I have finally got the Refit of my 1989 Trek 5000 to the point where I can ride it again. Some of you may remember I pulled it down from the rafters just to show it, when i was bit by the upgrade bug after seeing all the nice bikes around here.
I use to be hardcore into Road and MTB cycling, and commuted to work, rain winter & shine, until my job and kids required more time that I had, as such my cycling fell by the way side. I have always been in to bicycles since I was a kid, and hanging around this forum has renewed my love for them again.
After seeing all the hot bikes around here, I really wanted to build a new bike, however I want to be sure I'm deserving of one and that I will ride the ones I currently have, enough to reward myself with one
Anyway, this is my 1989 Trek 5000. It was built by Graphite Technology for Trek. Trek only made this bike for 1 year. It has details like internal cables, internal clamp seat post and a monocoque construction. It was equipped with a Full Dura Ace Gruppo, with US made Matrix Aero rims on DA hubs, Modolo Anatomic Bars, Modolo Stem and a Turbo Saddle. I had upgraded the saddle with a Selle Italia Ti Flite, about a year after I got it.
I was going to leave the bike as classic, and build a new bike, however I really felt I should try and update this bike just so it did not feel so lonely, if and when I do build a new bike. Besides, I had to prove to myself I was going to Road Ride again, and I really wanted the STI system for this bike ever since it came out. Plus having the bike updated would only further my enjoyment of riding the Trek 5000, thus helping me achieve my goal towards a new bike.
So enough rambling, here are the updates:
-Dura Ace 7700 Levers
-12-23 Dura Ace Cassette
-Sram PC99 Hollow Pin Chain
-American Classic 420 Rims (no recall)
-Michelin Prorace 2 700x23C tires. I have ordered a set of Continental Attack/Force as well
-Continental 40mm Valve Presta tubes
-120mm Modolo Stem, I always wanted to be a bit more stretched out on the bike
-Aztec Power Lines Shifter Cables
-Shimano 6502 Wireless Flight Deck CPU
-Cinelli Solidia Bar 44
-Cinelli Cork tape
-Dura Ace 7800 Rear Derailleur (ordered)
Intitally I was going to go 10 speed, however the price of the 9 speed parts was something that made the upgrade painless and not as significant as a 10 speed system.
I took it for a hour ride today and is it ever fast! The new wheels seem to accelerate nicely, and a the ride is not as harsh as I though it would be coming from 32 spoke 3 cross wheels. The wheels are 20spoke front and 24 spoke rears with DT bladed spokes. I was able to get a slight brake rub on the right side of the front wheel while sprinting, however it was nothing significant, and my brakes are set very tight right now. The 7402 DA Rear Derailleur shifts adequately with the 7700 levers, however not as precise as it should be, as some times one click up-shifts does not move the chain, so I have ordered a 7800 DA rear derailleur to fix that. The longer stem feels a lot nicer to my 5'11 frame.
The Aztec Power lines ...Meh... I'm not so sure I'm sold on those. They may offer slightly better performance, however they can be a bit of a hassle to set up initially with all those individual links, and they really lay where ever they feel on the frame. They are very pliable and not as stiff as the Stock DA cables. You can also tell they are a bit lighter than the Stock cables. When installing them you have to cut the thin outer jacket, and place a cap on the end to hold all the links together. If not, all those tiny links will fall on the floor, making you crawl on your hands and knees to find the buggars (Did I say that happened to me?? ) The links are also directional and its important to ensure they are all seated to each other and the jackets and inner liners are cut shorter than the links. I suppose they are kinda cool, however I think I may switch them some time to the stock cables.
So that's about it for now, I'll ride this old friend for now while I research what my new bike will be, inspired by all of you here.
Thanks for looking and Reading