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1983 Trek 600

Old 11-08-16, 02:31 PM
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1983 Trek 600

I posted last week asking about this bike:




I'm afraid I don't have any additional pictures of the components. Very helpful forum members identified it as being a 1983 600:

1983 Trek Bicycle Brochure Part I - Racing Bikes

What is a reasonable price for this bike? The seller is asking $400, but from a conversation with him I believe he'd go as low as $250. Is that an ok deal for this bike? Another member mentioned he'd just sold a similar bike with better components for $265.

The other thing is that I'm not sure the bike will fit me. I'm 5'11" and the forum members who looked at these pics thought it might be 24" or even 25.5". Is there any way to tell? The bike is over an hour away and I don't want to drive out there if it's a frame that's obviously too large for me.

Thanks for any help (and thanks to everyone in the previous thread).
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Old 11-08-16, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Shanahan626 View Post
The other thing is that I'm not sure the bike will fit me. I'm 5'11" and the forum members who looked at these pics thought it might be 24" or even 25.5". Is there any way to tell?
Yes. The serial number will tell all. That head tube looks VERY long so it may be a 25 1/2 " frame which IMO is too big for 5'11". But YMMV and I have seen people 5'8" that want to ride a frame I am selling that fits me and I am 6'1".

And yes I would pay $250 for that Trek IF it fit me.
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Old 11-08-16, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
Yes. The serial number will tell all. That head tube looks VERY long so it may be a 25 1/2 " frame which IMO is too big for 5'11". But YMMV and I have seen people 5'8" that want to ride a frame I am selling that fits me and I am 6'1".

And yes I would pay $250 for that Trek IF it fit me.

Thanks very much for the help. I'll ask him to send me the serial number. I assume it's on the bottom bracket? And once I have it I assume there's some way to decode based on the vintage trek site?
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Old 11-08-16, 03:14 PM
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Looks like a 24 maybe, I ride 24 treks at 6 ft even. It is worth 250 but that is a sport tourer frame/geometry (nice triple sugino at) vs racing. Looks to be in good shape. 6xx line I believe.
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Agree with the others. This is a large bike and likely to big for the OP. I'm right around five eleven and ride a 57 cm in a Trek. You might be OK with a 24 inch/60 cm but not a larger bike.

The price is about right at $250. Trek sports touring bikes are fine all around bikes. If this doesn't work out for you, just keep looking. They pop up on CL and on the C&V sales forum on a regular basis.
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At $250, the price is better than "about right," it's a very good price. If it fit me I'd buy it at that price for sure. I had an '83 600 and it was a really nice riding and looking bike.
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I sold a 614 for $265. Looks like the crankset was upgraded to the much loved AT.
That is a huge bike!
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Originally Posted by Shanahan626 View Post
Thanks very much for the help. I'll ask him to send me the serial number. I assume it's on the bottom bracket? And once I have it I assume there's some way to decode based on the vintage trek site?
Yes: Vintage Trek Bicycle Frame Serial Numbers, bike
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Thanks everyone for the help. I also received this info from the seller:

As to size, the frame from the pedal to the seat is 25 inches as I measure it and the frame from the seat to the handle bars is 23 inches. I am 6 feet tall, and that was the size Trek for me.

Is it likely that he would have been sold a 25.5 size at 6 feet? Also, I'm planning on putting on different handlebars that I believe would be both more elevated and more set back than the drop bars (I think the name is Bosco--it's one of the Rivendell bars). Would this have the effect of offsetting some of the frame's being a bit too large for me?
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Can you ask him to measure the distance from the ground to the top of the top tube? That's a measurement a seller has a chance of getting right.

I have a similar 24" 6xx and it's 33.5 from the ground. Here's a pic of the Trek next to a 25" Moto Grand Touring. The top of the Moto top tube is 35" inches from the ground.

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Originally Posted by Shanahan626 View Post
Thanks everyone for the help. I also received this info from the seller:

As to size, the frame from the pedal to the seat is 25 inches as I measure it and the frame from the seat to the handle bars is 23 inches. I am 6 feet tall, and that was the size Trek for me.

Is it likely that he would have been sold a 25.5 size at 6 feet? Also, I'm planning on putting on different handlebars that I believe would be both more elevated and more set back than the drop bars (I think the name is Bosco--it's one of the Rivendell bars). Would this have the effect of offsetting some of the frame's being a bit too large for me?
Everyone's body geometry is difference, but thats a comically large bike for someone 6' tall.
I am 6'5 and ride 63cm/64cm/25"/65cm road bikes that have a level top tube. A 25" frame is basically 63.5cm.
The standover will be about 35-36".

I have seen people who are 6' tall ride 25" bikes. They claim to love it for some reason and happily get a 1 footed running start before tilting the bike up and literally hopping on. To stop, they hop off the saddle and tilt the bike at a 35deg angle to ensure they dont crush their junk on the top tube. It makes no sense to me and I stare in disbelief every time I see it on the trails. But hey- it apparently makes them happy and gets more people out riding, so to each their own.
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On the other hand, I am5'11, and ride a 24" frame with more than a handful of seatpost exposed. Seat is set at a height of 109% of cycling inseam. So ya never know.
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Originally Posted by 9volt View Post
Can you ask him to measure the distance from the ground to the top of the top tube? That's a measurement a seller has a chance of getting right.

I have a similar 24" 6xx and it's 33.5 from the ground. Here's a pic of the Trek next to a 25" Moto Grand Touring. The top of the Moto top tube is 35" inches from the ground.

Will do, thanks. I've got to say, your bike sure looks smaller than the one that's for sale
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As others have said, this is not such a spectacularly rare bike that you can't pass it up. I'm in the camp that this bike is very likely much too large for you, and that even if you can ride it you'll be making compromises in the fit that will keep it from ever being a great bike for you. It seems to have a normal stem for the size of the bike (i.e., also fairly large), and deep drop handlebar, so you would likely end up stretched out front to back even if you can get the seat low enough to be comfortable on the pedals.
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