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1987 Trek 560 Pro Series

Old 04-16-14, 12:06 PM
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1987 Trek 560 Pro Series

The n+1 bug is biting. Mainly because I only have one bike and it's in the shop waiting for some IGH parts the shop doesn't carry on hand. And I'm going crazy not riding.

I've got a super relaxed comfort bike and get penis...I mean gear envy every time I see a nice road or cyclocross bike about. So off to craigslist I go!

TREK 560 Pro Series (Vintage Reynolds 531 Steel Road Bike 700c

Wondering if this is a fair price. I'm also wondering about what to look for if it's in bad mechanical condition-I'm clueless. I'd probably be redoing he shifters to brifters or bar end at some point. Along with puncture resistant tires.

This would be a fun bike to ride fast and long, I wouldn't generally commute on it or load it down.
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Old 04-16-14, 12:17 PM
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1987 Trek 560 Pro Series

Looks good. Fair price. Usually when I look at a bike I check the frame for any damage, particularly the headlug area. Wiggle the cranks to make sure they aren't loose. Spin the wheels and check for hops/flat spots. General check of fixing bolts, if they are rounded off. Check headset by applying front brake and rocking the bike forward. And basic appearance.
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Missing a front brake which is weird. Here is the catalog listing for the bike: 1987 Trek Bicycle Brochure. You'd better be pretty tall because this is a really big bike. This could be a 25.5 from the pics (looks bigger than a 24) which is a heck of a big bike. The parts are nice, the frame is good quality; the paint job isn't bad for an old bike. If the bike fits you, I'd offer something less maybe $250 or so. Vintage treks command a premium but this bike isn't going to fit a lot of riders.
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Old 04-16-14, 12:42 PM
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I'm 6'3", and the frame being small is my biggest worry. So that's actually encouraging.

...I didn't notice the front brake. That is weird. I assume the stock fork is going to have the connections for one? The catalog shows one at least. That should give some bargaining power at least. Though I'm not excited about having to get both pedals and a brake.
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I just sold an '83 Trek 560, admittedly with a less desirable frame and components than the '87, but mine was in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. I was asking $300, but wasn't getting much response thru craigslist. Finally sold it for $260 to someone who had once had one and loved it. So, anyway, in my market (Milwaukee), I think the price on the '87 would be too high.
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I think its a bit over priced too, but I might look at it and try to do some negotiating if it fits. The seller says "600 brakes" in the add. Not sure why take the pics before finishing the bike but maybe he was loosing his light. I am curious about that headset also. I have often removed a reflector ring and had to had a washer but this one looks odd. Could be a replacement fork?
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cheapskate here, but I would definitely take it for 200. The brake is pretty minor fix if the head tube/fork look fine--and that is the key point as it is odd that somebody put the new headset in. Other than that doesn't look to me like it was ridden much, no worries about specific tubesets, my 1988 560 doesnt have any 531 but still a great rider. At your size it should fit and the buyer pool for that size is pretty limited so see if you can get it for 200 if the head tube/fork look ok.

edit, also this looks like 1984 vs 1987 and as such all components must have been added or custom? 501 frameset but was not spec with 600 gear though it was out in that era as on my 84, 85 fuji so guess it may have been built out like this originally if picked up as frame. 84 had the unreliable rear heliomatic hub so maybe check that. All points to lowball city, go for it!

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Old 04-17-14, 09:22 AM
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Did they make steerer tubes longer than 62/63cm? Agree it is weird that somebody would press the new headset but not bother to cut the steerer. Could probably tell a good bit by quick ride and hard brake on front wheel to test flex.
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I would say the price seems a high. Some condition issues missing randomly replaced parts. $200 seems about the most I would pay. I'm guessing one could end up spending close to that in parts and labor to get this bike back into top shape. As for the headset it looks Ok don't no why the owner didn't use black spacers other than being lazy or cheap.

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Old 04-17-14, 02:16 PM
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I mentioned this in the other thread in Bike Mechanics, but I don't think this frame is a Trek 560 Pro. Firstly, it's the wrong color. The 560 Pro is "Aqua" or orange for this year. You can see it right in the catalog linked at the top of this thread. The 560EX was grey, but had black faded in on the bottom. You can also see that the rear triangle and front fork have eyelets, which Trek race frames should not have. It seems to me that someone migrated the 600 components over to a Trek 520 frame.

Can someone verify this in case I'm talking out my ass?

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I have an '87 Pro Series, $185 at a pawn shop.
I actually traded a Trek VW Jetta mtn bike and $60. It is currently running Tiagra 9spd, with compact crankset, a great bike!
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I have an '87 Pro Series, $185 at a pawn shop.
I actually traded a Trek VW Jetta mtn bike and $60. It is currently running Tiagra 9spd, with compact crankset, a great bike!
Very cool. Why the Aheadset?
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Originally Posted by upthywazzoo View Post
Very cool. Why the Aheadset?
The frame is a 58, I needed to have a shorter stem and this is what was in my parts bin!
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Originally Posted by a77impala View Post
The frame is a 58, I needed to have a shorter stem and this is what was in my parts bin!
Gotta slam that quill stem!
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According to vintage-trek the op's not looking at a '87 560, grey was the color in '83, if it is a 560.
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Walked away. It was tiny. Had to have the seat all the way up for good leg extension, at which point I was so high up I couldn't reach the shifters and still be balanced.

i totally would've been okay, even happy, if it was a 520-I want to your at some point. But on something comfortable!
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