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Trek 7.1 FX
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Trek

7.1 FX
2011

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5.0 stars
 (24 Reviews)
 

2011 Trek 7.1 FX

From commuting, to fitness riding, to all-around fun, Trek's 7.1 FX gets you there. The zippy Trek aluminum frame with big, 700c wheels speeds you over hills and across town with ease, while the upright riding position and wide cushy seat allows you to ride in total comfort. Speaking of hills, you've got 21 gears to get you up and over, and powerful linear-pull brakes to guide you back down. On the versatile 7.1 FX the world is yours.

 
Specification Description
Frame Trek Alpha White aluminum
Fork High-tensile-steel
Rims/Wheels Matrix 750
Hubs Aluminum
Tires Bontrager H2, 700 x 35c
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 48/38/28
Front Derailleur Shimano
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 14-34
Shifters Shimano EF51
Handlebars Bontrager
Tape/Grips Bontrager
Stem Bontrager Satellite
Brake Levers Shimano EF51
Brakes Tektro linear-pull
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager SSR
Seatpost Bontrager SSR

* Subject to change without notice.

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5.0 stars

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Pros

  • Lightweight  (20)
  • Great components  (15)
  • Durable  (15)
  • Fast  (6)
  • Handles well  (6)

Cons

  • Poor Off-road Handling  (4)
  • Uncomfortable seat  (3)
  • Heavy 
  • Trouble going to 1 gear 
  • Could use higher gears 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (18)
  • Pavement  (18)
  • Exercising  (6)
  • Casual riding  (4)
  • Racing  (2)

Reviewed by 24 customers

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4.0

Great Commuter

By Cyclebum

from Appleton, WI

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Handles Well
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Casual Riding

    Comments:

    Bought this bike after a great deal of research and absolutely LOVE it for commuting after adding rack, and fenders to it. It is a great bike for the price, and a great commuter. It is a little bit of a dog as far as top end speed, but it is not a road bike so I guess I should have expected that. I will keep it as a commuter and definitely purchase a road bike for weekend rides with my roady friends.

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    5.0

    Great Bike

    By Tcreger

    from Louisville, ky

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Responsive
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Serious Training
      • Racing
      • Exercising

      Comments:

      Great!!

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      5.0

      Great Commuter

      By Commuter

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Good Geometry

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Commuting

        Comments:

        This is my first real bike in about 10 years. I recently decided to commute by bike and started looking for a suitable bike. This bike is light and fast and still has a comfortable upright riding position. Overall, a great bike whether you use it for exercise or serious commuting.

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        5.0

        Great Bike

        By JPEG22

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        After buying a [$] bike and taking it back, I decided to spend a little bit of money and buy a "name brand" bike. I visited all of the bike shops in town and decided on the Trek 7.1 after test riding it. It was a little more than I was going to spend but I think it was well worth it. I also bought my step son a Trek 3500 at the same time. This bike is very fast and easy to operate. I've enjoyed it so far and look forward to spending a lot of time riding this summer.

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        5.0

        Graet Trek Bike

        By Beast

        from Annapolis

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Handels easily
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive
        • Goes up hills easily
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Trouble going to 1 gear

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Serious Training
        • Racing
        • Climbing
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        the bike is great nothing to complain about it. The only problem is swiching in to gear one, but that gear dosent go fast any way. I love my bike.

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        5.0

        Perfect whiz and bang.

        By Easy Rider

        from Wisconsin Rapids

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Fast and Smooth
        • Handles Well
        • Responsive
        • Fast

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Commuting
        • Exercising

        Comments:

        Great for bike rides, and commuting. Great gears, very fasionable, and easy to ride. Amazing price and durable.

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        5.0

        Fast Ride!!!

        By Just me

        from Texas

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Great Components
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Road
          • Pavement

          Comments:

          Being a novice rider, I don't have much to compare this bike too but I'm really impressed. I purchased a cheap bike about five months ago, just to see if I would enjoy biking. After 600 miles and constant repairs I decided to purchase the Trek 7.1. I've only had it for a short while but I love it so far. It's fast, light weight, and seems to be extremely durable. Did I mention that I'm 6'3" 290 lbs? It holds up as I pass the little skinny guys. I would have never imagined that I would buy a bike like this, but if this is an entry level Trek, I can't imagine how they could get any better.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          luv this bike

          By nolongerBIGGMATT

          from Island Lake, Illinois

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Great Components
          • Lightweight
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Could use higher gears

          Best Uses

          • Fitness
          • Pavement

          Comments:

          After years of sitting on the couch getting fat, I decided to get out exercise, but don't like running. My mountain bike was too slow for the pavement so I bought the FX 7.1 and it is so much fun. Fast, lightweight, plenty of low gears to use until I get used to riding again and just good looking. Good value for the money. Can't wait to get home every night so I can go out for a ride.

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          (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Performance Meets Urban Practicality

          By Mark Dalius

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Perfect Niche Design
          • Upright Riding Position
          • Great Components
          • Fast
          • Great Value

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Pavement

          Comments:

          If Trek had developed the FX series in 1992, I'm convinced that the 90's mountain bike craze wouldn't have happened. For those who won't read the whole review, just read this: if you live in an urban environment, require an agile yet flexible bike that performs like a road bike on smooth pavement but can handle massive hills and the odd gravel spill with aplomb, and you need your rides to do double-duty as grocery retrieval and bank deposit missions, this is the bike you need. It was built for your exact purpose. Go buy it now and savor your contribution to the global economy. For everyone else, let's face it: just like SUVs, 75% of mountain bikes never see gravel, much less the kind of glorious singletrack they publish in bike magazines. I myself used to push a knobby-tired 26-incher around the semi-paved roads of Central PA far more than I ever took it up into the woods, and, while my current home in Boston is pretty smart about using skinny tires on pavement, I still see plenty of suspension forks bobbing up and down as folks wheel around the Charles River. That said, this fat, out-of-shape 30-something was looking to get back into the sport--as it turns out, running on sidewalks actually hurts more than the calorie burn is worth--and I died a little inside every time I read the word "hybrid." Don't misunderstand me: if you've got 8 kids, you need a van, but the svelte, 19-year-old part of my brain didn't want to let go of the idea of drop bars and skinny tires for asphalt, bar ends and mud-slingers for trails, and hybrids for those who couldn't make up their minds. I definitely wasn't ready to do a suspension seatpost, amazingly comfortable though they may be, and the very thought of putting some sort of rack over the back tire conjured images of purple streamers and a big silver bell sprouting from my handlebars. But the fact remained that the hybrid model made the most sense. Yes, I could put slicks on a mountain bike, but why bother when 700c wheels will always be faster? You don't need suspension on pavement unless you like bobbing up and down. And from the road bike side of things, my flabby thighs would require a triple and probably some custom granny gears to get me around the hills of Allston/Brighton. Also not a great idea to have your head down in the drops in a city with shockingly insane drivers--myself included, to be fair. But I didn't want to give up the idea of performance, and the idea of a bike I could grow into. I pictured hybrids as these milquetoast runabouts just one coaster brake from being a beach cruiser, and I didn't want to go there. Enter the FX series. Trek, are you listening in to my phone calls? Reading my blog? You're doing something right, because this bike is purpose-constructed. Road-geometry frame for speed and power. 700c wheels and nice Bontrager city tires with juuust enough bite to get you through the odd bit of sewer runoff or spilled gravel. An absolutely twitchy front end that begs you to take corners like the pavement was the ice-cream variety of rocky road and you wanted a lick. But the "urban" part of the design is not neglected. A sweet granny gear in the back will allow you to stay mounted as you ascend the most egregious upgrade, even if joggers will be passing you while you're pedaling (it happened today, as a matter of fact). I also bit the bullet and added a rack, the idea being that if I could throw a few 12-packs of adult beverages behind me, I might be more likely to do some pedaling for the reward. I replaced the standard nylon pedals with metal and toe clips--would you believe you can actually use them with flip-flops? It's true. Other accessories included a bottle cage, a cyclecomputer, and my old saddlebag and U-lock as fished out of the basement storage. A white Trek Vapor helmet matched the frame--my years as a motorcyclist taught me the importance of vehicle-rider fashion coordination--and is as cool and light as helmets costing three times as much back in the day. If there is one downside, it's the weight. It's not heavy, but neither is it as light as I would have expected, given the advances in aluminum frame construction since I last did any real pedaling. I think my cro-moly MTB might have been lighter. But in fairness, it was a long time ago, it was a smaller frame, it didn't have a rack on the back, and at the time, I was upgrading from a department store bike to a real bike, which probably made a bigger impression on me in terms of relative weight. And, like the guy at my local shop said, most people are more interested in using the bike to take weight off themselves, than in taking weight off the bike. So far, the FX 7.1 has been exceptional as a city runabout, and I've ridden on errands and fun, exploratory rides of the alleys and twisty streets of this city. To reiterate, if you're looking for a city bike that doesn't sacrifice performance for practicality, give the FX 7.1 a ride. See you out there.

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          4.0

          Easy, Fun, Flexible!

          By Zippy

          from Long Beach, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Great Components
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Pavement
            • Commuting

            Comments:

            Great bike! I bought this bike around two weeks ago and have already put in around 150 miles on it. It is that much fun to ride. It handles the road great and smoothly. You can keep up with other cyclists very easily, not to mention go very fast. I wouldn't trade this bike for anything!

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