Trek 7.1 FX Hybrid Bike Review

trek 7.1 FX

Trek 7.1 FX is one of Trek’s best selling models. For £350- £375, you get a lot of features for your money which will appeal to a broad spectrum of commuting cyclists.

It’s not surprising why it is so popular. For most commuters and newbie cyclists sticking to roads, this bike does pretty much everything you need. It is reliable, solid and gives a good riding experience without any expensive extravagances.
Trek FX 7.1
It comes with 21 gears, and a very low ratio for getting up steep hills. Some may find the top gear of 48*14 a little on the slow side. You have to maintain a pretty high cadence to get over 25mph.
Trek FX 7.1
But, I doubt most people buying this will be worried at a lack of high end speed. If you are, you’re probably buying the  wrong bike, and should look at a cheap road bike.

Trek FX 7.1

On the downside, the bike is a little heavy and rigid. If you’re riding over rough terrain like a canal path, your hands will certainly start to feel the vibrations on these minimal handlebar grips Despite the 35″ tyres, even riding around Leeds city centre I thought it a little tough.

If you can upgrade to the next FX model like the Trek 7.2 Fx – you get a lighter weight frame and more cushioning in the handlebars.
As I am used to riding stiff road bikes, this rigidity isn’t a big disadvantage to me, but, if real comfort is important, you may want to look at other hybrid bikes with suspension and a more forgiving set up.
Trek FX 7.1
On the plus side of comfort, I thought the Bontrager SSR saddle was excellent. Lovely shape and padding make it really quite comfortable.

Trek FX 7.1
Gears within easy reach.

The gears are easy to use. Not instantaneous, but good enough given it is based on the lower end of the Shimano scale. You need to think ahead to get a burst of speed from lights, but, I was quite happy with the Shimano gears clicking away.

Trek FX 7.1

The brakes are Tektro lever pull – quite a common option for this type of hybrid bike. They offer reasonable, if unspectacular performance. Again an upgrade to disc brakes offers a significant improvement.

Handling

Pretty good. The set up is closer to road bike than mountain bike. Though the position can be adjusted with the riser bar. It felt nimble enough riding around town. Again solid and reliable rather than cutting edge.

Commuting

Trek FX 7.1
Comes with mudguard and pannier holes, that you can add onto if you want. For overall commuting, the Trek 7.1 FX is a good all rounder. Fast enough to outperform thicker mountain bike style bikes, but with a greater stability to more aggressive road bikes.

Puncture Protection

Bontrager tyres. Uncertain of how these compare over time. There are better puncture resistance tyres on the market, which can always be added to.

Overall,

This best-selling hybrid bike is popular with good reason. Trek know what a typical hybrid bike buyer is looking for. It gives very solid performance, though as someone who has ridden many different bikes, it does leave you dreaming of upgrading to get better features.

Sizing.

Trek bikes come in a variety of sizing so will fit most riders. There is also a womens version with step through frame.

Who Would This  Bike suit?

It would suit someone on a very strict budget of keeping the price down to below £350. If you’re the kind of bike rider looking for something special and a bit of zip, you will have to save more money. But, if you want a solid hybrid bike with minimum of fuss, then you can’t go too wrong with the Trek 7.1 FX.

Note: it wouldn’t be a great buy for any substantial off-road riding because the rigidity make for an unforgiving ride.

Manufacturer Specifications

Frame: FX Alpha White Aluminium
Fork: – High-tensile steel w/lowrider mounts, straight blades
Front Derailleur: -High-tensile steel w/lowrider mounts, straight blades
Rear Derailleur: – Shimano Acera
Number of Gears: – 21
Shifters: – Shimano EF51, 7-speed trigger
Chainset: – Shimano M131
Chainrings: – 48/38/28 Tooth
Cassette: -Shimano 14-34, 7 speed
Pedals: -Nylon platform
Brakes -  Tektro linear pull brakes w/Shimano EF51 levers
Handlebars: – Bontrager Approved, steel, 30mm rise
Stem: -Bontrager Approved, alloy, 15 degree
Headset: – Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Grips: -Bontrager Satellite, dual density
Rims: -Alloy hubs; Bontrager 750 32-hole double-wall alloy rims
Hubs: – Alloy hubs; Bontrager 750 32-hole double-wall alloy rims
Spokes: -Alloy hubs; Bontrager 750 32-hole double-wall alloy rims
Tyres: Bontrager H2, 700x35c
Saddle: – Bontrager SSR
Seatpost: – Bontrager SSR, alloy
Weight: 12.5Kg approx.
 

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One Response to Trek 7.1 FX Hybrid Bike Review

  1. Ron Richings August 7, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    One area where I think you may be off-base is the question of gearing. Depending on the age and fitness of the rider, and particularly when used for commuting and other utility purposes, this bike and many others like it may be significantly ‘over geared’. Add on fenders, a rear rack, and stuff that commuters regularly carry and those low-end gears may not be adequate.
    If I were equipping this bike for such use, at a minimum I would swap out the 28 front ring in favour of a 24 — and might add an inexpensive chain keeper. Going further, I would swap the crankset for a 22 – 32 – 42/44/46 ‘mountain’ triple.
    I see far too many riders suffering with low gears that are inadequate for their needs. Often they simply give up cycling, thinking that there is something wrong with them. In reality it may just be equipment that is not well suited to their needs.
    My thoughts, in any event.

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