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How close in spec is Focus Cayo to Trk Modane 5.2?

jellikinsjellikins Posts: 153
edited August 2008 in Road beginners
I know the Cayo is like £1300 less than the Trek, but having read lots of review for the Cayo saying that it has a spec like a £2000 bike, how close to the truth is this please.

I ask because whilst I could spend 2k, if I can get a similar spec for a Raid Pyranees ride for 1K less, I will!

The advice and opinions of the two compared would be appreciated please by those who have experience of the specs of the two.

1. Cayo

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Focus_Cayo_Triple_2008/5360035523/#spec

2. Trek Modane 5.2

http://www.velosportonline.com/products.php?plid=m1b0s6p2140

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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    jellikins wrote:
    I know the Cayo is like £1300 less than the Trek, but having read lots of review for the Cayo saying that it has a spec like a £2000 bike, how close to the truth is this please.

    I ask because whilst I could spend 2k, if I can get a similar spec for a Raid Pyranees ride for 1K less, I will!

    The advice and opinions of the two compared would be appreciated please by those who have experience of the specs of the two.

    1. Cayo

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Focus_Cayo_Triple_2008/5360035523/#spec

    2. Trek Modane 5.2

    http://www.velosportonline.com/products.php?plid=m1b0s6p2140

    It would seem the Focus would offer better value for money, but I suspect the little things like the seat post, handle bars, stem and steerer would need upgrading... IMO.
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  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    The component specs are very similar. I think the Treks wheels are a bit better. The major difference is the quality of the frame. The Focus while a good frame is built to a price while the Trek is built to a performance standard and price. I have a 2008 Madone 5.2 and think it is superb. Very stiff but not at all harsh. I have only spoken to a couple of Focus owners. They have said that the ride is a bit harsh and one said he got front wheel 'shimmy' at times. This may have been due to how he had it set up.
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  • richaricha Posts: 1,634
    John.T wrote:
    With carbon as with most things you get what you pay for.
    Like high quality, highly expensive, marketing...
    :lol:
    Rich
  • richaricha Posts: 1,634
    Back to the topic.

    If you are after a bike to do the Raid Pyranees then they will both be more than adequate, in fact they will both do a very good job.

    The Trek may well be a (slightly) smoother, more comfortable ride. Biut then the Focus is cheaper.

    For me, I think the decision comes down to (i) how affordable the extra £1,300 is, and (ii) how much cycling you expect to do after the Raid.

    I had a similar decision to make a couple of years ago fior the L'Etape. An Aluminium Allez (£700), or a Carbon Roubaix (£1200). I decided on the cheaper Allez. And it was absolutely fine for the Etape. But, I now wish I had the Roubaix, because after the Etape I have continued to do lots of cycling I would rather have the carbon bike.
    Rich
  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    You're being cynical Rich. To some extent you are right but you should also add R & D to the list. My Madone replaced a 2000 Trek 5200 frame. There is a big difference. I suspect the Focus would be similar to this frame in performance.It has done 2 Raids and 3 Etapes and I am still using it if the weather is not so good. I am not selling it as it is worth much more to me as a second bike. Just getting it re-painted in fact.
    Regarding the OP, Rich's last paragraph is quite right. Both will do the job fine but which one do you want to be riding in a year or so and how much cash are you wanting to spend. Your choice.
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