Mid-eighties Trek 400 Elance with Nexus hub
This is my commuting and utility bike. I built it up out of used
and leftover components. I wanted to have a bike which had low
maintence and which didn't have much theft value. It is built around
a used Trek 400 frame which I bought at the Seattle Bike Expo Swap
Meet. The majority of the other components are used as well, with
the Nexus 7sp hub, seatpost and brake levers being the only exceptions.
It has these components:
- Front Derailleur - none
- Rear Derailleur - none (shifting is internal to the hub)
- Crankset - SR Super Champion, single 42t chainring
- Pedals - Shimano SPD 535s (LX)
- Shifter - Nexus 7sp Rapid
- Brake Levers - Shimano 600, non-aero
- Brakes - Suntour Superbe, normal reach, with Koolstop pads
- Saddle - Brooks B17
- Rear Rack - Blackburn Expedition
- Fenders - Silver/Black ESGE/Zefal mix
- Front Hub - Shimano HB-NX30 (generator hub)
- Front Rim - Torelli Master
- Front Spokes - DT 2.0/1.8 swaged
- Rear Hub - Shimano Nexus
7sp, 36 hole
- Rear Rim - Mavic MA-2
- Rear Spokes - DT 14 gauge
- Tires - Continental Top Touring (32-622)
- Full Chaincase - Not shown in the
picture above (but it is shown on the linked page). The chaincase
encloses the drivetrain to keep it out of the elements.
I enjoy this bike even more then I expected to. The Nexus hub is
perfect for around the town riding. The shifting on it is very good,
and being able to shift while stopped (at a red light for instance)
is very useful. The hub is noisier then I expected, but I have not
had any problems with it so far.
The range on the Nexus 7sp is very usable. I have this bike
configured with a 42t chainring and a 22t rear cog. This gives me
gears of: 33", 37", 43", 51", 59", 68", and 80". This isn't quite
the range that I get on my derailleur equipped bicycles (where 20"-120"
is more common), but it allows me to get almost everywhere.
I wouldn't recommend a Nexus equipped bike as an enthusiasts only
bicycle, but its fantastic for commuting and utility purposes. The
lack of drivetrain maintance and ability to shift while stopped are
very useful for most city riding. Installed on an old, scratched
up bicycle frame you get a high quality bike with low theft value.
I have more bicycle information on
my main bike page.