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Old 06-14-18, 06:22 PM
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ID Early 80s Trek

This is the only pic, sorry. My gut was a 6XX, but in 1981 I'm not sure the 6XX had the panel on the seat tube, then I don't see this color listed in the 82 or 83 catalogs. Thoughts??

Edit to add: Seller told me it's a 600, and since he knows bikes I think he's right. Just wondered if anyone knew the history for this 1981.5 crossover period into seat tube panels. This is the only chestnut example I've seen with a colored panel. And I must say, I think it looks nice!


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That is an interesting conundrum. The last year I can find for the Chestnut was 1981.5 and it was on the 6xx. But, as you noted the 6xx did not get the full color seat tube wrap until 1982. A short google search for Chestnut trek road bike did not include any bikes with the full wrap. Maybe a repaint or a previous owner preferred the look of the full color wrap and bought aftermarket decals. Do you have access to the bike? My 82 61x has barrel type eyelets on the seat stays and this one doesn't.

I have said it before-I love a good bike mystery.

Edit to add-The 1981 6xx bikes I can find did not have brazed on cable guides on the top tube.
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Old 06-15-18, 12:37 AM
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I don't see any picture nor evidence of it, and no idea why. At any rate, what is the serial number on the bottom of the bottom bracket? Go to Vintage Trek website for decoding and further identification. Or tell us here and we will all do it at the same time!
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Old 06-15-18, 07:18 AM
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I'm pretty sure 1983 was the last year that Trek & Fuji. Both had the wrap around seat tube decals. In 1984 Treks got more uniform looking, with their road bike decals.
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Best color for Trek EVER. I'd pay a premium just for the color.
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Old 06-19-18, 08:38 PM
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Best color for Trek EVER. I'd pay a premium just for the color.
how much of a premium though?? I can still pick it up for $275 (actually $375 but heíll take a $100 off another bike Iím already buying from him if I buy both...) Iím torn about two things: 1) tire clearance 2) the much discussed and controversial ďdeath forkĒ. Iím the paranoid type so this stuff doesnít leave my head. And I donít like the way after market chrome forks look with this color, which, I agree is the best Trek color Iíve ever seen, and one of the best bike colors Iíve seen period.
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If you can inspect that fork before committing to buying it I think you would be good. If there is not evidence of a crack forming you will probably be fine. But, if you know it is going to bother you, then leave it. No need to worry in a ride. You will never enjoy it.
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