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vintage trek, steel frame, $130, good deal?

Old 06-11-17, 09:53 AM
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vintage trek, steel frame, $130, good deal?

Hi.

Yesterday I saw a vintage trek, sport racing bike at pawn shop, $130, is it a good catch?

I remember the name was cronus (?) with exage real derailure.

Thanks.

Dan
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Old 06-11-17, 10:03 AM
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Go back and see if there was a model number. Most Trek steel is good!
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Old 06-11-17, 10:57 AM
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Sure it wasn't a Cirrus? Don't know of any steel Treks named Cronus. There was a Gary Fisher Cronus, but that was a carbon fiber frame if memory serves.
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Didn't Camagnolo have a Chronos groupset? Maybe he just saw the name on a component.

Need pic for identification, but if even what half of what you say is true, I find it hard to believe that it's worth any less than $130.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Didn't Camagnolo have a Chronos groupset? Maybe he just saw the name on a component.

Need pic for identification, but if even what half of what you say is true, I find it hard to believe that it's worth any less than $130.
Campagnolo had and still has a "Chorus" Gruppo, but I don't think they had "Chronos". At least I don't remember that model line name from them.
Modolo had "Kronos" components,but those were very expensive (frankly, way overpriced, even today) and I think limited production aero components (brakeset and shift levers).
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Hi.

today I went to the place and took a photo. It is trek kronos. showed in "Made in Taiwan". Thanks.

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Old 06-13-17, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by leilin View Post
Hi.

today I went to the place and took a photo. It is trek kronos. showed in "Made in Taiwan". Thanks.

Dan
That would be a Giant Kronos. Where are you getting Trek from?
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It pretty clearly says "GIANT" on the down tube, so I don't think it's a Trek.

BikePedia says the 1996 Giant Kronos was TIG-welded 4130 chromoly with a unicrown fork, and that description matches your photos. MSRP new was $650.
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Old 06-13-17, 07:21 PM
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sorry for my bad memory. If I said the trek then all you guys would have figured out it was 'kronos' not the 'cornos' I claimed.

anyway, is it a good catch for $130?

Thanks.

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Old 06-13-17, 07:23 PM
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sorry, I have been on too much beer.

I should say this:

If I had indicated 'giant' instead of 'trek', you guys would have figured out already it was an "KRONOS"

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I would say very solid bike for OK price should make great rider.
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oh, by looking at the pics, anyone could tell me if the bike has a cro-moly fork?

Thanks.

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Old 06-13-17, 07:46 PM
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Scooper gave you the link to the Kronos listed on bikepedia. Yes, it's a 4130 chromoly unicrown fork per that link.
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I see lugs on that frame. Earlier ones were lugged.
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That's a good price for a bicycle with a 4130 frame. If you are looking for a rider and the bike fits, this is a solid deal.
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I see bar end shifters on the bike just next to it. I wonder what that is.
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I have a lugged version. PURPLE Bought with missing wheelset and some parts. Tho a nice riding bike/the drops were steel! So put on what I had. Well worth their price for a rider.
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i paid $80 on CL for a TREK 420 that was actually a TREK last year.
if your potential GIANT (that's not a TREK) doesn't need any work, then $130 is probably OK.
I am thinking my bike and your potential bike are of similar value ~ sport/touring bikes; decent bikes when sold new without being high end -ish.

I just sold a Schwinn Paramount PDG2 (made in Japan of TANGE steel, lugged frame, similar fork) ~ it needed no work and was ready to ride. I got about $320 for it w/ 8-spd STI shifting, Shimano Ultegra 600 group of components.

if you don't have a steel bike, and the GIANT fits, this could be a good way to try out steel and make upgrades over time - like maybe go to dual pivot side pull breaks for one.

my two cents - worth half that adjusted for inflation.
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I see bar end shifters on the bike just next to it. I wonder what that is.
I didn't that the first time for this thread but it caught my this time.
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A quick glance at the cables and it obviously needs some work. If you can do that work, fine, if not, keep looking. If what I can see needs maintenance, then its pretty much a guarantee what I can't see will need maintenance. Old rusty cables = bike has not been maintained, which is not unusual. But given it is now 20 years old, its going to need some. What can't I see? Condition of wheel hubs, bottom bracket, and headset. Chances are, they will all need maintenance and sometimes replacement is the remedy.

I've never seen a pawn store bike that didn't need some TLC.

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