Trek 630 • Jamis Quest • Bilenky Tourlite and various others
I could be mistaken, but 830's were straight gauge cromo main tubes. Forks and rear triangle were high tensile steel. 800 may be all hi-ten or the same as the 830—I'm not sure. Nice bike though. My 830 took nearly ten years of thrashing.
This my now departed 1988 Trek 830. All stock, except for the bars and saddle. When it finally snapped a dropout last year, it had so many trouble-free miles on it that I can't even begin to guess when I lost count. This 830 had triple butted cro-moly tubes and a cro-moly touring type fork. I don't know about the stays material, but it weighed about 29lbs with the Brooks B-67. So, figure about 28 with a stock saddle. I'm thinking that means the stays were probably butted as well or the bike would be heavier. Someone in the know please correct me here, if need be.
It had Deore components that are supposed to be only midgrade, but I still use Deore today on other old school bikes like this. The stuff is bombproof, and that's what makes a reliable tourer. It had 17inch chain stays (same as my Trek 520 tour bike) so my size 13 shoes never touched the bags. Double eyeltes front and rear, plus room for a third bottle position makes for a great conversion. This bike was supremely comfortable on the longest rides I have ever clocked - out to 100 miles.
I've been looking for an XL old school frame this good ever since...
And it is steel, tried the old magnet trick.
It saids Cro-Moly on the frame, but who knows?
What is Hign Tensile steel?
What does butted mean?
High-Tensile steel is the next step up from plain old gas pipe. Chinese crap sold in Wal-Mart is usually gas pipe. It doesn't mean the bike made from Hi-Tenit is junk. Good bikes have been constructed of Hi-Ten tubes, they're just heavier, similar to the old scholl English 3-speeds - which were well made machines.
Butted means that the tubes are thinned from the inside, using a couple different processes, leaving the outside the same thickness along the entire length. Butted tubes are thicker near the welds, thinner as you move away from the welds. This is easy do with higher quality Cro-Mo tubes because they are stiffer, yet have a springiness that yields a better ride - not so dead or thud-like. It does make a difference.