Monthly Archives: December 2017

Meet “The Mule”

Here is my most recent rebuild and my first cross-bike (cyclocross ? montercross? not sure of which label) : “La Mule” is its name.
This time, this project is only for me. For quite some time now and especially when moving to Colorado, I have realized the need of an “all-rounder” bike to ride on gravel, do groceries/errands, touring, riding to trailheads…etc

Several weeks ago, I found an old 1999 Trek 720 MultiTrack at the local Co-Op. The bike being the correct size, frame correctly aligned, I bought it as I could envision the “all-rounder” bike I had been looking for.

Original Specs here and here.

Current Specs after my rebuild:

  • Specialized crank (22-32-42)
  • Shimano Sora Levers
  • Shimano Deore LX rear derailleur

As usual, below are the photo comparison between “Before” (left) and “After” (right) the work/tune-ups.

After 20 days of rebuild, I did a test ride in my local mountains on a 20-mile route combining gravel, trails and road. The verdict was as expected : uphill rocky terrain, rolling gravel & singletrack or hilly roads, it handled all perfectly what I threw at it.