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Old 07-17-16, 01:26 PM
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New Cockpit On My Trek 720!

Short Version: I changed a bunch of stuff on my bike. Go ahead skip to the pix!

Long "Bike Dork" Version:
Maybe I'm in the minority- but I'm never "done" with my keepers. I've always got some idea to do something, or a plan to upgrade or change and I've got to tinker around and try different components, either due to reputation or my own obession. My 1985 Trek 720 is no different. As a quick recap- the 1985 Trek 720 was Trek's top of the line touring bike, made of 531C tubing througout, hand brazed in Waterloo WI and fitted with some of the finest components available at the time. When I first got my 720, it was kind of close to stock, but I changed some things when I first got it, and over the past few years I've changed more and more of it. Right now, I think the only things stock are the headset, shifters, front derailleur, seat post and the brakes themselves.

Due to a variety of medical reasoning and for general upright comfort, one of the things that I've wanted to do with the bike is raise the bars just a touch. The stock Cinelli stem just had 7cm above the min insertion line. I was hoping to get around 10. I'd raised the bars successfully on my 1985 Trek 620 by using a dirt drop stem- but for whatever reason, that angled stem was somewhat less... graceful than a normal quill stem. Because I ride a 21" bike- the headtube is shorter than larger bikes. Because the head tube is shorter, the quill stem cannot be inserted too far into the headtube. Even with the stem as far in as it'll go, I have 13cm of stem above the headset! Like many in this position, I chose a Nitto Technomic stem and decided to pair that with a 44cm Nitto B177 handlebar. Again- my "someday" long range plan for this bike is to use Suntour Command Shifters; to use those shifters (they mount inboard of the brake levers) in conjunction with a front bag, you need around 42cm between the hoods. The stock Cinelli bars were around 38cm. Nitto generally measures the bars from the ends of the drops- because the B177 flares out, the ends of the drops are much wider than the ramps or where the hoods are.

Since I was changing out the stem and bars, I also wanted to change up the brake levers. The bike originally came with Gran Compe levers, but they were scratched up, so I opted to replace them with some slotted Shimano 600 levers. It made sense to pair the Shimano XT cantis with 600 shifters, I also replaced the cable hanger for a Shimano branded QR. I had a dickens of a time deciding on which brake levers to choose. To me, the 720 is about as classy as a frame as has ever been put into production- and no part can really out-class the frame; nothing is too good for this bike. The choice came down to slotted Suntour Superbe levers and a set of slotted Aero Gran Compe levers. After much back and forth, I opted for the Aero Gran Compes. I understand they have more leverage and they are cleaner above the bars without cables. I, personally, don't find a problem with non-aero cables.

And because I was changing out the Shimano levers, I had to replace the cable hanger with a DiaCompe branded one.

Without further ado- this thread is worthless without pix:

The bike pretty much as it was last week:



A pic showing the stock stem height:



And the Technomic. I think it needs to come down a touch, but I don't feel like cutting the stem.



And the cockpit; I really used to like Bontrager's brown gel cork tape. They redid it this year, and the brown is a funny orange with dyed lines that accentuate the wraps. I really don't like it. I wish I'd stocked up on the old stuff... *sigh*





The aero Gran Compe levers I chose:



And of course, my obsessive/compulsive tendencies wouldn't let me use the Shimano cable hanger...

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Old 07-17-16, 01:33 PM
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Looks great, dude.
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Old 07-17-16, 01:36 PM
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These are the levers that I had narrowed down to.




The Superbes really are among the classiest levers of all time.

Although it's been on and off the bike for about the past year- I've got one of the 3 pulley Suntour XC derailleurs. It really does shift really well, and it does an impeccable job of taking up colossal amounts of slack chain. I've replaced the lower pulleys with red Bullseye pulleys, and the upper pulley is a "titanium" colored Bullseye.

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As a bit of comparison, the bars on my 620- Nitto B177s with the Dirt Drop stem Shimano non-aero brake levers and Command Shifters. This is a decent representation of the brown color:



Compared to the weird orange "brown."

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...now all we need is a full bike picture after the makeover!

GB, great looking and very practical! Those Bullseye pulleys barely clear each other! Better keep any twigs from getting caught in the chain!
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I bet those bars are much more comfortable.
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The bike looks great; nice job.
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Nice setup. They really changed that brown!
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Sorry I missed this when posted golden boy, but lovely bike!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Sorry I missed this when posted golden boy, but lovely bike!
Hey thanks Aaron!

I eventually decided to re-do it again between the time I posted this and the time trainee troll-fail has bumped it up.

These are some of the fun parts I used to rebuild it!



My version of the build thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...e-rebuild.html



Just so you're aware, I don't know what a "dogger" is. I looked on the Google, but it just made me more confused.
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Very cool golden boy...what are the brake levers?

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Very cool golden boy...what are the brake levers?

They appear to be tektro trp rrl brake levers. I've been coveting a set but they're getting to be pricier than I'd like after recent exchange rates and I don't have a bike to put them on.
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