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    Latest bargain score: Trek 9700 SHX (96)

    Not perfect, but pretty good for 24 years old (and $200). Nothing too rare - but was exotic enough in its day.













    Even though the guts look great, the fork is binding (dry wipers?) - I plan to swap it out to an AMP B3 anyway. My ten year old will hopefully move into this when I can pry his Islabike away from him.

    I think tires are the only non-original thing on it, those will likely be replaced by some fresh tanwall Schwalbe Nobby Nics or similar.

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    For $200? Screamin' deal.

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    sweet. I assume that frame was used on higher spec'd models as well?

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    There was a 9800 and a 9900 model that year above this one. From what I can see in the catalog the frames are the same. I don't think it's super light (1300g or so?) compared to current stuff but probably was back then.

    Catalog weight was 25 lbs - which feels about right. I'd like to end up at 21-22 lbs, which should be pretty feasible considering it's also the smallest size they offered. The LX/XT equipped 9800 was listed as 23.5 lbs with a Judy XC. It was 1996 and the 9900 did have Shimano parallel push XT V-brakes offered, so those are at least period correct as a canti upgrade.

    It received my last set of gumwall First Flight Repop Ritchey ZMax tires this AM.

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    badass bike.
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    Not bad with all the reflectors and the dork disc still installed (a pound lighter than how it supposedly came off the showroom floor):



    judging by how heavy the seatpost and saddle are, there's lots of low hanging fruit here - I think I can get it to 21 lbs or so, period correct-ish fairly easily. It's already looking better with my last set of First Flight Zmax repops on it.

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    that frame was definitely light for its day, even lighter than I would have expected. Getting down to 21.xx would be awesome, swapping that fork will shed some weight too.

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    This was a little heavier than I was expecting.


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    that is a cool fork, still not too bad weight wise, has to be at least a pound lighter than that Mach 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by flitzr951 View Post
    that is a cool fork, still not too bad weight wise, has to be at least a pound lighter than that Mach 5
    after cutting down the steerer, it ended up lopping off 300-350 grams from the Mach 5, which was 1520 grams.

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    23.3 lbs with still a lot of low hanging, heavy fruit




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    Not too bad, considering the nearly 3 pounds of AMP out front! I've never ridden one, how do the compare to standard tube shocks from back in the day?
    And the Manitou weighing 3.5 pounds makes me want to weigh my Spesh FutureShock (their version of RC21). Gotta get that thing back together...
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