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    Trek 9900 OCLV Pro Issue - good commuter convert?

    I've been looking for a good commuter/touring/hybrid bike for my wife for a few weeks. Today I found a mid-90's Trek OCLV Pro Issue bike that's been sitting for a few years. It was as super expensive bike in its day, and he's only asking $80 for it.

    Assuming the frame's in ok shape, would this be a good candidate to convert to a commuter bike or would ~$400 be better spent on a newer road bike. To convert, it would a new rigid fork and tires and possibly wheels as well.

    Are there any longevity issues with this frame (apparently the previous owner used to "race" it) or other known complications for upgrades like proprietary or obsolete designs? For example, what kind of fixed fork would I need to look for without changing the geometry too much?

    TIA for any knowledge you can impart.

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    examine in detail all around the bb and chainstays near bb for hairline
    cracks. no cracks, it is worth building into a sweet ride

    known defect that some might crack, trek was replacing frames no questions
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    Thanks. That's helpful. I've heard about some of those issues but it's hard to know how widespread they were. Also I wonder if it's not yet cracking, why wouldn't it crack in the near future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanboy99 View Post
    Thanks. That's helpful. I've heard about some of those issues but it's hard to know how widespread they were. Also I wonder if it's not yet cracking, why wouldn't it crack in the near future?
    don't worry about it i sez. 80 bucks ? my crack did not affect ride at all, made no noise, was extremely thin....only noticed by looking

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