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Old 04-07-08, 09:31 AM   #1
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need help trying to figure out which bike is best for me.

i currently own a solid frame mountain bike but now i'm looking for the fastest bike for on the road that will also ride on crushed limestone trails... i've visited and sat on a few bikes a trek dealer and also stopped in at REI to take a peak around... I'm familiar with the name trek and am confident in them, but once i got to REI, most of the names of bikes alienated me... They all looked good but i don't know enough yet to tell what is good and whats not..

I require a larger bike as i am tall. (6' 5'') At Trek, they me looking at 25 inch / 64cm bikes... and that size did narrow down my options.


at trek I'm looking at the 7.3 FX at the moment... not really sure what else to look at. i just discovered that a lot of bikes don't come that big..

This summer i plan on doing a lot of hills and roads, but i also wish to do some distance on a nice crushed limestone trail system. so this leaves me with the performance hybrid style of bikes i think?

has anyone had any experience with the 7.3fx on road and on the crushed limestone? and are there any other bike manufacturers i should be looking for? my target goal is for the best bang for my buck at under 600 dollars... also i'm fond of the color red


I'm really unsure of everything at this moment and would applicate as much information and support as possible. Feel free to ask me more questions. I do look forward to learning more from this forum as i get more serious about biking. You'll be seeing a lot more of me here in the next few weeks


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Old 04-07-08, 10:12 AM   #2
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There are a lot of tall riders in the clydesdales forum all riding similar bikes to the one you're looking at.
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I have a 7.5FX. I think its pretty good for the road. Very smooth compared to my wife's old 10 speed or my neighbour's bike with the big knobby tires.

For riding on the road, its nice and I can get pretty decent speed with it. I cannot however speak of riding on rough terrain. I would think the tires might be a limiting factor especially if there are large gravel rocks.
I went into the store to buy a $200 bike, rode the 7.3, and made the HUGE mistake of riding the $700 7.5.
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now that i look... the 7.5 has the cool wheels and it comes in the color red... soooo nice. but sooo much $$$$$. i'm not sure if i can justify the 7.5... I'll have to look further into frame sizes too... i current mtb isn't as big and it fits me okay... but if larger will be better, i'll go larger.
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If it's just crushed limestone trails, and there will be no real rough stuff, most any bike will do the job. You'll want a bit fatter tires, and maybe some knobby bits. If "go fast" is your real concern, use the mountain bike for the trail rides, and get some kind of road bike for riding on the roads. Most hybrids won't be much different from your mountain bike.
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minus the handlebars, the 7.3 appears to bet he spitting image of a road bike... in terms of tires, the size size difference appeared minimal and the weight was fairly close as compared to the road bike i seen, which was made out of the same material.... what would make it a lot like my mountain bike as compared to a regular road bike?
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minus the handlebars, the 7.3 appears to bet he spitting image of a road bike... in terms of tires, the size size difference appeared minimal and the weight was fairly close as compared to the road bike i seen, which was made out of the same material.... what would make it a lot like my mountain bike as compared to a regular road bike?
I thought the same thing too, until I tried to keep up with a guy on road bike. I was pedaling for all I was worth and he just pulled away without seeming to expand much energy. I discovered if I rest my elbows on the handle bar I can cruise at a faster pace than holding the grips. Of course its not very stable in that position. As soon as I sit up I can feel the wind pulling me back. I started riding on the sidewalks and was happy for the bigger tires on my 7.5, but now I've graduated to the road, I wish I had a racer. But of course its about the speed for me.
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i'm currently almost 100% i'm going to stick with getting a hybrid.. i'm going to be doing alot of limestone trails and rough pot-hole infested roads with traffic... i'm still stuck at figuring out which hybrid bike to get now
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You can go fast and you can do rough roads. But you'ld need to spend more than 600. Bikes to check out: REI safari, $850. Trek: soho1, $700. Specialized crosstail sport $660. Of that list I like the crosstail best. There's also performance bike.

Forget any price difference less than $150. What is more important is how the store works with you, sees you get the right bike, get the right fit, and helps you ride safely on road and trails. If you have a problem with a bike, you want a shop that will help you without hassles.
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You can go fast and you can do rough roads. But you'ld need to spend more than 600. Bikes to check out: REI safari, $850. Trek: soho1, $700. Specialized crosstail sport $660. Of that list I like the crosstail best. There's also performance bike.

Forget any price difference less than $150. What is more important is how the store works with you, sees you get the right bike, get the right fit, and helps you ride safely on road and trails. If you have a problem with a bike, you want a shop that will help you without hassles.
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