Trek FX 2 Review

trek fx 2 review

Before we get into the Trek FX 2 review, I have to take a moment to acknowledge the great people who have helped me discover cycling as a way to get outside when the quarantine started. There seems to be a lot of crossover between RVers and cyclists and mountain bikers. The people are incredibly kind.

I stopped to do some filming of the initial ride on my Trek FX 2. Other cyclists would pass every few minutes, and all of them asked if we were doing okay. When we explained we were simply filming we were often left with a smile and a wave.

It really does remind me of when we pull into an RV park. I like to pull in front of my spot, get out and check things out, then attempt to back our rig in. During this time I often get other RVers coming over asking if we need assistance and to say hello. They too leave us with a smile and a wave.

Every local bike shop we visited was filled with knowledgeable staff that is passionate about biking.

Trek FX 2: The Good

There are so many parts of this bike that land on the ‘good’ list. Starting with the grips, I don’t know that a more comfortable set has ever come stock on a bike.

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Trek FX 2 Grips

I prefer a lock-on grip and have them swapped before I even bring the bike home. Not with the FX 2. These stock grips are so good and comfortable that I will be leaving them on until they start showing signs of wear.

The bike frame is made of Gold Alpha Aluminum. It weighs in at 26 lbs but feels much lighter. That could be due to the fact that I usually handle our mountain bikes that are 32 lbs or more. The frame has a sleek design giving it style points well above the competition.

Another change I make before bringing a bike home is the saddle. Again, during my Trek FX 2 review I never found a problem with the saddle. I will definitely change saddles at some point, but I am fine leaving the stock seat on for now because it really is that comfortable.

Trek FX 2: The Bad

To come up with something bad to say about this bike you really have to nitpick. The vital parts of the bike are all high quality, but there are some convenience items where Trek missed the mark.

I understand hybrid bikes are not mountain bikes, thus the saddle usually stays in a “set it and forget it” position. However, we are a family of 5 and all of us are within 4 inches in height. We often share bikes, or trade depending on where we are riding that day.

The first big miss for Trek is the lack of a quick release/adjust lever for the saddle. The quick release lever is nice to quickly drop the seat down when the shorter members of the family ride. We will trade bikes several times throughout a single ride, and I doubt we are the only family doing this.’

You can easily swap out the factory Allen wrench release for a quick release. I picked up a cheap one on Amazon for less than $10 and it works fine. (Check price on Amazon here.)

Personal Preference Changes

The only other complaint I have about the FX 2 won’t be a popular one. It comes with 170mm crank arms. A popular trend with these hybrid bikes is to put shorter crank arms on and treat them like spinning cycles. My personal preference is a longer crank arm. I enjoy the benefit of leverage a longer crank arm provides because I live in a mountainous region with lots of hills. Leverage is a big deal.

I ended up adding 175mm crank arms for $40 and it was an upgrade worth every penny. I highly recommend entertaining the idea of longer crank arms for those that aren’t looking to get into spinning. You can order a set of 175mm directly from Shimano’s Amazon store here.

I also changed the peddles to mountain bike peddles. Specifically, the Crank Brothers: Stamp 2. I like the way they grip my shoes when riding.

Is the Trek FX 2 a Good Bike?

Buying a new bike is exciting, but it can also cause some people anxiety. When you start getting into name brand bikes that have higher quality parts you are usually working with a big budget. Nobody wants to spend $500+ on a bike and realize they hate it.

I highly recommend buying your Trek FX 2 from a local bike shop. They can make sure it is setup to fit your body, which will result in a much better ride.

If I had to go buy another hybrid bike today, the Trek FX 2 is still at the top of my list. I plan on using my Trek FX 2 as a commuter bike. My office is roughly 6 miles from my home and its an incredibly enjoyable downhill ride on the way there. Getting home is another story, but the 3×8 gearing on the FX 2 is a huge help getting up those hills.

You won’t find a hybrid that rides as smoothly as the FX 2. The way this bike is able to cycle through the gears is nothing short of amazing. I barely feel it shifting, and its the same shift feeling whether I am going uphill or down. If you’re in the market for a hybrid cycle, the Trek FX 2 is a great option.

Hybrid bikes are not a fit for everyone. Check out our mountain bike review on the Co op DRT 1.1 and Trek Marlin 6 for a different bike style that should interest you. If you enjoyed this Trek FX 2 review please leave us a message in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Trek FX 2 Review”

  1. Thanks for the review. I have an 11 year old FX2 that is just plain worn out and I am looking to replace it. I enjoyed your review. I may get a new FX2 probably because my LBS sells them although I would like to look at a few other brands.

    1. I would love to try a few more brands too. Just to make sure the FX 2 is every bit as great as I think it is. Its hard to imagine the bike improving by much, but every time I get on a new bike I am always impressed.

      Thanks for the comment.
      – Ryan

    1. FX2-Sorry all. I recently used a FX 2 2019 model for touring. Bad idea . All bearings gave out less than 500 miles. Hubs and bottom bracket had to be replaced . I should have read the fine print, I eventually found in the fine print that it is rated for 300 lbs. given my wt of ~170 plus bike wt plus gear wt ~ 60 . I must have exceeded its capacity. Gearing was ok but I had it rebuilt in Zagreb with lower gearing. Do not use this bike for anything else but commuting. I am an old Trek fan and was very disappointed and put out. My rating is 👎

      1. Exceeding the manufacturer’s weight recommendation is never a good idea. I don’t think your situation is a knock on the bike, but better a reminder to know your specs.

  2. Franz Douglas Kinkhorst

    Thank you for the review. I picked one up today after riding some aggressive seating positions and some that were like sitting almost straight up. The FX2 was in between and was comfortable. It is just right for me. I grew up riding touring bikes and racing bikes, so I was used to laying over. At 64, I’m not interested in an aggressive seating position, but don’t like sitting straight up either. The FX2 is perfect and right in the middle of the two. It is very well made and I love the shifters, the grips and there’s plenty of gears to do what ever I need to do around Missouri. I paid approximately $700.00 but changed the pedals at the store, added a rear fender to keep the water off of my back and a water bottle holder, but that was it. The pedals that come with them are not my cup of tea. I like aggressive metal petals that have a “U” shaped cutout for a better gripping surface. The stock plastic ones are a waste of material in my opinion and I think Trek should put on metal ones IMHO. My wife rides my Specialized Hardrock and loves it by the way. I think this will make a great trail bike and road bike for those who don’t want to ride super long rides, don’t want an real aggressive riding position and want the nice hydraulic disk brakes. It is VERY well made, light and good looking to boot.

  3. Michael Holland

    Recently purchased a FX2. I agree with most of your review but I quickly changed out the pedals for Shimano SPD pedals, which are flat on one side and have the cleat retainers on the other side. This allows me to ride with or without my SPD shoes. I have two road bikes with Speedplay cleats but, for more casual riding, I like that the cleats are recessed and do not clatter on hard surfaces.

  4. I just took my 1st long ride with my 2021 FX2, surprising comfortable frame. I have had carbon and steel frame bikes before and really not a big difference in comfort over those other frame materials. I wish I would not spent so much money in the past on expensive bikes. These hybrids that are twice and 3x as much are not worth it.

  5. My DS8.1 is worn out an this review helped me focus on the FX2 that I am considering; can’t believe the seat is not a quick release ..I’ll be sure to get the part so when bike comes in; I’ll get that and a better gel seat.

    Also I don’t like the straight handle bars; ‘ll switch that out as well when I’m in the Trek store. Looking forward to getting my new TREK FX2.

    Happy “trailing”

    1. Yes, it comes with significant upgrades, but only a minimal price increase. The FX 3 is a much better value than the FX 2 but both are awesome hybrid bikes.

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