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Old 11-18-15, 06:38 PM
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1978 Trek 730

Picked up from the local CL for $150, was listed as 54 but turned out to be a 57cm frame, just my size . Has a full shimano 600 arabesque group.

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Fantastic find.
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Reynolds tubing in the racing geometry. Rare. The sport/touring 710 is much more common.

Be careful if you put it into a workstand that clamps onto the seat tube. Those things love to chew up the T-R-E-K letters.
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Old 11-18-15, 06:48 PM
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Love that color. I would want to put some tires and a chain on there and ride immediately.
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Old 11-18-15, 06:56 PM
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Close-up photos please! Especially of the ultra-lightweight chain
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I'm looking for something like. Being about 1978 miles away doesn't help either . Nice find.
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Well done Sir! Can't wait to see it cleaned up

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Old 11-18-15, 08:08 PM
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nice bike you buy. I had the trek 512 but i sold is was too big for me.
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Old 11-18-15, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by guzziee View Post
Has a full shimano 600 arabesque group.
The 1978/79 Trek 730 with an Arabesque group would be a 736.

I really love that early Trek green!

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Old 11-18-15, 08:18 PM
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What a beauty I have what I believe to be a 730 but it sports suntour cyclone.
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Old 11-18-15, 08:27 PM
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You just dont see these everyday. Great find and bargain!
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What a beauty I have what I believe to be a 730 but it sports suntour cyclone.
That's a serious upgrade from the Arabesque group that came on the 736. I ended up replacing most of the Arabesque stuff with a 1st Gen Cyclone drive train, Superbe brakes and levers, Simplex shifters and a Stronglight crankset. Everything about it is SO much better. The only Arabesque parts on it now are the hubs- the stock wheels came with Arabesque hubs laced to Rigida rims; I like those wheels just fine.
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Mine has dia-compe G code calipers Sr crank cyclone clamp on DT shifters campy clamp on lower cable guides Sr seat post. I don't recall what my hubs are but they are laced to a 27" rigida rims.

I would love to see some more photos of the OP's bicycle it is the same color as mine.
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Old 11-19-15, 07:27 AM
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27"? Are you sure?

I can see a 500 series bike with 27s, but a 700 series bike should be 700c.

Then again, your bike seems to be a more individual build, than a stock build from the factory.
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That's a beautiful bike and a great find.
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@The Golden Boy - since we are on the subject of 700 series Treks, can you explain the second and third digit designations? I have an 84 760, based on the Vintage Trek site, it came with Superbe group. Was there a Superbe Pro and Campagnolo equivalent and what were the designations? It might be easier to explain the code! Appreciate your knowledge!
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@The Golden Boy - since we are on the subject of 700 series Treks, can you explain the second and third digit designations? I have an 84 760, based on the Vintage Trek site, it came with Superbe group. Was there a Superbe Pro and Campagnolo equivalent and what were the designations? It might be easier to explain the code! Appreciate your knowledge!
I think by '84 they had stopped using the earlier numbering system, where the latter digits designated groupset. Early Trek catalogs are quite interesting, and collected here: Vintage Trek Bicycle Catalogs and Bike Brochures, Fisher, Klein LeMond.

Here's 1978:
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@jeirvine - Thanks! I did not recall correctly. 1984 760 was Superbe Pro with the exception of the hubs. I have been gathering the parts and have close to a complete Superbe Pro group for the frame, need to check the model numbers. Interesting that they choose Sprint sealed bearing hubs on the 760 ILO the Pro hubs. The 770 was a complete SR group including the hubs.
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Excellent find! I applaud your good fortune finding it. Glad it your size, mine too.
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Great find for the price. Wonder why these didn't come stock with top tube cable guides?

Wish I could find a better solution to second bottle cage on my 710. Might try the compression nuts but you can't "try" them once the holes are drilled.
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Great find for the price. Wonder why these didn't come stock with top tube cable guides?
That was the transitional time for braze ons. Some bikes had them, some not.

I remember ogling the Trek frames in my LBS at the time. I could not afford them with paper route money... At the time, at least in my locale, Trek primarily sold touring frames for high end builds. Racers usually went Italian or French. Later on when older, I got a job in that LBS, and we sold Treks when they first started to go mass market with a full line of mid level models. I think it was around 1985.
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Great find for the price. Wonder why these didn't come stock with top tube cable guides?

Wish I could find a better solution to second bottle cage on my 710. Might try the compression nuts but you can't "try" them once the holes are drilled.
This just came up yesterday or the day before...

Forum member @unterhausen used to work at Trek back in "those" days. Trek was not a giant of the industry - and the margins were tight. Every order was a special order- every braze on was an extra charge, every paint color was an option... The guys would braze up a bunch of frames, prep them and hang them on the racks. When an order came in, they'd braze on the requested options and paint it the requested color. My guess is that a lot of people cut corners to save a bit on the frame cost- as a clamp on cable guide does just as well of a job...

I'd like to think that I'd be all ****-out and get the braze ons that I wanted... realistically, it's all about what I could afford.
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Here's some pics of it for the people that were asking for some. Thanks!










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That's a real find; that bike will clean up nicely. Great color too.
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