I ride the road but I'm looking to get a mountain bike for my weekend fun. So I've started renting and comparing. Today I rented an 08 Trek Fuel EX 8. I'm 6'5" 215lbs. I rented the xl. It was a good ride but I broke the left seat stay down by the dropout/disc brake area. I don't think I was radical or anything. When I returned it, the shop said this was common on the 08 Trek Fuel EX and was fixed in the 09.
1. Was this common on the 08 and Fixed on the 09?
2. The fancier Trek Fuel EX bikes are carbon. Would those be better or worse in this respect (seat stay strength)?
Just curious if anyone had input. I'll move onto the next rental, but if I like the Trek the best I'd like to know more about this scenario.