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Old 12-23-13, 08:12 PM   #26
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Italia1970 is correct about the pricing... the best 'bottom line price' I can get on a 7.5 is $1000. It appears you found a bargain that's a winner for either choice.
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Old 12-23-13, 10:06 PM   #27
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Italia1970 is correct about the pricing... the best 'bottom line price' I can get on a 7.5 is $1000. It appears you found a bargain that's a winner for either choice.
right about which part?
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I find it difficult to believe that a 48/11 high gear isn't high enough.
Personally, I'd get the 7.3FX and change the cassette & tires to something that would better fit my needs.
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Old 12-25-13, 08:30 PM   #29
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The overall lower gearing on the 7.4 is better gearing for your situation. The 7.4 has smaller gears on the crank which is better for climbing while the 7.5 has larger gears on the crank which is better for top-end speed. Also the lower gearing will result in faster peddeling which means better cardio workout. The higher gears would be for building leg strenght.
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The overall lower gearing on the 7.4 is better gearing for your situation. The 7.4 has smaller gears on the crank which is better for climbing while the 7.5 has larger gears on the crank which is better for top-end speed. Also the lower gearing will result in faster peddeling which means better cardio workout. The higher gears would be for building leg strenght.
The compact crankset will also give you an aerobic workout. The triple crankset will also give you leg strength.
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The compact crankset will also give you an aerobic workout. The triple crankset will also give you leg strength.
You misrepresent what I say then use that misrepresentation to criticize me. I did not say you cannot get an aerobic workout on a compact crankset. Nor did I say you will not gain leg strength on a triple crankset. What I said is a crankset with higher gearing is better for gaining leg strength and a crankset with lower gearing is better for an aerobic workout. I stand by that statement.
Apparently you have nothing to do but to go around trying to find reasons to criticize people.
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Old 12-27-13, 10:09 AM   #32
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I drew the same inferences from your statement; and, all CFR did, was to clarify(after quoting your complete post)................ Where's the rub?
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You misrepresent what I say then use that misrepresentation to criticize me. I did not say you cannot get an aerobic workout on a compact crankset. Nor did I say you will not gain leg strength on a triple crankset. What I said is a crankset with higher gearing is better for gaining leg strength and a crankset with lower gearing is better for an aerobic workout. I stand by that statement.
Apparently you have nothing to do but to go around trying to find reasons to criticize people.
Sorry that you read my post as a form of criticizing you.
Let me clarify my post...
In my experiences of owning and also currently using a range of gearing, the gear ratios are for tackling different ascents / grades. In my opinion unless you are on a single speed, the gearing ratio on multiple geared bikes can be used for both forms of excersize.
mrtuttle accused me of having nothing to do but to go around trying to find reasons to criticize people. I appologise to all members I have personally critisized. I didn't realize my opinons equalled personal attacks or personal critisizm.
I will be careful in the future. m(. .)m
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+1 on the 7.4.
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Old 12-28-13, 11:17 AM   #35
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I would be torn. I would say the 7.4 with the Isozone frame damper part is cool. (I didn't get to ride a 7.5 so I can't say whether it makes a significant difference. To be sure, it's not really a "shock", it's just a "damper" and so may be more gimmick than reality but I think we could say similar things about front fork materials, blah, blah, etc.)

I'm not a fan of 28cm tires as I think the 32cm's are my favorite tire size (at least for hybrid) but that's my personal taste. In fact, dare I say a 32cm tire might (*might*) make up for the Isozone's damping & nullify the need for 7.5 anyway??? (except for any component upgrades you might like).

So in a nutshell, I guess I'm saying 7.4 too with a wandering eye for that Isozone damper which I can live without.
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Since I had so many tire sizes to compare, I spent a day switching tires, just for comparisons. Started with a 45, and settled on a 40 for the rear, and a 35 for he front.

The 40 gave a real nice ride, and increased capacity. The 45 on the rear, was no improvement over the 40. The 35 on the front didn't sacrifice ride quality, but sure improved steering and handling.

35 on the rear, no improvement in anything, and poorer ride quality.

A 32 on the front made no difference compared to the 35. But, was slightly harder riding. I could feel the difference in my arms.

That is now my go to tire size ----- a 40 on the rear, and a 35 on the front. I love the mix.

Don't be afraid to mix sizes, to find what works the best for you.....

And, since they are both Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, you would have to look awfully close to know they are different sizes.
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Old 12-31-13, 09:57 PM   #37
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Hello folks... thanks for the awesome advice and comments regarding my question. I made a decision between the 7.4 & 7.5 and choose the 7.4 (see pic attachment). Based on your feedback it seems like the 7.4 fits my needs best. I've said speed and distance is not a concern for me and a bike for cardio fitness suited me best (previous mild heart attack). The 7.5 appears to be a great bike but seems to be a bit more of a road bike than standard bike trail. I'm in the process of fine tuning the bike to fit me and the dealer is very dedicated to ensure I'm satisfied. Once again, thanks for the great feedback - it's been most helpful (with the exception of giantcfr1) !!! safe travels!
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Great choice in the 7.4. I think Trek has got the styling down and excellent components for the price, the grips and pedals are a step above the other big makers at the same pricepoint.
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Went with the "sepia" color on that one, eh? Not my favorite, but it kind of grows on ya. Anyway, I hope that you enjoy your new ride!
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Lanovran: Yep... not sure about the Sepia color either - but other choice (flat black) wasn't too appealing to me so went out on a limb with this one. Like you say though....it kinda grows on you. I almost went with the 7.5 simply due to a better color choice (gloss black) - but I didn't think it made good sense.
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...Once again, thanks for the great feedback - it's been most helpful (with the exception of giantcfr1) !!! safe travels!
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Hello folks... thanks for the awesome advice and comments regarding my question. I made a decision between the 7.4 & 7.5 and choose the 7.4 (see pic attachment). Based on your feedback it seems like the 7.4 fits my needs best. I've said speed and distance is not a concern for me and a bike for cardio fitness suited me best (previous mild heart attack). The 7.5 appears to be a great bike but seems to be a bit more of a road bike than standard bike trail. I'm in the process of fine tuning the bike to fit me and the dealer is very dedicated to ensure I'm satisfied.
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Since I had so many tire sizes to compare, I spent a day switching tires, just for comparisons. Started with a 45, and settled on a 40 for the rear, and a 35 for he front.

The 40 gave a real nice ride, and increased capacity. The 45 on the rear, was no improvement over the 40. The 35 on the front didn't sacrifice ride quality, but sure improved steering and handling.

35 on the rear, no improvement in anything, and poorer ride quality.

A 32 on the front made no difference compared to the 35. But, was slightly harder riding. I could feel the difference in my arms.

That is now my go to tire size ----- a 40 on the rear, and a 35 on the front. I love the mix.

Don't be afraid to mix sizes, to find what works the best for you.....

And, since they are both Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, you would have to look awfully close to know they are different sizes.
Thank you for this perspective, I'll probably do something quite similar when I get my hybrid.
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