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Old 07-14-14, 09:50 PM   #1
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2015 vs 2014 Trek FX 7.2

I am in the market for a Trek FX and noticed that many shops are getting the 2015 models in. I personally like the look of the new models but noticed that they have a lower price tag.

It seems that Trek has once again downgraded the components

2015
Shimano Acera
"Silver grade aluminum frame"

2014
Shimano Alivio
"Gold grade aluminum frame"

These were the only differences I could make out.
The price difference right now is about 50 bucks. I doubt the frame will be much different for a commuter and light rider bike but am curious if the rear derailleur change might be worth the extra money. Try to decide before the 2014 models become difficult to find.
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Old 07-16-14, 07:54 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-06-14, 09:53 PM   #3
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First post ever on this site but wanted to say I just got a 2015 7.2 FX as they had none of the 2014 versions in the fame I needed (22.5). I too was somewhat concerned about the changes from the 2014 to the 2015 and thought maybe I should look around some more, but I finally decided to just buy the 2015 model since it was only $499 and available in the next couple days.

Well I just picked it up and I love it so far. I haven't seriously ridden a bike in 10 years but for what I need it is perfect and I plan on using this bike as a stepping stone to a road bike in the next year or two.

Honestly, you could keep reading spec sheets and over analyzing everything (I do this all the time) or you can go to your LBS and buy a bike and start riding.
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Old 08-07-14, 08:03 PM   #4
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wahoochuck nice point: "Honestly, you could keep reading spec sheets and over analyzing everything (I do this all the time) or you can go to your LBS and buy a bike and start riding."

There is the temptation everytime you step into the LBS. I have an '06 7.3 FX, which I picked up off local CLIST earlier this year. I love the bike, yes it has the "heavier" frame and wider tires but I really like the bike. I went to the LBS and the '14 7.3 FX did not impress me, on the other hand the 7.4 FX is sweet! However, the 7.4 FX has the same components as my 7.3 (Shimano Deore), perhaps with newer tech but how different can it be?
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Old 08-07-14, 08:47 PM   #5
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There was a bit of confusion with the spec changes on the new 7.2 FX. I recently contacted Trek to help get things cleared up a bit, and I also wrote up the differences between the 2014 and 2015 versions here. I hope that helps.
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Old 08-08-14, 05:22 AM   #6
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Agree with wahoochuck on getting all cross-eyed over the spec sheets. The differences between the 2014 and 2015 7.2 are likely only meaningful to the type of rider shopping above that model level anyway.
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Old 08-08-14, 07:05 PM   #7
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Agree with wahoochuck on getting all cross-eyed over the spec sheets. The differences between the 2014 and 2015 7.2 are likely only meaningful to the type of rider shopping above that model level anyway.
I agree. There is just that time before purchase where you obsess over everything. I ended up buying a specialized sirrus.
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Old 08-09-14, 07:05 AM   #8
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^^^ Excellent. Pics, then ride the heck out of it.
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Old 09-03-14, 11:39 AM   #9
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Just bought a Trek 7.2 FX chi red from LBS. Surprised to see the frame is "Gold Aluminum" instead of "Silver", the Rear Derailleur is Shimano Alivio. The price is $450. Very happy about it!
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Old 09-03-14, 01:22 PM   #10
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Just bought a Trek 7.2 FX chi red from LBS. Surprised to see the frame is "Gold Aluminum" instead of "Silver", the Rear Derailleur is Shimano Alivio. The price is $450. Very happy about it!

The frame is actually Silver mislabeled as Gold as explained by Lanovran in this thread. It's also explained why some 7.2's will have the Alivio rear derailleur. Congrats on the new bike.:

2015 Trek 7.2 FX Confusion
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