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Trek 7.3FX 2012, 330 euro. Do I go for it?

Old 01-04-13, 05:34 AM
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Trek 7.3FX 2012, 330 euro. Do I go for it?

I've been riding a road-converted and slightly upgraded department-store mountain bike, which I was given as a present, around town; I don't have much to complain about how the bike behaves, all things considered, but the riding position feels cramped and gets uncomfortable if I have to go any further than the city centre. I'm pretty sure the person who bought it didn't even know bikes come in sizes different than simply "kiddie" and "adult".

So I spotted a Trek 7.3 FX in a local sports store. It's the 2012 model and it's discounted to 329 euro because the store is selling its last two (so it's a short-term offer). I've researched it a bit and it seems a good road bike. The offer is tempting me.

Is the price right? Do consider that in Europe, and particularly in Italy for some reason, we tend to get price conversions uncomfortably close to a 1:1 €/USD ratio in return for a two-year warranty by default on almost everything, so a bike that costs €330 in Italy should be compared to bikes that cost $330-$360 in the US (rather than to $430 ones as the conversion rate would suggest).

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Old 01-04-13, 02:59 PM
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Best price in my town (US) for '12 FX 7.3 : $551.99. If it fits and is brand new with warranty, i dont see why not. how is stuff so cheap in Italy? darn.
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Technically that's a "hybrid" rather than a road bike -- it's a mix of road bike and mountain bike. But for riding around town, they're pretty much ideal -- I have a 7.2 (a lower model in the same line), and it's a great commuter bike. I've also taken it out for some 50-55 mile rides, and it's never let me down.

I couldn't tell you how much they go for in Italy, but they're about $550 or so here -- so it sound like you're getting a pretty good deal. I'd buy it.
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Ooh, temptation rising. I might go to the shop tomorrow.

I'm just worried that, as the 7.3 has V-brakes, I'll miss my current bike's upgraded discs... I swapped the department-store cheapies with a pair of Avid BB7s and they've been great. Am I worrying for nothing?

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Best price in my town (US) for '12 FX 7.3 : $551.99. If it fits and is brand new with warranty, i dont see why not. how is stuff so cheap in Italy? darn.
It usually isn't. Rare and exceptional are the cases when it is.

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I've got a 7.3FX and used it for my daily commuter for several years. A decent hybrid, but as TheOtherBob said, it's not a road bike.

Perhaps think about putting the BB7's on the FX? That might be a nice upgrade...
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Can't - doesn't have the mounting holes.

I went to look at it again today. The discounted model is a WSD, that is "Women's Specific Design". In and of itself that doesn't bother me, but I do notice that the frame is sort of squashed down when compared to the standard 7.3; is this an inherently bad thing?

More bothersome is that they only have two sizes left - 15 and 17.5 - and I'm afraid the bigger of those might still be too small for me. How exactly do I figure out which size is good? I'm 180cm (5.9 feet according to Google) and fairly slim.

BTW, it has a Shimano Deore rear derailer and Avid Single Digit V-brakes.
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I'm 5'6" (168cm) and ride a 17.5". Given you've got 5 inches on me and are also looking at a WSD, I'd be skeptical that it would fit properly. It's not a good deal if it doesn't fit.
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