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Possible Deal on a Trek 560?

Old 06-19-12, 01:17 AM
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Possible Deal on a Trek 560?

So a 1983 Trek 560 in my size recently popped up on my local CL for $250. I've been looking for a good steel frame for a project as a "quick commuter"/transport bike and I've always thought the older trek frames looked nice, and from what I've heard are very well built. I want to know what ya'll think about the price though, would you consider this a deal? Or should I keep looking?
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I've bought and sold a few Trek 560s, and I think they are reallly great bikes - but due to their racy geometry, I don't think their low speed handling/turning characteristics are especially well-suited as a commuter bike.
They're great fun as a fast sport/touring bike though, for which reason I still have my Trek 660 and Trek 760.
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I bought mine for $250. This is more than what I usually spend, but it is well worth it. I've included before and after pictures.


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I would say $250-300 is about average around here, and though the Detroit-metro market is relatively dead, a steel Trek is one of the few bikes that still brings good money.
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Price is fair as long as the condition is good.

I have to agree with Auchencrow about the handling at lower speed. I had one set up as a fixed gear and the fork rake caused a bit of front-end "flop" at low speed. I liked the ride quality otherwise.

Take it for a test ride and see for yourself. Trek geometry changed from year-to-year.

Here's a pic of mine - I believe it was an 1983. For comparison, I sold the frame for $165 about 3 years ago.

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I recently sold my 1985 Trek 560 for $275. While I miss it, my riding style now does not fit the racey geometry. Great value.

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Good stuff! Thanks guys, this is tough, as it looks to be in great condition. I'm not too worried about the racey geometry, though I could probably find something more relaxed. Right now I'm just looking for steel, and lugs if I can find em and I've heard nothing but praise for these older treks. I had an older true temper 400 that I really liked.. Was '83 the last year to be built with 501?
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The guy says he's moving - get it for $200 or less. No decals really drops the price.
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IMO the geometry isn't that racy.
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