Trek 5900 vs. LOOK 481SL, Opinions?
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    Question Trek 5900 vs. LOOK 481SL, Opinions?

    I've narowed my search down to the Trek 5900 and the Look 481SL. I like the low weight of the 5900 but I don't like the fact that I am restricted to the Trek forks and can't use others and also EVERYONE has a Trek. The Look 481SL is awsome, albeit 1/2 to 1/3 lb. heavier. I'm leaning toward the 481SL.
    Anyone have the 481SL, experience or opinions??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emspilot
    I've narowed my search down to the Trek 5900 and the Look 481SL. I like the low weight of the 5900 but I don't like the fact that I am restricted to the Trek forks and can't use others and also EVERYONE has a Trek. The Look 481SL is awsome, albeit 1/2 to 1/3 lb. heavier. I'm leaning toward the 481SL.
    Anyone have the 481SL, experience or opinions??

    I spent a few rides on a 381i and loved it. Not the lightest or the most comfortable. Just felt nice and solid, the handling was a little quicker than my freinds Calfee. One ride we switched bikes on a couple of climbs and a descent. The Look just felt fast compared to the Calfee. A freind has two Looks and likes them a lot. The extra weight doesn't seem to slow him down much at all. Know what you mean about the ubiquity of the Treks. A nice bike for the bucks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    I spent a few rides on a 381i and loved it. Not the lightest or the most comfortable. Just felt nice and solid, the handling was a little quicker than my freinds Calfee. One ride we switched bikes on a couple of climbs and a descent. The Look just felt fast compared to the Calfee. A freind has two Looks and likes them a lot. The extra weight doesn't seem to slow him down much at all. Know what you mean about the ubiquity of the Treks. A nice bike for the bucks though.

    Yeah, that is about my assessment too. I have a Look AL274 and am impressed with Look overall for quality and workmanship. Weight is not all important, but it is a consideration... The new 481SL just seems like it is an all around great ride, the new tubing seems to be quite good with the new tapered walls. Like I said, I'm leaning that way....
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    I went shopping for the trek and purchased the Look 381i instead. They are both great bikes.

    The 481sl and the 381i are more similar than different. There is a very slight decrease in weight with the 481sl (vs the 381i). But other than that, they are the same frame.

    There were two reasons I did not purchase the Trek. The first was the fit. The Trek is just a little too long in the top tube for me. I needed a short stem on the Trek that did not appeal to me. The second reason was the number of Trek's on the road. They have become so popular (for very good reason, they are great bikes) that the bike becomes just another bike like the other lance A wantabees.

    I have been happy with the Look. It rides great, corners like it is on rails and just does everything a bike is supposed to do. It is heavier than the Trek, but the difference is not enough to notice when riding. There is more weight in my water bottels than any difference if frame weight.

    In have ridden the two bikes 'back to back'. There was a big difference between the two, but the difference probably had more to do with the tires than anything else (tubulars on the look, stock clinchers on the Trek). The Trek felt 'softer', the Look, more 'precise and lively'. As much as they are different, they both ride like what they are; 'state of the art' bikes.

    You cannot go wrong with either. Pick the one that fits the best, because they both fit differently.

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