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Old 04-11-18, 03:47 PM
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They are! My red Trek 400 is getting a rim swap with similar Matrix but these hubs are 1055 Shimano 105 hubs. The front wheel came to me from [MENTION=108582]RobbieTunes[/MENTION] already laced with DB SS spokes. I got the matching rear hub free from the LBS bin, now saving for the spokes.
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Old 04-11-18, 06:56 PM
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I'm looking forward to more pix!

I have an 86 that I've bastardized into a 600/Suntour triple machine. This is my favorite Trek color- the blue they used is so beautiful. I love how you can look "into" the paint a few feet!

What are you thinking of for the saddle? I ended up going with an Avocet Touring II.

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Your 400 is so nice, I don't think you want to see more pics of mine. It has a ding in the top tube (I got the frame that way) and I really debated whether or not to keep it / build it back up, but I'm glad I did. I've only been on a one hour shakedown ride with it, but it's really comfy. It's my only "sport touring" frame and I like the relaxed geometry. The stock 1420 saddle isn't that bad, but I'd like to try a Brooks or something like that - I've never had one of those before. If I find a nicer Elance frame I'd probably move the parts over to it, but in the meantime this one does just fine.
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Old 04-13-18, 07:25 AM
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Your 400 is so nice, I don't think you want to see more pics of mine. It has a ding in the top tube (I got the frame that way) and I really debated whether or not to keep it / build it back up, but I'm glad I did. I've only been on a one hour shakedown ride with it, but it's really comfy. It's my only "sport touring" frame and I like the relaxed geometry. The stock 1420 saddle isn't that bad, but I'd like to try a Brooks or something like that - I've never had one of those before. If I find a nicer Elance frame I'd probably move the parts over to it, but in the meantime this one does just fine.
These bikes do have a really comfortable geometry- which is a bit anti-intuitive to me, as it's actually my most “aggressively” angled bike. Go figure.

This was the first bike I hunted down. I wanted an 86 Trek 400, in blue with the silver head tube and lug windows- Purely for the look. After having it for a while, I really started to appreciate what it actually is; a 531 frame with CrMo stays and fork. While I don’t think any of the stock mid-level parts slow me down- I opted for what I considered prettier and “better” parts on this bike. Just because.

Regarding the Brooks- I only have one B17- it’s OK. I do, however, LOVE the Brooks Cambium!
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Old 04-13-18, 03:50 PM
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Picked up this freebie today. 1999 7000. Will pair up with my 1997 7000. Future project. Bring it back to stock. The steel parts are basically toast from living outside but at least most of it is aluminum.
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1979 trek 937

Being green bike month, this one got pushed to the front of the queue.

By the time I got her all that was left was the frame/fork and headset. Previous owner had stripped and sold all of the Campy components.

When I first received, I was disappointed that the frame wasn't a 22.5" like the serial number suggested. Instead, it was a 21" and I feared that it was too small for me. After numerous posts from fellow bf'ers and confirmation using other frames with longer stems and seat posts, I decided to proceed with the build in hopes that I could make it work. Boy am I happy I did!

Off she went to the powder coater for the fresh finish she desperately needed. The original baby blue just didn't do much for me so it was the perfect opportunity for a color switch-a-roo to the long lusted after green. The green I chose was the Ultra Illusion Green from Prismatic Powders (https://www.prismaticpowders.com/sho...illusion-green). I just can't thank Powder Coat Man (Powder Coat Man |) enough for his great work.

Given my current component stock and budget, I decided to go with a Shimano build. Bike is now a 9 speed Ultegra/Dura-Ace bike and rides like a dream. Thanks for everybody's help with this build and let me know what you think.
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Old 04-15-18, 11:01 AM
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Wow, they did a great job around the lugs with the PC - reminds me of Imron paint!
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Old 04-15-18, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Wow, they did a great job around the lugs with the PC - reminds me of Imron paint!
They certainly did a nice job- it looks beautiful!
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That powdercoat shows off in the sunshine! Nice component selection. What stem are you running?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
What stem are you running?
It's a Thomson (130mm -10 degrees I think) mounted to an Origin8 quil adapter. Not very vintage but matches the seat post I had and provides the rise and reach I need. Was wondering about adding spacers to adapter just to soften the transition from 1" to 1.125". Anybody tried this?

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Old 04-15-18, 06:40 PM
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That green bike looks fantastic! It matches the grass...I haven't seen green grass in a long time.
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Old 04-17-18, 04:08 PM
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Picked this up today from Craigslist for $70. Perfectly my size. 1986 Trek 560 Pro Series. Reynolds 531. Just needs some cleaning, some parts which I mostly have and she'll be ready. Still have a few projects ahead of this one though.
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Love the 80’s fade paint jobs!
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Picked this up today from Craigslist for $70. Perfectly my size. 1986 Trek 560 Pro Series. Reynolds 531. Just needs some cleaning, some parts which I mostly have and she'll be ready. Still have a few projects ahead of this one though.
Did yours come with biopace chain Rings? I have one that seems to be mostly original and that is what is on it. Odd choice for a racing bike by some accounts!
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Love the 80’s fade paint jobs!
Yeah,I'm a sucker for 80's and 90's paint jobs!
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Did yours come with biopace chain Rings? I have one that seems to be mostly original and that is what is on it. Odd choice for a racing bike by some accounts!
Yeah the original Biopace is still on it.
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Yeah the original Biopace is still on it.
I don't mind the Biopace, I can't really tell much difference between them and a standard chainring. Fun bikes! Mine is the 19 inch and feels a little small for me. Yours looks to be the 21? Good score and a great price!
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I don't mind the Biopace, I can't really tell much difference between them and a standard chainring. Fun bikes! Mine is the 19 inch and feels a little small for me. Yours looks to be the 21? Good score and a great price!
Thanks! Yeah it's a 54. Same here, about a fourth of my bikes have Biopace and I've never really noticed any difference.
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Thanks! Yeah it's a 54. Same here, about a fourth of my bikes have Biopace and I've never really noticed any difference.
You really only notice the difference when you look down or on the 28 of a triple.

There are some versions of Biopace (or SR's Ovaltech) that are more aggressively ovaled- but I haven't used them.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Love the 80’s fade paint jobs!
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Yeah,I'm a sucker for 80's and 90's paint jobs!
I love the 86-87 Decals- especially this iteration- the white letters with the black and gold "go fast" lines. IMO- it looks best on a darker background. IMO...
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When I saw this project Trek on the big auction site, I was hesitant to bid because the seller had a big fat "0" for a feedback score. The fused seat post gave me pause as well. However when I saw that he was local, I took a closer look. The Campagnolo dropouts gave me a hunch that it was something special, and I figured the parts were worth his asking price. Surprisingly I was the only one who bid. I got nervous when I couldn't get ahold of the seller for a few days after the auction ended, but eventually it all worked out. I'm now glad I rolled the dice on this one! I suspect that if the seller had turned that fork just a bit more to the right, I might have had some bidding competition.

When I finally showed up in the seller's garage I was pleasantly surprised to see the remnant of Columbus decals on the frame and fork. The serial number is an outlier, and so I had to dig deeper to figure out what model it is. Anyone can slap stickers on steel, right?. Well... in addition to the Campy drops, there was a subtle little stamp on the steerer tube. Oh, and the chainstays are 41.5cm long.


Turns out it's a '79 930 series. The Campy components are all long gone, but I'm stoked at what I snagged. The huge fly in the syrup however is that stuck seat post. It goes a loooooong way down into the seat tube, so the hacksaw blade trick won't work. Didn't somebody here say that they dissolved a stuck seat post with lye?
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The Campagnolo dropouts gave me a hunch that it was something special.... I was pleasantly surprised to see the remnant of Columbus decals on the frame and fork. ... in addition to the Campy drops, there was a subtle little stamp on the steerer tube. Oh, and the chainstays are 41.5cm long.
The seat post clamp is also a clue. Only see that treatment on the higher-end models.

Congrats on the score. See a few posts up for my green '79 9xx. When you say the serial number was an outlier what do you mean? Mine had a serial number that followed the convention on vintage-trek.com but the size digit was off.

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Originally Posted by tarsi
The seat post clamp is also a clue. Only see that treatment on the higher-end models. Congrats on the score. See a few posts up for my green '79 9xx. When you say the serial number was an outlier what do you mean? Mine had a serial number that followed the convention on vintage-trek.com but the size digit was off.
Oh, yes... I'm very familiar with your gorgeous green machine... you may have forgotten that I've seen that frame in person! I wasn't familiar with the seat post clamp details on these. The frame size (22.5") matched my numbers, but the prefix is an "E". It should be an "L".
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Oh, yes... I'm very familiar with your gorgeous green machine... you may have forgotten that I've seen that frame in person! I wasn't familiar with the seat post clamp details on these. The frame size (22.5") matched my numbers, but the prefix is an "E". It should be an "L".
Ooops, totally forgot you visited Doug's shop when he had my frame in for coating. Who would of thought you'd stumble across the same exact frame (to the year) just a few months later.

Anyway, congrats again on the great score and best of luck removing the seat post. I think RJ the Bike Guy made a few videos detailing different techniques recently. I didn't have a need at that time so didn't end up watching them but for the most part he does have some useful tips.

As far as the serial number goes, of the 4 vintage TREKs I've owned I've found anomalies on two of them. Although they produced some beautiful frames during that time their priority was definitely not on the serial stamping process.

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Originally Posted by tarsi
As far as the serial number goes, of the 4 vintage TREKs I've owned I've found anomalies on two of them. Although they produced some beautiful frames during that time their priority was definitely not on the serial stamping process.
+1 I have a lovely ‘79 710 but the frame came out of the shop out of true - slightly twisted according to a builder who cheked it out for me. Still love the bike though.
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