I'm pretty dead set on getting this bike, does anyone have an opinion on it?
Hello Knoxville! Lived there 25 years - Halls/Powell area.Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
I bought a 7500FX with the disc brakes. Loved the bike - rode it for about 5 weeks, put 600 miles on it and then bought a road bike - which is what I should have bought in the first place. Thought I was too heavy for a road bike - about 230# at the time.
I ride the road bike almost exclusively, except use the Trek to go to the grocery store or when I want to haul stuff - or for friends that come for a visit.
Good bike - no complaints - just grew out of it quickly.
Trek Madone 5.2 wsd
I bought the 7200fx 4 months ago. I also looked at the 7300fx and the 7500 fx.
Im glad I only bought the 7200 since i saved a few hundred bucks, and i now have a sport touring bike on order. The 7200 will be my errand bike.
I have nothing wrong against the 7x00fx series, i think they are great. I just progressed in a few months to the point i needed the option of a more aero position, and the main reason of more hand positions.
The 7200fx i love, up to about an hour. After that my wrists are crying for a change and bar ends dont quite do it. But for the price, the bikes are well built and serve their purpose well. Once my rides became 2-3 hours a day and longer on weekends i needed more than the fx offers comfort/performance wise.
-If you cant see it from space, its not a real hill
-If two bikes are going in the same direction, ITS A RACE!
Hey PWRD --
I wouldn't normally steer someone toward a hybrid -- for that sort of reliable "all-purpose" ride, I like touring bikes -- but you're an experienced rider and you already know all the arguments against hybrids, so I won't bore you by repeating 'em.
That said, I used to own a 7500fx, and I liked it. It was a nice solid commute bike, did the job it was meant for, and never gave me any trouble. If it hadn't been stolen a couple years ago, I'd probably still have it today. It wouldn't be the bike I'd choose for most trips, but I'd be glad to own such a dependable backup ride.
If a hybrid is really what you want, then I'd call this model a damned good one.
I think you might have serious problems with those wheels and small tires. Few spokes. Skinny tires. Maybe you can get the lbs to swap them out, or do so yourself and ebay them before they taco.
The rear wheel will be replaced ASAP. I do have problems with 32h rear wheels. As far as the tires, I ride 35C tires now anyways without issues. Thanks for the concernOriginally Posted by bsyptak
Have you looked at the Gary Fisher dual sports? I believe the Utopia would be the comporable model to the 7500FX. I rode a Montare (one step up, same style/frame) today from the shop I work for to the store. I am almost thinking about buying one for short commutes like that. It's awesome because it's almost like a mountain bike so it will take a lot of abuse. I just don't know if you'd want the suspension fork.
It was fun though, I could see it being as fast as a 750OFX if you swapped the tires with skinnier, more slick ones. Then you could just fly through the paved lot, jump the curb and downhill the grass hill and jump it into the store parking lot. Not that I would do that on a test ride though...