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    Trek T50

    I have an opportunity to purchase a Trek T50. It's a hybrid style make in the mid 90's. Is this a bike worth buying? It is the right size for my wife and me, but I know nothing about tandems.

    Thanks, John

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    $$?

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    They're asking $675. It appears to be in nearly mint condition by the photos (stored inside - low miles).

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    $ 675 seems a bit high for a T50, a 98 or so T100 recently went on e-bay for 500. Of course you have shipping to add, plus this bike you are looking at so you are not taking any risk. Still I think you should bring down the price. We have a T100 and we are quite happy for what it is worth, but I don't know the T50.

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    T200 was the road model, T100 a 700c hybrid, T50 hybrid with lower components than the T100.

    Otherwise, as best as I can tell, the frames and forks are the same across the three models for any given year.

    We have a 1993 T100... but over the past couple of years, parts replacement has given it drop bars, 105 shifters, Velocity/Phil/Schmidt 48-spoke wheels, new cranks, different seats, etc. etc.

    A modern frame and fork will save you a lot of weight, but the T series of Treks are a solid starting point and will accept modern components. I do agree with others that the asking price sounds too high.

    Good luck!
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    Would also suggest a lower offer by at least $200; but seeing/test riding would be a bonus even for a basic starter tandem .

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    The T100 is a heavy bike, but that said, I find that it is quite stiff and performs rather well, I don't feel the frame flex that you might expect on a cheaper tandem, just a few more pounds to drag around. I did give 5 minutes thought to doing Zona's job of upgrading the components, and gave up because I thought it would not be worth the trouble. I was surprised you did Zona, maybe I will get to it some day, and keep it arround as a spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanti Andia
    I did give 5 minutes thought to doing Zona's job of upgrading the components, and gave up because I thought it would not be worth the trouble. I was surprised you did Zona, maybe I will get to it some day, and keep it arround as a spare.
    Xanti, I think you have us mixed up. I have the T100; Zona has a carbon fiber tandem.

    I bet that Zona's frame alone is worth at least several times the value of my whole T100.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregm
    Xanti, I think you have us mixed up. I have the T100; Zona has a carbon fiber tandem.

    I bet that Zona's frame alone is worth at least several times the value of my whole T100.

    Cheers,
    -Greg
    That was a quick read of two posts, I am good at mixups, minor dislexia and major messes every now and then, sorry Zona and Greg.

    Greg, do tell me about your experience upgrading the T100.

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    It's not how much your tandem costs . . . it's how much you ride/enjoy it that counts!
    We did not start out with a 'dream tandem' back in 1975 . . . it was a French Follis 'real 10 speed' that cost us then around $350 . . . learned a lot from that tandem and things evolved/progressed from there.
    Enjoy the ride!

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