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Old 08-02-14, 07:20 PM
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Today, I start saving.

Some details here 2015 Trek 520 Disc | Buckingham Bikes
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Old 08-04-14, 05:54 PM
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Looks like the non-disc version of the 520 will still be going strong as well, and in that gorgeous "deep evergreen" color!

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I sure love mine. It's a 2010 metallic 'Root Beer',and I have put 19,400 miles on it. I ride it in all conditions and all road surfaces. I wore out the original wheels at 18,000 miles and replaced them with a Mavic A-719 set. I'am on my third cassette and chain, and recently replaced the crank assembly. The frame still looks and rides like new. It been a great investment. It is comfortable, stable, durable and very forgiving. Steel is real!
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Does anyone know what year the frames stopped being manufactured in the US? I would really like to find a USA made Trek 520 at some point.
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Old 08-10-14, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by TrekCommuter
Does anyone know what year the frames stopped being manufactured in the US? I would really like to find a USA made Trek 520 at some point.
2003, I think.
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Thanks! Now to find one...seems hard to do. Especially in 54 or 56 CM.
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Mint 1991.

I have a mint 1991 520 with under 5 miles on her. Hoping I can figure outhow to post pics.
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Originally Posted by crankin360
Rode my first 520 today. It was a 2008, 58cm frame. I found it to be too small and have confirmed I need a 60cm.

I have read alot of impressions of this bike. Coming from a racing style bike, I enjoyed the stability as opposed to the twitchy feel of a racing bike. Barcons were not too bad, would take some getting used to.

It would be interesting to ride a newer 520 and get a feel for the lower gearing.

The hunt continues!

Can I ask your height and inseam? I'm curious as to how a 520 fits. I'm ride a 57cm bike with a non sloping top tube and was wondering if I'd go up or down a cm on a 520.
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I am 6'1" and have a 33 1/2" inseam. Originally, after riding a 58cm, I thought the 58cm was too small. Then I rode a friends 60cm and I did not have any top tube clearance. So I went with a 58cm and swapped out the handlebar stem.
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Still having problems posting pics,sorry about that folks. This is an all original 1991 520 in pristine condition. It's such a nice example that I don't want to ride it which seems crazy! Been thinking of letting the bike go to someone who would ride her.
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Old 08-29-14, 11:20 PM
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I've decided to replace the cranks on my 2004 520. I'd be going from a 105 crankset that's 52-39-28 (the small ring was replaced) to either the Deore M590 at 48-36-26 or the Deore XT M770 at either 48-36-26 or 44-32-22. Everything is 9 speed.

The M590 is standard on current 520s. Are those of you who ride with the 590's satisfied or would you recommend an upgrade to the 770? There's a slight weight difference and supposedly the 770 is a bit stiffer. I believe that the 770 comes with a tad better bottom bracket too. The price difference is +/- $100.00.

Also is the 3.2 gear inch difference in the 26 v. 22 small ring minor or significant? BTW...I'm not a fan of hills.

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Originally Posted by amarok54
I have a mint 1991 520 with under 5 miles on her. Hoping I can figure outhow to post pics.
what size is it? beautiful bike
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Originally Posted by MAK
Also is the 3.2 gear inch difference in the 26 v. 22 small ring minor or significant? BTW...I'm not a fan of hills.
Under the right circumstances a small difference can be huge but whether it's meaningful to you...dunno. If you found yourself on a long hill that you could barely climb in a 26 ring but could just make it on a 22...it could be a big deal. Or you may be able to do the 26 at 40rpm straining your knee when the 22 allowed you to spin. If you ride lightly loaded on major highways that don't get over 6% then it's probably meaningless. If you ride heavily loaded and aren't in great shape and tackle steeper inclines then that difference can indeed be a big deal. For touring, most folks could care less about the high gear and the low end can hardly be too low. It's not uncommon for tourers to set up for an 18" gear. That's pretty darned low but many find it useful. If your 22 up front was mated to a 28 in the rear then yeah...really necessary. If you have a 36 in back then maybe it's overkill. You really can only know this by experience but for touring look to get a low gear from 18-22" or so and you'll at least be in a reasonable ballpark.
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Originally Posted by digibud
Under the right circumstances a small difference can be huge but whether it's meaningful to you...dunno. If you found yourself on a long hill that you could barely climb in a 26 ring but could just make it on a 22...it could be a big deal. Or you may be able to do the 26 at 40rpm straining your knee when the 22 allowed you to spin. If you ride lightly loaded on major highways that don't get over 6% then it's probably meaningless. If you ride heavily loaded and aren't in great shape and tackle steeper inclines then that difference can indeed be a big deal. For touring, most folks could care less about the high gear and the low end can hardly be too low. It's not uncommon for tourers to set up for an 18" gear. That's pretty darned low but many find it useful. If your 22 up front was mated to a 28 in the rear then yeah...really necessary. If you have a 36 in back then maybe it's overkill. You really can only know this by experience but for touring look to get a low gear from 18-22" or so and you'll at least be in a reasonable ballpark.
Yes I do have a 36 rear so the gear inches would be 17.6" v. 20.8" both pretty low.

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