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    Trek 400 Elance Reynolds 531

    Hello Forum!
    I recently purchased a vintage Trek 400 Elance Reynolds 531 (black and silver) for $200. The person told me he thought it was a 1992. After reviewing the serial number (242432) on the vintage trek site i see it is a 1986. The bike looks like it is in good shape taking into consideration of the age and normal wear and tear. The tires are different and i will be checking what is original tonight from my downloaded 1986 catalog. I have a couple questions to start.
    Thoughts on the price i paid?
    Is this really a 1986 bike given the serial number?
    Perhaps more to come.


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    i wouldn't worry about what tires were original. just mount what you want. i like panaracer paselas.

    yes, $200 is a good price.

    if fully overhauled with new consumables, it can fetch $400 or more in spring/summer in a big market.
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    Thanks for the feedback. The bike currently has smooth tires on it. Not sure what kind as i am in office now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaweh20!7 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. The bike currently has smooth tires on it.
    And? Pretty much all road tires are "smooth" these days. Unless you are planning to ride on soft surfaces (dirt, gravel, snow) then there is no need for tread of any sort.

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    $200 is a good price if it's in good shape. The old steel Treks are well respected and IMO look cool. I like the seat lug on those.

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    I would lay money that the 1986 date is correct. The 400 series was only Reynolds 531 in the main triangle, however... it was Trek's budget series. They ride nicely, though.
    Life is short... enjoy the ride.

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    Yes, those old 531 Treks do ride nicely; mine will be 40 years old next year, and I've kept it because I haven't found a better-riding bike since then. Soon, it's going to get a new wheelset with NOS 600 tricolor hubs, and a set of new 27mm Paris-Roubaix tubulars; I expect the ride to only get better.....
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