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Does anyone know the standover height of a Trek 300 Elance 23" frame?

Old 11-07-11, 08:25 PM
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Does anyone know the standover height of a Trek 300 Elance 23" frame?

Any help will be appreciated. The seller does not know much about it, I found this 300 Elance and the picture shows it very nice, but it is a 23" frame, which should be OK for me, I'm 6' tall with an inseam of 34". Currently I ride a 24" frame Trek 600 that I got last week and got "addicted" on steel Treks. This one is an 86. I believe the standover will be 32" and the bike is 80 miles from me, so I'm trying to find out befoer driving all the way. I think it would be nice to have a second one, specially one that is a little bit smaller and lighter. I just didn't think I was going to find the 2nd Trek so fast Also, any experience of the ride quality type of the Trek 300 Elance with Ishiwatta tubing ? I have Reynolds 531 on the 600 and more of a Touring, relaxed riding. Thank you guys!
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So the 1986 catalog says the 23" model has 6.2cm BB drop and a 73.5 degree seat tube that is 58.5 cm center to top. A 700c wheel is has a rim diameter of 622mm.

58.5 * sin(73.5) - 6.2 + 31.1 ~ 81cm without tires
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I would estimate somewhere in the 32 to 32.5 inch range. Note, I have had dismal luck with sellers accurately measuring frame size. Anymore, I assume it is wrong, and go accordingly. Sometimes I have wasted a trip chasing after a deal, but overall, it has worked out for me (last deal was 110 miles one way, I beat the guy home from work).
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Thank you guys for the responses. 32 to 32.5 inch would be OK for me, giving a 1.5 to 2" clearance from the top tube. I believe it has 27
" wheels and not 700c, if anyone that has a Trek 300 or 310 see this post, please let me know.
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I agree with the 32.5 inch suggested - pretty standard for most 23 inch sport/touring frames. I have a 400 Elance with 531 tubing and have had a 400 with Ishiwata and a 300 Elance briefly. I found the ride quality on all to be excellent. It may be the extra weight of a rack on the Elance but I actually found the Ishiwata 400 to be a snappier ride. I don't think you can go wrong with any steel Trek. If it does have 27" wheels that should give you plenty of lift on the frame to have a decent fit but that vintage should have 700c wheels I believe. Post some pics if you can.
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Here it is. I will go see it tomorrow and probably buy it.


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It looks very nice and I like the colors. If the price is reasonable you can't lose.
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Thanks badger_biker. Asking price is $175.00, I will make a offer of $125.00. Original owner, says the bike is in like new condition, he has the owner's manual and receipts. I'm interested. I think it would be a nicer complement for my '83 600, I would probably use it around the neighborhood and leave the 600 for the weekend rides.
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...Trek 600 that I got last week and got "addicted" on steel Treks. This one is an 86....I just didn't think I was going to find the 2nd Trek so fast
And so it begins. Not to worry, there are twelve-step programs....
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Hello folks, I just bought it early this morning! The seller met me at the interstate exit and cut my drive abou 15 miles. The bike has dust on it, but it is indeed like new, owner's manual from 1986, local dealer sticker on the frame, original tape, pedal cage, tire pump, really nice. It fits me well being a 23" frame. It's getting cold here in Indiana, therefore, I will store it and just clean it up next Spring. Price paid: $150. After cleaning it, I will post more pictures.
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i've got an 85 (first year for them i think) 300. tawain made frame according to vintage trek website. 022 ishiwata tubing, that i stripped and powdercoated. it's about the same size as yours. biggest frame i've got at 22" (i'm about 5' 8") and my favorite frame too. came with 27" wheels. araya a-20 rims. very nice. it gets the most miles of my five bikes. take a close look at the seatstays and tell me they aren't the fattest you've ever seen as they approach the seat cluster! hope you get as much enjoyment out of yours as i do mine.
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Thank you Hueyhoolihan, this one is a 23" frame which is 58.5 cm frame, I'm 6' tall and it gives me about 1.5" of clearance from the top tube, which is nice. I got it this morning and still did not ride it, but I believe that I will specially the good things I heard about the ishiwata tubing. It's really interesting to know that the Taiwan built frame is riding better than the other ones.
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