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Old 03-27-06, 10:03 AM   #1
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Newbie...Trek 7.3 or 7.5??

I am looking to get a Trek 7.3FX or 7.5FX. I have tried out both and I like the feel and fit of both. I don't mind spending mroe money on the 7.5FX...but I just don't know if it's worth it or not? The components are a little better and the wheels are the lower spoke count...I believe 20 or so. I will be doing mostly road and bike path riding on packed mostly level paths. I wanted the option of riding on grass or little rougher trails but I know the fx line probably isn't the greatest for that...maybe with some slightly fatter tires with more tread on them...but I don't even know if I will go off road at all so I have my mind kind of set on the fx line. So all in all I'm just looking for some advice on which to get or any other opinions on this. Thanks for any help!
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Old 03-27-06, 10:36 AM   #2
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I checked these bikes out pretty hard, and was very serious about the 7.3fx, but got a different bike yesterday. My intentions with the bike were 3 season commuting (about 10 miles each way). In a lot of ways, I like the 7.3fx better, and here's why:

7.3fx has a chromolly fork and 7.5fx has alloy. The chromo fork will provide a smoother ride with less buzz.
7.3fx has Deore rear hub and deraileur, which is a sweet spot for quality.
The Avid brakes on the 7.3fx are actually nicer than the Shimano brakes on the 7.5fx
The 7.5fx wheels are supposed to be as strong as others, but they're relatively new. Time will tell.
The 7.5fx tires are "faster", but I think the 7.3fx tires would perform better on wet pavement.
The 7.5fx is still not a "light" bike, which is really what you're paying for over the 7.3fx.

They're both very nice, but for the money, I think the 7.3 is the sweet deal. The only thing I really wanted to see improved on the 7.3fx was the crank set, which I like much better on the 7.5fx. I was considering upgrading that on a 7.3fx. Either one is begging for some bar ends for more hand positions if you plan to do longer rides.
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Old 03-27-06, 04:48 PM   #3
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I bought a Trek 7.5FX disc and am really happy with it. I like the disc brakes and blacked out wheels. I upgraded with a Bontrager gel seat, carbon handle bar and carbon stem and it's really comfortable to ride on the road. I wish I could put bigger tires on it and it would be a 29'er mountain bike, sort of.
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Old 03-28-06, 12:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for your advice guys. I will probably be making a decision this weekend but I think I might go with the 7.5 as well.
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Old 03-28-06, 03:26 PM   #5
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I bought my wife the 7.5 WSD. Better wheels, tires, drivetrain. I agree that the 7.3 is the best bang for the buck, though.
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Old 03-28-06, 03:35 PM   #6
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DO you think the 7.5 will be alright on pressed bike paths and everything? Will it be able to take running over the occasional small branch or twig or rough spot in the trail?
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DO you think the 7.5 will be alright on pressed bike paths and everything? Will it be able to take running over the occasional small branch or twig or rough spot in the trail?
No doubt, it will be fine for all but singletrack. I'm sure the wheels are strong, but I'd imagine truing them comes with a steep learning curve. The bike is solid, though, no worries.
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Old 03-28-06, 08:17 PM   #8
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It will be fine, I have Bontrager rims on my hybrid with a smaller tire. I've hit a few big pinecones and other things so far.
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Old 04-08-06, 07:03 PM   #9
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I picked up my 7.5 FX last weekend at my LBS sale. I love it and it shifts, rides and brakes real smooth for the type of bike it is meant to be. I'll be enjoying mine for a long time to come.
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Old 04-08-06, 07:46 PM   #10
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I picked up my 7.5 FX last weekend at my LBS sale. I love it and it shifts, rides and brakes real smooth for the type of bike it is meant to be. I'll be enjoying mine for a long time to come.

Where are you and how much did you pay. They are going for about 875CDN here iirc.
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Old 04-08-06, 10:07 PM   #11
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American Cycle and Fitness in Walled Lake for $613 OTD. I wanted a bike that was in between a road and XC type. I even was thinking of the 7.6 otr 7.7 but they were closer to a true road bike than I wanted and the price was right at the time but worth every penny.
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Old 04-09-06, 10:58 AM   #12
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I test rode the 7.3 and 7.5 last weekend and preferred the 7.5 myself. Just got back from the LBS where I tried the Specialized Sirrus Sport and Sirrus Comp. Really loved the Comp, maybe even more than the 7.5 FX but it is a bit pricey. Great color too (Navy).
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