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Old 03-06-19, 04:46 PM
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Old 03-06-19, 04:58 PM
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1987 Trek 400 Elance

Purchased worn out and rusty from original owner. 531 frame was blasted and then powder coated in satin black. I created and applied the decals based on modern, current designs and used the current logo badging. Drivetrain is all vintage 8 speed Dura Ace but had to go with a longer rear brake for 700 conversion. Fork is Kinesis carbon with sleeper 531 decals. Wheels are Ksyriums with GP4000sII in 23. Finished weight is 22lbs-6oz. Love the way this thing turned out and seems like every time I ride it somebody wants to buy it.
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Old 03-06-19, 05:23 PM
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That is hawt. 😎
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Old 03-06-19, 05:24 PM
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WOW... amazing!!! Would never have guessed that was an '87 Elance!!!
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Old 03-06-19, 06:01 PM
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Great build, Wedge. IMHO the Elance series is one of the best deals in vintage bikes, bang for the buck wise.
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Old 03-06-19, 09:27 PM
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Dayam! That is a sexy stealth machine!
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Old 03-06-19, 10:55 PM
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How it looked the day I brought it home. Thanks for the kind words.
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Ack! My eyes!!!! How could anyone let that happen to such a great bike?! I just don't understand the world anymore...
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Old 03-06-19, 11:15 PM
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After blasting, powder, crank and headset.
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Old 03-06-19, 11:23 PM
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All hail the New Elance! Looks amazing!

Also, I see you de-anodized and polished those 7700 cranks. Very nice.
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Old 03-07-19, 12:37 AM
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Ack! My eyes!!!! How could anyone let that happen to such a great bike?! I just don't understand the world anymore...
no fair posting this, makes me want all the rust buckets! 😳
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Old 03-07-19, 07:21 AM
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Purchased worn out and rusty from original owner. 531 frame was blasted and then powder coated in satin black. I created and applied the decals based on modern, current designs and used the current logo badging. Drivetrain is all vintage 8 speed Dura Ace but had to go with a longer rear brake for 700 conversion. Fork is Kinesis carbon with sleeper 531 decals. Wheels are Ksyriums with GP4000sII in 23. Finished weight is 22lbs-6oz. Love the way this thing turned out and seems like every time I ride it somebody wants to buy it.
Great Job!

Outstanding!
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Hmmmmm.....

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Great build, Wedge. IMHO the Elance series is one of the best deals in vintage bikes, bang for the buck wise.
It matches my 610 in tubing, once trek started messing with aluminum and CF, all the numbers migrated down, my 600 series of '83 is pretty comparable bro the 400 Elance of '87
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Old 03-07-19, 03:43 PM
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Wow! That looks sweet...always wondered how the newer graphics would look on the older vintage frames. Ironically the new 2019 520 has retro graphics!
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Wow, very cool stealth graphics on a stealth Elance, great all around.

Nice work @ wedgeSG
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Old 03-07-19, 10:15 PM
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1987 Trek 400 Elance


Several have commented on the graphics, this shows the ones made for the wheelset in better detail


With storage bottle and original seat post that was recently changed out. Little better lighting in these shots...
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Several have commented on the graphics, this shows the ones made for the wheelset in better detail


Just as a small factual matter... the 1987 Trek 400 Elance would have not had a 531 fork- the fork and stays were Tru Temper CrMo. So the 531 decal on the seat tube would have been one that says something like 'guaranteed made with butted frame tubes' instead of something like 'butted tubes forks and stays.'

Again, it's a really sweet bike- I don't think you're actually misleading anyone as it's really clear this bike has been redone from top to bottom- in a most extraordinary manner.
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Good to know, thanks for the info. Wasn’t much left of the original I just tried to find something that looked as close as possible to what remained on the rusty tube. That/those happened to be the set I used. I debated on not using the fork ones at all, then decided if someone mistook carbon for steel that would probably be a good thing.
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Nice shot, nice bike!
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Guess I can share this here too. The only Trek in my collection right now and the only full carbon bike I have.

Found this mislisted and NOS on Ebay and got the frame for what I think was a steal. Built up with a brand new Ultegra 8000 groupset and wheels I stole off my Basso.


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Guess I can share this here too. The only Trek in my collection right now and the only full carbon bike I have.

Found this mislisted and NOS on Ebay and got the frame for what I think was a steal. Built up with a brand new Ultegra 8000 groupset and wheels I stole off my Basso.


My eyes! lol
Nice find and cool result!
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1983 520 with 9 speed setup, ready for some major miles this summer.




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Just got this, it's supposed to be a '79, but serial number is an anomaly. I started another thread on it here, but wanted to add the photo to the library on this thread.

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This bike was given to me by the original owner who got in an auto accident a week after he bought it. He never really got to ride it due to serious back injury. I took it apart and cleaned it and i couldn't ride it because it was way to small for me. I gave it to my son in law so he would have a cool vintage bike. He loves it but doesn't ride it much. I had some nice offers on it , but couldn't bring myself to sell it. Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress

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