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Trek 420 true temp cr mo?

Old 04-12-15, 09:10 PM
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Trek 420 true temp cr mo?

Found this on CL for 180, looks really clean, been in a shed, wondering what yall think... cheers!


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I think any bike with a replacement front wheel needs to be checked very carefully to make sure there is no frame or fork damage.
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I have that frame. I bought it repainted and with no decals, but I am pretty sure it is a high tensile frame, not cro-mo. It is a strong and good riding frame. I have ridden mine 7 years and 17,000 miles and it is a bike I can ride after riding anything (even the best).

The bike you are looking at has the seat lugs with the sleeves for the chainsays. Not as sexy as the older traditional caps with the stamped "TREK", but your bike does not have the flaw of the earlier Treks of that era, cracking across the plate through the TREK letters.

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How tall are you? What's your bicycle inseam?

That bike does not have a 56cm frame. More like 60cm, and you will need a 34" inseam to stand over it.
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Too rich for a flip.
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The Trek 420 has True Temper Cro Mo frame.
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Looks nice, price is good assuming no major issues. As mentioned above the frame is indeed True Temper chromoly and the sticker is visible in one of the pictures.

Also as mentioned this is definitely NOT a 56cm frame. If that's the size you need keep looking.
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^ Yup, here's the True Temper decal:


And there's a nutted axle on this cheap replacement wheel.

I wonder if the original is still U-locked to a rack outside the local library.

But of course, there could be a less malicious reason for the replacement. Like TugaDude said, check for damage. The rest of the bike looks fine.
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It does look clean, you can find another vintage/low mile 700c wheel. I have sold several frankentreks for this price, so if buying to ride and keep it is a good deal. 1989 model, 60cm and a very solid all around bike, esp good for commuting. I would have no problem paying 180 for it if looking for a solid rider that can be resold at same value.
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I think price is fine for a steel Trek with a triple crankset. If the wheels matched, it would be worth more like $275. Head to the co-op and find a closely matching front wheel, one with QR skewers. Bike originally came with 27 inch wheels.

Given this bike was for sale in the SF area, this would qualify as a smoking' hot deal! Watch for it to reappear at a $300 price point. $180 typically is the range you will find old Xmart crap and similar. To find a steel Trek in that price range in a red hot market, even with a non-matching front wheel, is rare.
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