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Early TreksWalter
Aug 12, 2002 4:57 PM
I was looking at and remembered Sheldon Brown commenting that early Treks in Reynolds or Columbus more than favorably compared to what was coming out of Europe at the time. I think this frame is proof. Lugwork and seatstay cluster is beautiful. Frame is also proof that early Treks don't get alot of recognition from collectors either. Same seller has a Masi starting at $500.

Sacrilege to mention the 2 names in the same paragraph?

Obviously Trek is wildly successful today but it's a shame IMO that they don't offer anything like this anymore.

BTW seller has some interesting frames from 1950s-1960s as well.
Agreed, early Treks are given short shrift, then and now...Djudd
Aug 12, 2002 8:37 PM
though there are a few Trek faithful I think Trek presents an interesting paradox. The very success of the name has sort of caused a backlash that, I think this backlash affects the way folks view the old Treks. This doesn't stop a lot of riders from wanting one of the OCLV line.
As young bike snob me and my friends sniffed at anything American. Only Italian or maybe French for us. I'm now just beginning to appreciate the Reynolds and Columbus Treks.
Hey, that's my singlespeedcory
Aug 12, 2002 8:43 PM
Can't see the model number, but my singlespeed started life as a Reynolds 531 Trek from that time period, and it's the same colors with the same decals, plugs etc. I bought it about 10 years ago in Reno from a guy who'd ridden it out from Indiana. He'd owned it five or six years. I rode it as a second bike for a long time, then when I wanted to build an SS, it was the frame I chose. Been a great bike, and I'm still having fun on it.
I had an ('83?) Trek 760 that was...rwbadley
Aug 13, 2002 6:31 AM
built from 531c. Very light weight and responsive frame. My son rides an '85 Trek 560 that is also a good ride, tho' I thought the handling was a little relaxed.

Both nice bikes, with nice lugs, and good brazing.

re: Early Trekswooglin
Aug 13, 2002 7:17 AM
I was riding an 84 760 until earlier this summer. Nice ride. I've always thought the frames were underrated as well. I've still got the frame as a future project bike. Fixie maybe.

There's a good web site on older steel Treks at

Mine is the purple one....
Aug 13, 2002 10:03 AM
I have a 87 (I think) Elance 400 with very short horizontal dropouts, similar to the ones on this bike: (dropout picture is towards the bottom)
The dropouts are significantly shorter than even the "short horizontal dropouts" on Sheldon's page, I'm concerned that I might not have enough distance to get decent chain tension.

Has anybody "fixed" a frame with similar dropouts? I'm going to give it a try, just hoping that something like 42/17 will work.

Aug 13, 2002 10:38 AM
Those are similar in length to semi-horizontal dropouts. Yes, you can make a fixie out of it. Even in that picture, there's a good half inch of play room. You may not get exactly a 42/17 on, but you should be able to get close.