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TREK 720 - Very Nice Surprise

Old 09-18-14, 03:25 PM
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TREK 720 - Very Nice Surprise

Don't get excited.

This is not a REAL TREK 720 from the 1980s, - I would truly love to find one of those - this is a 1999 TREK Multitrack.

I picked it up yesterday for $25, figuring from the description ( low mileage, clean, 53.5cm frame) that it might fit one of the kids.
I already have an antique steel 830 from the 1980s and my wife has a newer 1220 aluminum, but the kids have old Peugeots and Miele bikes that are almost embarrassing.

Anyway, I picked up this TREK 720 Multitrack and I am DELIGHTED with it. For a 15 year-old bike it feels incredibly light, solid & responsive: I dislike indexed shifters but the shifting is precise and instantaneous and (bonus) the bike is much bigger than I expected.

I approve.




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Old 09-18-14, 03:32 PM
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I have two 700's and recently acquired a 730. They are disbursed between NJ and MI. Total raw cost was $110, bought at different times. They are great riders, take fat 38c's with ease and IMHO, worth upgrading. Enjoy!
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Not huge value but nice examples are worth about $200. They make great everyday riders and with the upright bars moderate geomtry and adjustable stem they are somewhat flexible for prider size. I would say great deal for $25 I would keep it should be a great bike for your kids or as a house bike that alot of riders can use comfortably. Also a bike that is very worthwhile to upgrade will easily take most better off the shelf componets and addons.
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Very nice. Such a big paddle saddle.
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Hmmm....

Two replies that indicate that this TREK 720 is "very worthwhile to upgrade" and " worth upgrading" ...

What exactly should be upgraded on this bike ?? It has (seriously) seen about 12 years of benign storage and 3 short seasons of gentle use (short Canadian summers) since new and the bike was made in the USA with all very nice components.

The ONLY deviation from stock is the smear of decade-old petrified dog poop embedded in the tread of the rear tire.

I have seen a series of older rigid steel mountain bikes elsewhere on these forums that have been turned into touring bikes with drop bars...

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I am not a fan of the suspension seat post nor the adjustable stem. Both are heavy and look clumsy.

Here is the Michigan 700 I have that was my clunker entry, which has been enhanced since with rack and saddle. It has new Tektro Oryx as the front brake was missing and Falcon thumbies. Rest of drivetrain is original.


Below is the New Jersey 700. This drivetrain was replaced with a Deore LX set from a Trek 9000. Also has Tektro Oryx and Falcon thumbies. The Altus brakes had cracked spring retainers and the grip shift had crapped out during a very hilly charity ride. The Oryx brakes cost little more than new brake pads.

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Nice find!
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Oddjob2 sez:
"I am not a fan of the suspension seat post nor the adjustable stem. Both are heavy and look clumsy."

I found a lovely aluminum seat post exactly the
right diameter and it allows me to install a new seat (potentially) about 4.5 inches lower than the spring-infested abortion that was on it.

This will make the bike a much better fit for either my wife or one of my daughters. Bonus.

I think I'll leave the steering bits alone for now..... or maybe not. I'm a big fan of thumb shifters but I'll wait to see who gets the bike before I make any other changes.

Thanks for chiming in !!

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