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Old 11-13-12, 02:48 PM
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Trek FX 7.4 disc vs Trek DS 8.4.

hello people,
i am a newbie here, and i am planning on getting my hybrid bike in a couple of weeks. i will be using this bike for commuting only, and i will be riding on pavement for most of the time. i have to chose between the fx 7.4 dic and the DS 8.4. i think they're both great, both have great features, but i'm not sure which features will suit me best.
would i really need a suspension fork, or will the carbon fork be better for me ( having in mind that i will be getting up and down pavements alot)??
which one do you think looks cooler? :/
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Old 11-14-12, 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by psycho a3sar View Post
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which one do you think looks cooler? :/
You are surely trolling.
If cool is your priority get a Trek Sawyer.
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Old 11-14-12, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
You are surely trolling.
If cool is your priority get a Trek Sawyer.
The FX wins for the road and DS for off road. But you are correct the Sawyer has it all over both for cool.
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Old 11-14-12, 10:16 AM
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thanks juha.
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Old 11-14-12, 11:00 AM
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thanks everyone.
they both look great, and i know the sawyer looks even better, but i was lolking for a hybrid around $800.
i looked into the FX 7.4 DISC's features and it said that the fork was CARBON.
i then pressed on 'details' under the picture and it said "Fork FX Alloy Disc w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades"!
i am really confused! does anyone know what's going on?
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Old 11-15-12, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by psycho a3sar View Post
thanks everyone.
they both look great, and i know the sawyer looks even better, but i was lolking for a hybrid around $800.
i looked into the FX 7.4 DISC's features and it said that the fork was CARBON.
i then pressed on 'details' under the picture and it said "Fork FX Alloy Disc w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades"!
i am really confused! does anyone know what's going on?

Here is the Scoop.
The FX 7.4 has a carbon fork.
The FX 7.4 DISC does NOT have carbon Fork.

If you do more Pavement, get an FX.
If you are a Lighter rider(180 lbs or lighter) get an FX
If you want more speed, get an FX

If you do more dirt trails, get a DS
If you are over 180lbs, get a DS
If you want more durability, get a DS.

Good Luck and happy riding.

Ps..Giant..you are my Hero!
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Ps..Giant..you are my Hero!
Lordy lordy, don't say that. Now I'll have to get my cape and cowl out again.
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Old 11-16-12, 05:28 AM
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thanks alot zerogravity!
it's a lot clearer now.
although i am pretty light (120 lbs), i'm going with the DS because i will be doing some dirt trails, and am looking for durability.
i like the fact that it has a suspension lockout, which means it can be used for both dirt trails and pavement.
thanks again
BTW, you say you're a DS 8.4 rider, did you have any problems with your suspension fork? how smooth is gear-shifting? how does it do on pavement?

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I've had my 8.4 for almost a year and a half and the only thing you need to watch out for is the lockout lever on the front fork. Mine popped off while I was riding some trails and I believe several other people have had the same problem. I've never had any problems with shifting on mine as long as I keep the chain and other parts clean and lubricated. As for riding on pavement I ride 30-40 miles two to three days a week with the front fork locked out and it does fine. In my opinion this is an ideal and fun bike to ride in a wide variety of situations on and off road.
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Originally Posted by psycho a3sar View Post
thanks alot zerogravity!
you say you're a DS 8.4 rider, did you have any problems with your suspension fork? how smooth is gear-shifting? how does it do on pavement?
The fork gave me no problems when suspension was needed. As i got more adventurous with my Offroad riding, going faster and doing bigger drops and jumps, i started to feel the need for MORE TRAVEL on the fork. I ended up upgrading to a Rockshox Reba because it had more adjust ability and more options for travel, although i wouldn't go more than 100mm in front. Mine had 80mm. Choclabman is also right on about the lever for lock out. All is is is a 5MM allen wrench so i remove mine when ever i ride so it doesn't fall off. For casual, dirt trails with no crazy drops, rollers, log jumps, the stock fork is perfect. If you end up doing more knarly stuff, i would buy a Mountain Bike.
Here is a link of some of the upgrades i made.
DS 8.4 W/Mods.

The dear shifting is awesome. ALways precise and never binds. On pavement once it is locked out, it is stiff and makes the bike feel very stable on high speeds and climbing. I recommend the bike because it is truly a great all around bike!
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psycho, you should go ride both bikes. Even to a newb, I think you will be able to tell the difference between the two bikes. Given that you said this is for commuting, I think the FX will be a better choice if your commute is on roads. The FX will be fine off ride on crushed gravel or small pebbles.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
You are surely trolling.
If cool is your priority get a Trek Sawyer.
Unfortunately, Trek discontinued the Sawyer!
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
psycho, you should go ride both bikes. Even to a newb, I think you will be able to tell the difference between the two bikes. Given that you said this is for commuting, I think the FX will be a better choice if your commute is on roads. The FX will be fine off ride on crushed gravel or small pebbles.
+1

Compared to the DS, I'll vote for the 7.4FX with the carbon fork!

You'll only need disc brakes, if you ride on a bunch of wet pavement, going downhill or something. Under most circumstances, disc brakes are not necessary. Though, they do seem to be the emerging trend...
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
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Compared to the DS, I'll vote for the 7.4FX with the carbon fork!

This reply is a little late and OP may have bought a bike already. I just got the 7.4fx with CF fork and really like it a lot. I have not done any off-pavement riding though. The v-brakes seem to be plenty strong and the shifting is the best "I" have ever used. It was fairly light naked but I've added a few lbs of accessories to it.
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I have been riding a DS 8.3 since May and really like it. I've put over 1000 miles on it with no complaints. My riding mostly consists of country roads and tow paths (rail trail systems). The suspension fork with the lockout makes the bike very versatile. I think you'll be very pleased with your purchase of the DS. It's hard to beat for an all-purpose bike.
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