Thursday, June 28, 2007

Yeah Me!
Well everyone is bound to have a birthday. Today is mine. And I didn't wrap the gift to myself. My 99% complete Monocog Flight 29er is only without brake lines. I am actually selling a duplicate set of the kick ass set of New Velocity BLUNT 29er disc wheelset. I built one set for myself and one for some lucky rider. Formula hubs, with cassette style rear, disc ready and really stout. Front is 32H and rear is 36H for long term durability, double butted spokes and self locking nipples these are no worry wheels for a low maintenance bike. Other specs on my new beauty are Avid BB7 disc brakes, WTB tires and seat, with carbon in all the right places(headset spacer), Truvativ Stylo 1.1 SS crank with X type BB and 180mm length. This bike is as big as it gets and I love it.

















Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Trek Mystery.

Well I am posting this to get a little help unravelling a mystery. I am the new owner of a metallic flake blue 25.5 inch(64cm) TREK. Now I have owned many Treks and my second race bike was a red Trek 2000 warranty replacement frame. This bike is old. 1970s old. I think it may be a first year hand built TREK but the pieces are not adding up. I am not planning on keeping the bike for myself as it is just too large. Normally after about a week it would become a fixed gear and be adopted into the Brazen Cycleworks family. But this needs to go to a Trek collector and I need to raise some $$ for Toys for Tots for a benefit ride I am doing in August. So if you can provide the most help I would love to send you a Brazen Cycleworks polo shirt in L or XL, I think that is all I have left. I need to know how to market this bike accurately to get the Trek collectors what they are looking for and raise big bucks. Drop me a line if you think you can help. Here are some details and pictures.

  • Head tube badge is not screwed on, typical of newer models
  • Serial number is 5B6B38 size 25.5, model TX200, year 1976, month Feb but these are normally 7 digits, could be 38th frame and that is why missing last digit
  • Builder stamp H
  • Tubing Sticker is 022 Ishiwata Cro Mo double butted
  • Comes from Vern's in Oshkosh, I would expect early Treks to originate from WI
  • The headtube badge and tubing used are confusing as the 1976 catalog on vintage-trek.com seems to imply it would have been a TX500 with that tube set if it was in fact a 1976 bike
  • Build kit seems consistent with bike assembled from frame up and does not fit specs on later bikes
  • I will include a further spec sheet of components when I have more time.

Thanks for your help. -Eric
Trek UPDATE, consensus reveals this TREK is a 1980 414 model. I am selling off the Original 77 Suntour Cyclone components and turning the bike into a giant 63cm fixxie.