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Old 10-04-11, 12:30 PM   #1
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Trek Fx series upgades

I currently have a Trek 7.2FX and im thinking about making some upgrades to make this machine better. So im curious what has other FX riders have done to there bikes.
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Old 10-04-11, 07:41 PM   #2
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Here's my 2010 7.6 FX before:

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Old 10-04-11, 07:45 PM   #3
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After: Specialized Bar Ends, FSA 100mm OS 190 Stem, and Easton EA50 Aero wheels with 25c tires





Unfortunately it's starting to rain around here now and no rain gear!
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Old 10-04-11, 08:54 PM   #4
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Gogreen09 - can I ask what the weelset and tires cost you for the upgrade? How much weight did you save. How did the ride / speed change for you?

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Old 10-04-11, 09:43 PM   #5
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Gogreen09 - can I ask what the weelset and tires cost you for the upgrade? How much weight did you save. How did the ride / speed change for you?

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Spud - I got the wheels for $389. The Conti Gatorskins (steel belted) were $40/each. I think that's the normal price on those. The tires were SOOO MUCH more comfortable than the stock tires. Easily felt how plush the ride was after I got them changed. Also, not quite the same route, but I did 16 miles before and after the change. I'd say they had about the same elevation change and I went from 11.9MPH avg to 13.2MPH! Upgrade was so worth it!!!
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Old 10-04-11, 10:14 PM   #6
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I'm very interested to hear what others have done to their trek as well because I'm getting the itch to upgrade my '11 Trek 7.2 fx. Mine is charcoal and stock as we speak.
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Old 10-06-11, 07:50 AM   #7
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I'm very interested to hear what others have done to their trek as well because I'm getting the itch to upgrade my '11 Trek 7.2 fx. Mine is charcoal and stock as we speak.
I guess the first thing to ask would be what you dont like about the bike.
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Old 10-06-11, 09:57 AM   #8
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I've upgraded the tires, pedals, & seat on the 7.2. I would consider upgrading the wheels (looks SWEET with those Eastons!) now that I know the frame and drive train is likely to last more than a couple years. Lots of people upgrade the grips, which seem to wear out after a couple thousand miles anyway.

Plenty of room for a rack, lights, computer, too.
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Old 10-08-11, 03:32 PM   #9
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Spud - I got the wheels for $389. The Conti Gatorskins (steel belted) were $40/each. I think that's the normal price on those. The tires were SOOO MUCH more comfortable than the stock tires. Easily felt how plush the ride was after I got them changed. Also, not quite the same route, but I did 16 miles before and after the change. I'd say they had about the same elevation change and I went from 11.9MPH avg to 13.2MPH! Upgrade was so worth it!!!
I'm curious, I thought going down to a 25c tire would lead to a rougher ride?
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Old 10-08-11, 08:59 PM   #10
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One of my favorite upgrades to my Mendota, essentially a 7.5FX disk with CF fork, is the CF Trek Elite Trekking handlebar. I'm not sure it's worth $230, but I picked mine up on eBay for $125 and it's definitley worth that. The bullhorns in the middle of the bar are a wonderful change of hand position on longer rides.
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Old 10-09-11, 02:29 AM   #11
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I have owned my 7.2 for 5 or 6 years now & it has gone through many changes. I guess you have to ask yourself what are you going to do with it. I have use mine as a commuter, a century bike, & as a touring bike. I have commuted as long as 50 miles a day round trip, I did a 130 mile century ride with it. This bicycle will do anything you ask out of it

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Old 10-09-11, 02:42 AM   #12
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Here is a picture of her in full gear.
Butterfly Treking Bars with euro grips
Aero Bars
Mighty Cross lamp
Fenders
Changed out the saddle
Nashbar front rack & bags
Topeak rear rack and bag with drop down Panniers
Carradice bag for laptop, I made a custom modification to the Topeak rack to accommodate both bags
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great thread especially since I just picked up my 7.2 a few days ago

great ideas in here.
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I'm curious, I thought going down to a 25c tire would lead to a rougher ride?
I changed the size thinking that the ride would be rougher, but may gain speed out of it. I was surprised how it felt so much better. I don't know much about the tire compounds, but the Conti's may be softer than the stock tires. Maybe someone can chime in on this?
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I believe the newer FX's have a carbon fork, My entire bike is aluminum & it is a very rigid ride. I still have the original 34 cm tires on the bike. I dare not go with a thinner tire as the ride is rough enough. It is also a very heavy bike in part because of the way I have it outfitted. My road bike is my ride of choice but my Hybrid is always my Number 2 bike. I have had it a long time and it has never let me down. It can not be beet as a foul weather commuter.
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Old 10-09-11, 04:39 PM   #16
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2005 Trek 7200 FX was purchased on CL for $200 in brand new condition.
For my wife.
However some things were changed to:
Wheels Ritchey OCR Pro (take-off from road bike with lesst than 500 miles)
Brakes Avid SD7
Brake levers - Shimano R550
Crankset Shimano Deore Octalink
Front Der - Shimano Deore
Cassette SRAM 12-26
Rear Der. SRAM X-5
Shifters SRAM X-5
Handlebar - Ritchey
Stem Truvativ AKA
Grips Origin8
Seatpost Origin8
Pedals Shimano M520
Saddle Terry Fly Ti
Tires Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23


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Old 10-09-11, 05:30 PM   #17
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My wife's FX7.3 WSD has paired-spoke Bontrager SSR wheels (from my 7.5), SL-M580 shifters, a FD-M590 front derailleur, a FC-M430 crankset, a custom 9 speed 13-29 cassette and Origin8 Spacebar handlebars.
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Old 10-09-11, 08:43 PM   #18
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Here's a pic of my 2006 FX7.3 that I upgraded last winter after 5 years of constant riding. New wheels (Vuelta Corsa HDs) with smaller tires (700 x 32s), new bottom bracket and crank (changed from the triple to a 50/34 double), new dueralliers (LX series bought cheap at a close-out sale), drop bars with bar end shifters and non aero brake evers (aero levers don't work well with linear brakes). Cost was under $400 on a bike that originally cost $500, but it now runs like new and is more adaptable for general riding, light touring, commuting. Like Timber 8 mentions, upgrade depeding on what you want to do with it in the future.
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