Help picking a bike... Fuji Forza Sagres vs. Trek 7300FX
OK I think I've narrowed down my search to two bikes... The Fuji Forza Sagres which is supposed to be a "ergonomically designed roadbike" vs the trek which I guess is more of a high-performance hybrid road/comfort bike.
I kind of want to stay around that $400-450 price range (or less).
My situation is I haven't ridden bikes in a while (maybe 5-6 yrs) since I was a kid but I plan to commute daily to downtown LA ... I live about 8 miles away, and on my way back home I'll be going up some steep hills. I'm not in the best shape either... 5'9 270lb... but I plan to hopefully get stronger and more fit with this new bike. I'm only 26 years of age so I think I could handle it after a few months.
So having said that, which of these two do you think is best suited for me? Should I stick with the more comfortable one or the more efficient one? Or do you think 8 miles uphill is a challenge for a fat guy like myself and I should just take the bus LOL (lets hope not).
Congratulations on your life altering decision. If you manage to do it every day, you will melt away the pounds. I've dropped about 15 in a few months, and I didn't think I had any to drop!
I think both of those bikes are pretty similar and will get you there. One of the things I would key in on is wheel quality. At 270, you will put some stress on lesser wheels. The Trek comes with WTB Dual Duty rims, which from WTB's web site looks like a strong wheel. I don't know much about Alex rims. Also, make sure you keep your tires pumped up to the maximum p.s.i.; if you don't, you'll have to work really hard and you'll be getting some flats.
When you start riding and run in to the inevitable problem, don't despair. Ask questions in this forum as you already have. It's a great resource.
If I were you I would go with the 7300 FX. My reasons:
1) gearing: the cassette on the Fuji is only a 12-26 versus an 11-32 on the Trek. Basically this means that the Trek has a broader range of gears to select from. You mentioned that your commute includes some hills - the range of gears will let you go fast on the downhills and easy on the uphills.
2) tires: the trek tire is quite a bit wider. With you being a little bit heavier, this wider tire will be less prone to pinch flats and will actually be a bit more forgiving/comfortable to ride on.
Honestly the two bikes a pretty darn similar, but the small things set them apart and make the 7300fx a bit mroe suitable for you and your commute.
I rode a Trek 7300 FX last yeat for about 2000miles it was a great bike with no trouble. I was running around 245 back then and had no problem with the stock wheels. The frame was a bit small for me, that was the only problem. Nice ride and comfortable on 20 - 30 mile rides.
I have a 03 Sarges and it's an OK bike. I destroyed the rear wheel (not suprising really, I'm 200 lbs and ride fast on super crappy roads, often at night) But it's not a bad bike. BTW-- both these bikes can be bought for under 400 bucks. My wife bought the Sarges for 300. Shop around becuase you're going to need another $300 for assorted gear-- racks, lights, clothes. At 270 you will likely destroy any machine built wheel, so a set of Sun Rino-lite rims and hand built wheels may be in the future for you.
As far as the gearing.... the Trek is the better bike for you. The Sarges has the 12-25 tight gear cluster on the back that works ok for me becuase I've been commuting for a long time but the Trek has lower gears that will help you get started.
Remember, you're going to feel pain and sweat a lot. You're going to feel like quitting, the bike's going to break down, tires will go flat and cars will scare the living crap out of you.
Just keep riding though all of this... at some point it becomes part of your life and you'll feel better about the world in general... and you won't be at 270 anymore!
It's about $400 as well, and it looks nice... the tire size is also 32 wide... inbetween those of the Trek and the Sagres.... and its got a wider range of shifting (11-34 8 speed).. so it should be better right?
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Originally Posted by born2drv
so it should be better right?
It is better if you like the way it rides... Ultimately you can work with your LBS to put the most effecient rings on the bike, and adjust that over time. What should matter in making your decision is how comfortable you are on the bike and how excited you would be about riding it. That is what will keep you on the bike hill after hill... Again, the range of gears is plenty fine on the Trek, but if you like a different range, work with your LBS to get it adjusted.
Personally, I have a 7300FX and it is a very versatile bike. I started riding it in late November last year and all through the winter...You can outfit it with fenders, racks, etc.. and it remains a great looking bike. I had a great time and it got me addicted to bike commuting. I lost 40Lbs in the process.
Now I ride a road bike and love it...the trek is collecting dust in the basement...