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Old 07-12-19, 12:05 PM
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Details on Trek 900 vs 800 & Mountain vs Single Track vs Antelope

Iím looking to pick up a late 80ís/early 90ís mountain bike. Iíve seen a lot of Trek options but Iím not clear on what is the difference between a Mountain Track, a Single Track, or an Antelope. Is this kinda like a Stumpjumper vs Rockhopper (racier vs relaxed geometry)?

I believe the difference between a 900 and 800 series is the quality of the tubeset. Anyone care to chime in with some details on this and any advice on choosing a bike?

Iíd like to throw some Dirt Drop style bars on it and probably a front rack/basket, as is all the rage right now. Thanks!
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I wondered that too and got this as a great answer:

single track vs. multi track vs. mountain track

1990s Trek catalogs which have some tube details are here.

Trek, Fisher, Klein, Lemond bike catalogs, bicycle brochures

For example, this one. You can just sub in the date you want to see, but I downloaded them all since I was shopping and needed them for handy reference.

http://www.vintage-trek.com/Trek-Fis...d/1994trek.pdf


As far as what to get, it depends where you are and how long you're willing to wait. If you don't have to have it right now and can shop for two or three months, I think you can aim for the high end and get what you want at about the same price as a lower-end model.

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Also want to add:

9xx was made in USA and 8xx was at best USA front triangle, usually all Taiwan made.

930 and 950 shared the same frames; 970 and 990 shared the same frames.

1993 was the last year of lugs.

Personally I think the later frames are nicer but have crappier parts; and the lugged ones look the nicest.
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
Also want to add:

9xx was made in USA and 8xx was at best USA front triangle, usually all Taiwan made.
My 1997 820 says "Made In The USA" and has a small US flag on it while my wife's '97 820 says "Made In China". There was a definite difference in the quality of the 2 bikes when new, except from the component group her's had cheaper hardware on it and as I discovered a few years after we bought them a cheaper no name BB. Don't remember where my '91 830 was made, it's due for a makeover.
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Thanks for the replies! Iím going to keep on the lookout for 9 series in my size. Cheers
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You might like seeing some of the conversions here :

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...sions-259.html

Or here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...rsions-14.html
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