I'm 6'4 and 365 pounds. I'm haven't touched a bike since I was 12 and am looking to get back into it for weight loss. Biking will be my primary/almost only cardio. I've gotten some great advice on the basics of what I need and have narrowed it down to two bikes.
Trek FX 7.3 2010 for 599.99 or Specialized Sirrus Elite 2011 for 625. The trek doesn't have handlebar bar ends which run around $25 (which I will add if I go with the trek) so the price difference is a mute point.
I was also told that the trek fx 7.3 had no changes between 2010 and 2011. Can anyone confirm this?
Heres the stats on the two bikes.
Trek 7.3 2010
Sizes 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"
Frame FX Alpha Black Aluminum
Fork FX Alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades, Clix dropouts
Wheels Alloy front hub, Shimano RM30 rear hub; Bontrager Nebula 32-hole alloy rims
Tires Bontrager Race All Weather Hard-Case, 700x32c
Shifters Shimano EF60, 8-speed trigger
Front Derailleur Shimano M191
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Crank Shimano M361, 48/38/28 w/chainguard
Cassette SRAM PG-830 11-32, 8 speed
Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage
Saddle Bontrager H1
Seat Post Bontrager Nebula
Handlebars Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone OS, 25mm rise
Stem Bontrager SSR, 10 degree
Headset Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Avid SD-3 brakes w/Shimano EF60 levers
Specialized Sirrus 2011
FRAMESpecialized A1 Premium aluminum, fully manipulated tubing, smooth weld compact design, internal cable routing , integrated headset,fender and rack eyelets
REAR SHOCKFORKSpecialized FACT carbon legs, aluminum crown & steerer, fender eyelets
HEADSET1-1/8" sealed Cr-Mo bearings integrated w/ headset, 20mm alloy cone spacer with 20mm of spacers
STEMSpecialized Elite-Set, 3D forged alloy, 4-position adjustable, 4-bolt 31.8mm clamp
HANDLEBARSSpecialized Sirrus Elite, 6061 aluminum, small riser, 31.8mm
TAPEBody Geometry locking Comfort Grips open-end with plug, alloy barend
FRONT BRAKEForged 6061 aluminum, 85mm linear pull w/ cartridge pads
REAR BRAKEForged 6061 aluminum, 85mm linear pull w/ cartridge pads
BRAKE LEVERSShimano EF-51 integrated w/ shifter
FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Altus
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Deore
SHIFT LEVERSShimano EF-51, EZ Fire
CASSETTEShimano HG-40, 8-speed, 11-32t
CHAINRINGS48 x 38 x 28T w/ chainguard
BOTTOM BRACKETSealed cartridge, square taper, 68mm
PEDALSComposite flat pedal
FRONT WHEELREAR WHEELRIMSAlex AS-14, double wall
FRONT HUBForged aluminum, sealed bearing, QR, 32h
REAR HUBForged alloy, double-sealed, cassette, QR, 32h
FRONT TIRESpecialized All Condition Sport, 700x32c, wire bead, 60TPI, w/ Flak Jacket protection
REAR TIRESpecialized All Condition Sport, 700x32c, wire bead, 60TPI, w/ Flak Jacket protection
INNER TUBESStandard presta valve
SADDLEBody Geometry Riva Road, 155mm width
SEATPOSTSpecialized Sport, alloy, two-bolt clamp, 27.2mm
SEAT BINDERAlloy, 31.8mm
NOTESChain stay protector, chain catcher, clips and straps, derailleur hanger, clear coat, owners manual
There is also a disc brake version of the Sirrus elite for $60 or so more, but there is a rim change and a fork change. I couldn't find any info about the rims on it so i don't know if they are double walled or not. I am willing to spend the money if it is worth it, I'm just not sure. If anyone is familiar, please advise.
Specialized alloy, w/ disc mount
Jalco SDX200 disc, 32h
CNC alloy, high-low flange, QR, 32h
CNC alloy, double-sealed, cassette, QR, 32h
Those were the main differences I found other than the braking.
Both shops offer the usual. 1 year adjustments etc and both will give 10-15% off accessories. Should I get my accessories from them or is there a go to site for helms, water bottle holders, computers, etc?
Also I will be buying my wife a new bike that is a step or two down from mine once I choose which one to go with.
Thanks for all the help guys and gals! I cant wait to get on the saddle! (Bike shorts are in the mail!)