I've sent this message to the folks at Trek, but I thought I'd run it by you, in case they couldn't help. I'm trying to figure out what I've got here...an old Trek road bike, I think about the same age as my 1980 414 (that I bought new from Larry Black, way back when, and I'm still riding...thanks Larry!) Any clues would be appreciated.
Tim Fricker firstname.lastname@example.org
>From: "Tim Fricker" <email@example.com>
>To: "Trek, Help" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Trek Bikes Contact Us
>Date: Mon, Feb 5, 2001, 2:30 PM
>Well, the original message was sent via your website, so I don't have a copy
>of it, but here's basically what I sent...
>I've come into an old steel Trek bike, from (by my guess) the late 70s or
>early 80s. Here's what I know about it:
>It's a Reynolds 531 frame...it has the sticker for double butted tubes,
>forks, stays. It has the same style brass (?) head badge and seat tube
>decals as my 1980 model 414. It's painted a light metallic blue that was
>available around 1980 or so, in a number of your models, and it's all one
>color, no contrasting panels or such. It has top tube brake cable guides
>brazed on, as well as a shifter cable guide brazed on to the top of the
>bottom bracket shell. It does NOT have brazed on shifter bosses. As near
>as I can tell, the components currrently on it, are not original, being a
>mix of SunTour Sprint derailleurs, Royal Gran Compe brakes, etc. About the
>only component that looks like it may be original is the crankset, which is
>some sort of nice SR (Sakae) crankset. As near as I can tell, the serial
>number, stamped into the bottom bracket shell is H4 19K78. I'm not 100%
>sure on that...the "1" might be a letter?
>I was hoping you could tell me the following:
>What year was it made?
>What model is it?
>Basic frame geometry?
>Approximate retail price new?
>Thanks. I've been a big fan of the early steel Treks, ever since buying my
>414 in 1980...I'm still riding that same bike (granted, with different
>components) 20+ years later. Any info you can give me on this "new" bike
>would be greatly appreciated.