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Trek 400 Elance - 531 goodnes

Old 06-14-11, 03:15 PM
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Trek 400 Elance - 531 goodnes

Bout to put her up to sell.
As much as I've always liked the Trek lugs and the fact its bout my size I'm going to let this one move along.

I think its an 87 but haven't gotten into the serial numbers yet.

I'm thinking I'll set the bar high on this one and see what happens.
Whadya think? $375?

Reynolds 531
54cm
nice shiny metallic blue paint
nice lugs
52/40 x 6 speed rear
Room for 700x28 or more
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Old 06-14-11, 03:28 PM
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I think I am real glad it is not my size. I really like the detail on these frames.

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Old 06-14-11, 04:36 PM
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yeah, the only ones with better detail I think are the full 531 (700 series) with lugs at the fork ends and trek name on BB shell as well.
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Old 06-14-11, 05:44 PM
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$375 seems about right for the 531 version in such nice shape.
( You are going to miss it though! )
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Old 06-14-11, 06:04 PM
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I would start a little higher. I sold my Blue 400D for $450 this spring. Mine had fenders, a new Brook saddle and an upgraded drivetrain. Still, the overall condition of your bike in excellent and might draw $400+.
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Old 06-14-11, 06:21 PM
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That's a lot of scratch for 531 main tubes on an otherwise pedestrian build.
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Old 06-14-11, 06:57 PM
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The build is as it came from the factory. I suppose I could swap it all to Shimano 600 from a Schwinn Super Sport with bad paint... Hmmm

I wish I could fall in love with every bike that rolls through in my size but, alas, I have to be content.
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Old 06-14-11, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
That's a lot of scratch for 531 main tubes on an otherwise pedestrian build.
+1 I guess I just don't do that well on Treks. Sold several, none in the range mentioned on this thread.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
+1 I guess I just don't do that well on Treks. Sold several, none in the range mentioned on this thread.
Hi Thrifty Bill!
- I think there are strong regional bias' for Treks at work here:
I have seen Reynolds Treks command more than Columbus Bianchi's time and again around here, and have approached that same figure even for Reynolds 501 in the past.

Of course, these days I have to discount everything deeply, but I doubt that this is the case in Chicago or Calif.
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Old 06-14-11, 08:54 PM
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i think $100 off for BF members would be a real nice gesture.
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Old 06-14-11, 11:08 PM
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Like I said, I'm shooting the moon and seeing where it lands.
I'm actually thinking it may be a nice touch to replace all but the brake levers with the set of 600 components I have here. Nice engraved logo versions I have sitting around. Would really dress up such a nice looking frame. Could be worth it.

Would prefer to sell locally but have been ok shipping bikes in the past.
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Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
Like I said, I'm shooting the moon and seeing where it lands.
I'm actually thinking it may be a nice touch to replace all but the brake levers with the set of 600 components I have here. Nice engraved logo versions I have sitting around. Would really dress up such a nice looking frame. Could be worth it.

Would prefer to sell locally but have been ok shipping bikes in the past.
Steel Treks are the one bike where throwing out a high price could work. People really like steel Treks. Good luck.
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I think Trek pricing has a lot to do with if you are in an area that has or had a strong manufacturing industry. Areas like Detroit, Chicago,Ohio and Pittsburgh. People raised on buy American will pay a bit more for Trek's and Schwinn's.
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I think Trek pricing has a lot to do with if you are in an area that has or had a strong manufacturing industry. Areas like Detroit, Chicago,Ohio and Pittsburgh. People raised on buy American will pay a bit more for Trek's and Schwinn's.
QFT.

And in some cases a lot more.
(It does not hurt that these old steel Treks are of such stellar quality that they compare favorably to any other bike - regardless of cost.)
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
QFT.

And in some cases a lot more.
(It does not hurt that these old steel Treks are of such stellar quality that they compare favorably to any other bike - regardless of cost.)
The only item on the Trek 400d that I thought was low quality was the wheelset. The rest of the bike was very solid and performed very well. Keep in mind that most owners will use the bike for fitness and fun and appreciate a responsive bike that can take fenders and 700x28 tires.

Collectors will want something more unique and others might want something more modern. But there is a large market for a good sports/touring bike.
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I just picked up an 87 400T Elance in similar condition for $250 from a friend.

I see a major rebuild in its future.
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Old 06-18-11, 09:23 PM
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Oops, after measure its actually a 51cm.
this may go under and get full shimano 600 treatment if I can find the time
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