Trek 7700 – A Hybrid To Impress
The Trek 7700 is a hybrid bike that steps into the spotlight with stiff, lean sportiness and a premium level of quality. It is designed to appeal to those who do not want to choose between a mountain bike and an everyday city run around. Whilst it is fast and lithe enough to let you pound the tarmac and duck in and out of traffic, it is also set up with enough durability and compliance to help you get off the beaten track at the weekend.
The Trek 7700 has an Alpha Gold Aluminium frame, which you will find on other similarly equipped bikes from this manufacturer. This is a tough frame with geometry that helps you feel engaged with the ride and handling that allows for precise controls whatever the weather. This leads to a confident ride that will be suitable for a wide range of potential users.
Unlike some hybrid bikes this model comes with suspension integrated into the front fork. It is an SR Suntour NXC shock, which has 50mm of travel available when you feel like taking some big hits aboard the Trek 7700 on tracks and trails where standard road bikes might be less suitable. There is a mechanical lockout mechanism that lets you eliminate the travel for your convenience. This means that on flat, smooth road surfaces the bike is tauter and therefore faster out of the gates. This can come in handy when you want to take off from a standing start without stifling the progress of other road users.
The drive train utilises components from the Shimano SLX range for efficient shifting and peddling. One of the other convenient component additions is the Shimano M446 hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear. This is the kind of kit you would expect to see on a fully-fledged mountain bike, but on a hybrid model like the Trek 7700 it still makes a lot of sense. Operation of the brakes is smoother than mechanical alternatives and they behave more reliably in adverse weather conditions, which is something to consider in the city and in the countryside.
The wheelset harnesses Shimano M435 hubs, Bontrager Nebula rims and Bontrager LT3 tyres. The tyres have enough grip to see you safely to your destination whether you are on wet roads or muddy fields, but they still give you that quick rolling speed that is necessary to keep you going at a decent pace on dry tarmac when you have an appointment to keep.
The Bontrager Race handlebar lets you experience the best of the Trek 7700 and its handling, with a responsive feel that never feels too dull or disengaged. You get a Bontrager Race seat post and the Evoke 2 saddle on chromoly rails, confirming this bike as being light and nimble in spite of its all-rounder hybrid setup.
The front and rear of the frame have mounts that will allow you to integrate a rack and fender if you want to expand the hybrid nature of the Trek 7700. This will allow you to carry more items with you whilst you are out and about, which might make it better suited to commuting and travelling long distances.
The Trek 7700 is an impressive hybrid bike that makes the most out of its components and lets riders enjoy a diverse experience not limited by the technical capabilities of their cycle. If road based practicality and off-road fun sound like something that you want out of a bike, a hybrid model like this may be a good purchase.
Trek 7700 Specifications
- Front Fork: SR Suntour NCX 50mm travel
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX Shadow
- Gears: 27
- Chainring: Shimano SLX, 48/36/26T
- Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-32T, 9 speed
- Shifters: Shimano SLX
- Brakes: Shimano M446 hydraulic disc brakes
- Wheels: Bontrager Nebula
- Tyres: Bontrager LT3, 700x38c