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Old 03-19-19, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post

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.

Hmmm...methinks I need to now post the 1997 930 I picked up the other day if we are doing show and tell
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Old 03-19-19, 08:39 AM
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Hmmm...methinks I need to now post the 1997 930 I picked up the other day if we are doing show and tell
Do! What’s a thread without visual aids?
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Old 03-19-19, 10:14 AM
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Hmmm...methinks I need to now post the 1997 930 I picked up the other day if we are doing show and tell
Great buy. I think those Treks are a victim of their popularity and durability. There were too many sold and too many still around. I had a lower spec 830 that functioned well for years. Vintage of your bike seems to be early 90's with elastomer forks. Are the elasromers still "working" and/or do you know where to get replacements?
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Old 03-20-19, 10:33 PM
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And the frame for cleaning -



The bike weighs every bit of its 27+lb weight and then some. Most of the components on it are lower end junk, bulky and heavy. I'd like to turn this one into a single speed, get some riser bars and a shorter stem on there and see what it does. While I like the idea of originality (which this bike is almost completely original), it is actually holding back the frame's potential.

I'm curious to see what the frame alone weighs. The top of the line '94-'96' Trek steel frames (OX III heat treated) I think are somewhere around a 4.6lb weight for an 18" frame. The '99 technical manual lists the 930 frame (which appears to be identical to this one) at 3.6lbs! I'm thinking for sure that has to be a typo.

In any case it is a solid, made-in-USA triple butted cro-moly frame and second to the last year of the USA steel Treks. Gonna have some fun with it! Next up on the list will be either a lugged '90 or '91 990, then I'll have one from each generation.
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You may get lucky with a magic ratio for single speed; happened twice for me at 32/19 and 32/20 with a 2000 GT Zaskar and early 90's (AFAIK) Diamondback Axis.
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You may get lucky with a magic ratio for single speed; happened twice for me at 32/19 and 32/20 with a 2000 GT Zaskar and early 90's (AFAIK) Diamondback Axis.
Using Sheldon Brown's gear calculator, it looks like that comes out to a gearing of 3.0 to 3.2 with a 26 x 2.125 tire size. I have a single speed conversion kit with a 16T rear sprocket. If I was going to go for that ratio, using the same tire, and based on the gear calculator, I'd want a front chainring to be 26T or 27T. I feel I'd be spinning a lot with that combo, but who knows! Half the fun is playing around with this stuff.
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So to follow up on my previous post about the '98 930, I got it stripped down to a bare frame. The tech manual lists this particular bike at 27.7lbs. Let's just say a LOT of that weight is in the components. The crankset + bb is over 1200 grams. The seat + seatpost combo was over 800 grams. The grips were almost 300!!!

For anyone interested, and as a data point, here is what a 1998 Trek 930 OX II triple butted 18" frame weighs: 5.24lbs/2370gms





What is funny is that Trek, in their '99 tech manual (1 year later), claims their frame (both '99 and 98' frames look identical, OX III triple butted) weighs 3.6lbs. I have no idea how they arrived at that number.
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I had a model 800, (they had a fixed rigid fork), and it lasted me until it was stolen last year. The only problem was the frame broke in 2011 near the rear close to the gears. It was welded in in about two minutes and was solid thereafter. It was cheap, sturdy, reliable, heavy and a get around town bike. After the theft, I got a Trek FX series bike for about $600. It rides way better and is more versatile with its huge gearing range.
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