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Old 11-21-22, 01:34 PM
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Vintage Trek is down, or I'd look it up myself. The other bike is a 1997 Mongoose Switchback, all Tange cromo. Ad here.

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Old 11-21-22, 04:40 PM
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Looks like a repaint, and not a very good one. Downtube decal is not original: "Trek" didn't appear in that font/style till years later.

Honestly, looks a bit of a mess, and I wouldn't be tempted further. Lots of Trek hybrids out there in better shape.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Looks like a repaint, and not a very good one. Downtube decal is not original: "Trek" didn't appear in that font/style till years later.

Honestly, looks a bit of a mess, and I wouldn't be tempted further. Lots of Trek hybrids out there in better shape.
Not around here, and certainly not in my size. Thanks for the repaint idea; it explains why I couldn't find it on Vintage Trek (via the Wayback Machine for the moment). It also explains how the chainstay paint got damaged. I'm going to try to see it in person, see what's what. Thanks again.
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It's a early 90's bottom end model for Trek as indicated by the steel bars stem and cheap resign pedals yet for $60 for 2 complete bikes it seems a good deal.

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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Vintage Trek is down, or I'd look it up myself. The other bike is a 1997 Mongoose Switchback, all Tange cromo. Ad here.
Site has been down for a few days, wonder when it is to to get concerned? That is such a great resource.
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Old 11-22-22, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by SoCaled View Post
Site has been down for a few days, wonder when it is to to get concerned? That is such a great resource.
Yes, I'm trying to not freak out.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
It's a early 90's bottom end model for Trek as indicated by the steel bars stem and cheap resign pedals yet for $60 for 2 complete bikes it seems a good deal.
I'm starting to think the Mongoose might be the better bike, something I never thought I'd say. Good thing it's too big for me.
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Mongoose actually made some pretty nice bikes in the 80's and 90's including top end BMX and MTB's along with some nicer road bikes.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Mongoose actually made some pretty nice bikes in the 80's and 90's including top end BMX and MTB's along with some nicer road bikes.
Bicycle Bluebook specs it with Shimano Altus

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Component Group
Shimano Altus
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7-speed, 11 - 28 teeth

Crankset
Shimano Altus, 24/34/42 teeth
Shift Levers
Grip Shift MRX-170

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Hubs
Front: Mongoose Vector Pull, Rear: Shimano AceraX
Rims
Weinmann 519, 36-hole
Tires
26 x 1.95inch Mongoose Dual Sport

Handlebar
Mongoose flat
Handlebar Stem
Mongoose Comfort rise

Saddle
Mongoose Comfort
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Mongoose alloy micro-adjust, 26.2 mm diameter

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Shimano Altus brakes, Mongoose 3-finger levers

Frameset
BB Shell Width
68mm English
Frame Construction
TIG-welded
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1inch Mongoose Sealed
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While not top end this Mongoose should be a solid nice riding basic hard frame and if in good shape is actually a bit nicer bike than the Trek worth more than the asking price if your just looking for a basic rider.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
While not top end this Mongoose should be a solid nice riding basic hard frame and if in good shape is actually a bit nicer bike than the Trek worth more than the asking price if your just looking for a basic rider.
I already have some nice bikes, and the Mongoose is too tall for me; it looks to be at least a 19", and I ride 17". The seller has dropped them to $30. I'm still slightly tempted to go look at that Trek...
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On second glance, I don't see a chain on the Trek. It might be a parts bike only. As long as you're OK with that, go for it. But it's my experience that a bike that's been poorly painted usually has other problems - trashed or incompatible parts.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
On second glance, I don't see a chain on the Trek. It might be a parts bike only. As long as you're OK with that, go for it. But it's my experience that a bike that's been poorly painted usually has other problems - trashed or incompatible parts.
Probably. Just wish someone would rescue that Mongoose.
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