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Old 03-31-12, 08:14 PM   #1
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Trek 800 Antelope

I have a 93 trek 800 antelope that I bought for my wife to restore for her. the only thing it really needs is a new shifter. It currently has the Shimano C20 Altus on it. I cannot seem to find a direct replacement for this. What could I use that would be a comparable and relatively low cost replacement? Thanks
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Old 03-31-12, 08:24 PM   #2
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That bike was the lowest true mountain bike trek made. Anything will be an upgrade from there. Find whatever group is on the bikes that occupy the grey area of being top shelf bikes at big box stores and bottom shelf bikes at local bike shops and you're right there. I think shimano is still making an altus line. Or is it alivio? I'd seek that out. Not a lot of point spending too much- the bike will never be that great. Have you thought about installing 7 speed gripshifts? some of the newer ones might have a different pull ratio, and I don't know which without digging in myself, but I'm sure someone will chime in with a proper pairing.

Things like this are tough, there's a very small window to get someone into cycling, and if you're not prepared to strike while the iron is hot you may miss your one opportunity.
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Shimano Acera/Altus or Alivio shifters will work just fine at a very reasonable price. IMHO stay away from cheap twist shifters if you want to hang onto the bike for very long. They work OK but I've had poor luck with durability. My daughter has Altus shifters on one of her bikes and they have worked flawlessly for the past two years even though they were well used at the time we got the bike.

Nothing wrong with those old 800 series antelopes. My wife rides an 820 Antelope and I used to have an 800 Mountain Track. I also flipped an 800 Antelope and the current owner is more than happy with it as his daily commuter a year later.
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Ooops, had to rewrite this post cuz bike was specced with 6-speed according to bikepedia. Nice bike, IMO. Tange CrMo frame. Hi-ten fork is a bummer but no biggie.

Most Shimano 6-speed shifters oughtta work.

Sram MRX 6-speed Gripshifts work, about $18 new. I haven't found them to be less durable than Shimano units myself.
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...4&category=770

Someone's got a pair of XT 7-speed thumbshifters NOS on eBay for $350 !!!! Hahahaa!!! Will he get it?

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Shimano 6-speed thumb shifters should work well and can be had cheaply on EBay and possibly other sources as well. Falcon friction thumb shifters are also cheap and bulletproof. There may also be NOS trigger shifters which you could use.
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That bike was the lowest true mountain bike trek made......
Apparently you never heard of the 800 Sport?
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Tourney trigger shifters, available at a variety of on line supply houses, somewhere around $12 a set, including cables and housings.
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1993 Antelope should have a 7-speed if I'm not mistaken. There are plenty of 7-sp shifters available but friction shifters are also a cheap and durable option but you have to get used to them if you are used to indexed.

I will respectfully disagree with ARS, listen to the guys above. Tourney, Acera/Altus, Alivio, even Falcon friction shifters are superior IMHO to cheap twist shifters. There are better twist shifts on the market but the cheap ones just don't hold up.
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Apparently you never heard of the 800 Sport?
Well that's not pedantic, now is it? In 1993 there was only the "800 antelope sport". Yay! We're both right, cookies and milk for all!

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/93/Trek93.pdf

And this thing is 7speed. My folks had a pair of '91 trek 800s which were 7speed, I doubt trek went backwards in spec in two years.
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Actually Trek 8xx bikes did suffer from a lot of "downgrades". IIRC, the very first Trek MTB was the 850 and it was the ONLY Trek MTB in 1983. It was considered at least midrange by parts standards. Trek stacked a lot of models on top of it and pushed it down a bit as time wore on.

For instance the 1994 Trek 800 is specced in the Trek catalog with 6-speed:

http://vintage-trek.com/images/trek/94/Trek94.pdf

The 91 and 92 had 7-speed, however. It's unfortunate that the 1993 catalog didn't have the full specs. Perhaps the OP will chime in with how many speeds are on the bike.
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did you try shooting wd40 into the shifter?

I rehabbed a 89 800 for a brother in law. wd40 revived the shifters. with street tires it turned out to be a pretty nice commuter bike. he never rides it (dumbass), but it is a nice riding bike. pretty nimble.
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