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    New Bike - Trek Top Fuel 8 or Fuel ex 8

    Iíve been riding my x-caliber 9 for almost three years. Iím looking to upgrade to a full suspension and the local bike shop has the above bikes in 21.5 which is what I currently ride.
    Of the two, which is the most heavy duty? Better components, etc?
    Iíve got some decent trails, a few small jumps, but also a lot of sand in several spots.
    First thing Iíll do regardless of which bike I get is to go tubeless.
    Thanks in advance!

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    FEX is the more trail-orientated bike.
    TFE is the more race-orientated bike.

    Test ride them both and see which you prefer.

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    You can consider bikes your shop doesn't have in stock because Trek can have more bikes in your size in one of their warehouses. The shop can easily order one. The 2019 Top Fuel 8 appears to be lower spec than the 2018. The 2019 Fuel EX 8 appears to be Sram GX 12 speed. 2018 can come Shimano XT 2x 11 speed or 12 speed GX.

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    What driver bob said.

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    the Fuel EX will handle the rough stuff better

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    Thanks for the replyís. I like both and will ride them Friday morning...
    I upgraded my xcal front fork to a Reba and I love my hardtail but want something a little more plush, yet sticky on the trails. Iím 6í2Ē @ 240 and about as graceful as a wild boar in a china cabinet so I need a rugged bike that will take care of me lol....
    Thanks again for your replyís!

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