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Need Bontrager info please!

Old 12-21-16, 03:57 PM
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Need Bontrager info please!

Hey y'all just wondering what year this bike is and how much it could be worth. Any additional information would be great! Thank you

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Need info on my Bontrager please!

Hey guys,

I got my Bontrager bike from a friend and would like some knowledge from the community here ��

From looking up the model I think it's year is 1996 race lite. Any info would be great thanks!











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Pic link not working for me.

edit: Learned more about imgur.

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Thanks for merging threads. I posted additional pics with urls. Let me know if pics are visable
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imgur isn't kind to forums.
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1997 by the fork graphics.

Bikepedia confirms this. Full specs: 1997 Bontrager Race Lite - BikePedia
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Really, $2300 new?


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1997 by the fork graphics.

Bikepedia confirms this. Full specs: 1997 Bontrager Race Lite - BikePedia
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Yeah, pretty pricey, but it was their top-end steel frame. Catalog link if you wanna read about it: https://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekatal...trager1997.pdf
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Yes, that was his flagship bike. You can't see in the pics, but this frame is replete with small, carefully placed gussets that finetuned the bike. He is one of the real innovators in the industry. https://i724.photobucket.com/albums/w...ubegussets.jpg
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imgur isn't kind to forums.
???

Imgur is super easy, loads fast, and IMO the best for posting stuff on forums. You just have to post the direct image link, not the gallery link.
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I will admit that I don't use imgur and aren't acquainted with the ins and outs of using it. I based my comment on how many forum members I have seen who tried to use it to post pics, but were unsuccessful. Thanks for the tip.
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So is this before he joined Trek and a "grail" sort of find, value being subjective as always?


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Yeah, pretty pricey, but it was their top-end steel frame. Catalog link if you wanna read about it: https://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekatal...trager1997.pdf
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This is post Trek buyout but still likely came from the Bontrager shop

So it's a bit of a special bike-- how special? Probably 5 or 600 bucks to the right guy who remembers the real Keith Bontrager--- about what I'd expect to pay for a Trek era Klein,

But about half what a pre Trek example might be worth
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Something going on with the black paint at the seat tube and seat post? Looks like paint part way up the seat post.
Funny to see a high end, 20 year old MTB like that with the reflectors still on.
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Yeah, pretty pricey, but it was their top-end steel frame. Catalog link if you wanna read about it: https://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekatal...trager1997.pdf
Thank you for the info!! Wow awesome! Didn't know I had a classic bike sweet
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
This is post Trek buyout but still likely came from the Bontrager shop

So it's a bit of a special bike-- how special? Probably 5 or 600 bucks to the right guy who remembers the real Keith Bontrager--- about what I'd expect to pay for a Trek era Klein,

But about half what a pre Trek example might be worth
Thanks good to know. I'm a newbie but glad to learn all I can know about this gem 👍🏻👍🏻
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Looks like some kind of a sleeve to me or the top of the seatube with a reinforcement of some kind which would not be surprising given Keith's attention to details, same as in the catalog pics.


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Something going on with the black paint at the seat tube and seat post? Looks like paint part way up the seat post.
Funny to see a high end, 20 year old MTB like that with the reflectors still on.

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