a rideable Trek 750 Multitrack…

so here it is, after about two years i finally have the ’92 Trek 750 Multitrack able to be ridden around!

fitted now are the Resist Nomad tires in the 700x45c size, they rock, very much enjoying them, big and comfy. i also ended up with an Shimano XT direct mount front derailleur mounted with the 28.6mm Problem Solvers Direct Mount adapter clamp.

now i just have to get out and put some miles on it! (can you tell i’m only mildly excited? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
-peter

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  1. So I got my first 750 frame yesterday, and you sir, are to blame. I must have looked at this page 20 times, dreaming about the adventures I’d have up and down the pacific coast. Mine is rough, but hey, it only cost me $15. I’m going to add bosses to the fork for a lowrider mount and then send it off to get powder. I see you followed me back on Instagram. Look forward to swapping bike building photos with ya there. Cheers and thanks for the inspiration!

    • peterlombardi

      Bwa ha ha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Haha, awesome man, I can’t wait to see the build. Rough is fine! Like you said, nothing a new powder coat can’t fix! You have some great work btw, I’ll definitely have to spend some time snooping around your site. I need to start getting to the races up here. Ever thought about just picking up surly fork? The cross check is a great fork, the single braze-ons on the dropouts are a pisser, but manageable, especially if you use a Tubus Duo like I did, it has an extra set for fenders built in.

      This bike is never finished! I actually just swapped out breaks and I’m in the process of re-building the wheelset with new hubs, debating about going cheap and just using some XT trekking hubs (dynamo up front from Europe), or shelling out far too much money and going for one of the new Hope Mono RS 135 rear hubs and an SP PV-8 dynamo hub up front… it’s tough. I’m also swapping out the balloon tires (fun to ride but a bit iffy in corners for me) for some Soma C-Line’s (38mm in the black tread) and I’m going back and forth on fenders as well. I’ll probably just end up going with some SKS Longboards, but I’m really looking at the Civia Market fenders (48mm).

      Need to have this bike done sooooon though, I’d hate to miss the better than normal ๐Ÿ˜‰ riding weather season up here in the pacific nw.

      • Hey thanks! I need to get to more races myself. Been too lazy. I’ve thought about the surly fork but, first, I don’t want to mess with the geometry, and second, I am on a strict budget. I might even do the brazing myself!

        I’ll probably use the Duo for the reasons you listed, plus it’s a great looking rack.

        I’m looking at a very similar Shimano wheel set… Can’t beat XT hubs for value. As for fenders, have you looked at the new PDW city fenders? They look great, cover 38’s, are made of metal and mount like an SKS. Probably going to be my pick.

        • peterlombardi

          Happily man, haha, seems like you have a great client list though! Yeah, stock forks are always best, just be careful man! haha. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

          I love the duo, the lack of a loop is also nice, a lot cleaner looking, it really is beefy too.

          Definitely can’t beat the value. Hmm, yeah, I’ve looked at them, I just can’t justify the 100+ price tag on them, the Civia’s are also full metal (alloy like the PDW’s) but priced at only 55 bucks! They have a similar mounting system as well, the PDW’s/SKS’s definitely have a better frame mounting tab, but the adjustment is pretty much the same. I did some looking into them last night, haha, just mildly OCD ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the 48mm width on the Civia’s compared to the 45mm PDW’s, as I’m going to be running those 38’s.

          What else are you thinking for the build?

          • Looks like I got my numbers wrong… The ‘check fork is exactly the same (plus lugs. yum.) so it’s back on the “Options” list. I’m going to talk to some frame builders today to see what they have to say (I still want to do it myself).

            Not sure about other stuff as of right now… Talking to friends about used parts, hunting on fleabay and CL. I’ve got an Shimano/SRAM 9-spd mtb group on hold at a buddies and I picked up a Bell Lap bar w/ some Tektro levers on it at the hipster bike swap for $8 (booyah). Checking out and considering the Civia fenders, they look like a good deal. Thanks for the tip!

          • peterlombardi

            Oh awesome man, glad the numbers worked out, it is awesome, cheap and does look good!

            I had one on my last touring build:
            http://blog.peterlombardi.com/index.php/2011/08/bianchi-volpe-racked-out/

            Haha, I don’t blame you, I get obsessed with personal projects as well.

            Nice man, 9 speed is the way to go, easy to shift and replacement parts are cheap/abundant. Keep me updated on the build man.

          • Guest

            It turns out the pain just looked like it was in poor shape… A byproduct of not being cleaned for a decade. I took it to the roof this morning and cleaned the bejesus out of it and it looks pretty damn good. I’ll have to find some touch-up paint for a couple minor spots, but I think for now, she’s gonna roll in her original getup. Also, my buddy has a Nitto Campee rack that mounts to the brake bosses so that fixes the whole lowrider mount issue.

          • It turns out the pain just looked like it was in poor shape… A byproduct of not being cleaned for a decade, I suppose. I took it to the roof this morning and cleaned the bejesus out of it and it looks pretty damn good. I’ll have to find some touch-up paint for a couple minor spots, but I think for now, she’s gonna roll in her original getup. Also, my buddy has a Nitto Campee rack that mounts to the brake bosses so that fixes the whole lowrider mount issue. That Volpe is slick… Now, how did you get that X9 derailleur to work with barcons? Was it nine or ten speed?

          • peterlombardi

            WOW! I’ve always been a huge fan of that color scheme! Looks great after a good cleanup! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wouldn’t mind those blue skies right now either haha. Nice on the Nitto, that’s my brother’s dream setup, he just could never justify the cost over the stainless tubus/velo orange mini setup he has now.

            The Volpe was nine speed, I used a Jtek ShiftMate Straight model #6S ( http://jtekengineering.com/shiftmatestraight.php ), I still have mine from when I stripped it (ended up selling the frameset on ebay to a nice guy in Taiwan) I’d be happy to sell it to you for $25 shipped if you decide to go that route. Either that or you could always just go a friction setup. Part of the reason I won’t go to a 10 speed setup with shimano bar end shifters is that they removed the option to change to friction on the rear since the Dura Ace 7900 model.

            This is going to be a great looking ride man!

  2. NormanF

    The early 90s dedicated Trek 520 Touring Bike and the Trek MT XXX series share the same touring frame geometry! One is as capable as the other and they are both a good all-rounder.

    • peterlombardi

      Agreed Norman! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish it had longer stays and a brazed on kickstand plate but other than that it’s a great bike that can fill a number of shoes excellently!

  3. Rich

    How did you get the paint so awesome!? Including the “TREK 750”.

    • peterlombardi

      I spent too much time and money hunting a really nice one down ๐Ÿ˜‰ and Meguiar’s carnauba wax, lots of time with that. Black is easy to touch up as well.

      Thanks Rich! ๐Ÿ™‚

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