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Old 12-16-12, 05:16 AM   #1
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drop bar trek fx completed

several threads have gone back and forth between newbs and the old guard about the trek fx and drop bars... i did a build this weekend and i have to say that i like it.
2013 fx 7.4 (japan) aluminum/carbon fork frame
all 105 drive but with shimano cx50 canti brakes
everything else is stock bontrager, minus the bar which is fsa-sale-bin-something

im quite sure that the conversion could have been done with sola levers, a cheap bar, bar tape, canti hangers, and cantis for inside $150 easy.

i have to say, its a comfortable ride. not nearly worth the cash if youre buying 105 everything new (i did not), but im considering skipping road bikes and going for comfort from here on out for my commuting. it gives a bit of stretch without forcing you into race tuck mode, or "ride the hoods while pretending im about to go into race tuck mode" mode.

ps: if you reply with geometry/resistance whatever, youre missing the point.
pps: the frame is a 58cm, and im 183cm, 83cm inside. crank is 175 compact double, 10 speed cassette 12-28. edit: the stem is flipped down. i also took a ride with 23 tires and said f-it, stock 32 comfort.
edit again: yes, that is a 19cm head tube.
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Old 12-16-12, 06:54 AM   #2
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Very nicely done! I considered doing the same for my Sirrus Limited, but ended up falling in love with a Crux Elite. But the point is, and I think you make it well, relaxed geometry and drop bars can coexist very well. The benefits of drop bars can't solely be relegated to the racers or touring bike crowd!
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That's a great looking bike. Good job.
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Looks nice but these conversions always end up costing a lot from what I've seen. If you just sell your bike and buy a used relaxed geometry road bike you'd have something very similar. Hybrids also have longer top tubes so they can actually stretch you out more than a road bike when converted to drop bars (sometimes this can can be dialed out with a shorter stem.)
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