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    1995 Trek Y-33 My first "real" bike

    I bought this bike in 1996. I was a total newbie then, so my friend Jamie went with me to consult on buying this bike.
    He said that this bike having a full XTR drive train (1995) with a White Industry wheelset, carbon fiber bar ends, etc., I wouldn't need to upgrade anything!
    I was young and single with expendable income and eager to jump to the next level of my new favorite pastime, so I snatched up this bike at half its retail price of $4400 (1995 dollars)! A smoking deal!!
    Of course, after about a year and a half, I had upgraded everything on the bike except the frame and seat post.

    What you see here is my 90's setup after upgrades. I tried to rebuild it for these photos with as many of the stock parts as possible. The exceptions are the original XTR cantilever brakes (I sold them on eBay with my first cheap bike), shock, saddle, stem, bar, grips, headset (I still have the original, but the King looks too cool)and shifters (still have the original XTR shift/levers, but the levers don't work with V-brakes). I had to rebuild the rear wheel with a new rim and spokes, but the front wheel is all original and the Continental tires are original as well!

    The Rock Shox Judy SL was the top of the line in 1995! I replaced the stock elastomers first with Englund Air Cartridges, then finally with a White Brothers spring kit. I also "upgraded" it with a $100 composite Shock Bone fork arch, which turned out to be more flexy than the stock arch.

    The original cables where Ride On. The front shifter cable is the original, a true testament to Ride On cables!!!








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    My brother-in-law had the Rocket Boys edition of this bike. I was so jealous at the time.
    Nice bike, great momento.

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    That's one of the coolest bikes I've ever seen!
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    That brings back memories, I remember when we sold the first one at the shop and ordered it I built it the day it came in and rode it that night I was amazed...

    I am sure you remember they has the Y33 and Y22 then teh Alumn versions...

    Ohh Chris thanks for the memories..

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    That is radical! And Cooper clean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    And Cooper clean!
    I was hoping somebody would notice that!
    Back in the day I would have certainly given Cooper a run for his money in the bike detailing department.
    I think this bike had a lot to do with that.
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    I was wondering how much that bike weighs Chris?

    That frame looks massive.
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    Stock, I think it was 23.5 lbs!!

    At one point I had it down to about 22.5 lbs, but that was bordering on "stupid light" especially because I was using it as an aggressive XC/all mountain rig.
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    Cool, it's one that hasn't been turned into this:
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    23 lbs.!? That's crazy! Just thinking...could it handle a 4" build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    23 lbs.!?...could it handle a 4" build?
    Pictured It's 100mm (4") in the rear and 80mm (3") in the front.

    Before I retired it, I had a 4" Marzocchi Z1 Bomber on the front and rode it hard and often everywhere from Stanley Gap (Rich Mountain) to Bull Mountain to Bear Creek to Pisgah.
    It took everything I could dish out to it like a champ!
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    I must confess I've never ridden a URT suspension bike...I've heard they have their ups and downs. They make great single speeds, though!

    Also, it's cool to see a Strata Shock. I thought they made some pretty cool products, like those air shocks and the air/coil Helix ones, of which I owned a couple. They didn't survive, however, and it seems like that had to do with their falling off the OEM supplier map after the 90s.

    1998 Helix Pro pictured (air/coil with lockout):
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    Saw this on Craig's List this Saturday...

    http://nashville.craigslist.org/bik/2556298391.html

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    I have a 1996 Y-22 got it 2 years ago for 200 bucks at a garage sale. I love it, it rides so great. Its at moab bicycle shop in murfreesboro right not getting a well deserved servicing..haha you've got a sweet bike

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    Unique looking bike. Would love to ride one.

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