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    My 2013 Trek 7.7 FX Carbon Hybrid Bike

    Got this about a month ago. Finally got to take some pics. It rides really well and is fast for a hybrid. It replaces a heavier aluminum Trek with disc brakes. Really enjoying it. Fully loaded with pedals, saddle bag, it's right around 20.5 lbs for my 58cm.












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    What are the main differences between this and a madone other than drop bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    What are the main differences between this and a madone other than drop bars?
    Almost identical to the Madone 3.1, except bars, 105 shifters and rear derailleur on the Madone, where as the 7.7 is full Tiagra.

    Tiagra shifts very well, no complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangpang77 View Post
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    Tiagra shifts very well, no complaints.
    Gone are the days when Tiagra was concidered of low quality. Shimano has raised the bar well and truely with Tiagra. It's beautiful stuff now.
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    Incredible looking bike - I really like the way you have personalized it. Could you tell us more about the handlebars?
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    Dude, that's my bike!!! Right down to the handlebars! I ordered a 60cm and it came in damaged and there's not another one to be had right now, so I've been waiting for 3 weeks. Argh... It looks like a real beaut.

    The handlebars are the Bontrager Satellite Elite Carbon Trekking http://bontrager.com/model/04996 and are easily the best mod I've done to my Mendota. I already have another one here waiting on the 7.7. Picked them both up on eBay for a little over $100 each. I much prefer the horns on the bar to bar ends which I also used to have on the Mendota, but took them off as I didn't use them.

    Congrats on a sweet ride.
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    Talking Sweet!

    Certainlly better then my Mom's Trek 7100, or my Grandma's Trek Navigator 2.0. You say Taigra, I have Taigra as well on my Trek 1.2! So you also have 18 speeds? Wow though, I never thought they would make a FX bike outa carbon! I thought those bikes were just the ones some suburban parents would get knowing nothing about bikes, and they would get an aluminum one because they want the price and the excersize, amd then 2 months later, the bikes they bought are hanging on the cieling in thier garage with thier mnivan parked under, and thier kids are inside eating patato chips and drinking cream soda! Anyway... It must be a great bike if ur comparing it to a Madone!!! Have fun on da beast!

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    It has a 10 speed rear, so 20 speed. The frame IS the Madone 3.1 frame, hence the comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingbub View Post
    Certainlly better then my Mom's Trek 7100, or my Grandma's Trek Navigator 2.0. You say Taigra, I have Taigra as well on my Trek 1.2! So you also have 18 speeds? Wow though, I never thought they would make a FX bike outa carbon! I thought those bikes were just the ones some suburban parents would get knowing nothing about bikes, and they would get an aluminum one because they want the price and the excersize, amd then 2 months later, the bikes they bought are hanging on the cieling in thier garage with thier mnivan parked under, and thier kids are inside eating patato chips and drinking cream soda! Anyway... It must be a great bike if ur comparing it to a Madone!!! Have fun on da beast!
    Pretty close to my story, but the results turned out a bit different than the stereotype. I bought a 2011 Trek Mendota (aluminum hybrid with disc brakes) last August of last year, rode it and rode it and never stopped, loved it, bought a trailer to pull my 3 and 6 year olds and lost 40 lbs. in the process. Fell in love with riding, bought a Cervelo R3 for my personal riding. Recently, taught a friend go from not knowing how to ride (she's 21) to riding 20-30 miles a day. She loved my Mendota, and bought it from me. I wanted a nice replacement for casual riding pulling the trailer and also to get my wife into riding (she shares the FX with me, I bought a quick release for the seats, her setting is about 2 inches lower and she rides the bike as well and I get on my road bike).

    So there's the story. I know I'll ride this for years, so the investment has been worth it to me given the health and overall well-being! So no, this will not be hanging in the garage.
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    Well thats great that such a nice bike is going to get enjoyed and used rather then the stereotype.


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnread View Post
    Incredible looking bike - I really like the way you have personalized it. Could you tell us more about the handlebars?
    It is the Bontrager Carbon Trekking handlebar. I took it off of my Trek Mendota. It's carbon, therefore very light, but the best thing, is it allows me to tuck lower to ride faster, much closer to a road bike position for times I really want to go fast. The natural position of the hybrid limits the aggressive stance. But this bar provides that. Loved it, so brought it on to my new bike.

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    That is a freakishly nice handlebar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    It has a 10 speed rear, so 20 speed. The frame IS the Madone 3.1 frame, hence the comparison.
    stay on top of your chain maintenance and replace it when it seems even a little bit 'stretched'. those 2x10 FSA front cranksets are soft, and the gear teeth will wear out quickly. stay on the big ring in front as much as possible, so you're not using the smaller cassette cogs with the small front. the small chainring in front should be used strictly for hill climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Gone are the days when Tiagra was concidered of low quality. Shimano has raised the bar well and truely with Tiagra. It's beautiful stuff now.
    Tiagra is not as quiet or as buttery as Ultegra, but shifting comes close to the SRAM Rival I have on the road bike.

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    Do the red bar ends come with the handlebars or are they bought separate? I am looking for something like that.

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    the Ergon GP3, GP5 grips have nice molded integral bar ends, but they are dark grey.

    these are the GP-3 ...



    and these are the GP-5



    which are darn near half-way to trekking bars :-O

    (both those pics shamelessly swiped from da net)


    oh, big warning. the Ergon grips say "NOT FOR USE ON CARBON BARS", presumably because the clamp on the end would crack the carbon? also, each version of the Ergon grips come in like 4 variations, small vs large hand size, and normal vs short (for use with twist-grip shifters).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bghill1 View Post
    Do the red bar ends come with the handlebars or are they bought separate? I am looking for something like that.
    I got them from aliexpress.com

    Search for ergon

    One seller:
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Topea...507344018.html

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    heh, aliexpress == chinese ebay equivalent.

    thats a discontinued model. the GC-x are now GP-x and AFAIK, they only come in dark grey and cork.

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    What sizes are the cogs on the cassette?? I've shy'ed away from the thought of a carbon hybrid as them seem to come with the knee killer cassette's (11-25 or 26) on them, yours looks like a more, hybrid style cassette.
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    cassettes are like $12-25 for normal quality ones, so switching them is no big deal, as long as you stay within the range of the derailleurs.

    I just swapped my hybrid from an 8 speed 11-32 to a 13-26 to get closer spaced gears. Found an HG50 on amazon for $11 something and combined the order with something else to get free shipping. Hard to beat. LBS charged me $5 to swap it when I brought them the wheel. Since my front has a 28t granny, 28:26 is plenty low enough to climb most anything I'll be going up while maintaining reasonable spin rate. I tested it on the 300 foot climb in a mile that I live up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjjoondo View Post
    What sizes are the cogs on the cassette?? I've shy'ed away from the thought of a carbon hybrid as them seem to come with the knee killer cassette's (11-25 or 26) on them, yours looks like a more, hybrid style cassette.
    It's a 12-30, here are the detailed specs:

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ness/fx/7_7_fx

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    heh, aliexpress == chinese ebay equivalent...
    You can get some great "Chinarellos" from the old Alibaba group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierce View Post
    the Ergon GP3, GP5 grips have nice molded integral bar ends, but they are dark grey.

    these are the GP-3 ...



    and these are the GP-5


    which are darn near half-way to trekking bars :-O

    (both those pics shamelessly swiped from da net)


    oh, big warning. the Ergon grips say "NOT FOR USE ON CARBON BARS", presumably because the clamp on the end would crack the carbon? also, each version of the Ergon grips come in like 4 variations, small vs large hand size, and normal vs short (for use with twist-grip shifters).
    I have the Ergon GP3's and love em. However they do get loose sometimes and you need to tighten them up a little after 2 or 3 runs. I think they could have come up with a better mechanism for securing the grips on the handlebar. It's not a deal breaker by any means but just an FYI. As well, I would recommend getting the large grips for anyone. I have fairly small hands and the large size feels about right. I mean the small size must have been meant for a teen if the large fits perfect for me. Otherwise great grips and I'm glad I went with the GP3's over the 2 or 5's.

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    I found I had to really loosen the screw and make sure they were pressed ALL the way onto the bar while twisting them back and forth before tightening.... When I tightened them so the 'slot' in the clamp was just about touching, they were totally tight and haven't moved.

    Actually, I put them on only sort of tight for my test ride, and fine tuned the position, THEN fully tightened them. I found they were more comfortable on the longer rides when the 'wing' on the grip was higher than I initially thought, so my palm was more inline with my forearm when it was resting on them. I also ended up with the end extenders lower than I expected so when I'm holding the ends, my hands are almost in the position they would be 'riding the hoods' of a drop bar.

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    I had the issue of slippage of regions on the carbon bars. But for some reason the ones I got from Aliexpress can really clamp down well.

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