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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:29 pm 
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Hi all, This is my first post on retrobike despite being on the outside looking in for many months now. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that could shed some light as to what this frame is? It's clearly been repainted and was advertised as a Trek, but im pretty certain it's not as I dont recall them ever making a steel frame with wishbone, so I bought it on a whim mainly down to curiousity, but for once I am totally stumped and despite much research of old catalogues, posts etc... I am still at a loss, The dropouts look familiar but I just cannot put my finger on it.

At first glance it reminds me of my old p7 and clockwork, but it's not an orange, it's almost like a Bontrager, but no gussets.... My guess is that it's mid to late nineties due to the lack of disc mount and canti hanger, but then that could have been removed when re-sprayed? And that's as far as i can get...

What I do know is that it takes an 1 1/8 headset, 27.2 seatpost, the seat tube tapers at the wishbone/toptube junction with south of the junction being larger diameter to accomodate a 31.8 front mech. The frame has really neat welds, very small dropouts (possibly cast) with holes where the tubes join and it's light with very thin walled oversized tubes throughout, when giving it the flick test it has more of a 'ping' than my '90 Explosif but that could just be down to the larger diameter tubing.

If anyone can help me out that would be awesome as I would really love to know what it is, even if just to quell my curiousity... Cheers in advance guys.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:49 pm 
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achingly familiar!

and welcome to the site too!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:58 pm 
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Hi ; welcome ; is it perhaps a Rock Lobster? Does look nice whatever it is ; dropout to stay join looks a bit like a Kona Hot - clearly it isn't but I'm sure it will aid identification. Serial number anywhere?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:37 am 
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Trek made Wishbone frames in 1997, it looks to be a lower end one with the integrated seatclamp.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/d/9 ... 20trek.pdf

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:33 am 
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legrandefromage wrote:
achingly familiar!

and welcome to the site too!


Isn't it, at some point in my 20 years of riding i've seen those dropouts somewhere before...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:46 am 
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kampos wrote:
Hi ; welcome ; is it perhaps a Rock Lobster? Does look nice whatever it is ; dropout to stay join looks a bit like a Kona Hot - clearly it isn't but I'm sure it will aid identification. Serial number anywhere?


I did think rock lobster for a bit but looking back the subtleties are'nt quite right, However I do think your correct in that the dropouts are the standout feature that is going to point me in the right direction, I like the Hot suggestion, no it's not a Kona but that would point to TET, Hmmm... I can only hope!

Yes there is a serial or two on the bottom bracket shell but the paint is so thick that it has obscured most of the info, it looks like it could be WEC51.....? around the shell with another running across the shell HTH11935945...? but I think i'm going to have to remove some paint to be sure......

Thanks for the suggestions guys, it's all great but no cigar as yet, Please keep em coming.....


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:28 am 
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It's a 1997 Trek 920, 930 or 950 in the brochure I linked above. Will be a decent solid frame made in the far east from True Temper Triple Butted Cro-mo.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:42 pm 
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drcarlos wrote:
It's a 1997 Trek 920, 930 or 950 in the brochure I linked above. Will be a decent solid frame made in the far east from True Temper Triple Butted Cro-mo.

Carl.


Kudos, thanks Carl, thats the one! Nothing too exciting but at least its a 9xx and True Temper, do you know if it would be OX II or OX III being triple butted? also you suggest it would be made in the far east? in the pic it says handmade in USA on the chainstay, not that I mind either way as the construction really looks top notch, am just curious.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:28 pm 
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Not really a Trekkie as such I recognised the frame design from my wifes old Trek 800 that was a 1997 bike. I don't think any Trek frames were handmade in the USA, it may have been 'Handbuilt' which is actually the bike being put together (components being attached to the frame) rather than handmade. The specs a few pages further down do say Triple butted so I guess it would be OXIII.
A decent enough frame and I'm sure if you post up a question being specific about Trek you will get more information.

Carl.


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