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    Trek 7.3 FX + Trails

    I've read that this bike is no good for trail riding such as logging roads and also a store salesperson told me this. Why is that?

    I read an article a guy wrote a number of years ago and he actually won mountainbike races using a road bike.

    What would be so bad about taking a bike like the 7.3 FX on trails?

    I want a road/trail bike, but I want one that leans more towards the road bike side.

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    I'd swap out the slick road tyres for some fast rolling CX tyres and make sure the wheel build was 110 %... then it would be nice on trails and still pretty decent on the road.

    Some folks might think that because a bike does not have a front suspension that it is not trail worthy... lots of folks ride rigid mountain bikes.

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    Is a 7.3 FX a good choice then for what I'm looking for? (a road/trail bike that leans more towards the road side).

    Or should I be looking at something totally different?

    I'm just trying to keep the bike as light and fast as possible without getting a bike that will break if it hits a pothole on a logging road or get flats easily.

    I was thinking a cyclocross tire also; I've seen some the exact same size as the FX tire, 700 x 32.

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    The 7.3fx is exactly what you describe you need: a hybrid road/trail bike that leans more towards roads.
    As Sixtyfiver said: get some CX tyres and you'll be fine.
    I use the Schwalbe CX comp's and like them very much ... they are light, cheap & versatile

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    +1 on the schwalbe cx compe... it is among the best multi terrain tyres there is.

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    It may not be exactly "the best" ... but I find it to be the perfect equilibrium between weight, puncture resistance, speed on roads, grip on mud and price.
    I bought mine for about 8€, which is well below any other tyre in their range around here.
    A few days ago I heard a clicking sound on my back wheel ... it turned out to be a small pointy stake of springy metal that had entered the outer wall of my tyre, hit the puncture resistant layer and was bended back out a few millimeters further.
    Back home I could easily remove it from the tyre, which was still in perfect condition, apart from a tiny little hole.

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    that cx comp looks nice. also check out the schwalbe marathon cross for a tire that rolls well on-road but can handle the logging trails you speak of easily.

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