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Old 06-21-13, 02:17 PM   #1
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2013 Trek Fuel EX 8 26er?

Hi, went to my LBS again. This time they had a 2013 Trek Fuel Ex 8 26er on sale. MSRP is $2849 and they have it on sale for $2350. I see that Trek has a $340 rebate on this bike. Never really considered this bike because of it's original price. I was actually looking at only 29er FS bikes, but came across this one. Incredible components for the money and it rides, handles and breaks extremely well. I was about to purchase a leftover 2012 Giant Anthem X 29er 2 for around$1700, but this bike has me re thinking. I don't really have any plans on doing any XC racing. Just intermediate single and technical trails with moderate climbing and descending. Anyone's opinions would be appreciated.




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Old 06-21-13, 02:45 PM   #2
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Looks like the whole package. I personally would likely go for it - - but then I just got a 'throwback' 26er recently myself. It looks set up for a similar style of rider that my SB66 is, albeit a degree steeper head angle. Still, a great bike.
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Old 06-21-13, 03:51 PM   #3
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Looks like a real nice bike, you can use the rebate get a dropper post to make it even better
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Old 06-23-13, 08:37 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I'm really torn between this 26" FS and 29er FS. Any 29er FS with similar components is going to be more expensive. No rebates on 2013 models yet (ex. Trek Fuel 29er). I did find a new 2012 29er Giant Anthem X 2 at a great price, but its more of an XC bike.
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Un-tear yourself. Here are some good reasons to buy the bike that is "only" a 26er.

It's lighter. Simple math- frames and forks are smaller due to wheel diameter, and wheels and tires are lighter.

It's more maneuverable, for the same reasons as above-- weight and tire diameter.

Still more trail tire availability for 26" than 29". (I am excluding cyclocross tires, talking only 1.8" or larger knobbies.) In a few years, sadly, this may not be true. But today it is.

It's fast enough. Yes, every XC racer and their dog has moved to 29er due to perceived or actual rolling resistance advantages. You don't need to worry about that in the slightest. The bike will still go as fast as you can pedal it, or have skill to ride it downhill. Period.

Full disclosure: I have a pretty good 26" FS bike and keep riding 29ers, but have yet to find a reason to 'upgrade'.
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Thanks guys, I know I'm all over the place trying to decide on the right bike. I've always had trouble committing. Just ask my wife. I know that I want a FS for sure now. I really do like that leftover 2012 Giant Anthem 29er x2, but the brakes (Elikar Avid 1) have little bite. My LBS said they spoke to the head mechanic and he said that are fine. Funny thing is I test rode a Trek Xcaliber with the same brakes and they were much better. I think they need to be bleed but LBS won't do it unless I commit. I also asked for a price quote for some SLX brakes or mid range Shimanos 5 series to replace the Elixars..
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When it comes down to it, it's the rider not the bike(or wheelsize). Fast riders are fast on any bike.

I've a owned a few FS 29er's(and ridden others) and these days I'm back on a 140mm travel FS 26. For me, it's purely based on level of enjoyment. It's easier for me to maneuver 26" wheels, where the FS 29ers had a long wheelbase and always felt stuck to the ground. I also split ride time on a 29er HT, which with it's short wheelbase and slack angles, gives me a that similar feel that I like on the FS 26.

I wouldn't really take the brakes into account. Avids work fine and it sounds like it could be a setup issue -- maybe the pads are glazed over, which would lead to less friction/stopping power.
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Last time I test rode a Trek 6 or 7 it rode like a lounge chair with bars. Funky. Felt raked out and steered slow, but it's been a while.
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Last time I test rode a Trek 6 or 7 it rode like a lounge chair with bars. Funky. Felt raked out and steered slow, but it's been a while.
Yeah, I'm thinking the Fuels have come a long way in the last few days. They've even won trail bike of the year, twice I believe.
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Stay on original plan....go 29er. I almost pulled the trigger on a blowout, demo 2013 Fuel 9.9 SSL, for $3400. But once I rode the 29er again(2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro) - my objectives were reconfirmed...the 24-pound 29er is superior in my book.
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Stay on original plan....go 29er. I almost pulled the trigger on a blowout, demo 2013 Fuel 9.9 SSL, for $3400. But once I rode the 29er again(2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro) - my objectives were reconfirmed...the 24-pound 29er is superior in my book.
Exactly what I plan on doing, thanks. I'm going to be renting a 2012 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp for a week before I decide which 29er to buy. I'm a newbie and I want to test the local trails and this sport before I commit. It's a 26er but the only FS bike they have for rent. I may go the Specialized route since this dealer also sells them.
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Both of my BILs rented Fuel Ex 5s at Copper Mountain and they liked them. The EX 8 has the same frame with better components.

here's a differing opinion on the Superfly 100 carbon, which incidentally I do not think is in your price range or a good choice for an all-arounder.
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