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Old 03-12-12, 09:17 AM   #1
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Specialized vita elite vs trek 7.3

Hi all,
I searched this forum and did some research. New to the bike world but with my acquired knowledge i tried out a couple hybrid bikes. Out of the bikes i tried I liked the specialized elite and trek 7.3 the best. The trek was extremely comfortable (grips, seat, size) but i did not care for the gears. The specialized is not a comfortable (hurt my wrists, seat, etc) but i loved the shifting aspect and the bike felt like a lighter ride. With that said I am on the fence and would like some opinions or personal experiences on the two that may help me pick one.

Live along the jersey shore so I am looking to use it on the weekend to make significant trips up and down the shore at a decent pace, not a race pace. Im a female 31 yrs old in good shape. fyi.

LBS shop offered the specialized at $657 retail $810
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...name=Multi+Use

LBS offered trek at $619 retail $699.
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/colle.../fx/7_3_fx_wsd

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-12-12, 10:01 AM   #2
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To Bike Forums, ToyAlien4!

Trust me, you are not on the fence! Anything in cycling that HURTS you, or causes you PAIN, is to be eliminated immediately, if it can't be properly addressed. That also, goes for any feeling of discomfort (which usually ends up being pain, anyway).

I'm familiar with the Trek FX series, as I happen to own a 7.5FX. FX gearing can be properly addressed by any proficient bicycle mechanic.

I therefore, highly recommend the Trek 7.3FX!

Good Luck!

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I will have to admit that the Specialized Vita Elite does come with better componentry and it would also appear that you're getting a better deal, price wise with Specialized. However, pain is a heck of a price to pay for cash savings...

I can't help, but to think that you're problem with the Vita Elite, is fit related. Perhaps, if you were properly fitted, this feeling of discomfort would be eliminated.

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Old 03-12-12, 10:28 AM   #3
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I've got a Trek 7.2 I think it's a great bike. I agree with you on the gearing and I don't understand why they keep putting these wide range cassettes on a "fitness" bike with a triple crankset. I've had a similar complaint about both of my hybrids and I've decided to swap for a road cassette with tighter jumps (ie, when shifting the difference between rear cogs is 1 or 2 teeth instead of 3 or even 4). This makes finding that "just right" gear easier and still gives a wide range when paired with 48/28 outer/inner chainrings. I spent a lot of time with Sheldon Brown's gear calculator and figured out that a 12-25 9-speed gives me 1-tooth jumps all the way thru my preferred gearing range. I think I'll be tickled to death with the bike once I make this change.

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Old 03-12-12, 10:33 AM   #4
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The Specialized is a really nice bike. They tend to be quite comfortable. If you have any discomfort there are likely issues with the fit. Have the shop take a look at seat height, placement, handlebars, stem, etc to make whatever adjustments are needed to fit you and be comfortable.
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The Specialized is a really nice bike. They tend to be quite comfortable. If you have any discomfort there are likely issues with the fit. Have the shop take a look at seat height, placement, handlebars, stem, etc to make whatever adjustments are needed to fit you and be comfortable.
OP ... this ^^^. The Specialized model you link to is a very, very nice bike, with a first-rate aluminum frame/carbon fork. Barring a basic incompatibility between your body type/the Vita geometry (possible, but unlikely), it should prove very comfortable, as much if not more so than the 7.3 (also a very, very nice bike).

FWIW, I'd try again, but checking the following:
1. Correct frame size
2. Properly set-up/adjusted for you(level saddle, correct saddle set-back and height), and
3. Correct (for your weight) tire inflation. This matters; bike shops often over-inflate tires (for a given rider) either in the mistaken belief that higher pressures = higher speed or to give the illusion of "speed" on a test ride (the latter works because many people associate a 'rough' ride with speed). If this were the case when you tested the Specialized, you'd have one possible source for your discomfort.
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Old 03-12-12, 02:43 PM   #6
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Just don't let them push you on the wrong frame because it's what they have in stock and they're trying to clear out last year's inventory.
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You can't go wrong with either of the two. I say pick the one that fits better and is most comfortable for you.
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I don't like the wide spacing of gears on my FX. If you really want the FX, ask if they can swap the cassette at a nominal cost. Unfortunately, unless you are dropping a bundle on a bike, the shops don't do a lot to help with sizing except to adjust seat height (ask about front to back position) and possibly swapping out the stem. These are both nice bikes and I don't think you'll go wrong with either one. Since you want to do longer rides, fit is important. After you've been on the bike for 20+ miles, a poor fitting bike will be painful.
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thanks everyone. i am going back to the lbs on monday to try out the specialized again and take a longer test ride and play with the fitting. maybe that is the issue. i hope so bc it just felt like a smoother lighter ride than the fx, but couldnt beat the fx comfort. dont get me wrong the specialized is comfortable but not %100 like the trek maybe 90%. plus if you are all saying the specialized is a better bike feature wise i am going to gove it another shot plus im getting a great deal. ill keep you posted. wish the trek and specialized was at the same LBS would prob make this choosing process easier.
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Great idea!
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They are both good bikes. Fit comes first. I'm looking to upgrade my road bike and I don't like the color choices on the bikes I'm looking at. But fit comes first if you want to take longer rides.
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So i picked up my elite today. was fitted as well. very happy with my decision. feels great. rides smooth. great price. thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-26-12, 10:53 PM   #13
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Excellent, toyalien! I like the really light grey bar, stem and seat post on that Vita with the white frame. People often choose the Sirrus, so it would be great if you can provide a short review of the bike after you've ridden it a bit.
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Congrats! I bought a Vita last spring and have been very happy with it. I was in the LBS the other day and saw the white hanging in the shop and I was a little jealous. It's sharp.

One thing-- if you're wanting to put a rack on the back, not all racks are wide enough to reliably be mounted on the bike (the rear dropouts are about 1" wider than on my older Trek). I had an older Delta Mega rack and the stays just didn't want to go wide enough to fit, so I ended up with a Topeak Explorer rack instead. Just a heads up in case you plan on doing some stuff-carrying.
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i actually think the trek fx7.4 is more compatible to the Vita elite. you should check the 7.4 is has better components and a carbon fork.

My wife and I actually were choosing between the 7.4's and the elites ( vita and sirrus ) and chose the specialized, we are ordering them tonight.
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branstone: The OP already purchased the Elite.
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