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86 Trek Elance 400 Tripple

Old 08-25-10, 07:57 PM
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86 Trek Elance 400 Tripple

I have an 86 Trek 400 tripple in 57cm that was purchased from my neighbor who rode it once in the STP back in 93. The bike has not been ridin since than, till I rescued her away from his dusty garage a few months back.

Since this bike has been in my care, it was overhauled with new shift/brake cables, a cheap new chain, the inner tubes and forks were treated with frame saver aswell. The bike is now, absolutely beautiful and rides really well for an oldie!

Its all original from what I can gather, with the exception of the new saddle, front tire and the period correct Vetta rack.

The serial # indicates the bike was built in 85 as an 86 year model. It came with 700c wheels, XT rear derailleur, tripple road crank with ovalized rings, I have the Shimano Biospace version on my bike and featured Reynolds 531 tubing.

I would love to keep it but its just too big for me. Sure, I still ride it around once in awhile with an inch of stem showing but the standover is a killer!

What are these bikes worth today?

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Old 08-25-10, 07:59 PM
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My sister's boyfriend bought one off of craiglist that was very similar but not in as good of condition for $250 and thought that he had found a good deal.
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Standover means nothing on bike sizing. Research sizing more before giving up (it still may well be too big). That picture you have posted sure has a lot of seat post showing. If that's how you ride it, no way it is too big.

Wrong forum for valuation questions.
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What Bill says ^ !!!!

(If you haven't already done so,) you should indeed research sizing more before you make the decision to "off" such a fine bike.

Note there are a lot of opinions about sizing, and one of the most pervasive is that stand over height is the determinant.

Don't subscribe to other people's opinions: Understand the counter arguments, and then decide for yourself.

(PS_ I did not miss the point that only an inch of seat post is exposed when you are on the saddle. )
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Standover means nothing on bike sizing. Research sizing more before giving up (it still may well be too big). That picture you have posted sure has a lot of seat post showing. If that's how you ride it, no way it is too big.

Wrong forum for valuation questions.
I wasn't sure which forum to post this in, seeing there are other threads with the same subject line in CV

Based on Sheldon Browns sizing article, this is the wrong size frame(57cm) so its going up on CL or Ebay. My regular ride is a 50cm and it fits me perfectly.

Any vintage Trek experts out there with any clue as to what these are worth? So far, I've seen prices ranging from $250-$400.
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Also, the saddle post height was raised up to get it onto my repair stand. I normally ride it with about an inch of post showing.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
What Bill says ^ !!!!

(If you haven't already done so,) you should indeed research sizing more before you make the decision to "off" such a fine bike.

Note there are a lot of opinions about sizing, and one of the most pervasive is that stand over height is the determinant.

Don't subscribe to other people's opinions: Understand the counter arguments, and then decide for yourself.

(PS_ I did not miss the point that only an inch of seat post is exposed when you are on the saddle. )
Good advice, thanks!
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