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A couple minor corrections, for accuracy's sake..

The OCLV was introduced in 1992, not the 80's. Prior to 1992 Trek used woven carbon tubes and aluminium lugged frames. They had a 7 tube carbon frame (if I am correct, the head tube wasn't carbon, just aluminium) for 2 years (89 and 90), and 3 tube carbon frames for quite a few more (86-93). They abandoned the 7 tube carbon frames after 1990 and only put out the 3 tube frames because they were working on the OCLVs. Although I think they kept selling the lesser expensive 3 tube carbon frames thru the 1993 model year. The OCLV's first hit the market in 1992, although a prototype was shown at Interbike in Oct. of 1991. It was not a rideable bike though. The first OCLV's rolled out of production around mid-March of 1992. In 1993 the OCLV mountain bike was released.

Also, I am not quite sure which frame you are visualizing, Carbon 110, but USPS's team bikes in 1999 were the blue frames with red letters on white panels. I know that's still Red White and Blue, but I was actually wondering if you were thinking of the red and white frames with the blue forks... those were the 1998 team bike colors.

I used to own a 94 5900. It was the light purple frame that was built to be superlight. It didn't use STI shifters.... I wish I still had that frame! I sold it because at that time I was still racing and I was sponsored by another company, although I really liked my OCLV.

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Whoops... my own typo...

CARBON110 said:
Russ,
The 5900 was introduced in the year 2000 for the first time. So you may have had a 5000, 5020, 5200 or a 5500 but NOT a 5900 and NO CARBON110. The 5500 was available since at least 1994. Trek did make Carbon/aluminum frames in the 80s ( 2500 series ), 1986 I am pretty sure had full carbon frames available. They used carbon from Argon bike company amigo. OCLV hit the market in 1992 but they made changes in fabrication creating their own carbon process. In addition CARBON110 wasn't created until the year 2000 introduced (as I said) in the form of the 5900 Super Light. In 1998 Trek did make a red white and blue PAINTED frame however I WAS refering to Lance's 1999 Blue frame with red white and blue decals. Trek in 1999 changed a few things like stronger forks from Icon and new cable routes as well as OCLV 150, a lighter frame. In 2000 the lightened the frames again with 5200-5500 using OCLV 120 and the 5900 using CARBON110

The advent of the 9700-9.9 series Mtn bikes in the early 1990s ( concept to production 92-93 ) but was again improved upon in late 1999 with prototype late model 9.8 OCLV HC frames. The first full suspension Y-frames were created in 1994-1995 but discontinued. The Time Trial Carbon Bike was introduced in the year 2000 out of OCLV HC with a Time aero fork. In the year 2003 it was made of CARBON110 completely with a new fork and offered only to Lance to ride on in le TDF

Look it up or call the factory-I bet your 1994 5XXX series was the envy of many =)

Note To Readers: Never mix drinks with your medication =P

Whoops, my own typo... it was a 5700, not a 5900. went the wrong way on the numberpad. They only made the 5700 in limited amounts and only for one year. I am trying to find pics to post... it was pretty sweet. It was a light purple color, and only had a right side STI shifter. It used a Ti stem, a Ti syncros post, Flite seat (just when they were starting to become popular, and when Trek was using their own branded Vetta TT saddles...) White Industry hubs. It was not a different frame, just a different build, and was one of the first production bikes under 17 pounds. Mine, a 56, came in at 16.7 with Time Mag/Ti Pros on it. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my actual bike, but I am still trying to find a picture of any of them, or a Trek catalog pic for you.

Other than that small typo, I don't need to check any of my facts... they are all accurate, and they all say the same thing you just said in your above post. I never implied my frame was a Carbon 110 or 120 frame... I think the confusion was that I said it was built to be a limited superlight bike... meaning the build kit.... not the frame being any different. Double check my post...it's all correct.

Anyways, I wish I still had that bike! And if I can find some pics, I will post them for you. You really seem to like the OCLVs so I bet you would get a kick out of that one. I will add them to this thread if I can find them.

Russ
 
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