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Old 04-17-08, 06:27 PM
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Me on my Trek Fuel Ex 8


So I finally got this thing, I love it - the only 'bad' things are: the neck that extends from the headset is XC-oriented, they have 3 chainrings as opposed to 2 with a bashguard, and the seat/pedals suck but that's always the case. It was pretty sweet to step up from the rockhopper comp 2002 fsr after 2 years of that, and tomorrow i can use the trek with my nice easton platform pedals. The suspension feels sweet granted I'm relatively still a noob at this and the brakes seem nice and large, 180mm. I'm liking it, my life has changed, for the better, I cant wait to really get going with this on the trails, should be a lot diff. than the rockhopper !@ plus, spring is here, it doesn't get much better than that

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Very cool, enjoy the heck out of that thing. I've got the day off from work tomorrow and am going to try riding the single track at my favorite local place. I think mud season has passed enough to make it responsibly rideable, we'll see. Hope you can get out on it this weekend and get it dirty.
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Originally Posted by legalize View Post
neck
Stem, you mean?


Also sweet image name- TrippingBalls.gif
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Old 04-17-08, 06:53 PM
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yeah I didn't know the real name for it, prob. the stem, the thing that goes from the headset to the handlebar
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Stem, you mean?
Some people call them necks.
 
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Some people call them necks.
but they are wrong
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Did 6 hours of biking today around trails and then campus, did some nice huge 4ft by 15 ft transitions and i loved it cept got rubbery and careless @ the end of the day and totally ate **** and what's greatest is that it was infront of 10 people, all of which laughed hysterically (i went a few feet up and off some dirt in a really awkward way and landed on my front [crooked] tire, just dug it.

So a few days after getting the bike and the wheels are definitely no longer true (but not horribly off)

LOL! I love it. I do this every spring, I need to control myself and not get so excited and careless. Skinned up my whole arm but nothing bad. Also skidded on some sand after landing what I consider to be a huge ass jump, the front shocks absorbed it so well to me, but then fell and did a 'superman' flat onto the pavement. lmao. I'm a moron, but I like to push things within my abilities.
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You're DJ'ing on a trail bike?


I hope you have a lot of wheels.
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Old 04-19-08, 04:59 PM
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still waiting to see pics of you and fuel EX.
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I'm trying to take it easy on the pavement and not do it constantly. I noticed that even off small jumps (4ft transitions) my shock goes nearly all the way down, so I'd like to avoid that. It's not like I'm slamming the bike into the pavement, but maybe I'm pushing it a tad bit, considering it isn't designed for pavement drops, even though I'm really not doing "drops" but rather transitions going relatively fast. O well, thanks for mentioning the tires.


I'll try to get some real pics when I can get someone to take em next time.

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Even with full suspension, use your legs to absorb most of the impact.

If you aren't doing so already, of course.
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Get a shock pump and adjust your air pressure so you don't bottom your suspension.
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I'm trying to take it easy on the pavement and not do it constantly. I noticed that even off small jumps (4ft transitions) my shock goes nearly all the way down, so I'd like to avoid that. It's not like I'm slamming the bike into the pavement, but maybe I'm pushing it a tad bit, considering it isn't designed for pavement drops, even though I'm really not doing "drops" but rather transitions going relatively fast. O well, thanks for mentioning the tires.


I'll try to get some real pics when I can get someone to take em next time.

Would love to see pics of the bike and trails you hit. One day I am going to take my camera along for a ride on the trails around here.
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It actually doesn't feel like I'm bottoming out. It's a smooth landing and I try my best to use my legs before shocks. But I do see that the o ring on the rear suspension goes almost all the way down (1/4" left before it hits rock bottom) so I figure there must be intense pressure when that happens, not good for seals?

I pumped it to 150psi which is recommended for my weight and tried 170psi but not much difference so I may just have to back off the larger jumps..which really don't seem too large to me but o well
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Again- Trail bikes aren't DJ bikes. Don't tell your LBS what you've been doing or you'll have voided your warranty.


As a side note, I weigh 130 pounds and run my fork at 150psi and my rear shock at 165psi. It all depends on the trails you ride.
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first 3 pages of the Trek owners' manual talks about which of their bikes are made for jumping.. none of the suspension bikes are listed in that catagory.
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the fuel series comes with decent wheels, I can't believe you already potato chipped them.
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the fuel series comes with decent wheels, I can't believe you already potato chipped them.
Because he was DJ'ing with them.
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To tell you the truth they were kind of warped when I got it and I figured welll you can only true them so much...But then I took a decently hard fall and I have a feeling I torqued the wheel. But going 15mph and hitting a 3-4 foot jump landing on pavement? How can that possibly be bad for this bike?

Anyways I couldn't get anyone to come take supercool pictures of me so I figured itd be a good time to use the timer. Didn't really get good trail pictures, but took one, looks lame but I like it because its a nice downhill rocky area. Best picture all day was the tree sap, actually.

Me emerging from winter hibernation, apparently hitchhiking in the woods


Couldn't get much of a lamer trail pic than this


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So what's "DJing" ?
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So what's "DJing" ?
Dirt Jumping
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I was actually landing on pavement, but still, going 10-15mph and 3-4 feet in the air. THat really doesn't seem like a lot to me. I'd think if it had that suspension it could handle it, and the rims seem pretty decent. So I'm wondering if maybe it's just from me falling. It's not a horrible warp, just slight but still, noticeable.
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http://www.trekbikes.com/pdf/owners_...OM_english.pdf
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ok so my bike would be #4, small jumps, which I consider 3-4ft. I'm not dropping onto flat surfaces, I was transitioning onto them. shrug

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