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Old 01-25-11, 12:12 AM   #1
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Look what I found (Trek 920)

Well really, I did not find it. It was in my girlfriends parents basement and it has just been sitting there for a couple of years. 46cm which is perfect for my 5'1" girlfriend and the best part is, its in fantastic condition. All of the shifting and the braking works perfectly. I simply need to put on tubes/tires and a chain (plus the usual detail cleaning and lubrication) and this thing is good to go.

I do have a few questions if anybody can help me. Any guess on the year or know of what tire size I should be looking for. I have a feeling it is 26 x 1 3/8 but I am not positive.





I know it is nothing super fancy, but for a free pickup, it is a hell of a find and I really think she'll enjoy the ride as it is about 40% lighter than her steel Open Road.
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Old 01-25-11, 12:26 AM   #2
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Looks like they only made this bike in 1994 and 1998, but the 94 version had the singletrack wheels and frame where the 98 did not. So that leaves me with a 1994 Trek 920. The stock tires were standard mtb tires. I was wondering If I could go narrower than the 2" tires. DO you think some 1.5"s are too narrow and is pushing it or what?
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The gold and purple looks regal. Nice colors. The rims look narrow enough to handle 26x1.5 easily. As long as the tire is wider than the rim when inflated, it fits. Tires marked 26x1 3/8 are a slightly difference 26 inch standard and will not fit.

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The gold and purple looks regal. Nice colors. The rims look narrow enough to handle 26x1.5 easily. As long as the tire is wider than the rim when inflated, it fits. Tires marked 26x1 3/8 are a slightly difference 26 inch standard and will not fit.
Yeah, After I did the research on the wheels I figured 26 x 1 3/8 was not a choice. Which is fine because that would have limited the tires I could use. I'll probably get her 2 sets of tires, one set of narrower hybrid tires and a set of the standard terrain MTB tires. This way there are no excuses
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The bike ideed looks like a 26" MTB. But it looks bigger than the 46cm you stated. Either way it sounds like it is too big for someone 5' 1" in height, especially a female. But some people like bikes sized on the bigger end of things. But don't get any 26" tire that says 26 x 1 3/8" on it. This is an oddball size and is not a true MTB 26" tire. You need a tire with a decimal in the size, eg., 26 x 2.1 etc.
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I got some26 x 1.75's which are GREAT or actually perfect for what she will be using it for. It has all the original stickers which say 18"/46cm. The geometry of the bike is very sleek and this will NOT be her comfort bike as she has one of those already, which we built up last year. She is claiming to be closer than to 5'2" but you know how that goes.

I cleaned the bike up pretty nicely today and put the new chain and a tire/tube one. I foolishly bought schrader valve tubes because I said, "there is no way they are presta." I was wrong. I happened to have a presta in the drawer at home, but I'll have to go back out tomorrow and pick up a couple more presta tubes.

On a side note, the bike is absolutely beautiful when all clean and shiny. The color is not served justice with any pictures I am capable of taking. I will post some more when she is finished though.
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The Shimano STX components (seen in the picture above) are pretty decent.
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I had a 920 full rigid way back when. It had Suntour and Dia Compe components and it was a blast to ride. I still think suspension is overrated, that ride went everywhere from hell and back. Wish I still had that beast.
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I agree about suspension depending on your type of riding. This past year I sold my 93 Bridgestone MB4 with full Deor LX. It was just too big for me at 20 inches. I am 5'8.5". I do like my GT Avalanche though being that the suspension can be locked out, but I admit it is for totally different riding than I used the MB4 on. Plus it helps that the GT has disc brakes which a huge upgrade for riding in snow/mud.

Anyways Back to the Trek - I think this bike will be very similar to that MB4 and will be used for towpath/around town riding by my girlfriend or whoever fits on the bike. I will pick up the tubes today sometime and finish the bike up. All of the gears shift perfectly and the wheels are SURPRISINGLY true.
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Congrats on a great find!
...man, I just don't have THAT kinda' luck...
Mo' pix when you can!
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Ok, the bike is finished. Picked up the tubes and the seat collar while I was at it for 5 bucks at performance. Here is the Grand Unveiling!



Total cost was less than 50 dollars and is in perfect working order.
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Nice find! One of those enigmas; if this bike were seen only ten years ago, it wouldnt have caught my eye, but now it stands out somehow. Those "almost" old bikes in a nice state are tricky to find. I guess younger generations never learned the lesson of taking care of bikes. But, I would have gone for faster tires (maybe rims) and made it more roadbound.
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If it were going to a purpose bike for ME, I would have had other plans with it. Since it is going to be a general purpose around town bike for me/my girlfriend/and anyone else we can adjust the seat for, I decided to keep it Commuter ready, but not make it useless on the towpath.
I know exactly what you mean by, somehow it looks nicer now than it would have 10 years ago. Thank you for compliments, not that they were directed towards me, but the bike.
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Nice find and reconditioning.
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Thanks edp. I actually took it out two days ago in the snow when I dropped off my car for new tires. Rode home, then picked up my car up at the end of the day.

The tires handles surprisingly way better than I expected for the conditions, and bike rides really nicely. I am and never will be a fan of grip shifters but, that is all preference.
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I know it is nothing super fancy, but for a free pickup, it is a hell of a find and I really think she'll enjoy the ride as it is about 40% lighter than her steel Open Road.
It's actually the best steel MTB frame that Trek made that year. Fantastic bike! The parts hanging off the frame aren't the fanciest but they're still pretty good to really good stuff.

I'd put someone of that height on a 15" frame, looks like Trek had those in 14.5". For your 18" frame I'd imagine a much shorter stem and a zero setback seatpost would be required to keep such a rider from being really stretched out. So keep your eyes peeled for those items.
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I just picked a Trek 920 up in Allentown, PA. It will be perfect for the rail trails around here.
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I just picked a Trek 920 up in Allentown, PA. It will be perfect for the rail trails around here.
I found one yesterday as well. Seems it's a 94 model however the 94's list as 7 speeds? This one is 8 speed. 94 colors however. Singletrack rims and all other signs indicate 94. Must be reworked? Anyway it rides smooth..... very pristine condition.

Five finger charley got my Iguana last week.... sigh.....
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94 was def. 7 speed SRM shifter. I took the bike out to the GAP the week before and it was great on that trail.
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