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Old 04-30-17, 12:18 PM
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What's this Trek?

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Can any of you help identify this Trek for sale?
https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/6086211758.html

It seems to be a repaint, the NDS chainstay says "paint by Veiler", so I guess it might not even be a Trek. There's no evidence of a headbadge. The non-original paint sort of looks like a 1986 Trek, but the frame is obviously wrong- the 1986 Trek 310 has similar paint and components, but no horizontal dropouts.
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Old 04-30-17, 12:22 PM
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I'd pay $99 for the bike and ask questions later. The parts are high quality. There are more than $99 worth of parts on this bike. The circular cut outs on the lower headtube lug are typically the sign of a high end frame.
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Old 04-30-17, 12:24 PM
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Ok, thanks. Worst case scenario I suppose I could part it out for a profit.
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Does it seem like an odd mix of parts? That Sugino crank looks kind of 70s.
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I'd pay $99 for the bike and ask questions later.
This! ^^
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Ok, I think I'll buy it. This looks like a fun time.
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I agree it is not a Trek this level 80's Trek would have pantos on the seat cluster and Trek dropouts. As for value it is still worth more than the asking price and looks like to be a solid mid level or better bike that should make a good rider for a bigger rider 6' +.
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What size frame do you guys think it is? I'm 5'7" and ride a 58cm frame with plenty of seatpost showing. I have a 32" inseam.
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Could be an early tx900. Looks like a fastback seat stay and the cutout in the lugs are right.
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It looks to be about 60cm so it might be a bit too big but if it's close and you ride 58cm I would check it out in person, it's hard to tell, it is obviously too big for the current owner based on the seat position.
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Brian3069, I just searched Trek TX900 and they all seem to have clamp on cable guides on the top tube. I suppose these could have been brazed on during the repaint?
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
Could be an early tx900. Looks like a fastback seat stay and the cutout in the lugs are right.
+ 1, that's what I was guessing when I first saw the bike.
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Brian3069, I just searched Trek TX900 and they all seem to have clamp on cable guides on the top tube. I suppose these could have been brazed on during the repaint?
This could easily be a high end Trek that has been repainted and modded or it might not be. My guess is that this is a pretty nice bike. The parts alone are worth the asking price. It is also likely too big but it will make a fine flip. I like bikes where I can sell the frame for the asking price or better and harvest the parts. There are parts worth harvesting on this bike.
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What size frame do you guys think it is? I'm 5'7" and ride a 58cm frame with plenty of seatpost showing. I have a 32" inseam.
I'm just guessing minimum 60 CM or more, best I can tell from pics. Measure it after you've bought it
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Good grief, why can't this pop up near me? My size and I'd love to add that frame to my Trek collection.
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Looks like a Trek 700 (maybe 720) series of about 1980. Probably has a silver-brazed double-butted 531 tubeset, but not the real high-end Trek embossed forkset and chainstays that the pre-1977 frames had. Still a very nice frame, with a mish-mash of parts fitted later. The frame ALONE is worth $150, if true and straight. Snap it up as quickly as you can; those larger frame sizes are not common, and if you are tall, you can't find a better deal in a classic frame for that price range. These frames WILL be very collectible someday.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Looks like a Trek 700 (maybe 720) series of about 1980. Probably has a silver-brazed double-butted 531 tubeset, but not the real high-end Trek embossed forkset and chainstays that the pre-1977 frames had. Still a very nice frame, with a mish-mash of parts fitted later. The frame ALONE is worth $150, if true and straight. Snap it up as quickly as you can; those larger frame sizes are not common, and if you are tall, you can't find a better deal in a classic frame for that price range. These frames WILL be very collectible someday.
They didn't make a 700 or 720 then, and if they did it wouldn't have had fastback stays.
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Never seen a tx900 but generally pre 80 treks had riveted badges, this head tube appears smooth. Maybe filled in the repaint. Otherwise somebody could have slapped a trek decal on there post paint.

edit everything else points to a tx900, a rare and valuable find. Looks like a 22.5in/57cm good for 5'10+- riders. As per the order sheet you could get braze ons added. sloar is right, you can see two holes in one of those shots. Hope you picked it up, nice find man!

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Never seen a tx900 but generally pre 80 treks had riveted badges, this head tube appears smooth. Maybe filled in the repaint. Otherwise somebody could have slapped a trek decal on there post paint.
On the third image you can see a hole, I think the bottom hole is hid by the cable.
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I contacted the seller yesterday and have not heard back. As of two days ago he said the bike is still available, and I told him I was interested.
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On a humorous note, the sell of his eBay linked frame offered it to me for $500 several months have before the auction. I told him I'd go $360. He refused.
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I'm meeting the seller in a couple days. He says it's a 22.5" frame, measured from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube. It looks bigger, we'll see. If that's it's true size it should fit me pretty well.
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And he sold it out from under me. Which one of you was it?
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And he sold it out from under me. Which one of you was it?
A friend of mine bought it, he claimed its a 78 tx900. He said the Record pedals were a nice bonus. I contacted him yesterday with the plans of picking it up, but he wasn't available and I had to work today. I really didn't need another project.
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