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Vintage Trek: help identifying and Value

Old 11-29-16, 10:19 AM
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Vintage Trek: help identifying and Value

I just picked up this Vintage trek over this past weekend and since I`m not as well versed on my treks as many others on here I wanted to see if anyone could help me out with some more information on it and maybe a value as well. I tried to do some research on vintagetrek.com but I was alittle confused by the "N" at the start of the serial number, since there was some differences with those serial numbers compared to others. It has the 531 sticker on the seat tube and Suntour Vx, and is in overall exceptional condition. Any help or feedback is appreciated! Thanks
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Old 11-29-16, 10:24 AM
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At launch Trek did not offer complete machines, only framesets, of which there were but three models. It is possible this bicycle is one of those.

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Old 11-29-16, 10:27 AM
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Awesome color, I'm jealous. I'd really like to pick up a 70s era Trek in that color and this one is my size too.

The trek serial numbers work well in identifying the bike and, as juvela points out, there were very few models. Plus the bike is 531 which indicates a higher end model, likely a 700 series bike.

I like it a lot.
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Old 11-29-16, 10:44 AM
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Looks like maybe a 1981 model 613. Some speculation 6xx and 4xx frames were not made at trek, possibly subbed out elsewhere (perhaps Japan, perhaps another usa manufacturer).
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Here's a pic of a 1981 Trek 613; the bike came with a 531 main triangle:

Vintage Trek Gallery - 1981 Trek 613 Steel Road Bike

It looks like daily commute could be right on his ID and this could be a 1981 600 series Trek with a 531 main frame/hi tensile steel fork and stays; the full 531 frames were generally the 700 series.

Here is the brochure: https://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/Trek81.pdf
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Old 11-29-16, 05:21 PM
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I like the metalic chestnut paint which would make it a 1981 500 or 600 series frame set.
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Thanks so much for the help guys! It's great to get some background on the bike, I think I did pretty well on it. Would this be valued around a regular trek of the era, around $225-$250?
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