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Advice on Trek 2300(4 posts)

Advice on Trek 2300Biking-B-Ham
Oct 13, 2002 2:14 PM
I'm a mountain biker that bought a road frame for training, and have little knowledge of road bikes. I found a great deal on a 92' Trek 2300 frame and bought it. It has the carbon main tubes with Aluminum rear triangle, and has never been ridden. It was canabolized for parts and sat in a bike shop store room for 10 years! Now I'm being told that I won't be able to build it up with current components, since it was originally a seven speed set up. Can anyone help me out here with some advice? I hate to let such a pretty frame sit around not being ridden...

One idea - You can build an 8 speed...TFerguson
Oct 13, 2002 3:18 PM
I assume that the rear hub spacing is 126 mm and that, because of the carbon, it cannot be spread. You can stay at 126 mm and make it an 8 speed by using 8 of the nine cogs in a Shimano 9 speed cassette and Shimano 9 speed chain and shifters.
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Hmmm, '92 huh?Spoke Wrench
Oct 14, 2002 11:27 PM
That is right on the cusp of when manufacturers were switching from 126mm dropout spacing to 130mm. Lots of 7 speed bikes were built using 130mm frames. The first thing I would do would be to measure the rear dropout spacing myself so that I'd be sure of the facts and not relying on somebody else's 10 year old memory.

The idea of building an 8 speed bike using a 7 speed freehub body and 9-speed spacing also has a certain amount of appeal assuming the frame does indeed have 126mm spacing. If you choose to go this route, be prepared to do a significant amount of rear wheel fiddling. I kind of think you will find that you have to do quite a bit more than just throw one cog away, but it is do-able.
re: Advice on Trek 2300lt
Oct 16, 2002 3:14 AM
I have a 90's Trek 2300. The bike has 126mm rear spacing and came with Shimao600 series parts (8-speed pre-ultegra). It is hard to find parts but I had success on ebay. My bike had approximately 1000 miles prior to its retirement and brand new 126mm hubs. I was planing to canabalize the parts for an ebay sale. You can email me at for questions.