Overview of my new TREK 7.9 FX 2011, carbon fibre, hybrid bicycle.

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  1. That looks really nice!!! I have an entry level GIANT Escape 2 ($410) and really like it; but I would love to take that 7.9 FX for a long ride! I bet that beauty is one fast and sweet ride!!

  2. No offense, but I don't think it's worth it to buy an expensive hybrid.. Anything over $1200 should be a full blown racing road bike. If you are looking for full carbon, lightweight components, and anything Shimano 105 or over, you should get a road bike. Chances are, if you want a hybrid, you want a fast, but comfortable ride for exercise or leisure, NOT a full carbon frame and weight weenie components.. If you want to race, you want a road bike instead of a hybrid.

  3. @JogBird I know what you mean.. when I was researching for my new bike, I wanted a high end hybrid, but I realized that a hybrid doesn't need carbon or high end components because it's not meant for racing use. Buying an extremely expensive hybrid is like buying a Toyota Corolla with a twin turbo V10 engine and 20 inch wheels.. your buying performance parts for a car/bike that's not meant to perform. However, if you have money to blow – why not? Lol

  4. @SemperFeared my problem with drop bar road bikes is that it's really hard for me to fit and be comfortable on them. I like handle bars that are at least as wide as my shoulders… but you simply can't get 50cm + dropbars. So for me, riser bars with bar ends that are nice and low is about right for me, even when going fast.

  5. @semperfeared I dont think this is more of a hybrid than a road bike. Just like Specialized Sirrus Ltd is a full carbon frame road bike with a flat bar rather than a hybrid. The Sirrus ltd is actually a Roubaix Apex comp with a flat bar

  6. I beg to differ. I own a Trek 7.9FX 2010… doing 4000 miles a year with it. Did the Western Express route in the US with it. I agree it would have been better money if I bought a racer and if I wanted nothing but speed. But it has a bit of all the advantages of both hybrid and racer. I found the upright position, flat bars, flexing frame, fast handlebar gear levers, and longer wheel base a huge bonus. I do not hesitate to hit it with single tracks, nor to join a cyclo with racers.

  7. Those components are not extremely expensive. The high price tag is caused by the frame. The 105/Ultegra combo is a tradeoff but very reliable. I replaced the brakes and pedals because they were quite bad. This bike is designed for people like me who love hybrids because they take it to all places (even easy MTB single tracks) and sitting more upright does not mean I should compromise on components.

  8. I agree. In fact, I ride my hybrid more than any other one of my bikes because I love the versatility. I just couldn't see myself buying a hybrid with around the same frame and components of my high performance road bike. Like I said, you do not need to compromise on components, you just don't need the high end racing components. It should be smooth and reliable, but just so.

  9. No way! I have Dura Ace and Ultegra components on my full carbon hybrid. I do not race but appreciate a fast, well-setup bike that just adds to the pleasure I get when I ride it. In fact, I have ridden more this year than in any prior year and I attribute that to my top end hybrid.

  10. wouldn't a ligher bike result in less effort to move from A-B with bonus as in durability of equipment and result in a better ride?
    just because you go light material doesn't mean you need to maximise the speed.

  11. Interesting ideal. Now can anyone suggest a good "full blown racing road bike" that can ride comfortably across town, cobbled streets, muddy riverside paths, through sand, carry a tent and overnight kit, and still carry off a 100 mile day road trip (without punctures). A full blown racing road bike is great for road racing, if that's all you want to do with it.

  12. Any hobby or activity will have its snobs, extremes, and over the top expensive versions. I needed a bike to commute from the train station to work, a distance of 7 miles, through boulevards and regular city streets. My ride: A used Huffy Stalker DS mountain bike. Painted it (for looks), ditched to the knobbies for semi slick city tires. Steel frame, 45 pounds, built like a tank, and very durable. If they steal it, who cares. It cost me $20 plus another $60 I spent making it "nice" (tires, Pannier rack, lights, etc.) 

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