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    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?

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    It's all about strength. The FX has good gearing and isn't that heavy. Unless a bike is pushing 30 pounds, has a front suspension fork, or has really high gearing... I wouldn't blame the bike.

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    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.

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    The gearing seems pretty forgiving, though the stock tires look fairly heavy. That said, if you are having problems climbing on a Triple chainring with a 32 tooth large cog, it isn't the bike's fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headloss View Post
    It's all about strength. The FX has good gearing and isn't that heavy. Unless a bike is pushing 30 pounds, has a front suspension fork, or has really high gearing... I wouldn't blame the bike.
    Well the 2015 7.2 FX has alpha-silver aluminum instead of alpha-gold. It is heavier but I'm not sure by how much.

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    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!

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    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.

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