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Old 08-15-09, 05:33 AM   #1
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Speed of a stock Hybrid

For the most part my Trek FX 7.2 is mechanically stock. My daily commute has equal share of hill climes & descents & flat runs. 32 mph seems to be the top speed down hill. After I installed my Areo Bars my average cruising speed went to 15.5 mph on average. it jumped 1 mph immediately. I have yet to go for a higher max speed on a down with the Areo Bars. I have been concentrating on maxing out my average speeds. I just curious what others are getting out of their bikes for speed?
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Old 08-15-09, 07:53 AM   #2
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Highest I've seen on my 7.6fx is 31 mph. It doesn't feel overly "stable" at that speed, I would imagine a road bike would be more conducive to that but it's fun to get cranked up going down hills and feel the rush of wind in your face!
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Old 08-15-09, 10:26 AM   #3
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I had my 7.3 FX up to 43 mph once going downhill. When I realized how fast I was going it scared me and I began to brake.
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Old 08-15-09, 11:42 AM   #4
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Top speed on my stock Trek 7000 was 34 (with me down a hill crouched down).
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Trek 7.3 FX here, and I've reached 56 km/h (35 mph) at a downhill stretch on a regular road (speed limit 50 km/h). It's hard to push it above 50 km/h on most roads, though. Perhaps because I now leave my pannier basket on the bike permanently ...
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Old 08-17-09, 05:27 PM   #6
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I can push my 7500FX to a little over 30 on a flat area and I hve no problem doing 35-40 down hill with it. This time of the year all I have on it is pouch under by seat and fenders.
When the weather gets colder then I put my Topeak trunk on it.
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Old 08-17-09, 05:38 PM   #7
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I did 40+ going uphill on Rhode Island Avenue NE hanging onto the back of Mayor Barry's "mobile city hall" RV.
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On flat ground with no wind, I'm typically traveling about 32-35 km/hr (20-22 mph) on my Kona Dew FS without a huge amount of effort. If I put effort into it, I can get close to 50 km/hr (30 mph) but can't hold that speed for very long.

I've had my FS up to 65km/hr (40 mph) on a downhill and that's pretty much the limit of the gearing. I'm seriously considering changing the 48 tooth front cog to a 52.
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I swapped out to an Ultegra 52-39-30T crankset. The improvement was noticed immediately. It's a worthy upgrade over the 48T that came stock.
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On my stock 7.2 FX I had --

I would average about 10mph but these were 25 mile rides. Top speed was 26mph downhill - had to brake because there was a turn ahead and although I could have taken it, i did not want to risk my life to find out ;]

on pure flats though, i can get it up to 22mph but it will stay there only a few seconds... then it goes down to 18, then 15, then usually stays between 10-13mph...

i am 29, 6'1", 180 pounds. i run often but i really have to work on my 'cycling muscles.'
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I swapped out to an Ultegra 52-39-30T crankset. The improvement was noticed immediately. It's a worthy upgrade over the 48T that came stock.
My top is 35.3 MPH........ Being old, and slow, 48-11 is as big a gear as I can turn. My normal cadence is usually around 80 RPM. At over 100 RPM, my feet fly off the pedals, even cliplesssssss ----- LOL
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My top is 35.3 MPH........ Being old, and slow, 48-11 is as big a gear as I can turn. My normal cadence is usually around 80 RPM. At over 100 RPM, my feet fly off the pedals, even cliplesssssss ----- LOL
Don't feel bad. I would be very surprised if 007 could spin out a 48x11 for more than a minute, except on a steep downhill.
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Geeze - who banned the naysayer? What did he do? - oops, never mind. I found out. Anywho - I can't think of anyplace around here where I could try to grind out a 12/52 gear. But I'd love to try.
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Bikes don't have speed riders have speed. When I got my road bike the most I could go on my mountain bike was 16-18 mph. I took it for a ride last sunday and hit 25 on the flat and 35 downhill I found out it not about the bike. Any bike has the maximum downhill speed determined by gravity and the wind. The skill and mostly courage of the rider matters most, any bike will spin out, even 53X11 on a fast downhill.
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Bikes don't have speed riders have speed. When I got my road bike the most I could go on my mountain bike was 16-18 mph. I took it for a ride last sunday and hit 25 on the flat and 35 downhill I found out it not about the bike. Any bike has the maximum downhill speed determined by gravity and the wind. The skill and mostly courage of the rider matters most, any bike will spin out, even 53X11 on a fast downhill.
Maybe in your neck of the woods, like up in the mountains..... LOL

I live in the flatlands of Northern Illinois, and a serious part of that equation is missing here..... for me, anything over 35 is really flying.
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On my hybrid a fast flat cruise is about 20-25 MPH. Downhill I can get above 40. Quite stable at that speed, though I wouldn't take my hands off the handlebars. For some reason I can't ride this bike without hands, while the 10-speed of my youth was no problem.
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^ lol, i have the same issue with my bike - i cannot ride it without hands. i think it's because the headset is so nice and loose, that the slightest amount of wind pushes the handles bars to one side or the other... it just doesnt seem to stay straight. i tried doing this sooo many times on my 7.2 fx when i had it but i never got more than a couple of seconds of no-hands riding...
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Once I get up to around 16 or 17mph on my hybrid - I am going fast enough for what I consider the biggest attraction of this type of bicycle: The panorama - viewing everything around me. Of course, I live in Vermont, and this panorama is generally quite beautiful. If you like nature and wildlife and such, which I certainly do. Often I'll slow down on purpose for this reason.

In the next few days I hope to get some nice pictures of one of my favorite birds - the Great Blue Heron. Those guys mean business - they will lock-on your eyes and stare you down.
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Hybrid averages 12-18 on the flats, my fuji road bike with the 52 tooth big chain ring and 11 tooth small cog averages 25-30 same terain. down hill braked the fuji around 48. hybrid wobbles above 45.
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Flat, no headwind, probably 16-17 average mph on my hybrid. I've seen better than 34mph downhill. of course headwinds kill on a hybrid, no drops mean no place to get down out of the wind. I've seen 30mph on a flat, but I was cranking it up because there was traffic behind and a hill ahead.
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On my hybrid a fast flat cruise is about 20-25 MPH. Downhill I can get above 40. Quite stable at that speed, though I wouldn't take my hands off the handlebars. For some reason I can't ride this bike without hands, while the 10-speed of my youth was no problem.
your cruise is 20-25 mph? I seriously doubt that

these always turn into pissing contests.

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your cruise is 20-25 mph? I seriously doubt that

these always turn into pissing contests.
Only because people like yourself who can't believe that anyone can peddle faster than you come into these threads and make these ridiculous statements.

20-25 mph is definitely achievable on a fast hybrid. I get speeds of 20-22 mph on flat ground. And I often get 40+ mph going down hills. Generally, at the end of a ride, my average speed is around 12-15 mph.

I don't ride for your sake, and I've no reason to not be truthful here.

If you don't believe it, who cares?

Is that pissy enough for you, Chad?

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Chill kids.
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I'm plenty chilled. And don't call me a kid.
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OMG - someone break out the champegne - this is the first beef in the hybrid subforum!

jk everyone. LOL.
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