I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm not cut out for just pavement. I need to jump curbs and get dirty.I like to ride over things and take the less beaten paths when I ride. I took my Trek 7.3 down to my LBS today to see if we could maybe look into a longer bar stem and I ended up test riding a Cdale 29er and fell in love with it. I simply feel better and I look forward to riding it unlike my road bike. I'm going to be selling my like new (30 miles) 2008 7.3fx with rear rack as soon as I'm done posting this.