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Worthwhile buy? Trek 750 Multi Track

Old 01-16-14, 03:08 PM
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Worthwhile buy? Trek 750 Multi Track

I found a 90's vintage Trek 750 advertised for $125.00. I rode it today, and it still shifts flawlessly, brakes need adjustment but the adjustments at the levers seem to be frozen. The frame is not perfect, paint wise, but is otherwise straight and pretty lightweight. There is some rust on one of the rear rack bosses(I think the owner had a rack mounted on the bike) and a couple of pencil eraser sized surface rust spots on the top tube. It has STX componentry with Alivio brakes and hubs. The paint is a gun metal gray. From a fit standpoint, it is very similar to my road bike which I suppose is at least partially attributable to the 700cc wheels. Felt good though. Needs a saddle, but I expected that and I have some spares that will work. The tires are new and the wheels seemed true. Can anybody pinpoint the year this bike was made? Bikepedia has some information, but no recollection of this paint color that I can find. Is $125.00 too much? I really would like to start hitting the rail trails. Thoughts? Thanks.
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You'll need to post pictures if you want any kind of meaningful response. Values on a given model can vary widely. Very widely. hahahaha See what I did there?
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Old 01-16-14, 05:20 PM
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750 (Multitrack)
90, black with bright green, also intense blue with white
91, black with white decals on yellow and silver
92, white with red decals
93, lunar to black fade with white decals
94, ice violet to ice indigo fade with white decals
95, ice indigo with silver decals
96, ice black with white decals
97, gloss ice inkwell blue with silver decals

The above is from the vintage Trek website. Gunmetal Gray doesn't jump out at me. You can go to the catalogs and see if you can find the color and component match.

The Trek Multi Track bikes appear to have a lot going for them. If it fits and you like it, I'd buy it. Good one to learn wrenching on if you need.
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If the paint is flat black, than it a 1996 in ice black. I have a 1996 Trek 850 mtb with the same components in dry ice red, which is more like burgundy flat.

$125 is within the fmv range for the subject bike.
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Thank to everyone - looks like this bike is probably a '96 - ice black with white decals. Now I need to decide between a suspension fork or rigid. I am also looking at a 2006 GT Nomad Ltd for the same price. I haven't seen or ridden the GT yet. If the fork has a lockout it may be my 1st choice.
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My mom and my aunt both have 750's and I really like them. They are all you need for just basic riding around-- they make great commuters, tourers, and recreational riders. They're very versatile and you can run pretty much any size tire on them. Hybrid's have gone out of fashion and I think they tend to be under-valued. $125 sounds good if it's in good condition.
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Old 01-23-14, 05:58 AM
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I ended up buying a 2006 GT Nomad Ltd for $125.00. I need to switch out the seat post, cassette, and stem. Does anyone know what size the handlebar diameter is from the factory? Bikepedia and even the GT website only show "GT comfort 30 mm rise" which doesn't help. Also, the cassette is crappy Sunrace, which seems incorrect with Deore front and rear derailleurs. Does anyone know if this is a freewheel or a cassette? Any help will be much appreciated.
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Go to your local harbor freight with coupon in hand and buy a digital caliper for about $15.00. If the wheels are original to bike, it would be a cassette.
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I found out that, duh, going straight to the manufacturer for specs is the way to go. The GT customer service for tech questions got right back to me with an answer about seat post diameter for my bike today, probably in less than 15 minutes. Very responsive with the exact information I needed.
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