finalizing the Trek 950 Singletrack…

so here it is, all buttoned up, a few compromises, but with all the projects i have going on, that’s ok ๐Ÿ˜‰

no headlight or taillight yet, but those will come eventually, dynamo front, probably battery rear to reduce all that wiring.

let me know what you think!

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  1. Trek_mano

    Hi Peter, alright!? I am Brazilian and I have a Trek 970, I’m renovating it however I need a lot of decals. But I have found to sell so I decided to do it myself. But recently I found your post about the update on his Trek 950 and decided to ask you if you have the decals of his Trek 950 that are very much like the Trek 970, for me to use as reference. If you can help me I thank you very much. A big hug, Fabio Amano

    • peterlombardi

      Hey Fabio, sent you an email man.

      Sadly I am unaware of anyone reproducing the decals.

      Best of luck with your build though!

  2. I am the new owner of a ’92 Trek 950; your project bike is amazing! Very well done, how does it ride? Can you tell me, what was diameter of the stem on your machine? (1″ or 1 1/8″). What did you use to clean the frame (was any cleaning necessary?)

    • peterlombardi

      Hey Jeff ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks man!

      The bike rides awesome, stiff as all get out, very flickable with the 650b’s. Honestly I don’t have another bike that I can compare it to.

      It uses a 1 1/8″ threaded fork, I put a threadless quill adapter on it.

      See attached image, ignore the upside down threaded top half of another headset (I had a no-thread king headset and had to buy the threaded conversion kit for it from King).

      Which color did you get? It’s insane how much bike you get for so little money.

  3. beautiful. how was it to fit the 650b’s to this frame? paul canti’s work just fine? nicely done.

    • peterlombardi

      Thanks Ren ๐Ÿ™‚ 26″ to 27.5″ (650b) isn’t a big stretch, seems to be a common conversion, made even easier with disc brakes. I went with fairly skinny 650b’s, Continental Tour Ride 42mm tires, so that made clearances no problem.

      The Paul Neo Retro’s work just dandy, though it’s pretty much maxed out on the front, to get it lined up with the rim the pads are almost angled out when contacting. They’re also definitely on the lower portion of the rim’s braking surface. That may just mean I have to replace the pads a bit more. There are probably better options for the conversion and canti’s, but it’s hard to want anything but Pauls after you’ve had them. haha.

      Thank you very much though ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to finish my other two early 90’s Trek’s as well.

  4. Kevin

    Hi Peter – Really like the bike! I am just putting the finishing touches on a ’92 950 that picked up on Craigslist for a steal. Green frame, not nearly as much bling as yours, but a decent mix of parts for commuting and riding my daughter around with a kid seat on it. What kind of handle bars did you use? I like the look of those, but have not seen anything that is exactly like that.

    • peterlombardi

      Hey Kevin ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you like it, bling aside ๐Ÿ˜‰

      A great frame huh?! A true excellently built allrounder that’s hard to find for a decent price any more.

      The bars are a special bend made up for Jitensha Studio in Berkeley, CA, you can find them here,

      though sometimes I’ve seen them a bit cheaper elsewhere, although it’s nice to support small cool shops. I used a Problem Solvers 31.8 to 26mm handlebar shim to fit it in the X4 Thomson, the rest of the bar has a 22.2mm diameter.

      Enjoy your 950 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kevin

        Thanks for the link to the bars – I may have to pick those up. I didn’t mean that I didn’t like the bling, quite the contrary, I think its great. I was just noting that my parts mix is not quite at that level. Enjoy!

        • peterlombardi

          Happily man ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha I know, I was just joking around about the bling bit.

          Likewise man, keep up the riding and glad to hear that you’re passing on the love of two wheels!

  5. Sumner

    What a great build. I just finished renovating my 1990 950 that my father bought new. These Treks are so much bike for so little craigslist money, I might have to buy another one!

    • peterlombardi

      Thanks Sumner ๐Ÿ™‚ I couldn’t agree more with you, they are extremely underrated, I got lucky with this one.

      The 950 is actually under a bit of a construction, I decided that to go alfine 8 on it, so I’m going to re-build the rear wheel. I wasn’t actually ever really happy with the rims, so I think I might just go back to a 26″ setup. I have one Salsa Delgado race rim that I wish I could find another because that’d be perfect! Thinking of using some of the 26×2.25″ Resist Nomad tires, I love the 700×45’s on my 750 Multitrack (which is undergoing some work right now as well).

      I haven’t taken any pics of it yet, but I have a 990 that I’m building up as a touring bike for my girlfriend. It’s a bit small but these older MTB’s have such long top tubes that I couldn’t go much larger. It’s a cool color scheme, black frame with white lettering and pink shadowing, right of my ladies alley ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sumner

    Peter, what did you do to convert the threaded headset to threadless? I’m interested in doing the same thing and am curious about how you went about it. Thanks!

  7. Acoustic Moonshine

    Great build! An old friend inspired me to dig out my old 930 (check him out on Instagram @ Ultra Romance, you will I’ve his pics) and I was very interested in modifying it to today’s comforts and came across so much negativity from people who just want you to buy new. What a great site you have here, hope you don’t mind me picking your brain a little. All your builds look incredible, well done.

    • peterlombardi

      Thanks man ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually do follow your bud on Instagram, definitely awesome pics!

      People are silly, I never listen to them haha, these old Treks are ridiculously nice for the price. Definitely don’t listen to the naysayers, they don’t know what they’re missing!

      Please feel free to pick my brain man and find me on Instagram, @peterlombardiphoto

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Acoustic Moonshine

        So my trek 930 is all original stock parts. I went on Universal and ordered new saddle, grips and bar ends. I also found new tires and tubes in EBay. If you had $150-$200 to put into it where would you start? Forks/handlebars? That seems to be the trickiest.

        • peterlombardi

          Hmm, I definitely replace cables (the Jagwire kits are fine, but I really, really like the Yokozuna stuff), and brakes are always on my top priority.

          Stock brake levers should be fine, unless you want to go with some v-brakes instead of the canti’s (different pull ratios). I’d say for budget canti’s use either the IRD Cafam’s or the Avid Shorty 6’s, both are nice brakes, depends on your style. IRD’s a bit cheaper too though.

          Is your bike suspended or does it have a steel fork? If it’s steel just leave it alone haha.

          Another good upgrade for a used brake is replacing the chain, you can get older 6/7/8 speed chains for 13-15 bucks on eBay, and it can really help with shifting, etc.

          Hope that helps!

          • Acoustic Moonshine

            Thanks for the info, greatly appreciated. I’m gonna go with V’s in late summer, but def new chain. What are your thoughts on tires? Tubes or tubeless? I’ll be spending most of my time in the woods. Will tubeless work with stick Trek rims?

          • peterlombardi

            Honestly I’m not much of an off-roader, and tubeless is entirely foreign to me.

            This post seems to have some interesting insight into converting older rims into a tubeless setup,

            Seems you might have to go the “ghetto tubeless” route, no idea if it’ll work with those specific rims, sorry.

            OH, and in regards to my Yokozuna Reaction kit comment, you can buy the housing and cables individually but you might as well go with the Jagwire stuff, the kits (as I just found out) are far too short for a top tube routed cable setup. I just ran into this hiccup myself…

            Sorry I can’t be of more help.

          • Acoustic Moonshine

            Big ups for the info. I’m looking forward to build.

          • peterlombardi

            Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Shoot me a pic when you’re done, always love to see new builds.

  8. Ryon

    Hi Paul,
    I’ve been following your build for some time now.i bought a used black 1992 950 around the time you started. They are the last of the best breed of steel frames, and I was looking for a frame worthy of loving like a grandkid, and one sturdy enough for my weight. It came with a mix of 1994 deore LX 3×7 speed, XTR cantilever brakes, roxx shox quadro 4 fork. Old school scruffiness. I just converted to 1×9 10 speed style chain, used a Shimano Zee 165 crankset and rear mech. Added a B17 brooks saddle.p and Thompson elite seatpost. Im also working on an alternate fork CroMo from a 1994 970, more tapered than the big Tange that came stock with the 1992. Its green but Im really happy with the ride.

    • peterlombardi

      They are an awesome run of Treks, I’m thankful that useful bikes are once again starting to pop up in the market. Though anyone would be hard pressed to buy one as nice as these treks for anywhere near the price they were or are.

      Haha, don’t like the green?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like a nice setup, keep up the good work!

    • ThizzNation

      Hi Ryon. I am buying a 1992 Trek 990 off craigslist for a very good deal I think. It looks to be new, cost $200. I have a question. You mentioned your Trek 950 1992 and also being the last of the best breed of steel frames. Did anything change after 1992? Any further info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you- Rob

      • ThizzNation

        I’m driving to 3 hours north to canada to get this bike, totally worth the road trip I think. It’s a 22″ largest frame size in 1992.

  9. Good to see a 950 is getting so much love (I have exactly the same bike, same model, color and year), even if I don’t personally like the build. But each cyclist has its own taste, so what matters is that the owner likes it!. I’m currently on the process of restoring another 950 from 1995 that I found abandoned on the street in a terrible condition, but I’m trying to keep it low cost as the bike will go to my sister’s boyfriend which is (not yet!) an avid cyclist…

    • peterlombardi

      Thanks Joe ๐Ÿ™‚ the build of mine or yours ๐Ÿ˜‰ kidding, it’s under the knife again now, sitting on one of my bike stands waiting for its turn.

      Haha, hopefully the Trek will change his mind!

  10. Simon Pardey

    Looks great. I have a couple of old trek mountain tracks; 820 and another 850 I think but the number got painted over during a repair. I love them; durable and comfortable. They are my current commute bikes. I was commuting in Germany on the 850 pretty standard set up in 2000 and later in Belgium in 2003-4. Liked it but while in Belgium I really felt I would like it set up with drop bars and bar ends. Back in Sydney I rebuilt it as most of it had worn out but kept it pretty standard. Got the 820 from my brother who had salvaged it and set it up with double chain ring, close gearing , bar end shifters on drop bars and big tyres (1.95 initially). It is excellent for commuting in this set up. Drop bars are narrow enough to squeeze tighter gaps, road set up gets along fast and big tyres handle Sydney roads, gutters and off road detours.

  11. addo

    Hi. Could you tell me what these handlebars are? Thanks

  12. Kevin Berent Fogelberg

    Hi Peter,

    I realize this post is a few years, but I recently got my hands back on my ’92 Trek 950 frame and I am putting it back together. Its a sordid tale how I lost it and came to find it again. Suffice it to say, I had to buy it twice. Anyways, I’m wondering how you figured out the correct stem for your build? Your handlebars appear to be set at a perfect height. I’d like to achieve something similar, but I have no idea how to figure out which stem to pick up. I have asked Trek and done a ton of research hoping to find the specs for the original stem that came with my bike. Alas, no luck. Did you use some sort of formula?

    • peterlombardi

      Hey Kevin, nah, no formula man (well sort of), I just know the reach I like on my road bikes so I made it a little more relaxed and upright. I used a 1 1/8″ quill stem adapter and a (I think, I sold the stem so I can’t double check) 110mm Thomson X4 stem with a 10 degree rise. I also used a few spacers under the stem (I like the Vuelta aluminum ones) to make it look nicer.

      Hope that helps! How tall are you and what size frame? I can take a guess haha.

      • Kevin Berent Fogelberg

        Thanks!! I’m 6 feet tall and I have the 20″ frame. The tough part, I think, is figuring out height and reach. Figures that I’d finally need that high school geometry ????!

  13. Jonah

    Hey Peter, great looking bike! And I realize I’m late to the party, but I’m looking to buy an old lugged Trek 900 series to convert to 650b but with wider mountain tires if possible. How’s the clearance front and back? What width tire do you think would fit with the 650b wheels? Thanks!

  14. G.Rock

    Hey Peter,

    I just picked up an ’89 (I think) 950, and I want to
    modernize it. It currently has 26ers, and the original Shimano hardware.I wanted to ask you if you had a good primer on what considerations I need to convert to modern components (wheels, brakes, shifters, handlebars). I see bits and pieces of it in the discussion, but a good overview would be amazing.


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