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The Trek 760 Appreciation Thread (770 and 170 included)

Old 10-17-14, 02:07 PM
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The Trek 760 Appreciation Thread (770 and 170 included)

After thoroughly hijacking other member's threads when discussing the almighty Trek 760, it has been decided this iconic vintage American racer needs a separate thread for discussion. Share your pictures, rides, wrenching, ID'ing possible frames and any other thoughts concerning this Trek favorite.

To start, here are a few pics of my ('84 braze date) '86:






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I think I can speak for most of us by saying that a note of gratitude needs to be extended to those that have labored in the compilation of info at Vintage Trek Bikes- Information on Steel Road Bicycles made by the Trek Bicycle Corporation, bike

Thank you for your contribution!
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A few quirks about my 760.....it has a frame with a 12/7/1984 braze date that under normal conditions would have been built in '85. Mine has '86 decals on a non-'86 paint. Also has pinstriping outlining the main lugs that appears to be with automated application. When first seeing the bike I thought it to be a 560 until a few weeks ago @JohnDThompson said it had a 760 frame when he saw the distinctive "trident" fork crown lug. It has also been documented that Trek's distinctive "through the stay" rear derailleur cable was standard on some models but not 760's. Mine has it. I have formulated no less than 3 scenarios to somehow attempt to explain all the mysteries but have resolved to let it go and fully enjoy Trek's contribution to a great professional grade racer.
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When first seeing the bike I thought it to be a 560 until a few weeks ago @JohnDThompson said it had a 760 frame when he saw the distinctive "trident" fork crown lug.
That, and the Tange "Champion" head lugs. 5xx and 6xx series frames used a one piece head tube/lug unit rather than the three separate pieces used on the 7xx, 9xx, and 170 frames. There are also differences in the dropouts and bottom bracket shell that can distinguish the models. Yours is undoubtedly a 760 frame.
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This was mine (1984, frame built 10/83). 531c, not 531p as in the catalog.

All Suntour Superbe 7s including that character-building 12-21 freewheel. I didn't have the Sprint wheelset, so I sub'd in a NR set, tubie of course.

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This was mine (1984, frame built 10/83). 531c, not 531p as in the catalog.

All Suntour Superbe 7s including that character-building 12-21 freewheel. I didn't have the Sprint wheelset, so I sub'd in a NR set, tubie of course.
"Character building".

So true. Mine has a shimano sis 6sp 13-26.

Dig the color of your 760!
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85 with modern drivetrain and replaced fork. Was out on rail trails with it today. Has a great ride. Soaks up the miles, yet shoots forward willingly with each pedal stroke. One of my favorite century bikes.

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
That, and the Tange "Champion" head lugs. 5xx and 6xx series frames used a one piece head tube/lug unit rather than the three separate pieces used on the 7xx, 9xx, and 170 frames. There are also differences in the dropouts and bottom bracket shell that can distinguish the models. Yours is undoubtedly a 760 frame.
I like the Tim Isaac cast BB. Very stylish.

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Here is my 1985 770. Best vintage bike that I've ever had.

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Here is my 1985 770. Best vintage bike that I've ever had.



Drop dead gorgeous...and looks fast standing still.




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Here is my 1985 770. Best vintage bike that I've ever had.

Trek went wild on these babes.
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Here is my 1985 770. Best vintage bike that I've ever had.

Yep, if I was going to ride a pink bike, that would be the one.
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Anybody got an '83 760 out there? I hardly ever see that one. It's usually the '84's or '85's. I got a soft spot for them '83's with the contrasting head tube.
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Anybody got an '83 760 out there? I hardly ever see that one. It's usually the '84's or '85's. I got a soft spot for them '83's with the contrasting head tube.
i know this is the wrong thread, but here's one currently on CL in Los Angeles. I would be checking it out if it were a little smaller:

Vintage Trek 760 1983 Road Bike

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i know this is the wrong thread, but here's one currently on CL in Los Angeles. I would be checking it out if it were a little smaller:

Vintage Trek 760 1983 Road Bike

Nice. Glad it's safely out of reach in CA. That is my size.
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Anybody got an '83 760 out there? I hardly ever see that one. It's usually the '84's or '85's. I got a soft spot for them '83's with the contrasting head tube.
Introductory year. Not that I want to count but I wonder how many are out there.
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Nice. Glad it's safely out of reach in CA. That is my size.
I'm sure that someone in CA would help you buy it.
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Anybody got an '83 760 out there? I hardly ever see that one. It's usually the '84's or '85's. I got a soft spot for them '83's with the contrasting head tube.
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Introductory year. Not that I want to count but I wonder how many are out there.
I know now that there are at least two of them.
This one was my hipster build Black GC aero levers and BLUE Michelins, Velocity Deep V's. I've replaced the pedals since.

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I know now that there are at least two of them.
This one was my hipster build Black GC aero levers and BLUE Michelins, Velocity Deep V's. I've replaced the pedals since.

The tires really stand out! My Cannondale has brake levers like that.
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I know now that there are at least two of them.
This one was my hipster build Black GC aero levers and BLUE Michelins, Velocity Deep V's. I've replaced the pedals since.

That is good lookin'.
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Thanks @Sedgemop !

Every time I ride it, I feel an urge to get my lip and eyebrow pierced.
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So, I couldnt help myself, just had to toss the racing wheels on it. For the curious minds, the Campy NR does clear the 28t cog but I wish it had a B screw to help with chain/shift timing a little bit. But then, I'm only going to give it a little ride this weekend.
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Here are some pics of my '83 760. Bought the frame in 1984, had parts from a built-up Paris Sport frame that was a bit too small. First pic is pre-upgrade, I set it up for a 9-speed drivetrain/wheels, eventually put a Dura-Ace 9sp group on, then swapped for an Ultegra 9-speed group. Repainted the frame a few years ago, the bike is still fabulous. More pix can be found in the gallery at the vintage-trek site.










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Nice frame! What does it weigh with modern equippo?

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rsacilotto -

thanks very much for posting your most handsome mount.

an OT question - if you are in Saugus how did you ever get enough water to have those weeds growing so nicely in the pavement seams?
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