Salsa Vaya 2; Giant Anthem X4; Trek FX 7.2; Giant Escape 3; Giant Simple Single cruiser
Anyone with a 2015 Trek FX 7.2? How does it do on hills?
I took my new Trek out on a paved trail for a long ride yesterday (previously had just ridden in the neighborhood) and there were a few long inclines. I felt like I was in the caboose of a train barely chugging up a hill. Granted, I was a bit tight and sore from a mtb ride the previous day, and I haven't built much strength yet, so my own fitness is somewhat limiting. And, the bike has a more upright position, so that works against going up hills.....but the bike felt really heavy and not very cooperative! Does anyone else have that experience, too, or can I attribute my difficulty yesterday to just not being strong enough to take on the hills?
Compare the gearing of your two bikes, and take your mtb on the hill. I would almost bet on rider fatigue. My 24lb road bike climbs way better than my 31 lb dual sport. Likely after a rest day or two, the fx would smoke your mtb.
I think its a combination of fatigue, the bike, and the tires. In fact I would say the tires may not be helping you more than fatigue. During a charity ride this summer, with the 700 x 35 tires I was really dragging along. Then comes an incline that goes over a local highway. I have a 7.3 FX and had to walk the bike. Since changing out the tires, there has been a tremendous difference. If you can muster the energy, when coming to an incline, stand up and push those pedals!
If it's anything like the previous version then I'd say not too well. My 2013 7.2 FX weighed at around 27-28 lbs. That's pretty heavy. My Sirrus Elite which weighed 25 lbs climbed much better. Those couple pounds really do make a difference.