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    '08 Fuel EX 9.5 test ride

    I took one of these out for a spin on a favorite local trail. It is a nice bike. Historically, I haven't been exactly enamored of Trek's MTB suspension, as my tastes run towards a more plush ride. Last year's Fuel EX update pushed the platform in the right direction, and the '08 evolution furthers that trend. All in all the big carbon Trek seems to be a very well mannered trail bike. The suspension performed well. Climbing was as it should have been on a 24.5 pound all carbon bike, but the descending was the true joy. And the Active Braking Pivot lived up to its promise. It really did seem to help keep the back end on the trail on rough, chattery descents.






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    I'm probably picking up one of these in an aluminum version if they put one specced out in the same price range as the current EX8 or 7.

    Come august i will be pestering my local shop heh.

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    stupid frozen browser

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    beautifull, simply beautifull. The 08 line is already available on the market? How come Trek havent update their website yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    beautifull, simply beautifull. The 08 line is already available on the market? How come Trek havent update their website yet?
    Not yet available. I just happen to know some guys who know some guys and one sort of fell out of a truck early-like.
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    Anthony - What did you think of the "plushness" of the suspension. A new chnge was made for 08 which is supposed to make the travel more even and less harsh. What do you think?

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    it looks pretty.
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    IT looks gorgeous...I wish I could get one...ahhh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordy
    I'm probably picking up one of these in an aluminum version if they put one specced out in the same price range as the current EX8 or 7.

    Come august i will be pestering my local shop heh.

    I was at my LBS yesterday and saw the brochure for the 08 EX line. The bikes listed in the brochure (and therefore, I'd assume the bikes receiving the new design) were the EX 9.5, 9.0 and the EX 8. I read some info earlier that indicated there would be two carbon versions and one aluminum. This would seem to confirm that and also the possibility that they've done away with the EX 9 (top aluminum version).

    As for arrival dates, they didn't seem to have much of an indication... could be August, could be October. They also thought the EX 8 price should come in close to the 2007 price but from my perspective, that's a wait and see also. Given that the EX 9 might no longer be available, the 8 may come in at a middle of the road set-up and price (between the 8 and 9 of last year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamer19
    I was at my LBS yesterday and saw the brochure for the 08 EX line. The bikes listed in the brochure (and therefore, I'd assume the bikes receiving the new design) were the EX 9.5, 9.0 and the EX 8. I read some info earlier that indicated there would be two carbon versions and one aluminum. This would seem to confirm that and also the possibility that they've done away with the EX 9 (top aluminum version).

    As for arrival dates, they didn't seem to have much of an indication... could be August, could be October. They also thought the EX 8 price should come in close to the 2007 price but from my perspective, that's a wait and see also. Given that the EX 9 might no longer be available, the 8 may come in at a middle of the road set-up and price (between the 8 and 9 of last year).
    The current edition of Mountain Bike Action Magazine says the 2008 line will be available in August/2007.

    And if you look at the price drops on the 2007 Trek bikes, I guess that they are right. They even suggest that you don't spend your money on the 2007, since the 2008 is much better.

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    I e-mailed Trek last week. I want to order an 08 ex 9.0. I was told that the bikes are available, but there is a waiting list, so order now. He could not give me an ETA. The bikes should trickle into the bike shops in Aug and Sept.

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    I would like to order an 08 9.0, but with the 07 at 2,500 dollars, I think that I willsave some money and get the old version, regardless of the changes in the suspension.
    Oh well, I don't know.

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    The rear tire looks like its on backwards... :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by jns2001
    I would like to order an 08 9.0, but with the 07 at 2,500 dollars, I think that I willsave some money and get the old version, regardless of the changes in the suspension.
    is this just if the LBS has one left on the floor? or can shops get the 07's from trek for that price?

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    What size is this in the picture? XL is my guess......

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    Quote Originally Posted by slip
    is this just if the LBS has one left on the floor? or can shops get the 07's from trek for that price?
    I really don't know.I called them here in Dallas and the person gave me the price by phone. I am planning to pick it on the 25th, since I am on vacations for 5 days...

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    Well, there really wasn't much difference between ex8 and 9 except Talas fork and race lite/sram components.

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    Your LBS may be able to order an 07 from Trek (depending on availability). My LBS told me that I can still order an 07 Madone even though the 08s are already in the shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonys
    I took one of these out for a spin on a favorite local trail. It is a nice bike. Historically, I haven't been exactly enamored of Trek's MTB suspension, as my tastes run towards a more plush ride. Last year's Fuel EX update pushed the platform in the right direction, and the '08 evolution furthers that trend. All in all the big carbon Trek seems to be a very well mannered trail bike. The suspension performed well. Climbing was as it should have been on a 24.5 pound all carbon bike, but the descending was the true joy. And the Active Braking Pivot lived up to its promise. It really did seem to help keep the back end on the trail on rough, chattery descents.








    Did you notice any significant amount of frame flex in the top tube? The '07 9.5 seemed very flexy in a 19.5" Just curious as to whether they made it stiffer or not.

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    I was trying to order a '07 EX7, but they couldn't get 1 in my size. I saw the other '08 thread, so I'll be getting a '08 EX8.
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    so, anthonys - do you have any info on when the 08's will be available? the internets all seem to say august, but the trek rep for my lbs is suggesting mid september.

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    My dealer said he is going to a Trek event in mid August, and will be bringing back demo bikes. I imagine they will be available after that.

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    Looks like I was off by a bit. The lower end carbon version is not going to be the 9.0 anymore. It's going to be a 9 so the line up with the new suspension design will consist of the 9.5, 9, and 8, first two of which are carbon frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamer19
    Looks like I was off by a bit. The lower end carbon version is not going to be the 9.0 anymore. It's going to be a 9 so the line up with the new suspension design will consist of the 9.5, 9, and 8, first two of which are carbon frames.
    i don't think that is true. i've already got money down on the ex9 and it is still the top-end of the aluminum. the price did jump about $500, but it has a nicer spec than the 2007.

    as far as i know, they will still have the full line-up, not just the three bikes that were in the pre-release brochure.

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    i was at my lbs and they had the new EX 8 in and another bike called a EX 5.5 (which i was told was kind of spec'd between the old ex5 and ex 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmh2005
    i was at my lbs and they had the new EX 8 in and another bike called a EX 5.5 (which i was told was kind of spec'd between the old ex5 and ex 6.
    o_0

    what's the name of your lbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmh2005
    i was at my lbs and they had the new EX 8 in and another bike called a EX 5.5 (which i was told was kind of spec'd between the old ex5 and ex 6.
    There will also be a Fuel EX 6.5 above that one.
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    What is the MSRP of the 08 EX 9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekboy79
    What is the MSRP of the 08 EX 9?
    The EX 9.0
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    Hmm, okay let me get this clear. For 08, Trek Fuel EX 9.5,9 and 8 will receive ABP rear triangle. And EX 9.5 and 9 would be carbon? Since EX 9 priced at 3k, I assume that 9.5 is around 4k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    Hmm, okay let me get this clear. For 08, Trek Fuel EX 9.5,9 and 8 will receive ABP rear triangle. And EX 9.5 and 9 would be carbon? Since EX 9 priced at 3k, I assume that 9.5 is around 4k?
    As posted by slip, it seems they will have the same line-up as 2007. There will be a 9.5 and 9.0 in carbon and then the 9 and 8 in aluminum with the new rear suspension design. Not sure whether the 7 will get the new rear end.

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    Went to my LBS today. The MSRP for the 08 EX 9.0 is $4,399.00. It is basically full XT with an RP23 rear shock and a TALAS front fork. Full carbon main frame. The 08 EX 9.5 retails for $6,199 (ouch). Its s mix of SRAM/XTR. They gave me a Trek Fuel brochure for 08. There is no EX 9 shown. It goes 9.5, 9.0 and EX 8, which is aluminum. My LBS has the new EX 8. MSRP is $2,399. Looks sweet. But what happened to the EX9?

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    I was talking to my dealer today and he was talking to his Trek rep on Friday. They are shipping the '08s right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekboy79
    Went to my LBS today. The MSRP for the 08 EX 9.0 is $4,399.00. It is basically full XT with an RP23 rear shock and a TALAS front fork. Full carbon main frame. The 08 EX 9.5 retails for $6,199 (ouch). Its s mix of SRAM/XTR. They gave me a Trek Fuel brochure for 08. There is no EX 9 shown. It goes 9.5, 9.0 and EX 8, which is aluminum. My LBS has the new EX 8. MSRP is $2,399. Looks sweet. But what happened to the EX9?
    It's true that the pre-release brochure has only the 9.5, 9.0, and 8 but they also will be making the 9. There is a picture of the 9 at the BC Bike Race website. You can tell it's aluminum because of the bent top tube.

    Scroll down to just past half way at the following link...

    http://www.bcbikerace.com/Media/Blog/

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    Wow! the EX9 looks so beautifull. Damn, 08 got so many new and improved bikes, Giant Trance, Specialized Stumpy and Trek Fuel EX. And I just realised that 08 will be the year where major trail bikes got some real upgrades!!!!!. Trance with the new bent downtube and 5" rear travel dubbed the Trance X. Stumpy with a new frame design which is similar to Enduro SL and Fuel EX with a revised R1 tuned suspension!!!!

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    Thanks Steamer. Cool color on the EX9, Now if I could only decide between the 9.0 and the 9. Is the spec basically the same on both bikes with the only difference being the carbon vs. aluminum frame? TB

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    Hmm any rumours about the weight of the new EX's?

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    I did a Google search & here's some more verbiage:

    http://www.velonews.com/tech/report/...s/12496.0.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekboy79
    Thanks Steamer. Cool color on the EX9, Now if I could only decide between the 9.0 and the 9. Is the spec basically the same on both bikes with the only difference being the carbon vs. aluminum frame? TB
    I'm not positive but I think you're right for the most part. Perhaps a Float vs. Talas fork but the '07 EX9 had a Talas. Also, it looks like XT brakes on the 9.0, Juicy 7's on the 9. Other than that, it looks like just different frames.

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    looks familliar...

    I use to own a 6" bike called the Mc Mahan BUFF that had a very similar rocker and the same extended chainstay into a live lower shock mount, but not the same rear pivot. That bike rode great... I may have to look into the frame only price.

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    My LBS has the 08 EX 8 as of last Thursday. Said they would have it assembled by the weekend. And I could have SWORN he said EX 8.5 I could be mistaken on that.

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    That sounds awesome. I can't wait to see one of these and take one for a spin. What are everyone's thoughts on the new rear axle. It would seem that wheel removal will be a bit more difficult than a standard drop out. I've never seen a 20mm thru front axle but I guess it might be something like that; skewer has to be completely unscrewed and then slid out to release the back wheel.

    It will be different anyway.

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    Hmm, so it seems Trek uses their own rear axle QR, anyone know its diameter? I have the feeling that for 09, Trek will reinvent their R1i suspension again , this time to counter pedal bobbing

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    can you folk that are getting the 08's in at your lbs post the names of your shops? i want to give them a call and see if they can give any tips on getting the bikes shipped to my lbs, which is still claiming that they aren't shipping yet.

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    well, i got this reply from an email to a trek rep:

    Some EX bikes were shipping, but are now out of stock. Your dealer will
    have to place a back order for one of these bikes.
    now i understand the longing and frustration of all of those people who waited for months to get a wii.

    i'm just hoping it will be here in time for black bear rampage in tanasi.

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    I think they'll only offer a 9.5 as a frame-only. So look to spend a few thousand...
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    Would I get arrested if I hung mostly LX and XT parts on an 08 EX 9.5 frame? Is that a crime???

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