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    Trek 7100 v. 7200

    For a "non-rider" - meaning a teen who's going to ride a bike around campus and on recreational weekend rides ranging between 10 and 20 miles - would you recommend the 7100 or the 7200(which costs an additional $80).

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    I was deciding between the same bikes just last week. Consider the 7200 FX. You don't get the suspension fork, but from what I have gathered, the suspensions at that price level aren't really worth it anyway. You get some better components with the 7200FX including a trigger shifter instead of the twist grip shifter. The 7200FX is also about $30 cheaper than the regular 7200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia
    For a "non-rider" - meaning a teen who's going to ride a bike around campus and on recreational weekend rides ranging between 10 and 20 miles - would you recommend the 7100 or the 7200(which costs an additional $80).
    Hi Tricia. I purchased a 7100 last august. I couldn't be happier. The bike has been trouble free, It's comfortable, and the price was very good. I only paid $260 for it. The suspension fork is great. I think a few of the heavier riders have had some problems with it. If you don't weigh over 300 pounds it won't be a problem.

    If I were you. I would ride all 3 bikes. The 7100,7200,7200fx. Either one of these bikes will easily go 20 miles that you were asking about. If you get hooked on cycling you will probably upgrade to a roadbike within a year. If you search the forums you will see that a lot of cyclist started on hybrids and upgraded to roadbikes. You can do a search on the forums and get a lot of valuable info on all these bikes.

    Just type in the search box "trek 7100 " Trek 7200" Trek 7200fx".

    Whichever bike you choose..make sure you get a good fit. Good luck, you can't go wrong with any 3 of these bikes. There all good.

    TREK 7100: Good for 40-60 mile rides?

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    My wife has a 7100, and I a 7200. We love them both. We mostly ride bike paths on 10-20 mile trips, and haven't had any complaints. We are taking a 3 day mini-tour this weekend. I noticed while loading her bike that there is no water bottle fitting on her 7100 frame, but no big deal. I believe that you would enjoy either.

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    I noticed while loading her bike that there is no water bottle fitting on her 7100 frame, but no big deal. I believe that you would enjoy either.
    If I recall correctly. I believe I read on these forums that the 7100 womens bike didn't come with one. I wouldn't like that. I drink a lot of water. lol. My 7100 only has room for one bottle because I had to get the smallest frame. A 15 inch. The bigger frame 7100 have 2 water bottle cages if I remember correctly. Glad yall like your bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia
    For a "non-rider" - meaning a teen who's going to ride a bike around campus and on recreational weekend rides ranging between 10 and 20 miles - would you recommend the 7100 or the 7200(which costs an additional $80).
    I had to make the same decisión a while back and decided for the 7200. You get some better components and after all $80 isn't much when you think how long your bike will last.

    The 7200 is very comfortable, quite fast and very easy to ride. I love mine!

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    I just bought a 7200 and am enjoying it very much. Based on your description, I think a 7100 would be just fine though.

    It seems to me that the 7200FX is more like a road bike, with the handlebars placed more forward to get you in a more aerodynamic position. This may be better for longer rides, worse for commuting. Also, no front suspension fork on the FX. Probably not a big deal, not sure how much non-paved riding you will be doing.

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    I test rode the two bikes and felt that the 7200 rode and shifted vastly better than the 7100 and a relatively minor price differential. That being said me and my gf preferred the Giant Cypress (standard or DX comparables) in everyway and at similar price points.

    There is a substantial difference in ride quality between the 7xxx and 7xxxfx as well as Giant Cypress and Giant FCRs. Former are comfortable true hybrids with suspension forks and meatier tires while latter are really road bikes with upright handlebars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundhawg
    If I recall correctly. I believe I read on these forums that the 7100 womens bike didn't come with one. I wouldn't like that. I drink a lot of water. lol. My 7100 only has room for one bottle because I had to get the smallest frame. A 15 inch. The bigger frame 7100 have 2 water bottle cages if I remember correctly. Glad yall like your bikes.
    I may be wrong but I've never heard of a bike that came with a water cage. That is always an optional accessory ($5-$25) that easily screws onto existing mounting holes on the frame. Hopefully that isn't the deciding factor in purchasing a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sichang
    I may be wrong but I've never heard of a bike that came with a water cage. That is always an optional accessory ($5-$25) that easily screws onto existing mounting holes on the frame. Hopefully that isn't the deciding factor in purchasing a bike.
    I was referring to my wife's 7100 as not having fittings for a water bottle cage, as my 7200 does. Like I mentioned, not a big deal just an obsevation of differences between the two models.

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    I would consider that a significant deficiency esp. for a comfort hybrid bike in that price range.

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    He means no holes for water bottle cages to be mounted in. You can always buy a cage that clamps on the tubing or on the back of the saddle.
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