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Old 01-25-09, 12:22 PM   #1
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anyone familiar with the older trek 1200's?

I just picked up this Trek 1200 aluminum frame bike off CL for $25 bucks, couldnt pass it up. It seems to have nicer or at least more modern components than my other trek bikes and it has matrix 700 wheels. So I guess my question is, would I be better off swapping the components off it to either my older trek 720 or my newer trek 420, or just keep it and ride as it is. I havent ridden it yet, I need tubes, it needs a good cleaning and servicing and the handlebars cleaned and rewrapped....I am not crazy about the pink, but im not going to repaint the frame over it.
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Old 01-25-09, 12:26 PM   #2
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I saw that ad last week on the Delaware CL and emailed the seller, but he never got back to me....glad you were able to snag it...sweet score!
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Those stock rims were the weakest link. I never found them to be reliable. They don't take the road too kindly. Its a great deal at 25$.
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Old 01-25-09, 12:34 PM   #4
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i emailed him last week , he said he had a few in front of me that didn't follow through. are the frames decent? it seems beefier than my early steel trek frames.
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For $25, if it's a TREK adult bike I would buy it and figure out whats wrong with it later. Those early aluminum road bikes evaporate in minutes at yard sales for twice that price. The last 1200 I saw on CL around here went for $150.
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I picked it up this morning....those pics were in front of my house..I had to drive 100 round trip miles to pick it up, but it was too good of a deal to pass up. now I look at it though the frame is a bit small for me..it was owned by a female rider..I may end up stripping the frame and using the components on something else if my wife decides it won't work for her
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The 105 parts are ok, wether you like the bio pace rings on the crank is up to you. Couldnt go wrong for $25 bucks even if it doesnt fit you. The matrix wheel set is good IMO - nice and light, but you gotta take care of them... no sprinting into a chunk of shrapnal metal on the street like I happened to do once.. ended up with a flat spot in the rims I couldnt straighten out with any amount of truing and a couple of flat tires.
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My son has that exact model as his campus bike. I'm guessing 1989-91. The frame is very solid. Regarding the Matrix rims, I have those same rims on three bikes and have put thousands and thousands of miles on them with no problem.
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Old 01-26-09, 11:41 AM   #9
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trek 1200 after a few hrs work

new tubes rewrapped the tape on the bars, used a bottle of black car touch up paint on the chips and scratches and put 2 coats of car wax on her. lots of elbow grease and new tubes, and she looks 100% better. Its light and fast too, but it rides hard as a rock. guess im used to my 420 trek.still a great deal for a less than 50 dollar investment.Hope the wife likes it as much as I do.
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I picked up a 1989 Trek 1000 last week for $20. Rear rim is pretty bent up, so conventional truing isn't going to do it. Seems like a nice bike overall.
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Thats an awesome bike for 25.00. I have a 1420 almost exactly like yours, its nice and light and rides pretty stiff. I personally love the 105 with the hyperglide freewheel, it shifts extremely well.

Mine has a Cro-moly fork which seems to make the ride a bit smoother, it still is a bit harsh though compared to my steel frames. Great bike, and I like the black/pink combo!

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I had a '93 (I think) that was very similar to yours. The rims were crap, but otherwise a nice bike. At $25 it was a steal! The only downside is that you are kind of stuck with 7 speed (I'm guessing) because you can't spread an aluminum rear triangle.
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I've got nearly the same bike, with 105 hyperglide components. 7 speed gears, no biopace.
1990 model. Solid, light and does the job nicely. I'm considering a CF fork for kicks and to smooth out the ride but since I've always ridden it i don't consider it harsh.

Amazing find for $25, I'd buy it in a heartbeat to have spare wheels etc. Stuff gets snatched up really quick with prices under $100. Just replacing the quill stem would cost you more than $25!




And hey, where's everyone buying their replacement Aero brake hoods? I need some in white and in black.
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That depends on how big you're going. I converted my '91 Trek 1200 to 8 sp Dura-Ace. Went from a 126mm rear to 130mm just fine. Super solid, but I wouldn't want to go any wider than that as cold setting Aluminum isn't really as safe as Steel.

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I had a '93 (I think) that was very similar to yours. The rims were crap, but otherwise a nice bike. At $25 it was a steal! The only downside is that you are kind of stuck with 7 speed (I'm guessing) because you can't spread an aluminum rear triangle.
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I have a trek 2000 converted to Ultegra 9 speed and it works great. Don't cold set...I have never cold set the rear triangle, just worked the wheel into the dropouts - when I remove the wheel it springs back to spec. Kind of a pain to fix a tire when it is cold out, though.

The matrix aero rims were a little soft, and spokes would eventually pull through. I have a couple of sets of those that died that way. The other matrix rim death I have seen was brake surface failure, although those were exceptionally high-mileage wheels.
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Have an '88 2000 frame here. Currently running 130OLD DA paired spoke wheels w/8s cassette
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The only downside is that you are kind of stuck with 7 speed (I'm guessing) because you can't spread an aluminum rear triangle.
I though those old cassette hubs were 130mm old.
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Couldn't you also take a 2mm washer out of the non-drive side of a newer cassette hub and dish the wheel just a bit more, making it 128, and you're only spreading 2mm from 126 when installing the wheel?
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That 1200 was a sweet frame, and Trek backed it up with great warranty service in every case I know of.
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I have said it a few times in other threads, but I may as well say it again:

Trek has been amazing with customer service, I wrecked in my Trek Vapor helmet and got a free replacement. My 1990 Trek was missing the headbadge and Trek shipped a new one to me for free. They never asked how, who or why.... they have been amazing!
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+1 to that. I bought a sweet fluorescent yellow 1200 from 91 and am getting ready to strip it and get it powder coated black. some manufacturers actually make some cheaper aluminum frames in in-between sizes like 132.5 so you can put either a 130 or 135 hub in it...its perfectly safe as long as you don't stretch the frame. I figured it was a great aluminum frame to build up.

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