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Old 09-19-21, 09:00 AM
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Some guys have all the luck….

….And yesterday that guy was me. I made a 3 hour round trip yesterday to pick up this for a very reasonable $150, down $30 from the sellers’ asking price:




A 1995 Trek Multitrack 7900, the very top of the line MT that year. The Trek Multitrack line was never really on my radar until I read through the “Show us your Multitrack” thread a few years ago. From that I decided I wanted a 750, but they’re like hens’ teeth around here. Last year I finally nabbed a 1996 720, and have been really pleased with it. And then this showed up. I didn’t hesitate, and now it sits in my garage as pretty as ever.

Comparing it to the 95 Trek catalogue, It looks like the only thing the PO changed was the stem to a short reach, high rise unit. It, too, is a Trek branded stem so I suspect it got changed when the bike was initially purchased. Additionally, the toe clips and straps have been removed at some point in its life. Tires are different as well, as is to be expected.
I found only two blemishes - one on the drive side seatstay, and one on the no drive side fork blade:





Plans for the future are to replace the stem and seat, and change the shifters (Grip Shift X-ray 8 speed) for some rapid fire 8 speed, and ride the wheels off of it.

It is in like new condition; I doubt if it has 100 miles on it. I’m over the moon excited to add this beauty to my stable; but now I need to find a new home for one of my “lesser” bikes!

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Tight cable routing!





Thanks for looking!
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That's a beautiful find, and in a really nice color! And you definitely got it for a great price! Color me jelly...grape jelly for want of your new purple passion!
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Seem like very relaxed seat/head tube angles?
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Trek catalog calls them out as 71/73…

Thanks! I’m really excited about it!
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Yes, the head and seat tube angles are pretty standard fare for hybrids.

So how does it ride, and can you tell a big weight difference between it and your 720? The 1995 Retail Tech Manual calls it out as 24.5 pounds I think, where the 750 is 25.5 pounds or close to it. A similar 720 is probably closer to 28 or 29 pounds.
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Old 09-20-21, 01:57 PM
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I can't really say yet how it rides as I haven't put any miles on it yet. Been too busy canning peaches and digging through my pars boxes looking for a stem and some shifters.... But I will use this thread to document my travels and troubles with this bike.
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wow intimidatingly clean!
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So a few changes as promised:







New seat, new bars, shifters, brake levers, and grips. I used a quill adapter to put on a thread less stem, and the seat is a placeholder for now. Shifters are some Shimano rapidfire 8 speeds I had hanging around, and brake levers were originally Shimano STX shifter/brake lever units but the shifters got destroyed so the levers got “liberated” for continued use. New Specialized Borough tires, 700 x 45c have plenty of clearance.

How does it ride? Around the neighborhood just checking shifting / braking, it feels really fast. Immediate response to pedal input. And it sounds different than a steel or aluminum bike. I don’t have much miles on it but it feels like it will make it hard to go back to my other bikes.

I have some nice, almost new Tiagra 3x10 trigger shifters in my parts box just waiting for a good candidate. But maybe I’ll ride it as is before contemplating that …,

Thanks for coming along!
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Congrats! That is a clean looking ride!
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So it’s first commute (37 miles round trip) on Thursday went relatively well; I decided however that my positioning was not quite there. So digging through my parts stash I refined the cockpit a bit with a longer, taller stem. Fits pretty good now but time will tell…

Also the brake pads, although appearing new, were terrible:





But this is no surprise as everyone knows that Shimano’s pad compound sucked, even when new. All they ever did for me was embed bits of aluminum and then preceded to gall the living daylights out of the rim. So I replaced them with my favorite pads :




I know everyone raves about Kool-Stop salmon pads but I really like these. They are available as either a threaded mount and a post mount, and I outfit all my bikes with them.

My local bike crack dealer (collective) is urging me to convert it to a 10 speed rear end using the aforementioned shifters I have; so much so that he gave me a screaming deal on the rest of the bits I need to do it: chain, cassette, F&R derailleurs. I’m not quite ready to do that yet as the 8 speed stuff currently on it works so well. I don’t really see what I gain by going to 10, but because he gave me such a good deal I bought it anyway, “just in case, ya know”…

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I found my 790 with those original pads, I won't even attempt to call them brake pads. The Shimano's were hard as rocks, the Kool Stops work much better.

I can't believe how clean your 7900 is, it looks like it just came out of the box.
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Thank you! I really think it spent its life hanging in the garage.

So I made a few more changes, and now I think it’s in it’s pretty much final iteration:



New stem

New bars

New shifters

The bars are my go to, Kalloy UNO AL-030, while the shifters are the 1st gen 8 speed XT, 1995. Same year as the frame. The following year I believe they went 9 speed and V brakes.

And just to try them out, some Specialized Nimbus Sport, 700x45c. These seem much bigger than the other tires, Specialized Borough in 700x45c.

And now to make up for lost riding time! Thanks for looking!
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That's a real Classic Beauty!
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