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Old 10-25-18, 10:22 AM
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Trek 750 Multi-Trak

Hello All;

I am sure this is not a new question, appreciate your support and honesty answering. My wife and I are new to biking. She has purchased a cruiser for her biking style. I have been hesitant to purchase because I have yet to find something that was within our budget and fit my needs. I'm wanting more of a road bike that could still be used on tow paths. Well, I think I found something that will support my needs but she wanted me to get some "expert" advice. The bike has been upgraded with STI Shimano Claris Shifters with barrel adjuster, Also set up with big hill gear on back cassette, heavy duty Sun CR-18 rims with 700x32 victoria randonneur tires, rear shimano deore derailer, claris crank, tektro brakes, also has the mounts on back triangle and front fork for touring rack. Seems he may have done the upgrades himself, how would I know if he may have "rigged" the components to get them to fit. Also, how easy is it to change out some of these upgrades for better ones?

Oh yeah, just in case you did not see the title - this is on a Trex 750 Multi-Trax.

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Old 10-25-18, 10:31 AM
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Trek 750 Multi-Track?

Pictures would help a lot. But don't post a link to the listing unless you want someone to snarf it up first.

A 750 is on my holy grail list and some day I'll have one (I hope).

You need to make sure it's a good fit or close to it. Frame size does matter. Do you know what size you need?

If the size ends up wrong, there's a good chance you can sell the bike along and get most of your money, as long as you didn't overpay in the first place.

And welcome to the forum!
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Yes I know the size I need. Bike is 59cm, I'm 6'1" so will fit fine. You are correct with your statement of pics and the posting. Reason why I did not post the pics because it would lead to a link. So with all the upgrades would $400.00 be a fair price. I'm not saying that I am looking for a "steal - deal". The bike is in VG condition. Basically rebuilt from ground up and it does look it. So I am ok if he is a little high since it is a complete rebuild. He mentioned having about $800.00 in it.
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Old 10-25-18, 10:51 AM
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What he said -- Trek 750s are really good bikes, great commuters and bikepacking rigs. They were basically rigid 29-ers before that was a thing. Loads of clearance for tires and, as you noted, all sorts of rack mounts. They're also good candidates for drop-bar conversions. They were the higher tier in the Trek 700 line. Not all that common to run across anymore, at least where I live.

As to your questions -- hard to tell without looking, but if the frame itself is in good shape and the price is right (I'd say a fair price is >$200 but I wouldn't be surprised to see them going for more) then I'd hop on it.

Everything else can be fixed or upgraded, even if the previous owner did a poor job.
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Old 10-25-18, 11:01 AM
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Thanks for the input. Already has the drop bars installed which is what I want. Bike itself is in really great shape. Been searching for a while for something I could do slow tow path rides with my wife, or something a little more challenging riding on the bike paths. Eventually will be looking for a full road bike.
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Old 10-25-18, 11:15 AM
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I'd like to see an itemized list that shows how he got to $800, but it's the price to you that matters so that besides the point. I'd be willing to pay somewhere between $200 and $300 for something that needed some work (as long as the frame was OK and it was rideable) so if this is all fixed up and ready to go and you like the bike and $100 either way doesn't matter to you then it seems OK. But there are plenty of people here who know prices better than I do.

A couple deal-killers to watch out for: no cracked frame; seat post not stuck; handlebar stem not stuck either if it's a quill stem. If it were me I'd take out both the seatpost and the stem to be sure. For the frame, bring a soft cloth, a flashlight and a magnifying glass.

You might think about having a bike shop look it over for you. Maybe the seller could meet you at a shop, do the inspection, then buy it depending on the result.

And if you get it, post pictures so we can drool.
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Old 10-25-18, 11:18 AM
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cpl thoughts & questions you might benefit from considering ... are you riding anything now? where did she buy her bike? who advised her? if from a bike shop have you asked there, what they suggest for you? have you ever ridden bike? what kind? have you ever ridden a drop bar bike? might want to rent a bike to see what you like. bike shops are often good about test rides if you are planning a new purchase. some bike shops sell used bikes. if you buy from a shop you won't feel guilty going back for advice & support. buying used is a risk. buying a heavily modified bike is a risk

& finally, decide what you want ... THEN shop for it
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Old 10-25-18, 11:45 AM
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Nicely prepped and upgraded bike. The rims are not heavy duty, just regular duty. You need to ride it to see if you like the fit.

https://cleveland.craigslist.org/bik...684408473.html

I am a big fan of Trek hybrid series, the 750 being probably a tru-temper steel frame. Essentially a 750 Hybrid was originally equipped with the same component package as on a Trek 850 mountain bike, Shimano STX, so I have never understood the huge premium the 750 commands over the 700 and 730 models.

However, $400 is a big number and could make it hard for you to recover your investment.]

Check the below out too, for 1/2 price.
https://cleveland.craigslist.org/bik...732357124.html
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Old 10-25-18, 11:48 AM
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If you trust that person's work, the price is high but not crazy. Yes it is higher than the bike is worth as originally spec'd but the bike appears to have been fixed up with quality parts such as the wheels, derailleurs, brakes, etc. I don't think the claris crank is an upgrade from what came on it originally but clearly a lot of work has been done on this bike and it does not look like a slap dash job.
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Old 10-25-18, 11:56 AM
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Great points. Going to look/inspect now. BTW - from the photos looks like seat and handlebars are new, may be part of the $800.00 he spent. Great idea about flashlight!
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Old 10-25-18, 02:41 PM
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The 750 is a great bike, I have the 520 touring model (same frame). Mine is the same size (23") and at 6'2" the clearance is close. Depending on your leg length, you may not have much clearance over the top bar. Make sure you are OK with that.

I'd expect to see a non upgraded, lugged 750 in the $200 range, though I have seen them go for more. I don't follow the price so of the non lugged version such as the one oddjob2 posted, but they are not as sought after. The colors do help this one though. If you love the bike, and have been looking for one, $400 would be a little high, but I'd spend it. Don't expect to get your money back in a resell as mentioned previously. Also note that the seller is firm at $500.

In your case, it sounds like this is your first bike and you may not have much experience cycling to learn what you want.
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Old 10-25-18, 05:16 PM
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I agree with oddjob. Get the Schwinn. I had a 750 and have always regretted selling it. I sold it when the market was stronger 8 years ago and it took a while and I got $175. The bike was not upgraded, but didn't need anything either.
Still, $500, You need to go to a few LBS and see what they have new, and used. I think the 750 seller is a dreamer. Especially for the Cleveland market.
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Old 10-25-18, 08:47 PM
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Old 10-25-18, 09:00 PM
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Take in consideration, that the Trek is posted on CList and other places, for more than a month.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
The 750 is a great bike, I have the 520 touring model (same frame). Mine is the same size (23") and at 6'2" the clearance is close. Depending on your leg length, you may not have much clearance over the top bar. Make sure you are OK with that.

I'd expect to see a non upgraded, lugged 750 in the $200 range, though I have seen them go for more. I don't follow the price so of the non lugged version such as the one oddjob2 posted, but they are not as sought after. The colors do help this one though.
I'm about to pick up a 750 in the same frame size 23" from a work colleague. It is a '93 I think - black with white decals. I was hoping for green, red, or white when he mentioned it but oh well. I was wondering about fitment - I'm about 6'3" so I think it should be OK as I've long legs and a short torso.
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To small.
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To small.
I'd disagree. I think Ged117 would be fine on a 23" (59cm) considering how mine fits (6'2"). 23" was their largest size according to the old Trek catalogs.


His will likely still have the flat bar.

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I'd disagree. I think Ged117 would be fine on a 23" (59cm) considering how mine fits (6'2"). 23" was their largest size according to the old Trek catalogs.


His will likely still have the flat bar.
Especially with those handlebars and stem set up the way they are. And that is obviously a different bike. I had a 750 with the tru temper frame, and a 520 with a tru temper frame from 93. The 520 was just into my groin at 25 inches and I am 5'11".
The poster will find out.
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Especially with those handlebars and stem set up the way they are. And that is obviously a different bike. I had a 750 with the tru temper frame, and a 520 with a tru temper frame from 93. The 520 was just into my groin at 25 inches and I am 5'11".
The poster will find out.
I am a little confused, the 520 and 750 were the same frame in those years. My 520 is a 1990 and I don't believe much changed by 1993. I have just enough groin clearance standing straight on my 23" and I have shorter legs / longer torso. Ged117 is 1 inch taller, so he should be in the ballpark of the right size.

For comparison, I have a 6'4" friend who has ridden my bike ~40mi with no complaints.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
I am a little confused, the 520 and 750 were the same frame in those years. My 520 is a 1990 and I don't believe much changed by 1993. I have just enough groin clearance standing straight on my 23" and I have shorter legs / longer torso. Ged117 is 1 inch taller, so he should be in the ballpark of the right size.

For comparison, I have a 6'4" friend who has ridden my bike ~40mi with no complaints.
This is the 520 I had, it was nothing like the 720 I had which was a large. If the 520 was a 23 instead of a 25 inch frame I would have kept it. I will find a pic of the 720 I had and stupidly sold.
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This is the 520 I had, it was nothing like the 720 I had which was a large. If the 520 was a 23 instead of a 25 inch frame I would have kept it. I will find a pic of the 720 I had and stupidly sold.
I understand now, I didn't catch that you owned a 25".

It really depends on the person's measurements. Judging by the way my 23" fits me, I think a 25" would be too big.
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Let's see if this works, this is exactly the same 750 I had, although a bigger size.

I don't know where people keep getting this notion that the 520, and 750 share the same frame geometry. On certain years between the two it's close, but believe me they are not the same frames.
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And lastly everybody knows your height is not enough to go on for size.
I have been banging on that zippy 2500 dug up last week that is a 58, and I am 5'11". It's just into my groin without shoes on, but since they won't let me ride buck naked around here I where shoes, and yes pants , and clear the bike with some room. And it's not uncomfortable to ride, or hop off the seat just above the top tube.
Still 6'3" is a pretty good size with long legs. And a 23". Sounds more like a 25" or better is what's needed. Ged117 will find out.
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I don't know where people keep getting this notion that the 520, and 750 share the same frame geometry. On certain years between the two it's close, but believe me they are not the same frames.
That got me curious as I always just believed what people said. I decided to compare the two:



Source: https://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...rek/90Trek.pdf

Trek made it a bit confusing with cm vs in, but converting the 23" size, it is within a .1cm difference. Trek may of rounded the cm numbers on the 520.

They call the frame on the 520 TX cro-moly while the 750 is AT. This is the biggest difference I see between the two, but I have no idea what it means.

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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
That got me curious as I always just believed what people said. I decided to compare the two:



Source: https://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...rek/90Trek.pdf

Trek made it a bit confusing with cm vs in, but converting the 23" size, it is within a .1cm difference. Trek may of rounded the cm numbers on the 520.

They call the frame on the 520 TX cro-moly while the 750 is AT. This is the biggest difference I see between the two, but I have no idea what it means.
That I do not remember. I remember even with a stronger, yet waning market it took a long time to get fair market for both bikes when I sold them.

The 91 750 wasn't close to the same as the 93 520. Nope. Especially when it comes time to sell.....
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