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Trek 7.5 FX
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Trek

7.5 FX
2011

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Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (143 Reviews)
 

2011 Trek 7.5 FX

Fast and comfortable, you get the best of both worlds with Trek's 7.5 FX! Its FX Alpha hydroformed-aluminum frame provides an efficient, comfortable ride, while the Bontrager carbon fork is super light and damps vibrations for velvety smoothness. The wonderful ride continues with Bontrager's light SSR wheels and flat-resisant Race Hardcase tires, which are equally at home on roads, paths, and trails. Plus, the 27-speed drivetrain gives you the right gears for any hill at any pace, and the linear-pull brakes offer safe control.

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek FX Alpha Black aluminum
Fork Bontrager Nebula carbon
Rims/Wheels Bontrager SSR wheelset
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Bontrager Race All-Weather Hardcase, 700 x 32c
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 48/36/26
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs SRAM PG950, 9-speed: 11-26
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars Bontrager SSR
Tape/Grips Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone lock-on
Stem Bontrager SSR
Brake Levers Tektro
Brakes Avid SD-3 linear-pull
Pedals Platform
Saddle Bontrager H2 FlexForm
Seatpost Bontrager Nebula

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4.5 stars

(based on 143 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (125)
  • Great components  (63)
  • Handles well  (62)
  • Comfortable  (59)
  • Durable  (55)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better  (10)
  • Uncomfortable seat  (10)
  • Brakes  (4)
  • Poor Off-road Handling  (4)
  • Poor Component Selection  (4)

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (91)
  • Pavement  (48)
  • Casual riding  (47)
  • Exercising  (28)
  • Road biking  (19)

Reviewed by 143 customers

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid bike!

By Adam

from Morrison, Illinois

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Quick

Cons

  • Shifting

Best Uses

  • Fitness
  • Road Biking
  • Commuting/City

Comments:

I use this bike for fitness and casual rides. I've been on rides of a few miles to 25 miles (so far) for pace and just cruising. I either go on stand-alone rides or after other workouts. It is awesome! It's comfortable and quick. Very lightweight and durable. I've put a LOT of miles on it since April and haven't had any issues. The only issue I might be able to gripe about is the way that it shifts. It isn't the smoothest shifting between gears. I took it for it's break-in tune-up and it still does it, so I think it might just be something I have to get used to. I used to ride a Mongoose mountain bike for long rides on the road and paths, so this is a whole different animal. Not really a major issue. Overall, I love the bike and would recommend it to anyone riding for fitness & recreation!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works like a charm

By Walt

from Northern Virginia

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail riding
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    I use the bike to ride in the city and on paved and unpaved trails. It is quick and maneuverable in the city and sure footed on trails.

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Beautiful Bike / Poor Mix of Drivetrain.

    By MLB Fan

    from Metairie, LA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Versatile
    • Attractive
    • Bontrager Components
    • Frame Geometry

    Cons

    • Poor Value
    • Poor Drivetrain
    • Drivetrain Vibration

    Best Uses

    • Bike Tours
    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    Purchased new, but from day 1 there is an annoying drivetrain vibration felt in the pedals during pedaling. Taking it back to my local bike shop for troubleshooting. Noticed right away upon further investigation that there is a slight visible wobble on one of the higher gears of my rear cassette. Will have them check out the Bottom Bracket also. Other than that, what a cool looking bike! My dealer is great too. IMO, this bike should be built with Shimano Deore XT M-780 as the standard drivetrain; not mixed up with SORA, R-440, and basic bottom of the barrel DEORE and SRAM scraps. Plan to upgrade the drivetrain right away to a better group, ex: Shimano XT or XTR or a higher end SRAM equivalent. I am going with an XT component upgrade package.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    workhorse

    By tank

    from ayrshire, scotland

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Does What Its Made For

    Cons

    • Gearing Poor
    • Saddle

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments:

    its ok but leaves you wanting more.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Definately an "A" but not an "A+"

    By JaDawg

    from Vancouver, WA

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Great Disc Brakes
    • Agile
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Gears - Shifter

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    I purchased this bike 12 months ago and have approximately 1,900 miles on it to date. I am 95% a commuter and 5% recreational rider. I ride in a mix of urban and rural environments in SW Washington State, with plenty of rainy day rides. I researched similar Raleigh and Specialized bikes prior to buying the Trek 7.5, with disc brakes. First the good news....Overall, I am very satisfied. The bike is comfortable, agile and light. I am exceptionally pleased with the disc brakes. They have worked flawlessly and prevented urban collisions on at least three or four occasions. These brakes rock, wet or dry. The Shimano Deore components are a disappointment. I consistently cant get a shift right in the middle of the gearing, which is exceptionally frustrating in traffic. After the sixth adjustment I gave up on the hope that the root cause was cable stretch and am resigned to the fact that the components just aren't good quality. For the occasional rider, this would likely never be an issue. For the person who commutes 100 miles a week, this is a source of aggravation. I would give this bike a perfect score if the shifting and gearing worked consistently. Last note....The OEM tires were advertised as "reinforced" tires. Maybe so but I endured six flats last year. (changing a rear flat with the disc brakes on the road takes some practice!)I have replaced the OEM tires with Continental Gator Skins in hopes of better luck this year.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Three Years and Counting

    By road_rider

    from Corinth, TX

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Stylish
    • Versatile
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Fitness
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I purchased the Trek 7.5 FX in February of 2009 as a fitness bike. My average is about 125 - 150 miles per week of road-only riding. I can't say enough good things about this bicycle. The 2009 version came equipped with a 3x9 front/rear configuration. It provides excellent compensation for hilly terrain and more than enough drive for flat, open stetches. As I had grown older, the crouched position associated with a road bike had become very uncomfortable, almost unbearable on longer rides. I had also noticed that a large portion of the folks I saw on road bikes were typically sitting upright with their hands positioned on the flat portion of the handlebar anyway. I thought to myself, 'Why not just go for a hybrid with a flat bar and be comfortable?' My search led me to the Trek 7.5 FX. I did, however, immediately replace the original seat. I am over 50 and never really warmed to the notion of a self-induced 'wedgie.' I imagined some demon-posessed masochist had designed the seat. It was a quick and easy replacement. The rear trigger-fire shifter also wore out and had to be replaced after about two years of use. The Shimano replacement was a slightly different version so I wound up changing out both front and rear shifters. No big deal. If you are looking for a dependable, comfortable and stylish bicycle loaded with great features, buy this one. You won't be disappointed.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very impressed. Great bike!

      By Landon

      from College Station, TX

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Handles well
      • Fast
      • Versatile
      • Absorbs Shock Well
      • Quiet
      • Tires
      • Attractive
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth ride
      • Easy to use
      • FUN
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City
      • College

      Comments:

      I use this bike to get around on campus at my university and the roads and paths can be really bumpy. Though it doesn't absorb all of the shock, I was very impressed with how smooth the ride is. I took it out for 6.5 miles on my very first ride, right after I picked it up from the local bike shop. It performed very well, was surprisingly fast and responsive, and was a great workout. This bike is everything I needed and wanted plus more. I absolutely love it. Thank you, Trek!

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Versatile, capable bike

      By Mike

      from Brookline, MA

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I upgraded from a 1998 27-lb. Trek 7500 (the older style, without a front suspension) to a 2012 FX 7.5, and liked it enough to buy a 2011 FX 7.5 that was on factory closeout ( in July 2012). The 2011 version (3 front chain rings; 7 rear cogs; chain guard) is used to commute in Boston traffic and on leisurely weekend rides. The 2012 version (2 chain rings and 9 rear cogs; no chain guard) is used for riding in rolling country in New Hampshire. Both bikes are lighter, more rigid and more responsive than the Trek 7500 was, with quick, sure shifting on both front and rear gears. The 7.5 feels solid and maneuverable in urban traffic, although you have to be careful not to bump a car mirror with the wide handlebars when you go alongside a line of cars stopped at a red light. The frame and especially the front fork handles the bumps on city streets very well, but you'll know you're not riding on air. The bike that's used mostly for country roads comes with two front chain wheels, one with 34 teeth and one with 50. There's a big jump in the gear ratio when you go from the one chain wheel to the next, so you're likely to want to shift to a different rear cog immediately. In contrast, the three chain wheels on the 2011 model with 48/36/26 teeth make a smaller changes in the final ratio when you move from one chain wheel to the next. Trek is selling the 2 chain wheel / 9 rear cog gearing as an upgrade, but after maybe 100 miles, I don't like it. It may just take some getting used to, but I may have an intermediate third chain wheel installed. The brakes are very good and not noisy. According to the manual, the handlebar stem needs to be raised by a bike repair person, so get the bike shop to set it where you want it before you take it home, or you'll end up bringing it back. The 2012 model came with a printed manual full of warnings about the risks of cycling and some basic maintenance info. It also came with a manual on a DVD, but for more details on many components you have to go to the component maker's website and download an instruction sheet. The dealer who sold me the 2011 bike didn't provide either the printed manual or DVD, and Trek customer service did not respond to a request for a printed manual, but Trek makes it available in PDF form on line at www.bike-manual.com. The standard pedals don't come with clips for bike shoes or with toe clips, which I added. The design of the Bontrager "Flex Form" seat makes it difficult but not impossible to attach straps for tool pack to the seat rails. The eyelets for mounting a rack on the 15" frame are so low that my standard rack taken from my old bike sits at a slant, but that can be remedied with a Bontrager eyeleted seatpost clamp set up a bit on the seat post, or a more adjustable rack like one Trek offers. The bike comes with fairly smooth 28 mm wide tires. I took it on a rail trail that has a packed cinder/stone dust surface and it was OK at modest speeds. If you want to use an FX 7.5 on well-maintained, well-packed trails it would be a good idea to get wider tires. It doesn't seem well suited to unpaved surfaces that aren't tightly packed. But it's a very good bike for a city commute. And apart from the concern about the big ratio jump between the two front chain wheels, it's also good on paved country roads.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Solid bike with some reservations

        By Joe

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Short errands
            • Casual riding

            Comments:

            50 year old male - deserved a new bike after more than 25 years on a steel, Nishiki touring bike. Weight, as you might imagine, was much lighter. Maybe because of the weight distribution, the handlebars seemed to rapidly vibrate more than my Nishiki. You can't beat the speed. The shifters and derailers are excellent. The seat sucks. I bought a new seat and it changed my entire impression of the bike. The 7.5fx is fast on the level and descents. Uphill it's a matter of spinning quickly and sitting a bit forward on the climb. Brakes are solid. Overall, it's a much different geometry than a traditional road bike. Everything from your hands to your head and even your feet feel elevated. Complete opposite from my Specialized mtn bike. Carbon fork, when tested at the dealer, was much better at smoothing out the bumps, although it's probably the other 7.5 upgrades from the 7.4 that sold me. Lastly, the pedals seem a bit lower grade than I would have expected. We'll see how they work out. I give the bike 4 stars instead of 5 because of the seat. For commuting alone, I would recommend a 7.2fx. This was more of a treat than a rational buy.

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            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great all around bike

            By Ice428

            from Kankakee, Ill

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Looks good
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments:

              I ride the FX 7.5 everyday to work which is only 7 miles round trip but very comfortable. I also ride with a group of cyclists on the weekends and we do anywhere from 40-80 miles on those days. I'm the only one that doesn't use a "road bike" and I have no problems staying with the ground or taking my turn pulling. The FX really helps with comfort on my back because you don't lean over like you would on a road bike. You still get the toughness of a mountain bike without the weight. The breaks could be a little better but overall this bike does everything I need it to do.

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