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1984 Trek 890

Old 04-23-18, 11:21 AM
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1984 Trek 890

So i find myself in the usual dilemma with too many bikes, and this time the trek 890 has to go. I know this is a pretty rare, 1984 only trek model. But I am struggling with what I could/should ask for it.

In my eyes the 890 seems like an obscure model that only a collector would want, otherwise it gets lost among all the other low-end hybrids out there. Any c&v experts want to weigh in?
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Local sale or eBay? Local sale it would likely go for a small fraction of what an eBay sale would go for. Of course, eBay has all the fees and you would have to pack and ship at a reasonable price.

I picked up a very similar 1984 Trek 850 at a silly low price that lingered on Denver C/L for a while. Overall, I would consider the 850 is a more desirable model with Suntour XCII pedals, 531 frame, Dearhead derailleurs, early anodized 600 crankset, etc.

In the end, its an old MTB and short of finding someone that appreciates it, the value is remarkably low.

Condition is everything, so without pictures I have now idea.

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Finally got around to taking pictures. Everything is original except for the tires and saddle. The frame is in ok shape, but could use some touch up in a few areas. Other than that, it's a smoooooth riding machine.
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Pretty bike, and it looks my size....

I'm by no means an expert, but I'd expect to see it at around $300-$400 on Craigslist or $400-$500 on eBay. The hardest part would be getting it to stand out as something special, especially on CL.

I am basing my pricing on 90s mountain bikes as most of my experience is with those, plus a little for being Reynolds 501.
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Oh, man is that a Stronglight B10 headset? I acquired a used fork the other day that came with one of those. We don't need no stinking headset installation tools, no, we don't! Just snapped them suckers in.

It's really smooth, but I'm not quite sure what to make of plastic headsets. Well, a gram here and a gram there and pretty soon you've got an ounce.

edit: Seriously, that's a pretty looking bike with what appears to be a nice lugged frame.

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Old 04-28-18, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
Oh, man is that a Stronglight B10 headset? I acquired a used fork the other day that came with one of those. We don't need no stinking headset installation tools, no, we don't! Just snapped them suckers in.

It's really smooth, but I'm not quite sure what to make of plastic headsets. Well, a gram here and a gram there and pretty soon you've got an ounce.

edit: Seriously, that's a pretty looking bike with what appears to be a nice lugged frame.
It is indeed a strong light b10! I was really surprised to see a roller bearing headset when I originally picked the bike up, but apparently it was oem.

That's interesting that the cups snap right in. It must have made assembly much easier for the manufacturer. I would say over 30 years is pretty good longevity for a headset, even if the cups we're metal.
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Originally Posted by morri869 View Post
It is indeed a strong light b10! I was really surprised to see a roller bearing headset when I originally picked the bike up, but apparently it was oem.

That's interesting that the cups snap right in. It must have made assembly much easier for the manufacturer. I would say over 30 years is pretty good longevity for a headset, even if the cups we're metal.
You've got the little roller bearings each sandwiched between a couple of metal races so it's not like the bearings are rolling on a plastic surface. No matter that the idea seems odd, can't argue with successful long term service, unlike some other plastic bits on bicycles.
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nice looking bike
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