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    Trek 7100 or 7200?

    I recently got back into biking. I haven't ridden since I was in my teens, and I am now 34. To make sure I didn't waste money on something I wouldn't stick to, I bought a cheapo Schwinn Ranger mountain bike at Target. After riding for a few months, I know I want a more serious bike. The Schwinn is just not a good bike. It makes me nervous at higher speeds, and the gears are terrible. I think a hybrid bike would best suit my recreational riding. I have narrowed my choices down to a Trek 7100 or 7200. Can anyone tell me if the 7200 is worth the extra money?

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    What are the differences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    What are the differences?

    From a price standpoint, the 7200 is about $90 more. It looks like the 7200 has 3 more gears and upgraded rims and tires. The differences in equipment are:

    7100:
    Shifters: SRAM 3.0 Comp 7 speed
    Rear Dearailleur: SRAM ESP 3.0
    Crank: SR NEX-208
    Cassette: Sunrace 13-34 7 speed
    Wheels: Matrix 550 alloy rims
    Tires: Bontrager invert 700x35

    7200:
    Shifters: SRAM 3.0 Comp 8 speed
    Rear Dearailleur: Shimano Alivio
    Crank: Shimano TX71
    Cassette: SRAM PG830 8 speed
    Wheels: Matrix 750
    Tires: Bontrager invert puncture resistant 700x35

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    Hi Joe. Though I don't know anything about the technical differences between the 2, I can tell you that I am happy with my 7200. I bought it last year as an out-of-shape-not-been-on-a-bike-in-forever 44 year old woman and have never had any problem. OK,so I'm only about 45 miles a week on a paved trail, and not a speed demon, but it has made me feel safe and sturdy, very easy to get used to and I've never had gear-changing problems even though I'm always messing around with them. I switched my seat out once but just put the Bontrager back on, and the only thing I added was mini toy clips.

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    Before you buy, look at the 7300's too. Same frame, better stuff. bk

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    I don't know if the more expensive shifters on the 7200 are a little smoother or more reliable than on the 7100, and someone who knows shifters better than me will have to answer.

    However: the cassette on the 7200 is 11-32, and the one on 7100 it is 13-34. That means the cheaper bike is geared a bit lower (better for steep hills) and the more expensive bike has a higher top speed, but not as low a lowest gear. If you really have a struggle getting up some of the hills around you, the 7100 has a better gear range for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkaapcke
    Before you buy, look at the 7300's too. Same frame, better stuff. bk
    Or 7.3 FX. Very nice bike.

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    Thank you for your replies. The 7300 is a little more than what I want to spend. Right now I am mostly riding around my suburb neighborhood in Omaha Nebraska which has hills a-plenty. I may want the longer gears of the 7200. I know with my Schwinn on flat roads I am able to pedal as fast as I can in it's final gear (21), when a higher gear would increase my speed. When I first started riding again I found myself hunting for lower gears on hills. Now I blast into them sometimes in final gear standing on the pedals. I found out that the front suspension can work against you so I slightly sway the bike side to side to avoid this. After my rides my hands get a little sore even though I play the drums. I was considering the 7000 (solid fork) for that reason before I found the work around.

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    One of my ride buddies has a 7200 and is really happy with it. It has been very reliable for him. I've worked on it for him (adjusted rear der) and , for the money, I was impressed. bk

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    I'd vote for the 7200.
    The large cog on it is 32 teeth, so it's not quite as law as the 34 tooth on the 7100. Most likely, that is good! Either one would let you climb a wall if you could get traction.
    I think the componant upgrade is worth the money.

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    IMO either bike is good. I purchased a trek 7100 in August of 2004. The bike has been trouble free. The bike is comfortable and pretty fast. I do have flat bars on my bike so the riding position isn't as upright as other 7100's.

    I've had one flat on the bike in 4 years. After having the flat, I purchased some "Specialized Armadillo tires" and put on it. So far, no more flats.

    You can't go wrong with either bike. Good luck

    One other thing. I live in a flat rural area. If your going to do a lot of shifting the 7200 maybe a better choice. I don't know for sure though. The reason I picked the 7100 over the 7200 is I wasn't for sure I was going to like cycling. So I took the cheaper route.

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    My GF and I got 7100s a bit over a year ago, and they've been great bikes.

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    Well, yesterday I made up my mind and purchased the 7200. I rode both at the LBS and the 7100's gearing was just too short for my tastes. Also the 7200 had smoother shifting, with less "clickity clack". I bought a little cheapo Bell wireless computer at Walmart. It seems to be fairly accurate.

    Does anyone know why Trek bikes come so stripped accessory wise? My bike didn't even come with a kickstand. I pulled off the kickstand and water bottle holder off of my Schwinn mountain bike and everything fit perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_5700
    Does anyone know why Trek bikes come so stripped accessory wise? My bike didn't even come with a kickstand. I pulled off the kickstand and water bottle holder off of my Schwinn mountain bike and everything fit perfectly.
    Many people don't want a kickstand. It's not just Trek, most bikes sold outside of x-mart do not come with kickstands. They don't come with bottle cages, either. Most road bikes don't come with pedals, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_5700
    Does anyone know why Trek bikes come so stripped accessory wise? My bike didn't even come with a kickstand. I pulled off the kickstand and water bottle holder off of my Schwinn mountain bike and everything fit perfectly.
    Could be the bike shop where you purchased it? My 7100 came with a kickstand and water bottle holder already installed. The water bottle holder is painted the same color as the bike. However, I purchased mine in 2004. Things may be different now.

    I remember my son was about to purchase a 7200 the same day I bought the 7100. He decided to buy a mountain bike after riding both. I believe that 7200 already had a water bottle holder on it. I know it had a kickstand because my son accidently broke it and had to pay for it.

    He stopped at a stop sign and the bike rolled backwards a little bit breaking the kickstand. It wasn't because the kickstand was weak. It's just that my son is a big guy who also happens to lift weights and is a personal trainer. He tends to be tough on things.

    Anyway, congrats on the 7200. I think you will enjoy the bike very much.

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    I looked at the 7000, 7100 and 7200 and decided to go with the 7000, just because I wanted rigid forks. The components work well, and I prefer it to my old Bianchi commuter.

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