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The Trek's FX series of Hybrids have varied capabalities and can be ridden by anyone for city commuting use and long distances rides. E got the oppurtunity to test ride the Trek 7.2 FX 2014 and here what wethought.
The 7.2 FX gives a relatively comfortable, upright ride. It's not going to be particularly fast, especially on the stock 35mm tires. No time trial or long distance performances here but you'll be able to keep up with rush hour traffic downtown on your commute.
The 7.2 has some room for fitting - there are several spacers on the steerer and the stem can be flipped, so you can set it up with a slightly more aggressive position if you want to get out of the wind, but it's nothing like having drop bars, of course. The frame is light and the build takes out any unwanted extra weight from the bicycle making it light enough for /the perfect hybrid.
When it comes to gear-shifting and components on this bicycle, you are effectively dealing with a major component manufacturer: Shimano. At this price, you want Shimano. The Alvio-Altus 8 speed does not lack at anything and is the best you can get at the more economical end of things. Shimano has been at it longer and produces indestructible drive train components (cogs and chain rings) to give you the needed smooth shifting for your city rides. The Shifters and Drivetrain performed as advertised; crisp and accurate.
The lack of a disc brake on the Trek 7.2 FX does not hamper the ride quality at all. That is only because of the supreme quality of the Tektro alloy linear-pull rim brakes, which does the job perfectly. The braking was swift and really sharp. You really don't need high end disc brakes or the like when you're not going to be travelling too fast anyway.
The fit, comfort, and component quality will matter more than colours when it comes to actually riding your bicycle. The high tensile steel fork does give out more vibrations but that is compensated by the build quality of the frame. The Alpha aluminium frame and the easy rolling 700c wheels makes a combination that lets you ride further and faster with the same effort.
TrekÈs build quality loaded with trusted components makes this bicycle a perfect pick for anyoneÈs first bicycle. It may not be the best if youÈre looking at breaking timing records, but i's great for daily commute or a casual weekend ride.