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Old 06-10-11, 02:25 PM
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Trek FX 7.3 WSD ok for a Man?

Hi I am new here, I am thinking about buying a Hybrid bike and I came across one of my neighbors who just bought a Trek FX 7.3 WSD 17inch and his wife is not riding it, so he offered to sell it to me for $300. I rode it and it fitted me perfect. Its not a step through so I cant tell the difference in looks and it looks exactly like his 7.5. I did some research and the notable difference is the narrower handle bars and seat. Is the price too good to pass up or should i just get non-wsd Trek Fx 7.3? i need answers today before he changes his mind.

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Old 06-10-11, 02:31 PM
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What does a new FX 7.3 WSD go for?
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Old 06-10-11, 02:33 PM
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Around $700 out the door w/ tax here where I live. Thanks for the fast response.
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Old 06-10-11, 02:39 PM
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If it fits you buy it. I think the WSD just meant the seat tube is shorter and the top tube is longer since women are supposed to have shorter legs and longer torso's proportionally compared to men.
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Old 06-10-11, 02:53 PM
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Act funny about whether or not you want to be seen on a girl's bike and explain you were hoping to acquire a stiffer lighter, diamond frame (men's) bike, but maybe you could take it off his hands for $250. Hold your ground, but if he won't budge $300 sounds like a good price.
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Old 06-10-11, 03:04 PM
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LOL, he's a good neighbor, $300 is a good price already. If I do get it, I would probably change the handle bars and seat. Does anyone know how much that would cost as upgrades. And as far as the seat how much would it cost to upgrade to the Flex form seat thats on the 7.5. Better yet how much or what can I upgrade for an additional $300? Again thanks for the fast replies
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Old 06-10-11, 03:08 PM
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If you like the bike buy it. You can get very nice handlebars and a seat for $300. You will be able to sell it for what you have in it and use the new handlebars and seat on your next bike.

Brooks B-17 saddle

www.nashbar.com for nice handlebar options
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Old 06-10-11, 03:16 PM
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Are the handlebars/seat really narrower on the women's bike or have I got that backwards? In either case, ride it awhile. You probably will not need to make those changes to be comfortable. Don't be so anxious to double your expenditure! Before changing components, spend on helmet, pump, patch kit, spare tube, tire levers, multi-tool, lock, lights. Maybe gloves, biking shorts, rack and bag(s). I know I'm forgetting something... . Also consider barends, bike shoes and clipless pedals. Sunglasses, bike jersey, rain jacket...
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Old 06-10-11, 04:03 PM
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Only thing that might bother me is knowing that the bike is made for a woman, being manly as I am , I might regret it.
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Old 06-10-11, 04:06 PM
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The Trek 7.3 WSD - strong enough for a man, but made for a woman

Just busting chops...if it works, go for it. Last I checked, I don't think Trek was injecting the WSD frames with estrogen or anything, so you're safe
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Old 06-10-11, 10:49 PM
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I went to my local LBS and sat on the Trek FX 7.3 17.5 inch and the 7.3 WSD 17 inch and he told me the WSD was much a better fit for me since I have shorter arms. And to tell you the honest truth I couldnt tell em apart when they were side by side. Saving $400 is actually well worth it.
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I ride mens bikes all the time and nobody's made any comments yet!
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I agree with the others.
Makes no difference if it is a WSD. Fit makes the difference.
I think you will regret it if you don't pick up that good deal.
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Old 06-11-11, 08:55 AM
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Since your LBS says the WSD is a better fit for you, I'd go for it. Nice deal for you. (And we won't tell anyone you're riding a WSD bike, promise.)
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Now I need a little help deciding, while I was at the LBS, I saw these 2 awesome bikes, I can get them out the door for around $650 out the door each, Cannondale Quick 3, the other was a Bianchi, forgot what model. Do you guys think the Trek 7.3 for $300 is to much of a good deal to pass up or these 2 models better bikes for the price. What do you guys think.


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Old 06-11-11, 11:54 AM
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The best deal is the one you test ride and you don't want to get off of when you get back to where you started. The trek is a good deal but if one of the other bikes just feels more fun to ride you will get more use out of it. I am sure others can compare and contrast the various aspects of all the bikes but what comes down to is which one feels right? If they all are relatively the same to you then go with the trek and save your money for accessories.
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I guess I am just waiting for that straight answer, knowing this bike is made for a woman, and and me thinking in the back of my head if people will notice. LOL and what my neighbor would think and tell all his friends and saying to them "damn my neighbor is a fool, I just sold him a woman's bike" I guess it's just my self-conscious, and the machismo inside of me saying "DON'T DO IT BROTHA!"
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The Trek sounds like a bargain for $300.
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Originally Posted by Rob13 View Post
I guess I am just waiting for that straight answer, knowing this bike is made for a woman, and and me thinking in the back of my head if people will notice. LOL and what my neighbor would think and tell all his friends and saying to them "damn my neighbor is a fool, I just sold him a woman's bike" I guess it's just my self-conscious, and the machismo inside of me saying "DON'T DO IT BROTHA!"

Does it have pink flowers or purple polka dots? If not, no one will likely notice anything is amiss.
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If i had a friend who bought a WSD i would constantly give them ****.
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If i had a friend who bought a WSD i would constantly give them ****.
LOL, I probably would too.
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But hey, I rather ride a bike that fits then ride a bike that's uncomfortable, which this was the case. I was too stretched out on the 17.5 men's and the 17 WSD was perfect. I was not hunched over as much. Only place it has WSD on it was the seat, which will be the 1st thing I would be replacing.
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Its fine, as long as its not noticable, a few years back I rode a cansdale r 800 womens road bike for 3 or 4 years, I later sold the bike and bought a hybrid with drops.
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Looking at Trek's website, teh head tube and top tubes are shorter on comparably sized WSD 7.5FX. Not sure about the 7.3FX since the current 7.3FX has step through frame.
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Nobody will know. Get the bike unless you love the others a lot more. Why the heck do they have to call them women specific anyway? The design is for a particular body type. Some women do better with the "men's specific design" so of course some men are going to do better with a "women's specific design."
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