I had originally purchased a 2011 Trek Fuel Ex 9.8 and a couple of months ago I broke the frame. The top tube near center and the seat post tube. They promptly replaced it with a 2012 Fuel 9.9 and within two weeks it broke, on the same trail and in the same two places. I am unsure exactly where on the trail the first frame broke, but I know exactly where on the trail the second frame broke; It has a pretty distinctive sound that I am now familiar with. It was a little dip in the trail; nothing even remotely aggressive by any stretch of the imagination. As I road down I remained in the seat and at the bottom of the dip, where Trek says that I G'd it out, it cracked. They say it was my fault and will not replace it. The individual I spoke with stated it appeared suspicious that both frames cracked in the same two places. I agreed and said that it was a design flaw and that their bikes don't appear to be able to tolerate a 230 lb rider, let alone the 300 lb limit they claim. They of course disagreed, and why wouldn't they? If it holds true then they have a lot of explaining to do with potential recalls. I have since purchased a Santa Cruz Solo C (aka 5010) also a carbon fiber frame. I have had it a month and have ridden it now over 130 miles on the same trails without any problems. Obviously Trek does not make the best bike.
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