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    Frame to replace Trek Fuel 70?

    A reader of mine recently asked the following question:

    "I bought a Trek Fuel 70 a little while back and my frame cracked! Apparently it's a pretty common fault with that model. The warranty is void and welding didn't work so i need to find a good frame to upgrade to. The only problem is I have no idea where to start. I know I can do the upgrade myself I'm just really worried about part/frame compatibility since I want to just transfer everything over from the Fuel. Here are the bike specifications mine is the 17.5 inch"

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    The system of the fuel was replaced for a new model remedy, if you see the system itīs similar but doesnīt have the little problem of crack.
    If you are a trek fan can be test a remedy frame. if not, ir ride a specialized epic comp in full suspension are great, now a day ride a sworks HT practicing XC.

    maybe stumpjumper or litespeed swona.

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    The biggest compatibility thing, both in terms of whether it'll work and whether your reader will like it, is going to be finding a frame that takes the fork. I don't remember if the Fuel 70 was a XC or more of a Trail/AM model. IIRC, Treks with some variation of the "Fuel" name have had a variety of different amounts of travel. Anyway, trying to put an 80mm fork and XC rider on an AM frame won't have good results. Neither will a 140mm fork and AM rider on an XC frame.

    I've seen good deals on frames on On One's site, bikeman.com, hucknroll.com. Pricepoint has some FS frames, but they're by a brand that doesn't sell anywhere else; I have no idea if they're good or not.
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    Wheel World and Cambria have some good frames on sale.
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    Why was warranty void?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe@MBD.com View Post
    A reader of mine recently asked the following question:

    "I bought a Trek Fuel 70 a little while back and my frame cracked! Apparently it's a pretty common fault with that model. The warranty is void and welding didn't work so i need to find a good frame to upgrade to.
    Why was warranty void? Trek has a lifetime warranty on the frame.

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    Now is the BEST time to start demo-ing 29ers. I had a Fuel before and loved it....until it also cracked.

    I now have a carbon Trek Superfly 100 29er. The bike climbs and rolls over anything. Point and shoot, epic trail beast...
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    If the bike in question does have serviceable parts and the fork is still ok to use maybe a HT frame would be the answer. If the fork is 80mm of travel the Remedy would not be the answer....neither a newer Fuel. Most all the newer frames have a tapered head tube which means you need a headset that will accommodate the standard steerer that you have. You have to also consider what type of crank / BB that the old bike has and if it will just bolt up to the new frame.


    Option 1 - The bike is dated and may cost more to try to transfer the parts than it is worth.

    Option 2 - Find a HT frame that is 26" wheel compatable and transfer the parts. Be prepared to buy a few new parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktj1 View Post
    Why was warranty void? Trek has a lifetime warranty on the frame.

    Not original owner? No receipt? Welded /modified the frame?

    For awhile Trek had a 5 year warranty on their FS bikes. Not sure how that plays out considering current warranty policy and what the bike may have came with at the time of purchase.
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    Anyone check date when they reply ? This thread is from 2012.........
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    Guess not...oh well.
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