I had the 1991 Trek 8500 in black with cracked red and blue paint splatter
I too had one those 8500's - mine lasted about two years before I damaged the mech hanger so badly is was near enough terminal. I got a dropout saver in it but there was so little metal left I'm surprised it held - luckily??? the bike got nicked and I replaced it with the first of my unlucky Rocky Mountain Blizzards.
I never really liked the ride of the Trek - very harsh at the back end (probably due to the almost solid tubing trek used where they bonded and riveted on the brake bosses etc). I didn't help the ride by having a flestem on it - what was I thinking of
I've seen a good few of these and the carbon tubed version die due to chainsuck - it was a Trek trait back in the day... I've also seen a few undond - normaly at the seat-tube to bottom bracket join.
Nice looking bike though - I'm impressed that there are still some of these about (and this one is so obviosly loved)
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.
95 Kona Explosif Singlespeed/Fixie - 100% Thrashed since new and it's still very well loved (and it looks it).
Dave Lloyd C.A.T.S W.I.S.K.A.S - Built, ridden, loved, and sold.