Well, I’m buying a new bike. Earlier (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=321081) I described my adventures in trying to get a cracked frame fixed (and it ain’t gonna happen).
I test rode a carbon-fiber bike Tuesday night (a 3-year old Trek 5200 OCLV) and … suh-weeeeeet. I am a convert. No more steel, I’m going carbon fiber!
After a lot of reading on the subject, I decided I liked the sound of the Trek Pilot. Built for speed, but comfy (for a road bike, anyway).
But, every time someone talks about the Pilot it almost inevitably gets compared to the Specialized Roubaix.
So, I’m liking what I’m hearing about the Roubaix. Talk about a bike that has proven it can take a beating. But the Trek OCLV carbon frames have a good reputation for long-term durability, while the Roubaix’s seem to be (relatively) new.
So, anyone have an opinion on one versus the other?