Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: ORL FL
Bikes: 1997 Motobecane Nomad 300
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Thanks for the replies...
I just picked up my 9th District bike, and it looks awesome - the pictures online do not do it justice. Minimal Trek branding, so people will always be wondering: "what kind of bike is that?" The ride is also excellent: a little stiffer than the FX, but a comfy seat solves that problem. The wheelbase is shorter for the 9th District and you can feel it - very quick response but without being jerky.
I had not considered the SRAM trigger configuration. As Dunbar indicated, it is in fact shift-up and down with your right thumb (two different levers for each function). I prefer the thumb-finger configuration of the Shimano trigger (as on the FX), but for me the SRAM trigger is just a minor thing to get used to. The 9 gear cassette in the back is plenty for my purposes - especially here in FL where the steepest incline is an overpass.
For those who are curious the 54 cm size weighs in at 22 pounds. That's about a pound lighter than the 7.5FX 20 inch frame (I thought the FX would come out lighter given its carbon fork). I think the lighter weight and $200 difference cliched my decision in favor of the 9th District.
Overall, I highly recommend this bike, especially for anyone who does not need a double or triple crank. If my LBS actually kept some of these in stock, I'm sure they would sell more of them. I had to "special order" mine, but it did not take long to arrive.