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    trek 7.2 fx vs 7.2 disc

    I have decided to purchase a trek 7.2 fx but I canít decide / fully understand, the difference between the trek 7.2 fx with rim brakes vs. trek 7.2 disk. And what is the quality of the disc brake vs. rim.

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    The rim brakes will stop you great. The disc brakes will stop you great even when you've been riding in water. And over a few thousand miles the disc brakes won't wear out your wheels.

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    Also, disc brakes weigh more.
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    I rode the trek 7.1 for 3 years (before I started riding a road bike) and loved it.
    Question - A fellow cyclist I know was trying to figure out if the components on the disc brakes were as good as the rim brakes, or if trek is skimping on a tad on the quality of disc brakes to give you the "best technology" - don't know...maybe someone else out there has an idea....

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    Discs are the future of bicycle braking.......... to me it would be a no brainer................. IMHO

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    DISC, DISC, DISC...Don't go with rim brakes...it's so 20th century ;-) Disc brakes give you better stopping power, wont ruin your rims, will last much longer, will look much better... If you worry about the weight difference - just eat few less raisins before the ride.
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    Interesting. I looked up the two bikes. Trek used to spec their FX Discs with alloy forks,now this one has a Cro-Mo one. And the plain FX has a Hi-Ten one. So it looks like they've upgraded the fork on the Disc model.

    Aj Art: the two are pretty much the same except for the fork and brakes. The discs will add some weight,but the fork will be a tad lighter,so weigh between the two is a wash. If you're only going to ride in nice weather,and are on a tight enough budget that $50 means alot,then the plain FX will be fine. If you're going to ride in all weather,the Disc model is worth the extra dosh.

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    Disk all the way. I just got my first set of DB's on a new Trek 3500. Rim style is history for me. They stop sooo much better and are much more predictable wet or dry. Also, that "heavier" issue is a Non issue IMHO.
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    I don't commute with the bike---only for leisure. That means I don't bike when it's raining out. With that said, disc brakes don't offer me anything. low end disc brakes suck, let's be honest. If you need your bike to withstand all weather conditions, by all means get the disc brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themishmosh View Post
    I don't commute with the bike---only for leisure. That means I don't bike when it's raining out. With that said, disc brakes don't offer me anything. low end disc brakes suck, let's be honest. If you need your bike to withstand all weather conditions, by all means get the disc brakes.
    +1.

    Low end v brakes with kool stop pads work far better, are far lighter and far easier to keep in adjustment. All for a much lower price.

    Get some kool stop salmon pads instead of mechanic disc brakes.

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    I have the 2013 model 7.2fx Disc. I initially didn't really care about the disc brakes and the only reason I chose it is because that's the only model the LBS had in stock. I'm happy with them so far and have been riding in all weather for about a year now with no complaints. I see why people might worry about the weight of them but honestly if you aren't racing i don't think that would be a problem.

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