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Trek 420 frame w/many original bits

Old 02-03-09, 06:14 PM
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Trek 420 frame w/many original bits

I'm watching this frame on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tab%3DWatching

Looking to hack off all the braze-ons and paint it flat black...uh, I mean...build it up as a nice century bike with some parts I have on hand.

With shipping it's already at $98 and I'm wondering how much higher (if at all) is too high. I'm thinking no more than another $20 - $30. Am I in the ballpark?

Re: those parts: a Mavic/Shimano 700c wheelset w/8 speed cassette, SunTour Cyclone derailleurs, plus some clamp on downtube shifters. Not sure about that half step chainring setup: maybe look for a more conventional triple - Biopace, perhaps (have Biopace on my MTB beater & like it).

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Old 02-03-09, 06:20 PM
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I don't know what year it is but I spent over $100 just for a 1980 trek 400 frame and am still looking for one that rode as smooth. when i find the ******* that stole it...

Anyway I'ld go to $150ish easy with whats included.

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A complete, original (1990) Trek 420, 49 cm, went for around $150 in this area last fall. A 1982, Trek 412, 49 cm went for around $150 last fall. Prices have risen since then. Unless the bottom drops out of the market, I expect these same bikes will be approaching $200 (in the spring). If I wanted it, I would not be afraid to go to $150 total for that frame. But that's if you're looking for a keeper, not a flipper. For a flipper, you're close to the end point right now.
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I just sold a 412 for $175, probably could have gotten a little more. It was in really good shape. But it was complete.

I paid $120 for my complete, keeper, Univega Gran Turismo (Craigs List, local pickup). This Trek will probably go for that much (when you include shipping) and it is not complete. And the Univega has canti brakes (better for touring). The Univega was on Atlanta's Craigs List for almost two weeks.... Buyers tend to favor Trek over Univega of course.

I would only bid on this frame if you have a cheap donor in hand, as otherwise, you will quickly exceed what I have seen decent touring bikes going for.

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Wrk101 - $120 for a touring bike w/cantis is an incredible deal. I wouldn't use that price point as a frame of reference.

But that's the thing about trying to price C&V bikes. I've bought a bike and then a few weeks later found the same bike for less than half of what I paid. Was the first, more expensive bike, overpriced? No. But in a market where many sellers don't know what they have, great deals can be found, but I don't bother to hold out for them, since ya never know when one is going to show up.
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Originally Posted by digitalbicycle View Post
...great deals can be found, but I don't bother to hold out for them, since ya never know when one is going to show up.
Exactly. That 49cm $50 Paramount hasn't shown up on Detroit CL or at any thrifts hereabouts yet, and I don't have the time to haunt all the garage sales.

And I have everything I need on hand to build the bike back up including tires, except a replacement for that "half step" crankset. With luck I can make a trade with a CVer. (Anyone have a Biopace triple?)

And yes, if I win it it's going to be a keeper: my century/fair weather commute/smell-the-roses rider. Thanks!
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The overall bike looks to be in pretty fair shape but with over four more days left in the auction I believe your hopes of getting it for under $100 plus shipping might be misplaced. I've seen beat-up similar models go for that price or higher, but then I've been wrong a lot in my life. I do wonder if that is the original headbadge as that's the original model which Trek replaced in 82-83, but there certainly could have been some overstock lying around that went on later models.

Finally, based on the 9-digit serial number on the seat tube this is not an American-made Trek, but a Japanese-made frame built for Trek and finished off in their Wisconsin factory; according to the vintage-trek.com website: "During about 1984, a 9 digit, all numeric serial number was used for some mid- to lower-level Trek road bikes that were made in Japan. Many or all of these begin with a 4." Good luck in the auction and I hope you steal it cheap and build it the way you want.
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