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Old 05-28-09, 12:05 PM
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Trek FX vs Cannondale Quick

I'm new to bike riding and have really fallen in love with it. I am currently riding a Diamond Back Mountain Bike I picked up from a family member for $100. Its fine for some of the off road riding I have been doing, but the ole 'battle axe' has no chance of keping up with my friends on roadies, and I like the option of going a little faster while I'm commuting through town.

I have been researching bikes for a few days and think I know what I want. I am looking for a flatbar road bike (Hybrid) that is versitle enough to become my primary commuting bike/means of transportation (road/sidewalks, fenders optional etc..), yet fast enough to keep up with friends who ride roadbikes on longer weekend rides (20-30mi).

I have been looking at the Trek FX series and have read many happy reviews, however have also heard many people comment that their competitors offer better components at similar price points. A local bike shop here in Houston (Bikesport) carries both Cannondale and Trek. I am going to stop in in the next day or two and talk to their staff and ride some bikes. Before I do however I would like to hear anyone's opinion on the mater.

I am looking at the following bikes.
Trek 7.5 FX
Trek 7.6 FX
Cannondale Quick 3
Cannondale Quick 2

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If you want to keep up with your friends on road bikes...the 7.6FX is probably your best bet...but you better be a strong rider because in the wind your bod spread across those flat bars is going to be a big disadvantage. The Quick would be even worse....it only has a 48t big ring compared to a 50 on the Trek.

My best advice....keep your old MTB and upgrade with some slicks for commuting, and buy a decent road bike for group rides with your roadie friends.
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My best advice....keep your old MTB and upgrade with some slicks for commuting, and buy a decent road bike for group rides with your roadie friends.
Nailed it! You can stick a fork in this thread, it's done.
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I am open to that idea as well. In fact I was begining to wonder myself if after buying a hybrid, would I soon start longing for a pure road bike. You guys kind of addressed a fear I hadn't mentioned.

With that in mind....

I'd like to spend around/near $1000-$1300, any suggestions of what to start looking at for road bikes? I'd like tp get a bike I will be happy with now and for the next 3-5 years. I don't want to buy the bottom of the barrell as I do not want to wish for more in a year, however at the same time I don't want to buy more than I really need right now.

Looking for suggestion...

Trek 1.x/2.x?
Cannondale Synapse 5?
Felt?
Something else?

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Just went through the same mental exercise and decided on the CAAD9 5. Can't beat the price per performance ratio on this bike. Trust me, I tried riding my hybrid with some guys on the road, you'll never keep up. They won't be happy with you, you won't be happy with yourself. Just do it, you won't regret.
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Let us know a little more about you: age, weight, any problems (like severe back), overall physical condition. Depending on that, we could make suggestions as this and this, or something more relaxed.
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At that price point, any brand will serve you well. Choose the bike that fits you best...both in body and spirit.
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Originally Posted by Bearonabike View Post
Nailed it! You can stick a fork in this thread, it's done.
Here are a few examples of what is possible:

http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/bik/1193508140.html

build your own http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/bik/1180743851.html

http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/1184764416.html

http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/bik/1189304173.html

Surely your area has similar opportunities.
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Im 27, 215lbs, no health problems, on my MTB I did a 25mi ride and think I did well, rode 5 more later that evening. I wasn't overly exhausted after, or sore the next day. A little overweight but all the biking I have been doing is definetly improving that.

To be honest, my reasons for riding aren't motivated by wanting to be healthier (although a very positive side affect). I started riding for utility, my car was in the shop and I needed a way to get around and run errands. After about a week I was looking for excuses to ride my bike somewhere. I was really falling in love with riding and wanted any excuse to do so. I started riding my bike 3 miles to a 7 mile road/trail loop and loved it. I started doing the loop twice in addition to getting there and back, and recently have started doing the 25+ ride at a park here called Terry Hershey. I basically kind of stumbled my way into bike riding about a month ago and am loving it. I think about getting out and riding when I am at work, can't wait to leave, and find myself cursing the rain and riding anyway. I don't drive anywhere anymore unless I have to, and am looking into how I can being using my bike to go grocery shoppin as well. I wasn't expecting this drastic want to make a lifestyle change, but I am embracing it with open arms.

Anyway, thanks for all the replies so far.

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Originally Posted by cskena View Post
Just went through the same mental exercise and decided on the CAAD9 5. Can't beat the price per performance ratio on this bike. Trust me, I tried riding my hybrid with some guys on the road, you'll never keep up. They won't be happy with you, you won't be happy with yourself. Just do it, you won't regret.
Yeah that was my concern, thanks for validating.
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Im 27, 215lbs, no health problems, on my MTB I did a 25mi ride and think I did well, rode 5 more later that evening. I wasn't overly exhausted after, or sore the next day. A little overweight but all the biking I have been doing is definetly improving that.

To be honest, my reasons for riding aren't motivated by wanting to be healthier (although a very positive side affect). I started riding for utility, my car was in the shop and I needed a way to get around and run errands. After about a week I was looking for excuses to ride my bike somewhere. I was really falling in love with riding and wanted any excuse to do so. I started riding my bike 3 miles to a 7 mile road/trail loop and loved it. I started doing the loop twice in addition to getting there and back, and recently have started doing the 25+ ride at a park here called Terry Hershey. I basically kind of stumbled my way into bike riding about a month ago and am loving it. I think about getting out and riding when I am at work, can't wait to leave, and find myself cursing the rain and riding anyway. I don't drive anywhere anymore unless I have to, and am looking into how I can being using my bike to go grocery shoppin as well. I wasn't expecting this drastic want to make a lifestyle change, but I am embracing it with open arms.

Anyway, thanks for all the replies so far.
I started at 225lbs and 5 ft 11 riding a Novara hybrid. Completely fell in love with riding and got myself a Trek 7.2fx. Now I weigh 160 and am trying to finish up my 9 speed road bike. If I had the money, I would build a Van Dessel Hellafaster with rival, but I would settle for a CAAD 9-5.
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In fact I was begining to wonder myself if after buying a hybrid, would I soon start longing for a pure road bike.
Yes, you will long for a pure road bike. I speak from experience. I purchased a hybrid last year thinking that "hybrid" would be the best of both worlds. It isn't. My hybrid is great as a casual, ride in the park with the kids bike, it's good as my daily commuter (although after about two hours, the lower back is going numb from the upright position) and absolutely sucks as a road bike. I really wish they would drop the moniker "hybrid" for these bikes. I can't ever imagine going truly off-road with one or keeping up in a pace line either. (A few weeks after getting my hybrid, I tried a "b" group ride and after 10 minutes, they politely told me to go home. I complied.)

SHILL ALERT: I just ordered and am awaiting the arrival of my Motobecane Grand Sprint (bikesdirect.com) which will be my first road bike. If you're a diy'er, it's not a bad option, but be sure to do your research. If you prefer more white glove service, visit your LBS and look at the CAAD9's, Felt Z series, Trek 2.1, Specialized Allez and similar.

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I have a 7.5 fx that I love for commuting and running around. I now own a road bike as I found it is so nice to ride along with friends . perhaps a cx bike could do double duty
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I am 6.1" and two years ago my weight was 215. I bought a Gary Fischer Mendota, awsome bike, and lost 35 lbs in about six months. Then, the need for speed took over and I bought a Kestrel RT700 from BD for $1792.00 delivered. If I knew then that I was going to like road cycling so much, I would probably had not purchased the Mendota.
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Looks like many people have already said the same thing but I will add my 2 cents as a previous Trek FX 7.3 owner, I absolutely loved that bike, great quality, I also lost like 25 pounds in 3 months riding it, but eventually I realized that for longer rides and going faster you really need a "proper" road bike so I sold it and now have a couple of low end road bikes.
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I owned a Trek FX 7.3 and liked it.....and for everyones amusement at BF, I put some aero bars on it for comfort and did a century on it. Everyone is correct; i upgraded to a road bike to increase speed....and a century is easier on my road bike. I sold the FX to my Nephew to take to college.
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Like everyone else has posted, bought a 7.2FX used and cheap a year ago. It was a great bike, but not a road bike. I ended up recently getting a Trek 2.1 to fix that road bike urge. I have known Jeff the owner of BikeSport for 15 years. His shop is really nice and they know their stuff. Good Luck finding the right bike.
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