Its a 2000 i believe and has front suspension, yes. THis is a bike for my wife so now I am searching for ME : ) but anyway heres the story on the Trek.
Well I went by and picked up the bike, the guy said the rear brake was sticking. Bike would barely roll when pushed, it just skidded along. I knew the rear wheel was bent. So I got it home and loosened the rear brake waaay up and spun the rear wheel and it looked like something out of a cartoon.
Took it for a spin and everything worked fine, except now no rear brake..lol. All the gears worked but were off and it wouldnt go into the the rear wheel biggest gear.
So the first thing i did was wash the @#$%^ out of it, I mean i went everywhere, all in the nooks, everything, really good, Then cleaned off the chain and after reading a million articles on the best way to lube a chain, and all the different schools of thought on Chain lubrication, i decided my own plan was probably best. I used SLICK 50.
Then i adjusted the front and rear dueralliers, pumped up the tires, waxed as much of the paint as I could with Mequirs paint cleaner wax, and the bike looks almost brand new.
Still bummed about the rear wheel, I started researching wheel replacements, then I ran across Truing a wheel articles, So I went and bought my first bike tool, 3 a park set ? 3 way sprocket wrench (I also spent about a half hour browsing everything in the bike shop. I talked to one of the young kids wrenching on bikes about truing, he gave me some pointers, always tighten, and if the bend is gradual it should be okay.
So I turned the bike over and went to work, eyeballing and adjusting, It quickly went from cartoonish to reasonable, no rubbing but there is still a slight wobble. Some of the spoke were maxed out, and I finally said good enough. Its much much better and decent to ride, but I think i would like to get a new rear wheel.
Its a weinmann 519 26", I'm wondering what other types will fit, Maybe something lighter and stronger. and how easy it will be to replace for a noob.