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    New Tri Bike

    What started out as "Wow, that's a sweet looking bike" turned into a package deal of 4 bikes, 3 helmets, two bike computers, and more. A couple of weeks ago my two coworkers and I stopped by the LBS to pick up a tube or something. On our way out of the store we noticed the Trek Equinox 7 out on display. We stopped and admired it and then headed back to the office. Upon our return I think we spent the majority of the afternoon scheming how we could talk our wives into letting us get one. We did and yesterday I picked up my new 2005 Trek Equinox 7 tri bike. I had them add the profile-design aero bottle and the new Trek 8i wireless computer. We have yet to take them out on an actual ride because it has been raining here . The weather is supposed to be nice here tomorrow and over the weekend so I'm sure I'll get a chance to ride it on the road soon.


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    damn you are right, that is a nice looking bike

    Have fun with it

    Tyler

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    Very cool - You need to do something nice for the wife now. Cook dinner, clean house - really I'm speaking from experience
    Also, with a frame that looks that sweet I would go with a behind the seat waterbottle cage mount.

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    I love that rear wheel cutout. That bike looks like it is going 30 mph while it's sitting in your house.

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    THAT is hot! Congratulations on the new steed...I am way jealous.

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    Sweet. Can't wait for the ride report.

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    Whoa! Looks amazing....now you'll really be set for your upcoming half IM!

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    Thanks for the replies. She rides as nice as she looks . I took her out for a brief (5 mile) ride today outside and I'm having a hard time getting all of the bugs off of my teeth because I had a permanent ear-to-ear grin on my face for the whole ride. I will be tweaking the fit over the next several rides to get things dialed in.

    MHR: Here is the deal I made with my wife before I bought it. Bike for me - new windows for the house. I'm not looking forward to seeing what that's going to cost.

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    Would you mind telling me which LBS you got yours from as I am in the market for one too.
    You can PM me if your prefer.
    I read a few reviews on the Equinox 7..and it sure has come a long way from the older models.

    About how much does yours weigh?

    Thanks,

    Mike

    Congratulations on the new steed!

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    Blue-Distagon: I bought it from "The Bike Store" located here in Warner Robins, GA. He has a 56cm in stock now. I don't know the cause but for some very strange reason 3 of the 4 bikes were delivered with out of round front tires. The 4th bike may have the same problem - the guy who bought it is out of town so he hasn't had a chance to ride it yet. The guys at the LBS are very cool about it. They are replacing the front tire. Since he only had two replacement tires in stock I have to wait until later in the week to get mine swapped out.

    The bike rides like a dream. I took it out for an hour yesterday. I brought along an allen wrench and made little tweaks in my position and think I have it pretty much dialed in.

    Oh, as far as weight - I don't have any idea. I'll try to get a weight for you this week.

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    Sweet!

    Thanks for taking the time brother!

    I'll give them a call on Monday..and I need a 56, so hopefully they still have it.
    I'll post a pic once I get it.
    I've got a Zipp 404 and Disc from my other bike that I'll end up using on it for races.

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    The 56 was there on Saturday when I stopped by to have them check out the front tire. I hope things work out for you getting it. My coworker brought his in today with his HED wheels on it - it looks sharp.

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    ZachJones-----I was wondering if you have more detailed road reports with your Equinox 7? If so, any pros or cons. I'm about to purchase my first tri bike in the next few weeks and I am undecided between the Trek Equinox 7 and Cervelo Dual (9spd). It seems you get more bang for the buck with the Cervelo and a true tri bike fit unlike the Trek Equinox 7 (2004) version how much better is the "05" model. Any feedback would be greatly appreciative for the new guy. Thank you.

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    Wow! Nice looking ride Zack! You devil! You are as bad as I am. My Guru will be my third bike in under 10 months. I hate when I do that! Oh, and yes, can't you cut a deal with your wife for a nice rear disk wheel, and some type of super aero front (Zipp, HED, etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRude
    ZachJones-----I was wondering if you have more detailed road reports with your Equinox 7? If so, any pros or cons. I'm about to purchase my first tri bike in the next few weeks and I am undecided between the Trek Equinox 7 and Cervelo Dual (9spd). It seems you get more bang for the buck with the Cervelo and a true tri bike fit unlike the Trek Equinox 7 (2004) version how much better is the "05" model. Any feedback would be greatly appreciative for the new guy. Thank you.
    Sure thing. Truth be told if I didn't absolutely fall in love with the look of the Equinox when I first saw it at the LBS I probably would have researched all of the tri bikes in the sub 2000 range and may have ended up with something else. There are some great values out there, but for me it was love at first sight, in fact it was so bad that 3 other guys bought them with me in one big package deal .

    Likes and dislikes:

    Like - the carbon front fork. It really makes for a smooooooth ride.
    Like - the feel of the bike at 20+ MPH. It's one of those machines where it just seems to want to ride faster and faster.
    Like - the seat. I didn't think I would at first but once I got it dialed in for me I've been very pleased with it.
    Like - the look, drop dead sexy.

    Dislike - 175 cranks were standard on the 56 cm and the bike store said they would cut me a deal on a new Bontrager crankset but instead I bought a 105 172.5 crankset off of ebay and saved a bundle in the process.
    Dislike - the weight of the wheels. While they look cool and all of that they are heavier compared to the 32 spoke training wheels. I haven't put the wheels on a scale to confirm but just by hoding them they seem heavier.
    Dislike - Tires. They only hold 100 PSI. Seems 120 - 140 is the norm in tires these days so I'll be replacing them.
    Dislike - Front derailleur. This one really ticks me off. I have had to take the bike back to the shop multiple times to have the front braze on derailleur adjusted. First the bolt holding the cable in place came loose and I couldn't shift into the big ring. Next the whole derailleur slide down on the bracket and would rub the big chain ring. After a few other returns the guys at the LBS contacted Trek who told them they needed a special tool to fix the problem. Of course the LBS does not have that tool so Trek has to send it to them. They were supposed to get the tool today so I should be able to pick up the bike tomorrow. It has better shift like a hot knife through butter from now on. If it doesn't I'll ask for a refund and go find a different tri bike. I will go on record and say that my bike is the only one having any shifting problems. The other bikes shift just fine.

    I didn't have the bike this past weekend when I did a metric century with two of the other guys that bought the same bike. I sure missed being down on the bars like they were. I did manage to do just fine on my old Sora equipped Fuji Ace. I had no issues with Rudy the Roadie this go 'round (see road bike snob thread for Rudy reference).

    Although I've listed several dislikes for the Equinox I still love it and as long as it shifts correctly I'll probably ride it until the wheels fall off. Feel free to ask any other questions about it. I'll be happy to answer them as best I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skydive69
    Oh, and yes, can't you cut a deal with your wife for a nice rear disk wheel, and some type of super aero front (Zipp, HED, etc)
    I'm tryin'. Actually I've seen an 853 steel frame with carbon fork on ebay that I would love to have but she's not buying into the "But Honey, my birthday is coming up routine" . As far as wheels go I really want a pair of Zipp 404 wheels. They would be a nice addition to the bike. I just gotta figure out how to swing that deal . I've been watching them on ebay and am saving my pennies so I can get a set. Of course until I can cycle off these extra pounds I have I have no use for the Zipps. If all goes well you'll get to see the Trek in person when I come down to Orlando next month.
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    Of course the super looks make up for most of the dislikes!
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    I just got a call from the bike shop and Trek has authorized the frame replacement for me Equinox. To make a long story short the front derailleur hanger has been giving me fits and it can't be fixed. Since the Equinox 7 frames are sold out they're replacing it with an Equinox 9 frame. About the only difference between the two frames is the color. Where my 7 was silver the 9 will be red. With luck it'll be ready for me to pick up when I return from Colorado Springs next week.
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    Cool...I actually like the red color. Plus, I have always heard that red bikes go faster! Look out for cops

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    I have always like the equinox, they are nice looking bikes. Unfortunitly I can not seem to get one that fits me... oh well! I guess I have to settle on the cervelo.

    Sounds like you like the bike... enjoy!
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    I've had a 2005 Trek Equinox 9 for a about a month right now. I think wheels are different on the 9 vs. the 7 and I have not had any shifting problems with the front derailleur.
    You are right about the front fork - great fork.
    The bike likes to go fast, 20-30 MPH the thing flies.
    I flipped the seatpost to give it road bike geometry and I seem to enjoy it better that way.

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    We sell the 7, 9, and 11 at the shop where I work now. I've been drooling at them for weeks. I'm entered in my first duathlon (coming up on Sunday, May 1) and I'm going to ride it on my current road bike ('00 Trek 2300) and see how I like it. I love the Tri bikes; they look like a million bucks. I can't imagine spending the money unless I absolutely fall in love with duathlon/triathlon racing though. I might throw a set of aerobars on my road bike though.

    I wouldn't buy the tri bike because I thought it would improve my racing dramatically over the road bike, but rather, because I love new toys! All three of those bikes are beautiful. Like art. Only faster.

    Congrats on the bike!

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    hey......i congratulate you....i got a new bike 2 months ago dude...trek equinox 11. Full carbon, ultegra/dura ace 10 spd...i am telling u..i have never ridden this hard before...i am working on my tri position but for now i can go on aero position for 50 mi staight. Fastest bike.... Bye the way...i am working on my wattage... Take care of that hottie!

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    I've considered buyin a tri bike since I wanna take up tris and dus. But in the roadie forum they said the tris dont hand any where near as well as a road. Also how akward is it at first? I want a bike that I can jam with, and ride in a regular bike ride if needed (I have a regular roading, a commuter, and I wanna get a tri for my new hobby)

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    When I saw the Equinox 7 sitting in the store it was love at first sight, that's why I was disappointed when the LBS rebuilt it on a 9 frame. The silver paint job is so much nicer, IMO.

    guajano: The 11 is very nice, but it was out of my budget

    Elvish Legion: I would disagree with the roadies. I have had very little problem switching between the road and tri bikes. It does take some time to get used to riding in an aero position almost all of the time on the tri bike but after a few rides I was fine. Unless you know you're going to like doing Tris and dus I'd start out with aerobars on your roadie before buying a tri specific bike (unless, of course you're loaded with $$$) .

    FWIW, The new Equinox has been doing well. I've had no major issues with the front derailleur and the rear one has only need a little adjustment due to cable stretch.
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