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    Trek 7100 - should i take it back??

    yesterday i bought a trek 7100. its a bike with a smooth ride, except my posture is way too upright on it. i thought it'd be okay during the test drive, but riding up hills is difficult. I prefer leaning forward more. It was kind of difficult to get moving on it, like I think I put a lot of effort into riding (may be from lack of biking). It was windy however and about 45 degrees.

    Should I just move the handlebars forward so Im leaning forwards more, or should I take it back and get another bike???

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    I think that you should continue to ride this one -- you will probably get used to it.

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    Impossible to answer without more information, but if you bought from a decent shop, they should be able to tell you if a longer stem will solve the problem (on the other hand, a decent shop probably should have spotted the problem before you went out the door). I think I'd go back very politely and tell them what's wrong and ask if you can try a new stem. No point in being antagonistic unless they refuse to help.

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    I'd give it a few more miles and make a few small adjustments to make sure your fit is correct... I never liked the bar position on my 7500 and swapped out the stem and bars for Cross bars (ergo drops) and simply love the bike now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by small fry View Post
    ...Should I just move the handlebars forward so Im leaning forwards more...
    Try a new, longer stem first.
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    I bought a Trek 7.2FX instead of a 7100 and I'm glad I did. It's more sporty and rides a lot more like a road bike than the 7100 which is more of a comfort bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean3089 View Post
    I think that you should continue to ride this one -- you will probably get used to it.
    I'm thinking exactly the opposite. Try to get the shop to trade you for an FX series bike while this one still looks new.

    Frequently people gravitate towards a more forward posture after they've been bitten by the bicycling bug. If you're already at that point, you're just going to hate this bike all the worse as time goes on. changing stems and trying to make this one "fit" is just throwing good money after bad.

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    Thanks for the help guys. The 7100 has an adjustable stem so I'm going to lean it way forwards and see if that makes a difference.

    If not, the 7.2fx is $100 more and thats expensive for me. Is it worth the extra cash? Are there any bikes like it for less than $459??

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    I would call or go to the shop and explain your issues with the fit on the 7100 and would say that for more aggressive riding, the 7.2 is a far better choice. Perhaps they will be able to come up with a better deal for you if you decided to upgrade.

    My old 7500 (a '99) came to me configured as a comfort bike but has seen a few changes... it is more like the FX series bikes in geometry (there was no FX in '99) and works really well as a road/commuter/tourer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by small fry View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. The 7100 has an adjustable stem so I'm going to lean it way forwards and see if that makes a difference.

    If not, the 7.2fx is $100 more and thats expensive for me. Is it worth the extra cash? Are there any bikes like it for less than $459??
    Funny you should mention these two bikes. Three weeks ago, I bought a 7.2 FX after trying a 7100. For me, the extra $100 was worth it (although I actually liked the 7100 fairly well, too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by small fry View Post
    yesterday i bought a trek 7100. its a bike with a smooth ride, except my posture is way too upright on it. i thought it'd be okay during the test drive, but riding up hills is difficult. I prefer leaning forward more. It was kind of difficult to get moving on it, like I think I put a lot of effort into riding (may be from lack of biking). It was windy however and about 45 degrees.

    Should I just move the handlebars forward so Im leaning forwards more, or should I take it back and get another bike???


    I leaned the handle bars forward and repositioned the shifters and brake handles on my Trek 7100 to gain a more aero stance, but it still wasn't enough for those windy uphill commutes. You probably would be happier with the 7.2 FX, it has a suspension seat post for a comfortable ride, a rigid fork for climbing steep hills, a stronger rear hub for hauling heavy loads, and a much more aero stance. I'd shell out the extra 100 dollars for the 7.2.
    Last edited by dynodonn; 03-16-08 at 07:20 PM.

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    100 bucks over the long run is cheap for a more comfortable fit for you. As stated before, trade it back while it's still new.
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    I think that you'd be happier with the 7.2 FX. I looked at the 7000 series as well but preferred the FX series ending up with a 7.5FX (and just recently a 7.6FX!) because I didn't want the upright position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrsddn View Post
    100 bucks over the long run is cheap for a more comfortable fit for you. As stated before, trade it back while it's still new.
    Exactly. A year from now you won't be able to say how you spent that additional $100.00 but you'll still be stuck with a bike that you don't like.

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    My .02: I got a Trek 720 on a warranty claim (long story) and hated it after day 2. I went back to the LBS, and he swapped the stem for a longer, flatter one. Better. I then replaced the stock handlebar with a flat bar I had lying around-MUCH better. I really like the bike now. I would play with the fit of the first one some, unless you're otherwise convinced you'd rather have that other bike because it's that much better overall.
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    I have a 7300. I'm surprised you hadn't tried adjusting the stem before your inquiry, but theres not much sense in throwing ut the whole bike with the stem. I'm changing the adjustment on my stem atleast twice a year, so I thing adjustable stems are great.

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