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    2003 Trek 8000 & 2005 Trek 8500 Builds

    I've been gradually getting back into riding over the past year by tinkering with a 2003 Trek 8000. After some part purchases I had a spare fork, set of wheels and other pieces of aluminum, so I bought a spare 2005 Trek 8500 frame to put them on. 99% of my biking has been commuting, so my plan is to make the 8500 my dedicated commuter and the 8000 my weekend trail bike.

    Trek 8000 - The Weekend Trail Bike
    Fork: Rockshox Duke XC c. 2002
    Wheels: Bontrager Race X Lite Tubeless Ready
    Shimano M590 Series Shifters, Crankset(22/32/44t), Brake Levers, Front and Rear Derailleurs. M770 Cassette (11-34t). T610 V-Brakes. M520 Clipless Pedals. KMC X9.99 chain. Jagwire cable.

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    - I think this one is done until I really start trail riding and find limits to the bike. I'll probably look for some better tires or mount some XR Mud ones I have hanging around.

    Trek 8500 - The Commuter Bike
    Fork: Exotic Rigid Carbon
    Wheels: Cane Creek Aeroheat SG

    2003 Trek 8000 & 2005 Trek 8500 Builds-t-8500-05-1800515-01-1024.jpg
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    - I was thinking of doing something with a 1x narrow wide chainring since my commute route is pretty flat - most likely a 48t or bigger. There's one section where I top out my 44t. The rigid fork and no front derailleur would make the bike a little easier to maintain. I have a spare M770 cassette... Any suggestions for setting up the drivetrain on this bike?

    Currently I'm working on becoming a stronger rider. I'll move on to more capable bikes in the future, but for now I don't mind investing a some money into these frames.

    Thanks!

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    I made a thread in the drivetrain forum about converting my XT cranks to a single 44t NW chainring. It has been great. No more crudded up front derailleur. It also simply feels better with the more secure grip of the teeth.

    Rigid fork is the way to go. If your conditions are not snow/ice you might appreciate the efficiency of narrower tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dundundata View Post
    I made a thread in the drivetrain forum about converting my XT cranks to a single 44t NW chainring. It has been great. No more crudded up front derailleur. It also simply feels better with the more secure grip of the teeth.

    Rigid fork is the way to go. If your conditions are not snow/ice you might appreciate the efficiency of narrower tires.
    Nice! Found your thread: Triple crank to single recommendations Good to hear the Garbaruk chainring worked out.

    I need to check the clearance on my frame. Sounds like many are designed so that 44t is the biggest they'll accomodate.

    No snow/ice here. I'll get 1.5" tires once the current ones get worn out. Right now I have some 26x2.0 Bontrager H5 that I run around 70psi when I'm on the road. They seemed decent for use on and offroad. Kenda Kwest tires look nice. 100psi and available in red

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    Crappy eBay seller never shipped the 8500 frame, so I'm still a 1 bike guy...
    Last edited by Skaughtto; 06-15-2018 at 02:46 PM.

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    That trail bike looks like a great time. Glad to see it out riding.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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