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Old 05-09-11, 03:59 PM   #1
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Newbie buying a hybrid 7.3 FX VS 7.5 FX

hi guys, i'm going to buy my first hybrid and decide to choose one from the TREK FX series. Now, I got two options.

1). Brand New 2011 trek 7.3 fx---$619 plus tax=$676

2). Craigslist Used 2010 trek 7.3 fx---$475

3). Craigslist Used 2010 trek 7.5fx---$700 ( seller claims that only 50 miles on it ) the only thing I dislike about it is the color, which is "satin nikel"



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Which one should I choose?
OR, if you got any suggestions or recommendations on any other model/ brand, it would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS!!!!

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Old 05-09-11, 04:32 PM   #2
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I test rode both and went with the 7.5. The major difference is the carbon fork on the 7.5. Ive put in over 500 miles this spring and am very happy with the purchase. The carbon fork definitely help with impact and trail vibration.

Depending on your LBS, you might want to consider new. My LBS gives 1 free full service checkup anytime you choose after purchase, unlimited lifetime brake and derailleur adjustments, free labor on changes made during purchase and 10% off parts and accessories for 30 days after purchase. They are also pretty good at doing minor fixes for free to.

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Old 05-09-11, 06:20 PM   #3
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get a new 7.5
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Old 05-09-11, 06:43 PM   #4
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I should add, that if you buy a 2011 vs a 2010 there is the Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone Handlebars issue. The stock handlebars on the 2011 7.3 and above do not allow you to add bar ends. While easy to change out, there is an expense related to this. The 2010 model does not have the handlebars from what i know. I have a writeup on my blog about the handlebars http://bartsbiking.com/?p=510\

I knew this going in and had planned so it wasent an issue for me.

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Old 05-09-11, 08:58 PM   #5
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thanks so much guys. I think i'm leaning on the 7.5fx now. do you think the 7.5fx worth 225 dollars more than the 7.3fx?
btw, how do you think of the color? satin nickel......i think the color is actually the only con of it.

do you think it's a good deal or i should wait for another one on craigslist?



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Old 05-09-11, 09:28 PM   #6
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I was in the same boat as you, deciding between a 7.3 and a used 7.5 that wasn't the color I wanted. Same as that one. I just went for it and got a new 2011 black 7.5fx. It was totally worth it imo. Also know that the low spoke count on those wheels have been known to break easily from what I've heard. The 2011 model has a higher spoke count which will last you longer. It also has more of an all around tire instead of those slicks. Along with the new handlebars and the flex seat. It all adds up. Good luck on finding what you want. Get what you really want and be done. You'll be happy you did.

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Thanks SOoooooo much guys~~

I think i gonna get a used one, cos I am moving soon and I don't think I can get good use of those LBS benefits.
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Also,
I just found a 2010 TREK 7.5 FX from craigslist, and the seller did some " upgrades" on his bike,

*** It's that a plus?
*** Does those upgrades increase the bike's value?
*** What is the purposes of these upgrades?

ORIGINAL
Pedals:Alloy body with alloy cage
Handlebars:Bontrager Crowbar Sport with 25mm rise
Stem:Bontrager Select SSR with 10 degree
Saddle:Bontrager H2 FlexForm
Seatpost:Bontrager Nebula

UPGRADES
Pedals: Shimano SPD (Upgrade)
Saddle: Specialized SL 143 Phenom (Upgrade)
Seat Post: Specialized S-Works Pave SL Carbon (Upgrade)
Handlebars: Specialized S-Works Prowess (Upgrade)
Stem: Thomson Elite X4 (Upgrade)
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The Shimano SPD pedals means you also need bicycling shoes with cleats to clip in so whether or not it's an upgrade depends on whether you consider that desirable. I commute on metal mountain/BMX style pedals with pins on them.

The rest seem to be personalizations for fit and maybe weight. Not entirely sure that any of that is an "upgrade" compared to what came with the bike. The stem might not rise so that will yield a more aggressive position which might not be suitable for a newbie.
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Certainly upgrades, higher quality, lighter weight components. Probably made for improvements in fit and ride quality. Whether or not they add value is up to the buyer. If the changes result in a rider position that doesn't suit you as well as the original position, or if you find the saddle less comfortable than the stock saddle then no, but generally speaking it sounds like the bike has been improved.

The total retail price of the upgrades is in excess of $500. (Maybe don't let the seller know that you know this?)

If you want to ride in regular shoes, you might ask if he could put the stock pedals back on.
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Hi tonysung,

Did you end up getting the 7.5? I just bought a 2009 Trek 7.5 and really like it except for the seat. I'm going to be replacing the seat soon. Like you I'm brand new to biking.

Sheri

Forgot to add.....I got the same color as the one your posted. Its not a bad color although not what I would have chosen. Just not important enough to spend 200 dollars more for a different color.

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I know nothing about bikes but fwiw, I like the nickel color....BUT I think you should get what you really want. Otherwise, you may never be satisfied with your purchase. Good luck choosing your new bike!
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I was in the same boat as you, deciding between a 7.3 and a used 7.5 that wasn't the color I wanted. Same as that one. I just went for it and got a new 2011 black 7.5fx. It was totally worth it imo. Also know that the low spoke count on those wheels have been known to break easily from what I've heard. The 2011 model has a higher spoke count which will last you longer. It also has more of an all around tire instead of those slicks. Along with the new handlebars and the flex seat. It all adds up. Good luck on finding what you want. Get what you really want and be done. You'll be happy you did.
I was wondering your thoughts on that new flex seat design? Did it really work or just a gimmick? I am not so sure I'd want my seat to flex under me while I ride. Also, what size frame and what height are you? I am really close to getting that same bike and I am curious about bike fit. I know I need to try it out to see, but I'd like as much info before I walk into my LBS and get all caught up in the beautiful bikes and all.
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thanks so much guys. I think i'm leaning on the 7.5fx now. do you think the 7.5fx worth 225 dollars more than the 7.3fx?
btw, how do you think of the color? satin nickel......i think the color is actually the only con of it.

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The color is troublesome and though it shouldn't matter it does.
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I was wondering your thoughts on that new flex seat design? Did it really work or just a gimmick? I am not so sure I'd want my seat to flex under me while I ride. Also, what size frame and what height are you? I am really close to getting that same bike and I am curious about bike fit. I know I need to try it out to see, but I'd like as much info before I walk into my LBS and get all caught up in the beautiful bikes and all.
I can't say much about that exact seat without the flex but I can say that it is comfortable to me. It doesn't really flex as much you would think. It's pretty firm when flexing and doesn't move a great deal but I think it does help you from getting sore after long rides.

I'm between 5'9 & 5'10 and I ride a 20 inch frame. I can ride a 17.5 too but they just aren't as comfortable to me. I have better geometry on the 20. Try both out because it really took me a while to decide between the two. I'm pretty much stuck right in the middle and can go either way.

After having my 7.5 for over a month now I have to say I love it to death. It shifts like butter. I feel like a ninja on that thing.
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