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Trying to decide what to do with Trek 9700 OCLV

Old 10-16-23, 11:16 AM
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Trying to decide what to do with Trek 9700 OCLV

Bike is complete but for wheels. I think it is the 1996 model, at the time heraled as the lightest production mountain bike in the world. I don't care for carbon, but I like the groupset for modernizing a more vintage bike... but I feel kinda bad because, paint wear and all, it is still hard to find one with all the original components.

What would be the value as-is? Nice components, definitely needs a rewiring of cables. What would be the value of just the frame/fork?







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AFAIK, there is little to no market for early carbon MTBs -- so likely not much value in this frame and fork. Maybe somewhere down the line there will be demand for these that will drive the value up, but right now I think you'd be lucky to get $100-$150 for the f/f/hs.
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I'd say closer to $60-80 for the frame and fork.

The Deore LX and STX components are not worth that much either. You can see those prices easy enough on eBay.
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Originally Posted by katsup
I'd say closer to $60-80 for the frame and fork.

The Deore LX and STX components are not worth that much either. You can see those prices easy enough on eBay.
Yeah, but putting one together can get pricey in a hurry with separate shippings involved. To me it is not a bad start to modernize an 80's MTB frame. Heck the cantis alone seem to be north $60 on eBay plus shipping. I rather keep them.
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Originally Posted by abdon
Yeah, but putting one together can get pricey in a hurry with separate shippings involved. To me it is not a bad start to modernize an 80's MTB frame. Heck the cantis alone seem to be north $60 on eBay plus shipping. I rather keep them.
Not sure where you got that brake value from, but the BR-MC32 brakes are only worth around $20-$25 for the set. Link to sold listings
Most people want want XT (which are worth $50-$60) or XTR brakes.

Id agree on keeping the components for another build.
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why not get a wheelset for it - complete remaining build - and ride it ?

could be a great all-around / multi-purpose bike
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My Mt Fuji would get jealous...


as a steel lugged snob I find it to be the better bike but I'm not against modernizing a different bike
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I'd put a set of wheels on it and ride it for the sake of experiencing how it rode. It was a very forward design/build at the time. After riding it..if you don't like it, sell it intact on ebay. Someone is looking for this bike and will pay a reasonable price for it(and pay for shipping). It only takes one buyer.

I'm also a steel guy(the slot your 9700 or Fuji fills in my house is a 2001 Bianchi Grizzly..super nice bike), but for the sake of a wheelset..it would be worth a nod to the 9700. I'm not a fan of the "finding nice bikes and parting them out to make small money" schtick.

fwiw..I found a '92 Trek 8900 in great (original, near showroom) shape last year and built it into a drop bar gravel/do-all vacation home bike just to see how it handles. So far, with just a couple hundred miles in, it's a nice bike. Stiffer than steel(it's an Al/carbon composite frame), but I run 2 inch street tires on it (Schwalbe Marathon Supremes) on it..we'll see how it rides with more miles.
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I don't wanna take it apart to make small money, I wanna take it apart to loot the groupset for my own evil purposes.

I agree with you but it is damn if you do, damn if you don't. Often the situation is such that lets say this frame is worth $100, and if I sell it with all the parts I may get $120. Well the parts are worth a whole lot more to me than $20 to me.
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I agree about vintage carbon, not at all popular in the marketplace. I had a near mint Cadex CFR2 that I couldn't sell for love or money, so I wound up looting it for some pretty nice parts for other projects, although I did feel bad about it, but hey, if it's not your size? Kept the parts and sent the frame and fork to my local scrapper\bike guy.
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Shame that so few people appreciate the early OCLV frames for their merits. In that 1997 German Tour magazine-sponsored fatigue test of 13 high-end frames, only Trek's OCLV frame and Cannondale and Principia aluminum frames made it through the testing without failing, and the OCLV frame was quite a bit lighter than the aluminum frames. (All the steel and titanium frames failed the testing.) Trek was truly ahead of their time with that frame.
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The parts on that 9700, while good,very functional, and upper-mid tier Shimano, are surprisingly "average". Seems odd for such a high end model. My 8900, a lesser bike in their lineup, is all XT and XTR. Wonder what the logic behind the parts was at the time..
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Yeah, it is strange that the mix and matched so many components on their top of the line bike. SRAM shifters, dia compe brake levers, Shimano bits from different lines, it was indeed a weird choice of parts.
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I sold a similar era Trek 9900 carbon frame (bare, no fork) within the last year for $300 on eBay.
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Nice frame, and pretty decent shape for the age.
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I love STX stuff. Looks great and works pretty darn well. That said, it has very little value...as is most stuff right now.

LX and STX RDs are my go to for giveaway bikes. They work great in friction or 7 speed index. I have a stick pile of each.
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Anyone can walk into a store and buy a new bike, but it's fun cranking around on very capable older bike with random parts from other builds. I paid $250 for this bike minus wheels, tires, seat, and seat post. I mostly use as a spare bike for guests. It's such a unique color and i just dig the overall design. If you are needing to sell it, post it for $250 and see if it goes. I'd keep it cuz it's turbo cool. I have the original catalog from 96' these ran between $1,350 - $2,400. Not a cheap bike at the time.

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Originally Posted by abdon
Yeah, it is strange that the mix and matched so many components on their top of the line bike. SRAM shifters, dia compe brake levers, Shimano bits from different lines, it was indeed a weird choice of parts.
This bike is not stock, which isn't surprising for a bike of it's age. Stuff breaks, and people replace it. Sometimes, it's whatever works, not whatever is best.

I'm still riding my 1999 9900 frame, currently living a second life as a singlespeed. It's a ton of fun!
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
I love STX stuff. Looks great and works pretty darn well. That said, it has very little value...as is most stuff right now.

LX and STX RDs are my go to for giveaway bikes. They work great in friction or 7 speed index. I have a stick pile of each.
ditto

I have one bike with complete STX RC components - and the operation / shifting are outstanding … initially surprised me

for reference - I also have early XT and XTR bikes and more recent XT bike
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Originally Posted by Eric F
This bike is not stock, which isn't surprising for a bike of it's age. Stuff breaks, and people replace it. Sometimes, it's whatever works, not whatever is best.

I'm still riding my 1999 9900 frame, currently living a second life as a singlespeed. It's a ton of fun!
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