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Last of the lugged Trek MTBs - 930 project

Old 08-22-16, 09:32 AM
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Are those VO bars on the re-build reincarnation ?

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Yes, those are VO Porteur bars. I really like them and it's great that they accept bar end shifters. You can also put your hands on the bends for a second position that gets you a little lower.

However, after just a 2-day tour, I wouldn't recommend them for touring. Perhaps I should try to get them above the saddle, but my wrists were hurting a bit on day 2 from the pressure. Granted, I did 90 miles a day on this trip, so a bit of discomfort is expected, but if I were to tour on this bike again I will probably change out the handlebars or at least get them higher.
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TenGrain, How do the mountain drop bars work with the nice 'dirt drop' like stem you have on the bike now? I love the multiple hand positions of my Gary Bar. BTW Kudos on that trip you did last weekend!
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@TenGrainBread - nice update with the Porteur bars. I have those bars on both my Nishiki & Miyata mixtes and like them for town riding. I have some Portola bars, but my quill stem is the 1 1/8" and is raised up as high as it will go. I guess finding 1 1/8" quill stems is like hen's teeth. I'd really like to try some Surly Open Bars, but they're out of stock everywhere.

I actually have my 16.5" Trek 950 on local CL now, but no interest so far. May just keep it.

Do you recommend the Porteur bars if just riding around town?
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Originally Posted by Wright Bros
TenGrain, How do the mountain drop bars work with the nice 'dirt drop' like stem you have on the bike now? I love the multiple hand positions of my Gary Bar. BTW Kudos on that trip you did last weekend!
I tried them on there for a bit with that dirt drop stem (it's a cheap Sunlite 1 1/8 quill). I like the Portolas but the extension is still too long for me.

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@TenGrainBread - nice update with the Porteur bars. I have those bars on both my Nishiki & Miyata mixtes and like them for town riding. I have some Portola bars, but my quill stem is the 1 1/8" and is raised up as high as it will go. I guess finding 1 1/8" quill stems is like hen's teeth. I'd really like to try some Surly Open Bars, but they're out of stock everywhere.

I actually have my 16.5" Trek 950 on local CL now, but no interest so far. May just keep it.

Do you recommend the Porteur bars if just riding around town?
I had the same problem with the Portola on this bike. Too much reach and still not quite enough height. I'm thinking of trying some randonneur drop bars with very short reach next with this stem, or maybe VO's Casey's Crazy bar.

I highly recommend the Porteur bars for city/town riding. I have had them on my city bike for 8 months and love them.
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Trek 930

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Currently my only modern bike is my tourer - a 2015 Kona Sutra. While the bike is great (tigged cromo, braze-ons everywhere, lots of clearance for big tires), I've been looking for an excuse to replace it with something old and lugged that I've built up myself.

Inspired by @whatwolf 's 950 rando build, this morning I picked up a 1993 Trek 930 in my size off CL. '93 was the last year Trek used lugs on their MTBs. The 930 was the entry level into the 900 series (Trek's top of the line steel MTBs). As far as I can tell, the main difference between the 930 and the higher 900s in '93 was that it used Altus instead of Deore and the fork wasn't butted. Frame looks to be the same (True Temper OX main tubes and cromo everything else).

The plan for this guy is a period-correct Deore groupset and some sort of dirt drop setup. The bike is stock. Grimy but the frame/paint/decals are in good condition and will clean up nice.

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My neighbor has 1993 Trek Singletrack,Forest green, all original,garage kept, for $45, might come down to $40. Bike looks great for 23 years old. Original tires are dry rotted, go figure! Should I get it?
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Trek 930

I bought the 94 Trek 930 singletrack.. It is very nice. I'll probably just put some street tires on it.
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OK, last update...I went back to drop bars, but this time found a higher/shorter stem and used Soma Brevet bars. It finally fits right. This'll be the bike's permanent outfit.



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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
OK, last update...I went back to drop bars, but this time found a higher/shorter stem and used Soma Brevet bars. It finally fits right. This'll be the bike's permanent outfit.



That is a great looking bike.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
OK, last update...I went back to drop bars, but this time found a higher/shorter stem and used Soma Brevet bars. It finally fits right. This'll be the bike's permanent outfit.



What stem do you have on there now and where did you get it?
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What stem do you have on there now and where did you get it?


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Originally Posted by vonfilm
What stem do you have on there now and where did you get it?
It's a Sunlite alloy 2 bolt quill stem. I got it for $20 on Amazon. It comes in a 1" steerer version and 1-1/8" version, which I needed for the stock fork on this Trek.

The 2 bolt face plate design is really nice as it allows handlebar changes without stripping off the tape and shifters. It's not quite up to Nitto's finish quality but the finish is actually very nice. It was a great purchase.

Purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&th=1
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Funny, a friend went almost the same route on a Panasonic Mountain Cat I built up for her. Started with drops, then to Porteurs...but she hasn't switched back to drops yet. She said she hated those VO 'city levers' on the Porteurs. Complained they were too 'sharp' on the fingers. I see maybe you taped the ones you used?

See this post and this one.

I think your Trek looks great. To be honest, I much preferred the look of the Noodles on my friend's bike too.

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Originally Posted by simmonsgc
Funny, a friend went almost the same route on a Panasonic Mountain Cat I built up for her. Started with drops, then to Porteurs...but she hasn't switched back to drops yet. She said she hated those VO 'city levers' on the Porteurs. Complained they were too 'sharp' on the fingers. I see maybe you taped the ones you used?

See this post and this one.

I think your Trek looks great. To be honest, I much preferred the look of the Noodles on my friend's bike too.
The VO City levers are a bit narrow. I wrapped them in a bit of cotton bar tape (Newbaum's) and that worked well. They function very well besides that.
I do like the porteur bars a lot, but not for very long rides. Had them on a city bike and they were fantastic, but a 2-day 90-mile-per-day trip was not good with them.

That Panasonic is fantastic, by the way! Great color scheme.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
The VO City levers are a bit narrow. I wrapped them in a bit of cotton bar tape (Newbaum's) and that worked well. They function very well besides that.
I do like the porteur bars a lot, but not for very long rides. Had them on a city bike and they were fantastic, but a 2-day 90-mile-per-day trip was not good with them.

That Panasonic is fantastic, by the way! Great color scheme.
Amazing. Almost verbatim what my touring cyclist friend said. She's no slouch...she's got a serious custom Rodgriguez touring bike. She found the Panasonic on CL, and asked me to convert it. Like you, she found the reach a bit much, despite the 50mm Technomic I used. After the switch the to Porteurs, she said exactly what you did. Great city bike, but for long rides...not so much.

Again, that Trek turned out really pretty. That can't be said of all drop-bar conversions! Well done.
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Gah! I JUST missed out on a '92 Trek 950 in minty shape and a the largest size, 21". It was going to be a drop bar blaster for these construction roads!

I've got a Marin Bear Mountain in my correct for off roading size, 17". I'd need a larger size for a road bike conversion, right?
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly
Gah! I JUST missed out on a '92 Trek 950 in minty shape and a the largest size, 21". It was going to be a drop bar blaster for these construction roads!

I've got a Marin Bear Mountain in my correct for off roading size, 17". I'd need a larger size for a road bike conversion, right?
Depends on the top tube length. Most vintage rigid mtbs had a very long top tube, and putting drop bars on will extend the reach even more. For that reason I would stay with a smaller size to compensate for the long top tube, and just run a longer seatpost and higher stem, if possible.
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I rescued this one from being scrapped:



Not restored in any sense of the word, but it was turned into a nice upright bike for my mother:



Nothing quite like lugs, even on a mountain bike.
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I thought I hated brown tires until I saw your build. I like that the browns are related, but not matchy-matchy. That's a classy looking bike!
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I thought I hated brown tires until I saw your build. I like that the browns are related, but not matchy-matchy. That's a classy looking bike!
Yup. My theory is that it's the gold lettering in the decals that ties it together. You're right, it's sharp.
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Originally Posted by wschruba
I rescued this one from being scrapped:



Not restored in any sense of the word, but it was turned into a nice upright bike for my mother:



Nothing quite like lugs, even on a mountain bike.
Wow, a repaint and an IGH drivetrain? That's awesome. Looks like a bombproof, versatile ride. Great choice on the champagne and red also. My Mercian custom has the same color champagne paint and will be getting maroon cotton bar tape, much like your colorway.
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Gah! I JUST missed out on a '92 Trek 950 in minty shape and a the largest size, 21". It was going to be a drop bar blaster for these construction roads ...
Recently missed a pristine Trek 970, that had sat unsold for nearly two months and was priced at $150 or so. A buddy got it, so I can drool over his. Nice lugged frame, great steel, great components, in great shape. Would have made an excellent conversion ... to either a drop-bar commuter or an upright "cruiser" type.

I'll do it at some point.
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TenGrainBread, I love the look of your Trek with the drop bars. I have that Sunlite stem on order for my 93 930 with the sun-faded Electric Plum paint. I am thinking about some SR drops with Ultegra 8 speed bar ends and Tektro levers. This is for my son. I can't help but plan some mods for it.
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
Recently missed a pristine Trek 970, that had sat unsold for nearly two months and was priced at $150 or so. A buddy got it, so I can drool over his. Nice lugged frame, great steel, great components, in great shape. Would have made an excellent conversion ... to either a drop-bar commuter or an upright "cruiser" type.

I'll do it at some point.
I'll keep an eye out but I think my Bear mountain SE will be a good contender. No, it's not lugged, but it's got a triple butted frame, and it is LIGHT for a steely. It's mostly sat around since moving to Chicago. I think it will be a killer snow bike.
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Recently picked up your bike's twin in the alternate 93 color. I'm planning to use this thread as a blueprint for a conversion to drops. Thanks for all the info. The reach really is obnoxious and it's good to know that Sunlite stem works out. It looks good on yours.




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