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    Rebuilding my '95 Trek 6500 ZX

    I am seeking some advise in rebuilding my '95 Trek 6500 ZX. I absolutely love this bike. I bought it brand new when I was 13 years old, and I'm 32 now. I have the bike almost completely reassembled but have some questions about the drive train. I already have an upgraded wheel set that is 8/9/10 speed compatible. I am looking at this drive train package on Ebay but I'm not sure if the bottom bracket will work. I've tried researching what size bottom bracket this frame has but I'm not coming up with anything. I determined that the front derailleur is a top-pull/clamp-on 35.0 mm, and have asked the Ebay seller if this package is available with that size derailleur.

    Thanks in advance for help!

    Rebuilding my '95 Trek 6500 ZX-dscf0131.jpgShe doesn't look like this anymore but this is a decent pic of it. Still has the Bomber fork on it.
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    Ive got the same frame and can tell you its a 68mm bb shell.. any of the modern outboard bearing bottom brackets and cranksets will work fine with two spacers installed on the drive side bottom bracket bearing cup.

    I'm running full dynasys/shimano XT 3x10 drivetrain and have no issues whatsoever.. Im convinced this is the best frame trek ever made. With oldie but goody cane creek wheels, ust tires, and an all mountain fork I tip the scales at 24lbs.

    With new/carbon wheels and ultralight tires, and a race fork, I'm sure this bike could be <21lbs

    I was interested to find out that although I bought mine new early in 1998, and always called it a `97, this frame dates from 1995's production year -- even older and more awesomer than before! Yaay!







    Edit: added photos of the 2014 rendition of my 95 trek 6500

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    I agree, one of the best frames they ever built. Easton aluminum, bonded, hand built in the USA! Mine was originally equipped with a rigid fork. I'm probably either going to go with a 2x10 or a 1x10 drive train. I got mine in '95, if memory serves. I'll post up some new pics once I've got it reassembled. Thanks for your input!

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    I didn't think that was a 1995 headbadge....

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    The pics showing the head badge weren't posted by me. However mine does have the same head badge because my original head badge had come off, but I mailed the frame back to Trek once to have the rear derailleur hanger replaced, and when I got it back they had stuck a new badge on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    I didn't think that was a 1995 headbadge....
    Roger.. Stock badge fell off, slapped a newer one on there while I was working the local bike shop in the mid 2000's.

    I so love this trek. Actually started looking for another bonded frame as a spare/klunker

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    Hm.. Looks like although my 6500 frame may have been manufactured earlier, according to the 97 trek manual, the bike as i purchased it was indeed a 1997 model year bike.

    on page 12 of this pdf (labeled page 30 on the scanned image) http://www.vintage-trek.com/Trek-Fis...d/1997trek.pdf

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