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    It's NOT a Cannondale...it's My First Trek!

    OK, I know it's not a Cannondale, but I've heard so much about the handbuilt beauty and soul of a steel lugged Trek that I had to build one up. This one's a little small for me (and already spoken for), but it is a gorgeous piece of bike jewelry.

    Started with an '84 760 frame (yes, the purple one) that I bought from a C&V'er, then had it stripped and powder coated in red with a white fork. Guy did a nice job, too, you can still easily see the TREK logos that are in the stays and BB. It got a nice Specialized Flag logo crankset, Stronglight needle bearing headset, Ultegra FD & RD & brakeset with Tektro levers, Shimano 105 DT shifters, a new set of 126OLD alloy polished rims with a new 7 speed Shimano FW, a Vader saddle and CST tires, an Origin8 stem (great value, those) and a set of 26mm Nitto bars I got from another C&V'er some time ago. Decals were cut by a guy who sells them online at a very reasonable price. Love the red Odyssey Par Ends!

    Still waiting on a few hardened steel bits to finish it off before we take a long ride together, but initial impressions are VERY positive, to say the least.





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    Great work!

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    Looks nice, but really, the OE metallic purple w/pink cables and bar tape would have been the real way to show your manhood.
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    Absolutely gorgeous!
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    Just the way Trek should have done it... Awesome skills!

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    Nice work. Love your bright red bar ends and the complementary motif on the saddle. It's always those little details that make a bike memorable.
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    Great looking build. Those decals (and components) make it look more modern for sure, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

    I don't really love the white fork though...I think red would have been better but that's just my preference.

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    Looks outstanding! I love the red and the seat tube decal is killer!
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    Just too pretty!
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    Who made the fork? That looks like a newer, custom job with continental blades and an investment-cast fork crown.

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    Looks nice, but really, the OE metallic purple w/pink cables and bar tape would have been the real way to show your manhood
    Agreed, but the finish on the frame when I got it had some issues & re-doing it in metallic purple would have been painfully expensive. BTW, upcoming build is a 58cm Cannondale SR800 in rose pink and white. Wife calls it my Barbie bike.

    Who made the fork? That looks like a newer, custom job with continental blades and an investment-cast fork crown.
    Pretty sure it's original. According to the '84 brochure (details of which can be hard to make out, but there's a closeup of the fork) it had an investment cast crown. It's a pretty thing.

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    Clean, elegant, sophisticated, beautiful. If it was a female escort I'd hire her on the spot

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    Who made the fork? That looks like a newer, custom job with continental blades and an investment-cast fork crown.

    -Kurt
    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post


    Pretty sure it's original. According to the '84 brochure (details of which can be hard to make out, but there's a closeup of the fork) it had an investment cast crown. It's a pretty thing.

    Thanks for the kind words!
    From what I can tell, it looks just like the fork on my '84.
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    Wow.

    Do you have a "before" picture?
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    beautiful. I bet it rides better than any Cannonade ever did
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    Tom, I'm afraid I didn't take any pics when the frame arrived. But...I bought it from Shnibop back in early May, and he may have some pics from when it was up for sale.

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    RE: the stem...is that an Origin8 Ultim-8 road stem? I can't tell from the pictures. Do you know how it compares to the Nitto Pearl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    OK, I know it's not a Cannondale, but I've heard so much about the handbuilt beauty and soul of a steel lugged Trek that I had to build one up. This one's a little small for me (and already spoken for), but it is a gorgeous piece of bike jewelry.

    Started with an '84 760 frame (yes, the purple one) that I bought from a C&V'er, then had it stripped and powder coated in red with a white fork. Guy did a nice job, too, you can still easily see the TREK logos that are in the stays and BB. It got a nice Specialized Flag logo crankset, Stronglight needle bearing headset, Ultegra FD & RD & brakeset with Tektro levers, Shimano 105 DT shifters, a new set of 126OLD alloy polished rims with a new 7 speed Shimano FW, a Vader saddle and CST tires, an Origin8 stem (great value, those) and a set of 26mm Nitto bars I got from another C&V'er some time ago. Decals were cut by a guy who sells them online at a very reasonable price. Love the red Odyssey Par Ends!

    Still waiting on a few hardened steel bits to finish it off before we take a long ride together, but initial impressions are VERY positive, to say the least.





    Wow that is just stunning, what an amazing looking bike!

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    I think it's just great. I've been holding a white CF fork for something like that...
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    Yeah, I think you can mix and match forks on some frame colors- red is a good one:





    I have another build coming up that's a Cannondale frame with a black fork, and it looks very nice. Black frame & white fork is good, or black and yellow, but a red fork on a black frame...maybe not so good.
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