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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-24-09, 01:41 PM   #1
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Trek FX 7.3 versus Giant FCR3 for Clyde

Might be time for a new bike and I'm comparing these 2 models. Trek has a sale right now - they're selling the 7.3 FX for $499 or I can get the Giant FCR3 for $569. I only ride on the road (no trails, bike paths or MUPs) if that figures in to the durability/materials of the bike. I weigh 280lbs. Any opinions on which bike is the better value?
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Old 07-24-09, 02:28 PM   #2
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One of my bikes is the Trek 7.3. I like this bike a lot. It is my tool around, take on trips bike.
I think the sale right now is really a great incentive to get one.
I don't know about the Giant but I can tell you that the components on the Trek are a bit higher on the food chain of Shimano.
In my experience it is about fit and comfort. Try both - buy the one that call to you.
Remember that the red Trek is faster, and better than the black one!
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I have a Trek Fx7.3 that I use for commuting.

I'm around your weight, but I was a bit heavier when I first got it. I broke several spokes, and I had to replace the rear wheel with a 36 spoke custom wheel.

This is probably true of just about any bike that you might buy: the stock wheels are not up to the task of dealing with very heavy riders like us.
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I have a Trek Fx7.3 that I use for commuting.

I'm around your weight, but I was a bit heavier when I first got it. I broke several spokes, and I had to replace the rear wheel with a 36 spoke custom wheel.

This is probably true of just about any bike that you might buy: the stock wheels are not up to the task of dealing with very heavy riders like us.

I'd hate to hafta upgrade the rear wheel. Just regular road riding busted them spokes?
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I'd hate to hafta upgrade the rear wheel. Just regular road riding busted them spokes?
I've been riding my 7.3 since April. No wheel problems at all for me and I'm closer to 300. I added clipless pedals and bar ends, a rear rack and trunk bag. Great bike.

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FX7.3 can hold some very wide tires, 40C with fenders, at least. I've ridden mine for about 800 miles (rough guess,) at 250-265lbs towing a 100lb trailer on rail-trails. It's held up great. I put 700x37C tires on, smoothed the ride out a lot.
Rear wheel needed trued once shortly after purchase, but that's standard for most bikes.

I did stick a nashbar touring bar and some ergon grips on it. The bike is far to small for me, so I couldn't ride for long without that change.

No broken spokes, but my shop checked the tension when they re-trued the wheel, may of helped.

Getting a 36+ hole hand made rear wheel seems to be the best way to go for us heavy folks. Although you should be fine with a properly tensioned 32 spoke wheel. Might ask the shop to re-build with a better rim if they start breaking.

Lift up on rough bits and don't jump off curbs though.
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Old 07-26-09, 06:28 PM   #7
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fcr3 all the way man!!!! I have one and weighed 290 at the start. Ive lost 20lbs and have not had a single problem. the bike is a beast and looks great!!!
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