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Old 02-14-10, 10:26 AM   #1
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Tell me About this Trek 2300

In an effort to replace my rusting Bottecchia () I purchased this Trek 2300 from Craigslist for $375.







I'm not sure if it qualifies as vintage. Can you tell me when it was produced (SN suggests 1992)? I assume that "composite" means "carbon fiber."

Was this an entry-level bike? A little above that?
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Old 02-14-10, 10:32 AM   #2
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nice looking bike. others will chime in soon telling you check the vintage trek site and match the date code on the partsd to find the year. I think it is from the early '90s since even though it has STI and daul piviot brakes it still carries the 'tricolor' Ultegra logo. as far as the level of the bike I would consider this almost a 'pro-am' type of bike. an upper level racing bike for those not lucky enough to afford dura ace. IIRC this was a popular tribike before everyone started making special models. I love the color please try and leave that bartape alone

sory to hear about your Bottecchia, is it terminal or are you going to give it a makeover?
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In an effort to replace my rusting Bottecchia () I purchased this Trek 2300 from Craigslist for $375.







I'm not sure if it qualifies as vintage. Can you tell me when it was produced (SN suggests 1992)? I assume that "composite" means "carbon fiber."

Was this an entry-level bike? A little above that?
This was Trek's original carbon fiber frame, first marketed in 1986. The design was based on the original Trek aluminum frame, and used the same aluminum lugs, but carbon fiber main tubes.
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It's not entry level, but not top-of-the-line either. My advice is to clean it up real well, and when the weather breaks, rides the tires off that sucker, 'cause it's a fine bike.
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sory to hear about your Bottecchia, is it terminal or are you going to give it a makeover?
Not terminal. With a lot of effort I could keep it going, but since I live right near the ocean, it seemed like a non-steel bike might make sense. After I start riding the Trek I'll decide which to keep.
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That's a really cool bike. It's a "92. For more info go here http://www.bikeman.com/attic/catalog...992catalog.pdf
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It's not entry level, but not top-of-the-line either.
I think this bike was second from the top, behind the 2500. There is no doubt it is a very nice bike. I agree with Bianchigirl on keeping the purple bar tape, it looks great on that bike.
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Not terminal. With a lot of effort I could keep it going, but since I live right near the ocean, it seemed like a non-steel bike might make sense. After I start riding the Trek I'll decide which to keep.
Please note that with the Carbon tubed/aluminum lugged bikes, like I also have, we are not immune to corrosion problems as it is wel known that in the right conditions we still can get corrosion at the tube and lug intersections that can compromise the bike's structural integrity (look for black stains developing under the clear anodizing or clear coat paint on the aluminum lugs at the tube and lug intersections). The newest CF bikes with the least amount of dissimilar materials on it will be best to fight corrosion problems in corrosive environments like you live in. Titanium frames are also known to be very resistant to corrosion too.

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Not terminal. With a lot of effort I could keep it going, but since I live right near the ocean, it seemed like a non-steel bike might make sense. After I start riding the Trek I'll decide which to keep.
Seems like corrosion to the hardware tends to be worse (and happen faster) than corrosion of the frame.

Dip the whole thing in cosmoline.

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Thanks, guys. The bike is older than I had thought, and weighs more than the seller thought (I had planned to take a scale when I went to look at it, but changed my mind), however it is in really good shape. I'll bet it's spent most of it's life in the garage.

The proof will be in the riding. I've put in a new, higher stem, and will replace all the cables today.
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Kpug has one in 48cm. His has Spinergy wheels, Kevlar spokes , Ultegra 9 speed group, and a Concor light saddle. It weights 19.2lbs. How heavy did the seller claimed?
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I'd much rather have that than some of the later aluminum Treks with the highly visible welds, Icon components, etc. Shimano 600 tricolor is nice stuff, and if you compare the STI shifters to the Dura Ace of the same period, they're almost identical. The group w/wheels would be worth $300-$325 here, $200-$250 for the group, $100 for the wheelset, easily.
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Kpug has one in 48cm. His has Spinergy wheels, Kevlar spokes , Ultegra 9 speed group, and a Concor light saddle. It weights 19.2lbs. How heavy did the seller claimed?
The seller claimed that it was 17 pounds. I should have known when I picked it up that it wasn't that light. If I had taken the scale and found that it was 21 pounds, I wouldn't have bought it. But I think it's going to work out well. I've raised the handlebars, and once I finish installing the new cables I'll try it out. It is really clean and new looking.

I rode 48 miles (rt) to get the new cables today on my Bottecchia. I love that bike, but we'll see...
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It seems like you could get to sub 20 pounds pretty easily on that bike. My 1990 Aluminum Trek is right around the same weight which seems wrong considering mine has a triple and a tange cro-moly fork. It is a shame that the Vetta saddle is in rough condition, I really like those saddles.

The black headset and dark gray components look really really nice on that bike.
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As BG says marketed toward triathletes and according to marketing materials, the frame design was ridden to "Triathlete of the Year" honors by Mike Pigg and Karen Smyers in 1991. Here my '93 built up with 7-speed Dura-Ace 7400 and other non-original components; weight is 20 lbs. I think you'll really like the ride.

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