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MORE PICS & to purchase: Paola Pezzo Saab Gary Fisher Team Tribute Bike: 17.5" - Disc/V - 2000 Trek Pro 9.9 Carbon - Machine Tech - FULL XTR M952 - Yellow/Red Factory Paint

This one of a kind machine came to me via an ex-pro racer who created it as a tribute to Paola Pezzo's Olympic & pro Gary Fisher Supercaliber Saab team race bikes of the 1990's. He had to warranty one of his race frames, and Trek was out of the same model. So, he talked his sponsors into painting a top of the line Trek Pro 9.9 XC hardtail in Pezzo's trademark yellow and red theme (Trek owns Gary Fisher). He raced it for a while, then hung it on display. It's built with race level parts, highlighted by a full 9 speed XTR group plus Machine Tech hubs and Rockshox SID Fork. Both the frame and fork have disc brake mounts, though it's currently built with v-brakes as that's what Paola rode. As pictured, it weighs a scant 22.3 pounds and rides like a rocket on small wheels.

The Trek 9.9 is a bulked up and stiffer update to the carbon Gary Fisher Supercaliber frames Paola rode. The 9.9 was a winning bike for Travis Brown of the Volkswagon Trek team. It has a rare 4.9 rating on MTBR! Compared with Paola's GF, they both share similar angles, wishbone stays, & oversized frame joints. This build is not meant to be a replica, it's a tribute. It's aesthetics are true to Pezzo's rides, matching a yellow saddle and bold red grips to the yellow/red/blue frame. Why does it have a SRAM Equipped decal on it? Who knows. But it sure looks nice on the stay!

History

Paola Pezzo was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1999. She was a true force to be reckoned with, and a media fav with her true Italian flair. She shared the 1996 Olympic stardom with legends such as Juliana Furtado, Susan DiMattie, Alison Sydor, and mtb's lone rebel shredder Missy Giove.

From the Marin MTB Hall of fame and museum:

"Only one person has won a “Triple Crown” of mountain biking. Verona, Italy’s Paola Pezzo won the World Championship in 1993 (Métabief, France) and in 1997 (Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland). In Atlanta in 1996, she won the Gold Medal at the inaugural mountain bike Olympic event. And in 1997, she won the Grundig World Cup.

Paola began mountain bike racing in 1989 for Bianchi, and in 1992, she switched to the Gary Fisher team. After winning the Worlds in 1993 (a big surprise to everyone including herself), it took her three more years to reach stars like Furtado, Sydor, and Matthes. From her Olympic Gold until the end of the 1997 season, she won every race she started, including her World Cup, in a dominant style seen only from the likes of Juliana Furtado before her."

Condition

This beauty has been raced by a pro rider, and it's paint has the battle scars to match. Decals are nearly perfect and paint is not faded, so it still looks great among the scars. The components are in excellent or better shape with no damage or excessive wear. Driveside chainstay is clean and free of chain drop/slap wear. If this is to be a display bike, it's lucky that the paint on the drive side of the frame is quite clean and the non-drive is where the majority of cosmetic wear lies. The fork feels great, and has no leaks. Compression & rebound are consistent with a fork that has been rebuilt at some point recently. Tires are the only items not period correct, and they're nearly new. It has been professionally tuned complete with new cables/housing, and ready to ride for miles to come.

As for the paint battle scars: The largest spots to note are 1) the big chip on the lower head tube, which looks like it could have been caused while installing the headset, 2) non-drive side downtube underside near the BB shell, 3) chips on the bottom of BB and nearby chainstays, including a big chip on both, 4) a smattering of small chips throughout. It does look aesthetically very nice even with the battle scars. The photos represent the condition very well.

I've gone over all the chipped spots and don't see any indication of carbon damage. No soft spots, visible chips, worn down layers, etc. I have photographed the paint worn spots to the best of my ability. Know that this is 20 year old vintage carbon frame, and Bike Recyclery and it's owner assumes zero liability or responsibility for damages or injury caused by this bike. Study the photographs carefully

Size

The frame size from Trek is medium, 17.5". Click here for a link to the catalog with geometry chart

-Seat tube: 17.5" to top of seat tube
-Effective top tube: 23"
-Head tube: 128mm
-Chainstays: 429mm
-Standover forward tip of saddle: ~29"
-Weight: 22.3 pounds

Components

-Fork: Rockshox SID, 63mm, black
-Wheelset: Machine Tech T30 hubs (the loud ones) on rare Syncros Altrax XLR/XLT (custom made by Weinmann)
-Drivetrain & Brakes: XTR M952 9 speed
-Saddle: Avocet Air O2 40R in yellow
-Seatpost: Thomson 31.6mm
-Handlebars: Easton CT-2 Carbon
-Stem: Kore
-Grips: Salsa
-Headset: WTB Grease Guard
-Tires: Specialized S-Works The Captain Ned Overend 26 x 2.0"

$1900. Ask about our Pickup in Portland discount! Will ship worldwide, though international will not be cheap.
 

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