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Old 04-27-10, 09:17 AM
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Trek Valencia vs FX 7.3?

Hi all,

I am wondering which I should get. I plan to use it for commuting, touring and other general bicycling. I plan to use it all year around.

On Trek´s website I have noticed some differences between these models such as the brakes, although they are pretty similar. For example, the frame on the FX is FX black alpha, vs black alpha.

Which bike would you recommend? Are the disc brakes on the Valencia better than the V brakes on the FX?
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Old 04-27-10, 09:48 AM
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I've got the Trek Valencia, which I choose for the disc brakes. Disc brakes are better than V-brakes (imo), but the difference is most noticeable in the rain, which we get plenty of around here. I can't comment on the FX7.3, but I really like the Valencia.
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Old 04-27-10, 10:01 AM
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Thanks for your reply!

Is it more difficult to change tires when you have disc brakes instead of V-brakes?
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Old 04-27-10, 10:13 AM
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There's no difference. It's slightly more fiddly to get the wheel out and back in as the rotors fit quite snugly, but that really is no big deal.
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Old 04-27-10, 12:04 PM
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All else the same (including price), disc brakes are generally better.

I have yet to find a situation where V-brakes did not meet (and 99% of the times exceed) my needs.

As a negative, I've found disc brakes more fussy than V's to eliminate rub, squeal, or other random noises. Not hard, I just have to fool with them more often.

If you are riding through streams and torrential downpours on a regular basis, you may be served better by discs. Or a wetsuit...
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Old 04-27-10, 12:33 PM
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Another slight difference between the two is the gearing. The FX has more gears in the bottom range with an 11-32 cassette. The Valencia is more road-like with an 11-28 cassette. I swapped the 11-28 with an 11-34 on my Valencia.
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Old 04-27-10, 11:02 PM
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I have ridden both and found that the FX was a bit snappier handling and "felt" faster. The FX seemed more like a road bike than a hybrid.
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Old 04-28-10, 01:23 PM
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I have almost decided on the FX. Does anybody know what is the widest tire can be put under the FX?
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Old 04-28-10, 02:34 PM
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Trek says the wheels are 20mm wide which should accept up to a 44mm tire.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
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I love the disc brakes on my Valencia -- I have total confidence in my ability to brake in any conditions. I haven't ridden the FX7.3, so I can't make a comparison.
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Old 04-29-10, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
Trek says the wheels are 20mm wide which should accept up to a 44mm tire.
The real limiting factor would be frame/fork clearance.
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Old 04-29-10, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
The real limiting factor would be frame/fork clearance.
More specifically, at the top of the seatstays will probably be the tightest clearance.
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Old 05-02-10, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeWinVA View Post
I have ridden both and found that the FX was a bit snappier handling and "felt" faster. The FX seemed more like a road bike than a hybrid.
This comment is dead right. I own both a 7.5 FX and a Valencia. I thought that the Valencia would be "an FX with disc brakes". It is not. I love it and it is a great bike that I use as my commuter -- it gets more miles than any of my other bikes -- but it has totally different feel and handling from the FX. The Valencia is heavier and not sporty at all. The FX is quick and light.

In short, do not let the brakes make the decision for you. It is the application for which you intend to use the bike that matters. As an aside, if you think the FX is the right bike for you, try to scrape together some extra money to get the 7.5FX over the 7.3. The 7.5 has much, much better componentry (esp crankset and shifters) and yes, the carbon fork makes a difference.
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Old 05-02-10, 08:20 PM
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another vote for 7.3 FX. i really enjoy mine.
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Old 05-02-10, 09:45 PM
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If the bike is intended to be a fair weather rider I opt for the 7.3, but if grimy wet conditions are in the forecast, I'd go with the Valencia since the steel disc brakes wear less than aluminum wheels.
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Who is riding a FX, and can measure the space between the stays, and any bridges**********

And, an 18mm wide rim, internal, will certainly accept anything up to 45mm wide, as my Crosstrail came with them as OEM. Clearance will be the issue......

If the FX comes with 32s, and has 15-20mm bridge clearance, along with 10mm stay clearance on each side, you can get lots bigger tires in there. You'd probably need 25mm clearance to get some of those big 50mm baloons in there. You would also need similar side and top clearance at the fork.
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Old 05-04-10, 10:55 AM
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If you show me a picture of what you want measured I'll measure it for you tonight. Sadly I don't know what stays/bridges are (btw, I have a 7.3 FX)
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Hard to beat rust-free and DISC BRAKES!

The Valencia wins. Comes with 32s and can fit 700x40s! A couple on ebay right now! Retail sheet says $700+, they're a couple in small and large sizes going for 3 bills! Under $550 is a steal. Add full fenders and have no fear of the rain or snow!!! Get in where you fit in

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I have Trek Valencia. I rode Valencia with road bikes and I could easily keep the speed with them and even leave them behind.It climbs well on road and goes fast downhill.Brakes are strong. You can easily ride 80km.I dont have FX nor road bike, but as I can notice there is hardly any bike which can leave me behind.
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Old 05-26-10, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Georg9 View Post
I have Trek Valencia. I rode Valencia with road bikes and I could easily keep the speed with them and even leave them behind.It climbs well on road and goes fast downhill.Brakes are strong. You can easily ride 80km.I dont have FX nor road bike, but as I can notice there is hardly any bike which can leave me behind.
Wow you're strong.
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