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Trek 1500 bonded frame

Old 06-02-20, 01:47 PM
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Trek 1500 bonded frame

What do the more knowledgeable bike folk think the frame is worth? Thanks




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Round tube aluminum Trek frame with a cromoly fork, $75-100, assuming no dings, dents or other issues. Adjust upwards for pandemic pricing if applicable in your area.
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What he said.

I sold a complete 1200 for $225 in 2014.
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In my area - you would be lucky to get $75 for that bike as it sits --- the frame is next to worthless unless you are looking for the unicorn who wants just that exact frame for some reason
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I did sell a gorgeous 1000 for the frame. I sold the bike complete. The components were mostly junk, Took a couple months but it sold for $120 as is. I remember telling the buyer to throw away the derailleur.


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And the black and pink one that had 105 Comps that sold for $225. (Do not ask why my digital camera loves to exaggerate the seat position )

Funny, some people would blurt out their love, or disdain for this bike. A mother bought it for her teenage son. Shrug.

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Round tube aluminum Treks - with Easton or Alcoa tubing - are nice frames. The ride quality is more compliant than you'd think for aluminum, but not so much that you'd complain. Sleepers IMHO.

The later Alpha Aluminum series with the triangular section downtube, not so much. I feel Trek took a wrong turn here, tuning the ride toward stiffness instead. Great if you're racing and shaving times, not so great if you're a recreational rider and trying to pile on miles in relative comfort.
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The 1200 road nice, and the reach was not bad at all. Vintage roadies and the streets around here don't get along. And Matrix rims....meh.
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And Matrix rims....meh.
Trek's Matrix rims had better seams than most of the European rims of that era. Araya rims were surprisingly good in the '80s, too.

They did have a period in the mid-'80s when the wheels shipped with their bikes were undertensioned out of the box. I asked the Trek area sales rep about the problem, and he admitted that they didn't have enough people in house to keep up with building both the bikes and the wheels, so for a little while they had farmed the wheel-building out to senior centers near their factory in Waterloo. Trek versus arthritis---arthritis won.
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The 660 I had from the same time period had Mavic MA 40's which were excellent!
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