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Old 09-14-13, 09:13 AM   #1
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Suggestions for my FX 7.2 (Add drop bars? Switch to new bike altogether?)

Hey guys,

I own a Trek FX 7.2 which I love. I ride on packed limestone trails 90% of the time, and the bike handles those just fine. However, I often find myself looking for a more aggressive riding position similar to what a road bike offers.

My question, which of these options would you suggest?

1) Add drop bars to my FX 7.2. Is this even possible? Links to possible solutions?

2) Sell the FX and pick up the Trek Crossrip (it looks like the type of more aggressive position that I am looking for).

3) Sell FX and get a full blown road bike (Keeping in mind I ride on limestone trails, this probably isn't a good idea...unless you have suggestions?

4) Any other suggestions


I am completely lost when it comes to what options are available to mod my bike to what I want, so any advice is MUCH appreciated.
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Old 09-14-13, 09:16 AM   #2
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How old is your 7.2 FX? If it's more than 12 months old, I would sell it for a more road-oriented bike (such as the CrossRip and the Madone).
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I bought it last summer, so just over a year old. How would a true road bike hold up on a gravel trail? I can imagine those skinny tires not being very stable. The crossrip does look appealing to me....has it been receiving good reviews? Are they designed to be more aggressive than a true hybrid?
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I bought it last summer, so just over a year old. How would a true road bike hold up on a gravel trail? I can imagine those skinny tires not being very stable. The crossrip does look appealing to me....has it been receiving good reviews? Are they designed to be more aggressive than a true hybrid?
My 7.5 FX (with 700c x 28 tyres) can handle lightly gravelled trails fine, so I'm sure the CrossRip, with 700c x 32 tyres, would be able to. Can't comment on "true" road bikes as I have absolutely no experience in that category (except for some short test rides).

I see that the CrossRip has a different frame geometry than the FX, although they are both categorized as "Fitness." Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I am would be able to show us how that (and other differences) would affect riding. I'm sure you could install a drop handlebar on your bike to allow for more aerodynamic riding position for road biking, but beyond that, I'm not sure if it's worth spending more to upgrade a "true" hybrid bike compared with buying what's designed to be a road bike.
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If you can, just add a road bike to your 7.2FX. Plenty of people have 2 or more bikes to suit the style of biking you plan to do at the moment. I don't think one bike can do it all...not even a hybrid.
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Hey guys,

I own a Trek FX 7.2 which I love.

1) Add drop bars to my FX 7.2. Is this even possible? Links to possible solutions?

2) Sell the FX and pick up the Trek Crossrip (it looks like the type of more aggressive position that I am looking for).

3) Sell FX and get a full blown road bike (Keeping in mind I ride on limestone trails, this probably isn't a good idea...unless you have suggestions?
1) Drop bars will require new brake and shifter controls (adding some cash to the changeover)
2) It's an option.
3) From what you ride on I would stick with #2

With that said... "I own a Trek FX 7.2 which I love". Maybe hang onto the 7.2 altogether and look for a nice cross bike that catches your eye(?)
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I'd say keep an eye out on your local craigslist for a used cyclocross bike in your size and keep them both. A cyclocross bike can probably cover all the types of riding you want to do, so you could probably sell the 7.4 once you decide you like it. If not, you haven't gotten rid of your 7.4 for nothing. If you know you're going to keep them both and use them for different purposes, you can skip the cyclocross and go for a full on road bike. Either way, used will save you a lot of money if you get something in good repair that fits you.
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Yeah, go for a used cyclocross bike.
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