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What to do on a Trek 520

Old 04-19-14, 06:03 AM
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What to do on a Trek 520

Winter projects are behind me, and all have turned out well.

Time to ride and plan for the summer projects.

I have a nice Trek 520 frame.
Wheels were supplied by miamijim a while back - thank you.
The stock crank is still there.
I was going to outfit with Suntour ARX derailleurs.
Then I purchased a sweet front and rear Cyclone derailleur set.
Unfortunately the cage is not long enough on the Cyclone RD for the touring crank - so they will go on another bike.
It occurred to me this morning, I am not married to Suntour. The wheel set has Phil Woods Hubs . As that is the only real component chosen thus far, the field is wide open.

What is the best friction touring derailleur set for the Trek?
I want barcons. (I do have a couple of sets of Suntour Barcons)
Suggestions would be much appreciated.
I will clean the garage later and post pictures.
thank you.
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Old 04-19-14, 07:14 AM
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Here are the pictures:
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
First generation Cyclone GT.
Yup.

What generation Cyclone derailleur do you have? I've got a first gen GT in my parts bin with a damaged top knuckle...
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I am not sure what generation Cyclone I have. This was the planned RD.

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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
First generation Cyclone GT. Unfortunately, they have gotten spendy anymore. If you are not hung up on everything matching, for about 1/4 the $$, the late 1980s Deore look pretty good and work well. Early Deore LX or XT are also quite nice. Advantage of the Shimano bits is if you get the indexed shifting bug, they work well.




Here's a 1988 +/- Deore set up that came stock on this Univega Alpina Pro.[/IMG]
That is a great idea. Thank you. I think, first, I will try to match the Cyclone set up on the 620's. If that proves too expensive, I have a 1984 -85? Schwinn Voyageur sitting in storage for a parts bike. (Technically it is a parts bin for my '85 Voyageur I ride - but what the heck) I thought it had the Deore on it - maybe not. I will look up the catalogs and perhaps take a trip the the storage unit.

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I priced the Cyclone RD's on eBay. $100. Wow.
I put an offer in on a serviceable one that it not cosmetically beat to heck.
Hopefully my Cyclone FD has enough travel for a triple.

If I win that RD, I am thinking the following:
Suntour Cyclone Derailleurs (RD to buy)
Suntour Barcons (have)
NIB Cyclone Brake set - matches the age of the derailleurs (have a couple)
Wheels, freewheel and bars as picture shows
Brooks B-17 Imperial Saddle and tool bag (have)
Brooks black bar tape
Relatively period correct silver Vetta rear rack (have)
Add some silver bottle racks (buy)
New cables with black housing.

If that can be done, I think this Trek will be kind of cool - and very serviceable for years.
I can keep my Voyageur parts bike for a parts bike in case my main Voyager needs repairs.

I appreciate all the feedback and suggestions.

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Thank you.
As a Vintage Suntour lover - I appreciate the Plan B.

(I am not knocking Shimano - more of my bikes wear Shimano than Suntour. It is just like choosing a nice jacket, over that vintage, cool and comfortable jacket - no real wrong decision re. components as long as they function properly)

Re. the bike comment. That is a great source for components. Buy a bike in decent shape with the components you want, and sell the frame. BTW - along those lines (not in the bargain arena for sure) There is a 1981 Schwinn Super Sport Touring bike in MINT Condition (one small scratch and one one tear in the seat) on eBay for a starting bid of $379. It wears beautiful Cyclone derailleurs. If not for the shipping, and If not for the promise I made to my wife to sell the bikes I do not plan to ride, and build the frames I have, I would at bid the $379. It is steep - but as a Schwinn and Suntour crazed bike addict, I would add that to the collection.
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Well for a lower cost option I would consider some early Deaore DX DR's. Fairly low cost really nice DR's with sealed bearing pulleys and nice pushings. I put a set on a vintage build recently and they actually look pretty good. They work nicely with classic barcons or 7 speed brifters which is another option.

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^^ +1

I've a got a bike each with Deore DX and Deore LX, and I think they are actually a little better function-wise than my long cage SunTour Vx and Cyclone 2nd Gen. It's possible the combination of shifters and freewheels involved has something to do with this, but my only Cyclone that seems to stack up to those is my newer, heavier 6000 series (like OP has above, except mine is a mid cage, not short).
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The image above is the derailleur that will go on the Trek 520.
I just purchased it on eBay for $92, including the shipping - yes too much.
I have a couple sets of the Suntour sealed bearing pulleys. I will use one.
If the Cyclone front derailleur I have will not handle a triple, I have a triple Mountech that will work.

To clarify - I will have a Trek 500 and Trek 520, both grey, both 24" with relatively matching components.
(I know, only I would think that is cool. I was dropped on my head several times as a child)

I will need to check serial numbers and see how close they are in age.

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