This is my current go-less-slow bike. It gets the nod on nice days and when I don't need to carry stuff. While not a true racing bike, it doesn't hold me back much.

I got it as a complete bike from eBay for cheap. The frame was beat up and the fork damaged in shipping so the seller replaced it with a new Tange one. I took it to the Bicycle Kitchen to align the dropouts, straighten out the derailleur hanger, and chase and face the bottom bracket. I built it up mostly from the parts bin, some local bike shop parts, and some online closeouts, hence the mixture of road and mountain from different eras.

I replaced the so-so Matrix wheelset with an eBay Ultegra/Open Pro set. The original derailleurs and chainrings were damaged when a cheap KMC chain broke after a descent, so I replaced them with nicer stuff. I got a new bottom bracket and swapped the original triple crankset with a decent double setup.

Lately I've toned down the colors by switching to 700Cx25 Continental Ultra Gatorskins.

1987 Trek 400T Elance, sport-touring geometry Most likely in Waterloo, Wis.
Reynolds 531 main triangle, Trek cro-mo stays
Trek investment cast lugs
Tange cro-mo fork
Hatta Vesta headset
Shimano UN-73 113mm cartridge bottom bracket, square taper
Shimano 600 crankset, 8-speed generation, 53T-39T
Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur
SunTour Mountech front derailleur
Shimano A400 7-speed indexed downtube shifters
Shimano 7-speed 13T-30T HyperGlide cassette, level unknown
Shimano Dura Ace 9-speed chain
Shimano Ultegra brake calipers
Cane Creek SCR-5C brake levers
Cinelli 1R stem
Cinelli Model 64 42cm handlebars
Mavic Open Pro rims
Shimano 600 hubs 32 Wheelsmith 14/15/14 3x butted spokes each wheel
700Cx28 Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy with SpeedBlend tires
MKS GR-9 pedals
MKS steel toe clips with MKS nylon straps, Toshi button ends
Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle
Sakae Ringyo LaPrade seatpost

Thanks, John


John Huan Vu
Los Angeles, Calif.





iTrek 400T Elance - front end detail


Trek 400T Elance - crankset detail


Trek 400T Elance - rear derailleur
Trek 400T Elance - side view
Trek 400T Elance - front quarter view




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