TREK 5500 oclv USPS...anybody still riding these wonder machines?
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    TREK 5500 oclv USPS...anybody still riding these wonder machines?

    Just wondering if anybody is still riding these wonder machines from the TDF of the past and your impressions still if any. Pics would be sweet!!

    Thanx's!

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    I have the LeMond Maillet Jaune variant of it I bought in 1997ish.

    I recall the first day I got it on the road. It was so much stiffer than my LiteSpeed classic. It was jarringly stiff by comparison. Of course, my bike right after that (an aero aluminum frame) was jarringly stiff and the OCLV felt much more compliant by comparison and the Litespeed like a spaghetti noodle. Perspective changes ...

    I recall I had Shimano DuraAce downtube shifters on it originally but then DuraAce 9speed with primarily the Mavic Cosmic Carbones. A few years later I then upgraded to Campy 9 speed (post 2001 9 spd) with a few same 9spd upgrades/replacements along the way. It lived that way for a long time until a few years ago I upgraded it to 2018 Campy SR/Chorus 11 speed with Campy Bullet Ultra wheels as the main wheelset. I also upgrade the handlebar/stem setup to 31.8 aero bars and stem (major stiffness upgrade).

    I have about 1,400 miles on it so far this year, and last year was 1,500 miles. I have 3 road bikes though that share in duties.

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    I think the bikes would hold up, but i think everyone's butt's gave that up!
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    these make for a great repainting project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    I think the bikes would hold up, but i think everyone's butt's gave that up!
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    Cool

    It appears only one person chimed in on what must be boring as hell to talk about here. Well i already know way more about this bike and it's cons...Opps forget that! There are'nt any...still after 21years AMAZING!!

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