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    Difference between '08 and new '09 Fuel EXs?

    Are there any notable differences between this year's and next year's Fuel EX models? I am thinking of buying an EX7 and wondering if there are any improvements.

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    only the carbon frame has been overworked from trek

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    better the the 09, since the 08 had problmes in the seatstay next to the brake caliper. They corrected it in 08, but id still go for the 09 (just in case)....

    I was just about to buy one ex8 when i got a deal for a Reign 0, so i had to quit the awesome EX8 in green =/

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    I also read they changed the geometry

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    Changes found on 09s:
    - Components - new SLX components on lower models
    - Wheels (Rhythm on EX8 up)
    - Slight change to top tube on carbon frames
    - XV shock canister
    - RP24 fork on higher models

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I doubt they would play with the geometry.

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    Also on the ex 8 and up the rocker link is magnesium now and the attachment style of the link to the swing arm is better.

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    The available colors and the msrp is the only thing that changed from a 2008 to a 2009 EX 8.

    2008 MSRP - $2299 (Black, Red and Silver or Green)

    2009 MSRP - $2639 (Black and White or Rootbeer and White)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikejunkie805
    Also on the ex 8 and up the rocker link is magnesium now and the attachment style of the link to the swing arm is better.
    same as 08

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    Hmmm, I could've sworn I read in one of those UK mags that the '09 frame was a few grams lighter and one other change that i can't remember right now. I skimmed the paragraph and noted that the changes were insignificant.

    I might be mistaken, but it's worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shifturmind
    The available colors and the msrp is the only thing that changed from a 2008 to a 2009 EX 8.

    2008 MSRP - $2299 (Black, Red and Silver or Green)

    2009 MSRP - $2639 (Black and White or Rootbeer and White)

    are you in the states? if so, lucky you!
    here in europe they cost:

    2008 MSRP - 2399 (Black, Red and Silver or Green)

    2009 MSRP - 2499 (Black and White or Rootbeer and White)[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by cesalec
    are you in the states? if so, lucky you!
    here in europe they cost:

    2008 MSRP - 2399 (Black, Red and Silver or Green)

    2009 MSRP - 2499 (Black and White or Rootbeer and White)
    [/QUOTE]

    Yep, what does that 2499 equal to in us dollars?
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    I think you dont wanna know, but ill post it for your morbid satisfaction =P

    Live rates at 2008.10.17 13:02:35 UTC
    2,399.00 EUR = 3,223.45 USD
    2,499.00 EUR = 3,358.15 USD

    1 EUR = 1.34367 USD
    1 USD = 0.744233 EUR

    according to www.xe.com

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    Mhm you'd be looking to pay at least $3300 in the Middle East for last year's EX8 as well.

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    In holland the MSRP for a 09 ex8 is 2499 but some shops will give you a 20% discount so the actual price is 1919 euro ( 2450$).

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    Lucky you all. Here in Brasil I got a 98 EX 9.5 for around 9,000.00 ...

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    try australia our 08 ex9 just fell short of $5000.....

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    o_O

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    Lucky you all too. Over here in Singapore the 2009 Trek Fuel Ex 7 alone costs SGD$3800. Cant imagine how much it would cost for Ex 9 . $5000?

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    yeah my EX9 in australia for the 08 model was just shy of 5k NOT NICE LOL

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    The 09's have the E2 head and steerer tubes as well, another one of the slight modifications.

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    The carbon models (EX 9.8 and 9.9) were redesigned from last year and the EX 9.9 will come with a carbon EVO link. The EX 8 and 9 models are unchanged from 08 to 09 except for the magnesium EVO link, and Bontrager Rhythm wheels. The 09 EX9 has the new Fox RP24 fork and the new RP23 XV air can rear shock. The cranks on the EX8 are down spec'd from 08 to 09. The cranks on the 09 EX8 are Shimano M542 (LX cranks came on the 08 EX 8), but you get a nicer fork and wheel set with the 09 model. The 09s also come with Candy pedals. The EX8 for 09 is supposed to come in rootbeer as a limited edition color, but its not on Trek's website. Anyone know when this color will be available? TB

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    on rootbeer looks sweet

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    E2 headset...
    Boy am i glad i have an 08

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    Some clarification:

    Quote Originally Posted by gotboostedvr6
    same as 08
    Nope. He was correct. The seatstay/strut assembly is totally new for 09.

    The 09 EX's employ a "cleft" design mount at the rocker link to provide lighter weight and a stiffer overall feel. It's now a similar design to what's found on the Remedy.

    Also, the carbon EVO isn't currently available on the 9.8 and 9.9. All of the carbon models are shipping with magnesium rockers. No word on when the carbon EVO links will be ready.

    The E2 headtube is only on the carbon models. I'm not sure why folks think this is a bad idea. Ride a bike with a tapered steerer (Trek, GF, Specialized, Ridley, whatever...), and get back to me. It is a good thing. It's all of the stiffness of a 1.5, without the weight or limited stem choices. This isn't one of those subtle things that companies do to simply differentiate their products. It is an immediate and positive performance enhancer. Ride one and you'll notice...

    Quote Originally Posted by trekboy 79
    The EX8 for 09 is supposed to come in rootbeer as a limited edition color, but its not on Trek's website. Anyone know when this color will be available? TB
    There are tons of brown EX8's in stock and shipping now. It's also right there on Trek's website in all its rootbeer glory.
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    $hit, why dont some of you internationals take a short flight to the us, buy the bike here (call a few shops, see who has what in stock, get lowest price to justify flight and where you're going), ride it with locals for 2 days, and go home? Might be worth taking off work for 3 days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason745
    Some clarification:



    Nope. He was correct. The seatstay/strut assembly is totally new for 09.

    The 09 EX's employ a "cleft" design mount at the rocker link to provide lighter weight and a stiffer overall feel. It's now a similar design to what's found on the Remedy.

    Also, the carbon EVO isn't currently available on the 9.8 and 9.9. All of the carbon models are shipping with magnesium rockers. No word on when the carbon EVO links will be ready.

    The E2 headtube is only on the carbon models. I'm not sure why folks think this is a bad idea. Ride a bike with a tapered steerer (Trek, GF, Specialized, Ridley, whatever...), and get back to me. It is a good thing. It's all of the stiffness of a 1.5, without the weight or limited stem choices. This isn't one of those subtle things that companies do to simply differentiate their products. It is an immediate and positive performance enhancer. Ride one and you'll notice...

    There are tons of brown EX8's in stock and shipping now. It's also right there on Trek's website in all its rootbeer glory.
    Some more info on the carbon EVO links for the 9.8 and 9.9--I was told they will not be available at all for the 2009 bikes, so if you want the carbon you are going to have to weight until the 2010 models are out. I wasn't willing to wait and my 9.9 has the magnesium EVO link.

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