Trek 7.4 FX Disc – first ride review

Hybrid bike with hydraulic disc brakes

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £675.00 RRP | USD $879.99

Our review

Comfort, gearing and overall quality are all good – there's little to fault at this price point
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Trek’s 7.4 FX Disc is one of their big sellers, and part of the welcome trend for hydraulic brakes to appear on more hybrids. It makes much more sense than superfluous suspension forks.

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The Hayes brakes don’t have the absolute stopping power of some, but they easily have enough for urban riding and masses of control. Shimano provide most of the rest of the kit, the 48/36/26 chainrings and 11-32T cassette offering a huge gear range, particularly at the bottom end. Yes, there are largish gaps between gears but their sheer range more than makes up for that.

Handling is sit-up-and-beg steady, not surprising given its lengthy 105cm wheelbase, a theme further emphasised by the relaxed head tube angle. This is great for high visibility head-up urban riding, and comfortable too, aided by the palm-comforting rubberised IsoZone grips. The 32mm tyres offer a good balance of plushness, protection from pothole-induced punctures and rolling resistance.

Considering the price the 11.7kg (25.8lb) weight is decent. Wheel life should be boosted by the absence of rim brakes, and with rear rack, front and rear mudguard eyes and loads of clearance it’s well specced for year-round versatility, too. 

A top ride, good kit and a price your bank manager won’t blanch at – a star Trek and a special FX.

Trek 7.4 FX Disc
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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 7.4 FX Disc (13)
Brand Trek

Available Colours BLACK
Headset Type Slimstak semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Weight (kg) 11.7
Stem SSR, 10 degree
Shifters Acera, 9 speed trigger
Seatpost Nebula
Saddle H1
Rims Nebula Disc 32-hole disc
Rear Tyre Size 700x32C
Rear Tyre Bontrager
Rear Hub alloy
Rear Derailleur Deore
Handlebar Satellite Plus IsoZone, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Available Sizes 15 17.5 20 22.5
Grips/Tape Satellite IsoZone Elite, lock-on, ergonomic
Front Tyre Size 700x32C
Front Tyre Bontrager
Front Hub Alloy
Front Derailleur Acera
Frame Material FX Alpha Gold Aluminum
Fork FX Alloy Disc w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades
Cranks Acera M391, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
Cassette Shimano HG31 11-32, 9 speed
Brakes Dyno Sport hydraulic disc brakes and levers, 160mm rotors
Weight (lb) 25.8