Sunday, September 25, 2011

1995 Trek 930

My work on the Univega Mixte is on hold till next payday, new size 13 shoes for my enormous 14 year old son took up most of my extra cash (I get paid once a month). I had nearly forgotten the Trek 930 mountain bike hanging on a rack in the garage. I bought this bike from the original owner back in 1999 when I was living in Abilene, Texas. It was for my oldest kid but we never got to do much riding together. I then gave this bike to my brother-in-law a couple of years later. He was living in Kansas at the time and was having financial difficulties. This bike ended up being his main form of transportation. He and his family moved to Fort Worth about a year ago, I ended up with the bike once again. I replaced the tubes and rode it around the front yard a few times. That was the extent of my riding this weekend.

It was tough finding photos of a 1995 Trek 930. I figured I'd throw these photos up here as a public service.

Excuse the grime, this bike is in need of some serious cleaning.

7spd cassette, STX cranks, STX derailleurs, Alivio hubs, and lots of Trek's Matrix stuff

The bike was originally equipped with cantilever brakes. I switched them out soon after I bought the bike. I'm debating whether I should restore the cantilever brakes.

I used zip ties instead of routing the cable through the guides. I was probably in a hurry.

Quick release seatpost collar.

This saddle and the rims were the items that allowed me to determine the year model of this bike.

I'm not 100 per cent sure what I'm going to do with this bike but I've got the urge to replace the grip shift stuff with thumb shifters. I've got a pair gathering dust in a box somewhere.


  1. Nothing like another bike project.

  2. If the V brakes feel good, they're more powerful than cantis. It might be cheaper to get linear pull levers and keep the V brakes. OTOH, my OEM road levers work like garbage with the OEM V brakes.

  3. You pretty much have to run the housing all the way so that the v-brakes will work. There is no rear housing stop on that frame, just a noodle that the inner cable runs through.

    The v-brakes must have the housing running to the noodle at the arm.

    I've never had any problem using regular cantilever brake levers with v-brakes. They feel funny, if you pull them while sitting still. But, they work pretty well when you are rolling. Road levers can be a problem, though, for sure.

  4. Myles,
    I agree with Steve, the V's are definitely better than the cantis.

    Have fun with the project!

    Peace :)

  5. Geez, I can see I'm in the wrong crowd. I thought that bike looked really clean. While I like to keep my bikes "clean", my cleanest bike is much dirtier than your Trek.

    I don't envy you for your enormous monthly food bill. It's amazing how much teens eat, isn't it?

  6. Mark-I've got too many projects and not enough time and money to complete them all. I need to start selling some of this stuff.

    Steve-Jon-Chandra-I can tell the difference in braking power between the cantilevers and the V brakes. The only problem with the V brakes is that I have to deflate the tire to remove or replace the wheel although I'm sure there's a simple fix for that. I've got several pair of newer brake levers that I'll be adding along with the thumb shifters.

    Big Oak-The grease and grime didn't really stand out in the photos. My brother-in-law used some kind of liquid lube on the chain that just made a huge mess. The t shirt I was wearing while working on the bike will be put into service as a shop rag.

    You are right about the food bill! It's amazing how much milk they go through.

  7. Most of the time you can disengage the V-brakes by taking the little silver right-angled pipe out of the V-brake connector. This should take the tension out of the system and allow the V-brake arms to swing back clear of the tyre.
    Having said that, there are plenty of times in the shop where that doesn't work and you have to deflate the tyre anyway.

  8. Those old Trek Singletracks are absolutely bombproof. If you put thumb shifters on it your great grandson will probably write a blog about it.

    Where do I get the gadget you have on your sidebar that shows new blog posts - it's awesome. I've been getting lots of traffic from you lately and now I see why.

  9. That is a great bike. I think that is about the 2nd year Trek tig'd this bike, earlier models used lugs. At the time it was a great value. It was a 'real' mountain bike that handled well and would hold up off road for about $550 or $600. Never mind that it was MADE IN USA!
    The Gripshifters are good too, they are very easy to rebuild and work great. FWIW, put some proper cantis on that & enjoy your nice bike.

  10. Workbike-Hey, it's good to hear from you. I have to deflate the tires because the pads on the V brakes hit the seat stays. The pads on the old cantilevers are shorter and swing out of the way. It might be a good reason to switch back.

    Justin-I'm always glad to hear that I'm helping people find quality blogs. To be honest I don't exactly remember how I set up the blog posts to cycle the new stuff to the top. I know that from the Blogger dashboard you click on the design tab, and then, I believe, that you add a "gadget". There should be some options about how you want your blog lists displayed.

    Texas Framebuilders-Made in the USA-Awesome! I've never been a fan of the Gripshifters. I never could get used to the lag time from the click at the shifter till the chain actually moved from one gear to the next.

  11. Thanks for posting the pics. I needed to see if the '95 930 I just picked up still had the original seat clamp. It looks like it does.