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Old 01-06-21, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Soooo... what size is it?
I will have to look, but I think it's a 17" maybe? It was way too stretched out for someone 5'3".
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Originally Posted by bechermitT View Post
Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
are the brake pads new? and, do you have them adjusted close enough up to the rim?
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv View Post
I will have to look, but I think it's a 17" maybe? It was way too stretched out for someone 5'3".
Good thing I'm 5'4" then. And a short stem can do wonders; my Princess is sporting an awesome 80mm vintage Terry stem.
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Originally Posted by bechermitT View Post
Hello, I am new here and built a Trek 8000 with drop bars. I choose XT M750 V brakes and RL520 levers, is anyone running a similar setup? I find the brakes a bit lacking.
I looked up the levers & brakes you mentioned. Both should be compatible with eachother. That they don't meet your expectations suggests another issue is responsible.

The Bike Forums orthofoxy is to suggest Kool-Stop Salmon pads & compressionless kevlar reinforced housing, for almost any rim brake related issue you can imagine.

The pads should be adjusted to rest flat against the braking surface when applied with just the slightest toe-in. Aluminum rims work better than steel.
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Old 01-06-21, 06:28 PM
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Kenda slicks in place of the original Marin Lites that growl too much on pavement.


I found the wheels and tires in a dumpster.
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Old 01-06-21, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Soooo... what size is it?
LOL. I had to stop myself from asking.
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Old 01-06-21, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by beicster View Post
LOL. I had to stop myself from asking.
What can I say? I've always had impulse control issues.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Good thing I'm 5'4" then. And a short stem can do wonders; my Princess is sporting an awesome 80mm vintage Terry stem.
Well it might be available for the right price! Feel free to message me... I don't really "need" to keep it around. 🤷🏼‍♂️



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Old 01-06-21, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv View Post
Well it might be available for the right price! Feel free to message me... I don't really "need" to keep it around. 🤷🏼‍♂️

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That looks awfully tall for a 17" frame. Do you have any more info? What year? What kind of steel? Butted or straight gauge? Pics of the seat tube decals?
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
That looks awfully tall for a 17" frame. Do you have any more info? What year? What kind of steel? Butted or straight gauge? Pics of the seat tube decals?
I can get you some more pics in the next few days... She bought it in 1999, it was lightly used. It could be a 95/96? I can't find much online The frame sticker says True Temper TT Lite. I believe at least the main tubes are double butted; super light when all the heavy old parts are off. I can measure it in the next few days. Might be an 18"? I know older MTB sizing is odd (it was too small for me and I am nearly 6'). Not much info on the Google unfortunately.

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Old 01-07-21, 02:33 PM
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Thanks oldtimeyirv , I think I'm going to pass on this one. I've never cared for suspension forks; it's a personal prejudice. Also, I really really don't need yet another project bike.

Lookit me! I'm a grownup!
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Thanks oldtimeyirv , I think I'm going to pass on this one. I've never cared for suspension forks; it's a personal prejudice. Also, I really really don't need yet another project bike.

Lookit me! I'm a grownup!
No problem... I was getting sad about maybe letting it go. 🤣🤣🤣

It is my first suspension bike. I'll probably spend too much making a XC bike I seldom ride 🤷🏼‍♂️
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Old 01-09-21, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv View Post
No problem... I was getting sad about maybe letting it go. 🤣🤣🤣

It is my first suspension bike. I'll probably spend too much making a XC bike I seldom ride 🤷🏼‍♂️
Good! I passed on the Tassajara too; turned out the 16" frame was 13"; it felt like an undersized BMX bike.
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Just finished this "unfinished" 1994(???) Trek 930 Singletrack. Paint removed and then clear coated. New V brakes(I already had the levers for them) and tires. I had to find a shorter stem(used on Ebay), original drivetrain, I had the saddle and Handlebars lying around already. turned out really nice.
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In the process of rebuilding my '89 Stumpjumper Comp--I was using the Voodoo Scorcher bars, but lucked across these 80s pre-specialized WTB drops (so the BB1's?) in a junk pile. Also just rebuilt the wheels with Velocity Cliffhanger rims--now if only we can see a few more companies producing 26x2.1 tires (can't fit 2.3 in the back); this is getting the Specialized Renegades and it'll be ready to go. And yes, the Stryper-inspired bar tape is a bit much...we'll see how long it lasts before I switch to something less garish

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Here's a better picture of my 94 Trek 930.
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Bought this over the summer to build up a more rugged commuter. I fell in love with the frame/color and had started reading this thread... Now I'm broke 🤣

Had time over the holidays to tear down a couple road bikes I needed parts off of and got to work. Looking forward to getting everything pieced together soon and riding it again. It was really comfy as a worn out MTB when I got it.

I am making an attempt at running an ultegra 6600 drivetrain with the deore lx crank. It may be terrible, but I had the parts and will have learned 🤷🏼‍♂️ Holy rollers and fresh cables are on the way. Silent rear hub should be interesting.

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Originally Posted by imabeliever1 View Post
Changed from trekkingbars to drops .

​​​​​​Perhaps a better description might be "drups" 😆.
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That's great - super colours & looks in perfect proportion!
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Originally Posted by montclairbobbyb View Post
​​​​​​Perhaps a better description might be "drups" 😆.
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Gotcha.
It took me a minute to figure out what your point was. Got it though Guess i need more coffee
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This past fall a bike popped up on a local FB marketplace post. I decided to get in touch and go have a look even though the photo barely showed a bike in with all the "stuff" piled around it. I had sold everything that even looked like a MTB during the "pandemic bike summer" including my 2016 Giant ATX converted to drop bar. The new owner wanted flat bars so I kept the drop bars. This 1995 Norco Katmandu was poorly maintained rusty chain, wowed wheel and bad brakes but the paint, build and size (20") was right. For a quick exchange of $50, the owner wished me luck and continued on with cleaning out his drive shed. I got the bike back in good condition, replaced tires cables bearings etc. and a couple of weeks ago took it for an all afternoon test ride in pretty chilly weather. It worked well, felt good and I was pleased. SO......., I took it all apart and started mocking up the new version with drops, bar ends and Tektro brakes and levers. I think it will turn out well and I love the deep purple color.

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Finished rebuilding my '89 stumpjumper comp--much more fun and nimble than the flats or swept-back bars I'd had on previously. I think this will be a fun forest road explorer and light-duty bikepacker when I want something in between my Vaya & my hardtail:

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Here's a better picture of my 94 Trek 930.
very nice! i like the gray w/purple housing effect. what handlebars are you using? 25.4 clamp?
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very nice! i like the gray w/purple housing effect. what handlebars are you using? 25.4 clamp?
It's the Origin 8 Gary II bar and it's 25.4. I bought it several years ago for a failed project along with the shifters and brake levers so they've been sitting around for a while doing nothing. They really work for this project. Here's a review of them.

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