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Trek FX 1 (Disc) Review: Is It a Good Bike or Waste of Money?

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Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc hybrid bikes are often considered by beginners, commuters, and those who want to upgrade their old bike. But the question is, are they worth it?

Based on my overview of the hybrid bike market , comparisons with other brands, and components, the Trek FX 1 is worth it . You’ll especially appreciate its quality craftsmanship, comfortable ride thanks to wider tires, upright riding position, and affordable price.

Continue reading if you want to learn more about this bike, or buy it here (also available with rim brakes ).

Is Trek FX 1 (Disc) a Good Bike?

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc bikes are popular thanks to their affordable price and riding comfort. They retail for $599 and $699, respectively (in 2023).

They are available in multiple sizes (FX 1: S-XL, FX 1 Disc: XS-XXL), pleasing many riders.

You can also choose from two colors that change with each new generation. Trek also usually equips them with slightly modified components every year.

Another great news, especially for women, is that Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc are available as step-through options, making it easier to get on.

Pros and Cons of Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc

Here, I summarized the pros and cons of Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc.

Pros of Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc

  • Quality and sturdy aluminum frame
  • FX 1 Disc has excellent stopping power thanks to disc brakes
  • Available for men and women
  • Excellent price-value ratio
  • Comfortable geometry, allowing upright riding position
  • Ergonomic grips for relieving pressure on your wrists
  • Compatible with racks and fenders
  • Flat pedals included
  • Compatible with DuoTrap S sensor

Cons of Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc

  • 3X drivetrain (2X and 1X became more popular thanks to their simplicity)
  • Slightly heavier

To fully understand the pros and cons, I recommend reading the following section, where I compare its features with today’s hybrid bikes .

Main Features of Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc

Let’s now dive deeper into Trek’s FX 1 and FX 1 Disc components so you better understand their value.

Aluminum Frame

One of the main features of every bike is its frame. All Treks FX 1 and FX 1 Disc were based on an aluminum frame.

Aluminum frames are durable, reasonably lightweight, and affordable. That’s why aluminum is still one of the most popular bike frame materials .

Their fork is made of steel, though. This means a weight increase and a little worse aesthetics as the fork doesn’t match the rest of the bike. But, function-wise, you can rely on it.

Red Trek FX 1 Disc hybrid bike with mechanical disc brakes.

The geometry of FX bikes is a bit more aggressive than other hybrid bikes for around $500 but still relaxed enough for an upright riding position.

This means you won’t experience back pain after long rides, and you don’t need to be as flexible as you would on high-performance road bikes, for example.

700c Wheels

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc have 700c wheels that are standard on hybrid and road bikes.

They come with 35mm hybrid tires, ensuring you can ride fast on paved roads, but they won’t puncture once you enter gravel.

Trek FX 1 Disc with H2 Comp hybrid tire.

These tires are one of the main reasons these bikes are so versatile. Of course, we are not talking about an MTB-like terrain but rather a compromise between road and gravel biking .

Trek FX bikes come with Shimano and Tektro components (drivetrain and brakes). The 3X drivetrain is one of the main weaknesses of these bikes. I know you will have more gears, but let me explain.

From my experience, most people often don’t know how to shift properly and often encounter cross-chaining.

Cross-chaining vs. good shifting - illustration of the wrong and right chain positions.

That’s why I believe 2X and 1X drivetrains are better for beginners and less experienced riders.

They are simpler to use and maintain. Furthermore, they are lighter. 3X drivetrains are too complicated.

Other components, like the saddle, seatpost, handlebar, stem, etc., were made by Trek’s brand Bontrager.

The 3×7spd drivetrain on FX 1 offers 21 gears, and FX 1 Disc has 3×8spd (24). That’s a lot. I have 22 on my road bike ( modern road bikes have 24).

Trek FX 1 Disc Shimano 3X drivetrain detail.

The gear ratios (i.e., the gears’ difficulty) range from easy gears suitable for steep climbs up to hard gears for fast descents.

Remember, FX 1 and FX 1 Disc gear ratios are slightly different. But you should be fine with both whether you live in a flat or hilly area.

Trek FX bikes come with a couple of extra features that are worth mentioning. First, they have ergonomic grips that reduce pressure on your palms. So, even if you ride without gloves, your hands won’t get sore.

Furthermore, FX bikes are compatible with the DuoTrap sensor. While not included with the bike, if you decide to get it, it will measure your cadence, speed, and distance ridden.

Of course, these bikes are also designed to be compatible with fenders, stands, and racks to increase your storage capacity.

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc Specifications

Below, I summarize the most important technical specifications.

  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Fork material: Steel
  • Weight: ±13 kg (28.7 lbs), depending on frame size
  • Wheel size: 700c
  • Brakes: Rim or disc
  • Groupset: Shimano Tourney/Altus
  • Gears: 3×7spd, 3×8spd (14-34T or 11-32T cassette)
  • Colors: Differ based on the year

The following pictures show the detailed specifications of the Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc.

Trek FX 1 Disc specifications.

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc Alternatives

One of the closest alternatives to the Trek FX family are the Co-op CTY bikes , especially the CTY 1.1 and CTY 1.2.

Eventually, you can check out bikes like Marin or Polygon or:

The hybrid bikes Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc aren’t perfect – no bike is. However, they offer a good price-value ratio.

They will reliably serve you whether you want to use them for commuting to work or maintaining your fitness.

They allow you to ride on asphalt, paved paths, bumpy roads, and even on terrain like dirt roads or light gravel.

So, which one will you choose? Personally, I would lean towards the FX 1 Disc version for its excellent stopping power.

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc FAQ

Trek FX 1 and FX 1 Disc hybrid bikes are worth it, especially if you buy them discounted. They are ideal for beginners and those looking for an affordable and reliable bike for commuting.

Trek FX 1 weighs 12.57 kg (27.72 lbs), and the FX 1 Disc is 12.68 kg (27.96 lbs) in the M size.

Trek FX 1 (Disc) is the base model of the FX family. Higher-end models have better components, resulting in a lower overall bike weight. Check out my Trek FX bikes comparison for more info.

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Trek FX 2 Disc Equipped review: Unspectacular but effective

The trek fx 2 disc is a versatile all-rounder with surprising levels of comfort and stability.

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Cyclingnews Verdict

Built around a frame with a superb balance between responsiveness and comfort, the Trek FX 2 Disc Equipped will tackle any task required of a hybrid bike in an effective, if unspectacular, manner

The frame has a great balance between responsiveness and comfort

Equipped for night riding, bikepacking or commuting

Can carry a decent amount of weight

Stable ride for long distances

Would need a drivetrain upgrade to become a serious fitness bike

On the heavy side for a rigid frame

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A hybrid bike can and will mean different things to different people. But sometimes it is simply the bike that fills the gaps, that doesn't do any one thing but in fact does it all. Purists may scoff and say to compromise is to ruin the essence of life: if you are not something, you are nothing. But Trek has offered a repost: if you can't be something, be everything.

That certainly appears to be the aim of the Trek FX 2 Disc Equipped. It's the jack-of-all-trades, odd-jobber of a bike. It comes, as the name suggests, fully loaded with a pannier rack, lights, mudguards and even a kickstand but what elevates it to a place among the best budget hybrid bikes available today is that, as part of Trek's fitness range, all that versatility does not come at the cost of all rideability. 

And that's a crucial element. Just because a bike has more practical functions – going to the shops, commuting, family bike rides etc – doesn't mean it can't be fun, have its own personality and leave us looking forward to running that next errand.

Trek's FX range of bikes is quite extensive, starting at the £500.00/$599.99 FX 1 and going all the way to the full-carbon £3,050.00/$2,799.99 FX Sport 6. The FX 2 is available with a step-through frame – in both the Equipped and standard versions – and has been updated for 2023, with the main difference from the 2021 model being a move from a 3x8 to a 2x9 gearing system.

The FX 2 Disc Equipped is priced at £740.00 - it's not currently available in the USA - which is £90 more than the FX 2 Disc standard (£650.00/$799.99) which foregoes the rack, lights, mudguards and kickstand. Although it does come in a couple of extra colour options.

Design and specification

Recognising alloy frames' bad reputation for comfort compared to steel and carbon, Trek set itself a goal to "build more compliant frames that retain the acceleration and affordability that have always made aluminium popular" – and it is the fruit of that labour that the FX 2 Disc Equipped is designed around. 

The Alpha Gold Aluminium frame, while not the lightest, does offer a great balance between responsiveness and comfort. It is also strong: according to Trek, the FX 2 Disc can take weights of up to 136kg (for bike, rider, and cargo combined), which fares well compared to other hybrid bikes in the same class such as the Merida Speeder 200 (120kg) and Scott Sub Cross 50 (128kg). The pannier rack that comes with it is also very solid and suitable for carrying loads up to 25kg despite weighing less than 600g itself.

My size large test bike as a whole weighed in at 13.4kg with pedals. The rack, lights, mudguards, and kickstand account for just over a kilogram of that weight but it's still a touch on the heavy side for a fixed-frame hybrid in this price range. 

While the focus is on the practicality of the frame, it is by no means ugly – especially when stripped of all the accessories – with internal cable routing, a gentle curve to the top tube that is reminiscent of the Specialized Sirrus (one of the classic beauties of the hybrid world) and the choice of a striking Viper Red or classy Lithium grey colourway. The geometry is pretty much what you would expect from a hybrid, with perhaps a slightly longer chainstay length adding to its stability. It is not as upright as, say, the Sirrus but similar to the Cannondale Quick 3 – which is a good bike to use as a comparison in general.

Like the Quick 3, the Trek FX 2 comes with a Shimano Acera/Altus 2x9 drivetrain and has an integrated mounting system in the stem, as well as the ability to track cadence and other metrics using an integrated wireless sensor. 

Trek's Blendr stem system is designed for easy installation of computers, lights and other accessories to your cockpit. It does, rather annoyingly, require an additional base to be purchased (which plugs into the stem) and then a further mount for the specific accessory (which attaches to the base) but that does allow for a wide range of options to suit all needs.  

The DuoTrap S is a Bluetooth/ANT+ sensor that integrates into the chainstay and wirelessly transmits to a smartphone or computer to track cadence and other metrics. Again, it requires a separate purchase, but the frame is set up for it to be attached without the need for zip wires or other ungainly fasteners.   

Trek has made an effort to include ergonomic grips on the FX 2 Disc Equipped, although they are a little on the basic side, especially compared to those on the more expensive models in the FX range. 

The lights, however, are far more impressive, particularly the AXA Greenline 35 headlight. USB-charging, it has a wide beam, is also designed to be visible from the side and is discreetly mounted on the top of the fork, which avoids cluttering the cockpit.

The Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic disc brakes are pretty standard now for mid-range hybrids. My test bike came with Bontrager H2 Comp 700x32c tyres but with the mudguards fitted there is room for up to 35mm and Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Light 700x35c tyres are listed as an option on the spec sheet. Without the mudguards, Trek says the frame can accommodate tyres up to 38mm in width.


Trek deserves credit here for really delivering on its aim of a responsive-yet-compliant frame. It's one thing coming up with the jargon, but another bringing it to fruition at a genuinely affordable price. While the FX 2 Disc Equipped might come across as a bit of a plodder on paper, in reality, it has a surprising amount of responsiveness. Loaded up with a carry pack on top of the pannier rack, I was happy overtaking other cyclists on reasonably fast country roads, knowing I had the acceleration to get past and back across to the side of the road in ample time.

Yes, it's no speed demon – it doesn't have the playfulness of the Boardman URB 8.9 or the lightweight climbing ability of the Merida Speeder 200, two bikes at a similar price point – but where it completely outscores both is in comfort and stability, even with a rack, mudguards, light, kickstand all bolted on. 

Interestingly enough, I took it for a ride with all those added extras stripped off and, while significantly lighter – making an obvious difference on climbs – there was not a huge noticeable change in its performance on the flat. 

My test bike came with a slightly-different-to-advertised Microshift Marvo front derailleur instead of Acera T3000, which is roughly equivalent, and I had no issues with it. However, as a whole, I did find the drivetrain to be under-par for a fitness bike. It's perfectly functional and will get you pretty much wherever you need to go, but it is a little clunky and I noted that the next bike up in the FX range, the FX 3 Disc Equipped , comes with a 10-speed Shimano Deore groupset which, in my experience, is a huge step up in performance. 

In particular, I could not get to grips with the drastic change when switching chainrings on the 46/30 chainset. If I didn't downshift on the 4th sprocket or earlier I found myself spinning out – and this is perhaps a rare example of the FX 2 Disc Equipped coming a little unstuck wanting to satisfy in all areas. That 16-tooth difference in the chainrings (the same difference as a 50/34 compact road chainset, for example) means the bike has the range to get up steep hills while also having enough gas on the flats, but the user experience is compromised a little in doing so. 

Where it doesn't compromise, however, is in its comfort and handling, whether I took it on potholed roads, bike paths, or light gravel it felt so balanced and stable. I was even happy taking it on the grassy, rutted track of a nearby nature reserve – and this was all with the standard 32 mm tyres it came with. Even when there was a little rattling, you could tell it was coming from the rack, fenders, and lights rather than the frame. 

Taking it out at night in light rain did little to change my faith in its dependability and the lights were superb, particularly the wide-beam fork-mounted headlamp – a marked improvement from the usual glorified-torch-on-the-handlebars setup I usually use. Neither front nor rear light offered an intermittent option but, having been driven to distraction on long night rides behind blinking bulbs in the past, that was no great loss to me.

I took the Trek FX 2 Disc Equipped on rides around the countryside, trips to the shops, rides with the kids, rides at night, in the rain, for exercise, for errands and more, and on every occasion, it delivered. It is solid and dependable without feeling clunky or cumbersome. It's not sexy but it's not ugly. It's not overly fun but it's no chore to ride.

It will do what it needs to do in almost every situation you will need a hybrid bike for. Not necessarily to the highest level, but to a high enough level that you won't feel like you are missing out. 

Yes, I did find the Altus/Acera groupset to be restrictive in terms of performance but drivetrains can be upgraded, along with wheels and grips and seatposts etc. Having a top frame is such a great building block. I would stress, however, this frame still has a ceiling to what it can do as a fitness bike, even if it were upgraded in all those areas. It is built for sturdiness as much as anything else and the fact that its performance was similar with and without the rack, fenders, kickstand et al is quite telling. I'm not going to use it to take on the Brecon Beacons in the Dragon Ride but I might choose it over a more expensive performance-oriented bike for a long-distance overnight ride such as the Dunwich Dynamo , where comfort, stability and safety are the overriding priorities.

Tech specs: Trek FX 2 Disc Equipped

  • Price Trek FX2 Disc Equipped : £740.00 / $N/A
  • Price Trek FX2 Disc : £650.00 / $799.99 
  • Sizes : S, M, L, XL
  • Weight : 13.4kg (actual, size L, with pedals)
  • Frame : Alpha Gold Aluminium
  • Fork : FX Alloy
  • Shifters : Shimano Altus M2010, 9-speed
  • Front derailleur : Microshift Marvo
  • Rear derailleur : Shimano Altus M2000
  • Crankset : 46/30
  • Cassette : Shimano HG200, 11-36, 9-speed
  • Brakes : Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic disc
  • Wheels : Bontrager Connection
  • Tyres : Bontrager H2 Comp, 700x32c
  • Saddle : Bontrager Sport
  • Seatpost : Bontrager Alloy, 12mm offset
  • Stem : Bontrager Comp, Blendr Compatible, 7-degree, 90mm length
  • Handlebars : Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
  • Extras : Rack, Eurofender Snello mudguards, Spanninga SOLO rear light and AXA Greenline 35 headlight, Bontrager Satellite grips, kickstand

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Ben has been a sports journalist for 16 years, covering everything from park football to the Olympic Games. As well as cycling, his passions include podcasts, tennis and speaking enough Italian to get by on his snowboarding trips to the Dolomites. A DIY rider who is almost as happy in the toolbox as he is in the saddle, he is still trying to emulate the feelings he experienced as a nine-year-old on his first Peugeot racer – he couldn’t fathom the down-tube friction shifters then and he’s still wrestling with groupsets now. When he isn’t making a beeline for the nearest Chiltern hill, he is probably tinkering or teaching his kids how to clean a bike properly. He rides a heavily modified 1980 Peugeot PVN10 Super Competition (steel is real) when the road is smooth and dry, and a BMC Alpenchallenge when it’s not.

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TREK FX Review

Category: Hybrid Bikes


Trek dub the FX and FX Sport ranges as their ‘anywhere, anytime fitness bike’ as opposed to just being a commuting bike with a performance edge. Flat bars and a more relaxed, upright geometry point to its urban riding purpose but it would not look out of place on more characterful bike paths and longer, more varied rides.

As the name-change suggests, there is a dividing point in the range with the FX 1, FX 2 Disc, and FX 3 Disc more on the commuting side of the equation looking at their spec sheet. Even then, the difference between them is vast enough to make it worth serious consideration which is best for your needs.

At the top-end, however, those with the FX Sport moniker throw in Shimano’s mid-range road groupsets and a carbon frame. The subsequent range of gears, smooth shifting, and compliant ride is deserving of something sportier than just the commute. Performance levels are right at the top of what you would expect from a flat-barred bike; a mid-point for riders using two wheels for more than commuting but not yet ready for, or requiring, a fully-fledged road bike.

Starting with the entry-level FX range, the FX 1, FX 2 Disc and FX 3 Disc are all built around an Alpha Gold Aluminum frame. Alpha Aluminum is Trek’s innovative aluminum lay-up, which has been built to offer more compliance without reducing the stiffness-to-weight and affordability favored in alloy frames. Alpha Gold sits between Alpha Silver and Alpha Platinum, with the end result supposed to reduce fatigue over longer distances. Sleek welding keeps looks sharp too, particularly as all frames in the range boast internal cable routing.

The choice of forks varies as you climb the range though, with steel on the FX 1, alloy on the FX 2, and carbon thereafter, including the FX 3. If your target is predominantly commuting, carbon is unnecessary and the durability of the other two should take precedence. Carbon, however, improves the compliance through the front of the bike and serves up sharp handling and lightweight too.

On the FX Sport models, that carbon fork is paired with an Alpha Aluminum frame on the FX Sport 4 and an OCLV carbon frame on the FX Sport Carbon 4, FX Sport 5, and FX Sport 6. OCLV is Trek’s patented carbon lay-up process, which looks to improve the durability of its carbon frames. Other tech passed down from higher-end models includes the IsoSpeed decoupler. 

By allowing the seat tube to flex independently of the top tube, road buzz is smoothed significantly, without impacting on the bike’s rigidity and pedaling efficiency. Road racing legend Fabian Cancellara used IsoSpeed-equipped bikes to tackle the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, so it should ramp comfort up to noticeable levels on anything the FX Sport is likely to tackle.

All frames in the range are DuoTrap compatible, allowing wireless integration with your bike computer or smartphone from a sensor in the chainstay. Trek have also looked to save time and maintenance with the 3S chain keeper. It is a very small touch, but a further testament to Trek’s attention to detail.

The groupsets clearly highlight the expected usage of each model, with the FX 1, FX 2, and FX 3 all wearing components from Shimano’s entry-level urban ranges. Shimano Altus, Shimano Tourney, and Shimano Acera are combined, with the FX 1 and FX 2 featuring triple cranksets for more gear options. The FX 1 uses rim brakes – though a disc version is available – and other bikes in the series come with hydraulic discs.

Step up to the FX Sport range, however, and the components step up too. Both the FX Sport 4 and FX Sport 5 wear Shimano Tiagra and the FX Sport 6 features Shimano 105. The exception to the rule is the FX Sport Carbon 4, with Shimano’s gravel-specific GRX group to highlight its off-road capability. It further reiterates Trek’s claim of an ‘anywhere, anytime’ bike.

Looking in more detail at the road groups, meanwhile, Shimano Tiagra has stepped up from its previous mark as a ‘slightly-better-than-entry-level’ group in the Shimano hierarchy. Both Tiagra and 105, much like Trek’s framesets, have profited from trickle-down technology and both offer superb value for money. That said, to get the most out of Shimano 105, its smooth shifting and range of gears, you want to be taking the Trek FX far beyond just the bike paths. Value for money is relative.

Buying Trek means Bontrager finishing kit, from the in-house component arm of the American giants. Bontrager wheels are standard fare across the Trek range and it is no different with the FX or the FX Sport. Three different wheelsets are used throughout the range. On the FX 1 and FX 2, it is Bontrager Connection hoops, on the FX 3, FX Sport 4 and FX Sport Carbon 4 you get Bontrager Tubeless Ready Disc wheels and on the FX Sport 5 and FX Sport 6 the Bontrager Affinity Discs.

It is standard fare, from the entry-level end of Bontrager’s vast range, and whether you feel the need to upgrade will center on your riding intentions. For the FX 1 and FX 2, the wheels are basic at best but you do get Bontrager’s H2 reflective hybrid tires with them. They include reflective sidewalls and are built to blend durability, smooth rolling, and grip.

Again, the Tubeless Ready Disc wheels are the basic version of a range which stretches as high as the elite-level Aeolus hoops. The FX 3 uses H2 Hard-Case Lite rubber, while the FX Sport 4 and FX Sport Carbon 4 use R1 Hard-Case Lite. As indicated by the name, the H2 is built with hybrid bikes in mind, while the R1 is more aimed at road riding. Both feature Hard-Case puncture protection for durability, however.

Finally, the FX Sport 5 and FX Sport 6 step things up a little, with the Bontrager Affinity Disc-Ready wheels and R1 and R2 Hard-Case Lite tires respectively. As with all bikes, however, upgrading the rolling stock will make a big difference to your ride. The FX Sport 5 and FX Sport 6 are built for more dedicated road riding, so if you can afford to shop higher up the Bontrager range it will add an extra level to your riding. Out of the box, the supplied rolling stock will do the job though – but nothing special.

Trek FX 1 Review: Is It A Good Entry-Level Hybrid Bike

  • By Daniel Shakibaie
  • Hybrid Bike , Trek Bikes

Trek FX 1

Welcome to my Trek FX 1 review in 2021.

Let me cut to the chase and go directly to my view of the best starting bikes you can have—the FX 1 checks all the boxes as the best entry-level bike.

This versatile hybrid bike comes with rack mounts, fender mounts, individual bike racks, and specially engineered aluminium frame. If you love casual riding, this bike is the perfect one because it is well equipped with rear derailleur, mechanical disc brakes, and alpha gold aluminium frame. If you want the perfect mountain biking experience while you track fitness progress, you need not look beyond this bike. The Trek FX 1 isn’t a high-end bike. BUT! at this price, you get more features, higher-quality component than any other hybrid bike.

Trek FX1 has a Shimano shifting system, which would normally be reserved for a much more expensive bike, while the other parts, including the wheels and fork, come from a range of different manufacturers. 

While Trek FX1 doesn’t have the mismatched parts problems which some bikes in this range can have, it also doesn’t have the synergy of a high-end bike with all parts from the same manufacturer, which are designed to work together either. 

In this review, we’ll look at the features and benefits of the Trek FX 1 in detail, including a close look at some of the most important parts of this versatile bike. As Trek FX1 is a good choice for new cyclists as well as experienced cyclists, we’ll also discuss the merits of having hybrid bike more generally. 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Hybrid Bike

Trek FX 1 Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bikes like Trek FX1 are designed to have a lot of the strengths of both road bikes and mountain bikes, without any of the disadvantages. Depending on who you ask, these bikes are more or less successful in that regard. Without the highly specialized designs of a road or mountain cycle, Trek FX1 or other hybrids don’t tend to excel in any one area. 

However, not being specialized also means that your hybrid bike can handle more variety in terms of cycling habits and location than road bikes, with some of the grip, suspension, and maneuverability advantages of mountain bikes. 

As they don’t tend to have the same slim design, many people consider hybrids to be more similar to mountain bikes than road bikes. They are a good choice for rural areas – anywhere with gravel or dirt roads – and for urban users who want to be able to take their bike out of the city from time to time. 

A hybrid isn’t necessarily a good choice for purely urban riders as they’re bulkier and less sleek than road bikes. They’re also not a good replacement for mountain bicycles or trek bikes, which have more maneuverability, grip, and suspension, and are designed to handle difficult mountain trails. 

These bikes are best for users who are looking for a good fitness bike. They work well on a variety of different terrains and have adaptations which make them easier and more comfortable to ride, meaning that these bikes also appeal to casual riders. 

Features & Benefits

Now, it’s time to take a closer look at the Trek FX 1 . Trek bikes are generally well-balanced performance bikes which perform extremely well compared to similar models from other manufacturers. 

The FX 1 generally gets good ratings. The system of Trek FX1 holds together well, and you have a great deal of control in the saddle. It’s a safe, effective, and affordable bike. 

But that is all about the Trek FX1 as a whole. You can really see the value and performance of a bike when you focus on the smaller details. Let’s take a look at some of the most important features of this bike. 


The frame on Trek FX1 comes in 4 sizes, ranging from 15-22.5 inches. This makes it a comfortable bike for all from 4’10” to over 6”. The frame of Rek FX1 also has a comparatively high weight limit – up to 300 lbs – which compliments the design as a fitness bike as well as the high upper height limits. 

It has an aluminum alloy frame, which means it’s relatively lightweight, without the extreme lightness of carbon fiber, but also relatively durable. Aluminum is a good mid-range choice and works well for balancing the different strengths and weaknesses of this system. 

Trek FX1 also comes with a steel fork, which adds considerable durability to the design. While most people probably won’t need this feature, the fork also comes with lowrider mounts for a different riding experience. 

Suspension System

The suspension system on Trek FX1 is similar to that of a road bike. That is to say that it’s more minimal than that of a mountain cycle. However, Trek FX1 is still a relatively smooth ride, with the tires absorbing a reasonable amount of shock (and more if you upgrade them). 

The fork of Trek FX1 also handles some of the shock and vibration from riding, but it doesn’t have a telescoping option or the more advanced spring and dampening system of the best mountain bikes.  

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The Trek FX1 bike’s wheels are another compromise between the wider wheels of a mountain cycle and the thinner, taller wheels of a road bike. They’re Bontrager double-walled wheels, which have high durability and strength ratings. The wheels of Trek FX1 are highly unlikely to deform through normal use. 

They’re also designed to stay smooth, even with a lot of use over time, and this will help preserve the strength of your tires and prevent flats. 

Gear System

Gear System

For a hybrid bike, the Trek FX 1 has a surprisingly advanced, 21 gear Shimano shifting system. The Shimano brand is known for being particularly smooth and easy shifting, as well as being especially durable.

These high-end shifters are what you look for on a premium bike, and it’s no wonder that they’re included on this Trek bike. Since this is an extensive 21-gear system, it’s got a ton of flexibility for different riding styles and terrain types.

Shimano shifters do need occasional tune-ups and maintenance, but they’re no worse in that regard than other high-end shifters. That combination of performance without requiring a lot of specialty care is what makes these shifters so important. While Shimano is getting more common on mid-range bikes as well as premium ones, it’s still nice to see these high-end parts included in a more affordable version of Trek’s FX line. 

The brake system of Trek FX1 is a Tektro alloy linear pull. This is reasonably smooth and highly effective, giving users the ability to stop on a dime if needed. As with most mid- to high-tier braking systems, it works best when well-adjusted and requires occasional maintenance. The brake pads of Trek FX1 will also eventually need replacing, but not usually for several years as long as you perform regular maintenance. 

Overall, the brakes of Trek FX1 aren’t anything special, but they perform well and are a valuable addition to this model. 

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Of course, there are plenty of other reviews, both on Trek’s main website and on other sites. Reviews are a great place to look for more information before you buy, so we highly encourage you to read more, both good and bad ones, if you’re leaning towards the FX 1 for your next bike.


We also understand that no single bike is a perfect fit for everyone. We wanted to see how Trek FX1 holds up against several other options. We’ve evaluated the most important differences and similarities. While we don’t make a direct judgment as to which bike is the better option, we do make some recommendations as to which bike would suit which kind of rider. 

Trek FX 1 vs Trek FX 2 Disc

The FX 1 and FX 2 are very similar bikes with a few key differences. They have frames made from the same material, the same basic sizing, and even the same size wheels. However, the FX 2 is slightly lighter, which makes it the better option for riders who like to ride fast. 

Both offer very similar rim braking systems, which are smooth and highly effective. 

Both are also considered to be fitness bikes, rather than road or mountain bikes. 

The biggest difference between the FX 1 and 2, other than speed and weight, is the price. The FX 2 is significantly more expensive than the FX 1. The FX 1 is a good fit for consumers on a budget, while the FX 2 is a reasonable upgrade which still fits firmly in mid-range when it comes to both price and performance.  Check our details review of Trek FX2 here.

Trek FX 1 vs Giant Escape 3 

Looking at the Trek FX 1 and the Giant Escape 3, the biggest differences are in which parts are best designed and most durable. In terms of bike type and performance, both are remarkably similar. They’re also in the same price range, which is part of what makes them such natural comparisons. 

The FX 1 comes with better tires and can accommodate a wider tire set. That’s not a huge difference, as at some point you will need to replace the tires, no matter the quality you start with, and it’s possible to upgrade in an affordable way. 

More importantly, the FX 1 comes with a better derailleur. This means that it offers smoother shifting between gears and will last longer, assuming proper maintenance is carried out. 

The Giant Escape 3, on the other hand, has a lightweight and durable Chromoly fork, which is an improvement over the Trek FX 1’s rigid fork. It’s also generally considered to have a more durable and flashier frame, although both bikes have frames which are made from the same materials. 

The brakes are similar, and made by the same manufacturer, as are several other parts. 

When it comes to these two, it’s a matter of personal preference and whether you value a better fork or a better derailleur more. 

Trek FX 1 vs Trek Verve 1

This is another very similar selection set. Both bikes are hybrids, both are fitness bikes, and both are designed for cyclists who are looking for a budget-friendly option. 

The biggest difference is that the Verve 1 is a comfort fitness bike, while the FX 1 is closer in fit and style to a road bike. The FX 1 will allow you to ride faster, encourages building good muscle groups for cycling in triathlon and race settings, and requires a more dynamic and somewhat difficult posture. 

The Verve 1 offers a wider saddle, wider tires, and a more upright position. This means that it is slightly easier to use and keeps the rider in a more comfortable and back-friendly position. 

Overall, the FX 1 is a better option as a fitness bike for riders who want to push their performance or work up to a premium mountain or trail bike. The Verve 1 is a fitness bike which is better designed for riders with pre-existing injuries, or who are looking for a more comfortable and relaxed workout.  Check our detailed review of Trek Verve 1 here.

Overall, the Trek FX 1 is a reasonable fitness hybrid. Trek FX1 is a good option for riders who are looking for a more casual bike but don’t necessarily want something which can handle difficult mountain trails or accelerate quickly in a race. 

It lacks the synergistic performance of high-end bikes made from all matching components, but it doesn’t have the performance lag of bikes which don’t have well-matched parts either. 

The Trek FX 1 is a great combination of price and performance. As a mid-tier hybrid, the FX 1 is an excellent addition to Trek’s line. 

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Riding with the Trek 7.2 FX: Unbiased Bike Review

October 26, 2023

Riding with the Trek 7.2 FX: Unbiased Bike Review | PedalChef

‍ Key Takeaways

  • The Trek 7.2 FX hybrid seamlessly melds city-bike convenience with road-bike agility, guaranteeing riders a dynamic performance across terrains.
  • Combining state-of-the-art features like its Alpha Gold Aluminum frame and ergonomic design, this bike stands out as a top pick for daily commuters and recreational riders.
  • Although maintenance plays a vital role, the Trek 7.2 FX's robust build and quality components promise durability and longevity for dedicated cyclists.

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‍ If you're in the market for a hybrid bike with solid durability, the Trek 7.2 FX has to be mentioned. It has amazing features that make it worth considering.

The Trek 7.2 FX is a versatile hybrid bike, expertly blending the comfort of a road bike and the adaptability of a mountain bike. Ideal for city commutes and gravel roads, its lightweight Alpha Gold Aluminum frame, ergonomic design, and 700c wheels offer a smooth, efficient ride for long distances.

With years of expertise in evaluating bikes, our team knows precisely what to look for and what matters most to riders. In this review, you'll gain insights into the performance, comfort, and versatility of the Trek 7.2 FX, ensuring you clearly understand what this hybrid bike truly offers.


‍ Overview of the Trek 7.2 FX Bike

The Trek 7.2 FX is a hybrid bike that perfectly balances city bike comfort and road bike handling. This bike is versatile and offers a smooth ride in various conditions.

These features make it an excellent choice for daily commutes, leisure rides, and short trips around the town. The 7.2 FX is designed to provide the comfort of a road bike with the versatility of a mountain bike.

This makes it suitable for various terrains, from city streets to unpaved trails. Made with Trek's Alpha Gold Aluminum, the frame is lightweight yet durable. This ensures the bike offers a swift ride without compromising on strength.

What We Loved

As we rode the Trek 7.2 FX, we couldn't help but appreciate its versatility. This bike combines the best road and city bikes, perfect for commuting and light trail riding adventures.

The comfortable handlebar position and responsive brakes make it a joy to ride. Packed with features like Bontrager wheels, this hybrid is quick and maneuverable.

One thing that stood out during our ride on this bike is how easy it is to customize to fit our needs. It adapts well if we need it for fitness, commuting, or leisure rides. Plus, its affordability doesn't hurt either.

What Could Be Improved

No bike is perfect, and the Trek 7.2 FX is no exception. Some areas we feel could use improvement include the availability of the bike at local Trek shops, due to supply chain issues.

The weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) could be higher for those who plan to carry heavier loads during their rides. A comparison to the Giant Escape might be useful for potential buyers who are considering alternative options.

While the Trek 7.2 FX comes equipped with puncture-resistant tires, we believe the puncture-resistant belt 700x35c could be further improved for increased durability.

The steel fork provides function at the cost of adding weight, and an upgrade to a lighter material, such as carbon or aluminum, might be desirable for some riders.

In terms of gearing, the Trek 7.2 FX features Shimano Altus EF51 8-speed components. While it gets the job done, we found ourselves wishing for more (or more refined) gear options, particularly for steep inclines or tougher trails.

Key Features Of The Trek 7.2 FX

One issue with an old bike like this is that it can be difficult to find it brand new. For that reason, retailer prices may vary. You can still find it available for the manufacturer's suggested retail prices if you buy used too. Here are some of the key features that stand out.

Alpha Gold Aluminum Frame

The Trek 7.2 FX features a premium Alpha Gold Aluminum frame. This material strikes the perfect balance between lightness and strength, ensuring a nimble ride without compromising on durability.

Its design is robust and aesthetically sleek, offering a modern look for urban riders. The Trek 7.2 FX is a versatile bike that can easily handle city streets and urban environments while still being capable of tackling light off-road terrain.

Versatile 700c Wheels

Equipped with 700c wheels, the bike offers a combination of speed and stability. These larger wheels roll more efficiently, allowing riders to cover distances faster on paved roads. Meanwhile, the tread design ensures sufficient grip for light off-road trails.

Due to its lightweight aluminum frame, the bike delivers smooth and stable handling at various speeds, making it enjoyable and safe to ride. Pair this with the 700c wheels, and you have a top-rated bike.

Ergonomic Design for Comfort

Prioritizing rider comfort, the 7.2 FX boasts an ergonomic design. The handlebars and saddle are specifically shaped to provide optimum support during extended rides.

The bike's geometry also promotes an upright riding position, reducing the strain on the rider's back and shoulders, ideal for daily commutes and long weekend rides.

Although the Trek 7.2 FX is slower than road bikes because of its heavier and wider tires, it still offers quick and efficient pedaling, outperforming most city bikes. The gearing system contributes to its ability to maintain an optimal riding speed on different terrains.

Easily Customizable Mounts

To cater to the diverse needs of riders, the 7.2 FX comes with multiple mounts. These allow for easy attachment of accessories like racks, fenders, and lights.

Whether you're commuting with cargo, bracing for wet weather, or riding in the dark, these mounts make customization straightforward and efficient. They pair well with the pre-production painted frames.

Riding Experience With The Trek 7.2 FX

Navigating city streets or cruising on weekend trails, the Trek 7.2 FX promises a unique blend of performance and comfort. Dive into this section to uncover firsthand insights into the riding experience this versatile hybrid bike offers.

Gravel Roads

Riding the Trek 7.2 FX on gravel roads is a breeze. The off-road experience might not be as comfortable as a dedicated mountain bike, but this bike offers excellent climbing performance.

You can also expect a lightning-fast response time and a wide 3x8 gear range, making riding on gravel roads enjoyable.

City Commutes

The 7.2 FX boasts excellent handling and stability. Wide, puncture-resistant tires and 700c Bontrager wheels provide smooth riding at quick speeds.

Although it is slower than most road bikes, it easily passes city bikes while commuting. The lightweight aluminum body with an alloy cage allows for easy handling during city commutes, and the slim-stack semi-cartridge bearings sealed pedal set keeps your ride smooth.

On pavement, the Trek 7.2 FX shines as it provides a smooth and efficient ride, perfect for commuting to work, running errands, or just enjoying a leisurely cruise. The wide gear range, coupled with the puncture-resistant belt 700x35c tires, helps the bike take on various urban terrains.

The Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes ensure reliable stopping power, allowing you to tackle any pavement situation confidently.

Riding the Trek 7.2 FX on trails offers a versatile experience suitable for riders with diverse needs. This bike is great for those who wish to commute to work or start a fitness program but still want the capability to explore nature trails on the weekends.

Though the 7.2 FX might not be as agile as a dedicated mountain bike, it does provide an overall enjoyable experience for casual trail rides. Some notable features include:

  • W puncture-resistant belt
  • W lowrider mounts Clix protection
  • Tensile steel w lowrider mounts
  • Lowrider mounts Clix dropouts
  • Lite w puncture-resistant protection
  • Slimstak semi cartridge bearings
  • Durable body w alloy cage
  • Additional nylon body w alloy protection

How Long Does The Trek 7.2 FX Bike Last?

As avid cyclists, we love the Trek 7.2 FX for its unique blend of city bike comfort, road bike handling, and stability. It's a versatile machine that is built to withstand various weather conditions and lasts for years. But how long does it really last? Let's dive into some details.

The Trek 7.2 FX hybrid bike's lightweight alpha silver aluminum duotrap frame and robust components are designed to endure long-term use and resist wear and tear, making it a durable choice for those who commute or ride regularly.

On this bike, you'll find features like puncture-resistant Bontrager H2 hard case tires and a reliable Shimano drivetrain to help maintain its longevity. Now, keep in mind that any bike's lifespan largely depends on factors like how it's used, the terrain it's exposed to, and how well the owner maintains it.

Regular maintenance, like cleaning and lubricating the chain, checking the tires for punctures, and adjusting the brakes, will extend the life of your Trek 7.2 FX. Aside from proper maintenance, it's essential to consider other factors, like the maximum total weight limit the bike can handle, including the rider and cargo.

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Trek FX+ 2 review

The trex fx+ 2 is a great, simple electric bike but needs a bit more to live up to its high price tag.

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Tom's Guide Verdict

The Trek FX+ 2 is an eBike that is easy to ride and feels like a bike, but the lack of certain features makes it tough to justify its $2,399 price.

Clean design

Responsive pedal assist

Comes with fenders and rack included

No removable battery

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The Trek FX+ 2 feels like a bike. Trek has definitely made an effort for this city-focused eBike to look and feel like a bike as much as possible and in that effort, it succeeded. The FX+ 2 felt like riding a traditional bicycle until you really turn on the pedal assist, and even then it still largely kept that feel. At around 40 pounds, it also is closer in weight to a traditional bicycle, at least compared to the competition. I was able to get it up and down stairs without breaking a sweat, which was convenient. 

Weight: 40.13 pounds Max rider weight: 300 pounds Gearing: 9-speed Shimano Altus Battery: 250Wh Motor: 250W HyDrive motor Max assisted speed: 20 mph Max estimated range: 35 miles

For all these successes, the $2,399 FX+2 is significantly more expensive than our best budget electric bike , t he Aventon Soltera ($1,399) or our best overall electric bike , t he Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus ($1,999). This despite the FX+ 2 having no throttle, no LCD display and no removable battery. As enjoyable as riding it may be — and it is — it’s tough to recommend it over the competition.  

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Price and availability 

The Trek FX+ 2 came out in May 2022 at a starting price of $2,200, but the version we reviewed came with a price tag of $2,399. Unfortunately, it looks like the price has gone up since launch, with the 2023 models of the FX+ 2 coming in at $2,499 on Trek’s website.

The good news is that you are not forced to buy the FX+ 2 from Trek. Trek offers its bikes through local retailers in addition to its website, and those retailers may offer lower (or higher) prices than Trek. So make sure to check with your local bike shop before adding the FX+ 2 to your cart.

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Design 

Trek offers the FX+ 2 eBike in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and three colors: Satin Trek Black, Viper Red and Satin Mulsanne Blue. The model I was provided with was a Satin Mulsanne blue in size L, which worked perfectly with my 6-foot 2-inch height and 32-inch inseam.

At first glance, the FX+ 2 looks like a traditional bicycle. That’s because Trek has intentionally designed it this way, with the cables and battery stored within the tubes of the bike. Unfortunately, that means the battery isn’t removable — at least by you. Trek says that the battery can be removed by a trained technician, so you’ll need to head to a shop if anything goes wrong. 

That said, you can still add an external battery for extra range. There are two water bottle holders, one on the seat tube and one on the down tube, and the one on the downtube allows for a 250Wh plug-and-play Range Extender battery. This allows you to easily double your range if needed. That battery life comes at a price though; the Hyena Range Extender Battery costs $499.

Designed for commuters and city bikers, the FX+ 2 comes already equipped with some much-needed accessories. The eBike comes stock with a front fender, rear fender, headlight, taillight, kickstand, bell and rear bike rack — no need to buy one of the best bike lights separately. There’s also a chain guard to prevent clothes from getting caught in the chain.

Still, there are a couple of things missing in the design that would be nice to have. First, the Hyena pedal assist control system has an LED display for the battery status and pedal assist mode. It is easy to use and read, but many eBikes now have LCD displays, so this feels cheap by comparison. Additionally, the wheels are not quick-release, which means if something goes wrong you’ll need tools on you to get the wheels off.

But the biggest design flaw is the lack of any shock absorption in the bike. The FX+ 2 definitely feels every bump and pothole, especially at top speed. Even merely adding a seat post shock absorber would be a welcome addition.

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Performance 

The performance of the Trek FX+ 2 was more than adequate. Between the three power modes (Eco, Normal and Turbo) and the nine-speed rear cassette, I was able to hit the top speed of 20 mph frequently, regularly averaging 13MPH while riding through the streets of Atlanta.

Hills were also not a problem once you get a feel for the bike. I could regularly keep my cadence going up hills by using the full range of the bike’s gears and the Turbo pedal assist mode. The pedal assist modes kicked in very smoothly and with almost no lag.

The only shortcoming the FX+ 2 really has in terms of performance is the lack of a throttle to give riders fully motor-assisted thrust (i.e. no using your pedals), which does come on some of the FX+ 2’s competitors like the Soltera and RadCity 5 Plus. However, I would be lying if I said I missed it. The bike is plenty quick and easy to ride without it. 

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Battery life and range 

Trek states that the FX+ 2’s 250Wh battery can provide riders with up to 35 minutes of range. This of course depends on a range of factors, from the pedal assist mode you typically use to how hilly your terrain is.

My commute to work was just over five and a half miles round trip and I would go through about a quarter of the battery. That puts my estimated range at closer to 22 miles. However, I almost always used the Turbo (highest) pedal assist and I do have a large hill each way. So had I been more conservative I could have probably got more range out of the FX+ 2. 

Luckily if you do need to charge the bike, it only takes around two hours for a full charge and the charger can be plugged into any wall outlet.

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Competition 

Unfortunately, the Trek FX+ 2 really struggles when compared to the competition, at least on paper. I have yet to ride the Aventon Soltera, but it is currently our best budget eBike and has a very similar feature set and design aesthetic compared to the FX+ 2. While the pedal-assist seems like it is not as smooth and responsive as the FX+ 2 and it lacks a 9-speed option, you can still get a 7-speed for $1,399. That’s $1,000 less than the FX+ 2 I reviewed, but you get more range, a throttle and an LCD display.

If you want something higher-end, the Rad Power RadCity5 Plus is our best budget bike and would still be my pick over the FX+ 2 based on the research I have done on the RadCity 5 Plus. The FX+ 2 is lighter, and significantly so (over 20 pounds!), but the RadCity 5 Plus has a feature set that really sets it apart. Yes, you only get a 7-speed rear cassette, but you also get a throttle, a removable battery and two LCD displays compared to the zero LCD displays on the FX+ 2.

Trek FX+ 2 eBike review: Bottom line 

Ultimately, if the Trek FX+ 2 eBike was cheaper it would be a lot easier to recommend. It was a lot of fun to ride, easy to carry with its 40-pound weight and has a very clean design. If price weren’t a factor, I would say the quick pedal assist make it a great choice, and the fact that it comes with fenders and a rack standard is a nice touch.

But none of that can make me get past the fact that this bike is hundreds — if not a thousand — dollars more than its competition without providing a lot of reasons why. Yes, it's lightweight, and it's a Trek so the build quality is excellent, but it lacks the LCD displays, removable battery or throttle that so many of the best electric bikes have. If the FX+ 2 had even some of those features, I’d rate it significantly higher, even with the price. 

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FX 1 is a hybrid bike with a lightweight aluminum frame and quality parts that perform wherever you like to ride. Its perfect for anyone looking to get out more, ride as a family, do a bit of exercise, or commute to work on a versatile bike backed by a lifetime warranty. Its right for you if... - You want to get out and ride more, and youre looking for performance where it really counts: a lightweight frame, wide range of gearing, and strong wheels. You also want a great value and the confidence of Treks lifetime warranty. The tech you get - A lightweight aluminum frame; 21 speeds so theres always a right gear for your terrain; strong, double-walled wheels with wide, stable tires; and mounts that make it easy to accessorize your ride with racks, fenders, lights, fitness trackers, a kickstand, and more! The final word - FX 1 is a versatile hybrid bike at a great value. Its built with a lightweight aluminum frame, performance parts that keep the price in check, and strong wheels built on double-walled rims. This hybrid is perfectly suited to a variety of uses, from casual riding to exercise and commutes. Why youll love it - This bike brings families together, gets people away from screens, and lets you enjoy time outside - Its versatile and does whatever you want it to do, whether thats riding for fitness, commuting, or cruising to the farmers market to pick up groceries - Its easy to accessorize with racks, a kickstand, fenders, lights, and more! - You can pair FX with your smartphone and send your ride data to your favorite fitness app when you add DuoTrap S - Like every Trek hybrid, its backed by a lifetime warranty and supported by a wide network of retail partners


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2023 Trek FX Sport 5 Review

Are you planning on buying a hybrid bike this year and want to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth? If so, you need to read our Trek FX Sport 5 review before making a decision.

The Trek FX Sport 5 is a hybrid bike that is suitable for various conditions and activities such as commuting, off-roading, and general recreational use. 

It features a lightweight aluminum frame that is both strong and durable. 

The Trek FX Sport 5 also comes with an adjustable stem and handlebar post, allowing riders to customize the fit of the bicycle to their body type. 

In addition, the components are made of high-quality parts and materials, ensuring great performance in all types of terrain.

2023 Trek FX Sport 5 Review

The Trek FX Sport 5 has become one of the top hybrid bikes on the market this year due its wide range of features and benefits. 

In this review we will explore all aspects of this bike in detail – from its design to its performance – so you can better decide whether or not it’s the right choice for your needs.

The Trek FX Sport 5 is a high-end hybrid bike that is perfect for those who intend to take their cycling experience to the next level. 

With a touring-grade frame and components, this bike is designed for performance, comfort and control. 

In this article, we’ll review some of the features that make the Trek FX Sport 5 stand out from the competition.

2023 Trek FX Sport 5 Review

The Trek FX Sport 5 is a hybrid bike for multi-purpose use. 

With its versatile frame design and components, it is essentials for any road trip or race. 

It combines performance, durability and safety with comfortable riding, no matter where you are going.

The reliable 400 series OCLV Carbon frameset with Bontrager GR1 Expert 40mm tires make the ride both smooth and efficient while keeping your speed up when encountering tough terrain. 

The FX Sport 5 is perfect for bikepacking trips, trail riding adventures and daily commutes around the city.

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– Reliable 400 series OCLV Carbon frame provides robustness on rough surfaces

– Carbon fork absorbs shock to enhance rideability on offroad trails

– Shimano GRX 1×11 drivetrain ensures smooth shifting and precise gear selection

– Shimano hydraulic disc brakes provide superior stopping power in all conditions

– Tubeless ready Bontrager Paradigm wheels combined with Bontrager GR1 Expert 700x40c tires offer dynamic trail riding experience

– Fender mounts allow fitting mudguards to the bike

– Internal cable routing keeps cables out of sight while adding extra protection on tougher terrain

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The Trek FX Sport 5 features an 400 series OCLV Carbon with a premium tapered carbon fork that are designed to provide superior rigidity while also keeping weight down. 

The geometry of the bike is comfortable yet aggressive, making it suitable for both short rides around town and extended day trips.

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The Shimano drivetrain provides precise shifting performance, along with powerful hydraulic disc brakes for safety and control over any terrain. 

The Shimano GRX RX600 crankset features a 40t chainring paired to a Shimano SLX 11-42t, 11 speed cassette offer plenty of gear range for most riders. 

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What really sets the Trek FX Sport 5 apart from other hybrid bikes is its outstanding performance in both on and off-road conditions. 

Whether it’s commuting to work or taking on some light trails on the weekend, you can trust this bike to deliver an enjoyable ride every time. 

It’s even more impressive when you consider its price point – you won’t find another bike at this price range with comparable performance.

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All in all, if you’re looking for a high-end hybrid bike that performs no matter what terrain you plan to tackle – look no further than the Trek FX Sport 5! 

Not only does it offer exceptional quality components but also unmatched durability in a lightweight package. 

Whether you’re hitting up nearby trails or commuting around town – You’ll do so in style with this beautiful machine in tow!

Order online and have it shipped to your local dealer for final assembly!!

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A special production site to fabricate fuel for China’s CFR-600 fast reactor under construction has been established at Russia’s Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ - Machine-Building Plant) in Elektrostal (Moscow region), part of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company. 

As part of the project, MSZ had upgraded existing facilities fo the production of fuel for fast reactors, TVEL said on 3 March. Unique equipment has been created and installed, and dummy CFR-600 fuel assemblies have already been manufactured for testing.

The new production site was set up to service an export contract between TVEL and the Chinese company CNLY (part of China National Nuclear Corporation - CNNC) for the supply of uranium fuel for CFR-600 reactors. Construction of the first CFR-600 unit started in Xiapu County, in China's Fujian province in late 2017 followed by the second unit in December 2020. The contract is for the start-up fuel load, as well as refuelling for the first seven years. The start of deliveries is scheduled for 2023.

“The Russian nuclear industry has a unique 40 years of experience in operating fast reactors, as well as in the production of fuel for such facilities,” said TVEL President Natalya Nikipelova. “The Fuel Division of Rosatom is fulfilling its obligations within the framework of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the development of fast reactor technologies. These are unique projects when foreign design fuel is produced in Russia. Since 2010, the first Chinese fast neutron reactor CEFR has been operating on fuel manufactured at the Machine-Building Plant, and for the supply of CFR-600 fuel, a team of specialists from MSZ and TVEL has successfully completed a complex high-tech project to modernise production,” she explained.

A special feature of the new section is its versatility: this equipment will be used to produce fuel intended for both the Chinese CFR-600 and CEFR reactors and the Russian BN-600 reactor of the Beloyarsk NPP. In the near future, the production of standard products for the BN-600 will begin.

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