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Old 05-29-08, 09:02 AM   #1
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trek 7.6 fx offroad

I am considering a trek 7.6 fx to replace my old MTB - its nice and light and I like the white paint job..

can anyone tell me if these are ok offroad as well say on a light trail - or should I look elsewhere...

I did look at cannondale bad boy - which gets good reviews for offroad abilty but it has same wheel/ tyre size as trek but is heavier and not as good spec - no carbon seat posts ....

thanks for any opinion
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The frame will snap the first root you hit
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The frame will snap the first root you hit
+1000

I had a 7.3 FX, and riding over train tracks scared me.
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Oh, and FYI, the "carbon seat post" is really just an aluminum seatpost with a carbon wrap around it. No kidding .
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thanks for info...

so next question if trek is not up to light offroad - what hybrid should I consider instead ?
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thanks for info...

so next question if trek is not up to light offroad - what hybrid should I consider instead ?
I for one, was joking. bdinger, I'm not sure.

It should be fine for light anything.

(background: this question gets asked a lot, and the answer is always "yes, it will be fine")
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I ride a 7.5 fx. My only concern of breakage would be the wheels themselves. While I take it on the occasional dirt path with no problems, the bike becomes a real handful in gravel, sand and mud due to the tires. I would not consider it an appropriate "off-road" bike. I am not sure how you would define "light" off-road. The carbon fork is also of some concern
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You could always get the 7.6 and still keep your MTB for trail work. Any bike that works well off road isn't going to be great on the road,and vice versa. Use the hybrid for the street and the MTB for the trails.

If you only want/have room for/can afford one bike,then you'll have to bias your decision as to which type of riding you do most often. Kona's Dew series,C'dales Bad Boys,and Specialized's Globes are all street bikes that can handle some light trail duty. Specialized's Crosstrails and Jamis' Allegro X's can handle more serious off roading,and are ok on the street.
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I have a Trek 7300 that I have really beat up off road a couple of times. It's no mountain bike what with the thinner tires, but that cheap suspension fork and seatpost do take the shock out of any jolt. I ride that bike all over and pretty much over anything.
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Get a 'cross bike. I did and I don't regret selling my Bianchi hybrid. For on/off road and commuting/touring, this kind of bike can do it all. With an exception of a few component swaps. Or not.
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