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Trek 950/957/959?

Old 04-05-22, 02:45 PM
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Trek 950/957/959?

Folks, another bike followed me home.... it's a 1982 (according to the Vintage Trek site) silver and blue 950 frame (I believe). My main interest in this bike is that in the early 80s I went to the bike shop in Steamboat Springs with my pal, and he bought one that looks exactly like this, with a full Suntour Superbe group. In doing some research, I found a few discrepancies around the model number - I feel pretty confident that this is a 950 frame, as it is Columbus, and the serial number lines up with 1982. Below shows the configuration of the 950 which was frame only, as I understand. I am pretty sure my bike is silver rather than "Pewter" so I am thinking maybe it's 1981.5?




Here is the configuration of the bike with components. As I understand it, the 957, which was white, was configured with a full Campy group. I think it had Campy dropouts, as mine does. The 959, as I understand, was configured with full Dura Ace, and I believe this one had Dura Ace dropouts, which were of a vertical design.




So, I think mine must have been the 950 frame, and the shop likely set it up with their choice of components. As such, I am going to set it up fully Campy, since I already have all that stuff available.

My friend and I go to a few rides each year, and the first one is first week of May. My objective is to show up with pretty much the same bike (same year, same colors) as his this year...!




This and the 970 were the only Columbus frames from Trek...

Trek bottom bracket shell

Campy dropouts and fork ends

nice fork crown

Serial number 027025, lines up with 1982. The 58TSI refers to the angle between the seat tube and down tube (58 degrees) and Tim S. Isaacs, who designed the shell...
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Old 04-05-22, 03:02 PM
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According the the serial number info at vintage-trek.com (Vintage Trek Bicycle Frame Serial Numbers in 1982), yours is a 1982 950 in size 54.

That's a beautiful frame! Enjoy.
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Thank you! Here was another clue from the steerer tube......



950 on the steerer tube....
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Had one of those and they're great riding bikes. Pretty stiff for what they are. Prepare for lots of comments when you're out riding. Enjoy.
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Very nice. Great era for Trek steel.
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Again, peak brainpower at Trek designed this one--a bike that felt fast without all of the tire size and pavement versatility designed out of it. This was "allroad" before they coined the word. To my knowledge, Trek lost their brains that way for a couple of decades.
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The 95x and 970 WERE NOT the only Columbus frames to come from Trek.
As for paint, custom jobs were available from Trek. My '81 957 has green metallic panels under the poorly done Trek repaint.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
The 95x and 970 WERE NOT the only Columbus frames to come from Trek.
As for paint, custom jobs were available from Trek. My '81 957 has green metallic panels under the poorly done Trek repaint.
Good to know nesteel .... I should have said the 95X and 970 were the only Columbus frames to come from Trek that year, as far as I know. There were other models in other years such as the 930, TX900 etc. that had Columbus tubing.
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First ride!

Built up now with Campy NR, mostly... but I kept the Tange Levin headset, which I really like. I borrowed a wheel set from another bike (Campy LF with GP4) to take it for a ride today. Nice and smooth, pretty stiff but comfortable with the cushy Avocet Racing I saddle, which I actually liked quite a bit.... Now will be fun to meet up with my friend for the annual Maybell ride to compare his 950 to mine!





Crazy metal flake imron on these old Treks...

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