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Old 03-08-10, 10:32 PM
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Which bike is the better deal here?

So I am buying my first bike as an adult, and I was planning on buying used. I have two that I am looking at:

Trek 7100 (2007) for $280... comes with fenders and a kickstand. Bike is in excellent condition.
Trek 7.1FX (2009) for $250... also in excellent condition.

I live in Chicago, and will be doing this for mostly recreation and the occasional errands. Nothing extreme. Which would you recommend?
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Old 03-08-10, 11:42 PM
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I'd go with the 7.1FX, but mostly because I think low-end suspension forks make a bike significantly worse than it would be with a rigid fork. They weigh a ton and suck up up your pedaling effort. Other than that, these look like pretty similar bikes.

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Old 03-09-10, 05:07 AM
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I'd go with the 7.1FX. Not my first choice in the FX line - that would be the 7.3, but regardless it's a good solid bike that will serve you well.
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I'll defer to the more expert opinions of CCrew and AndyK on the bikes themselves. I'd agree w/ Andy about the suspension fork, though. Waste of weight if you're not going offroad, too.

I'd also add that with the $30 you'd save on the 7.1FX you could go buy your own new fenders. Or a rack. Or whatever other accessories you need most to get started.
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Old 03-09-10, 01:38 PM
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I'd test 'em both if you can. I really prefer an all rigid bike. I grew up in Pennsylvania and am used to roads being rather dubious on the structural integrity. I did *try* a suspension fork, but I find for road riding, I'm better off using my skill at riding light. Plenty of other people disagree with me on this.

I've also found that some rigid bikes transmit a fair bit of "road noise" to your hands, and others don't. Same deal for suspension... So what really matters is if it's the right bike for you.
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Old 03-09-10, 02:11 PM
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is the 7100 a hybrid? then it might be slower if the 7.1 is a straight bar road bike. test ride them both.
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Well I went out to test ride the 7.1FX.... it road 10x better than my old $100 Huffy I used to have!!! So I told the guy I'd take it.

Not only was it cheaper than the 7100... it is all black which I like better than the "Vivid Blue" the other one was. Thanks for all the help!
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great!
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Congrats on the new bike!
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The MSRP on the 2007 Trek 7100 was $299.00 and the 7.1fx listed for $439.00 in 2009 so getting the 7.1 for $250.00 is a better deal than paying a nearly new price for the 7100.

The 7.1 is described as a "road sport" bike by Trek and is lighter than the 7100 which is probably the more comfortable and plush riding of the two bikes since it is a little more upright and less aggressive in it's set up.
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Thanks again everyone! I've given it a few joy rides and it is miles better than my old Huffy.

I wasn't looking for anything SUPER fancy, just simply a good bike that would help me get back into bike riding (since I haven't done it in almost 8 years). Plus I live in Chicago, and if this bike were to get stolen, I'd feel comfortable about losing $250 compared to $400+!

I have an OnGaurd u-lock on the way. Hopefully it keeps it safe.
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I would get the cheaper bike because it's your first bike.
Should you decide you don't like riding, you wouldn't have had much invested.
Should you decide you really do like it, you wouldn't have had much invested when you upgrade to a much better bike.

Otherwise, the lighter bike is the better choice. In all my years of riding in NYC with all its pot holes and everything, I've never really felt a need for a front suspension. I've ridden with a hard tail, full suspension, fixed gear, road bike with light weight carbon wheels, and now i'm on a flat bar road bike with 700x32's. Unless you're regularly diving into foot deep pot holes, a suspension is heavy and robs energy. Having a rigid fork makes the steering and braking a lot firmer and predicable and the ride a lot more lively.
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Originally Posted by Molson1020 View Post
Thanks again everyone! I've given it a few joy rides and it is miles better than my old Huffy.

I wasn't looking for anything SUPER fancy, just simply a good bike that would help me get back into bike riding (since I haven't done it in almost 8 years). Plus I live in Chicago, and if this bike were to get stolen, I'd feel comfortable about losing $250 compared to $400+!

I have an OnGaurd u-lock on the way. Hopefully it keeps it safe.
You should probably get a cable lock too to lock up both wheels...
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