra components all the way around
Profile aero bars extension and Shimano flight deck comp.
Just the clip-on extensions should be fine.
I like my salsa with nachos. :-P
[quote=Socket]I like my salsa with nachos. :-P[/quote]
Damn, you beat me to it!!
Ride em both. Salsa makes great bikes, my LBS started carrying them about a year ago. The frame you are looking at is aluminum with carbon fork and stays. The Madone is full carbon. That's your biggest difference right there. If both bikes have Ultrega shifters, you're not gonna see much difference in shifting performance. DA derailluers are nice, but the shifters are where its at.
The geometry and handling of each bike is a little different. You may like one more than the other.
My LBS actually displayed their Salsa bikes with chips for a while...
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