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    Possibly, maybe, I might know what this bike is

    I have a weak idea that this old Trek 830 mountain bike is from the 1988 lineup, but without confirmation from a catalogue or a lot of people telling me so, I am not so ready just believe that because I read one guy mention it in a post about handlebars. If anyone can tell me for sure what year this bike was made, or if anyone has access to the 1988 Trek catalogue including their mtbs, I would greatly appreciate your help!

    Here are the specs for what is on it right now (of course, these may not necessarily be the factory specs)
    Front Derailleur - Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur - Shimano Deore
    Crank - Shimano Biopace 3-Ring
    Rear Cassette - Shimano 6-speed
    Brakes - Shimano (model unknown) cantilever
    The rear brake is mounted underneath the chainstays, just behind the BB (see pics)
    Shifters - Shimano Deore SIS
    Rims (F/B) - Araya 26"

    Serial Number is on the BB, T7I 13831

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    It's an old bike.

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    Well that's about as useful as saying it has wheels. Of course it's an old bike - I would like to know how old.

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    Ancient.

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    dminor, you are in no way helping this thread (or me). Please stop posting.

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    Is this all the posts in here now. Please help me identify some 80-90's bike?

    Dminor, maybe you should create a 'help me identify an old mtb' sticky.

    to the OP - I am curious, and I am sure I will regret asking, but what difference does it make what year it is? 88 or 89 or 90 or 87? How is that possibly important information, I am interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Law View Post
    to the OP - I am curious, and I am sure I will regret asking, but what difference does it make what year it is? 88 or 89 or 90 or 87? How is that possibly important information, I am interested.
    Honestly, it really isn't important. It is just something I like to do when I acquire another bike. One of the first things I try to do is identify year, make, and model. Most of what I do with bikes like this is fix them up and sell them again, in which case it seems to me to be beneficial to have that information. I like to supply all the information I can when selling a bike. But I actually plan on slapping an 80cc engine kit on this one and using it to ride to work (I don't like to be sweaty when I sit next to the cute IT girl - when I try to talk to her, I'll make enough of a fool of myself) so I won't be selling this one. I'm really just curious for curiosity's sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Law View Post
    Is this all the posts in here now. Please help me identify some 80-90's bike?

    Dminor, maybe you should create a 'help me identify an old mtb' sticky.
    Damn tempting. 'Course, it would probably get used as little as the Welcome to BikeShoppingForums! The OFFICIAL What Should I Buy? thread sticky I made. Everyone wants to think their situation or "find" is special and deserves its own thread. I think we gave out too many trophies for participation over the years.

    But that's another thread, another day. The OP has requested that I stop telling him his "find" is not special or rare - - just old. He doesn't want to hear that. He wants a couple or three other 'connoisseurs' to step up and gush about how cool it is and how it's going to make a 'sweet ride' and that steel is real and how capping and shaping the seatstay tops is a lost art and a real sign of craftsmanship and how nothing is like the fine ride of a classic on sweet singletrack. That's what he wants to hear.

    And I'm thinking about moving all these threads to C&V so they can hear that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The OP has requested that I stop telling him his "find" is not special or rare - - just old. He doesn't want to hear that. He wants a couple or three other 'connoisseurs' to step up and gush about how cool it is and how it's going to make a 'sweet ride' and that steel is real and how capping and shaping the seatstay tops is a lost art and a real sign of craftsmanship and how nothing is like the fine ride of a classic on sweet singletrack. That's what he wants to hear..
    I couldn't give a rat's bumhole about any of that. All I want to hear is what I requested to hear. A year it was manufactured. If you don't have that to offer, get off here and stop wasting everybody's time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Thank you Lester

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    sparky57, You can learn to find out the date of any bike by decoding the components, typically the derailers. On the back of almost all derailers from the mid 70's on, is a two letter code. Both Shimano and Suntour use their own 2 letter code to date stamp their derailers. You can use these two letter codes to determine the year the derailer was manufactured. The website LesterOfPuppets provided to you has a "components" section. In it are the Shimano codes and the Suntour codes. If a dearailer was manufactured from June or July to the end of the year, it probably was mounted on the next model year's bike because the next year begins manufacture around mid-year of the year before. Using this system, I've determined the date of numerous bikes back in my bike flipping days. The folks over in C & V use this system to determine the age of a bike.
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    roccobike, thank you for that information. I actually did attempt to use the vintage-trek site, but I wasn't aware of the page that LesterofPuppets sent me to, which was a big help. All I found out from my previous visit is that it is a low-level foreign-built frame constructed after 1986, which was rather vague. So then I posted here. But I wasn't aware of using component codes to decipher the manufacturing date. I'll definitely keep that in mind for future projects. Thank you so much!

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