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    Buying used Trek Fuel?

    I am in the market for a full suspension bike but do not have the cash off hand to buy brand new. Are there any issues with purchasing a used bike? Obviously it must be checked over carefully, but what sorta things would you suggest me pay attention to? How far back would you date the bike to say DO NOT BUY? I've been finding some 2006-2008 EX 7s for decent prices. My goal is to keep it around $1500 or less if possible.

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    I'd imagine you could get a 7 cheaper than 1500 in that year range, brand new 2012 ex8's were going for around 2k in the fall.

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    Yeah, I figured they're going to be cheaper than that. $1500 is more of a ballpark number for A BIKE...Not specific. I've always been envious of people riding Fuel's. My riding buddy had an EX 8. Time to get rid of my hard tail Fisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SycoCell121 View Post
    Yeah, I figured they're going to be cheaper than that. $1500 is more of a ballpark number for A BIKE...Not specific. I've always been envious of people riding Fuel's. My riding buddy had an EX 8. Time to get rid of my hard tail Fisher.
    Hope this helps...I wouldn't buy a 2007 or earlier than that. Trek improved the fuel ex bikes in 2008. Therefore, the 2008 is quite similar to the 2009, 2010, 2011. I'm not an expert but I don't think I off with this.

    Also, to give you an idea about prices, in 2011, I bought my 2008 Trek fuel ex 8 for $1,100 in great conditions. I think it was a fair deal. I love this bike and planning to ride for years.

    I think for $1,500, you could find a great used bike. Think first in terms of quality of the bike, it really doesn't matter how old the bike is. I would go with a 2009 fuel ex 8 rather than a 2012 fuel ex 5, for example. Just to give you an idea.

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    Thanks. That's exactly what I needed to hear.

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    I think you could find a new or demo bike for that price if you search enough. The 26" wheel bikes are coming down in price as the 29er seems to be the hot bike now. I have bought used bikes and been pretty lucky, but spending 1500 on a bike and having the frame crack and no warranty is no fun. Make sure the model you are looking at does not have a problem like Rig, SF carbon, older Hifi, older Ex.

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    you might even be able to talk him down to. just have to keep looking. I would try my best to get one with a DRCV
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    I have been concidering selling my 2011 EX8. I am hoping for around the $1500 area. The $1500 number is what I have been seeing the going rate on craigslist, Ebay, and offered at bike shop on trade.
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    I've got a 2010 EX8 I am thinking about parting with. PM for more info if you're interested...

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    As with any other on-line purchase you should educate yourself as much as possible prior to the sale. First, make sure you know what size as Fuel EX like other FS bikes have a virtual size and an actual size. I went to a lbs to do this.

    If your buying on line (here or elsewhere) you should use some type of third party payment (i.e., Paypal, etc.). Request that the item be insured for shipping. Work out the fees with the seller prior to the sale.

    Ask for pictures of the bike as well as any areas of the bike that have damage. Specific areas you should get close up are stanchions (looking for scratches, etc.), dents to frame, scratches, gouges, broken/missing pieces, etc. Ask for repairs /upgrades made to bike and who performed the work. Esp. if shocks have been worked on.

    Find out the relative condition of regular wear items (i.e., tires, brake pads).

    Finally, find out how it will be packed/shipped. Will LBS be doing this or the seller. Be prepared to invest in some tools needed for reassembly (depends on how much they disassemble). $1,500 you should easily be able to get into a '08-'10 Fuel EX 8 or 9.

    Good luck
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    Great. Thanks for the info, guys. PM's sent as well.


    Jetta, that's good stuff!

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