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Old 01-13-13, 10:42 AM   #1
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Trek 420 Questions

I have come across a trek 420 and wonder what is the difference in Trek 520 and Trek 420 built in the 90's (I guess).
It has a chain protector sticker indicating "matrix equipped" and the rims are 700c made by Matrix.
I rode the bike and felt a little unstable and short wheel base feeling, compared to my usual ride on a MTB or a Fuji Supreme (27" wheels) fitted with a MTB bar.
This is may be because i have never been comfortable with drop bars. I am tempted to get it because it has 700c wheels which none of my other bikes have.

Is the Trek 420 a good bike for touring? I don't see many accounts using that bike.
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Take a look at this.

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...89Brochure.pdf
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Yes, the '89 brochure seems to show the one I have come across.
The tires in the brochure indicates 700cx28 but this one has all black 700cx26mm.
All the rest looks identical.
Are these good brakes for loaded touring?
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Think of Touring As the Activity, the bike as a tool ..if the brakes work without extra gear, they work with
another few pounds of gear in bags on racks, you just compensate by squeezing the lever a bit more..
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I have a 420 that I built up as a commuter for my girlfriend. Great bike. It would be great for light touring but, if you are planning fully loaded tours, the 520 would be a much better choice.

The 520 has more stable geometry and is designed for weight on both front and back, longer wheelbase, larger tire clearance and heavier tubing.
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Sounds great! Thanks
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