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New 7.2 FX vs. used 7.3 FX Disc model

Old 04-21-10, 06:23 AM
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New 7.2 FX vs. used 7.3 FX Disc model

I can get a brand new 2010 7.2 FX at LBS for 479 or a used 2007 7.3 FX Disc from a private seller for 400 or best offer and he claims he has an offer of 350 already. Realizing the 7.3 is an upgrade I'm just wondering if it is a good deal or if the price is too high for a 2007. I also realize that the the disc brakes add a little bit to the original price but wonder if there is anything bad about going with the disc brakes. I know they add weight but from what I understand it is not much. Wondering if they are more hassle than they are worth and curious as to why they no longer offer a disc model. Maybe they just didn't sell enough.
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Old 04-21-10, 07:54 AM
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There is not that much difference between the 7.2, and the 7.3. You get the same frame in 2010. You don't need discs, unless you plan on doing a lot of rain and snow riding.

I'd go with the new one, for the LBS support, and the warrantee. Not a bad price, this time of year.
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There is not that much difference between the 7.2, and the 7.3. You get the same frame in 2010. You don't need discs, unless you plan on doing a lot of rain and snow riding.

I'd go with the new one, for the LBS support, and the warrantee. Not a bad price, this time of year.
Thanks for the advice. Yes 479 is a good price as one of the other LBS wants 560, which is over MSRP. He did offer to take 4% off for cash or check but that is still higher than 479.

The dealer selling for 479 also has a few 2009 7.2 for 359, which is a super deal, but only in the 15 inch frame. The 15" frame would normally work, but because of a knee injury my range of motion is too cramped on the 15. I can raise the seat high enough but the geometry at that height doesn't seem to feel right on the 15". The 17.5 seems easier to pedal and I don't have to raise the seat as high. Based on my height Trek recommends 16-18 frame, but the the stand over height 17 is a bit tight. I will have to be careful on sudden dismounts that I don't come down too hard. Truthfully I like the 2010 anyway because it has the Alpha Black frame.

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Old 04-21-10, 11:14 AM
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NEVER buy a WRONG sized frame to save money.

IMO, Disk brakes are overkill for 99% of hybrid applications. They don't hurt anything either except perhaps the wallet.
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I ordered the 17.5 because it just seemed to feel better due to my range of motion issue. Either size would have been OK but I felt that I had to raise the seat much more on the 15. This changed my body position to more of forward lean due to the handle bars being lower on the 15. Ultimately the 17.5 felt more comfortable and my pedaling motion was more fluid. It was never about the money, but if the 15 could have worked it would have been a better deal. I really wanted the 17.5 since it was a 2010 model with the better frame and I liked the fact that I could get red instead of gold. Just looked sharper and I think it is safer since it appears to be more visible.

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IMO, you definitely made the right choice. And got a very good price. Enjoy!
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Yes, 479 for a 2010 FX 7.2 this time of year isn't bad I guess. I only found two dealers within 10 miles willing to sell it for that price. Everyone else wants MSRP and the closest dealer, a couple of miles away, wanted over MSRP (560). To tell the truth the dealer that I purchased from for less really went out of his way to let me try different bikes while he was closed for business working in the back. A real mom and pop shop like the old days. Amazing that the high volume dealer was more expensive.
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IMO, you definitely made the right choice. And got a very good price. Enjoy!
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