Join Date: Jul 2014
Bikes: Trek FX 7.2 - 2015
Timely question, as I have a little insight into this. On Saturday, I bought a 7.2 2014 version from Scheels. I bought it a frame size to small, so I went to return it and exchange it for a 20''. They didn't have any more 20'' 2014's, and they just received their first 2015 bikes that day. For some reason, they had it on sale for $449 as opposed to the MSRP 499. You're right that the frame is different. It is noticeably heavier when you pick it up. As for riding it, I haven't found that to slow me down yet, but I'm also extremely new to cycling (I haven't rode a bike since I was a kid, and I'm now 29.)
I took the 2014 version on two, 12 mile trips and I've so far taken the 2015 on one 12 mile trip. As for the derailleur... it still seems to shift pretty smoothly too me. Again, I can't stress enough how new I am to biking, so my opinion is unfortunately not worth much, and I have nothing to compare shifting to except between the two, and I didn't notice much difference. I really liked the ride and didn't find the extra weight to be much of an issue for me at all.
I guess my question for you is what type of biker are you? If you're new like me, I think you'll be very happy with the 2015. If you're an experienced rider looking for a lighter frame and it's going to bother you knowing there's a bit of extra weight on this bike, maybe you want to look for the 2014. As for me, I'm really happy with the $100 price break I got.
Last edited by Cyclonefever; 07-16-14 at 07:59 AM.