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Old 05-15-19, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
New to me Trekenstein 5900, probably a 1993, according to the friendly neighborhood Trek dealer. It's a stew of original and replacement bits and bobs.

It's purple, not blue. I think Trek called the color "Abyss." Identification is tricky online because purple is notoriously difficult to reproduce accurately, both film and digital. Varies with the color temperature of the light, white balance, camera sensor and internal processing, and the viewer's display. My phone usually captures the purple color, depending on ambient light. My Nikon jpegs default to blue, so I make color corrections in Lightroom.

IOW, some of those blue Trek 5900's you see online might be purple.

It's been through a few changes since I got it from texaspandj in April. He set it up just fine, but of course I had to mess it up.

He told me the 5900 wouldn't feel much different from my Ironman, and it's true. Lighter, sure. But a reassuringly familiar ride, so handling is pretty much the same.

I swapped between Nitto B65LL and Cinelli Eubios drops, and back to the Nitto. The B65LL feels like a compact version of my Ironman's WinPista drops. The Cinelli felt awkward when I'd stand to pedal while in the drops. I'll use it on a future gravel bike project.

And I've swapped between black tape and, currently, hi-viz yellow Arundel Synth Gecko. The latter is well padded but heavy and tricky to wrap gracefully. It tends to look meaty, like deformed sausages. I'll switch back to black foam tape soon. The Synth Gecko might go on my hybrid's albatross bar.

And I've switched from the excellent Dura-Ace downtube shifters to MicroShift brifters. Easier to shift while standing to climb.

The barely padded black Selle Italia suits my narrow bony butt better, dunno why. At least with padded shorts or bibs. Too much padding chafes the down-under.

Anyway, fun bike. Especially on climbs, always my weakness.

But I still ride the Ironman more often. It's more comfortable on our bombed out pavement.
Current version of Trekenstein. Other pix wouldn't upload.
That's a pretty Blue that I know it ain't, it's a purty Purple.
Looking good C-Cat. Now about that 7 speed DT shifter....
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Old 05-15-19, 03:18 PM
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My '92 Trek 5200 weighs the same as my '94 Spec. Epic. Have to say that the Epic feels nicer - the first year 5200 feels sort of "hollow", not bad, but hollow.
The last contiguous year for the 5200 was '04 (did a bow again in '06) It lost 1.4 pounds over 12 years and feels much more natural.

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Old 05-15-19, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
That's a pretty Blue that I know it ain't, it's a purty Purple.
Looking good C-Cat.
I messed it up last night. Put on some plain black Eclypse brand bar wrap. Ugh. Bad bar wrap.

I'm going back to the festive yellow wrap. It sorta sets off the clash between the purple frame, blue cable housing and my plaid shorts.

Now about that 7 speed DT shifter....[/QUOTE]

You need it back? I'm kinda surprised you let a bit of Dura-Ace treasure sneak off on that bike.

The MicroShift 7-speed brifters were from a local friend. He bought 'em by mistake, thinking they were 8-speed years ago. By the time he noticed it was too late to return them. They work great so I'll keep 'em on the Trekenstein.

I still like my downtube shifters on the Ironman. Now that I have the Suntour GPX group dialed in I'm a happy camper. It snick-snicks quick and quiet now.
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