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    Trek 7500 or 7700?

    I would appreciate some feedback on this burning question. They both seem like nice bikes. Is the 7700 worth the additional ~$400? My LBS is selling their last 2004 model 7700 for $1029, which is $120 below MSRP. That seems like a pretty good deal to me.

    I know "worth" is subjective, but is the jump in quality that noticeable? Help me out here -- I'm trying to justify this purchase. LOL

    Thanks for any assistance!

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    I think you would be happy with the 7700. I have a 7700 and I like it alot. Mine is a 2000 model, but is in new condition. I bought it used with 50 miles on it (according to the seller and I believe him). that said, however, I can't comment on the 7500 since I have never ridden it. But as I see many times in this forum, it goes back to what kind of riding you do. I would say that I'm not sure that $400 worth of "more bike" can be that noticeable.
    Batman2004

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    Trek 7700 specs:
    FULL SPECIFICATIONS

    FRAMESET:
    FRAME: Alpha SL aluminum
    FORK: RockShox Metro Mag

    WHEELS:
    WHEELS: Bontrager Select
    TIRES: Bontrager Invert HC, Kevlar belt, 700x35c

    DRIVETRAIN:
    SHIFTERS: Shimano Deore XT
    FRONT DÉRAILLEUR: Shimano Nexave
    REAR DÉRAILLEUR: Shimano Deore XT
    CRANKSET: Bontrager Select 48/38/28 w/ISIS
    CASSETTE: SRAM 970 11-34, 9 speed
    PEDALS: Shimano M324, clipless

    COMPONENTS:
    SADDLE: Bontrager CRZ
    SEATPOST: Alloy suspension
    HANDLEBARS: Bontrager Bar-Keeper
    STEM: Alloy Ahead, adjustable
    HEADSET: Alloy Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
    BRAKESET: Avid Single Digit 3 w/Shimano Deore XT levers

    Trek 7500 Specs
    FULL SPECIFICATIONS

    FRAMESET:
    FRAME: Alpha SL aluminum
    FORK: RockShox Metro

    WHEELS:
    WHEELS: Bontrager Superstock
    TIRES: Bontrager Invert HC, Kevlar belt, 700x35c

    DRIVETRAIN:
    SHIFTERS: Shimano Alivio
    FRONT DÉRAILLEUR: Shimano Nexave 301
    REAR DÉRAILLEUR: Shimano Deore LX
    CRANKSET: Bontrager Select 48/38/28 w/ISIS
    CASSETTE: SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
    PEDALS: Alloy cage w/clips and straps

    COMPONENTS:
    SADDLE: Bontrager CRZ
    SEATPOST: Alloy suspension
    HANDLEBARS: Bontrager Bar-Keeper
    STEM: Alloy direct connect, adjustable rise
    HEADSET: Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
    BRAKESET: Alloy linear pull w/alloy levers

    OK let's break this down a bit with the 7700 you're getting a better drivetrain (shifters, front and rear dérailleur), a 9 speed set up over an 8 speed, better lighter wheels, a lighter version of the fork. You're also getting clipless pedals which if you use them are a wonderful thing but can easily be ebayed away in favor of a set of platforms. You're essentially comparing a Buick to a Cadillac. The Buick is a wonderful car it has a lot of the whistles and bells of the Caddy, but it's still not a Caddy.

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    Thanks for the info, folks. I did go with the 7700 -- the LBS went down to $950 on it and that clinched the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ormazd
    Thanks for the info, folks. I did go with the 7700 -- the LBS went down to $950 on it and that clinched the deal.
    Congrats on the new wheels

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    Congrats! I have a 7700FX and really like it a lot. I hope you enjoy yours as much!

    Now get out and ride!!

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    Thanks, guys! I'm loving it so far. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ormazd
    Thanks, guys! I'm loving it so far. :-)

    I'm picking up a 7700 FX friday.
    Price: 969.00
    Swapping for 28mm tires in place of the 35mm

    FXjohn

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