We have been searching for a bike that fits my wife. As she is out of shape (thus the bike), she can't ride a road bike. We tried on the 7200 (or 7300?) fx at the bike shop. She is 5'3", with short legs for her height. She could not stand over the 15" "universal" (mens) frame they had in the shop.
I had them order the 15" womens frame in the fx model, obviously sight unseen. I'm glad we did. The Womens frame has a much lower sloping straight top tube that she has no trouble standing over. Not to be confused with the one they were trying to sell her with a stepover frame that had a curved top tube. In fact the water bottle is on the lower tube, and my large water bottles won't fit between the two tubes! I think a normal one will barely make it. The seat is a Women specific, and is wide and soft. Much better than the ones on the Univeral frame.
As a road bike person, I like the straight fork on the fx. The shock seems like wasted weight to me, but I could be wrong here. I'm already checking prices on a carbon fork.
I worry about the trigger shifters. I rode it around the block and my large fingers barely fit on the shifter under the brake lever. The lever bends back toward the bar at the shifter location. Maybe there is some adjustment? She says her hands fit fine, but this is a concern to me. As I ride a road bike, the trigger shifters seem nicer then the twist grip shifters. The mountain bike gearing isn't crisp like a road bike, but I guess that's to be expected.
The bike is fairly light, but could be lighter. It comes with 35mm treaded 80psi tires on medium width wheels. I believe that a tire swap to some narrower slicks, and she could ride it long distances. The stock tires prolly make the ride a little softer for now.
In summary, it was worth having them order the womans specific frame. I don't know why they don't stock them in the first place. It isn't as fast as a road bike, but much more comfortable, and much cheaper.