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    2013 Fuel EX Thread

    this fuel ex is not like the others (10mm more travel and more aggressive geometry). I've got one on the way. I want to see yours...

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    My Fuel Ex 9

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    Yes, its interesting to note that the 2013 EX geometry is closely aligned to the 2010 Remedy's - matching exactly in many respects (I have a 2010 EX). Makes me wonder if Trek (and the bike industry in general) is following the lead of automobile manufacturers - making a given model bigger and bigger until they have to introduce a new model to fill the market void of the original design.

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    Maybe it will be 650b next year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertred View Post
    Yes, its interesting to note that the 2013 EX geometry is closely aligned to the 2010 Remedy's - matching exactly in many respects (I have a 2010 EX). Makes me wonder if Trek (and the bike industry in general) is following the lead of automobile manufacturers - making a given model bigger and bigger until they have to introduce a new model to fill the market void of the original design.
    Was thinking the same thing, it's kind of weird, isn't it?

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    Which measurements match between new EX and 2010 Remedy?

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    Head tube angle, seat tube angle, fork offset are the same between the two. The effective tope tube of the '10 Remedy is 0.3 cm longer than the '13 EX and the frame reach is 0.1 cm longer on the '13 EX - so virtually the same. The chain stay and wheelbase are 0.4 and 0.7 inches longer respectively on the '10 Remedy, and the bottom bracket 0.6 inches higher. Those are the biggest geometric differences.

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    I got a chance to try a 9.8 Fuel EX at Trek World last fall and after first trying a Slash then a Remedy 9.8, I not only felt that this bike pedaled faster but it also held speed better though the corners that either previous bike.

    I rode their downhill trail (several times on each bike, these trails are soooo fun btw) that was made up of drops and jumps (one of them being over 20 foot) and I honestly felt the most comfortable on the Fuel. Granted, I was getting more used to the speeds needed for the course towards the end of the day, but to be able to have a bike with xc pedaling capabilities and a bike that I can feel comfortable hitting 20 footers on is appealing.

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    2013 Fuel EX Thread-fuel-ex.jpgat long last here is my temorary build until I get all my xx1 parts

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    My 2008 trek EX 08 has 130 mm of travel. Trek is advetising they increased the travel to 130mm for 2013. Did the EX shorten the travel 10mm after 2008?

    TrekBikes.com Bike Archive | 2008 Fuel EX 8

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    Yes, for 2010 to 2012, the EX8 came with 120mm front suspension. For some reason, now I feel robbed of 10mm. I'd like to see the '08/09 geometry compared to 2010.

    [Edit] Found it. The 2010 had shorter cockpit, slightly longer wheelbase and higher bottom bracket. Interesting.
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    Has anyone tried it already Fuel Ex 4?

    Its behavior on trail is much worse than any other Fuel Ex with Magnesium Evo link?

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    Just picked up a 2013 Trek Fuel EX7. Was a warranty replacement for a 2001 Trek Fuel 80. Much greater travel and is a bit heavier than my old bike. But overall, it is much more comfortable with the CTD features for the front/rear Fox shocks. I don't think I lost much, if anything, in climbing even though the new bike is a bit heavier. Still getting used to the new Avid braking system. My old bike I upgraded the V-brakes to Avid mechanical discs and the brakes on the new bike are much more powerful. Overall, I have a big smile on my face riding the new bike.

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    Anyone get an actual weight for a 2013 Fuel EX 8 yet?

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    I just purchased the Remedy 9.9 and with a change of tires and few other parts, got the weight easily down to 25 pounds even. THe Fuel EX should be able to get even lighter which is amazing for a 130mm travel bike.

    The weired thing I noticed about Treks now having one, is how low slung the frame is making the seat post look unnaturally tall. Optics aside, it is an amazing bike as I am sure the Fuel is as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean.designs.bikes View Post
    Anyone get an actual weight for a 2013 Fuel EX 8 yet?
    No weights for the 8 but my brand new 9 is 12.7kg or just under 28lbs (inc pedals and cages) and no dropper post; otherwise stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean.designs.bikes View Post
    Anyone get an actual weight for a 2013 Fuel EX 8 yet?
    Just weighed my new 2013 Trek Fuel EX7 and it weighs exactly 29 pounds with the 17.5" frame.

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    Fuel Ex 4, 19.5" frame, without pedals (just assembled out of the box). We had weighed him three times at the hands, and each time the weight was different. 14.02kg, 14.10 and 14.72.
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    This Fuel goes to 11
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    2013 Fuel EX 9.8

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    2013 Fuel EX 17.5 inch frame. Pulled the XT off. Mostly Sram XX 2x10. Since photo was taken, I have upgrade wheels to Bontrager RXL, with lighter tubeless tires and the high end Sram Cassette. Weigh is just over 23 pounds.

    Can't wait for some dry trails.
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    You took off XT Brakes for XX?

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    xt for XO brakes

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    You took off XT Brakes for XX?
    I understand your shock. This was tough. I switched all my bikes to XT brakes after years of putting up with Sram's squealing brakes. I still have the XT brake set on my single speed bike in waiting in case the new XO trail brakes don't work as promised. I really want the XO trail brakes to be good. With 4 pistons and with out the conical washers, I am hopeful.

    But if they make as much noise as my previous Avid Brakes, my wife will stop riding with me. I agree that the XT brakes are the gold standard. And it was tough to pull them off the bike.

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    I hear the X0's are the one's worth having if you've got Avid's, and that their stopping power is great. You've always got the XT option in the back pocket there. That 9.8 is a nice looking rig, hope the ride matches its gorgeousness.

    They really need to start spec'ing Kashima forks for their 9.8's.

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    TREK EX Fuel 4

    Quote Originally Posted by bikephoto_ua View Post
    Fuel Ex 4, 19.5" frame, without pedals (just assembled out of the box). We had weighed him three times at the hands, and each time the weight was different. 14.02kg, 14.10 and 14.72.
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    Hi can you give us some feedback on your new bike? I am thinking of getting one myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    Hi can you give us some feedback on your new bike? I am thinking of getting one myself.
    Well, it rides like a bullet, especially down the trail I have made some replacements with parts from my old bike (fork RS Revelations 100-130, derailers and shifters X7-X9, brakes Juicy 3, tires Maxxis Highroller front, Larsen TT back, and Funn Launch 2 for a saddle, its more comfy for my ass )

    Also it can climb up well, until you have some strength left It's my first full-suspension bike, so i can't compare it with other types of rear suspention. RS Ario have an lockout option, but i have not yet used it - prefer to conquer long uphills in the saddle, not standing on a pedals.

    My height is ~178cm barefoot and after looking at FuelEx geometry me and my LBS decided to order me a 18.5'' (it's virtual, actual size is 17.5). Well, it fits nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikephoto_ua View Post
    Well, it rides like a bullet, especially down the trail I have made some replacements with parts from my old bike (fork RS Revelations 100-130, derailers and shifters X7-X9, brakes Juicy 3, tires Maxxis Highroller front, Larsen TT back, and Funn Launch 2 for a saddle, its more comfy for my ass )

    Also it can climb up well, until you have some strength left It's my first full-suspension bike, so i can't compare it with other types of rear suspention. RS Ario have an lockout option, but i have not yet used it - prefer to conquer long uphills in the saddle, not standing on a pedals.

    My height is ~178cm barefoot and after looking at FuelEx geometry me and my LBS decided to order me a 18.5'' (it's virtual, actual size is 17.5). Well, it fits nice

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    Thank you so much for your very helpful feedback a d enjoy the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Maybe it will be 650b next year?
    I was just told by the local Trek store that they are dropping the Rumblefish and replacing it with the Fuel EX. They are saying that Trek is staying off the 650b bandwagon and making the Fuel EX a 29r. Too bad, they will lose me, my next ride is a 650b, I'm riding my 2010 with 650b up front and am sold that this wheel size if for me.
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    I was told they will have a 650B by my dealer. Not sure if the EX will be transformed to 650B or just a new model. I would think the EX would make a better design for 650B than 29er. Unless they are just doing a name change and come out with a completely new 650B. But the dealer was very sure there will be a 650B for 2014. Have you noticed the Bontrager poll on the home page of MTBR? It asks about 650B.

    The Rumblefish is in need of a update.

    THey said the 2014's will be released in August at Trek world.
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    2013 Trek ex 8

    Just brought her home
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    ^^^^^ awesome ride...congrats
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    Quote Originally Posted by indytrekracer View Post
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    2013 Fuel EX 17.5 inch frame. Pulled the XT off. Mostly Sram XX 2x10. Since photo was taken, I have upgrade wheels to Bontrager RXL, with lighter tubeless tires and the high end Sram Cassette. Weigh is just over 23 pounds.

    Can't wait for some dry trails.
    My goodness you upgraded to a bontrager rxl wheelset and went xx brakes instead of a custom wheelset and xt brakes....... That's a horrible choice in my opinion.

    I've a full set of xx 2x10 on my other bike and I actually prefer the xt shifting
    As compared to xx which feels more mechanical and the xx brakes are very hard to get dialed in and i have to always adjust inbetween rides and it squeals alot!

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    I'm loving my Ex 7 in white (26er)
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    Anyone shorten the handle bars? trying to get use to the wider bars.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan1113 View Post
    Anyone shorten the handle bars? trying to get use to the wider bars.....
    it'll be much harder to maneuver, i'd stay with the wider bars! as they are much more responsive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsierra1990 View Post
    Just brought her home
    Nice! I'm debating the 29er FS vs 26er FS. However; this bike would be at the top of my list for a FS 26er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean.designs.bikes View Post
    Anyone get an actual weight for a 2013 Fuel EX 8 yet?
    Weighed a 2012 Fuel Ex 8 with 18.5 frame. Had shop pedals on it and came in just shy of 29lbs.

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    I like my 2011 ex8 but rarely ride it , I test rode a '13 ex7 hoping it'd be better but it didn't feel quite as agile - I guess I just like a hardtail... anyone want a deal on nice ex8?

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    Hi guys. I am Paris from Greece, proud owner of a 2013 Trek Fuel Ex 7.
    And another one with my current 78mm steering wheel and a hand made downtube protection. Uploaded with ImageShack.com
    Last edited by Paris Galanis; 09-05-2013 at 05:32 PM.

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    Bought mine yesterday, Fuel EX8, 26" with a Fox DOSS Steatpost

    I have shortened the handlebar 4cm each side, no problem with the handling
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    Quote Originally Posted by camelunderwear View Post
    it'll be much harder to maneuver, i'd stay with the wider bars! as they are much more responsive
    Wider bars slow the steering compared to narrower bars...

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    I use a 78mm riser bar and I think it is the opposite due to the higher leverage that allow me to turn much easier with smaller hand movements. However to be honest initially I though that the standard 74mm bars were too big but I used them immediately and now I feel really comfortable and much more stable with the 78mm one. The only downside is when I pedal through really narrow trials but except for that I find them almost perfect.

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