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Old 12-07-14, 11:47 PM
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Trek 560 Pro Series, Teal 90s?

Long story short, my mom use to have a 600 series that was absolutely mint, got stolen, similar color to this one. It's not the same, but it's close enough to scratch that itch for now. Guy wanted $150, got it for $100, at a local flea market. Exage breaks, Acera rr derail, 105 fr derail, Nitto neck, tri shock seat... I'm stocked been looking for a decent Trek, and after I sold a bike today, I had some cash burning in my pocket hahaha last bike had Reynolds 501 and this new bike has 531 so I figured I upgraded and have some change left over. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated, cheers!

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Old 12-08-14, 07:05 AM
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So long as it fits her, seems like you got a decent deal...not great, but decent, IMHO
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That's a good deal on that bike; it will clean up well. Something weird is going on with the rear brake cable; you need to fix it. Also you need to overhaul it (grease unlike wine doesn't get better with age), replace the consumables (cables and cable housing, tires, etc.), and ride it.
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Quite a mishmash of components, but ultimately the frame is the important thing. Looks to be in nice shape overall.
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Circa 1987 - excellent find, great riding and responsive bike. Echoing the above, great frame, but seems that the component "kit" is cobbled together. If it were pristine condition with the correct components, you could have a mid $300 bike. As is, you paid FMV. I would suggest you research vintage-trek.com to see what the original components may be or decide if you want to upgrade with a 105 (oem), 600, Ultegra, tricolor, or Suntour Cyclone group.

My 1985 560 was a local pickup ebay find, $50 more than you paid, shown in as-purchased condition after a tune-up and new bearings.


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So long as it fits her, seems like you got a decent deal...not great, but decent, IMHO

I totally disagree, you got a great deal. I would buy pretty much any bike with a 531 frame for $100. Hell, I would consider most frames alone at that price. It needs a little work, can you do it yourself? If you put $100-$150 into that bike you can really get it rolling good as new.
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Ok, ok...so it is a better deal than I said...I was thinking about it from the RIDING perspective, not flipping.
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Ok, ok...so it is a better deal than I said...I was thinking about it from the RIDING perspective, not flipping.
So was I. That makes it an even better deal.
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Is the rear derailleur cable run inside the chain stay? I cannot figure out whats going on where the housing ends at the rear dropout???
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Circa 1987 - excellent find, great riding and responsive bike. Echoing the above, great frame, but seems that the component "kit" is cobbled together. If it were pristine condition with the correct components, you could have a mid $300 bike. As is, you paid FMV. I would suggest you research vintage-trek.com to see what the original components may be or decide if you want to upgrade with a 105 (oem), 600, Ultegra, tricolor, or Suntour Cyclone group.

My 1985 560 was a local pickup ebay find, $50 more than you paid, shown in as-purchased condition after a tune-up and new bearings.

Wow! Nice find there! I could tell the parts where kinda mix n match, but they all work fine and are newer components. I totally agree that getting the vintage set up would be fantastic and I'm always on the look out for good deals on components. I'd like to get some cyclone parts, but they so expensive to get piece by piece. I'm on a pretty tight budget atm, so for now I'm gonna do all the work I can on it, maybe get someone to true the rims out, the rest I can do myself. Again, I was really attracted to the blue color as it reminds me of my moms bike. BTW, this bike is for me hahahaha she has a newer bike and isn't the sentimental type, me on the other hand hahaha Any info on how / where to pick up vintage components would be appreciated, I usually default with ebay, but it's pricy!
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Is the rear derailleur cable run inside the chain stay? I cannot figure out whats going on where the housing ends at the rear dropout???
Interestingly enough, the break cable runs under the bottom bracket, then goes through the frame, and comes out where you see the cable housing. Pretty slick!
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I think that is a 1987 model.
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So long as it fits her, seems like you got a decent deal...not great, but decent, IMHO
I hear ya man, I have a rule about bikes as of now which is to keep it $100 or under, but this was a treat for me because I had just sold a bike. I've been jonesing for a Trek, so I went for it. Will most likely be a flip down the road, but for right now, I'm stoked!
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Interestingly enough, the break cable runs under the bottom bracket, then goes through the frame, and comes out where you see the cable housing. Pretty slick!
That's how it was on my '89 520. Nice detail.
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That's how it was on my '89 520. Nice detail.
Soooo, any hints on how to thread the wire through that back cap on the forks? hahahaha it's actually annoying the crap out of me XD

Also have a fairly stripped charning bolt :/ Tried to put in some time this evening, but it's been a long day, back at it tomorrow!

One thing I'm excited about is that I have 2 different sets of rear and front hubs that are shimano 105s. I think though that they are more modern, like a 21 speed set up where you place the cogs on with spacers and what not. But I'd like to build a wheel set sometime in the near future. Something to think about... anyways, any thoughts on the threading the cable would be appreciated, cheers!
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Soooo, any hints on how to thread the wire through that back cap on the forks? hahahaha it's actually annoying the crap out of me XD
EZ peasy 30 seconds, just use a new cable. In the case of needing to run internal housing, not the case here, then follow this tip:

Leave the cable, pull the old housing out. Thread the new housing over the old cable. Pull out the old cable, replace with new cable.
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Interestingly enough, the break cable runs under the bottom bracket, then goes through the frame, and comes out where you see the cable housing. Pretty slick!
Am I falling for a joke here?
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Am I falling for a joke here?
It is the RD cable that is routed as described.
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It is the RD cable that is routed as described.
Thats what I was seeing, since I saw brake cable running on the top tube..but then He said brake, and it was confirmed too, so I thought there was something I didn't get.
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Thats what I was seeing, since I saw brake cable running on the top tube..but then He said brake, and it was confirmed too, so I thought there was something I didn't get.

My eyes saw "brake" and my mind just changed it to "derailleur," since I knew what he meant. I didn't even notice!
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Thats what I was seeing, since I saw brake cable running on the top tube..but then He said brake, and it was confirmed too, so I thought there was something I didn't get.
Oops, did I say break cable? I was talking about the rr derailleur cable. I goes through the frame, and as dumb as it sounds, I can't seem to get the cable to come out the back end, but I only spent 2 mins trying it cuz I was rushed, I'll figure something out when I get some time tomorrow. Thought maybe you knew a trick or something but no worries!
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I was checking this info out, and was hopping you guys could help me out a little. In the components section, it says the 560 pro series came with "new shimano 105" but I'm not sure how to search this on ebay. The 560 Ex components say 6208 which makes it easy to find, but not the same for the pro series for some reason. Any thoughts are appreciated. Also, would it be a shame to complete the exage set up on this bike? I get the exactness thing for vintage, but if I just want to ride it, are exage components lesser in terms of functionality?
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Six speed is oem, so look up here for appropriate part number

VeloBase.com - View Shifting System

for a few $$ more, it would be better to stick with a 105 group or even go to 600 ex.
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Is the rear derailleur cable run inside the chain stay? I cannot figure out whats going on where the housing ends at the rear dropout???
Trek did this with their racers starting in 85, though the 760 didnt have it until later. Definately unique and stylish.
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@Johnny 831 you found a nice bike and for a great bargain. There is nothing like a classic Trek and a 531 decal makes it a sweetie. Get over to the vintage trek site with your serial number off the BB and see when it was brazed up.

Keep in mind when reading brochures at the Trek site that there are inconsistencies with models and equip listings. I have had two racers, both have been different in that the equipment wasnt what the brochure stated. The factory did mix a few things around.

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