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Sirrus Pro vs Trek FX 7.5 vs Long Haul Trucker

Old 06-07-13, 03:57 PM
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Sirrus Pro vs Trek FX 7.5 vs Long Haul Trucker

Looking for a tough bike for commuting in Chicago. Been a mountain bike rider all my life and am ready for a more road-y bike. I'm also 6'6" and looking for the biggest frame I can get.

I tried out the LHT yesterday and just don't know if I can make the move over to that type of position. I have quite a bit of knee pain. I read somewhere where the LHT can take the pressure off your knees cause the way you're positioned.

I love the size and the steel of the LHT, but I'm crazy paranoid!! and riding around Chitown -> I never ever take my hands off the brakes. I also can't see myself ever going all the way down to the lower grip. So do commuting folks ride this bike with the back of the brakes between the forfinger and thumb? That seems like it would get awful painful after a while.

So if I can't pull the trigger on the LHT > what would be the better option?
2012 Trex FX 7.5 @800 or 2012 Sirrus Pro @1050?
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If you want extra brake levers on the tops, you can probably get those.
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I think you're asking about riding on the brake hoods? Yes, I ride there almost all the time. It's not painful. You need to be sure you have the bars and stem (and saddle) adjusted properly for YOU, however. The trend these days is to have a sky-high saddle on a too-small frame with a very low and tilted forward stem & bar setup. This is fine if you're racing, but for most people it makes no sense. The bars should be around level with the saddle, and should be rotated so that the tops to the hoods is almost flat. This is all in my opinion, of course, but really, setup is a big deal when it comes to comfort.
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