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Old 05-31-18, 01:58 PM
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My First Trek

This morning I unpacked the Dec.'78 Trek 930 frameset, in black, that I bought from @nesteel. Not only my first Trek but also my first Columbus SP. Sadly, for many of you, the build components will not live up to the quality of the frame, as I plan to use what I have around, none of it flashy. I picked up a seat post and aero levers from @SpagettiLegs, and will see what I have around for the rest. I am tempted to splurge on new bar tape, as all I have at the moment is flipper blue. Vamos a ver. I am a slow worker, so it is unlikely anything will happen fast.
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Not bad for a first Trek! Vamos a ver indeed; I'm looking forward to seeing the completed bike.
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It wasn't easy to let go of, but it seemed like a shame to leave it just hanging around (literally). It matters not what components you use, it just matters that it's living.
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For the rd, I have either Shimano 600 or Suntour AR. With the AR, I could put a match on the front, though I was thinking of doing a Suntour Spirt there. My favorite fd. I'm even thinking somnewhat about going indexed on this one. I have a couple Shimano Light Action rds if that were to happen. I found a non-biopace crankset-- a Sakae SX, which was on my 87 Prelude. Any thoughts on the rd? Actually, now that I think of it, I also have a first gen. Cyclone rd.That might be the way to go.
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I vote for the Spirt FD with something Suntour in back. I like that the shifter moves in the same direction as the rear when going up or down through the gears.
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First gen. Cyclone RD for the win.
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Seedsbelize, you will love riding the Trek 900 series, but it won’t be better then your 92 Panasonic Paramount.
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Seedsbelize, you will love riding the Trek 900 series, but it won’t be better then your 92 Panasonic Paramount.
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I hope it will be as good as. Without cushy tires, that Paramount can be a bit harsh. Of course, I plan to put cushy tires on the Trek too.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
It wasn't easy to let go of, but it seemed like a shame to leave it just hanging around (literally). It matters not what components you use, it just matters that it's living.
Thanks. Unlike most (all) here, my ideal bike is one that rides like a dream and looks like an old chunk of coal. Ideally, there would be no decals on this one, but I have no immediate plans to remove them. My World Voyageur has those flashy chrome lugs, but no decals. And a dent in the top tube. The Paramount has been repainted at least twice, and the Letour Luxe won out as the worst paint job ever in a competition with @noglider. It is durable though, and has couplers for travel.

Cyclone and Spirt for the win.
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I don't know what's happening to me. I was putting together a wheelset for this bike a few minutes ago, and found myself looking for, and finding matching skewers.
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For index (and suntour) Not much choice but accushift. You have to find the levers (2000-5000) and an alpha 5000 rdr. That would be 6spd and of course a suntour fw. Barring that shimano sis stuff Hope to see the build here.
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For index (and suntour) Not much choice but accushift. You have to find the levers (2000-5000) and an alpha 5000 rdr. That would be 6spd and of course a suntour fw. Barring that shimano sis stuff Hope to see the build here.
I wonder if the cyclone will work with index levers....as I understand it/the levers tell the rd what to do....is this so?
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I'm going friction Shimano, for the moment anyway. Not sure of the model, but the shifters will go either way. They came off an 87 Prelude. I wonder about that too. It will be easy to try.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
Dec.'78 Trek 930 frameset,
For your first Trek, you couldn't do too much better.

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For index (and suntour) Not much choice but accushift. You have to find the levers (2000-5000) and an alpha 5000 rdr. That would be 6spd and of course a suntour fw. Barring that shimano sis stuff Hope to see the build here.
I wonder if the cyclone will work with index levers....as I understand it/the levers tell the rd what to do....is this so?
Alpha Accushift stuff was towards the bottom of the line. As I recall, @2000 and @3000 had their own spacing and pull ratios, but the upper level Alpha stuff ran on the same spacing and pull ratios as regular Accushift/Accushift Plus.

The FW spacing for 6 speed Accushift is exactly the same for 6 speed SIS- what that means is that you can use Accushift shifters and derailleur with a SIS freewheel and it'll work. And it'll work better than an Accushift FW because of the tooth profile on SIS stuff. I currently have this setup running on 2 bikes and have previously used it on 2 other bikes. It will not work so well using Accushift shifters + SIS derailleur + SIS freewheel OR SIS shifters + Accushift derailleur + SIS FW. The shifters and the derailleurs have to match.
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Good info here. But if I go friction, all will be well with a mix of components? As time passes, I'm realizing this will be a work in progress. Right now, I need to put a chain on it, and shift cables, and get it out for a test ride, to set the position of the bars and brake levers. It currently sports caliper brakes, but I'm thinking I might switch over to centerpulls, down the road.
I'm not as crass about looks as it sometimes appears. I'm in a market where it truly makes no difference to anyone I might pass. I am the only recreational road rider in a wide swath of territory. There are a few Gringos in Merida, during snowbird season. But we rarely cross paths. In these parts, if you ride a road bike, you race it. Period. And it's also better, in my particular area, to not appear to be careless with my wealth. I try to blend in as best I can. I have not once received anything but a friendly wave from those I pass out on the road.
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
Seedsbelize, you will love riding the Trek 900 series, but it won’t be better then your 92 Panasonic Paramount.
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Now, with a month of riding it under my belt, and comparing the two, I will agree with you. They are very similar in ride quality. However, I find myself feeling more refreshed after a ride on the Trek, and more tired, relatively, after the same ride on the Paramount. The Paramount is definitely a stiffer frame.
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Btw, it has indexed shifting, with Suntour AR derailleurs. I couldn't make the Spirt work, with the levers I have.
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