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Trek has been one of the most successful brands in the world. This is mainly due to the varied options that Trek offers for every kind of cyclist out there. The FX series of Hybrid bicycles are popular in this category and easily one of Trekês most successful creations only behind their Road bicycles. After a long wait Trek have launched their range of bicycles for this year in India. We got the opportunity to review the base model Trek FX (2016) and here is what we thought.
Trek uses its Alpha aluminium tubing in the FX (2016) and also on all other bicycles in the FX product line. Although it's not all that light, the strong seat stays and forged rear dropouts reflect a well-engineered frameset with braze-ons galore. As a dedicated urban commuter bicycle, the FX is equipped with bolt-on hardware for the task, including fittings for mudguards, racks, and bottle cages. The Hi-tensile steel fork has been built in a sleek manner to make sure the material used is minimal and yet enough to absorb some vibrations off the road. The versatility of this bicycle is shown in the frame and fork which will withstand all the wet and grit thrown in its path on the mean streets.
Trek have always gone with simplistic design for the FX series and that is the same case for the FX (2016) as well. But simple does not mean mediocre, the neat frame build and welds along with the high quality gloss paint job makes the dark grey colour stand out. There are no secondary colours to the FX and I felt there was real need for it either. The brand name has been embossed legibly with and other brandings kept at a minimal.
The Trek FX (2016) is powered by the full Shimano Tourney groupset at the front and rear. These derailleurs are entry level and is what is expected on the Trekês base model hybrid bicycle. This 7 x 3 gearing gives you 21 speeds which allows for more riding freedom and road choices. While this may not make a huge difference to recreational users, this gearing is enough for the regular commutes and longer fitness oriented rides. The Shimano Altus gear shifters are right now the most common shifter component to be combined with Shimano Tourney derailleurs. The shifters worked well except the trigger shifter which felt smaller and hence were at times difficult to hold and engage.
The Tektro alloy linear pull brakes provide a solid structure and braking security for all day use on the Trek FX (2016).The brake component by itself was strong and the braking experience felt safe and confident while going on high speeds or turns. For an entry level bicycle, the holding power of these pads are exceptional with a longer life. The Shimano Altus brake levers were easy to modulate with two fingers. I experienced a bit of squeal on wet roads, but that's expected with linear pull brakes at this price point and they werenêt affecting the stopping power on the FX (2016).
The Bontrager handlebar is one other component which makes the FX (2016) a comfort oriented hybrid bicycle. The 30mm raise from the middle makes the riding position straight and relaxed.>\p>
I was really impressed with the Bontrager H2 700C x 35C tires on the Trek FX (2016). Their high profile width obviously adds comfort when the going gets fast. The neatly spaced treads on the edges help maintain balance while touching high speeds and when cornering as well. The Bontrager alloy rims are top notch and light weight. The saddle on the FX (2016) is also from Bontranger and I was pleasantly surprised by the ergonomic shape of it. My sit bones felt perfectly placed on the widest part of the saddle with the edges gradually shaping out. The overall ride quality on urban streets were fast with manageable amount of vibrations transferred from the road on to the body.
There is not much to go wrong when a world class bicycle manufacturer makes a simple and functional hybrid bicycle for the masses. This new FX proves that a commuter and urban centric bicycle can have a combination of both performance and comfort. With minimal work for maintenance needed this bicycle is easy to own. Priced at Rs.28,890 the Trek FX (2016) is a top choice to consider if you are looking for a bicycle for commuting, leisure and fitness riding.