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    Any Trek Y bike owners here?

    I'm looking at a 1998 Y33. Any in put, photos, or history would be greatly appreciated.

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    I had one, in 1999. For the riding conditions in that time period - it was fine. If I still had it today....it would never be ridden, due to the Pogo Stick suspension.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    I had one, in 1999. For the riding conditions in that time period - it was fine. If I still had it today....it would never be ridden, due to the Pogo Stick suspension.
    Yes, I've heard about this pogo stick/sling shot effect they have. Is it that bad or is there any way or curing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    Yes, I've heard about this pogo stick/sling shot effect they have. Is it that bad or is there any way or curing this?
    No remedy for it. It's just the way the bike was designed. Some people like it - I didn't...it seriously rode like a Walmart bike. I sold it less than a year, after I bought it, for a 2001 Cannondale - which I love and still have, to this day.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Best way to avoid the pogo-stick action is not to buy one.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    If you don't already have one, I'd avoid it. That's about the last full suspension bike I'd recommend to someone.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    I liked the graphics on the Y-Five-O in its day. That't about it.

    Test rode one many years ago when I was in the market for a new bike. It was the first duallie I ever rode and I thought "Wow, this is cool." Then I test rode a GT LTS and realised how much better it rode. I ended up buying the LTS.

    Dunno if some stable platform shock would overcome the pogo-ing, but nothing would overcome the fact that it's a URT with a pivot placement akin to a department store kids bike.

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    Hmmm, good info guys. Thank you all.

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    Great fun for a non-main bike - i didnt have huge issues riding an air back end with springiness though it sounds like everyone else did
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    Recently started dating great woman. Over to her house for dinner, and in the garage is a yellow Y22. Kinda cool. Her late husband's. A race number still attached. I'd take a pic, but it'd be kinda weird explaining to my new lay, er, woman in my life that the photo is gonna be plastered on mtbr.

    Rode my friend's Y bike in college. The memory of being catapulted over a Tahoe rock still looms fresh in my concussed mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    Recently started dating great woman. Over to her house for dinner, and in the garage is a yellow Y22. Kinda cool. Her late husband's. A race number still attached. I'd take a pic, but it'd be kinda weird explaining to my new lay, er, woman in my life that the photo is gonna be plastered on mtbr.

    Rode my friend's Y bike in college. The memory of being catapulted over a Tahoe rock still looms fresh in my concussed mind.
    Nah. She won't notice the picture as much as you calling her your new lay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Nah. She won't notice the picture as much as you calling her your new lay.
    You are a very good sport, GOB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    Best way to avoid the pogo-stick action is not to buy one.
    + One

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Size:  80.5 KBThey make great guitars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
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    Thats the coolest post on the whole sub forum!

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    Someone donate me a body so I can do this. I'll decorate it all MTBR style.

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    Any Trek Y bike owners here?

    Yea, those where the days. You had the trek and Gary fisher low pivot URT series.
    Schwinn had a mid pivot URT.

    And Klein had a high pivot URT.

    Rode all three bikes and the Klein was by far the best climber. But all are nothing compared to my giant trance. But back in the day everyone was trying different things with suspentions.

    It was a great time to be a mtn biker, there was some crazy energy in the air .

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
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    Cons:

    Access to frets above the twelfth is not optimal.

    Hollow body results in not a lot of sustain and is probe to unwanted feedback.

    Pros:

    Allows you to stay hydrated during long solos.

    One less Y-bike.


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    I would imagine there is a maple block running clear thorough the body, otherwise it would collapse under string tension.

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    Trek Y Bikes, unfair reviews, from different experiences..

    I had heard the Bad reviews, yet I still ended up on a Early 90's Y-3 which I rode for years. The pogo effect everyone speaks of, happens when the shocks arent set up right. When the fork and shock are dialed in, more so on the stiff side, I found these bikes work well. With the drive all on the swingarm, there is no chain tugging or input from rear wheel travel.
    Recently I stepped up my Y-bike to a Carbon Y22, which was one of the lightest FSR bikes ever. It weighs in at 23 lbs, and is solid, fun ride.
    Its not my only bike, but I consider it one of my main rides.
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