I purchased the FX+ yesterday from Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan and had my first 14 mile each way commute this morning. The temperature was around 22 degrees, with 20 mph winds and wind chills down to 4. The good news is I made it in. Now about the bike:
The ride on the bike is incredible. My old bike, which is a mountain bike, was quite bumpy through the NYC potholes. However, the FX+ just seems to smooth them right out and really gives an amazing ride. The weight of the bike with the motor is less than the weight of my old mountain bike, without a motor. The grips on the handlebars are a little unconventional, but really comfortable when riding. The battery was also great. I used a little more than a half, using levels 2, 3, and 4. This is a great bike for someone who is really serious about riding. This is a very fast bike and a light one as well. Do not be fooled by the motor and thinking that it will do all the work for you. This bike will get you in shape and help you on days that you ďjust donít have itĒ. I also changed out the seat.
For all you BionX users out there, I found that doing a high cadence wound up using very little assist. I had to go up a couple of gears and pedal harder in order to get more power from the battery. Definitely a little adjustment required after using the throttle.
For all those bicycle "purists", where are you? The roads were quite empty this morning.
I also would like to thank Matt, from Bicycle Habitat for spending an amazing amount of time on helping me decide between the FX+ and the Valencia+. He also did a great job in helping me pick a new saddle and outfitting my bike with the things I needed.
In the pursuit of happiness, owning the Trek FX+, I have achieved happiness.