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Verve 3 or FX 7.3

Old 08-28-16, 08:46 AM
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Verve 3 or FX 7.3

Well let me introduce myself:

My name is Steve Perry and I hale from Daytona Beach, FL. I am 6 ft 3 inches tall and as of the latest weigh in 238 lbs. I am just getting back into biking and I purchased a Trek Verve 3 on 8/3/16. Next week I can either bring it back to the lbs for a 30 day tuneup, or do an even exchange for the FX 7.3.

I test drove the flat black 2016 fx 7.3 yesterday and kind of like it. I only drove it around the parking lot. Of course I am not sure about the seat, but like the lightness and it seemed to roll faster on the narrower tires with the higher air pressure.

The Verve is a nice bike it is heavier and not sure how much I like the front suspension or seat suspension. I can still feel the bumps thru the seat and handlebars. I mostly ride on city streets and commute 2 to 3 times a week. This cycling stuff is pretty cool since I have lost some weight doing it. What kind of advice can you guys give me. It seems the Verve is limited in how far and fast it can go sine it is more a comfort. Ike and therefore has more upright seating. Might be looking for a little more speed and a bike I can grow into.
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Old 08-28-16, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by purptiger View Post
Well let me introduce myself:

My name is Steve Perry and I hale from Daytona Beach, FL. I am 6 ft 3 inches tall and as of the latest weigh in 238 lbs. I am just getting back into biking and I purchased a Trek Verve 3 on 8/3/16. Next week I can either bring it back to the lbs for a 30 day tuneup, or do an even exchange for the FX 7.3.

I test drove the flat black 2016 fx 7.3 yesterday and kind of like it. I only drove it around the parking lot. Of course I am not sure about the seat, but like the lightness and it seemed to roll faster on the narrower tires with the higher air pressure.

The Verve is a nice bike it is heavier and not sure how much I like the front suspension or seat suspension. I can still feel the bumps thru the seat and handlebars. I mostly ride on city streets and commute 2 to 3 times a week. This cycling stuff is pretty cool since I have lost some weight doing it. What kind of advice can you guys give me. It seems the Verve is limited in how far and fast it can go sine it is more a comfort. Ike and therefore has more upright seating. Might be looking for a little more speed and a bike I can grow into.
Definitely the FX 7.3, it is a pretty good bike.
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Old 08-28-16, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by purptiger View Post
Well let me introduce myself:

My name is Steve Perry and I hale from Daytona Beach, FL. I am 6 ft 3 inches tall and as of the latest weigh in 238 lbs. I am just getting back into biking and I purchased a Trek Verve 3 on 8/3/16. Next week I can either bring it back to the lbs for a 30 day tuneup, or do an even exchange for the FX 7.3.

I test drove the flat black 2016 fx 7.3 yesterday and kind of like it. I only drove it around the parking lot. Of course I am not sure about the seat, but like the lightness and it seemed to roll faster on the narrower tires with the higher air pressure.

The Verve is a nice bike it is heavier and not sure how much I like the front suspension or seat suspension. I can still feel the bumps thru the seat and handlebars. I mostly ride on city streets and commute 2 to 3 times a week. This cycling stuff is pretty cool since I have lost some weight doing it. What kind of advice can you guys give me. It seems the Verve is limited in how far and fast it can go sine it is more a comfort. Ike and therefore has more upright seating. Might be looking for a little more speed and a bike I can grow into.
I say this all the time. Buy the bike a somewhat fitter version of yourself would want to ride. The reason being, those comfort features mostly slow you down. And, something like an FX isn't a time trial bike. It is purpose built for rides between 10 and 30 miles. The Verve is more of a bike built for rides of 5 to 10 miles. Not a huge fan of Trek but if given a choice, I would go with the FX 7.3.
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Old 08-28-16, 06:39 PM
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I have a 7300 which is an older version of the Verve 3 and I'd probably prefer the FX 3. I do have over 3500 miles on the 7300 but like others have said for longer rides I like my Cross Check much better.
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Old 08-28-16, 07:09 PM
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With the Verve, you'll look at replacing it once you start to ride more. I picked up a used Verve 3 for a good price when I started riding, but replaced it when I found a Sirrus Sport (similar to FX). However, my dad fell in love with the Verve and now has it.
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Old 08-28-16, 07:16 PM
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I own both, actually the verve 3 is my wife's in the male version but she never rides it, and if I had to choose one over the other, I would keep the fx7.3.

The verve 3 is a nice bike and its very comfortable, but it is a slower bike. You have to decide how you are going to use the bike. If you are going to ride slow and recreationally then go with the verve. If you want to ride longer distances and get serious about speed,etc, then go fx7.3.

although all this is moot if you really get serious and after a year or so, you just go for a road bike. the fx7.3 won't go as fast as a good road bike.
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Old 08-28-16, 07:25 PM
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although all this is moot if you really get serious and after a year or so, you just go for a road bike. the fx7.3 won't go as fast as a good road bike.
I second. This is whee I am at now and am eying drop bar bikes.
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Old 08-28-16, 07:58 PM
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FX 7.3 will be the better bike long term. IMHO
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Old 08-29-16, 04:45 PM
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I can't afford a drop handlebar road bike. Is a nice dream though.
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I can't afford a drop handlebar road bike. Is a nice dream though.
Yes, you can. You posted a thread about the Fx 7.4, which costs the same as an entry level road bike.
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my wife has an fx 7.5 and a nice cf road bike...for rides less than 30 miles, she prefers the FX. It is right at home on most surfaces except all out stuff that you would want an MTB for.
When we are doing the MUP in the area it does just fine, she does not push it too much but averages around 14 mph on it...won't compete with road bikes on smooth surfaces, but it is a great all around bike... I am not sure if it is still true or not, but for years the FX series was Treks number one seller...
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Old 08-30-16, 05:56 PM
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Yes, you can. You posted a thread about the Fx 7.4, which costs the same as an entry level road bike.
I don't see a Trek model below $1000.
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Originally Posted by purptiger View Post
I don't see a Trek model below $1000.
You need to look a little harder.
1 Series | Trek Bikes

Edit. Giant has two road bikes under $1,000. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...contend/26003/

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FX or get a road bike. Steel if possible
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