Trek 5500

I bought this bike as a frameset in June 1997; in those days, prior to Lance riding one, there were very few around, and it was nice and
exclusive. Since Lance has been doing his Tour winning thing on the same frame though, every Tom, Dick and Fred has one... but at least mine
doesn't have USPS stickers all over it! The new frames haven't changed too much, only dropping 160g and changing the brake cable routing. I
first built it up on a tight budget, so it had a Veloche groupset and nothing very special in the way of other kit. But it has gradually had more
expensive bits bolted on - helped by my working in the bike industry for a while - turning into a bit of a lightweight project. I recently worked out
its retail cost as the same as Trek's top of the range machine - but my bike comes in at three pounds lighter, go figure.

This bike is only used for racing. It is such a phsycological edge to pull out something special when you have been training on a bike twice the
weight! Plus I wouldn't want to wear the expensive kit out by using it all the time. Mostly used for road racing, but also hillclimbs and the
occasional time trial. A fantastic bike, it goes up hills like nothing else, and (theorectically at least) won't fatigue like an aluminium frame of similar
weight - five full racing seasons so far.


Frame: Trek OCLV 5500, nude carbon finish
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro, carbon fibre, 1" steerer. Custom a-head wedge
Headset: Chris King NoThreadset
Seatpost: USE carbon alien 270mm
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Stem: WR Compositi, 130mm, carbon fibre
Handlebars: WR Compositi, carbon fibre
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Record (Ergopower for rear shifting)
Downtube shifter: Shimano Dura-Ace (for front shifting)
Cables: Gore RideOn/Nokon/Custom
Front Brake: Campagnolo Record dual pivot
Rear Brake: Cane Creek single pivot, customised
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace
Chainset: Shimano Dura-Ace, 170mm, 39/53
Pedals: Speedplay X1 titanium
Chain: SRAM PC89R Hollow pin
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record, carbon fibre
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-23, titanium
Wheels: Zipp 303 tubular
Tyres: Michelin Service Course tubulars, long valve
Wheel skewers: Custom, 36g/pair (world's lightest?)
Bottle cage: Specialized Ribcage

Weight: 14.0lbs