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Trek 950 650b trail/rando build

Old 03-08-15, 08:23 PM
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This is a timely thread. I have been (brush) re-painting my 1987 Schwinn Cimarron, with mixed results. I have done 2 coats of primer and two coats of finish and I am not loving the John Deere Green color. I may end up joining you in this grand experiment.....
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Really? For some reason I thought it was '89 but I dont know where I got that. I'll look up the serial no.

Edit: All research points to '89.
Thats kind of why I asked. A few years ago I bought a pair of 950s, told they were both 1989 models. I bought them thinking of making a tandem, but decided between the lugged frames and a few other factors, That would be impractical...


This one was fixed up and given to a close friend...


But this one needs Mountain LX rear brake calipers, and the brake/shifter levers were both damaged. I wouldn't mind replacing them, but I have suitable substitutes for the time being... OK. Back to the 650b and the OP...
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Man the frame looks awesome bare. Quality is pretty high on those welds and luggs, better than I expected I guess. I have 750 from roughly the same time period that I am going to convert to drops, it may be cool to do a paint scrape and clear coat.
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Originally Posted by fender1
This is a timely thread. I have been (brush) re-painting my 1987 Schwinn Cimarron, with mixed results. I have done 2 coats of primer and two coats of finish and I am not loving the John Deere Green color. I may end up joining you in this grand experiment.....
I hear you. Painting bikes can be either quite frustrating or really fun.
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@zjrog oddjob happens to have sent me the brakes from this 950 and I'm not using them since I'm converting to 650b. You're welcome to them if you like.
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Some pictures of the finish out in the sun this morning. Looks golden in the light!



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Originally Posted by whatwolf
@zjrog oddjob happens to have sent me the brakes from this 950 and I'm not using them since I'm converting to 650b. You're welcome to them if you like.
That would be greatly appreciated. Sending you a PM.
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I think it's snazzy looking. What's the rest of the bike look like?
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Originally Posted by Henry III
I think it's snazzy looking. What's the rest of the bike look like?
Me too! Should be able to get it built up tomorrow and I'll post some more pics.
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Me too! Should be able to get it built up tomorrow and I'll post some more pics.
Awesome! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
Some pictures of the finish out in the sun this morning. Looks golden in the light!



Fantastic. You convinced me. I will be stealing your idea. Off to buy some paint stripper.......
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Great thread! I have two 950's hanging out in my shed, 89 lugged and a 96-98 tigged model. The tigged model worked great with a 70 mm Marzoochi Z2 fork and would probably be my choice for a 650 B conversion only with a well sagged 2000 80mm fork that clears 650B . Question, Tektro 720S what does the s stand for , Silver? I am pretty sure my 95 steel stumpy will clear the 650b Crossmark 2.1 also.
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Originally Posted by Fred Smedley
Great thread! I have two 950's hanging out in my shed, 89 lugged and a 96-98 tigged model. The tigged model worked great with a 70 mm Marzoochi Z2 fork and would probably be my choice for a 650 B conversion only with a well sagged 2000 80mm fork that clears 650B . Question, Tektro 720S what does the s stand for , Silver? I am pretty sure my 95 steel stumpy will clear the 650b Crossmark 2.1 also.
Tektro cr720 is the model name. I was pluralizing it with an 's.'

Yes, plenty of clearance in these bikes. I have some 650b Surly Knards I'm going to try out but eventually I'd like to get something a bit wider.
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Fantastic. You convinced me. I will be stealing your idea. Off to buy some paint stripper.......
Have fun! You'll get to see how neat or messy those fillets are!
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UPS guy didn't come until almost 4pm but I worked quick!

This morning, all important accessories installed



5PM:



The handle bars were taken directly from my Tempo, and I'm just switching out the 11-speed bar ends for 10-speed ones. I plan to re-do the cables and bar tape in different colors after a couple test voyages.
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Looks like a stable, planted ride. I'd bet it'll be a beast on the trails.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
UPS guy didn't come until almost 4pm but I worked quick!

This morning, all important accessories installed



5PM:



The handle bars were taken directly from my Tempo, and I'm just switching out the 11-speed bar ends for 10-speed ones. I plan to re-do the cables and bar tape in different colors after a couple test voyages.
That's nice! Can you give us a bottom bracket height with 650B wheels
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What a fantastic bike. You are quite creative, and you have me wondering what's next for my '90 Trek 930. Couple of questions. Sounds like you used Amber colored shellac as you mentioned golden tones. Is this correct? What did you use to apply the shellac? Brush, sponge brush?

What 650b rims did you use? Would you please take a head on shot of the front brakes in relation to the brake pads hitting the rims. I'm wondering, if the brake pad posts are all the way up in the slot, how the pads may or may not angle to hit the rims. Do you have to angle the post up in order for the pads to contact rims or are the posts parallel to the ground?
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
What a fantastic bike. You are quite creative, and you have me wondering what's next for my '90 Trek 930. Couple of questions. Sounds like you used Amber colored shellac as you mentioned golden tones. Is this correct? What did you use to apply the shellac? Brush, sponge brush?

What 650b rims did you use? Would you please take a head on shot of the front brakes in relation to the brake pads hitting the rims. I'm wondering, if the brake pad posts are all the way up in the slot, how the pads may or may not angle to hit the rims. Do you have to angle the post up in order for the pads to contact rims or are the posts parallel to the ground?
Clear shellac, with the second-cheapest 1" brush they had at Dixieline.

Those are Velocity Synergy rims, and I'll try to get that shot for you later on. There's a lot of adjustability built into the brake posts (a series of concave washers) so you can get them to angle which ever way you want. Ideally you want them on the same plane as the braking surface but with a slight toe-in.

Or maybe you meant to ask if reaching the rims was a stretch with these brakes? In which case, the front more than the rear, but both work.
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Nice! What is the width of the tires and what does the clearance look like?
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Nice! What is the width of the tires and what does the clearance look like?
I haven't measured the tires on these rims but they're Surly Knards and there's plenty of room for something fatter, maybe 1.95 to 2.1 depending on the tire.
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Still needs brake and fit adjustments and a front rack installed, but I'm digging it so far!
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
UPS guy didn't come until almost 4pm but I worked quick!

This morning, all important accessories installed



5PM:



The handle bars were taken directly from my Tempo, and I'm just switching out the 11-speed bar ends for 10-speed ones. I plan to re-do the cables and bar tape in different colors after a couple test voyages.
Nice! Damn, you don't eff around, do you

I kinda like the orange tape on this BTW.
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Originally Posted by Pars
Nice! Damn, you don't eff around, do you

I kinda like the orange tape on this BTW.
I don't mind it so much but it's lost a lot of its high-viz quality and gotten sort of gummy and weird. It's only been on those bars a few months.
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