Trek 2000 Road Bike

by Matt Esser | July 14, 2003 | Biking | 1407 words and 30,860 views | 13 comments

Here is my first real road bike!

Ok. Looking back a couple years, the last thing I thought I would be is a roadie. However, if I was ever going to ride a bike in a triathlon or a bike race such as a century, my mountain bike would very inefficient. Plus it would put more wear and tear on my knobby tires riding it around on pavement. So, I looked around for a good deal on a road bike.

Again, I didn’t want a bike that was super expensive, but I also didn’t want a discount store bike. I have found that those disenegrate fairly easy. Whenever I get around to writing a report for my Wal-Mart bike, you’ll understand, plus discount store bikes simply cannot be upgraded. The bad news is that a quality road bike is generally more expensive than their discount store counterparts. So this posed a problem. Enter Golden Bear Bikes. I walked in and Mike (the store owner) gladly showed me the good deals he had on some previous year models. I instantly fell in love with a little red bike that was a ’02 Trek 2000. I put it on layaway and began making payments on it. A month later in July of ’03, it was mine.

’02 Trek 2000

Here is a picture of my bike.

My first real roadbike! A candy red Trek 2000! Handmade right here in the USA! Photo by M. Esser

When it comes to road bikes, you can get many different frames. Steel, Titanium, Carbon and Aluminum are probably the most common with each having their own set of advantages and disadvantages. I went with Aluminum. They say it’s stiff for riding, but that makes for good acceleration. However, the part that I was most concerned about was that it was light and cheap. While Titanium and Carbon probably provide the best ride, they are also the most expensive, which in my case was the deciding factor.

Frameset and Controls

Frame: Alpha SL Aluminum. Super Light aluminum. Double-butted, seamless drawn round tubing. Custom butted 1-1/8″ head tube. Stiff powerful elliptical chainstays. Cold forged replaceable derailleur hanger. Trek Pro geometry. Handmade from the ground up in the Waterloo, Wisconsin. 2.85 lb.
Color: Candy Red
Size: 56cm
Headset: STR w/ steerer to 1 1/8″ head tube adapter
Handlebar: Alloy road w/ergo bend Ritchey Pro Biomax w/ ergo bend MOST Jaguar XC White Carbon Compact Drop Bar – Width: 44cm Drop/Reach: 130/80mm Weight: 280g
Stem: Profile Design, reversible, 10.5deg 100mm Ritchey 26mm clamp, reversible, 8deg, 80mm MOST UltraLite 1K Black Stem – Length: 80mm Angle: 80° Fork clamp: 1-1/8″ Handlebar clamp: 31.6mm Weight: 100g
Brakes: Shimano Generic Shimano Ultegra BR-6600, dual-pivot
Fork: OCLV Carbon Classic w/Cro-Moly steerer

My alloy road w/ ergo bend bar has a STR w/1 steerer to 1 1/8 inch head tube adapter headset, Profile Design reversable 10.5deg 100mm stem and Shimano 105 STI dual pivot brake and shift levers. Also you can see my front headlight and Vetta computer with cadence. Photo by M. EsserTo smooth out the ride of an aluminum bike, Trek puts the OCLV Carbon Classic w/Cro-Moly steerer fork on their advanced models. Also you can see my IRC Red Storm tires. Photo by M. Esser


Shift Levers: Shimano 105 STI
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 GS Ultegra RD-6500-GS
Crankset: Shimano 105 52/42/30 FC-6503
Cassette: Shimano HG-50 12-25, 9spd Ultegra CS-6500 12-25, 9spd
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra Shimano Ultegra FD-6500
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace CN-7701 SRAM PC-991, 9 speed

Here you can see the Shimano 105 rear derailleur, 9spd 12-25 along with the Aurora rims. Photo by M. EsserThe crankset is a Shimano 105 52/42/30 and you can see my Shimano SPD M515 clipless pedals. Photo by M. Esser


Rims: Welded, machined sidewall, Matrix Aurora rims Mavic Open Pro (Note: I’m on my second set of these)
Hubs: Shimano Tiagra Ultegra HB-6600 quick release, 36h hubs; 14G stainless spokes
Tires: IRC Red Storm tires Continental Ultra Gator Skins 700x25c Continental 4000s 700x25c in front, Continental 4-Season 700x25c in back


Pedals: Shimano SPD M515 clipless pedals. Ultegra PD-6700 SPD-SL
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel Titanium Cobb V-Flow Plus 280mm x 130mm
Post: Alloy micro-adjust seatpost.

The Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel Titanium saddle is one of the best ever made. It may not look comfortable, but after you break it in, it's awesome. The seatpost is an alloy micro-adjust seatpost. Photo by M. Esser

Computer: Vetta RT77 computer with cadence Garmin Edge 500 w/ speed and cadence
Water bottle holders: Arundel Dave-O
Saddle Bag: Topeak

Final Thoughts

Again, this bike may be a little bigger than ideal, but I got a great deal on it. The fit isn’t that bad, as I initially replaced the stem with a shorter one, but then returned it and put back on a 100mm stem and moved the seat forward a little. This bike can move! In fact, my only “complaint” is that it goes faster than I feel comfortable downhill! Hehe. Right now (2003) my record coming down NCAR is 48mph. I would sure hate to hit a pothole and have a tire blowout at that speed! I replaced the standard saddle that Trek puts on their aluminum models with the Flite and I absolutely love it. Another component that I replaced was the handlebar. I slapped on a Ritchey Pro Biomax and now my hands love me! It’s extremely comfortable.

Update 2012: As you can see, while I am still riding this bike, I have replaced just about everything on this bike at least once. It is a great training bike and I enjoy the value it has given me over the years. I’ve just about replaced most everything another round and yet it is still going strong.

Update 2015: Still riding this bike. It’s amazing to think that I have had this thing 12 years and it is still the workhorse that I have come to rely on. BTW, the frame has almost 5,000 miles on it.

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  • margueritte says:

    hello i have a question to ask you the same one is on ebay for sale which is trek 2000 model 2002 the same one color and model and i bought it for 560.00 plus shipping is this a rip off or a good price for this yearly model can you please give me your opinion or it is too expensive for 560.00 plus shipping . and please answer me before i accept the offer thank you again have a ood day

  • lee says:

    What did you pay for it when you put it on lay-away? I just came into this exact bike and am wondering what it is now worth. I am not sure if it has up grades so lets just say it is the same as yours upon perchase.

  • Matt says:

    I paid about $800 for it, I think it was worth $1200 or so, then of course I upgraded it with components. That was back in 2003 so I don’t know what it would be worth now, but I hope that helps you out. Thanks!

  • guy roig says:

    Hi Matt,
    I think we have a rare bird here. I bought a trek 2000 in the year 2000, and I have trouble finding references to it online. Mine is inkwell Blue, and I had 700X20c Rolf wheels installed on it. I have never seen on one the road since I bought it.
    I absolutely love the bike. Aluminium is a hard ride, but you cant beat the power to ground feel of it, It blows away my old steel frames of the past.

    We should start a registry of Trek 2000 owners… I dont think there are many of us around! Hope youve enjoyed yours as much as I have…
    Thanks, Guy Roig, Forked River, N.J.

  • Joe says:

    I have a Trek 2000 that I love as well. I’m not sure about the year, but it might be a 2000. It is all blue. All components are Shimano RSX. I’ve ridden 5 years of Ragbrai (20,000 riders a day) and the only other bike I’ve seen like it is the 2000 T (tandem model) which someone on my team actually has. Same color even. Otherwise I’ve never seen another Trek 2000 anywhere. I bought a 2008 Giant TCR A1 which I really like, but I’m going to sell it because I love my Trek so much.
    I love the idea of a registry.

    Joe Hjortshoj, Monroe, IA

  • Ian Stocks says:

    I have a Trek 2000 over here in the UK. It’s finished in Bergundy but can’t find any refences to that colour. Goes like the wind and then some!

  • liz says:

    I don’t know if your blog is still current, but I’ll give this a shot anyhow.
    I have found a Trek 2000 candy apple red bike like yours and I am wondering what you think it might be worth today. I am not looking to turn it over, I want the bike to ride but I don’t want to over pay. It is in beautiful shape and is really sweet looking. It has uprgraded rims and tires, but the derllrs are Shim Tiagra.
    Just wondering what you think.

  • greg says:

    I found this when I was googling “trek 2000” as I have your exact same red 56cm 2000 and was trying to figure what it is worth. Can’t find one on ebay to even gauge against. It’s been a great bike and I would recommend it highly. Paid $600 for it in 2007 and am upgrading soon. Great bike though if anyone comes across this looking for an opinion.

  • ron says:

    Does your trek 2000 have a replaceable derailleur mount?
    would you happen to have the original manual as well?

    • Matt says:

      Yes it has a replaceable derailleur hangar. I do happen to have the original derailleur and hangar for the bike. I replaced the derailleur with a newer one, but the old works perfectly fine. I don’t have the original manual, but I have had good luck going to Trek’s website to find manuals like that.

  • jack says:

    I picked up a trek 2000 today at a thrift store for $29.00 no scratches, paint good , tires flat but look good , it’s a 14 speed. I am feeling real good about the purchase. What do you think??

  • Tim Webb says:

    I see the frame has eyelets suitable for a carrier has anyone tryed light weight touring on one

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