Hey everyone! Need a little advice about my new purchase. Just picked up a 2008 Trek Fuel EX8.
Geezus, what a pain this thing has been. Should have known something was wrong when the guy wouldn't let me come to his house. Lesson learned: I won't buy another used bike without taking it on a trail first. It was basically rigged enough to make a sell.
The first big ride I knew I had problems. Chain slipping badly on climbs, front brake wasn't working correctly, and the rear was making a ton of creaking noise. New cassette/chain, front caliper rebuild kit, and new bearings in the rear...after a few weeks of waiting on parts, I finally got to take my bike out and everything seems to be great now. Except for my confidence in the bike. See below:
Long story short, while I was trying to hunt the chain slip issue I noticed a huge gash mark on the inside of the triangle. A couple of cm's deep in the aluminum. Looks like it's been rubbed by tire over a period of time. Haven't figured out how that happened yet. Pretty sure the previous owner must have had a different wheelset.
Anywho...I've been on the hunt for a new triangle to replace it because I'm picky about my stuff. Didn't take me long to stumble across multiple threads about people cracking/breaking the rear triangle on Trek Fuels.
I'm kind of bummed now. I feel like it's a matter of time before I have the same thing happen. Seems like it's super common.
What makes me feel a little better is it seems people have had some good luck by working with their LBS on getting a replacement under warranty. Apparently the pre-2010 stuff had lifetime warranties? That's for the original owner, of course.
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