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Old 07-06-21, 01:48 PM
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1990 Trek 750 Value

Getting ready to buy a '90 750, but I'm not sure about the seller's asking price. Their asking $400 and from the photos it looks like it's in mint condition, but I was hoping to get a couple other opinions if it's priced too high.

Upgrades are Nitto Losco bars and Suntour Power Rachet thumbies, otherwise it's stock.

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Originally Posted by dae91n View Post
Getting ready to buy a '90 750, but I'm not sure about the seller's asking price. Their asking $400 and from the photos it looks like it's in mint condition, but I was hoping to get a couple other opinions if it's priced too high.

Upgrades are Nitto Losco bars and Suntour Power Rachet thumbies, otherwise it's stock.

Thanks!
A few years ago I would've said it was a bit high but still fair. In today's market I would say I'm shocked it hasn't sold yet.
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Thank for for helping me with the photos!
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A few years ago I would've said it was a bit high but still fair. In today's market I would say I'm shocked it hasn't sold yet.
After seeing the pics I stand by my original statement.
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For my personal taste, that's too much. But if it's exactly what you want, then probably fine. Sometimes it's good to remember there's opportunity costs in lost riding time and time wasted trying to find a better deal.

As a comp, and I'm in a decently hot market, I was able to find a trek 950 for $180 that had been listed a few days. Seller took $160 for it. My friend rode that for a little while for school, I then sold it for $195 a few weeks ago, posted on a Friday, sold on Tuesday.

More patience and you can find a better deal.
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Depends on location. I purchased two 750s a few years back..one for $150, one for $100. The $100 one was a near showroom, all original, lugged '91. I sold the $150 one for $150.

I've watched 750's since (in combination with another ongoing search for a number of models)...in Wisconsin, MN, IL, MI...$400 is high, even with the covid-bump. There's a nice looking 750 in Chicago(CL) that's listed at $400 and the ad is a month+ old. Anything over $300 in this region and they sit on CL for a long time. What's it worth?? In this region, if it was in really good shape, I'd go $250 if I really wanted it. If you're looking for a hybrid, to be ridden as a hybrid, you can find Trek 7.5 FX's for $400...and the 7.5 will be a considerably more modern and agile ride. 750's make nice gravel bikes (my GF tours on a drop-bar converted '91 750) as they are good/comfortable reasonably light weight frames and that can handle 38-40mm tires...and steel of course.

If you're planning on making form-changes to the bike (DB conversion, changing shifters.....) this bike is probably Suntour equipped(if original)...depending on which direction you go, you may well run into compatibility issues.
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fwiw..after seeing habe's comments..I picked up a '93 Trek 970 a couple years ago (DB converted & now my touring bike) that was in showroom condition, threadless stem(OEM), Shimano XT group(OEM) for $350...and that was high at the time, but I wanted it and a few bucks here or there didn't matter to me. I subsequently sold some of its parts and the bike's net cost was under $300. MUCH more bike than a 750. The DB conversion took an hour as everything was compatible with the new 3x7 brifters I mounted on it.
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Is it your size? I do not see a lot of tall frame non-suspension mountain bikes in my area.

If I did not have another bike to ride, did not collect bicycles, and needed something now,
I might be tempted by the good condition of the bike but the price would put me off.

Do you really like this one? If you do buy it, don't have regrets over the price. Nice bike.
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You'll regret letting it get away, far longer than the memory of how much you spent. A lugged steel Trek from that era is a keeper, and 750s don't come up as often as others. Buy it now, love it forever.
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Old 07-06-21, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by fishboat View Post
..you can find Trek 7.5 FX's for $400...
Yeah, but that's just a generic, mass market, aluminum bike with whatever features they were putting on it at that time. The '90 750 with its lugged DB full chromoly frame is special. Not even in the same category.
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I would say that agree with other posters, in the past that might be $150 overpriced, but for where the used market is that's fair. The steel frame and friction shifters will serve you well and will be reliable/unfiddly.
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I think that price is aggressive. That said, the supply of high end vintage hybrids and mountain bikes has largely disappeared on my local CL and Facebook marketplace. This is a quality bike and you may not find another. I don't see a lot of the lugged Trek hybrids popping often.

That price bugs me though. Those are cheesy pedals for a $400. That looks to be a suntour cassette on the rear wheel. If that goes south on you, it will be difficult and expensive to find a replacement. You may find it cheaper in that case to just go with a new wheel and friction shifting. Those look like friction suntour shifters in any case.

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...That looks to be a suntour cassette on the rear wheel. If that goes south on you, it will be difficult and expensive to find a replacement. You may find it cheaper in that case to just go with a new wheel and friction shifting. Those look like friction suntour shifters in any case.
A '90 Trek 750 should have a freewheel, not a cassette. My '91 750 did. There are still Shimano and other freewheels available, but I just put an entirely new set of wheels on mine, with an 8 speed cassette. I'm using Dia-Compe bar end friction shifters.

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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese View Post
A '90 Trek 750 should have a freewheel, not a cassette. My '91 750 did. There are still Shimano and other freewheels available, but I just put an entirely new set of wheels on mine, with an 8 speed cassette. I'm using Dia-Compe bar end friction shifters.
Agreed, it's it's a freewheel, that's a plus as they are easy to replace.
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I would say that agree with other posters, in the past that might be $150 overpriced, but for where the used market is that's fair. The steel frame and friction shifters will serve you well and will be reliable/unfiddly.
I sold the exact bike in 2010 for $175. It was in perfect condition, my size, and thought selling it was one of the dumbest things I did as far as bikes go. I paid $20 for it.

That bike shares the same frame geometry as the Trek 520............
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I think that price is aggressive. That said, the supply of high end vintage hybrids and mountain bikes has largely disappeared on my local CL and Facebook marketplace. This is a quality bike and you may not find another. I don't see a lot of the lugged Trek hybrids popping often.

That price bugs me though. Those are cheesy pedals for a $400. That looks to be a suntour cassette on the rear wheel. If that goes south on you, it will be difficult and expensive to find a replacement. You may find it cheaper in that case to just go with a new wheel and friction shifting. Those look like friction suntour shifters in any case.
Not to mention all the fake ads. People won't even bother with CL many times.
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I think that price is aggressive. That said, the supply of high end vintage hybrids and mountain bikes has largely disappeared on my local CL and Facebook marketplace. This is a quality bike and you may not find another. I don't see a lot of the lugged Trek hybrids popping often.

That price bugs me though. Those are cheesy pedals for a $400. That looks to be a suntour cassette on the rear wheel. If that goes south on you, it will be difficult and expensive to find a replacement. You may find it cheaper in that case to just go with a new wheel and friction shifting. Those look like friction suntour shifters in any case.
Those are the original spec pedals. I have a 90 750 I bought used in 91 for $165, $400 seems like a high price but these are strange times for used bike prices.





Lugged 750s seem to be hard to find and one in this condition in my opinion is even harder to find, the tires are probably original too.

I love the way mine rides and these are a good candidate for a wheel/drive train upgrade with modern components.

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Thanks everyone! I decided to pass on the 750 and a few days later a 2002 (2003?) Surly Cross Check was posted for sale on Facebook Marketplace. It's in great condition, mostly stock and aside from some peeling clear coat on the underside of the top tube, it looks and rides great. I appreciate everyone's input and if another 750 comes around in the future I might pick it up then.
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Thanks everyone! I decided to pass on the 750 and a few days later a 2002 (2003?) Surly Cross Check was posted for sale on Facebook Marketplace. It's in great condition, mostly stock and aside from some peeling clear coat on the underside of the top tube, it looks and rides great. I appreciate everyone's input and if another 750 comes around in the future I might pick it up then.
How much for the Surly.

The 750 is nice and as much as I wish I kept the one I had $400 is a dreamer price.
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It looks fantastic!
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Originally Posted by dae91n View Post
Getting ready to buy a '90 750, but I'm not sure about the seller's asking price. Their asking $400 and from the photos it looks like it's in mint condition, but I was hoping to get a couple other opinions if it's priced too high.

Upgrades are Nitto Losco bars and Suntour Power Rachet thumbies, otherwise it's stock.

Thanks!
great looking bike for a fair price
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