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Old 04-13-11, 03:58 PM
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Trek 930 for $50... good deal?

Found this Trek 930 on Craigslist today: http://cnj.craigslist.org/bik/2321815615.html.
I am currently using a single speed BikesDirect road bike for commuting, but have been looking for something with clearance for wider tires, and braze-ons for racks and fenders (Mostly fantasizing... recent threads indicate I have a bigger budget, but it turns out it was much lower than I expected). I was thinking about getting this, and then slapping on some drop bars, and eventually putting on an IGH. Is this a reasonable price for this bike? How are the components, etc.?

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Old 04-13-11, 03:59 PM
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I'd jump on that.
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Old 04-13-11, 05:48 PM
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Buy it now.
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Should've bought it @ 2:30.
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If it is in decent shape, it is a great deal. If it fits, I'd jump on it now!
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Also... just a suggestion... telling us about a good deal like this is like showing your finger to a piranha. It won't last long.
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Yeah, I saw a picture of a Tesla (a really nice electric car, for those who weren't aware), wit that as it's license plate. Considering one reason I see a bicycle as a viable mode of transport is the lack of gas, I thought it was fitting.
Anyway, I'm kinda worried. I sent the guy an email at 6:00, and haven't gotten a response. I'll check tomorrow morning... does this happen a lot when getting stuff from Craigslist? Could this mean he already sold it?
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It's a good deal, for sure. The 930's were solid mid-line, chromoly framed mountain bikes.
Hope you get it. The frame is pretty big, so make sure it's a good fit.
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Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
The frame is pretty big, so make sure it's a good fit.
It does seem big, but I ride a 58 cm, and 22.5 is like 57, so it should fit well.
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The top tube may be longer than what you want, BTW. Also the early 90's 9XX series had a querky set up for the front derailer. The end of the cable anchored to the back of the bottom bracket, so the shifter took slack out of the cable which forced the cable housing to move the derailer. He says he has it set up as a single cog in front, so If you want to switch it back you will need the little adapter to make a bottom pull derailer work as a top push. I love the 9XX series, especialy the lugged ones. Bought a 950 new in 92
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Originally Posted by Oil_LOL View Post
It does seem big, but I ride a 58 cm, and 22.5 is like 57, so it should fit well.
You should be fine, particularly if you are using it for commuting. Most folks will go down a size or two for offroad duty, to account for emergency dismounts on uneven terrain.
That bike would make a great commuter.
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Originally Posted by Oil_LOL View Post
It does seem big, but I ride a 58 cm, and 22.5 is like 57, so it should fit well.
I'm 6' and ride 58cm road bike and 20" MTB. Younger son is 6'4" rides 62cm road bike and 22" MTB. If you are at least 6' you should be fine for road use.
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Originally Posted by ebr898 View Post
The top tube may be longer than what you want, BTW. Also the early 90's 9XX series had a querky set up for the front derailer. The end of the cable anchored to the back of the bottom bracket, so the shifter took slack out of the cable which forced the cable housing to move the derailer. He says he has it set up as a single cog in front, so If you want to switch it back you will need the little adapter to make a bottom pull derailer work as a top push. I love the 9XX series, especialy the lugged ones. Bought a 950 new in 92
I remember that, it's a real pain to set up anything but the stock derailer, and even that isn't a walk in the park. You're right though, the 900 series from this era were awesome bikes, I had a 950, lugged and everything, and it was pretty awesome. I still kinda regret giving it to a friend who needed it more, I'm kinda selfish, what can I say.
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Get it. I'm 5'9 and have a 21" or 23" Giant Rincon that I commuted on for years.
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I'm surprised the listing is still up. But it before you regret not buying it.
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Folks who want to convert a MTB gotta be aware that the top tube are meant for flat bars so they are LONG...once you put drops on it. You will most likely have to get a shorter stem and then handling will be affected(i.e. suck)...you'll get a poor man's Surly LHT, and it'll handle like one. I did it on a 90s Rockhopper. Handling sucked because of the short stem. You may be able to get away with it if you are built a gorilla and like long top tubes.

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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
I'm 6' and ride 58cm road bike and 20" MTB. Younger son is 6'4" rides 62cm road bike and 22" MTB. If you are at least 6' you should be fine for road use.
Except that a 22" mountain bike is proportioned for a 6'4" man. There's some serious distance between the saddle and the handlebars. The bottom bracket on mountain bikes is also taller so standover might be a problem. Try before you buy and remember it ain't a deal if it don't fit.
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Folks who want to convert a MTB gotta be aware that the top tube are meant for flat bars so they are LONG...once you put drops on it. You will most likely have to get a shorter stem and then handling will be affected(i.e. suck)...you'll get a poor man's Surly LHT, and it'll handle like one. I did it on a 90s Rockhopper. Handling sucked because of the short stem. You may be able to get away with it if you are built a gorilla and like long top tubes.
Speaking of which, there is another bike I'm interested in in the area. It's a late 90's Rockhopper, and the seller says it's mint and stock. They're selling it for 150 (I know, a lot more, and without slicks or a rack, but... I'm impatient) . I'm gonna inquire, ask about size, etc, because I haven't gotten a response email from this guy yet. Could anyone recommend a good size for a vintage (90's rigid) MTB for commuting, if I ride a 58 cm road bike?
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Could anyone recommend a good size for a vintage (90's rigid) MTB for commuting, if I ride a 58 cm road bike?
I'm going to guess 18", or "medium" frame, perhaps slipping into the odd "large" (19" or 20"), depending on top tube length, your reach, etc. 22" qualifies as "extra large" in the MTB world.
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$50!!!

Grab it!
I own one and it is my favorite bike (notice my avitar), all original, near mint condition.
Rock solid and bullet proof.
Not for sale at any price.
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Speaking of which, there is another bike I'm interested in in the area. It's a late 90's Rockhopper, and the seller says it's mint and stock. They're selling it for 150 (I know, a lot more, and without slicks or a rack, but... I'm impatient) . I'm gonna inquire, ask about size, etc, because I haven't gotten a response email from this guy yet. Could anyone recommend a good size for a vintage (90's rigid) MTB for commuting, if I ride a 58 cm road bike?
I'm not particularly long limbed, ride a 58 cm (23") road bike and I've always found 19" frames of any vintage to fit very well. The rule of thumb is to go 2" to 3" shorter than your road bike. It still a pretty good guide to start with. I've had a couple of 18" and always felt far too cramped on them. An 18" is 5" shorter than my road bike. I had to run the longest seatposts I could find and I had to get stems of 150 mm or longer (yes, there are longer ones around).

One caveat: A 19" frame from 1995 is going to have a seat tube length of very close to 19" and top tube length of around 600mm while a newer version of the same brand will be slightly longer top tube and a much shorter seat tube.
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Yeash, the Rockhopper is 18". I'm gonna see if I can test it out before I buy. I've been told that 58 cm is too big for me anyway (I'm perfectly comfortable on my current bike, but a roadie who's taller than me that I know, rides a 56), so it might not be that cramped, expecially if I put on drops. I kinda want something to do my commuting on, and maybe to try out some trails on. I don't want suspension, so this seems perfect.
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Originally Posted by Oil_LOL View Post
Speaking of which, there is another bike I'm interested in in the area. It's a late 90's Rockhopper, and the seller says it's mint and stock. They're selling it for 150 (I know, a lot more, and without slicks or a rack, but... I'm impatient) . I'm gonna inquire, ask about size, etc, because I haven't gotten a response email from this guy yet. Could anyone recommend a good size for a vintage (90's rigid) MTB for commuting, if I ride a 58 cm road bike?
I'm 5'9 and ride a 2008 54cm LHT, a 1999 19" Jamis exile (hardtail), and a 1993 21" or 23" Giant Rincon (rigid). Usually the standard +/- 2 applies to size ranges. The best thing to do is ride it and see if it fits.

The guy selling the $50 Rockhopper may be seeing how much interest he gets and then deletes the post only to repost it at a higher price. Continue to look around. I'd check out the "mint" late 90's rockopper. Just because the asking price is $150 doesn't mean he won't go lower.
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Just contacted the seller of the Rockhopper about setting up a time/place. feeling excited!
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