Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Central Florida
Bikes: 2008 Trek 7.2FX, 1980 Raleigh Sports, 1979 Raleigh Sports (Wife)
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I have the 7.2FX. Great all-around bike. The lack of front suspension and slightly thinner tires on the FX means its faster, but can be a fairly stiff ride. I have noticed some minor vibrations radiating from the bike to my forearms. A decent pair of gloves and grips fixes that completely. The DS 8.3 and the Ariel will take care of the vibrations, but you pay for it by having the suspension travel when pedaling all the time.
In the three years and 5K miles on the FX, the only things that I have had to change for comfort were the seat (bike saddle neuropathy problem, pretty common to have to change out seat) and the grips (went to non-round ones). Other than that, it's been get on it and ride.
These are three very good bikes. You really can't go that wrong. The main difference is suspension or not. Suspension indicates more off-road comfort and stability, No suspension indicates more on-road speed and handling. So, think how you are going to ride, and go from there!
Last edited by tbo; 07-10-11 at 02:07 PM.