I would really like to turn this into a t-shirt graphic, but I believe it would need to be “redrawn” (you know in Illustrator, not by hand) to simplify into a screen printable graphic. Any of you designers out there with time to kill and motivation want to help me turn this dream into a reality?
holla at me.
I built this sweet little honey for my own collection to act as a “friend” bike. You know, the one you don’t mind lending out when a pal is in town. Having something of a reputation for having cool bikes, I of course wanted to make sure that the homies would be riding in style.
I’ve always loved a Wisconsin built Trek and have long wanted a 970 or 990 for myself. Preferably lugged.
But things, being things, I wouldn’t mind freeing up some space for other bikes and other projects.
Trek 970 1989
Made in Wisconsin
True Temper Tubing
Specialized “IV” bars (1985 or so)
Deore thumb shifters and cranks
Deore DX: derailleurs, hubs, cassette
Let me know if you’d like to own it.
The disease is spreading….
hope to race one of these someday!
I am super stoked to present these photos of the Trek Y-Five O owned by MOMBAT, the Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology.
I had originally picked it up off the Twin Cities Bicycle Trading Post from a fellow who said it belonged to his mother, his father was an engineer for Park Tool and both of them owned a fleet of bikes, so this one never really got ridden. Take a look at the cranks, almost no wear, which is really rare on a M950 crankset. The whole thing was just mint.
I originally bought it to part it out as I wanted the groupset for a build of my own, but it seemed a shame to tear apart this bike after it had been together for so long and was in such good condition. With this in mind I contact Jeff at MOMBAT and to my surprise he said he’s always wanted a Five-O. This was Trek’s highest end offering in 1997 and has a ton of really rad parts, as you’ll see.
After some haggling, we struck a deal and I sent it off to the Carolinas. Jeff found the correct bar, seat post, and tires for it, cleaned it up, and it is now as you see it. A real museum piece, even if the beauty might be in the eye of the beholder on this one.
Titanium Ibis bar and stem, the lockout lever is actually a repurposed Suntour XC Pro shifter (yeah, that was stock!)
The Stratos shock works great, the damping is still active as is the lockout
So incredibly proud to have helped put a bike into such a great home.