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Old 09-26-13, 05:30 PM
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Is this the thread that will not die?
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Is this the thread that will not die?
Yep, just like the chromoly steel Trek MTBs, the bike that will not die!
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Also - For anyone looking for a really robust tourer, I think an older large-framed MTB conversion is a really clever, economical way to go.
No. 1.
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I have four Trek 930's, my wife has a 920,I think the 900 series are great bikes. I bought one new in '95, the rest picked up here and there. One had suspension fork, changed it out for a 700c compatible rigid fork and put a 29rd front wheel on it, rides nice.
I feel they are very undervalued.
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Found a 1996 Trek 930 in decent shape for $50!
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IMHO, vintage, rigid frame MTBs, are the best deal in bicycling right now, particularly for the recreational rider. Why buy some crappastic Walmart bike, when you can buy a vintage, name brand MTB, with top end components, for about the same money?

I agree. But no rigid frame mtbs with "top end components" are coming with an XT or XTR group, or high quality wheelsets, at Walmart bike prices.
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Is this the thread that will not die?
Apparently so.
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IMHO, vintage, rigid frame MTBs, are the best deal in bicycling right now, particularly for the recreational rider. Why buy some crappastic Walmart bike, when you can buy a vintage, name brand MTB, with top end components, for about the same money?

I agree. But no rigid frame mtbs with "top end components" are coming with an XT or XTR group, or high quality wheelsets, at Walmart bike prices.
Actually, if you look diligently, Trek 850, 930, 950 mtbs or a Paramount PDG for under $100 are not too hard to find.
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Actually, if you look diligently, Trek 850, 930, 950 mtbs or a Paramount PDG for under $100 are not too hard to find.
Not for you maybe, .

They don't pop up that often, though. Even here in the wilds of Iowa, they tend to be priced north of $100. I paid $125 for my 950. The bike was in excellent shape and I thought the price was reasonable.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Not for you maybe, .

They don't pop up that often, though. Even here in the wilds of Iowa, they tend to be priced north of $100. I paid $125 for my 950. The bike was in excellent shape and I thought the price was reasonable.
Stop sleeping in bikemig, and you too can get some great deals. Lol
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I passed on a Trek 800 Sport tonight for $50. Wasn't that bad, just didn't feel like bothering with it. Needed work.

Again, if it's clean, right brand, and model it will sell. Early 90's Trek's are very popular.
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Old 10-22-16, 05:43 AM
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Stop sleeping in bikemig, and you too can get some great deals. Lol
Well if you just tell me when you wake up, I'll set my alarm clock 15 minutes earlier,
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
I passed on a Trek 800 Sport tonight for $50. Wasn't that bad, just didn't feel like bothering with it. Needed work.

Again, if it's clean, right brand, and model it will sell. Early 90's Trek's are very popular.
I have had two 900 series Trek, even the highest model 970. They are solid bikes for city commuting. However not all the alloys are the same weight even if the name was the same. One was significantly heavier than the other. Price wise, only fetched £75-85 in London. Both were in decent shape. Vintage Peugeots seem to be the it vintage bike London that is fetching top money.
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Ok thats enough for now, how about someone revive this thread in 2019?
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Trek Singletracks chromoly are awesome city urban bikes. Had 930 and 970 but the latter was markedly heavier. Paid $55 for the 930. Mate even used it on proper mtb bike challenged and outpaced guys on their £1000+ bikes. It was a sight to see as I was riding behind my mate. Vintage Peugeots are the it bikes in London.
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
Ok thats enough for now, how about someone revive this thread in 2019?
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From what I see, prices are either the same, or lower than what was listed in 2013. Then again, it depends so much on condition, location, etc.

I am in Denver, which is a hot bike market - and prices are all over the map. In the last few months I've been paying attention to the prices of these higher end vintage bikes (cro-moly, rigid, etc) and while I see asking prices all over the place, they are not necessarily indicative of selling prices.

For example, I regularly see higher end Trek 900 series bikes listed for $150-$300. But the last two I picked up were $60 and $50, respectively. Even if folks know they are high quality bikes, there is not a huge demand for these. In 'mountain bike' form, the chasm keeps widening when comparing their geometry and setup to modern mountain bikes with big travel and slack head tubes.

In the co-op I have most recently volunteered at, these cro-moly rigid mountain style bikes are viewed more as 'donate-able' vs 'sell-able'. They are passed on to a local charity that helps adults w/ transportation. Hybrids, decent road bikes, and anything modern and decent quality is what will sell.

In a weird twist of irony, the vintage cro-moly mountain bike's incredible success two-to-three decades ago has partially been responsible for their 2nd hand demise. So many of them were sold, that to many people, there is just nothing special about them. It's just another old bike. Which, of course, means that we can still find great bikes that have high volume and low demand = good prices

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I think the difficulty with old mountain bikes is that for a casual buyer, itís pretty difficult to tell the difference between a really nice one and a really lame one, because they are all 21 speed and look identical.

When I bought my hard rock in 2002 there were five different frames and maybe fifteen different builds of front suspension mountain bikes from Specialized, from Hotrock to S-Works. In thumbnails the only obvious difference is the color.
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The MTBs most want from the 90s are not mass produced. Anno parts , CNC and custom/unique frames are what most want. Or the pre 85' stuff with bullmoose and bi plane.
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Some of those "85" or so models look pretty fine, if dressed uniquely. Bad taste comments aside aside, I attended a swap meet recently and an individual who restored 1985 or so steel bikes (no repainting needed since the bikes were from very-dry AZ and looked great) to original luster couldn't sell any for $250. I was tempted, but already out of space in the quiver.
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Locally, bikes like the Trek 930 go for ~$60-150, depending on condition. I got mine for $110, in nearly perfect condition, already outfitted with full fenders.

There's just not a lot of potential buyers for such bikes. People who want to go mountain biking prefer more modern mountain bikes with a suspension fork at minimum. People who want cheap transpo (including college students) tend to get BSOs, or used BSOs - which can be had for under $50. The people picking up old Treks and similar are either vintage enthusiasts or year-round commuters wanting something a bit more sturdy for winter.
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They're heavy (especially the forks) don't handle well, have crappy geometry, and very long top tubes. Extremely rugged though, the equivalent of a 1980's Toyota pickup truck, but so is any MTB from that era.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO View Post
@howsteepisit

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From what I see, prices are either the same, or lower than what was listed in 2013. Then again, it depends so much on condition, location, etc.

I am in Denver, which is a hot bike market - and prices are all over the map. In the last few months I've been paying attention to the prices of these higher end vintage bikes (cro-moly, rigid, etc) and while I see asking prices all over the place, they are not necessarily indicative of selling prices.

For example, I regularly see higher end Trek 900 series bikes listed for $150-$300. But the last two I picked up were $60 and $50, respectively. Even if folks know they are high quality bikes, there is not a huge demand for these. In 'mountain bike' form, the chasm keeps widening when comparing their geometry and setup to modern mountain bikes with big travel and slack head tubes.

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Every time I visit Denver (~ twice a year), I come back with several bikes. I have found the market to be on the soft side. I've bought many 1980s MTBs there, nicer ones. Never paid over $100 for one, typically they are about half of that mark. Of course, I don't buy everything. There are always ads at higher prices which I don't pursue.

This one for $50 has what looks to be a TA crankset and bar end shifters. There are several more. I just did a search for bikes priced between $10 and $100. $10 gets rid of the ads with no price. 80% plus are dogs, but there are several interesting bikes I would probably buy if I were in Denver right now.

https://denver.craigslist.org/bik/d/...837492870.html
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Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
I just bought this Trek 930-ebay Why was there so little interest in it. They Trek rigid MTBs(820,830,850, 930,950)-Cromo frames-in this case double butted-make great city/suburban/light trail bikes. I didn't notice anything particularly bad about this bike-cables a bit rusty, few rusty fasteners-no big deal.
What did I miss here-why no bids? It is probably early 1990's vintage-1993 or so

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=140483097505&si=V0vbrMf73wAtPQVjLJsAejBO%252Bys%253D&view item=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

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Trek 950 (at least mine) is 1983 vintage Columbus Tubing racing frame. I think 957 was DuraAce and 959 was Campy. I put mine together with Superbe Pro brakes derailleurs and shifters, Campy SR Crankset, Nuevo Record BB (still spins perfectly, Stronglight headset, Regina CX FW and Campy platform pedals. Now after about 100k miles it's sitting on my Elite trainer and the Brooks saddle is finally broken in.

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Trek 930 a month ago out of a roadside flea market for 30. Not bad condition at all. Now getting some anno bits and riding the crap out of it! Deals are still around.
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