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Help choosing between Trek 7.6 FX (2011) and 7.3 FX (2014)

Old 10-13-14, 12:13 PM
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Help choosing between Trek 7.6 FX (2011) and 7.3 FX (2014)

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I'm a beginning cyclist, looking to ride for exercise and fun. I've been riding since June 2014. I have a Dahon folding bike that I use for my daily commute, since I need to ride on the train. But I'm looking for a second bike for weekend rides, and I like Trek's FX line.

I think I've narrowed it down to two options: my local bike store has a new 2011 7.6 FX in their inventory, or I can get a new 2014 7.3 FX for the same price. I haven't test rode either bike yet, they're being ordered to the store and will arrive next week. I'm hesitant to buy the older model, since it does not have an oversized handlebar (it's only 25mm), and there is an IsoZone monostay which has been killed off this model-year (2015), leading me to think there is something wrong with it (why else was it discontinued???). I do like the fact that there is a carbon fork. Also, the frame of the 2011 model is "Alpha black aluminum", while the 2014 is "alpha gold aluminum", not sure what the difference is there. I'd be using the factory configuration, replacement parts cost a lot where I'm living currently.

I don't know much about the spec differences, so hopefully some of you can help me decide what to do. Thanks in advance!!

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You're over thinking it...
and there is an IsoZone monostay which has been killed off this model-year (2015), leading me to think there is something wrong with it (why else was it discontinued???).
Lots of reasons why it may be discontinued, no reason to arrive at the conclusion that something is inherently wrong with it (unless you have found others reporting that something is wrong with it).

Also, the frame of the 2011 model is "Alpha black aluminum", while the 2014 is "alpha gold aluminum", not sure what the difference is there.
Who knows? It's their own proprietary blend of aluminum, so basically, trade secret. Their higher end aluminums are lighter due to tube butting. Where does "black aluminum" fit in their hierarchy? No clue, b/c they changed the name. It's mostly just marketing.

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Old 10-13-14, 11:39 PM
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So do you think I should get the 7.6? Are there any significant differences with components like wheels, derailers, shifters, cranks, etc between the two models?
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Old 10-14-14, 08:17 AM
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I don't know what's on the 2011, but with current models, almost everything is upgraded when going from 7.3 to 7.6, look on their website.
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FX line frames are likely the same for each model year, you're just paying more or less depending on the components. oversized handlebars won't be noticeable for you unless you are looking down at it. If you plan to keep the bike for more than a 3-5 years, I like the better components of the 7.6 and carbon fork, which will smooth out your ride a bit

2011 FX 7.6,
[h=3]Frameset[/h]Frame

FX Alpha Black Aluminum w/IsoZone monostay


Fork

Bontrager Nebula, carbon, SpeedTrap compatible


Sizes

15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"



[h=3]Wheels[/h]Wheels

Bontrager SSR wheelset


Tires

Bontrager Race All Weather Hard-Case Plus, 700x28c



[h=3]Drivetrain[/h]Shifters

Shimano R440, 9-speed trigger


Front derailleur

Shimano Deore


Rear derailleur

Shimano Tiagra


Crank

FSA Vero, 50/39/30


Cassette

SRAM PG-950 11-26, 9 speed


Pedals

Wellgo platform w/clips and straps



[h=3]Components[/h]Saddle

Bontrager H2 Flex Form


Seatpost

Bontrager Race Lite


Handlebar

Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone OS, 25mm rise


Stem

Bontrager Race Lite OS, 7 degree


Headset

Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed


Brakeset

Tektro RX 1.0 brakes w/Tektro alloy levers





2014 FX 7.3
Frame

FX Alpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, rack and fender mounts


Fork

FX Alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades


Sizes

15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25"



[h=3]Wheels[/h]Front Hub

Formula FM21 alloy


Rear Hub

Shimano RM30 alloy


Rims

Bontrager TLR, 32-hole


Tires

Bontrager AW1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x32c



[h=3]Drivetrain[/h]Shifters

Shimano EF65, 9 speed


Front derailleur

Shimano Acera


Rear derailleur

Shimano Alivio


Crank

Shimano Acera M371, 48/36/26 w/chainguard


Cassette

Shimano HG20 11-32, 9 speed


Pedals

Nylon body w/alloy cage


Chain

KMC X9



[h=3]Components[/h]Saddle

Bontrager H1


Seatpost

Bontrager Nebula, 27.2mm


Handlebar

Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone, 31.8mm, 15mm rise


Stem

Bontrager Elite Blendr, w/computer & light mounts, 31.8mm, 7 degree


Headset

VP, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed


Brakeset

Tektro alloy linear-pull



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Old 10-14-14, 09:49 AM
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imo 7.6fx hands down!!! even though it's older the kit on the 7.6fx is better.
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I would personally get the 2011 7.6, because I currently ride a 2011 7.3, and would like a bike that was a little different than what I already ride to expand my options...

However, for you, I think the most relevant question is, "Which bike better fits your anticipated riding style?" The 2011 7.6 is more performance oriented if you would like to ride fast on relatively smooth roads. If you are like me, and prefer to ride isolated gravel rail trails and are going for fitness instead of speed, then the 2014 7.3 might be a better match.
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Without hesitation, the 7.6!
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Thanks for all the answers, everybody! I'm curious if I'll be able to put on slightly thicker tires with the 7.6, as 700x28 seems small for a hybrid, I'd like something with some tread in case I have to go off-road a little.

I'm planning to use the bike mostly on roads, sidewalks and bike-paths. The goal is to exercise, and of course have fun. I'm still new to cycling, so I tend to keep my speed low. I plan to keep the bike for several years.
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Originally Posted by davd49 View Post
Thanks for all the answers, everybody! I'm curious if I'll be able to put on slightly thicker tires with the 7.6, as 700x28 seems small for a hybrid, I'd like something with some tread in case I have to go off-road a little.

I'm planning to use the bike mostly on roads, sidewalks and bike-paths. The goal is to exercise, and of course have fun. I'm still new to cycling, so I tend to keep my speed low.
You probably can, but try the stock 28s first and see how you like them.
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Old 10-14-14, 03:46 PM
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7.6 most definitely. Not sure how a shop can have a brand new 2011 though!
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Old 10-15-14, 06:23 AM
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I could be way off base here, but i'd be questioning why a 7.6 from 4 years ago is still sitting around in their shop apparently "new".
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I could be way off base here, but i'd be questioning why a 7.6 from 4 years ago is still sitting around in their shop apparently "new".
The bike store is an official Trek distributor, so I don't suspect any deception. I'm a short guy so I need a 15 inch model, and mountain bikes and folding bikes are popular where I live. I think the fact that the bike is so expensive may have also drove away previous potential buyers.

I am dying to try the bike, I can hardly wait!
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Old 10-23-14, 01:29 PM
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I tried the 7.6 today and couldn't pass it up! Can't wait to take it for a long ride this weekend!
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Old 10-23-14, 02:06 PM
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Nicely done! Jealous
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I bought a NOS '05 Specialized Sirrus Comp, for a ridiculously low price a few months ago. My dealer found it in a garage they use as storage for old parts. It was still in the box when I bought it.

Right now, I've got a total of about $450 invested in it, as I agreed to pay for wheel truing and tensioning, and general setup . It's a gem!

The $450 includes bike, new combination pedals, new bolt on handgrips and bar ends, computer mount for my Cateye Astrale C, new stem, new(different) cassette & chain, lights, and bottle cages, and about 100 in labor. And, I've got all the takeoffs. The dealer got about $425 of this money, as the 9 spd cassette(11-30) is discontinued and he couldn't get it.


Sold new for a little over a grand, about 10 years ago. I think he gave me a smoking deal!
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