Weaknesses: Trek has a lot to contend with in this bike. After 4 years of lightweight riding ( under 200 miles )this bike has fallen apart. The spokes have broken on the front and the back tires. The seat post has broken and does not function. Several parts have rusted out and the list goes on ands on.
I seriously would not recommend this bike to anyone. Trek has definitely a quality issue with this model. I have been buying bikes all my life and never have I experienced so many broken spokes and basic quality issues. I bought a Trek on good faith that they provide a good quality bike. I have owned several Treks in the past as well and I have never had a problem such as this one. I am 5'10 @ 190 on a 21" frame. This bike should handle me with ease...
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2012
Strengths: Easy rolling, high quality materials, low maintenance, 24 speeds!
Weaknesses: It's not a road bike, so you'll have to really peddle to keep up with a speedy road racer. But, who wants to do that?
In 2010, I needed to replace my 20-year old Specialized Hybrid and found the 7300. At 6-2 and 200 pounds, I was looking for a sturdy ride that wouldn't kill my aching back or neck. This bike has been fantastic! I've put 3,000 miles, including 2 RAGBRAI'S, on this bike and haven't needed to change a tire or do much maintenance to it at all. I highly recommend it for someone that wants a comfortable ride with the capability to move down the road quickly when needed.
Mine is actually a 2008 model. This is fun, easy to ride, well built. As a new rider I've put a bit over 200 miles on it in the past month and a half. I've worked from 4 to 10 miles every day and its been a blast on the Trek 7300. I've had four heart attacks and have an implanted defibrillator and needed a low impact way to exercise that was fun.
Similar Products Used: I tried a number of models and was fitted by the retailer when purchasing.
Bike Setup: Standard equipment. Added front and rear flashing lights, two water bottle cages, a trip computer, seat pack as well as a cellphone holder, and a tire pump. Upgraded pedals to Forte clips (match biking shoes).
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2007
Strengths: Reliability, tires, fun to ride
Weaknesses: Heavy, ride is a little harsh typical of an aluminum bike
This is a solid, back to biking bicycle. Quality equipment, Good tires. Fun to ride. Easy to ride. Not twitchy at all.
Ride is a little harsh even with the front shock and suspension seat. Basically a good quality bike to get some excercise and see the sights.
Similar Products Used: first bike since the Romans took Gaul.
Bike Setup: Stock except for a flat bar added to help beat the wind a bit
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007
This bicycle shop had on staff someone who read my requirements like a book and after speed reading my pros and cons, recommended the Trek 7300. I'm very happy with the books ending.
I had been thinking about returning to bicycling for a few years now, cholestrol, blood pressure, etc, but could not figure what to get. Then while my wife was browsing a closeout sale in a jewelry store next door, I wandered into this bicycle shop. Again a hundred or more bikes there on the rack, all the reasons I could'nt decide before. But for this time a saleperson spent on an otherwise unlikely looking purchaser, my situation was reversed by a couple words. "Youre looking for a comfort hybrid, wheels that work better for road than off road, flat bar and suspension for comfort and gearing for efficiency." Sounded right.
The trek has lived up to those promises.
I like that darn blue finish as well.
I am a beginner but in shape. 6 foor, 190 pounds. Athletic. I want to buy a bike for exercise at the beach - roads are mostly flat, but there are some fine gravel patches. Only doing road biking - but for exercise, not speed. Plan on doing 10-20 miles once or twice per week during the summer. Want b ... Read More »
I am a beginner but in shape. 6 foor, 190 pounds. Athletic. I want to buy a bike for exercise at the beach - roads are mostly flat, but there are some fine gravel patches. Only doing road biking - but for exercise, not speed. Plan on doing 10-20 miles once or twice per week during the summer. ... Read More »
I'm comfortable on it, and all, but I'm not exactly Lance Armstrong, and will I just be so far behind everyone it won't be fun? How much speed difference in MPH would a $1200 road bike make for a fat middle-aged man in decent cardio condition?Read More »
I'm back! OK, I've literally narrowed my choices down to two models (not counting of course, my dreamy cruiser). The description of the FX on the website says "Great for fitness workouts and training rides," and the normal hybrid "From bike lanes to bike paths and everything in between." I don't kno ... Read More »