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2007 Trek 1000SL for a newbie

Old 11-30-20, 11:40 AM
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2007 Trek 1000SL for a newbie

Hello. Newbie here so I'm not sure what is considered class or vintage. Anyhow, I am a new rider who currently owns a Trek Marlin 5. I do love the bike but I feel like I need/want a road bike for my impromptu afternoon rides around our area. Anyhow, I found a seller of a 2007 Trek 1000SL in Flare Dualtone color scheme. I know this bike is an entry level bike when introduced with lower-end components. However for my intended usage, I don't think I need to spend more money on something that I really don't "need" so this may be the right thing for me...

Anyhow, the seller is firm on the asking price of $125. I will be traveling on hour this afternoon to check out the bike. Should I still try to ask for a lower price, or $125 sounds fair given that the bike is in "good" rideable condition?

Thank you.
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Old 11-30-20, 06:07 PM
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It's a good price. You'll want to verify that you can shift into every gear. Shimano brifters (brake/shift levers) tend to gum up when not used. You can free them with solvent followed by lubricant, but it's best to start with working brifters if at all possible.
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If it looks good its a deal. In 07 they were selling for around 650-700.00
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[QUOTE=bargainguy;21812610]It's a
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It's a good price. You'll want to verify that you can shift into every gear. Shimano brifters (brake/shift levers) tend to gum up when not used. You can free them with solvent followed by lubricant, but it's best to start with working brifters if at all possible.

Yup. Tried to shift both front and rear and TBH, based on my lowly standards, I think it is buttery smooth compared to my Marlin 5 but a slight tune will help. Both brifters were working just fine, but I'm sure a good cleaning will only help gain some improvements...anyhow, I was a little bummed out that the bike tires were deflated and I wasn't able to test ride it...it's a 56cm frame and i stand close to 5'10 so I'm hoping the size just fits me alright... according to the numerous search kn google, 56cm should theoretically fit me, but i knowbit only stands true once I actually ride it...

apparently this was bought new by the seller back in 07 but he claimed it was ridden less than 500 miles. There are cosmetic nuisances but no damage. I'm hoping the tires are stil useable...no drycrack or anything... those little spikes are still on the sidewall so it may very well be a seldomly ridden bike... now I have to get some air pump that accommodate a presta valve...

really cant wait to try it out...
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6 mos of riding

Really pleased with the purchase. I've been riding it for almost six months now except during extreme hot/cold Temps here in NoVA. On average I've been riding it for about 12 miles per outing in about an hours time. I would have prefer to stay out longer but having a growing family, I have to keep priorities straight. I'm now looking into getting my son his road bike so him and I can ride together. He currently try rides a 24in MTB which he will outgrow probably after this summer season is over.

Anyhow, I was wondering what essential upgrades can I do with the bike if I intend to keep it as long as I can. Is it possible to just swap out the brifter to something more modern?
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Old 06-09-21, 03:32 PM
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The 2007 came with a 3x8 Tiagra/Sora drivetrain with Sora brifters. You can upgrade the brifters if you want, but I'd stick with what you've got unless they don't work well or you don't like the ergonomics.
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I think it more of the ergonomics. I'm perfectly fine with the 8x3 on it right now but I guess I want a more modern shifter... is there one that is compatible with the current components I currently have?
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Old 06-10-21, 03:10 PM
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Pretty much any of the current Shimano 3x8 drive train parts and shifter's will work. Also if your looking for something a bit more ergonomic for a fairly good price you can get the Microshift 8speed brifter's which are fairly nice for about $100 new.
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