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Old 07-15-11, 12:37 PM   #1
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Which is more valuable? Original or modern?

A Trek Tx770 with all original parts or a Trek tx770 with 9 speed Ultegra? I would think that the modern 9-speed Ultegra parts would outweigh the value of vintage cyclone parts, but I also know that things like powdercoating a frame can lower the value, even though it would be a stronger finish.
I'm half way through a conversion now. I'm just waiting on a smaller FD clamp. It's full Ultegra except for the Easton EA50's and I was just curious how it will affect the value.
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Old 07-15-11, 01:01 PM   #2
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Neither one sounds very vintage
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Old 07-15-11, 01:15 PM   #3
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are you planning on riding it or reselling it? if riding it, what does it matter? just do what works for you.
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Old 07-15-11, 01:59 PM   #4
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The PC will lower the value of the bike. The parts are a wash.

I modernize most of my keepers: put 9 spd DA on two of them, 9 spd Ultegra on a third. Did it because thats what I like to ride. For resale, those parts will come off. Kept the original decals and paint.
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I'm keeping it, I was just curious how the value would be affected. If I were to sell it, the parts would come off unless it raised the value significantly.
I would keep the original decals and paint, but the decals are already gone and the paint is in pretty bad shape. It'll get a matching powdercoat and new decals when I can afford it.
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