Trek 7.3 vs 7.4

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  1. OldTimer79

    OldTimer79 New Member

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    Just getting back into riding. Years ago I lived on my bike. Anyway I am looking at the Trek fitness bikes. Figure on riding 4-10 hours per week mostly roads but also bike trails. With that in mind, should I opt for the 7.4 with the Deore or is the 7.3 with the Alivio going to be just fine for my anticipated riding?
     
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  2. ca441970

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    It all depends on your wallet. I opted for the carbon fork and the better derailleur. But then I ended up buying a Deore front derailleur, Deore hallowtech 2 crank, Deore shitfers, Deore brakes, Avid levers, carbon post, carbon bar ends, Selle seat, Vittoria 25c tires, Wellgo magnesium MG-1 pedals. So I ended up buying a $1200+ bike... If you plan on leaving it as is, I would say definitely go for the 7.4 for the extra $100. I'm just nuts and love to upgrade the crap out of my bikes like I did with my Specialized Crossroads. Paid $600, have $1000 into it, and still not done. The 7.4 is great... I love it.
     
  3. OldTimer79

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    Test rode both the 7.3 and 7.4 this morning.

    I would say the 7.4 has better shifters but not by much. And I really noticed barely, if any, difference in the way they rode (the carbon fork on the 7.4 over the 7.3's standard fork).

    I will probably test ride the 7.4 Disc when the store gets one in, just to see if the brakes are that much better. Originally I was thinking discs so that riding in rain and snow would be easier/safer. But I am considering keeping my old mountain bike Fuji just for bad weather biking, that way I am keeping the new Trek out of wet weather. If I do that, regular brakes would probably be just fine.
     
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    I think you would be fine with the V brakes. I have Deore V brakes in my 7.4, and they stop better than My Avid BB7's did on my Marlin.
     
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