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Old 11-27-20, 04:21 PM
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Wheel Upgrade

I own a 2016 Trek FX 7.2. It is a reliable bike, but very heavy. I would love to upgrade to an FX Sport 6, but good luck in finding one. My second choice is to upgrade my wheel set like I have done on my road bikes in the past. The problem is I can find nothing on line about recommendations for upgrading Bontrager AT-750 wheels. Donít people upgrade wheels on hybrid bikes? I am looking for some guidance and recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 11-27-20, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by cw65
I own a 2016 Trek FX 7.2. It is a reliable bike, but very heavy. I would love to upgrade to an FX Sport 6, but good luck in finding one. My second choice is to upgrade my wheel set like I have done on my road bikes in the past. The problem is I can find nothing on line about recommendations for upgrading Bontrager AT-750 wheels. Donít people upgrade wheels on hybrid bikes? I am looking for some guidance and recommendations. Thanks.
Not usually unless they fail.
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I would save up and buy another bike before I bought new wheels for that bike.
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Old 11-27-20, 07:20 PM
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I never understood it, on anything other than a road bike I guess for durability? Not for speed, if it is on a road bike then I would hope you are a real racer and have no problem dropping the dough. Diminishing returns and all that.
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Old 11-27-20, 08:39 PM
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Hybrid and Upgrade are two words that just donít go together.

Just ride it till it falls apart.
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Old 11-27-20, 09:01 PM
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There are some nice hybrids out there that could potentially be worth upgrade but a Trek FX from 2016 not really especially not something at or near the base.

I would save the money towards a better bike. Wheels can be upgraded but the drivetrain and many other parts are sub-par so it just isn't worth spending the money unless you need it to keep it running.

Just because it has a flat bar on non-MTB tires doesn't always make it a bad thing. Of course many are cheap mass market bikes but there are some nice ones out there. The Specialized Diverge EVO is pretty neat and certainly is one I might consider putting upgrades on (or maybe not as it is pretty decently spec'd for the average person)
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
I would save the money towards a better bike. Wheels can be upgraded but the drivetrain and many other parts are sub-par so it just isn't worth spending the money unless you need it to keep it running.
While I agree it's not worth upgrading unless something fails, I disagree with "sub-par". The drivetrain is perfectly adequate to provide thousands of miles of trouble free service for the price point of the bicycle, and for most purchasers will provide that service given who and why the bicycle was designed for.
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Originally Posted by dedhed
While I agree it's not worth upgrading unless something fails, I disagree with "sub-par". The drivetrain is perfectly adequate to provide thousands of miles of trouble free service for the price point of the bicycle, and for most purchasers will provide that service given who and why the bicycle was designed for.
Yeah well, that's just like your opinion, man!

It is a cheaper drivetrain to hit a price point not to be reliable and durable. Some of the parts are a small notch above Tourney which is a slight mark above. However again not at or above par.
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Old 11-28-20, 02:23 PM
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Oh no.... it seems there’s no standard for the word “par” here on BF. What will we do????
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Old 11-30-20, 05:50 PM
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if you are riding 700c you have so man options , disc or rim . you could look on merlin cycle they always have a low price for quality wheels like mavic askiums , i bought some vittoria wheels for 171 on their website with a coupon , they are tubeless ready !
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The problem is that usually wheel upgrades cost about the same amount as the bike you're trying to upgrade. Doesn't mean you can't and as suggested someplace like Merlin can get you a better wheel for a decent price that should have no trouble swapping in.
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Old 12-01-20, 08:13 AM
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Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?
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just like all the above posts, nothing to help provide a solution.

contact a builder & be ready for the $.
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Old 12-01-20, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?
Apparently, only in golf.
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Old 12-04-20, 09:58 PM
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Heck if the guy wants new wheels, he should have them. What's a couple of
hundred bucks t make you feel better. Go for it.
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Originally Posted by altondavis2
Heck if the guy wants new wheels, he should have them. What's a couple of
hundred bucks t make you feel better. Go for it.
Exactly! The only purpose of OP's bike is to make one specific person, in the entire world, happy.
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Nice wheels are a good upgrade to any bike IMO. Your wheel is a bit more difficult to find an off the shelf solution due to being 135mm, rim brake, and Al frame. Most premade wheels to fit this will be probably as heavy as what you have now. A bike shop can lace up something up to suit.
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With wheels, weight is only part of the story. Better wheels have better bearings, add some
good tires and that old heavy FX may become the bike of your dreams.
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Originally Posted by cw65
I own a 2016 Trek FX 7.2. It is a reliable bike, but very heavy. I would love to upgrade to an FX Sport 6, but good luck in finding one. My second choice is to upgrade my wheel set like I have done on my road bikes in the past. The problem is I can find nothing on line about recommendations for upgrading Bontrager AT-750 wheels. Donít people upgrade wheels on hybrid bikes? I am looking for some guidance and recommendations. Thanks.
see if your local bike shop (LBS) can build you a set of wheels, or do a search on Amazon or EBay.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?
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Originally Posted by cw65
I own a 2016 Trek FX 7.2. It is a reliable bike, but very heavy. I would love to upgrade to an FX Sport 6, but good luck in finding one. My second choice is to upgrade my wheel set like I have done on my road bikes in the past. The problem is I can find nothing on line about recommendations for upgrading Bontrager AT-750 wheels. Donít people upgrade wheels on hybrid bikes? I am looking for some guidance and recommendations. Thanks.
I did and it was well worth it....I also updated a lot of other stuff on my CrossRip, so ...

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If you want to upgrade, the first thing is to weigh the wheels you have. That will let you know what you have.

I know wheel weight can make a difference to some people. My wife rode a steel Univega for years. I had installed a set of Fulcrum R7 (eBay) lower level trainers when I converted it to a cassette. She got a newer aluminum frame road bike with Alex wheels and complained the bike felt slow. The wheels (no tires, no cassette, no skewers) weighed 2600 grams. Found a set of Fulcrum T’s (eBay) and all is well.

You don’t need $1000 wheels if you have wheels that weigh 5-6 lbs, you just need ones that are much lighter. But if your wheels are already sub-2000 grams, it won’t be worth the money to make a difference.

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Originally Posted by 70sSanO
If you want to upgrade, the first thing is to weigh the wheels you have. That will let you know what you have.
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By the same token the OP can weigh the bike as-is (presumably they've done so,) and while the wheels are removed to be weighed also weigh the rest of the bike. (or calculate it from the known total weigh minus the wheel weight.) That will tell them how much they could possibly save by replacing just the wheels. Going from 30 lb to 28 lb (for instance,) may not make much difference.
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Originally Posted by Aroyobob
Going from 30 lb to 28 lb (for instance,) may not make much difference.
2lbs just off the wheels will probably make a perceivable difference. It did for me on a old steel mtb.

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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?
No, ultra-par or mega-par is good.
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