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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-14-05, 11:07 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Mid/ Late 80's Trek Frames..

I found a USA made, '86 or '87 Trek Pro Series Road bike for a very, very decent price. From what I read these are some solid American Frames, and this would be my new conversion project. Anyone converted one, or ride one, or have any opinions on them?
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Old 10-14-05, 11:14 AM   #2
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they're supposed to be very good quality and handcrafted. i almost got one once too, but it was spaced for 27" wheels. i'm not a big fan of 700c wheels in a frame made for 27" because of the big wheel gap it leaves, but it works just fine.
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Old 10-14-05, 12:12 PM   #3
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I'm riding a 1985 Trek 600 frame. Reynolds 531 steel, lugged. I don't know if that's the same frame you're talking about, but I like mine a lot. Relaxed geometry and long wheelbase is very forgiving, very comfortable on long rides. It is not a track frame though, if that's what you're looking for.

I just did some research on new frames, and a lot of the roadie-style of fixed gears being made now have pretty much this exact geometry. I'm thinking of having this one powdercoated instead of buying a new frame. Main downside for me is that it's got a low BB and I get pedal strike w/my longish cranks. That and I'd prefer track style dropouts, but that parts no biggie.

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edit: back then they were still hand-made in Waterloo Wisconsin.
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Old 10-14-05, 12:58 PM   #4
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Hey, I just got an 85 Trek tri series that will be the base of my next conversion. This is a Craft Corner Conversion Deathmatch.

It's on!!!!
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good info here http://www.vintage-trek.com/Trek_timeline.htm
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good frames
I prefer '83 - '85.
531 is sweet.
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