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    Newbie & Wannabe Commuter Joker021971's Avatar
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    Trek 7.2 FX (22.5') w/250 lbs rider

    Okay...I'm new to all of this and I hope I haven't made a bad purchase. Let me explain my concern. If you read my introduction, you know that I'm getting back into biking and intend to start commuting soon. I've ordered a trek 7.2 FX (22.5') from the LBS and I'm anxiously awaiting my bike.

    But am I took big for this bike in it's stock configuration? I'm 6'2" and 250 pounds.

    If so, I'm a little annoyed that the LBS guy didn't suggest something different. Or modifications to the bike he did recommend.
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    Without knowing your proportions, I'd guess the bike should be close.
    Nice to know you MIGHT be annoyed. Why not wait till you get the bike to find out for sure?

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    6'1" 235...a 7.2FX (Edit: that size) was my winter bike...no probs. Get a decent saddle, have the brakes & shifters adjusted to compensate for cable stretch after the first 100 miles or so, watch the true on the wheels.
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    I have 59cm and 62cm bikes. Both fit differently, and there's no guaruntee that just because you're that tall, you have to get the largest frame available. Just wait it out, and if the LBS has any sort of integrity, they'll order you a better fitting one if it doesn't work out.

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    I just recently purchased a 7.3FX, and it's a great ride. I'm 6'2", 300+ and ride the 22.5".. and it fits great! In fact, that was one of the selling points, that it fit me so well.

    The only thing I'd recommend a change on is the suspension seatpost, if your 7.2 comes with one. I've seen the 7.2's with and without it.. can't figure THAT one out! And the saddle, you might like it, but you'd be one of the few Try it out for a week, if it's still painful then yeaaah.

    Only problem I've had with mine is the rear wheel. But I think that's a combo of my big butt and, as someone else put it, my "freaky" quads . I keep popping spokes when I'm taking off, but that will soon be alleviated, providing the LBS ever gets the parts for my new wheel build in.

    Enjoy it! They are great (and very popular!) rides

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    I'm a little taller and (just recently) a little lighter than you are, and I think you'll be fine. I'm about 230 pounds, down from 270 a year ago, and I rarely have problems with any of my bikes.
    As you ride, try to anticipate big bumps and learn to cushion the shock by standing up and absorbing it with your arms and legs--don't just sit down and let it hammer you, which is hard on you AND the bike. Deflate the tires sl ightly on very rough roads and trails to increase control if you like, but it's really a matter of technique. A lot of us who started mountain biking before there was suspension really enjoy going out on a rigid bike (I still have my original Bridgestone from 1984, and ride it fairly often), so don't let anybody tell you you can't go anywhere you want.

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    +1 on the seatpost - have the LBS swap it for a rigid for you, if it comes with the suspension job.
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    +100000000000000000000000000 on getting rid of that friggin springy seat post if it has one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog
    I'm a little taller and (just recently) a little lighter than you are, and I think you'll be fine. I'm about 230 pounds, down from 270 a year ago, and I rarely have problems with any of my bikes.
    As you ride, try to anticipate big bumps and learn to cushion the shock by standing up and absorbing it with your arms and legs--don't just sit down and let it hammer you, which is hard on you AND the bike. Deflate the tires sl ightly on very rough roads and trails to increase control if you like, but it's really a matter of technique. A lot of us who started mountain biking before there was suspension really enjoy going out on a rigid bike (I still have my original Bridgestone from 1984, and ride it fairly often), so don't let anybody tell you you can't go anywhere you want.
    +1000 on learning to get out of the saddle on bumps, especially on the FX series. If you don't, they will really beat you up. It's got a very tough frame and fork, and they just do NOT flex. I've become quite good in just under 200 miles at getting out of the saddle on my FX quite often.

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    I'm 333lbs. I've put 5,500 ROAD miles on my Trek 7200 in the past 16 months. I had few problems. Two popped spokes at 2,000 miles. After they were hand-built with DT spokes everything has been fine.

    I replaced an el-cheapo seatpost that snapped off with a Thomson, and I replaced the seat with a Brooks B67. Otherwise the bike is still stock. You should be fine.
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    I just purchased a 7.2fx a couple weeks back. I am 6'3" 380 and I have a 25" it fits well. The 22.5" was okay but the reach was too tight. You are inch shorter that me so it should be fine. The shop I purchased from assured me the that wheelset should hold me. I had looked at the 7.3 due to the nicer componets but the shop steered me back to the 7.2. The shop guy said that the wheelset on the 7.3 is nicer but a little more delicate for someone my size (380). I have only had my bike a couple weeks so I can not atest to the long term durbilty but for someone 130lbs my junior it should be fine. Oh and just because you ordered that bike doesn't mean you own it. I am sure if doesn't fit any decent bike shop would order the size up or down if you need it.

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    The Shop I work at has a number of these 7 Series bikes. I've not seen or built one that I've not liked. When I first heard of them I thought "Oh, just another Cross Bike." But they are much more than that. I can't put my finger on just what makes them special, it just one of those bikes that came about at the right place at the right time.

    I built a 7.5 Disc the other day, and really, I could not ask for much more in a bike for that price point. After looking this bike over and building it, it made me want to make my current frame build to be similar to this bike.

    Good Luck with your new Trek 7.2!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrChuckles
    I just purchased a 7.2fx a couple weeks back. I am 6'3" 380 and I have a 25" it fits well. The 22.5" was okay but the reach was too tight. You are inch shorter that me so it should be fine. The shop I purchased from assured me the that wheelset should hold me. I had looked at the 7.3 due to the nicer componets but the shop steered me back to the 7.2. The shop guy said that the wheelset on the 7.3 is nicer but a little more delicate for someone my size (380). I have only had my bike a couple weeks so I can not atest to the long term durbilty but for someone 130lbs my junior it should be fine. Oh and just because you ordered that bike doesn't mean you own it. I am sure if doesn't fit any decent bike shop would order the size up or down if you need it.
    He wasn't kidding about the wheelset, I've pretty much had constant problems with the rear on my 7.3. Eventually I'll get a new rear wheel.. reminds me that I sould give the shop a ring

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    Thanks to everyone for the reassurences. I'm new to all of this and various threads speak to tires and wheels being an issue and I just wanted to make sure I was headed down the right path (pun intended). Big thanks to the BF community as a whole for being so helpful. I'll let you all know how everything is working out soon enough...
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    I have a 7.2 I am much smaller than you at 5.9 and a post- Clyde as of last week. I got my bike a couple months ago and road it on my bumpy dirt road a few times. Then I realized it can handle it but I can't. As was stated ditch the cushion post or if they wont swap it for you. Pull it off and tighten it all the way up. Thats what I did and its a solid post now imo. When it breaks I will get a solid one. The seat on this bike I saw mentioned once on the clydes forum as an A$$ Hatchet. Can't say I disagree, I swapped mine after about 2 weeks to a bontrager race lite lux I got on ebay for 20 bucks. IT's a smaller narrower saddle fits me much better.

    My biggest complaint was the god awful tires. Slow and cumbersome 700x35 treaded tires. I swapped mine to 700x28 smooth road tires that can handle 120psi instead of the stock 80-85. If you do anything I suggest you try and get them to swap the tires before you leave the store. You will go much faster and smoother with them if you are going to be using this bike on the road. Try and make any changes you want before you take possession. This should save you money and heartache. I run some Contis now at about 105-110 psi with no issues. My bike has been good so far its got about 300 miles in 2 months. I had the cables adjusted as it was free with my 1 month tune up. Also had the dork disk taken off as its squeaked and really annoyed me. Best of luck and enjoy.

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    Okay...gotta ask...what's a dork disk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker021971
    Okay...gotta ask...what's a dork disk?
    More than likely it's the Spoke Protector on the Back Wheel. They are notorious for breaking a tab or two in short order and then spinning behind the cassette.

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    Yeah sorry spoke protector. Go spend some time around the Road Forum. They scath at them hence the name Dork Disk. Personally I didn't care it was on there till it squeked like mad and drove me nutty. Then it had to go. For a good laugh you need to check out some of the OCP threads in the Road forum. Those folks take things way to serious. OCP = Obsesive compulsive Personality.

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    Blake,

    As a Mechanic as well as a Cyclist, I don't mind having them there, but I won't go out of my way to add them or remove them. On my Bicycles I just feel that if I've not maintained them well enough that I need to worry about a Spoke Protector, then I'm not a good mechanic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang1sgt
    More than likely it's the Spoke Protector on the Back Wheel. They are notorious for breaking a tab or two in short order and then spinning behind the cassette.

    Chris
    Back in the 1970's I had a Sekine Road bike, that had a metal one, with the letters in Sekine punched out, the only way to break that one, would require trashing the wheel... I'm not sure the plastic ones work well enough anyway, if your RD decideds to commit Hari-Kari, it will probably just break the plastic, and you end up with plastic shards flying into your leg, as the RD dives into the spokes anyway.

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    Hi , I'm 6' 230 and purchased a 7.5 fx 20" about 7 weeks ago. I didn't even try the crack seat that came with it (swapped it for a Sefras gel with springs). I also opted for 2" rise handlebars to take some of the stress off my wrists. One problem , the rear derailleur attachment bracket broke at the bolt. LBS fixed asap with no problems. Its a sweet ride after you realize you will feel every pebble in the asphalt. Very light , fast , but a little skittish until you get used to it. I like it and have no second thoughts. I had a 7200 before and this is MUCHO more bike.

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    I'm 6' 250 and I've been riding around on my 7.3 FX for a while. I have had no problems with it whatsoever. Well, the stock tires were too slow for me, so I put some skinnier ones on, but that's it. The bike will def. stand up to your weight if that's what you are worried about.
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    Great Fitness Bike

    Thanks to my 7.3fx, I am a former clyde (down from 209 to 175lb on my 5'11" frame) I bought my 7.3fx last year - saw it on Craig's list and bought it for my casual bike - I also bought a high-end trek (Madone 5.2) but never really warmed up to it. Maybe it was my wife's comment that I looked like a circus bear on the Madone.

    Anyway, I love the 7.3 - I can ride it without putting on bibs or special shoes, it's not pretentious and I can pound it over bad roads. I can also toss it into the back of my truck and take it anywhere.

    Added some toe clips ($5 at REI) and planning to go to better tires - I've ridden it 500+ miles this year and plan to sell the Madone.

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    I recently went to one of our LBS and rode the 25" 7.2 and 7.3, being 6'7" is making it difficult to find a "starter" for around 400, but the FX seriese seems to be right up my ally. I enjoyed the bike, was comfortable, and the seat didn't even bother me, though i didn't like the "suspension" in the seat, that's an easy fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manual_overide
    The bike will def. stand up to your weight if that's what you are worried about.
    This was a concern of mine after reading through various threads. I mean the bike seemed sturdy enough during my test ride, but I wasn't sure about it holding up long term, if I was too heavy for the bike, but as it turns out I'm very encouraged that I've made the right purchase.
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