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Old 03-08-11, 11:43 AM   #1
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Trek 2500 with first gen STI 7400

I purchased a Trek 2500 in the 1991-92 season couple weeks before Mount Mitchell when a wheel burst on my old bike on some hill. I did 3 weeks at 230 per week and then mount mitchell. So, that is approximately 800 miles on the bike. Life happened and it has been gathering dust since.

I started the process of switching to a compact front crank. I had purchase three cassettes with top teeth of 21 (stock), 26 and 28. The front crank is 165 mm with 53 / 42.

I have recently decided to switch the front crank to a compact set when I struggled to get the 26 rear tooth up a local hill while in wonderment thinking about pushing this thing up mount mitchell 19 years earlier.

In working on figuring out with wonderment which tools are needed for the 7400 set and at the same time thinking shimano must get a cut of every new tool sold ... I discovered this forum.

It occurred to me that maybe it might be better to sell this bike and buy a new one depending on the value.

There is no rust on the bike. The sti shifters have no rust, but imperfections in the chrome. The left side screw in dust cover has no dura-ace emblem on it with one scratch. Other than that, it is mint. It also has an wired avocet 30 and a spare 36 ultegra front ring of 1991 vintage.

What is this bike and potentially the other components worth?
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Old 03-09-11, 08:47 AM   #2
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Well, I took the lack of input as an indicator that there is not that much value. So, I put the compact crank on. Now all I have to do is decide which cassette to go with.

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Well, I took the lack of input as an indicator that there is not that much value. So, I put the compact crank on. Now all I have to do is decide which cassette to go with.

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I think you need to give the forums another chance. alot of ys do wotk and don't always get to surf during work hours. also your post is a bit rambling and I am not sure if the Trek has 800mi or many more.

to do the above job you need very simple and reusable tools. a park crank puller will remove the cranks, and a 14 or 15mm socket will remove the bolts first. a cassette tool, and chain whip to replace the cassete.

post a few pics of your bike thje best way to determine value is with pics. also where you live and the size of the bike are to be considered.
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It all depends but $300-500. The STI levers alone are worth upwards $150....if they work. Its worth more parted out but parting out a bike means selling everything on ebay in the spring to maximize profit. Are you prepared for that?
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Thanks folks.

Bianchigirll, You are right. It is rambling now that I look back at the post. I'll also keep your thoughts on etiquette in mind. The bike has approximately 800 miles on it.

Miamijim, You have confirmed what I thought based on some prior google searches. Everything works and everything is in very good to mint condition, but it sounds like this bike is not something that the American Picker guys would druel over. You are spot on with your last point too. I am just not interested in the selling process involved with parting out.

Besides, I can relate to the closing in Bianchigirll's response as I am also one who wants to save them all. Now that it is converted to the new crank, with new tires, and all gussied up for duty it is a very functional bike and looks nice to boot. Went out for a spin yesterday and other than a minor adjustment on the front derailleur everything worked flawlessly. I'm jazzed.
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+1 Rambling post, I was not really sure what the question was, or if there was a question.

Composite carbon/aluminum lug frames don't get much respect. That affects market value, but since you are keeping it, that really does not matter.

+1 Since you need a bike anyway, keeping it makes a lot of sense.
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