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Old 04-09-12, 08:32 AM
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1992 Trek 400 - fender question

I just acquired a 1992 Trek 400 that I'm planning on using for a commuter. It currently has 700 x 35 Schwalbe cyclocross tires on it and I'd like to put fenders on the bike. I like the look and function of the VO Zeppelin fenders, but at 52mm, I'm not sure if they will fit the bike with this size tire on it. Do you think this would work, or will there not be enough clearance?

If not, I could try the 45mm fender, or I might just have to go down in tire size to 32 or 28. Part of the commute is on the road, and part is on a public trail that has a few rock sections, so I'd like to have a little beefier tire on the bike.

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
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Bumping this once. Any advice would be appreciated, especially from anyone that has a Trek 400 around that age. Thanks again.
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Had an '89 Trek 400 & passed it along. Tight geometry, clearances were tiny even with x28 tires, can't imagine trying to fit fenders on it.

[Edit] Wanted to add for those who might not know, the geometry varied from year to year. I have an '86 Trek 400 that might fit fenders with 28s (I'm running 35s that barely fit side-to-side btwn the chainstays); they tightened the geometry btwn '86 and '89.

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Thanks duffer. It definitely looks tight but I was hoping to get some on someway. It may just be a process of trial and error.
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I have an '87 Trek 400 Elance...not sure if it is similar. I run 25s on it with fenders. I have some 28s that I cannot run on it with fenders (but they are large 28s, the RibMos).
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I've run 29s with fenders on a 400 before.
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Those VO fenders will not fit at the base of the chainstays. It may also be a tight squeeze at the brake bridge. I have had a number of old Treks (710/613/510 etc.) and getting anything more than a 45mm fender and a 32mm tire was not possible. Meaning that it worked safely and easily.

Another thing with metal fenders is that if you cut them to fit them they lose a good bit of rigidity and cracks develop much more quickly. If it were me, I would try a set of Planet Bike 45mm fenders first. They are cheaper and can be modified much easier with fewer ill effects. see if you can snag a set used and it will help you figure out if you want to or can use the metal fenders. You should post some pictures of the bike in its current set up.
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Thanks everyone for the information. I don't have any pics online of the bike unfortunately, but it has all of the original components. I bought it at an Amish bike shop out near Lancaster, PA, and it is in beautiful shape. It does look like a tight squeeze at the brake bridge, but I think the brakes themselves should offer enough clearance.

Fender1, thanks for the suggestion of the PB fenders first, a good idea. I think I'll try a 28mm tire with the 45 mm fender and see if that works, and adjust from there.
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I am kinda, sorta local to you if you need help.
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Thanks for the offer, Fender1. I may just take you up on your offer sometime. Very local actually, I work in Chesterbrook.
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