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FS: Two Treks -- '86 400 650b Low-Trail Conversion; '89 Trek 950 MTB

Old 11-02-15, 07:24 PM
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FS: Two Treks -- '86 400 650b Low-Trail Conversion; '89 Trek 950 MTB



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First up, a Trek 400 from 1986 that I bought recently to ride at Cino Heroica and try out low-trail geometry for the first time. It was awesome on both counts, but I knew when I bought it that it was a little too long in the TT to make it an ideal fit for me. In the short couple of months I've owned this, I've had the pleasure to ride it on roads and dirt in California, Washington, Montana, New York, and Massachusetts. It's a lively bike and super confidence-inspiring on decents.

This sale is for the frame/fork and Tektro R559 brakes. It clears 650b 42mm tires and the previous owner had the fork re-raked so that with a 42mm tire, the fork will have 38mm of trail. The frame was also powdercoated a nice blue at that time.

There are two tiny dings on the top tube (hard to photograph but I tried) and the usual cable rub, little chips, and small scratches for a bike ridden primarily on dirt. Only significant thing to note is that the FD clamp has been over-tightened at some point, and there are two dents from that on the seat tube. I don't think that this compromises structural integrity, but it certainly isn't pretty. There's a photo of that as well.

This is a very utilitarian frame set that would be perfect for someone who wants to try out low-trail and see if you like it. I thought it was a phenomenal riding bike and am actually waiting on a custom that is similar in many respects but a bit smaller.

Size: 52cm ST, 55cm TT
Sale includes: Frame, fork, brakeset. Was planning to keep this headset if buyer doesn't need it, but I can leave it on for an extra $20. It's a sealed Tange unit that's pretty nice.

Asking $175 plus shipping (bikeflights.com) and PP fees if any.
SOLD

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The second frame is an 18" 1989 Trek 950. I bought it from a fellow forum member as a 16.5" (or so I thought) but I guess neither he nor I measured very carefully. When I built it up as a drop bar MTB, I couldn't quite dial in the fit, so up for sale it goes after sitting in the garage for a few months while I made up my mind. The original blue paint was in really bad shape with lots of chips and sprayed-on primer in spots, so I decided to strip it and let the steel do its thing. There's a coat of shellac over the bare steel but I've done nothing to stop it from rusting. This is definitely not to everyone's taste so please don't buy this if you are uncomfortable with unpainted steel

I'd like to sell it as a package including a complete set of silver Tektro CR720 cantis (enough reach for either 26" or 650b), Surly front rack, and frame/fork. The BB in the pics is (I think) a 127mm Shimano unit and will NOT be included unless you ask for it. The frame takes a 26.8 post. I can include a nice silver UNO post for a little extra.

$190 $175 shipped for frame/fork/brakes/rack. Open to offers. Buyer to cover any PP fees.

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And here's how it looks with 650b Thunder Burts, for reference:


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Old 11-03-15, 10:50 AM
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The 400 is pretty intriguing. Any chance your interested in a pair of Campag SR pista pedals with Titanium spindles? I may just toss them on the bay and see if I can scrounge up some cheese for it. What kind of clearance with a 700 wheel is there until one could build up a 650 wheelset?
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
The 400 is pretty intriguing. Any chance your interested in a pair of Campag SR pista pedals with Titanium spindles? I may just toss them on the bay and see if I can scrounge up some cheese for it. What kind of clearance with a 700 wheel is there until one could build up a 650 wheelset?
I only use time atac!

I believe a 30mm tire. Possibly a smooth 32. I stuck my cross front wheel in there and it was too tall. Will measure tonight when I get home from work.
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
The 400 is pretty intriguing. Any chance your interested in a pair of Campag SR pista pedals with Titanium spindles? I may just toss them on the bay and see if I can scrounge up some cheese for it. What kind of clearance with a 700 wheel is there until one could build up a 650 wheelset?
I bet 32s would be no problem. This frame was built for 27" wheels.
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
The 400 is pretty intriguing. Any chance your interested in a pair of Campag SR pista pedals with Titanium spindles? I may just toss them on the bay and see if I can scrounge up some cheese for it. What kind of clearance with a 700 wheel is there until one could build up a 650 wheelset?
Just measured. I stand by my 30mm statement. There is plenty of width but heigh is the issue. Keep in mind the a-c of the fork changed slightly when it was re-raked. However, the height restriction is similar in the back by the brake bridge. In terms of width, for a 700c wheel, there are ~42mm at the chain stays, ~55mm at the rear bridge, and ~44mm at the fork. While a 32mm tire might fit in the frame, I think you'd need a brake with particularly high clearance to make that work. I don't have any 32mm road tires to test.


For 650b, 42mm is the max. If you're particularly...creative and so inclined, you could probably get fenders to work. But it would be a tight fit.
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
I bet 32s would be no problem. This frame was built for 27" wheels.
See above.
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
I bet 32s would be no problem. This frame was built for 27" wheels.
The 86 400 was 700C.

I could get a 700c x32 to work, but not a 27 x 1 1/4.

Mine has not had any modifications to the rake.


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Trek 400 is sold. Bump for the other one.
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