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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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    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.
    Surly LHT complete, Surly Pacer Complete, '94 Marin Muirwoods....and a couple others

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    Sounds great! Thanks

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