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Old 09-09-09, 09:17 AM   #426
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ok, here are the *final* versions of my two hybrids, the result of more than a year of component bargain hunting at LBS'sesses and online stores

If my current career plans don't work out, I'll open a bike shop This hobby is very addictive, once you have only *one* spare component, your mind starts working out what kind of bike it could be used for ...

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The BMC is ultra high tech. Are you using SRAM derailleurs? Nice job
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Old 09-09-09, 11:23 AM   #427
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Luddit; well no, just some artistic/futuristic shape. The bike is alright - I┤m a C&V rider and the "newish" 2002 Crescent helps me through the winter!
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Old 09-09-09, 11:39 AM   #428
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Don't have a cat bike guardian, I have a dog bike guardian. Note the freshly baked cookies on top of the oven, eh?

I'm starting a new trend, bikes in front of stoves.
Ditch the BF<g> I'll be there in... how many days will it take me to peddle from NYC to Vancouver? Some cookies and some love from the guiardian would suit me just fine!

Oh wait... I did that once, only there was a big motor between my 2 wheels. Most of Saskatchewan had terrible side winds, even under some significant power, had to ride almost 45║ to the north wind.

Never mind!
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In the 60┤and 70┤s when the cyclesport grew rapidly here in Sweden, different kinds of bikes were built to meet different demands. In Sweden it was quite common to get something speedy for exercise, something that could duplicate as a commuter and utility bike (they were often seen on amateur runnings). I think thats the core of the hybrid conception. Thats why I┤ll contribute my Monark "semi-roadbike" from early 70┤s! (Its a bit small for me, but I cant flip such a nice bike...)
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Old 09-09-09, 12:17 PM   #430
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OK, here is my baby out on my terrace... hmmm, I DO need to take some water and soap to her...

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Old 09-09-09, 01:21 PM   #431
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65'er - Trek isn't calling the carboniferous 7.9 FX a Hybrid anymore. They finally figured it out: Their warranty would drown 'em in debt when people went off-roading on the carbon 7.9.

The 7.9 FX is now a road-bike.
Uh, they seem to be calling the fx series as "fitness" bikes. They call the 7xxx series hybrid, but those seem to be based on fx designs with cheaper components per price point and most have front suspensions.

Personally, I find any bike that has tire widths between skinny road and fat MTB and gearing in the middle to be a hybrid.
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Old 09-09-09, 02:01 PM   #432
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It's funny that the madone 2.3 and the fx 7.7 are nearly (i know there are differences) identical....

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes.../23,77fx,empty

so i see no reason why the 7.9 wouldnt be comparable to an all tct carbon madone....

i think it's funny how they also classify fitness bikes from other bikes... arent all bikes for fitness? LOL. the difference between the fx and madones is the frame geometry and handle bars... those are the biggest differences..... but both still killer rides.
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Was doing some serious polishing today...





Love this bike, I need to find a handlebar like that.
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LMAO @ Riverside.
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That handlebar with the V-fork was popular on mountain-bikes in the early 1980's. Then they vanished. They were heavy and sometimes poorly manufactured. Not always, though. Whatever - that's a very nice looking machine!
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They're called "bull moose" handlebars and they were indeed heavy. Most early mountain bikes had them -- I had one of the original Norco Bigfoot's and it had them.
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Bull Moose, eh? Cool. I had those on my $200 Nashbar mtn. bike. The bike was canary-yellow. And they painted the handlebars, too! Ick!
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Old 09-09-09, 08:44 PM   #438
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Check these out for $150.

http://www.rawlandcycles.com/store/i...intItemID=3858
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The wheels have transformed it a bit. No off-roading.


The small white tag I forgot to remove on one of the rear spokes indicates that the build is for a Clyde.




The ride is slightly smoother that with the OE Bontys. Much more stable at speed in tighter radius turns.

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Old 09-10-09, 06:00 AM   #440
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^ kshep! those wheels look awesome!!! you mind if i ask you how much they ran you? how much of a difference is there between those and the bontrager race wheels that came stock on it?

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The wheels have transformed it a bit. No off-roading.


The small white tag I forgot to remove on one of the rear spokes indicates that the build is for a Clyde.




The ride is slightly smoother that with the OE Bontys. Much more stable at speed in tighter radius turns.
That thing looks awesome! The biggest performance gains can be had by upgrading the rotating mass and that looks like quite an upgrade. That thing looks mean as hell. My favourite here so far.

The detractors that think hybrids don't deserve nice parts should be showing up here shortly.

P.S. People use Zipp 404's as cyclocross wheels no reason you can't do light off road riding with them.

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Hey shook, I'm curious why you went for the 7.7 and didn't go for the 7.9. Was it 99% the money differential?
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Riverside -

if you look on page 3 of 'my new tre kfx 7.7' thread, i give a list of reasons why. the money was one reason but not one of the top reasons. trek has a limited warranty on their carbon frames (read: limited coverage) and that made me hesitate... why would i spend more $ on a bike that has less warranty coverage than the model right below?

i was set on the 7.9 until i really looked into the details. i was getting such an awesome deal on the 7.9 ($500+ off of msrp) and that was one of my driving reaosns for wanting it but, after all was said and done, the 7.7 made for a better value from a variety of angles.
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Don't blame you, definitely much better value.

Must say the 7.9 is a fantasy for me... something I'd probably only do if I won MegaMillions. BUT, purely as an exercise, I like "considering" it.

What specific in the warranty bothered you? Was it length or damage covered for metal frames that wasn't for carbon? Other than that, are there other issues with carbon over their current aluminum? Things like prone to break where metal might bend?

Ha, I have a little weather bug in the corner of my screen, wind is running 18 in CP, imagine what it's like on the Greenway?
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Riverside -

if you look on page 3 of 'my new tre kfx 7.7' thread, i give a list of reasons why. the money was one reason but not one of the top reasons. trek has a limited warranty on their carbon frames (read: limited coverage) and that made me hesitate... why would i spend more $ on a bike that has less warranty coverage than the model right below
shOOk sensible people that value their bikes and treat them properly like I'm sure you do don't have to worry about frame warranty. If Trek put out a defective line of carbon frames they would rectify the situation. Careless people break carbon frames. They don't fail under normal use. It's to the point now that if you crash and break your carbon frame you would have done the same with aluminum. This notion that carbon frames are some how more fragile is just wrong.

I'm not saying this to criticize your purchase you did really well and bought the bike that made most sense to you I'm just getting increasingly frustrated by the misinformation on this forum regarding carbon framed hybrid bikes.

The number one reason carbon frames fail are people forgetting they are attached to the roof of their car and they drive into their garage. Crunch! Number 2 are serious crashes. Crashing a bicycle regardless of the material is not a warranty issue. If you crash hard enough to break your carbon bike I think you have other issues more important to deal with.
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trek had a 5-year replacement stipulation on their carbon frames. so if i did wreck within the 5 year period, i'd get a 'discount' on buying a new frame to replace the damaged one. what if i wreked the bike in the 6th year? then im on my own buying a carbon frame at full price.

i know carbon is really strong - im not questioning it's fragility. but i felt a little uneasy spending more money and getting a "limited" warranty (limited on replacement frames, that is).

in the end i saved money and got a bike that's just as kick ass as the 7.9. maybe in 20 years, when i run my 7.7 into the ground, i'll consider getting the 7.9 again


i say we get some really rich people to buy a few 7.7's and 7.9's and throw them off 400-foot cliffs to see which frames are stronger... LOLOLOLOL
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the other thing -----

this was another big reason i didnt go for the 7.9 -- it's too "plain" looking......

the 2009 7.9 here in the US is sooo different than the 2009 7.9 in australia for instance. look at both models and you will see what i mean. i didnt like that the 7.9 looks essentially the same year after year so i wanted something a little different. now, however, the 2010 US and australian 7.9s look the same.... uninspired, IMO....

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Trek 7100. Only addition is a Specialized Comp and Armadillos Nimbus tires.

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i am looking into the 7000.....how youlike your 7x00?
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