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Old 03-02-09, 01:13 PM   #1
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Advice - Trek 7200 fx or Trek 7300

Hello, I am looking to buy a bike, I haven't owned a bike since a 1970's 10 speed. I will be riding on pavement, gravel and some state park bike trails. I don't know how much I will be riding as I have some knee and back problems, so I don't want to spend alot of money until I see how it goes.

Here is my question, I am looking at the following bike:

1) 2001 Trek 7200 fx - $100

2) 2004 Trek 7300 - $200

Both of the used bikes are like new

or a new entry level bike - $300 - $350

Which option is best, if you suggest a new bike - which one would you recommend?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-02-09, 05:11 PM   #2
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Neither is much of an off-road bike for trails. They're both pavement/bike trails/road bikes, with the FX being more the road bike than the 7300.

The 7000 series hybrids (not the fx'es) are a "hybrid" but in reality they don't do either very well. They're a mediocre road bike and a poor trails bike in stock form. That said, if you just want to go putz around on a bike they're ok.

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The Trek FX - series are very nice bikes. And they are hybrids. I have a 7.5 FX which I've upgraded. But not to make it into a road-bike. Rather into the best hybrid a hybrid can be. They are fast and can navigate tame trails in the woods and hills - but they are NOT mountain-bikes. What are they really? Put it this way: These are bikes that you'd want to have in the Old West. Before roads were paved, but were still roads. And that's like a good percentage of what our roads are like here in Vermont.
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Everything depends on which bike fits you. If both fit you, given your situation, I would go with the 7200 FX. Ride it for a few months. If you love biking, you can sell it for about the same price you bought it and get something snazzier.
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Thanks for the input - what about a 2007 Raleigh Mojave 2.0?
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Yup, what Andy said. I just bought a 7.3FX used. It had about 10 miles on it, literally, for $450 with a disc brake upgrade.

I think another applicable term for "hybrid" bikes is exercise bikes. It's definitely not a mountain bike but it can go very well in the <30 mile range, comfortably; which makes it a perfect exercise bike. I'm very happy with mine, riding in the 10-30 mile range very effectively. Solid, reasonably fast bike.

The 7000 series are more upright sitting by several inches. They're more of a "comfort" bike. The FX series are a bit more leaned over. If your intent is <10 miles, go for the 7000 series. If 10-30, go for the FX. If >30 miles, you need another bike.
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The man has knee and back problem,the up right position of the 7300 series is better ,technically speaking of course.Yeah, them FX series bike kick butts,i love mine and it's bone stock.
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The man has knee and back problem,the up right position of the 7300 series is better ,technically speaking of course.Yeah, them FX series bike kick butts,i love mine and it's bone stock.
+1 With back problems I would suggest the 7300. For knee problems I would suggest proper bike fit and using lower gears.
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7.2fx here. The best bike I've ever owned. I'd be wary of having front suspension, simply cause its extra weight and you might need it. Concentrate on which bike fits you better as well. After the shiny paint wears off, and the drive-train starts rattling, the only thing that will differentiate one bike from another is which is more comfortable to sit and pedal on.
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