Trek 728 / 720 touring bicycle frame, classic hard to find made in USA hand built lugged frame, 22", double butted Reynolds 531 Cr-Mo, long chainstays for stability and for pannier clearance if you use those, plenty of tire clearance for fenders, what would you have to pay to get one of these made today, hand made in Waterloo Wisconsin, buy a piece of American bicycling history, and a great one to ride at that
in good condition, with original decals intact, the original fork is included
plenty of pics, if you need more, just email and let me know what details you want
as vintage-trek puts it, "It's not an old bike, its an old Trek!" Preaching to the choir, but hey, the truth speaks.
Serial number 024078, 1982 model per the authority on old treks, http://www.vintage-trek.com/SerialNumbers.htm
http://vintage-trek.com/PriceListApril_82.htm This frameset cost $369 new way back in 1982, so imagine cost now, have you checked out a Waterloo made bike lately? Or how about a. All I am saying is consider the comparison, then consider having a Trek from back when Trek was small and represented the best. That's why I originally bought it a while back, but its been hanging in my garage and or closet and it does no good there, so perhaps this is something you would cherish. I didn't want to have to sell, but times are tough, and its just a bike, if a great way awesome one at that. A collectible that highly ridable and something you won't see many others with, unique and cool. Gives ya some well respected character and that's always good.
it's a 1982 model, so centerpull brakes, 27.2 seatpost, high trail fork for steadiness, Campy 1010 dropouts in good condition, vintage Campy headset, long chainstays, plenty of rack bosses and such, it has the way cool original Trek headtube badge, not sure if its brass or not, but looks great. Vintage-Trek gives info on where to get new replacement decals, or you could do like I was going to do, paint it or have it painted in the color you want, like a custom Trek LOL.
The rear seatstay bridge is not a problem on this one, it shows no signs of pulling apart, the frame has not been spread or not much, unsure if it was made with 120 or 126mm, so no danger there (rear dropout spacing is currently 126mm), there are no cracks in the bottom bracket shell, and chainstays should not be a problem as it has the redesigned 58TSI shell proven by the stamping mark, all in all it is an example with no problems. Please see pics for details. Haven't taken off the bottom bracket bearing cups, don't want to damage the frame with a slip of the tool, and the BB axle and cups protect it. I have the correct Park made in USA cup tools but don't currently have a garage for a shop vice, so if you need that done for interior pics before bidding please let me know. There is barely any surface rust in the seat tube top tube area so that is good, it has not been taken in and out of temperature extremes so there should be no reason for condensation to have caused any troubles. The paint has a few scratches and chips, but still good, although of course to look brand new it would need redone. I suspect some of you might reface the bottom bracket shell and headtube anyway, so that would be a good time to repaint to make it collector condition. However, when I was going to build it up, I was just going to fix up the few chips with close to exact paint from a model or hobby shop and leave the rest as is for that "character." After all, if this is going to be a regular rider, might has well look like one. The decals for the Reynold tubing are part worn but still readable.
There's lots of info on the internet about this bike, so check it out, the info below in quotes is quoted from sources on the net
info at blogspot http://bikes81.blogspot.com/2009/05/collectability-of-steel-treks.html "The 720/728 touring bikes, dating from 82-85 were (and still are) highly-rated bikes for serious touring. The long chainstays, 47cm, provide heel clearance for the rear panniers, and contribute to a comfortable ride. These frames and bikes are still highly sought after by knowledgeable tourists. A similar steel lugged frame is not currently available except from a custom framemaker. In my opinion, these framesets and bikes will only increase in value over time. The steel racing Treks will never again be used by top racers for racing. However, the 720 will be used (and coveted) by top tourists well into the future.
(Note: Trek ran out of model numbers; don't confuse these touring 720s with the 1990-1999 Model 720 MultiTrack bikes.)"
It is not perfect I will admit, it has been ridden, but not for at least the 7 years I have owned it (been hanging for those years), its not showroom brand new condition, but you gonna find one of these many other places? Some detractors say this and that, such as "the Trek 720/728 is a beautiful bike, but I *believe* all of them were designed for 27" wheels. Also, some say the tubeset is a little on the light side for a heavily loaded touring bike and the chainstays are unusually long (47cm). As a result, it's probably not the best bike for a strong, heavy rider carrying a heavy load, but it could be very nice for a slighter rider carrying a more reasonable load." That is the type of critique I can find on the net, and to me it doesn't matter much.
Now how many people are actually going to do full heavily loaded non-supported touring? In a foreign 2nd or 3rd world country? If you are, well then you know what you want and this might be it. And if not, this frame will be great and is perfect for light touring, century rides, riding from your camp, supported or hotel touring, and tooling around on something not many others have. A great find for the right buyer. American made quality like we need to create again.
****** I also have for sale the set of wheels that came with this bike when I bought it, they are good Mavic MA2 Argent presta double eyelet rims, quality Specialized/Sansin hubs, 36 spokes and a 6 speed 13-20,28 megarange Suntour freewheel with 28 tooth bailout big cog for getting up those hills. Nicely made authentic Specialized qr skewers. Well made durable wheels, not the modern overhyped overlight junk. Those wheels will last ya. In addition I have a Suntour Superbe Pro rear cassette wheel for sale, NOS condition, with Campy Omega 19 rim and 32 spokes. I have the Freehub buddy for Suntour freehubs also. Two Campy front derailleurs (one of them the double hinged bracket type), a set of front and rear Suntour Infiniti-5000 derailleurs, Suntour Power Control shifters, an original before sellout Blackburn rack with tag, a number of seatposts, and other bicycle items for sale. You could fix up this bike with some of those parts as an great working super functional example of the best of bike history, Suntour, Campy, lugged Trek, etc. Ask those carbon frame guys where there frame will be in 10 years, let alone 20. Have some fun with it, like having an real Mustang or fine billiards cue. An example of American knowhow and such Also have some basic cranksets if you need that and two additional frames. A burgundy dark red lugged butted Cro-Mo Ross Signature 290s (high quality, from around when Tom Kellogg oversaw production in Taiwan) and a way cool fully chromed Cro-Mo Ross Mt. Whitney? old school ATB (MTB) with the original bullmoose handlebars, made in USA. Various Shimano Deore level parts, deerhead derailler, Girvin Flexstems, couple road handlebars, LX canti's and such. Couple wellmade 26" NOS MTB dirt not pavement tires. Please check out my other auctions. I will combine shipping where applicable.
Good luck on bidding. Have a great day.