Need help deciding - New 2011 7.5 FX vs New 2009 GF Menodta...
Originally I started off looking at Cannondale Quicks and then I stopped by another store and took a 7.3 fx for a spin. I felt right away that I liked it better then the Quick. Then I grabbed a 7.5 and loved it. I felt the shifting was much smoother.
Before I left I saw they have a sale sign on a Mendota. I asked about it and they said they over bought a bunch of them and have some left. Basically the specs are almost identical to the 7.5 fx except it also has disc brakes and a carbon seat stay.
Riding them they felt nearly identical. I did however prefer the newer Shimano Deora shifters on the Trek vs the older ones on the GF. They worked the same but I thought the newer ones looked nicer.
The GF is on sale for $799, supposedly a $1000 + retail. The 7.5 is $889
I love my 2011 Mendota! Basically you trade the carbon fork of the Mendota for the hydraulic brakes of the 7.5. I don't know enough about the running gears to give any advice. Fork, hydraulics, or whichever one talks to you loudest. Your choice!
(Oops... I was thinking the 7.5 disc. The regular 7.5 does have the carbon fork, so that makes it a harder choice.)
+1 on the Trek. Assuming disc brakes aren't needed, you will have a later model (by two years) with the ever-popular FX. If you decide to sell it down the line, that might be something to keep in mind. Let us know what you decide; photos are always appreciated.
rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Actually they both have carbon forks and neither has hydraulic brakes. I'd much rather own the Gary Fisher. The forks remind me of Bontrager's Switchblades from 1987. Disc brakes are a lot cleaner and worry free. No black alloy braking debris on the rims is nice. Frequent fiddling with rim brake pads is not.