Back in the late 90’s / early 2000’s the Trek 5200 / Trek 5500 was one of the lightest production frames available and was the very first carbon fibre frame to “win” a Tour de France. Ridden by big names such as Tom Boonen, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong to multiple race wins, the bike was well ahead of it’s time.
Photo credit: Peter Dejong / Shutterstock. Lance Armstrong rides with
teammate Vjatceslav Ekimov during the Tour de France (2002).
I used to see an older gent cruising around on one in full US POSTAL kit years ago (now that guy is me) and I’ve always loved the classic lines of this frame. When the opportunity to snap one up in Tasmania came along, I didn’t need to be asked twice!
Apart from the frame, the rest of the bike had seen better days. I treated it to a complete strip down, then lovingly built the bike up using high quality modern parts. Some would say this is sacrilege and I should have kept it 100% standard, but I wanted a bike that would ride hard, not hold me back or annoy me with outdated tech. The Trek has turned out FAR better than I expected. Around two decades old and riding better than new! So here it is, finally finished.
2002 Trek 5200 – US Postal Team Edition
Bars: 3T Carbon Ergonova Team
Stem: Selcof Carbon -10 degree (100mm)
Tape: Lizard Skinz DSP 3.2mm
Saddle: San Marco Carbonio (US Postal Team Edition)
Seatpost: Uno Carbon
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace 11-speed
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra (52/36T front & 11-30T rear)
Wheelset: ICAN Carbon 35mm Aero
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Velo 23mm
Pedals: Assioma Duo Powermeter Pedals
SupaCaz Fly limited edition bottle cages
K-Edge Garmin out-front mount
Custom KAPZ.com stem cap and bar ends
Weight: 7.6 kg / 17.8 lbs (including pedals, cages, mounts, etc)
I was blown away by the finished bike, she’s a dream! Sure, it’s never going to be an all-out race weapon or compete with with new-era aero bikes, but with a little extra “want to” I can just about keep up with modern machines. But it’s not about that, this bike truly is a joy to ride and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it or swing a leg over the top tube.
And that my friends, is what cycling is all about.