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The Trek 760 Appreciation Thread (770 and 170 included)

Old 10-13-19, 05:17 PM
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An 83 would have been full Super Record. Ti BB, pedals and a Campagnolo alloy freewheel
83 catalouge https://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...churePart2.pdf
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Old 10-15-19, 09:22 AM
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Just finished assembling this '84 built, '85 painted 760 with DA7800. I'm having a lot of fun riding it! The wheelbase is nearly a full centimeter shorter than my CAAD10. I rounded out the cockpit with a set of Soma's Highway One bars, and so far I'm really into how they fit with the build.


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Old 10-15-19, 09:27 AM
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1983 Trek 700; can I join the club?

I purchased a 1983 Trek 700 this summer and have been playing with it a bit. Looking at the catalogs, it is really an orphan being only built for 1 year it seems. Full 531 tubing and geometry specs put it closer to the 760 than to the 720. Perhaps Trek didn't feel they needed a bike in-between those two.





Suntour Superbe bits mostly. I added the rear VXs. I am trying to set it up as a day tourer as can be seen. It rides very nice, especially with the addition of the Pasela Gravel King 32s. The pedals are the platform ones specced for the 720, which I like.







Flatlands here, so I went with half step gearing but kept the pretty crank. I did change out the bars to some Nittos with a flatter top, and added a bit taller stem. Cloth tape seemed appropriate, and I haven't mounted a computer yet. Not many 700s around, but the frame would seem to have most of the characteristics of the 760. Hope I didn't commit a crime by inserting it here, but the 700 is a lonely orphan.
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Originally Posted by sd5782 View Post
Not many 700s around, but the frame would seem to have most of the characteristics of the 760. Hope I didn't commit a crime by inserting it here, but the 700 is a lonely orphan.
The model 700 frame geometry was essentially the same as was used on the earlier "sport-touring" models. It differed from the 760 mainly in having a slightly longer wheelbase (slacker head and seat angle, a little more fork rake, slightly longer chain stays) and eyeleted dropouts (Shimano SF or Campagnolo 1010, as available).
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I have a 1983 Trek 170 I plan to build up with either period Dura Ace or Campy Record. Who has an opinion on which would be more original?
Seems like there should be a photo to go along with this post. Don't see many of the 170's around here and they're such good looking frames. How about it?
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28 mm knobbies have really opened up a lot of my rougher local routes
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Old 09-06-20, 06:26 PM
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Belacqua, that bike is just so.....right.
Im seriously thinking of bringing my 760 to KC and get it powder coated
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Originally Posted by PhotonDon View Post
Belacqua, that bike is just so.....right.
Im seriously thinking of bringing my 760 to KC and get it powder coated
Thanks! I hear good things about Groody Brothers. Lmk if you do it!
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Old 09-06-20, 07:11 PM
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That's the outfit. It appears they can do everything I need done to that bike. Is yours original paint?
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Originally Posted by PhotonDon View Post
That's the outfit. It appears they can do everything I need done to that bike. Is yours original paint?
Mine is original, I scraped a few rust spots and treated them with rust converter, worked great. I visited Groody Bros once and had a good impression of the operation. Are you thinking of doing your 760? What color?
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My 85 760 is Beaujolais but I want as bright a red as powder coating will allow. Simple, newer TREK decals, just on the downtube, correct Reynolds decals on frame and fork, and spread to 130 mm so I can hang some Dura Ace 7700 stuff from it. Nothing will be original but the stem, but I don't care. Im old and and want to enjoy it the way I want it. And you kids got offa my lawn!
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Old 09-06-20, 10:04 PM
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I was all set to go out and buy a 1983 Gios Torino with Campy NR back in 1983 when a coworker begged me to buy his 3 month old Trek 760. He needed to sell stereo equipment (he formerly worked at Pacific Stereo and accumulated lots of stuff - do you oldies remember that electronics chain?) and his bike to raise money for a new baby on the way.

I really didnít want a Trek and wanted a full Campy Italian Bike. Well, he begged me and sold it for $500, which was about 1/3 the cost of the Gios I wanted. I still regret not buying the Gios, but to be honest, the 83 Trek 760 was a very good bike and I still ride it today. I also bought 4 Advent loudspeakers from him for a stacked Advent setup for my home stereo. I no longer have the speakers but kept the bike!

Mine came with a full Suntour Superbe Pro groupset. I replaced the crankset with Campy NR arms with SR chainrings, and replaced the Superbe Pro wheels with Campy NR wheels soon after I got the bike. I actually put a Campy NR rear derailleur on it Back in 83 but switched back to the Suntour Superbe Pro RD because the Suntour was noticeably smoother. I recently put a Brooks B17 Imperial and Panaracer Pasela 28mm tires on it. The ride is very smooth.

Once I find a pair of vintage styled cycling shoes that will fit my large feet (US size 13) Iím going to put the old Suntour Superbe Pro pedals back on.

Update: The original Crankset was Superbe, but the brakes, pedals, derailleurs and hubs were Superbe Pro.

My 1983 Trek 760.


The Superbe components polish up nicely. I hand polished one and used a black permanent marker to touch up the cage.

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Old 09-06-20, 10:49 PM
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StackedAdvents! That was the thing in the 70s. Bet you powered it with a Crown amp.

Another beautiful bike Momoman. I would consider that color that for my 760 but my Rex is light blue, and I need a RED bike before I die.

Regarding your almost GIOS, which would probably have been blue as well, have you ridden some Italian racers from the era? Im from a very rural area and never saw those fancy Italians except in Breaking Away. So really, I have no idea how the TREK 760/770/170 product compared against the finest Italian steel of the time. It really doesn't matter to me, I love the ride of my 760 even though its a racer, and one look at me and you know that I'm NO kind of racer. The 760 handles as well or better than any bike I've owned, starting in 1970. Its so quiet, and smooth. There is no uncertainty in the steering (completely neutral), and its much more comfortable than the short back wheelbase would lead youth believe.The Reynolds boys knew their pipes, and the TREK crew knew how to put them together. Thanks, John Thompson et al.

So please, compare and contrast the lowly TREKs to the Merckxs, Nags, Pogs, and DeRosas of the day. And when I get home in 5 weeks (I'm a traveling health care worker) Ill post a pic of my 760, and maybe soon thereafter I can show its extreme makeover.
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Take a look at the red trek on post #164by ljsense. That is 95% of what I want my760 to look like, Except maybe white tape. Simple . Functional.
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Old 09-07-20, 08:55 AM
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PhotonDon,
I had NAD amps that were bridged to power my stacked Advents. I still have the NADís and my Rega Planar turntable.

LOL, I had the same thoughts about owning a red bike before I die! Several years ago I saw a Medici Pro Strada frameset in my size on EBay and was the lone bidder at the minimum price. I didnít know the sordid history of the Medici brand at the time. That probably explains the lack of interest in that brand. I was cycling a lot in the 80ís and was familiar with the SoCal framebuilder names. I now own a Dave Moulton Fuso frame in Red & White and always keep my eyes opened for a Masi Gran Criterium bargain.

Iíve only recently accumulated Italian bikes (89 De Rosa SLX, 82 Colnago Super) so I canít compare the differences. I ride for enjoyment now and donít race downhill, but the Trek 760 inspired confidence and I used to ride it pretty aggressive- I have lots of road rash scars to show for it. The frame stayed true after my spills. I had the frame alignment checked after my crashes.



My red 1983 Medici Pro Strada built up with spare parts, EBay purchases and some new parts. I just had to own a shiny red bike!



I just broke in the Brooks B17 Imperial saddle on my Trek 760 but I have a new Brooks Swift saddle I will swap in. I just love the copper rivets!
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Pretty Medici! Red + chrome be Sexxxxy. We have lots in common. I have the same VO crank on my Rex. I am also on my second Rega TT, as well as Rega CD spinner
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I just got a 1983 760 frame, s/n 76099 (58cm).. I was missing the ride of a racing geometry frame since I sold my '77 Richard Sachs Signature back in 2002 (I wasn't riding at that time so I let it go - probably a dumb move). It has been modified probably in the late '80's or so - the rear brake cable is now internal plus a second set of waterbottle mounts. It was repainted and rebadged with late 80's decals - I may get it repainted and return to the original scheme someday.

I can't wait to build this up and get it back on the road. I plan to use a mix of modern and vintage components including Campy Record derailleurs, pedals and seatpost, Veloce brakes as well as Shimano wheels and a first generation Dura Ace crank. It will have upright bars and a more comfort oriented saddle since I am 61 years old, but it will be ridden 4 - 5 days per week.
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That will make one sweet ride. Enjoy
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My 1983 Trek 760.

In my opinion this is the best configuration of the 760/770 frames, I liked the graphics on the 84 a little better at the time as they were fresher. Now this paint and decal design just works for a vintage bike. The geometry was different from the crit bike geometry coming out from many of Euro builder with steep angles and high bottom brackets. The TREK was a very nice century bike with a little lack-er angles and lower BB. When the powers that be at TREK approved the plug and play lug set the bikes lost my interest. They did make manufacturing and finishing of frames much easier. I'd love to hear from John D on this but if memory serves me right they substituted 531 seat stays on the 170's because that new seat lug didn't fit the 753 seat stays.
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Iíve been wanting to give my 760 some proper attention for awhile. Iíve always preferred the Ď83 blue with silver panel and head tube over my Ď85 Beaujolais.

Iím thinking that over the winter/spring, I may send it off to Groody Brothers for a transformation to itís serial date paint scheme, while also spreading the rear to 130. Iíve been accumulating DA 7700 over the last year, and am thinking this would make a glorious canvas.
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Originally Posted by natterberry View Post
Iíve been wanting to give my 760 some proper attention for awhile. Iíve always preferred the Ď83 blue with silver panel and head tube over my Ď85 Beaujolais.

Iím thinking that over the winter/spring, I may send it off to Groody Brothers for a transformation to itís serial date paint scheme, while also spreading the rear to 130. Iíve been accumulating DA 7700 over the last year, and am thinking this would make a glorious canvas.

This is exactly what I plan to do, and hope to take my bike to Groody in Oct/Nov, then hang some sweet 7700 on it. I want the 770 Hot Pink but my wife says Ill regret it. Might go Mylanta green, but ill probably say screw the correct colors and go with incorrect red red red and incorrect decals. Because red.
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I want the 770 Hot Pink but my wife says Ill regret it.
No, you wouldn't.

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This is exactly what I plan to do, and hope to take my bike to Groody in Oct/Nov, then hang some sweet 7700 on it. I want the 770 Hot Pink but my wife says Ill regret it. Might go Mylanta green, but ill probably say screw the correct colors and go with incorrect red red red and incorrect decals. Because red.
If I didnít have a burgundy 720 to be worked on/built up, Iíd probably stick with what I have.

Edit: This would be a 7703 setup btw. I know the chainring setup is goofy, but it all looks so nice.

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Also, part of what makes me want to align serial/paint scheme is something that I consider a defining characteristic of the 84/85 years - the trident fork crown. Absent on the Ď83s Iíve seen.

Not to mention, I love panels.
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Now you've done it

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No, you wouldn't.

Are you trying to wreck my plans I ALMOST drool over that bike.
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