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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of getting a '98 Trek 420 tourer bike (see pic), and from what I know from my riding buddy, he tells me that the bike:
    -1. is using a threaded headset/fork
    -2. the shifter is the silver thingy on the frame

    My questions are:
    1. Will this affect me if I want to upgrade the headset or handlebars in the future?
    2. Will I be able to upgrade the handlebars and have a new set of shifters installed onto the handlebars instead?

    Thanks for all useful input!

    -Andre
    Last edited by andretan; 09-07-04 at 12:54 PM.

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    umm...I dont see a picture.

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    Sorry, had to resize and upload the pic again. Forgot about the file size limitation.

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    You won't have any problems with either - There are stops that mount on the shifter bosses for the shift cables integrated in the newer brake/shift levers, and a new threadless headset and fork / stem will round it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colinm
    You won't have any problems with either - There are stops that mount on the shifter bosses for the shift cables integrated in the newer brake/shift levers, and a new threadless headset and fork / stem will round it out.
    If the bike headset is threaded, will I be able to use thread-less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andretan
    If the bike headset is threaded, will I be able to use thread-less?
    Yeah, if you buy a threadless fork,HS and stem.

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    How much do you think I should pay for the 6 year old bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andretan
    How much do you think I should pay for the 6 year old bike?
    Damm little if you are planning on upgrading a bunch of stuff. Cheaper probably to buy what you want,except the Trek touring bike has not been sold with STI shifters. Barends are nearly as effective,about bulletproof and alot cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andretan
    If the bike headset is threaded, will I be able to use thread-less?
    Yes, but why? There's nothing "wrong" with a threaded headset and stem. If you don't like the downtube shifters, go with barcons instead. In the $50-$60 range, they are much cheaper than upgrading to brifters, nearly as convient and much more reliable.

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