Touring - Expedition Buildout
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02-06-12, 11:25 AM
Older NS Trek 930 or a Univega Alpina Uno?
This will be a serious build for a LONG tour.
Wheels,drivetrain etc will be Ultegra or Deore or other quality bits.
Hot Rod Lincoln
02-06-12, 02:34 PM
Were I you, I would base my wheels around DT Swiss rims or Mavic and use XT hubs. Use double butted spokes as they will flex slightly and not break as a straight gauge spoke will. I have a CrossCheck built with DT Swiss rims and the XT hub using the double butted spokes and they have never even needed to be trued and I weigh 280lbs plus my gear. I have ridden thousands of miles on this set-up with no problems. They were handbuilt which probably lends to them being a great wheelset. Use XT drivetrain if possible, cranks and all. It will be robust and give you the gearing to climb with a heavy load.
If fit and condition are about equal between frames, it is probably a wash. Which frame fits you best is probably more important than condition. Both are 7 speed, but I believe the 930 has 135mm rear dropouts. At least my 820 from the same era does. This will allow you to go to a 9 speed if you want. Unless you are going to convert to drop bars, I think that Hot Rod Lincoln's recommendation is probably a good way to go. I'd stick with mountain specific components: XT, LX or Deore. LX components are really reliable, and a tad less expensive than XT.
I've often thought about "upgrading" my 1993 820, but I can not force myself to do it. I just took it out of the original box last year and it is really "just like new". I'd probably get hit by lightning or something if I tried!
Andrew R Stewart
02-06-12, 09:19 PM
All else being equal (like fit and condition) I'd vote for the Trek. Andy.
02-06-12, 09:46 PM
I'd look closely at the geometry of each. Mid-80s Univegas had long chainstays and a very slack head tube angle - possibly a bit too extreme IMHO.
02-07-12, 11:25 PM
Thanks for the replies! The 930 it will be. Anyone interested in pictures of this build... and some more advice?
02-08-12, 09:26 AM
Photos are always welcome, post away!
02-11-12, 08:35 AM
What about 1" quill vs 1 1/8 threadless? Reliability issues? Gee ain't this fun?
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