Dead Rats Cycles are very excited to present our lovingly custom built Trek 4500 for your delectation… it’s a strong, lightweight cross country mountain bike that rides like new and looks like nothing else, and it’s 16.5″ frame size means it’s perfect for male or female riders of 5’5″ to 5’11” interested in some fast and furious singletrack riding or urban assaults…

Well priced at £395 (the price of a new Specialized Hardrock which is neither as exciting or well-spec’d as the Trek), this unique bike was designed and custom built from frame up using 100% refurbished and new components, and we creating a retro MTB racing colour scheme for it inspired by the Yeti team bikes from the sport’s golden era. The superb frame is made of Trek’s proprietary lightweight ‘Custom Alpha Alumiunium Alloy’ tubing and features wishbone seatstays, a super-oversized and braced downtube, top tube cable routing and clearance for up to 2.2″ tyres. Having owned and built several of these frames before we can confirm they are fast and handle really well over a variety of terrain.

We stripped the original paintwork and had it powdercoated with RAL 5018 (aka Yeti turquoise) then re-attached the alumiunium Trek headbadge, and fitted the frame with new custom Trek and US flag decals and a custom-made chainstay protector. We then fitted top quality headset and crank bearings, a smooth and lightweight Manitou Comp suspension fork, crisp 24 speed Shimano Alivio Rapidfire transmission, superbly reliable cable-operated brakes and some very strong yet lightweight Shimano hubbed wheels with Mavic XC717 rims. Brand new parts include all the cables, inner tubes, chain, seatpost and clamp, stem, frame mounting bolts and comfortable limited edition Oury grips which glow in the dark!

As ever we are able to fine tune this bike to suit you… the riding position, brakes and forks are adjustable and we can offer alternative grips, tyres, pedals and saddle. The 24 speed transmission makes the most of the bike’s intended use, but if you’d prefer it singlespeed (or even 8 or 16 speed) then just let us know…


Frame: 16.5″ Trek Alpha Aluminium Alloy
(seat tube measures 15.5″ c-c / 17.5″ c-t)
Fork: Manitou Comp Disc 80mm
(with Microlube ports, adjustable preload, magnesium lowers and alloy steerer)
Headset: Cane Creek C2 (with cartridge bearings)
Stem: FSA XC190 25.4mm x 90mm reach (NEW)
Handlebar: Trek flat bar (stripped & powdercoated to match frame)
Grips: Oury MTN Glow In The Dark (NEW)
Front Brake: Hayes MX-2 disc with Tektro wavy 160mm rotor
Rear Brake: Tektro v-brake (with NEW custom stainless steel fittings)
Brake Pads: Hayes (front), Kool Stop (rear)
Brake Cables: Jagwire with yellow outers (NEW)
Shifters: Shimano Alivio Rapidfire (3×8 speed)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Derailleur Cables: Jagwire with yellow outers (NEW)
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG40 (8 speed)
Chain: KMC Z8s with Powerlink (NEW)
Cranks: RPM 755
Crank Bolts: cromoly
Chainrings: RPM (44/32/22)
Chainring bolts: RPM
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN53
Pedals: VP-556 platform with replaceable pins (DMR V8 style)
Hub Skewers: Shimano cromoly quick release
Rims: Mavic XC717 32 hole (double-walled with eyelets and machined braking surfaces)
Rear Hub: Shimano Deore M530
Front Hub: Shimano M475
Tyres: Specialized Hemisphere 26 x 1.95″ (with Armadillo Technology) *
Tubes: Kenda (new)
Saddle: Gary Fisher (leatherette)
Seatpost: Kalloy (NEW)
Seatpost Binder: Tranz-X (NEW)

* these are intermediate tyres which are great on and off road… but we can supply bike with Schwalbe road tyres or full knobblies if preferred