I have recently purchased a 1997 Trek 5500, the frame had a number of chips to the clear coat and it looked rather dull. The fork has been replaced at some point, maybe in an act of weightweenieism to replace the original with steel steerer, but who knows.
Here is a picture of the frame as I got it. completer with headset, bottom bracket (as its stuck!), and seatpost. Please excuse my feet.
The plan is to strip all the clear coat sand smooth, remove the top tube cable stops, possible the downtube cable stops too (they are rather well glued on!) add new cable stops, decals and then re-clear coat the frame in a nice gloss finish. O and remove the damn bottom bracket.
My budget for this build is rather tight, so the built will be relatively conservative using several spare parts I have and lots of 2nd hand bits. One part I would like to change is the fork as the current one is 503g Ouch. However its a 1" so finding a lightweight replacement is looking to be tricky. So i think this is going to have to wait, that is unless anyone can tell me there is a 1.1/8" headset somewhere out there that will fit an older 5500
Here is currently my proposed build list. Frame: 97 Trek 5500
Fork: Sintema force oneHeadset: Shimano 600Stem: Planet xBars: ITM 7075
Brakes: Planet x ultralight (maybe cnc)Shifters: Sram Force
Cables: I Links/miniSeatpost: Generic Modified (see below)
Seatclamp: Suggestions?Saddle: Specialized Jett
Crankset: FSA K-force compact
FD: Sram rival/apex
RD: Sram Rival
Chain: KCNC X10l
Wheelset: 20mm planet x built onto ebay hubs (sub 1100g) Budget permitting
Skewers: Planet x
Tyres: Schwalbe milanoPedals: Either homemade ~70g aerolite-esk 7449Al pedals or shimano 105
Parts in red are those I already own. Hopefully if all goes to plan I should be able to built it up to sub 6.8kg. If the wheels dont go ahead then with a set of gp4 or similar around 7kg.
What are people opinions on choice of brake/the colour I should choose. The frame will be gloss carbon with white (i think, any other suggestions?) trek logos.
Its not the quality or stopping power of the brakes I question as I have them on my tt and road bike and think they are great, more the aesthetics on this frame.
The seatpost is just a generic carbon post that weights in at a massive 250g in its current 400mm state, but it was free! My plan with it is to cut off the top clamp mechanism, scallop the top, using leftover post (as i only need 300mm) make a u part. Then make some yolks and pin in the workshop and join it all together with Ti bolts. Thats the plan anyway...
The more eagle eyed of you will have noticed the ladies saddle. Well hands up I admit this is being built for my girlfriend
I wish it was mine. I have even started looking for one for myself!
Anyways back to the frame. Frame weight complete with headset, cable bosses, bottom bracket, bottlecage bolts, FD hanger and BB cable guide was 1430g so hopefully with everything removed i am looking at 1.15kg for the frame. The FD clamp on its own weighed in with bolts at 21g. ouch. so i plan on making an aluminium replacement in the near future.
Here is the frame with the clear coat removed from the top tube and top of the headtube, not an ounce of filler to be seen and in the light (sorry for the poor photos) looks great. Still needs a lot of sanding.
I will hopefully have the whole frame sanded by the end of the week then its a case of choosing the decals, finding and gluing the cable stops then clear coating. Lots to be done but if it looks anything like dcj9's trek http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=84322&hilit=5900
then I will be ecstatic.