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    Kona PhD 07 or Trek 7.6FX 08

    Was thinking about posting this in the roadie section as both these bikes are quite close to road bikes but thought the flat bars might get me shouted out!

    I've narrowed it down to these two as my winter commuter and weekend fun bike. Will prob stick 28c tyres onto whichever I get. The price is essentially the same for each one.

    I've attached the specs below. Any comments/recommendations/feedback most welcome:

    Kona PhD 2007

    Frame tubing: Easton Ultralite
    Fork: Kona Carbon Race
    Braze-on fittings: 2 bottles, fender eyelets
    Headset: TH
    Crankarms: FSA Gossamer Triple
    Chainrings: 30/42/52
    B/B: TH 9400ST
    Pedals: Shimano PD-A520 Clipless
    Chain: Shimano 105 10
    Freewheel: Shimano 105 10 (12-25t 10speed)
    F/D: Shimano FDR-773-2
    R/D: Shimano 105 10
    Shifters: Shimano SLR-770
    Handlebar: FSA XC-180 OS Flatbar
    Stem: FSA OS-150LX
    Grips: Kona Jack****
    Brakes: Avid Single Digit 5
    Brake Levers: Avid FR-5
    Front hub: Mavic Aksium
    Rear hub: Mavic Aksium
    Spokes: Mavic Aksium
    Tyres: Continental ULTRASPORT 700x23C
    Rims: Mavic Aksium
    Saddle: Selle Italia X2 Man SE
    Seatpost: FSA SL-280
    Seat clamp: Kona Clamp


    Trek 7.6FX 2008

    Frame FX Alpha Black Aluminum w/TCT Carbon stays
    Fork Bontrager Satellite Plus, carbon
    Wheels
    Wheels Bontrager SSR
    Tires Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase, 700x28c; 60 tpi
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano Deore, 9 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
    Crank Shimano M443 Octalink 48/36/26
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-26, 9 speed
    Pedals Wellgo single sided, clipless
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager Race Basic Lux
    Seat Post Bontrager Carbon
    Handlebars Bontrager Crowbar Sport, 25mm rise
    Stem Bontrager Select, 10 degree
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Shimano M431 w/Tektro alloy levers

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    I rode both of these recently and bought the Kona, a 2008 which comes with an Ultegra R/D & 105 F/D and shifters. It's better equipped all around and rides beautifully. The steering is quicker than you might expect which, depending on what you're looking for, might be a good thing or a bad thing. I swapped the Ultra Sport tires for 700x28 Conti Contacts and had no problem fitting them. IMO, the Trek comes close but no cigar in all departments which is why I happily dished my dollars over to Kona.

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    Thanks for that.

    I got to ride the trek and really liked it but thought the Kona was better spec but unfortunately will not be able to ride it before i buy it so have taken other Konas on that range for a spin to check sizing.

    I can get the 2007 model at almost half the 2008 price so no super fancy ultegra r/d for me but 105 is still pretty good for this kind of bike.

    Did you find any difference in terms of smoothness? Was just wondering if the carbon seatpost and carbon stays in the trek made much diff in terms of comfort?

    Will mull over this for another day as the order will go in tomorrow one way or the other!

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    When I looked for PhD a few months ago I couldn't find a 2007 so I opted to wait for the 2008, but in your case 1/2 price is a real bargain for essentially the same bike. I was fortunate enough to find a bike shop that would order the Kona for me with no obligation to buy it if it didn't fit or feel right. The FX is a decent bike, but when I finally rode the Kona I knew right away it was the right bike for me.

    I'm used to my CF Kestrel so I was expecting a bit more of a jarring ride on the aluminum Kona. I'm still under 100 miles on it but I find it far smoother riding than I was expecting. A friend of mine took it for a spin and commented similarly on how smooth and sure handling it felt. It was a few months ago when I rode the FX but I don't recall any noticeable advantage of the Trek's carbon seat stays. What still stands out the most to me is the Kona's more responsive steering.

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