TREK 700 - Bringing back an unfinished project...

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This forlorn Trek 700 (hidden behind the orange Mongoose) was a project of my late brothers. I believe it's a 1988 model. All I have is the 19" frame with fork, canti brakes and looks like a new unused Shimano crankset - still wrapped in plastic. Crank bearings spin super smooth I bet he replaced them.
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This was another of those infamous police auction bikes. IDK where the original 700c wheels went but they could of been fubar.
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Good bones.
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Found some old Schwinn? 27" wheels and they seem to fit.... :whistle:
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Got the Schwinn wheels cleaned up and fairly true. Many spokes had to be freed up! Found a couple of used tires and tubes too.
I think these were from a old Giant or Panasonic built Schwinn.
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The center of the rear hub is pretty beat up looks like a Schwinn logo then printed underneath, made in Japan.
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Wheels are steel made by FEMCO.
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Suntour 5 speed freewheel freed up easily with a little 3 in 1 oil.
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Found this in my late brother's stash. Looks NOS. And should be much better than a big box bike derailleur. :113:

Sadly, there was another front wheel with a cool high-flange hub but busted a spoke trying to free 'em up. :cry:
 
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Serial seems to be 1993 mfg but paint looks like 1992 700 found online...
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IDK if the Trek paint is deteriorating, or if previous owner touched it up with flat white paint? Could be house paint or white out - pretty easy to scratch that's for sure.
I'm still deliberating on gear ratios for the crank.
 
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Coming right along. Digging around in my brothers stash, I found some old SunTour derailleurs. They look almost NOS condition.
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The seat binder bolt mounted brake cable stop hanger for the rear caliper brakes was long gone so I made my own out of an old brake arm..
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A 52t crankset will yield 50 to 100 gear inches. 2 options.
1. Super Maxy.
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Or 2. Deore with Biopace.
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Super Maxy has less offset. Have to see what the chain line looks like. Surprised these cranksets will clear the frame, they won't fit my typical mt. bikes.
 
I like the look of the Deore. I'm undecided on the biopace ovals. Some say that they ruin knees, but I'm skeptical about that. Probably depends on how much/how hard you push with them
 
I like the look of the Deore. I'm undecided on the biopace ovals. Some say that they ruin knees, but I'm skeptical about that. Probably depends on how much/how hard you push with them
Thanks! I like the OvalTech by SR Sakae XCE Crankset on my GT Arette.
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I'm a Clyde and would rather power up a hill than spin up it. Seems like the oval works to my advantage.
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This thing is a bit of an odd duck. It's only 160mm (usually run 170 and up) cranks so there is that. :giggle:
 
Decided on the bio pace cranks. Put some used chain on there and hooked up the Suntour derailer with a Deore sis thumbie. Even though it's got a shorter cage length it shifts just great! Even shifts fine on the smaller front ring so thats a plus. :thumbsup:
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After goofy issues with the 6 speed Shimano sis Deore thumbie vs SunTour 5 speed hub, I finally switched it to friction and it's much better, so I'm going to run friction shifters on both the front and rear derailleurs! :emo:
 
Pretty much did as much as I can do on this till weather permits a test drive.
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IDK about the rear rack or the bars. Looking at this pic, if I adjust the stainless straps a little bit I can get the rack to be horizontal. It's a trek rack. :)
 

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