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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain_Slick View Post
    Same bike just need it to be in brown.

    Page 3 - post 63 of this thread is the best I can do.
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    Thanks! Do you still have that 990 frame? IF so perhaps you can take some upclose pics and email them.

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    Unfortunately no. I do still have the 970 though.
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    Whats the deal with the thumb shifters always going bad on the 930's and such? We get a ton in at my buddies bike recycling program that are super clean, but the rear shifters are all crap on them. Was there a recall or maybe a fix for these? We have a ton that need repaired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    Whats the deal with the thumb shifters always going bad on the 930's and such? We get a ton in at my buddies bike recycling program that are super clean, but the rear shifters are all crap on them. Was there a recall or maybe a fix for these? We have a ton that need repaired.

    often it's due to the old grease just being gummed up. sometimes they can be freed up by simply 'flushing' the shifter with Tri-Flow, brake cleaner, etc.

    there is also one main pawl and spring that can be worked back and forth a few times with a sharpened spoke or similar, in conjunction with the flushing/lubing.

    i'd say we have better than 50/50 luck on repairs- the rest usually get inexpensive gripshift mrx 7speed sets...

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    Quote Originally Posted by surly357 View Post
    often it's due to the old grease just being gummed up. sometimes they can be freed up by simply 'flushing' the shifter with Tri-Flow, brake cleaner, etc.

    there is also one main pawl and spring that can be worked back and forth a few times with a sharpened spoke or similar, in conjunction with the flushing/lubing.

    i'd say we have better than 50/50 luck on repairs- the rest usually get inexpensive gripshift mrx 7speed sets...
    These have no tension on them at all like a spring is broken. I haven't torn into one yet but on fellow did and he claimed that something was broken and they needed new shifters.

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    Does anyone know if rootbeer brown 990 was a base coat clear coat paint job or a powdercoat? It looks like it has some clear on it in the 95 trek catalog that I found on retrobike.com

    Would anyone recommend powdercoating or just base and clear? thanks

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    I have a 93 950 in that deep forest green. I got it for free 4 years ago after some one dumpd it next to the trash can. the back wheel was bent real bad, but scored a crapy diamondback with it, and snatched that wheel. I rode it FOREVER.. Then hundreds of miles later had to strip it down and rebuild it. I traded in everything but the frame, cobled it back together with some other less worn parts. Rode the heack out of it for another year until I wore out that junk. Now its been striped down completly AGAIN, For the past 6 months I have been scrapin up the best parts I could find on a budget. deore hubs, XT v brakes,manitou minute forks,husselfelt stem, mx style bars, some nice botanger tires FREE!, picked up some rhino lite rims today, gona pick up the spokes saturday. hopefuly riding on sunday! I think I am only 50 bucks into it after subtracting the credit I recived at my LBS for the last parts trade in. Youd be amazed what people just throw or give away.

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    So why not much love for the 800's? They we're pretty similar, we're they not?

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    The 800s are similar in that there is a frame, some wheels, and drivetrain. Much lower quality all the way around - component spec especially. Keep in mind that my 950, a third tier down bike (990, 970, 950) was spec'd with DX shifters and LX components - pretty quality and durable stuff. The 800s had the next level down, I can't remember what it the lower component specs were called back then but basically like the azera of today. (I can't find a good historical comparison of gruppos, which would be really cool to have. Mombat seems to only want to talk about XTR/XT/DX.)

    The I'm pretty sure the geometry was more relaxed also. I don't remember how the frames were made either (i.e welded/lugged).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DexterMustard View Post
    The 800s are similar in that there is a frame, some wheels, and drivetrain. Much lower quality all the way around - component spec especially.
    Yep...

    The 800 series frames were TIGed instead of lugged, had geo that was slacker, and came with Exage or lower-end Suntour groups.

    Trek had a several aluminum frames and four different 900 series bikes. The 800 series were fine for what they were, but they were lower-end introductory bikes. It's hard to get too excited about them.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    I thought we had a lugged 8XX something come in the shop the other day. It was blue. I'll have to go check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    So why not much love for the 800's? They we're pretty similar, we're they not?
    The 800 series from that era used pretty much off the shelf straight gauge Hi Ten and cro mo mix frame sets, if I'm not mistaken. To ride a 900 series TT OX framed Trek from the early/mid 90s is to love one. I just scored another 930. This one is a '92. Lugged TT OX frame and clean! Pix when I get her home and cleaned up.
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    I don't remember any of the 800 series having lugs. Maybe the pre-89 models, but that is a guess.

    As the poster before mentioned, they were constructed of cro-moly, and in the case of the 800 and 820, I think those were a mix of cro-moly and hi-tensile steel.

    Actually, from my experiences riding the 830 and 850s, they didn't ride that bad. In the case of the lugged 930s, 950s, 970s, and 990s, I think they ride like bricks. I suspect its the True Temper tubing from that time frame. Take my '86 Stumpie Sport, it's lugged, but has way more compliance and a smoother ride quality than any of the post '89 steel Treks ever had. Apart from that, the build quality was impeccable on the Trek line made in Waterloo, so they had Special Ed really beat there.

    I still would love to have a black 930 or white '89 950 for a town/XC mess around bike.
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    My 1990 930.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    My 1990 930.

    I built so many of these in '90, loved test riding them and every now and then off-roading as well. Rides like a brick in some respects, but I really admired the black paint and Suntour gruppo.

    Looks great, btw!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Thanks! I have the original black wheel set. It's a great bike. Had a wonder crash on it yesterday!

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    The same 930 with the original black wheels and different saddle.
    These are off of an aluminum 950 Singletrack, much lighter wheel set.

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    930 rider

    I built this for my wife looking to get her on something with suspension. It turned out to be to long in the TT for her desired fit so i have been riding it lately. With the 70MM Marzocchi with 45MM rake the steering is plenty fast. It's a blast in fast tight singletrack! Nice riding bike for a cheap thrown together build. Great for long rides, kinda disappears under you until you crank up the speed Can any Trek junkies pinpoint the year?
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    Here's my junk, 96 X-caliber.


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    Quote Originally Posted by THE ARS View Post
    Here's my junk, 96 X-caliber.

    Nice hub on the ground there. :|
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    Quote Originally Posted by THE ARS View Post
    Here's my junk, 96 X-caliber.
    Just curious what in that picture is a mid to late 90's Trek 930, 950, 970, 990?

    Did I miss something? Is this an inside joke I'm on the outside of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog View Post
    Just curious what in that picture is a mid to late 90's Trek 930, 950, 970, 990?

    Did I miss something? Is this an inside joke I'm on the outside of?

    frog
    It clearly has Bontraeger hoops

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    The reflector is slightly askew.

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    Bought my first mtb in 1991, a trek 820 antelope. I wanted a 9 series trek, but it was too much $. Sold the 820 a year or two later and bought a used, but like new '91 970 from the same bike shop I bought the 820 from.

    I have been riding that bike on and off over the years and it is indestructible. Sorry I got no pics, it's currently in storage, however seeing all the other 900 beauties is making me want to get it back on the singletracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Nice hub on the ground there. :|
    Yeah, that rim was starting to split, hence the $50 no namer on the back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog View Post
    Just curious what in that picture is a mid to late 90's Trek 930, 950, 970, 990?

    Did I miss something? Is this an inside joke I'm on the outside of?

    frog
    Trek bought Gary Fisher right around that time.

    The only differences between my bike and a 96 970 are the stickers and the crank.


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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    The reflector is slightly askew.

    Girl, I know what it looks like.

    I literally went to town on that thing with a two pound hammer and all I was doing was breaking the concrete.

    Say what you want about the 70's department store bike I stole that off of, but that accessory was built for the long haul.

    I needed to clear that cable, it was temporary, I promise.



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    Here's a 930 SHX I just had given to me. I think it's a 94 or 95. I have all of the striped parts in a bag.

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    I have a question about the fork. It's locked up. It will not compress. Before I rebuild it, which I will, is there a way to unfreeze it first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I have a question about the fork. It's locked up. It will not compress. Before I rebuild it, which I will, is there a way to unfreeze it first?
    Put a Marzocchi Z2 70 mm travel on that, it works really good with the 45 mm rake .

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    I just bought a 1992 Trek 990. I would like a rigid fork and am not sure where to start

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybentwrench View Post
    I just bought a 1992 Trek 990. I would like a rigid fork and am not sure where to start
    Didn't you get enough answers in the other thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hegstad1 View Post
    Didn't you get enough answers in the other thread?
    Thread(s).....

    Determine steerer diameter. 1" or 1 1/8".

    Determine threaded or threadless.

    Determine steerer tube length required.

    Research axle to crown to make sure you keep handling consistent, but realize that a half inch or so difference isn't going to ruin your ride, or day.

    Buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybentwrench View Post
    I just bought a 1992 Trek 990. I would like a rigid fork and am not sure where to start
    Trek Cro Moly 26" Bicycle Fork 1 1 8" 141mm Blue Bike Fork Cycling | eBay

    You want 395ish axle to crown for 92.

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    That's the wrong fork for 1992 990.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y View Post
    That's the wrong fork for 1992 990.
    That's why I said he needed a 395 mm trek, the link was only to illustrate that there are something like 87 forks listed for trek in the fork section.....I am sure he can find the right one.

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    I got it. The 990 was a BIG fork. Thanks again for babysitting me

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    Wasn't the 990 the sprung model?

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    1992 was sprung. not sure when they started putting shocks on. I am not sure what I want to do. The shock on the bike is in working order. I just think a rigid fork is less to deal with. john

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    The proper rigid fork on a 990 will make for a great bike. I wouldn't mess with sus for it--if it is old and short enough to be appropriate it won't well; if it is new and long enough to be plush, it will chopper the bike out. The early 90s 990 is kind of the pinnacle of mass production lugged MTBs, after all. Go with rigid and get some fat tires
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Here is the bike as it sits. I use it for groceries, post office and general running around. It came with Panaracer knobbies which are on a shelf. I have a neighbor who is a mountain bike guy with a truck!!
    This replaced a 1983 schwinn high sierra no comparison. .
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    Nice bike. I love the color. It looks like the fork isn't fried so if it works you might as well ride it. That said, if you picked up a rigid Big Fork and spray bombed it black it would look pretty good.

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    Thanks, The fork seems and feels solid, but it will eventually fall. I see trek 950 tapered red forks for sale. 35.00 shipped to my door.

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    The year matters. The fork for a 950 from 1997 will suck on your 1992. The Big Fork that hedstad linked you to in one of the other threads you posted in would be perfect.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    The head tube from the lower end to right under the top nut is 650. I do not think that fork would work?

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    650 what? Do you mean 6 and a half inches?

    The fork hegstad posted was listed with a 146mm steerer tube, which would be 5.75 inches. But yes, finding the right steerer length is crucial indeed!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    It looks like a 1/18 threaded fork on there. Measure your steer length , your head tube length, and your axle to crown length with you on the bike in your riding position. I have a DB'ed Trek fork with around a 8- 8.5 " threaded steer tube and a 402mm a-to-c.

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    Allright Johnny, Check out this link to the '93 Trek catalog. These are still the same lugged frames as the 1992 you have and the 970 came in the same red color. The fork is a tapered cro-moly that you prefer. It looks to be a threadless though. FInd this one and you're money.

    http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/bikekatal.../trek/1993.pdf

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    Thanks everyone, The head tube is 650mm and the fork to crown is 16"-16"1/8. Doesn't a rigid fork lower the stand over height? I am not sure why the fork to crown is important as long as a 26" wheel fits right?
    Ironically I sold a GT last year and gave away an incomplete trek 990 frame with rigid fork, BB, Brakes and stem

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