1985 Trek 770 Review

Today, we speak of a new offering from Trek, with state of the art technology.

  • Double-butted Reynolds 531 tubing
  • Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain, with 12 forward speeds!
  • Campagnolo Super Record brakes.
  • Campagnolo Super Record downtube shifters.
  • Campagnolo Super Record seatpost.
  • Cinelli stem and one-piece aluminum bars.
  • Flat-top fork with Tange C-14 cast crown.
  • Investment-cast dropouts and lugs.
  • Concor saddle.
  • Factory-advertised weight of 19 pounds.
  • If we could do color photos, you’d see the eye-searing Pink finish…

Ok, ok.  So it isn’t 1985.  If it was 1985, I would not be able to straddle a 56cm bike.  It’s 2014.  Let’s revert back to color.

This is the top-of-the-line Trek road bike from 1985.  This is the Madone 7 of 1985.  It is a recently acquired ride for me, and the reason for the acquisition is simple: I’m incredibly spoiled.  I’ve spent my riding “career” on the dreamiest bikes around.  I’ve never had a road bike with fewer than 20 speeds, nor have I had a road bike that lacked integrated shifting.  Ever.  I’ve never had a drop-bar bike that wasn’t either carbon-fiber or titanium.  I have no historical basis to judge what a bike rides like in comparison to the greats of yesterday.  I watch old Tour footage and old Giro footage, and I wonder–desperately wonder–what those bikes felt like.  And thus, the 770 has made its way home.

This bike is all original (zoinks!) except for the bar tape, cables and housing, the hoods on the brake levers and the wheels.  Yes–original saddle, yes original drivetrain, yes original paint.  Yes.  Original.

Amazingly, it weighs 22 pounds.  More than 8 of those 22 pounds are the portly 36h cheapo Shimano hubs, Wolber rims, SS spokes, cheap tubes, and 25c Specialized tires.

So what are my plans?  Sandblast and powder coat?  New decals?  Update to Di2?

No.  The plans are simple.  It has a few small maintenance items needed (new brake pads, new derailleur pulley wheels, new cables) and it really needs some different wheels (as these are not original, are super-heavy as noted above and are a bit sketchy).  Last night, I did the derailleur pulleys, brake pads, and a new seat post clamp bolt.  Next, the plan is to ride it.  That’s it.  No restoration.  No fixing the paint chips.  Just ride it.  (At least for now).  It’s running 25c tires at present, with heavy wheels, so it’s a bit difficult to compare it to ‘modern’ bikes that I have ridden…but that will come.  I am amazed by how responsive it is, and how spot-on the geometry is for a road bike.  I’m also amazed at how skinny the handlebars are (both in width and girth), and how narrow the bike feels overall.  She’s got a few scars, but they’re signs of character.  This is an amazing bike.  Amazing.  Fun is in store.

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One thought on “1985 Trek 770 Review

  1. This bike is as old as I am. I’m looking forward to reading what you think. Like you I’ve never ridden a bike from this era either so I don’t really know what its like. That color though…

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