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Old 04-10-16, 10:42 PM
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About to buy Trek FX, need help!

Hey fellas, long time lurker here,

I used to ride 2015 Giant Escape 2 last year, had put about 1200 kms and sold it to a friend.

After that, I bought 2015 Giant Defy 1, but missed riding a hybrid bike It is really fun to ride a road bike, but ONLY on a trail dedicated for road bikes.

I was considering to buy either 7.3 or 7.4. I ended up ordering the 7.3 FX Volt Green, but the delivery is next week. So I still have the chance to "upgrade" to an Orange 7.4.

Luckily 7.3 FX is on sale, regular price is $769, but now it is $699. There is no sale on 7.4 FX, which is $869. The difference is almost $200 after the tax(13% HST). All prices are in Canadian dollar. I would have bought the 7.4 FX if the price difference is less than $100. I rode both and couldn't feel a difference (less than 10 mins riding each). I am trying so hard to justify paying $200 more for the Carbon fork, and Deore RD.

Why am I not looking for Giant or Specialized? Because I bought 3 Giant bikes last year, and I wanted to try something different. Not to mention this year they inflated their prices a lot, in Canada. Specialized bikes are already overpriced, and exceeds my budget.

Long story short, my question is, is it worth paying $200 more for the 7.4 FX?

Thanks in advance

Dan.

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Old 04-11-16, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by dgunay View Post
Hey fellas, long time lurker here,

I used to ride 2015 Giant Escape 2 last year, had put about 1200 kms and sold it to a friend.

After that, I bought 2015 Giant Defy 1, but missed riding a hybrid bike It is really fun to ride a road bike, but ONLY on a trail dedicated for road bikes.

I was considering to buy either 7.3 or 7.4. I ended up ordering the 7.3 FX Volt Green, but the delivery is next week. So I still have the chance to "upgrade" to an Orange 7.4.

Luckily 7.3 FX is on sale, regular price is $769, but now it is $699. There is no sale on 7.4 FX, which is $869. The difference is almost $200 after the tax(13% HST). All prices are in Canadian dollar. I would have bought the 7.4 FX if the price difference is less than $100. I rode both and couldn't feel a difference (less than 10 mins riding each). I am trying so hard to justify paying $200 more for the Carbon fork, and Deore RD.

Why am I not looking for Giant or Specialized? Because I bought 3 Giant bikes last year, and I wanted to try something different. Not to mention this year they inflated their prices a lot, in Canada. Specialized bikes are already overpriced, and exceeds my budget.

Long story short, my question is, is it worth paying $200 more for the 7.4 FX?

Thanks in advance

Dan.
Not if after riding both the 7.3 & 7.4 and you couldn't tell much difference.
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Old 04-11-16, 04:05 AM
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For the extra money, you get a carbon for and acera/deore components. Is it worth it? That's up to you, I would say yes but in your case, but if you're struggling to justify it, I'd go with your gut and not look back. I don't think you'll notice a HUGE difference between the two. Maybe see if they can knock off a little on the 7.4....
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As far as I know, 7.3 FX comes with the Acera FD as well.

The differences are Deore RD, better shifter, and carbon fork.

Since I already have a road bike with mid-high end components (105), I really don't need a high end derailleur on my hybrid bike. As mentioned, I had put about 1200 km on a bike comes with Altus components, so I really don't mind. It is also easy to upgrade derailleurs.

I tried to get a discount on 7.4, but no luck...
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Old 04-11-16, 11:47 AM
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Go with the 7.3. Forks are dirt cheap and you always upgrade to better components when they wear out.

7xx have the same alloy frame but better component spec as you go up in the model range.

Are better components worth the $200 premium? I would say not.
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Old 04-11-16, 09:43 PM
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Stick with the 7.3. I had one. Great bike. Absolutely loved it
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Old 04-12-16, 05:17 AM
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The differences are Deore RD, better shifter, and carbon fork.
Those are the 2 big differences. I thought it was worth it. Ride it for longer then a 10 min bike store ride and I think you'll agree.

Your not feeling the CF fork on a non bumpy ride, and what you won't feel on a short ride is that the Deore RD will stay adjust better and longer then the Acera.

I don't get, I have it on my road bike I don't need it here. Why you want to work harder? Whatever talked you into going a "little better" on your mid level road bike should apply here too!

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Old 04-12-16, 08:28 AM
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IMHO, my carbon fork on my Sirrus is a huge advantage in a better ride!

I would work on that dealer for a bit better price on the 7.4 - as I have always thought the 7.4 was the sweet spot in the FX line. Perhaps, you can talk them into applying the same discount to the 7.4 if you buy today?

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I'm a bit shocked to hear you didn't feel a big difference with the carbon fork vs. the Alu one. My feeling is you probably won't ever regret spending a bit more getting a 7.4, but you might regret going for the 7.3 and then wishing you just spent a little bit more.
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I was looking at the 7.3, but never gave it another glance after riding a 7.5(no 7.4 on hand in my size) to compare, and thinking the difference the carbon fork made on rough pavement was huge.
Kind of wish I'd shopped around longer, since I could have gotten a Jamis Allegro Comp for $650, but didn't realize there was a local dealer at the time. No complaints, I really enjoy the 7.5
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Originally Posted by Jarrettsin View Post
Your not feeling the CF fork on a non bumpy ride, and what you won't feel on a short ride is that the Deore RD will stay adjust better and longer then the Acera.
The 7.3 has an Alivio RD, not Acera. I'm not sure what you mean when you say the Deore will "stay adjusted and better" longer. All (mechanical) derailleurs suffer from cable stretch no matter how expensive they are which is the main factor that degrades shifting performance over time. The limit screws or the b-tension arn't going to just loosen themselves once they've been set.

What you're really paying for on the 7.4 is the carbon fork.
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Originally Posted by dgunay View Post
Specialized bikes are already overpriced, and exceeds my budget.
Have you priced Specialized bikes recently? About a month ago they reduced the prices of a lot of their bikes -- pretty significantly, too. If you haven't checked them out since then, you might be pleasantly surprised at the new prices.

EDIT: Forgot you were in Canada. I don't know if they dropped prices there or not.
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Old 04-13-16, 11:36 AM
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The specialized store in Norway had the same deals as in the states. Should be worldwide I think!
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2016 Sirrus Sport is $780. Still $80 more than what I paid for 7.3. $10 more than the regular price.

By the way, the sale is now over for 7.3, the price went up to $770. At least I got it for $700 and still have chance to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by dgunay View Post
Hey fellas, long time lurker here,

I used to ride 2015 Giant Escape 2 last year, had put about 1200 kms and sold it to a friend.

After that, I bought 2015 Giant Defy 1, but missed riding a hybrid bike It is really fun to ride a road bike, but ONLY on a trail dedicated for road bikes.

I was considering to buy either 7.3 or 7.4. I ended up ordering the 7.3 FX Volt Green, but the delivery is next week. So I still have the chance to "upgrade" to an Orange 7.4.

Luckily 7.3 FX is on sale, regular price is $769, but now it is $699. There is no sale on 7.4 FX, which is $869. The difference is almost $200 after the tax(13% HST). All prices are in Canadian dollar. I would have bought the 7.4 FX if the price difference is less than $100. I rode both and couldn't feel a difference (less than 10 mins riding each). I am trying so hard to justify paying $200 more for the Carbon fork, and Deore RD.

Why am I not looking for Giant or Specialized? Because I bought 3 Giant bikes last year, and I wanted to try something different. Not to mention this year they inflated their prices a lot, in Canada. Specialized bikes are already overpriced, and exceeds my budget.

Long story short, my question is, is it worth paying $200 more for the 7.4 FX?

Thanks in advance

Dan.
I would say it is worth the difference. Can you strike a better deal and maybe get yourself into a 7.4? Maybe check out 2015 stock if they still have it. However, in the end the decision up to you. If you get serious about cycling, the 7.4 will be better down the road.
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If you get serious about cycling, the 7.4 will be better down the road.
In what way?
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I ended up buying green 7.3. I love the color combination of green and black. 7.3 will be my "all-rounder". I don't need to get "serious" about cycling when riding a hybrid bike. Road bike will be the best down the road.

I appreciate your help! Thank you very much guys!

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In what way?
The 7.4 gets you more of a flat bar road bike IMO.
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Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
The 7.4 gets you more of a flat bar road bike IMO.
It's a nice bike but I don't understand your point, sorry. The frame is identical to the 7.3 (and 7.5), the handlebars/grips/seat etc. are all the same, riding posture and geometry are all the same. The shifters and rear derailleur are upgraded, yes, but they're still MTB components. It has a carbon fork, but nothing about it says "road bike" to me or even approaches that territory. It's a hybrid.
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Originally Posted by dgunay View Post
I ended up buying green 7.3. I love the color combination of green and black. 7.3 will be my "all-rounder". I don't need to get "serious" about cycling when riding a hybrid bike. Road bike will be the best down the road.

I appreciate your help! Thank you very much guys!
Congrats!! Seems like you're happy with your decision. Enjoy, that bike will be great for you!! Get a good lock because those things look awesome!
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Thanks.

I really like the handling and comfort.

What I didn't like is, brakes, brakes, brakes!!! But no big deal. It is hard to pull the brake levels, but it is unresponsive and feels spongy. I will upgrade the pads as soon as possible. My wife's Liv Alight 2 and my old Escape's brakes were way better and feels responsive compared to FX.
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Originally Posted by dgunay View Post
Thanks.

I really like the handling and comfort.

What I didn't like is, brakes, brakes, brakes!!! But no big deal. It is hard to pull the brake levels, but it is unresponsive and feels spongy. I will upgrade the pads as soon as possible. My wife's Liv Alight 2 and my old Escape's brakes were way better and feels responsive compared to FX.
Maybe double check with the store that the brakes are properly adjusted.
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Originally Posted by Grey. View Post
It's a nice bike but I don't understand your point, sorry. The frame is identical to the 7.3 (and 7.5), the handlebars/grips/seat etc. are all the same, riding posture and geometry are all the same. The shifters and rear derailleur are upgraded, yes, but they're still MTB components. It has a carbon fork, but nothing about it says "road bike" to me or even approaches that territory. It's a hybrid.
Grey, I understand where you are coming from. I did add thinner tires to mine so to me it is more of a road friendly bike. 8-)
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