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Old 06-26-18, 03:45 AM
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Help please - new to this and need input/advice

I rediscovered biking after taking an 11 year sabbatical. I found that I'm still very passionate about this and am now ready to buy a new bike after riding my old (very) bike the last couple months. However I'm torn between a Trek FX3 and a Fuji Absolute 1.7. Any advice?
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Old 06-26-18, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Oh_Parrothead View Post
I rediscovered biking after taking an 11 year sabbatical. I found that I'm still very passionate about this and am now ready to buy a new bike after riding my old (very) bike the last couple months. However I'm torn between a Trek FX3 and a Fuji Absolute 1.7. Any advice?
Welcome! I would first recommend you ride both, a lot, to determine which one is the best fit and feel for you. The bikes themselves are comparable in price and quality, and either one will give you many years of happy miles.

If you just truly can't decide between them, and they both equally fit you well and you don't have a preference on color, then you can look at specs. Are you looking at the $659 FX 3? It comes with a carbon fork and rim brakes, and a 3x9 Acera/Alivio drivetrain. The $779 FX 3 Disc is essentially the same bike, but with hydraulic disc brakes with a front through axle. The Absolute 1.7 is in the middle in price and components; it's $699 with a 3x9 Altus/Acera drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes, and an aluminum alloy fork. I think the Trek offers a better value than the Fuji.

But, again, the bike has to fit you. I would advise the Trek over the Fuji if and only if it fits you the same or better.
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Welcome to the forum.

I agree with hokiefyd...

Several years ago, I was looking to buy a new bike so I test rode several different performance hybrid models. I was amazed at the difference in feel between each bike even though they were roughly the same size.

I'm not sure if you've test ridden the Trek FX and Fuji Absolute, or if you've just looked at the specs online. If you test ride them and neither feels like "the one", you can also look at models from other brands such as:
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  • Cannondale Quick
  • Giant Escape
  • Jamis Coda (or Allegro)
  • Kona Dew
  • Marin Muirwoods (or Fairfax)
  • Norco VFR (or Indie)
  • Specialized Sirrus
There are others, but the list above is a good starting point.

Good luck.

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Never ridden the Fuji, but I just bought the 2017 FX 3 about 4 weeks ago and have already put 1000+ miles on it. It's pretty much identical specs with the 2018 FX 3. I find it fast, rugged and comfortable but absolutely agree with the other posters that you need to try the bikes first. The FX 3 has a pronounced leaning forward posture, a bit closer to a road bike posture than your typical hybrid. I'm obviously more than fine with that, but it may or may not be suitable for you. A lot of people seem to hate the stock saddle, but it works for me, one of the few times I haven't wanted to change the saddle on a bike when I've acquired it. If you'r like a lot of buyers, you're looking to replace the saddle and pedals on just about any bike you buy.

I find the fork/handlebar combination a real dream, giving much better shock protection than low-end suspension systems.

And the thing is damn fast, and fun to ride at any speed. Shifting is excellent with the stock drive train, and the rim brakes work well.

What kind of riding are you doing now? Do you intend to do more/different in the future? This is definitely more towards the road bike end of the scale for hybrids, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you're intending to do a lot of dirt riding.
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