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Old 05-11-16, 04:32 AM   #1
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1985 Trek 520

New to me.....
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Seller Notes: “Purchased new in 1985. One owner. Used for recreational riding and challenge events for a few years and then placed in storage. The bicycle as shown weights 21 pounds 2 ounces (9.5 kg). Shifts properly. Brakes work properly. Wheels spin smoothly. Corrosion on top of top tube around cable eyelets. Two 2 mm x 2 mm scratches on drive side down tube near Trek lettering. Chain guard is torn. Road grime in hard to reach places. Handle bar padding is torn. Rear wheel will benefit from truing. Surface wear on crank arms.”




$157.50 plus shipping. OK deal?
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Old 05-11-16, 04:42 AM   #2
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I think it's a deal unless shipping is out of hand. I paid $300 (plus $60 shipping) for a 910 in 2011 and $150 for a 614 just last summer. I guess not being able to see it first is a gamble but if the ad is true I'd pay it.

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I'd call it a great deal, unless the shipping is as much as the price of the bike? They're not "quite" as valuable without the cantilever brakes but still a nice bike. That 21 pound weight claim is pretty unbelievable though. Just my humble opinion. Looks like I got lucky with my 84. The only early 520 year model with canti's.,,,,BD


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Old 05-11-16, 05:56 AM   #4
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It seems like an OK deal- as long as you're not going into it expecting it to be a "touring" Trek 520.
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That 21 pound weight claim is pretty unbelievable though.

I had a 87 and agree the 21 lb claim seems not quite right - 29 is more like it
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Old 05-11-16, 06:13 AM   #6
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They are very nice riding bikes - same goes for most early-mid 1980s Treks -
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I had a 87 and agree the 21 lb claim seems not quite right - 29 is more like it
Reynolds 501 main frame and tange mange-alloy fork and chrome moly stays? I'd honestly be very surprised if it were 29 pounds. My two vintage mtbs, a 1988 specialized stumpjumper comp and 1993 Trek 950 mtb weigh in right around that weight.

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Great find and excellent deal, pending reasonable shipping. My steel Jamis is 19 pounds. I would believe a 22 pound weight for a nice Trek. My 520 non-canti frame is awaiting completion with a 5500 build (+ center pull brakes!) My 620 is my around town knockabout and gravel rail-trail bike. Cushy 531.
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It seems like an OK deal- as long as you're not going into it expecting it to be a "touring" Trek 520.

I don't understand your comment above Golden Boy?

With the moderate shipping cost, I think you got a pretty good deal for low $200's. I'm surprised it didn't go for 2X that amount, although the seller was pretty negative in his writeup about the condition. But as you confessed in some other thread, it is too small for you jjames1452.

The Imron paint on those early Treks holds up well.
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Thanks oddjob2. I have 520/620/and 720's, some with side pull and some with canti's. Very small difference for my kind of riding. While I travel light, I weigh more than 200. It is too small for me. I was going to use the group for a Trek 612 build and sell the frame. Love 600 group!! I may be talked out of the whole thing.
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I don't understand your comment above Golden Boy?
As most people know the Trek 520 as a touring bike- with a long wheelbase, bunches of braze ons, cantis and everything.

If you get this bike thinking it's one of those, you'd probably be disappointed. This bike is much more of a sport tourer- a much shorter wheelbase, only 2 bottle mounts, may or may not have room for bigger tires and fenders.

A great all-around bike, but not a purpose designed touring bike.
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Weighty discussion. Different than the 1985, but according to the Trek brochure, my '87 520 Cirrus is sub 25 pounds. What size are they referencing, I don't know but mine is not built like stock anyways. Have yet to scale it, yet it feels every bit more than 25. Frt. / rear racks, bags, mudguards, lights, guessing its 29 / 30.
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I'd call it a great deal, unless the shipping is as much as the price of the bike? They're not "quite" as valuable without the cantilever brakes but still a nice bike. That 21 pound weight claim is pretty unbelievable though. Just my humble opinion. Looks like I got lucky with my 84. The only early 520 year model with canti's.,,,,BD

'87 has cantilevers. Easy peasy fitment for 700x35c as well.
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My '82 720 weighs 25.4, roughly one pound more than my '81 710. The comparison is somewhat apples-and-oranges because the frames are not the same size, and all of the components differ. That being said, I find it difficult to believe a 520 weighs 21 pounds.

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I was considering 76-86 being early Trek production, but of course I now realize I am probably the only one who sees it that way.,,,,BD
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That’s a buy if the shipping isn’t ridiculous.
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