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Old 10-05-20, 06:48 PM
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New 700 Multi Track Project Bike

I just picked this up on Craigslist for about $60.
From what I have found it's a '93?
I wanted to get schooled on working on bicycles so this is my lab rat.

If things work out, I'll use this for commuting my 2-1/2 mile commute (when I go back to the office - TBD), as a back-up and loaner.

The frame is solid (not pretty), pedals and shifts surprisingly smooth, wheels seem solid (tires will last for test rides, etc).
It's got grime, but no rust.
I'll take everything apart, clean it all up, learn how to reinstall & adjust, and replace items that need it.

I'll have to consider the frame. There are lots of chips, but I like the original graphics.
Either manual touch-up (lots of it - unlikely), full media blast/refinish, or mix of blast/refinish & mask/manually clean up the graphics areas.

I'm not technically knowledgeable about bikes, but hope to come out the other end of this having earned a few chops.

I'll post more pictures, details, etc.


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That's the color I wanted when I bought my '93, but they had run out.

Have fun with your rebuild!
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Came to bikeforums for other reasons entirely (lots of great info here as I consider purchasing/fixing up an old road bike) but loving this thread!

I have a 2001 (I think) 700 (year based on the color after some online research - a darker grey to light grey fade). Seems like it's a bit more of a recent model than would be exciting for you all to own, I gather because it has an aluminum vs. steel frame? It also has some really funky Shimano shifter display dials, no idea if those were original. Anyway it's a Frankenstein's Bike of the co-op where I purchased it and then the second co-op that helped me fix it so not worth the picture I'm not yet allowed to post, but I'm enjoying reading about your Multitracks
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Old 10-07-20, 04:07 AM
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I've been looking for awhile for a Multitrack Trek 750 or 790 lugged bike 19", but I'm not having much luck. So I have widened my search to additionally include 520 and 720 Touring bikes. While I understand the frames are all very similar, the 520 and 620 usually have drop handle bars. So I've been thinking about converting one to upright with new stem and handlebar. Additionally these 520/620 have down tube shifters. I'd like a brake shifter setup on the upright handlebars. I'm looking for good quality part suggestions for brake/shifters, stem and handlebar. Thanks, Nelson
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Originally Posted by fujifinest
I've been looking for awhile for a Multitrack Trek 750 or 790 lugged bike 19", but I'm not having much luck. So I have widened my search to additionally include 520 and 720 Touring bikes. While I understand the frames are all very similar, the 520 and 620 usually have drop handle bars. So I've been thinking about converting one to upright with new stem and handlebar. Additionally these 520/620 have down tube shifters. I'd like a brake shifter setup on the upright handlebars. I'm looking for good quality part suggestions for brake/shifters, stem and handlebar. Thanks, Nelson
The 520/620/720 all have higher spec components than the 750 (more like the rare 790)
Multitrack 750/790 are much like the 520 except for the unicrown fork on the Multitrack. The 620/720 Touring have more prestigious steel eg 531 and the 720 Touring is a rare grail bike with long chainstays for touring.
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Originally Posted by wrightstuff
This is the 1992 790 I've been rambling on about. It came almost 100% stock from what I can tell. These images were taken after a good shine up and removing some things off of the frame like fenders, a kickstand, and a rear rack.

I have a few hundred miles on the frame now and have made a large number of component changes including a drop bar conversion. Here are some stats/thoughts that might be useful/interesting to others:

Bike details:
1992 Trek Multitrack 790, 21 inch frame.

Sizing:
I would say the 21 inch frame it is on the large end of fitting well. If I had to guess the 19 inch frame might be on the small end of fitting well. I am 5'9" with about a 30.5" inseam.

Weight:
26lbs as pictured (stock)

Wheel spacing:
Front: 100mm Quick Release
Rear: 135mm Quick Release
Side note: I am using a 10 speed 130mm rear wheel right now on the frame and it seems to be running fine. I may try to have a custom wheelset built around the original spacing of 100/135.

Tire clearance:
With fenders: I would guess max width to be around 35mm with fenders. Go with 32mm to be safe.
Without fenders: I have a pair of semi slick 38mm tires on the bike now with clearance for more (but no clearance for fenders). I will likely attempt to fit a pair of more aggressive ~40mm tires at some point for more heavy duty trails/gravel. I doubt anything more than ~44mm will fit.

Seatpost Diameter:
26.6mm

Ride Quality:
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So how does it look now?
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Originally Posted by DFPyne
Beautiful bike!
Thank you! It has been a great bike pre and post conversion!

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Show some pictures post drop bar conversion.
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So how does it look now?
I have not had the chance to perform a proper "photo shoot" post conversion - Too much time on the bike I guess . I will certainly provide an update with images but it still might be a week or two.
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1995 700

Found this locally on the cheap. It's steel with a chromoly seat tube. The weight difference is really noticeable from my other all chromoly 700s.
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Recently on my local craigslist I saw what looked like a Trek 750 that had a colorway I couldn't quite date. It appeared black with white and blue decals. It had the '3 dot' multitrack logo that looks to have been used from 1992 to 1994. More importantly it was lugged which would make it a 1993 at the oldest.

Vintage-Trek has listed for those years:
92, white with red decals
93, lunar to black fade with white decals
94, ice violet to ice indigo fade with white decals

The easy answer would be that it's a 1993 but it really looked solid black. Anybody have any thoughts? Was there an alternate colorway offered in 1992 or 1993 that wasn't in the catalog? I'd post a link to the craigslist listing but it appears like someone already snatched it up....

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recently on my local craigslist i saw what looked like a trek 750 that had a colorway i couldn't quite date. It appeared black with white and blue decals. It had the '3 dot' multitrack logo that looks to have been used from 1992 to 1994. More importantly it was lugged which would make it a 1993 at the oldest.

Vintage-trek has listed for those years:
92, white with red decals
93, lunar to black fade with white decals
94, ice violet to ice indigo fade with white decals

the easy answer would be that it's a 1993 but it really looked solid black. Anybody have any thoughts? Was there an alternate colorway offered in 1992 or 1993 that wasn't in the catalog? I'd post a link to the craigslist listing but it appears like someone already snatched it up....
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That was my next guess but was the 3 dot multitrack logo used in 1991 or was that the last year of the mountain logo?
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Originally Posted by DFPyne
That was my next guess but was the 3 dot multitrack logo used in 1991 or was that the last year of the mountain logo?
I have a 91 white letters blue shadow on black frame. 3 dots I am not conscious of will have to look at home. Is it a graphic near the word "Multitrack"?
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Originally Posted by dmark
I have a 91 white letters blue shadow on black frame. 3 dots I am not conscious of will have to look at home. Is it a graphic near the word "Multitrack"?
Exactly. From what I can tell from 1990-1992 the multitrack graphic was a mountain and from 1992-1994 the multitrack logo had 'Function Specific Design' to the left of multi and 3 dots between multi and track. I would post side by side images but I am still 2 posts away from being able to post photos. Now 1 post away....
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Exactly. From what I can tell from 1990-1992 the multitrack graphic was a mountain and from 1992-1994 the multitrack logo had 'Function Specific Design' to the left of multi and 3 dots between multi and track. I would post side by side images but I am still 2 posts away from being able to post photos. Now 1 post away....
5 Multitrack's in the garage and that is something I never considered.
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Originally Posted by DFPyne
Exactly. From what I can tell from 1990-1992 the multitrack graphic was a mountain and from 1992-1994 the multitrack logo had 'Function Specific Design' to the left of multi and 3 dots between multi and track. I would post side by side images but I am still 2 posts away from being able to post photos. Now 1 post away....
'Function Specific Design' to the left of multi and 3 dots between multi and track on the black 91; white 97 730 in front.
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'Function Specific Design' to the left of multi and 3 dots between multi and track on the black 91; white 97 730 in front.
That's the one! My black 1991 750 has the mountain multitrack graphic. I guess they switched mid-year.

I also have that same yellow Blackburn water bottle cage on my 1992 790. Now that I can finally post images I will shortly.
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Originally Posted by DFPyne
That's the one! My black 1991 750 has the mountain multitrack graphic. I guess they switched mid-year.

I also have that same yellow Blackburn water bottle cage on my 1992 790. Now that I can finally post images I will shortly.
After returning to the garage my black 1990 750 has a silver mountain behind the word Multitrack; no dots or FSD.
The suspense is broken we can all relax.
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Originally Posted by DFPyne
Recently posted in the introductions forum and am also posting here to shamelessly get my post count up. With everything going on in the world I recently gave into my long lingering urge to get back on a bike for the first time since my youth. After spending some time lurking on this forum and specifically this thread, I decided a trek hybrid is probably the best choice for me. After only about 2 weeks of searching, a 1992 Trek 790 popped up on OfferUp which was a little under an hour away. It wasnít a crazy bargain, but I feel like I got a reasonable deal considering how long I had to wait and the craziness of the Covid market. I picked it up yesterday and couldn't be happier. The blue is incredible and actually feels comfortable for my 5í6Ē height, which had been my hurdle up to this point.

The bike seems to be stock. Knowing next to nothing about working on bikes Iím not sure were to start, or if it really even needs major upgrading immediately. I think Iíll start with getting a new seat and a water bottle holder.

Iíll post images once Iím able to.
Finally able to post images.....




I'd like to get brown leather grips but I haven't found any I like.
I also have a more beat-up 1992 790 that I'd like to do a drop bar conversion if I can teach myself how to do it. Recently picked-up a 1991 750 for my fiancť though she's yet to ride it....
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Show some pictures post drop bar conversion.
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So how does it look now?
Here are some images from yesterday's fall color tour - post dropbar conversion.

It is currently a 1x10 setup running a 40t in front with a 11-32 cassette in the back. I plan on continuing to tweak out the build in the coming months/years and will likely end up ultimately running 2x10 with a different wheelset.

Also - I will not always be running aerobars, but I am considering entering into a gravel race next weekend and was giving the race specific setup a try.

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I am the original owner of this '95 730. It had been mostly hibernating for a long time, but I woke it up a few months ago.

After learning that the original FC-MC12 crank arms were under a voluntary recall from 1997, I replaced them with some used FC-MC16 arms (keeping my original chainrings).


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So over a period of time I have been reading on this forum about Trek Multitrack bikes. I have enjoyed the read a lot. One thing I have not seen is any talk about the Trek 750 using lugged assembly versus welded frames. Is there anybody out there that has ridden both methods of assembly and can comment about the ride quality? Thanks, Nelson
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I put 8K miles on this thing as a commuter. I eventually sold it to a young kid needing some transportation...


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I put 8K miles on this thing as a commuter. I eventually sold it to a young kid needing some transportation...


There are some nice parts on that. Is that a Ti Syncros seatpost?
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There are some nice parts on that. Is that a Ti Syncros seatpost?

Yes it is. The bike shop had it on clearance 12 years ago or so, so I bought it. I got the bike through as a work prize in 2003. In 2008 or 2009, I stripped it to the frame and and start buying parts here and there, mostly on eBay. If I recall correctly, the Shifters and Derailleurs were XT, Brakes\Crank were LX. XT hubs on the Velocity rims, and a 105 12-25 cassette. I live in Florida, so don't have to worry about hills, jagwire housing. It was an awesome ride.
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There's a lugged 750 in DC for a good price. I have absolutely no connection to this seller and cannot assist with inspection or purchase, but if you're close by -- it looks like it's worth looking at.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...247752050.html

...and a tig-welded small frame 720 as well:

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...247653633.html
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