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Old 04-07-22, 09:17 AM
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Old Treks

my question is fairly simple, i hope. how are older treks rated as far as how good they are. i have a 700, and have heard this is the lowest , or cheapest one at the time they were produced. its pretty heavy, but rides nice and smooth. how many different types were made. i've noticed a 850 on my local cl for 110.00. good deal or no?
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Originally Posted by jdogg111 View Post
my question is fairly simple, i hope. how are older treks rated as far as how good they are. i have a 700, and have heard this is the lowest , or cheapest one at the time they were produced. its pretty heavy, but rides nice and smooth. how many different types were made. i've noticed a 850 on my local cl for 110.00. good deal or no?
7xx series was a model number reused by Trek. Early 7XX series were top of the line touring bikes and are highly desirable. Later became bottom of the line mountain/hybrid bikes and decent bikes but nothing special. In the mountain hybrid the higher the number the better. I have a 1991 970 which is near the top.

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You can find out when your Trek was built by checking the serial number at the Vintage Trek web site.

In general, a 7nn series frame from the 70s and early 80s indicates a full Reynolds 531 frame hand-brazed in Waterloo WI, not bottom of the line. By the late 80s and 90s, Trek started recycling model numbers onto bikes with totally different construction and materials, and that generalization no longer applies.
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In 1995, my 800 Sport was labled by the company as entry level, @ 249 usd. Found it, well ridden, in a goodwill, Dec. 2013. Have rode the hell outta it since. Still an awesome frame!
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I had a 660 with lugged 531 frame, it was best riding bicycle I have ever owned, and I have owned a lot of bikes.
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Trek has made A LOT of bikes over the years. Dozens of models, Some are top notch and others are average. Your question is a little too general.

It sounds like you have a model 700 hybrid. It has/had good geometry and lower end tubing and components. There's nothing wrong with that. All the large mfgs have a full range of entry bikes as well has higher-end models. Different people are in the market for different bikes.

Your 850 is the upper end of the entry-level (800 series) mountain bikes. It's an average bike. "Robust" Though it may be 40ish years old..with a little maintenance it'll last another 40.

If you're interested in a different bike..what are your goals? What type of riding do you want to do? Hauling groceries?, touring? bombing around the city? 30-50 mile day rides? rail trails? off-road trails? commuting? What's your budget?

$110 for an 850..these days.. may be worth it, but it really depends on condition. If it's seen heavy use, it may or may not be worth $50. If it sat in someone's basement for 95% of it's life it could be a great deal. If the wheels are shot, it's fairly worthless unless you have a set of wheels laying around.
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