I'm just getting started in biking at a late age, 63... I have an Ibex 450 Alpine mountain bike I bought about 10 years ago but never rode- just starting to ride it... street only. The other day I went to a Trek shop, started asking some questions and was shown the FX line, in particular a 7.4 that I rode and really liked.
Not being very familar at all with components, I know that as you go up or down in a model line, that the quality of the components follow... but I would think there are some major breaking points where the next step up or down is a major jump in quality. I know the 7.4 has a Carbon fork... not sure if that's worth it- though I know and appreciate lightness is a very valuable asset. Can someone help me out here with what some of the major steps up or down from this would be? I can't compare bike weights, because Trek doesn't list them in their catalog. In fact, Trek's catalog is nearly useless for determining much, other than listing the major components.
I'd hate to later learn that if I'd have just gone one more step up I'd have gotten "X".... or I could have gone a couple of steps down- saved some money- and still be satisfied.
Also, what are some of the major similar competitors to this bike that I should also be looking at??
Thanks for the help, folks...
Merry Christmas to all!!