Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Hybrid Bicycles Where else would you go to discuss these fun, versatile bikes?

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-04-11, 10:44 PM   #1
NE Tiger
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NE Tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northfield, Vermont
Bikes:
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hybrid Bike Dilemma - Suggestions Appreciated

I had a Trek 7.3, which was beautiful and light, but I didn't like the frame geometry and always felt too upright and squished together, if that makes any sense.

Now I have a Trek (Gary Fisher Collection) Kaitai, about which I love the frame geometry, feel stretched out in a good way and generally comfortable, but this bike is SO HEAVY that even with the 29 inch wheels I am expending so much energy propelling forward that it's not satisfying.

Is there a happy medium? A bike with mountain-ish lean over, stretch out feel but doesn't weigh as much as my '66 Mustang? Love to hear your thoughts.
NE Tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-11, 01:48 AM   #2
javal
Senior Member
 
javal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Örebro, Sweden
Bikes: Monark sportser 1970, Monark sportser 1970ish, Monark folder, Mustand 1985, Monark Tempo 1999, Monark 318 1975, Crescent 319 1979, Crescent 325 c:a 1965, Crescent Starren 2002 (hybrid/sport), Nordstjernan 1960`s cruiser.
Posts: 1,318
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, if you´re not familiar with a stretch out position, that could actually explain why it feels more heavy (I dont know the weight diff between your bikes though). The body posture, and how it directs your strength and energy to your pedals, is one key factor for comfortable riding. You should check your knee-centre pedal line (sit on your bike, pedal in three o´clock position - assume a line between your front knee straight down to where you have the centre of your pedal). Happy medium? Shorter top tube or shorter stem. Also, lower bar will give you aerodynamic advantages.
javal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-11, 03:14 AM   #3
hybridbkrdr
we be rollin'
 
hybridbkrdr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Quebec, Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Maybe you could try an inexpensive Nashbar touring frame?
hybridbkrdr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-11, 10:05 AM   #4
ColinL
Two-Wheeled Aficionado
 
ColinL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Wichita
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur TR, Cannondale Quick CX dropbar conversion & others
Posts: 4,905
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Kaitai is basically a 29er MTB whereas the 7.3FX's roots are an aluminum road bike. Therefore it should be no surprise that the Kaitai does in fact weigh a lot more... probably more than 6-7 pounds more.

Sounds like the OP may have had the wrong frame size in the 7.3FX for his riding style, or at the least too short of a stem.


Least expensive solution right now would be to put a 28mm road tire on the Kaitai. It will fit and roll faster, which might make the weight issue feel like less. However you'll give up offroad capability doing this.
ColinL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-11, 04:42 PM   #5
Bunnicula
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 266
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
Sounds like the OP may have had the wrong frame size in the 7.3FX for his riding style, or at the least too short of a stem.


Least expensive solution right now would be to put a 28mm road tire on the Kaitai. It will fit and roll faster, which might make the weight issue feel like less. However you'll give up offroad capability doing this.
I agree that the 7.3 doesn't sound like it fit you right. I was looking for a bike with similar qualities as you, and I went with a Cannondale Quick 3. The geometry fit me better than the Trek 7.3. It's as light and agile, if not more so, as the 7.3. I wanted a more road-like ride so i had it set up less upright - we raised the seat up and back and dropped the bars. The Quick 4 has wider tires if that's what you're looking for. If you like the 7.3, you should give the Quick line a try and see what you think.
Bunnicula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-11, 06:44 PM   #6
jsdavis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 1,188
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are we sure this was the 7.3FX? The 7.3FX is more of a flat handle road bike, but there is or was a more upright version with a similar name.
jsdavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-11, 07:35 PM   #7
justfitme
Riding Heaven's Highways: In Memoriam
 
justfitme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: It is North.. of Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NE Tiger View Post
I had a Trek 7.3, which was beautiful and light, but I didn't like the frame geometry and always felt too upright and squished together, if that makes any sense.
Have you tried long straight stem, lower it, change riser handlebar to flat?
Usually it helps a lot.

This is how I lowered rider position on my wife's Cafe bike. On FX it will work even better.

DSC03093.jpg
cafe8.jpg
justfitme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-11, 08:16 AM   #8
ColinL
Two-Wheeled Aficionado
 
ColinL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Wichita
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur TR, Cannondale Quick CX dropbar conversion & others
Posts: 4,905
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, he sold it... so despite that being a good idea, I don't think he will try it now.
ColinL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-11, 01:42 AM   #9
NE Tiger
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NE Tiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northfield, Vermont
Bikes:
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am going to hang on to the Kaitai, I'm not quite as down on it as I was when I started the thread, but I may give the FX a second chance. The new 7.4 looks pretty nice.
NE Tiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:03 AM.