January 27, 2009

Trek Singletrack 920


The Trek 920 bike, is a non-suspension mountain bike. According to BikePedia.com, the year of the 920 was 1994. I think it was called a Trek Singletrack because the wheels that are on the bike, also made by Trek/Bontrager are called Single Track. Made of steel, the 920 will be relatively heavy compared to aluminum bikes that were made more recently. Steel has favorable reviews because of its smoother ride capability and it has "more soul". My husband swears by steel bike frames now, preferably Reynolds 853 steel.

The bike that I got for my high school graduation was a Trek Mountain Track. It was also TIG-welded steel. We got it from Marinette Cycle Center in Marinette, WI.

My husband had the Trek Singletrack before I met him. The story goes that he either gave or sold the bike to a friend of his in college--Matty Battjes. This is the bike that Bill rode when he initially got interested in mountain biking. I imagine the bike looked a lot like this one available on Craigslist. I just googled Matt Battjes, who now is on Facebook in Portland and has commented a few times out there on the internet about "spinning cranks"--seems to be riding bikes.

4 comments:

austin said...

The bike you have pictured is a 1998 Trek 920 SingleTrack (bright silver with mango decals). Although there is a Matrix SingleTrack wheel, which did come on many Trek 9xx Series SingleTrack bikes, the bike was not named after the wheel, they were both named after the most technically difficult level of mountain bike riding called "SingleTrack". The idea behind this is the trail is so rough and narrow it will only allow for one rider at a time. Trek SingleTracks were the flagships of the Trek steel Mountain Bike lines. Below them were the 8xx series Taiwanese made "MountainTrack", followed by the 7xx series "MultiTrack" (hybrids). Although steel will rust if left out, the fatigue life of a well built triple butted OX Comp II Chromo frame (like your 920) will allow it to far outlive any aluminum or carbon fiber framed bike around. Like your husband I swear by steel frames. My own 20.5 lb. rigid ’95 Trek 990 1x8 with newer high-end components is constantly mistaken for being aluminum because everyone knows “steel is heavy, isn’t it?”

Julian said...

Its a great bike. I have one and it its in silver with mango decals. Its been stuck in the garage for ages and comes out on occasions. We did part of National Cycle route 2 last weekend in the New Forest. All the bits on my bike are original and has no modifications

As I said its a great bike. :)

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what one of these is worth? I have one and am thinking of selling it. Thanks...

Haley said...

I'd say between 100 and 200 dollars depending on the condition.