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    Trek 800 mountain sport

    When were TREK 800 Mountain Sport made? How good were those bikes?
    The one I came across has a Teal front and black rear and suspension less fork, cantilever brakes, black stem and straight bar, thumb shifters.
    The color scheme indicated '92 but the bike looks newer.

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    Did you check vintage trek? What are the components? I think this may be a '95ish model but I don't know for sure. I really wish there was some way we could post pics on this forum
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    They have lower grade but functional components and are pretty common so don't pay a lot. Easy enough to find one cheap in most markets. Good for a short commute and around town type of bike. What are you looking to use it for?

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    I was hoping to use as a touring bike, if I find this in somewhat unused state.

    Seems there are many good reviews.
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/older-catego...501_91crx.aspx

    There was a traveling couple who started with used MTBs.
    http://www.downtheroad.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak08820 View Post
    I was hoping to use as a touring bike, if I find this in somewhat unused state.

    Seems there are many good reviews.
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/older-catego...501_91crx.aspx

    There was a traveling couple who started with used MTBs.
    http://www.downtheroad.org/
    There are many threads in the C&V section about converting MTB's to touring rigs. Worth a read if you haven't checked them out yet. Unless you are getting the bike super cheap, I would search for a
    higher end 80's MTB. You'll get a much better quality frame and they sell for cheap.

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    Any chance this is your size?
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/bik/3523155728.html

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    I believe I've got the exact same bike. I got this one new some time in the 90's and rode it for a year or so. It spent the better part of ten years neglected in the basement. Last year I pumped up the tires and took it for a spin. This is the one that got me back into biking, real solid bike, kind of heavy. Pretty much bombproof. I've riden it on a couple of 50 mile rides with no problems. I left this one in Florida (we have a winter place there) and use it when I can get there.

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    I just bought the exact same bike to fix up for a friend of my daughters. Looks just like OTG's in the photo above. $50 at a pawn shop. Mine needs a little work to get it roadworthy again, but primarily tuneup type stuff.

    It appears to be slightly newer than my '88 Trek 900, as it has a sloping top tube and cantilever brakes. Frame is lower end than my 900, however. Judging from the tubing sticker, the seat tube is chromoly and the rest high tensile. My 900 has chromoly main tubes an high tensile stays. I was guessing early 90's.

    Just looked over some old catalogs at Vintage-Trek. It appears to be a '96. All the component specs, frame specs, and the availability of that blue to black fade color scheme matches up. It is on page 34 of this PDF

    BTW, it appears that Vintage Trek has recently obtained scans of complete catalogs from '84 through 2012. They are on this page
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    The one I came across is very similar to the one above but the color is green-blue instead of blue. Otherwise, looks identical. Are the brake and shifters plastic or steel or aluminum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak08820 View Post
    I was hoping to use as a touring bike, if I find this in somewhat unused state.
    While I routinely recommend converting a MTB for such service, I also recommend you aim higher. Used mtbs are cheap. And for a few dollars more, you can get one much higher up the product line, that will have a better frame, better wheels, better brakes, better derailleurs, better everything.

    The 800 Sport was entry level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    While I routinely recommend converting a MTB for such service, I also recommend you aim higher. Used mtbs are cheap. And for a few dollars more, you can get one much higher up the product line, that will have a better frame, better wheels, better brakes, better derailleurs, better everything.

    The 800 Sport was entry level.
    Yes, I found out that the bikes get better as the nubers go higher within the same series, e.g. a 850 will be a better bike than 820 and 520 is not necessarily inferior to a 800, as it is a different series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak08820 View Post
    Yes, I found out that the bikes get better as the nubers go higher within the same series, e.g. a 850 will be a better bike than 820 and 520 is not necessarily inferior to a 800, as it is a different series.
    Thanks
    I would skip the 800 series and go to 900 to ensure your getting full ChroMo frame/fork.

    There is an interesing looking '89 Gary Fisher out my way, full ChroMO, Deore components check the are you looking for one of these. There is also a nice actual tourer or two in the area.
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    Bianchigirll, I have 3 bikes and my wife thinks that is too many, I will have to show her your sig. with 23 bikes. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak08820 View Post
    Bianchigirll, I have 3 bikes and my wife thinks that is too many, I will have to show her your sig. with 23 bikes. ;-)
    Well make sure you point out one is actually sold, one is for sale and one is sitll in prototype stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    I would skip the 800 series and go to 900 to ensure your getting full ChroMo frame/fork.

    There is an interesing looking '89 Gary Fisher out my way, full ChroMO, Deore components check the are you looking for one of these. There is also a nice actual tourer or two in the area.
    In 95 anywho, the 830 had full cro-mo, but straight tubing. Only reason I know that is I checked before I bought mine.

    Mine's heavy, but rides nice and handles well on pavement and dirt. Planning on it becoming a po'boy's expedition/touring 26er bike.

    I was looking for a RockHopper, but finding a 22-23" one around here is... not easy. The 830 fit, so that's what I got.
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