Does anybody know if this frame is substantially similar (especially geometry) to the current model 7100-7300 TREK bikes? If so, what is such a frame, fork, and headset (supposedly NOS, stripped and stored in a garage) worth?
The reason I ask is that for medical reasons I need a hybrid frame with the low granny gears of a full-up mountain bike and, ideally, a long stem and dropped bars. I'm considering a 7100 and gradually changing components, but if this frame is the same geometry I might buy it and build up what I want from the start. It'll still be more expensive than ideal, but I haven't found a production bike that really suits my needs and this option would be cheaper than buying a 7100 and then, as some folks over in the touring forum pointed out, throwing out most of the drive train and possibly even the brakes.
Also, can anyone point me at any other source for a reasonably priced frame with geometry similar to the current 7100? I'm looking for a hybrid bike, SO of about 29" with 700-35 tires, enough clearance for fenders with those tires, and a chainstay length of 17" or longer. Also needs the mounting points for cantilever brakes and brazeons for water bottles and such. I need a fairly rugged frame in Aluminum or steel. I'm not a weight freak (I can afford to lose fifteen or twenty pounds on my body a lot more easily than twenty ounces on the frame!) but obviously I don't want a lead-pipe clunker, either.
its still the same type of bike so even if the geometry isnt exactly the same its still serves the same use.
the only reason id say DONT build one up with a used frame...is because you would obviously not get a warranty on the bike/frame....make whatever you what out of that and youd spend a decent amount on labor.
BUT why dont you just get a 7700...its way nicer than a 7100...
OR i personally think the trek fx series is a nicer bike(still 700c wheels) but if you 'need' suspension id stick to the 7000 series since it has suspension fork/seat