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Old 09-09-08, 01:24 PM   #1
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Top Fuel vs Fuel Ex vs Hifi

I live near a Trek/Fisher dealer. Can someone explain the basic differences between the Top Fuel, Fuel Ex and the Fisher Hifi models? I visited the dealer and have studied the web sites, but I'm new to the field and would like some insights.

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Old 09-09-08, 03:25 PM   #2
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I can't give you much in the way of comparison, but I do have a 2006 Trek Fuel Ex8. I really like it. My advice would be to get some saddle time in all three to see how they fit. Usually the dealers will let you take them out for an extended spin, so take advantage of that and see which ones ride the best for you.

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Old 09-09-08, 03:35 PM   #3
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Top fuel = Light weight, shorter travel efficiency (90-100mm) for fast cross country riding types.
Fuel EX = More travel (120mm) and beefier construction (I think) for general abuse.

Pretty much the same goes for the HiFi/HiFi XC
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Old 09-09-08, 06:15 PM   #4
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HiFi XC and the top fuel are going to be similar- the Hifi XC will be more expensive due to the OCLV rear triangle and co-molding. The regular HiFi is meant as a trail bike, but is going to be a little more aggressive than the Fuel EX.
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Well, I dont know how much the 08 HiFi improved but I know the original HiFi has flexy rear triangle.

Anyway I can tell you about Top Fuel and Fuel EX.
Top Fuel is for XC Racers
Fuel EX is for General XC or Trail Riding.

09 Top Fuel comes with Trek latest suspension (its good :thumbsup: ), 08 Fuel EX already have this new suspension, its called ABP by the way (Active Braking Pivot).

The new Fuel Ex has many good reviews, in fact I ridden 2 Fuel EX and it rides great . Can't beat my Anthem though
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Old 09-20-08, 05:12 PM   #6
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hifi can be built stupid light. My friends is under 25 lbs. check out the new fisher roscoe its similar to a hifi but has the ABP(does away with brake jack) good luck finding one though they pretty much dont exist yet.
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Old 09-20-08, 06:18 PM   #7
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hifi can be built stupid light. My friends is under 25 lbs. check out the new fisher roscoe its similar to a hifi but has the ABP(does away with brake jack) good luck finding one though they pretty much dont exist yet.
Well if you can wait a couple of months, I suggest you do cause if you compare the current TopFuel, Fuel Ex and HiFi, I will say the Ex will blow away the other 2 in terms of suspension tech.

Next year will be different cause all of those 3 bikes will have ABP (I might make a mistake on HiFi, never been a fan of GaryFisher)
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So are you saying the 08 fuel ex has ABP and 08 top fuel NOT have it?

Thanks.
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Yes, the 08 Top Fuel does not have ABP but the new 09 TopFuel has (Lance has been riding it for awhile, win almost all MTB events that he joined)

I only prefer the carbon 09 Top Fuel, hate the looks of the alu version.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:43 PM   #10
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I've been racing an '06 EX8 for 3 years. In '06 it seems the EX line was between racing and trail riding. It has suited me fine. I'm looking at upgrading to an '09 Top Fuel 9.8. (Don't tell my wife ) The EX line seems to have gone more trail-oriented in terms of travel and beefiness. Two different niches filled by two great bikes.
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I've been racing an '06 EX8 for 3 years. In '06 it seems the EX line was between racing and trail riding. It has suited me fine. I'm looking at upgrading to an '09 Top Fuel 9.8. (Don't tell my wife ) The EX line seems to have gone more trail-oriented in terms of travel and beefiness. Two different niches filled by two great bikes.
Haha, I wonder why must a lot of married cyclist keep secret from their wife about upgrading to a new bike? Hmm...

Yea, Top Fuel is for racing and EX is more like General XC and Trail
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Fuel EX 8.0

I picked up an 08 Trex Fuel EX 8.0 and love it. The suspension and brakes are awesome. It's pretty light for a full suspension bike and I got a killer deal on it which made it even better.The technology is pretty techincal all I know is it's a blast to ride. Fisher 29er was the other ride I was condisering. They too are nice. In the long run I'm glad I found a deal on the Fuel EX because it was more bike than I was willing to buy but in the end it was the right bike for me. Like everybody said it's a trail and general purpose ride which is what I do. I'd definately recommend one if that's the style of riding you do. Go demo them for yourself.
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Old 11-23-08, 06:47 PM   #13
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I have a HiFi Deluxe 2007 model. and love it. 26.10 lbs and barely any mods... soon to be sub 25!
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They whole gary fisher line upgraded for the 09 year. They improved geometry make the 29ers feel a lot better. It will give you the handling of a 26 with the rolling capabilites of the 29. I would also suggest riding the trek and fisher because they will have different geometries . You may prefer the feeling of one over the other .
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Hmmmmm, so I can't ride a Top Fuel unless I'm a racer. Lance wins MTB races becuse of the bike he's on.Forget trek and buy an Anthem or a 29r. Got it.
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They whole gary fisher line upgraded for the 09 year. They improved geometry make the 29ers feel a lot better. It will give you the handling of a 26 with the rolling capabilites of the 29. I would also suggest riding the trek and fisher because they will have different geometries . You may prefer the feeling of one over the other .
They actually overhauled the entire line up last year; the only thing different for 09 is the look and some of the spec on the bikes. They overhauled the 26" HT lineup, though.
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I just picked up an 08 Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL on super blowout at a shop.

Indeed, the 08 Top Fuels do not have the 08 Fuel EX's ABP rear suspension...

But I figured that the rear suspension advance wasn't worth the $3000+ difference in price from the 08 to 09 Top Fuels...

Will I notice the difference? I'll never know because I haven't ridden an ABP suspension yet....oh well....The 08 Top Fuel is VERY nice though...completely satisfied with it!
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The 08 Top Fuel is VERY nice though...completely satisfied with it!
Well glad to hear you are happy with your purchase. That is very important
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