Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: Should I Frankenstein these two bikes?

Voters
4. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes, do it! Do it!

    0 0%
  • No, you're a dang fool.

    4 100.00%
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    NTX
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Am I Crazy, Ignorant, or Both?

    So I picked up my Trek 820 (approx 2003 I think?) to start training on in preparation of commuting in the fall. My wife then decides she wants a bike too. I see this as a fantastic problem! We find her a bike, but it's a package deal and I have to take a Magna Excitor as well.

    So now I have my Trek and this Magna Excitor. I was thinking I'd turn around and see if I could get $20 for it. Then I rode it up the street and found it's really not as bad as I expected. It's significantly more comfortable on our non-maintained roads AND it sure feels lighter (though apparently I'm going to have to actually put it on a scale to verify since I can't find any specs). The only issues I have with it are the shifters, derailleurs, and hub.

    Now I get that this is nowhere near most of your standards, but I'm wondering if I've stumbled upon an opportunity to improve my ride and learn a bit about the mechanicals. (I like to learn on the cheap stuff, since breaking expensive stuff is painful.)

    The Trek 820 has nice indexed Shimano shifters with nice Shimano derailleurs. The front is a dual-pull. Both fronts are band clamp type. Both bikes are 3x7. If I get new cables and swap the rear wheel, derailleurs, and shifters (or more likely the whole handlebar and possibly stem) I should end up with a lighter bike that rides better over light bumps with the better hub and smooth shifting.

    Am I thinking wrong or ignorant of something here?

    To give a better idea, this is a street on my commute. This is considered a "well maintained street" with 1-2" vertical change in the seams you see. streetPatch.jpg

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    My Bikes
    Trek 2200, Cannondale H200, RANS Zenetik Tour, Bike Friday Silk Rohloff, Raleigh Misceo 4.0, Dynamic Tempo 8, Tern Verge s11i, Tern Node D7i, Tern Link D7i, Dahon Mu N360, Rodriguez MakeShift Rohloff, Brompton M6L, S6L and M3L
    Posts
    471
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ubermich View Post
    So I picked up my Trek 820 (approx 2003 I think?) to start training on in preparation of commuting in the fall. My wife then decides she wants a bike too. I see this as a fantastic problem! We find her a bike, but it's a package deal and I have to take a Magna Excitor as well.

    So now I have my Trek and this Magna Excitor. I was thinking I'd turn around and see if I could get $20 for it. Then I rode it up the street and found it's really not as bad as I expected. It's significantly more comfortable on our non-maintained roads AND it sure feels lighter (though apparently I'm going to have to actually put it on a scale to verify since I can't find any specs). The only issues I have with it are the shifters, derailleurs, and hub.

    Now I get that this is nowhere near most of your standards, but I'm wondering if I've stumbled upon an opportunity to improve my ride and learn a bit about the mechanicals. (I like to learn on the cheap stuff, since breaking expensive stuff is painful.)

    The Trek 820 has nice indexed Shimano shifters with nice Shimano derailleurs. The front is a dual-pull. Both fronts are band clamp type. Both bikes are 3x7. If I get new cables and swap the rear wheel, derailleurs, and shifters (or more likely the whole handlebar and possibly stem) I should end up with a lighter bike that rides better over light bumps with the better hub and smooth shifting.

    Am I thinking wrong or ignorant of something here?

    To give a better idea, this is a street on my commute. This is considered a "well maintained street" with 1-2" vertical change in the seams you see.

    streetPatch.jpg

    I wouldn't trust any part of that Magna to hold up over time, not the frame, welds, suspension, none of it.

    Meanwhile the Trek 820 is a great bike and if in good shape can meet your needs for decades to come.

    If you want to cushion the ride, see if the 820 will take balloon tires like Big Apples -- IMO those are just as good as suspension for the purpose of smoothing out rough streets, plus the 2003 820 had a suspension fork according to the Trek Archives.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Dave Cutter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    in my recliner
    Posts
    3,136
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The 820 is a fine used bike with decades of life ahead of it.

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    NTX
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The 820 does have a suspension fork, but it is an RST and it is shot as far as I can tell. I tried adjusting the dampening at the top of the tubes and no matter what it almost bottoms out just pushing on it.

  5. #5
    Senior Member CliffordK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon, USA
    Posts
    4,300
    Mentioned
    21 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you want to tinker on the Magna, go for it.
    Maybe go down to the local Co-op for some parts.... But there is no need to canibalize the Trek to fix up a $20 bike (to make a $25 bike).

  6. #6
    Senior Member bmthom.gis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    My Bikes
    2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4 Rival; 2014 Cannondale Trail 7 29; 1995 (?) Bianchi Volpe; 1995 Univega Rover 305; 1989 Schwinn Prelude; 1972 Schwinn Suburban, 1996 Proflex 756, 1987(?) Peugeot
    Posts
    988
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you have a co op, go donate the Magna to them and see if they have a rigid fork for your 820 (if your shocks are shot). There is nothing on that Magna that will be of any use to you, but if it is working, your coop could probably find someone to give it to who is in need of free transportation.
    "All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies."

  7. #7
    Senior Member jfowler85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    769
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do it man, those are your bikes so feel free. Forget the posers; while the Trek is a fine bike, we all know that nearly every box shop bike frame comes from the same handful of PRC factories.
    Craft Beer, n: a term used by snobs who fancy pretending that they know what they're talking about.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •