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Old 08-20-07, 11:59 AM   #1
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Need info on Trek 700 Multitrack

Hello,
I am looking at buying a used Trek 700 Multitrack for my daily commute. Does anyone have any experience with this bike? For some reason I haven't been able to find much info via Google, perhaps because it is an older model.

From what I have seen, it looks like a pretty decent hybrid, with a slight lean towards a road bike. The only thing I don't like is this picture makes the crankset look really small. I think it is a 38/32/24. I'd prefer something with a higher top gear for the occaisional downhill.

Anyway... any comments good or bad would be appreciated. I'm sort of flying blind...

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Old 08-20-07, 02:52 PM   #2
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It's not bad, but it was the low end multitrack when it was built. Other models are 720 (most popular), 750, 770 and 790. It's worth $100 tops, was probably less than $300 new.

The rest of the 7XX bikes are IMO overpriced on that site as well. Check your local Craigslist if you can for same bikes at 1/3 the cost. There are lots of them around.
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Old 08-20-07, 03:04 PM   #3
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I see those things everywhere (specifically salvation army, earn-a-bike, scrapyard). I don't know what you're paying for it but I'm sure you can find it cheaper (free) somewhere.
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Old 08-20-07, 05:01 PM   #4
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thanks for the replies... I'm thinking I'd pay < $70.

Out of curiosity... what makes it low-end? My current ride is a Giant Sedona, bought in 2000. Its okay, and not looking for anything extra special. Just something a little better... mainly with 700c tires.
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If you can believe it, I actually road a Trek 720 Multitrack on the Pacific Coast route from Seattle to San Francisco about 10 years ago. I really loved that bike. I was doing solo, self-supported camping tour, carrying around 45-50 lbs of gear on the bike. It held up remarkably well considering that none of the components were exactly high end. The only problem I ran into was a couple of broken spokes on the rear wheel on the second-to-last day. So based on that, I would say that a 700-series bike would probably be a decent commuter bike if it's in decent shape; it'll probably hold up reasonably well. The high end of the gearing is low, but during a commute how fast do you really need to go?
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There are many folks who consider the 730/750 series of these bikes to be great under appreciated values. True Temper OX platinum steel frames and forks, 700cc wheel size, braze ons of evey type, wide practical geaing w/ a triple chainring crank. I am currently searching for one locally as they tend to go very cheap. They are neither mountain, road or hybrid ( No suspension fork as most hybrids now have). Trek actually made one of these (I forget what series) as a dedicated commuter bike, lights racks etc, in the early 90's. I say find a good one and go for it. Also you can check www.vintagetrek.com for all of the specs, models and years they were offered.
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I just picked up a Trek 790 for a project. It has a complete deore group thru out. The rear wheel was bent, so replaced it. Its a nicely built hybrid that doesn't weight to much. I'm guessing no more then 25 to 26 lbs with the mavic wheels. I put a 700x35 on the rear and a 700x 23 on the front. Shifting is rapid. I am playing with the idea of putting drop down bars on it and turning this into all out road bike. Well build lugged chromoly frame should handle some weight for touring. Its strange to see what looks like a mountain bike and it performs like a road bike with the controled shifting and upright position. looks just like this one
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I just picked up a Trek 790 for a project. It has a complete deore group thru out. The rear wheel was bent, so replaced it. Its a nicely built hybrid that doesn't weight to much. I'm guessing no more then 25 to 26 lbs with the mavic wheels. I put a 700x35 on the rear and a 700x 23 on the front. Shifting is rapid. I am playing with the idea of putting drop down bars on it and turning this into all out road bike. Well build lugged chromoly frame should handle some weight for touring. Its strange to see what looks like a mountain bike and it performs like a road bike with the controled shifting and upright position. looks just like this one
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You do realize that this was an almost 5 year old thread!
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You do realize that this was an almost 5 year old thread!

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Just change the current handle bar to trekking bar and it would make a nice tourer as well.

Nice bike!
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Just change the current handle bar to trekking bar and it would make a nice tourer as well.

Nice bike!
I am actually going to change it to a drop bar w/ bar cons.
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I am actually going to change it to a drop bar w/ bar cons.
That will work too. But maybe more expensive, unless you already have the parts.
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That will work too. But maybe more expensive, unless you already have the parts.
I've got a couple bars on hand, and a friend is giving me some bar end shifters!
Just have to buy some brake levers. Tektro's most likely.
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Awesome bike and pictures. I just finished going thru the bike and look forward to a ride. Seems like a nice hybrid. It may be a keeper
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