A few quick questions for those in the know with these bikes:
I just picked up a Trek 7000 on craigslist, and hate it. It's partially because it's too small for me, but I'm wondering if the geometry is just not for me (I'm very used to road bikes.) With the 7000, I don't mind the upright position, but for whatever reason, I feel like I'm too far forward on the bike.
Which also leads me into my next question - I'm deciding between a Trek 7.1FX and 7.2FX. I'm also debating between the model years.
Trek has revamped the 2012 FX line. From what I see, the frame has changed enough to raise my eyebrows. It appears that the 2012 has a different geometry. Whereas the previous models seemed to have a top tube that sloped (like my 7000) or a mountain bike, the new models adopt a straighter top tube that reminds me of a compact Giant road frame, or something of that sort.
Would it be wiser to choose the 2012 model due to this change in geometry? For those who own previous models, do you feel like your FX rides like a mountain bike?
And on to specs between the 7.1 and 7.2:
It looks like aside from the obvious (different saddles, different tires) which I'd probably upgrade anyways, the other big difference is that the 7.2 uses a cassette and the 7.1 uses a freewheel.
What does this mean in terms of quality, reliability or desirability? Why should I want a cassette instead of a freewheel?
Since I can't spend a ton, I'm just trying to figure out which is going to be the best balance of everything I need. My LBS has great deals on 2011 Trek models, so my first instinct is to pounce on one of those. Also, aside from frame geometry, it looks like the components on the 2011 to 2012 7.1 were pretty similar, as was the changeover for the 7.2FX as well.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate any input anybody has.