So, I've been debating on getting a new bike for awhile now. I'm looking at Trek bikes only as I can get great deals on them.
The area I ride is mostly singletrack with some areas hosting a bit of more technical climbs and drops. Most people ride xc and trail bikes here.
There are two models I'm looking at.
The Trek Fuel EX 29er and the Trek Remedy 650b
For most of my area, I think the Fuel would suffice; however, there are some areas that I want to ride which I don't think 120mm and 32mm stancions will be enough. I also like the extra travel that the Remedy sports, the 34mm stancions, 650b wheels (been wanting to try them out), and the adjustable geometry. I want to take my bike to other locations like Durango, Moab, Park City, Grand Junction, etc. So I'd want a bike that can do it all (of course everyone says that right?).
Then of course there is the idea of racing in my area, and for that I'd definitely want the Fuel. I like the idea of racing since I think it'd be fun to challenge myself against others.
I test rode a Fuel EX 29er and the remedy 29er side by side this past summer, and with the Remedy in the stiff geometry position, it felt nearly identical to the fuel. So if I don't race, I think the Remedy can handle most of the xc where I live without being too cumbersome and also some of the technical stuff.
There is a trail in my area that sports an 7-8ft sender (haven't actually measured it, but it's about a foot or two taller than I am, I'm 6ft) which I'd like to tackle. Can the Fuel EX 29er handle such a drop? I'm sure 8ft is the largest drop I'd ever attempt. That trail run then goes on with some wall rides, berms, ramps, and more jumps. I know that with the full floater design and DRCV, reviewers have said the Fuel feels like it has more travel than it really does. Would that still be enough?
I'm coming off of a 34lb 26er with an old style faux bar suspension system that is very prone to brake jack and suspension squeeling, so either bike would be a huge upgrade for me. I'm open to try out 29ers as they are all the rage these days, and am not against trying out the new 650b size.
Then of course there's the argument of carbon vs alum. Someone posted once that Trek's OCLV mountain carbon is less stiff than alum. So would alum be a better choice? Alum and save a few bucks? Or go big and go carbon?
So, what would you folks recommend?
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