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    The worst Trek ever!

    Pinkbike ran an interview recently with John Burke which featured this Q&A:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkbike
    Making mistakes and bad choices is all part of the learning process, but is there anything in Trekís 37 year history that, if given the ability, youíd like to go back and be granted a do-over?

    Ha! Youíre right about mistakes. Iíll tell ya, my least favorite bike in the history of Trek is the 1990 6000. It was neon-yellow bike with black splash paint. It was perhaps the worst bike that we ever produced. It didnít shift well, the brakes sucked. I kept the bike for about 20 years as a memory to never do anything like that again.
    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Trek-CE...view-2013.html

    So this got me to wondering if any of you VRC types actually have (or had) a lowly 1990 6000? Worst Trek ever? A hidden gem? Let's hear some stories if you have them.

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    When I bought me yellow with black splash Trek 830 in 1990, I drooled over the 6000 that was way out of my price range.
    Rode the 830 hard for quite a few years, and still have it, so maybe I got the right bike after all.

    I do find it hard to believe he called out the 6000 though and not the ridiculously horrible riding dual suspension bike that came out around the same time, or the Y bikes.



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    The carbon aluminum composite was my worst bike ever...
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    The worst Trek ever!

    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    I do find it hard to believe he called out the 6000 though and not the ridiculously horrible riding dual suspension bike that came out around the same time, or the Y bikes.
    Ha! Y-bikes were the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the question I quoted. Burke actually said in the interview that the Ys were "amazing bikes". I can only hope he was thinking of the carbon frame and not the suspension performance.

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    Hard to do worse than the Trek VRX or the 9000 series.

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    Picking on a midrange workhorse, that has brothers on both sides all sharing the same geometry?

    Sounds about like the elitist tripe I'd expect to dribble out of the mouth of someone who participated in the biggest doping scandal of the century but let the team riders take the fall for.

    Trek, the best part of you dribbled down (oh wait, kids read this....)

    Yep, the Y5, there's an embarrassing POS if ever there was one, save only the donut FS thingy.
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    It was neon-yellow bike with black splash paint. It was perhaps the worst bike that we ever produced. It didnít shift well, the brakes sucked. I kept the bike for about 20 years as a memory to never do anything like that again.

    I don't get that. I mean, the shifting and braking was crap, well, wouldn't that be an easy fix if they just specced it differently? The frame itself didn't have any crazy cable routing or anything so I can't see why he would blame the whole bike. Unless of course he isn't capable of turning a spanner and doesn't realise that stuff can be adjusted.

    Still, I'm no fan of Treks myself so I don't really care what he thinks. But Y-bikes aside, the worst Trek ever was that woeful 9000 dual suspension, commonly referred to as the Trek Ejector Seat. Yech...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Picking on a midrange workhorse, that has brothers on both sides all sharing the same geometry?

    Sounds about like the elitist tripe I'd expect to dribble out of the mouth of someone who...
    I don't think geo was the issue....

    "It was perhaps the worst bike that we ever produced. It didnít shift well, the brakes sucked."

    How dare he spew elitist tripe. We get all we can take right on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    I don't think geo was the issue....
    Point being, picking on the middle of a group of bikes for really silly complaints is well, silly, especially in lieu of the question asked.

    As Grumps already noted. bagging on a bike that shifts or stops poorly, when you're the leader of the company that spec'd and produced it?

    All speaks ill of your product managers, your skills as a mechanic, or ability to seek out a good one.
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    I don't think there ever was a worse performing dualie than the 9000.
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    Wasn't it right around this time that Trek had the "Jazz" spin-off line, which consisted of crappier versions of Trek 800's?

    And that 6000 had Suntour Xpress shifters didn't it? Those things were definitely one of the nails in Suntour's coffin.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    This thread needs photos. Stolen from retrobike.

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    I dig that 6000


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    I dig that 6000
    I'm with you. It's not a bad looking bike. I have two similar ones, same era, both 7000s. I'll have to ride them and see what I think.

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    If it is the same geo as the 900-series lugged steel bikes of the early 90s, they should ride quite capably. Don't know how he could pass on the donut stack full sussers or the Y-bikes for the crown of Dreck.
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    Even that pic makes my back hurt

    Holy seat height Batman.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    I like trek's. Some of them make great donor bikes.
    Seek: Old Mtn. Goat Bar Stem Combo.

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    The worst Trek ever!

    Can't see how calling out the 6000 is any different then other bikes in that range/price.

    The pre y bikes dullie was by far the worst.

    Y bikes were not bad for the time, especially when you look at other mass produced bikes of the period. Heck the specialized bikes were probally best of the time, but Lordy those bushings wore out quickly and loads of slop insued. The y bikes, despite their issues actually performed not bad.

    Just my opinion.

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    It is not a mountain bike, but I always thought that the worst Trek ever was the R200 recumbent. It had a single chainring but added a mid-drive cassette and rear derailleur - giving it two cassettes and rear derailleurs!!!!!

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    The worst Trek ever!

    Stole r200 pic off google. Wow that is a beast
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Sounds about like the elitist tripe I'd expect to dribble out of the mouth of someone who participated in the biggest doping scandal of the century but let the team riders take the fall for.
    Well said.

    That really is a bizarre bike to single out as Trek's worst, because how could he possibly forget this bike, that didn't shift well, had crappy brakes, was equipped with an ejector seat, and had a rubber band for a chain...

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    The 6000's were ugly, spec'd with crappy components and at the wrong price point. We maybe sold one of them that season. The steel 930 killed it with better spec and colors that did not burn your retinas. The 6000 series also had heavier aluminum than our best seller, the 7000. Alcoa vs Easton if I remember correctly.

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