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Old 10-06-19, 07:42 PM
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Congrats!!! Salsa makes very good bikes, and that one lo
Did you get teal or purple? They're both different
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Old 10-07-19, 07:00 AM
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Ooh -- both of those colors are pretty funky! I don't dislike either one of them, but I'm not sure which I'd choose. Either way, it looks like a very nice bike. I hope you have many happy miles with it!
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Old 10-08-19, 11:00 AM
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The FX6S is a great bike, and I've been nothing but happy with my 2019. The biggest improvement was changing out the stock tires to tubeless. I've put about 3k miles on it in a little over a year with zero issues. I recently bought a Niner RDO carbon gravel bike, and since that time my poor FX6S has sat dormant. The Niner is just so much more fun on the dirt/road and soaks up bumps much better. I'll keep the FX6 around with some fenders for dirty day duty or rides that are 100% road.



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Old 12-02-19, 08:52 PM
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Newbie here. First post. Just bought a 2019 FX6S at LBS. Test rode it on back streets for about 45 minutes. Nice ride but have to check tire pressures, great brakes, responsive, seat seems ok for short riding so far, needs Ergon risers for more hand options..... But the brakes---Shifting 2 front gears up and down is smooth but shifting the rear to smaller sprocket sizes is clunky and lags. Going to larger gears is ok. LBS adjusted it but not any better. Comments? Thanks.
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Old 12-03-19, 06:17 PM
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The FX6S is a great bike, and I've been nothing but happy with my 2019. The biggest improvement was changing out the stock tires to tubeless. I've put about 3k miles on it in a little over a year with zero issues. I recently bought a Niner RDO carbon gravel bike, and since that time my poor FX6S has sat dormant. The Niner is just so much more fun on the dirt/road and soaks up bumps much better. I'll keep the FX6 around with some fenders for dirty day duty or rides that are 100% road.
I had a very similar experience, but I ended up trading in my FXS6 to The Pro's Closet. The FX was the first bike I purchased after a long hiatus from cycling. I thought I was too old in my forties to ride drop-bar. I was so very wrong. I ended up buying road bikes that then relegated the FX to disuse. I tried to spruce it up by lowering the bars by flipping the stem, putting Panaracer GravelKing SK 35c (which is the largest it officially supports per Trek, though visually it seems to me you can squeeze 38s in there) and running it tubeless. It did improve the ride, but I realized there is no substitute for a true drop-bar frame.

I ended up buying a Giant Revolt and it was the best decision I made. Now I have 3 bikes I love to alternate between, all for different use cases. Hopefully Pro's Closet will find a good home for the FX, with someone who appreciates the bike. It is a well made machine, just ended up being the wrong decision for me.
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Old 12-04-19, 11:42 AM
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I had a very similar experience, but I ended up trading in my FXS6 to The Pro's Closet. The FX was the first bike I purchased after a long hiatus from cycling. I thought I was too old in my forties to ride drop-bar. I was so very wrong. I ended up buying road bikes that then relegated the FX to disuse. I tried to spruce it up by lowering the bars by flipping the stem, putting Panaracer GravelKing SK 35c (which is the largest it officially supports per Trek, though visually it seems to me you can squeeze 38s in there) and running it tubeless. It did improve the ride, but I realized there is no substitute for a true drop-bar frame.

I ended up buying a Giant Revolt and it was the best decision I made. Now I have 3 bikes I love to alternate between, all for different use cases. Hopefully Pro's Closet will find a good home for the FX, with someone who appreciates the bike. It is a well made machine, just ended up being the wrong decision for me.
I totally understand. I was completely in love with my FX6S and put over 3,000 miles on her until I bought a Niner RDO carbon gravel bike. Since that purchase, the Trek has been ridden exactly zero miles! The drop bar gravel bike just does everything better for what I need. Let me know how your Pro's Closet sale goes. At this point, I'm hanging onto the Trek FX6 as a back up bike, but if I could get decent $$ I'd sell.
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Old 12-04-19, 12:00 PM
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I totally understand. I was completely in love with my FX6S and put over 3,000 miles on her until I bought a Niner RDO carbon gravel bike. Since that purchase, the Trek has been ridden exactly zero miles! The drop bar gravel bike just does everything better for what I need. Let me know how your Pro's Closet sale goes. At this point, I'm hanging onto the Trek FX6 as a back up bike, but if I could get decent $$ I'd sell.
I just got an email saying they received and checked out the bike and are honoring the quote, so "the check will soon be in the mail". The quotes are non-binding (you have 72 hours to take action) so once you're ready to sell I'd just submit a request for quote. You have to describe in detail the condition of the bike, and also have to upload two pics of your bike, one from each side. They'll send you a quote with 3 offers:
  • one for credit towards a Pro's Closet purchase, which is the highest dollar offer
  • one for credit towards a purchase/trade-in with one of their LBS partners (you can use their website to find the ones nearest you), this is the middle amount, and you save a hassle in that the partner store boxes and packs it up for you. Trust me this was a pain in the ass even though I got tons of free boxes and packing stuff from my various LBSs.
  • one for a check, this is the lowest amount, but obviously cash lets you buy what you want from anywhere. They email you a FEDEX shipping label.
Keep in mind my bike was essentially "like new" so your offer may not be this high. And mine was completely stock (well I upgraded to tubeless and Panaracer GravelKings but I am pretty sure they didn't factor that in the offer price). My three prices were $1016, $928, $884. So I lost about half the purchase price, I got it on sale for $1799 and no tax on Memorial Day special. I strongly considered the middle option but I rode an Aspero, Grevil and Stigmata at the LBS partner shop and really preferred the Revolt, and they didn't carry Giant, so I had to take cash.

But what I didn't have to do was go through the hassle of reselling to a third party. I tried Craigslist and OfferUp and it was infuriating the amount of "fake interest" and lowballers that respond to your ad. A couple I think wanted to meet in a back alley to take it off my hands for me. I had it up for 10 days and not one single legitimate offer. I think I'm pretty much in a good place for a while with my bikes now, I have my aero, my racing/climbing, and now my gravel/commute bike. But if I ever decide to trade-in, I'll likely go with Pro's Closet again.
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Old 12-04-19, 12:39 PM
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I just got an email saying they received and checked out the bike and are honoring the quote, so "the check will soon be in the mail". The quotes are non-binding (you have 72 hours to take action) so once you're ready to sell I'd just submit a request for quote. You have to describe in detail the condition of the bike, and also have to upload two pics of your bike, one from each side. They'll send you a quote with 3 offers:
  • one for credit towards a Pro's Closet purchase, which is the highest dollar offer
  • one for credit towards a purchase/trade-in with one of their LBS partners (you can use their website to find the ones nearest you), this is the middle amount, and you save a hassle in that the partner store boxes and packs it up for you. Trust me this was a pain in the ass even though I got tons of free boxes and packing stuff from my various LBSs.
  • one for a check, this is the lowest amount, but obviously cash lets you buy what you want from anywhere. They email you a FEDEX shipping label.
Keep in mind my bike was essentially "like new" so your offer may not be this high. And mine was completely stock (well I upgraded to tubeless and Panaracer GravelKings but I am pretty sure they didn't factor that in the offer price). My three prices were $1016, $928, $884. So I lost about half the purchase price, I got it on sale for $1799 and no tax on Memorial Day special. I strongly considered the middle option but I rode an Aspero, Grevil and Stigmata at the LBS partner shop and really preferred the Revolt, and they didn't carry Giant, so I had to take cash.

But what I didn't have to do was go through the hassle of reselling to a third party. I tried Craigslist and OfferUp and it was infuriating the amount of "fake interest" and lowballers that respond to your ad. A couple I think wanted to meet in a back alley to take it off my hands for me. I had it up for 10 days and not one single legitimate offer. I think I'm pretty much in a good place for a while with my bikes now, I have my aero, my racing/climbing, and now my gravel/commute bike. But if I ever decide to trade-in, I'll likely go with Pro's Closet again.
Good to know and thanks for the details. At those prices, I'll just hold onto it (N+1). It's a great bike and I can always use it for more leisurely rides with the wife, have a spare bike if a friend needs one, give it to one of my boys, etc...
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Old 12-04-19, 01:41 PM
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Good to know and thanks for the details. At those prices, I'll just hold onto it (N+1). It's a great bike and I can always use it for more leisurely rides with the wife, have a spare bike if a friend needs one, give it to one of my boys, etc...
If you have a need or use for it, yes it's definitely a good bike. For me it was just languishing and I don't have anyone else who would make use of it, so off it went. Surprisingly few of my friends and family are cyclists, I just picked it up as a mid-life "get your health back in order" hobby and found that I loved it. Apparently the rest of my close ones are happy to eat chips and watch Saturday/Sunday football...
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The drop bar gravel bike just does everything better for what I need.
This has been my experience as well. I've got a little over 1,000 miles on it, and I cannot imagine going back to a flat-bar hybrid. I'm very glad I started on one when I got into biking a few years ago, as I don't think would have taken to a drop-bar right away. But as I figured out what type of riding I like best, it became apparent that a gravel bike suited my needs perfectly. And one of the fun things about biking is the great variety of bikes available - something for just about everybody's preference.
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