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.
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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.