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    Fuel EX 29er official post

    Not a lot of info out there yet as Trek has yet to break the news fully. Anyway I just picked my new EX8 29er just a couple hours ago. Here are some pics. Next to it is my EX8 26er Not sure exact weight. I was going to weigh it against my 26er. Size is 17.5
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    18.5 weighs 29.8 lbs with cheap plastic pedals and reflectors

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    It looks like Trek will also offer an EX6, EX5 and EX4. Not sure if all those models will be available in the U.S.
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    First trail ride in 2 hours. I got the suspension recomended setting from Trek today to use as a starting point.

    I was looking at the shock pump that came with the bike. It is a cheaper pump than the bontrager ones you buy seperatly. Oh well I still have my old wrench force / trek pump. I think those older tools from trek were made by snap on?
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    Congrats on the new bike: question on the article you posted, what do they mean when talking about Trek's "intensions" with a shorter stem?

    "The head angle feels relatively slack, and Trek has made their intentions clear with the unusually short stems being specíd on all models (bikes that would have previously seen a 100mm stem are now down to 80mm)."

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    It looks like Trek will also offer an EX6, EX5 and EX4. Not sure if all those models will be available in the U.S.
    You mean in 29er? Where did you find this out?

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    I got the suspension settings emailed to me. They listed the settings for the EX4-EX6 29ers. Probably late release....August or September
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_m View Post
    Congrats on the new bike: question on the article you posted, what do they mean when talking about Trek's "intensions" with a shorter stem?

    "The head angle feels relatively slack, and Trek has made their intentions clear with the unusually short stems being specíd on all models (bikes that would have previously seen a 100mm stem are now down to 80mm)."
    It seems to be a trend to have a short stem on a trail or AM type 29er. It is supposed to help get the front wheel up. My 29er did come with a short stem. Probably 70 or 80mm.
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    That would put the rider a bit more horizontal on the bike with a shorter stem? How did your first ride go? Thanks Bob

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    First ride:

    I came off a 2011 Fuel EX8. This similar to the most current Fuel except 120mm travel and alittle steeper head tube angle.

    I will start off that I was very pleased that the new 29er carries a lot of the handling charactaristics of the 26 version. The trails I rode are pretty tight and rooted. The CTD works nicely. I mostly rode in the trail setting but did try the climb setting. I would say the climb setting is alittle firmer than the Pro Pedal on my 26er. Turning on switchbacks was actually easier than the Trek stache 8 I had ridden on these trails before. The 29er seems to handle fairly quick like the 26er. Wheelies are harder than the 26er but this goes without saying for a 29er. I will have to work on hopping logs. This is not as easy as the 26er. But I will say this is the first 29er I have owned. I found the fork setting alittle stiff for my liking. I will have to tweek that for next ride. I was running 195 psi w/8 clicks out on the rear shock. I am not sure the fork psi as the bike shop set that for my according to the supplied sag meter but I did set the rebound at 9 clicks out. I weigh about 170 lbs with gear and am about 5'9". I put on about 11 miles today. I am hoping to ride a different trail on Friday. The trail I was on I am currently a little burnt out on it but ride it for convienence. I am set up stock except tubeless. The bike has a very solid feel. The graffics are much better looking than the pics done by trek. I will note the EX7 does not have the rear 142x12 hub and thru axle (I almost bought the EX7). BTW the temps on this ride was about 90 and the heat index must have been just short of 100 degrees. The stem is short (probably 70 or 80mm) and bars are wide (720mm). Seat was comfortable. A side grab type water bottle cage will be needed for a 17.5 frame. Up until now I have demoed a stumpjumper FSR comp 29, Rumblefish Pro, Superfly 100 AL Elite, Stache 8, and Giant Anthem X29. Overall the bike feels very agile and natural coming from my 26er. It does not require as much body English as the stache in the tight stuff. It does not feel like a "big bike" unlike some 29ers. I can tell the 29er wheels can sometime require more power for short steep climbs. I think this will get better as I adapt to 29er wheels.

    Sorry for the unorganized post. Mostly just random thoughts on my first ride.
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    Fuel EX 9.7 29er


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    Oh, nvm. It looks like someone beat me to the link a few posts up. Well done sir, you're both a gentleman and a scholar.
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    Nice pics!
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    Full size version of all those pics here Enjoy!

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    The new Fuel and Remedy 29er looks HORRIBLY UGLY... I somewhat understand why they broke the Fuel, but 29er Remedy? AM-style bike with 29 inch wheels? What the flap!?

    I ride a 2012 Fuel 7 and I'm a pretty small guy so 26" on a 17" bike is perfect. My favourite trail bike is from now on ruined for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einarsson View Post
    The new Fuel and Remedy 29er looks HORRIBLY UGLY... I somewhat understand why they broke the Fuel, but 29er Remedy? AM-style bike with 29 inch wheels? What the flap!?

    I ride a 2012 Fuel 7 and I'm a pretty small guy so 26" on a 17" bike is perfect. My favourite trail bike is from now on ruined for me.
    I agree! I'll stick to my 26er those EX 29er are some Heavy Bikes!!! Damn!! In 5 years Trek will be back to making 26" bikes again Haha!! There going with what's hot and I can't blame them for that they need to sell bikes. Oh well.

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    My 2011 Fuel EX8 only weighs alittle less than 1 pound more than my 2014 EX8 29er. I was not very impressed with the EX8 pics but after seeing it in person I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardust View Post
    I agree! I'll stick to my 26er those EX 29er are some Heavy Bikes!!! Damn!! In 5 years Trek will be back to making 26" bikes again Haha!! There going with what's hot and I can't blame them for that they need to sell bikes. Oh well.
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    Well second ride on the new 29er. I got out to Conyers GHP (1996 Olympic course) today. This is the same trail that I have demoed the other 29ers at. Ride went great. I can sum the 29er Fuel and a evolution of the fuel line. Handling was great. Definatly no big bike feel. I did notice no long feeling like I would get on other 29ers. I now feel comfortable with the short stem and wide bars. This bike really likes to carry speed. I really like the traction in corners. The XR3 tires have been great so far but would like to try some schwalbe rocket rons just for comparison. I adjusted the fork to 75psi and the shock at 195 and very pleased with the ride. The only thing is I would have likes to see 2x10 instead of 3x10. I suppose this would have raised the price over $3k but not by a lot. In all I had a great ride today. Picked up a new set of Endura Humvee lite shorts and red jersey. Also helped a very injured rider get help/located by First responders.

    Picked up a side water bottle cage also. Its a specialized one....hope the bike don't hate me for it
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    We got an EX9 in today. I can definitely see some design similarities to the Stache in the front triangle. It even has ISCG tabs. I'm impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    The only thing is I would have likes to see 2x10 instead of 3x10. I suppose this would have raised the price over $3k but not by a lot.
    Why does a 2x10 cost more than a 3x10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_m View Post
    Why does a 2x10 cost more than a 3x10?
    Generally speaking, it doesn't. In this scenario, the spec'd crank isn't available as a true 2x, so in order to have a true 2x, it would have to be a higher spec level than what is on there, thus increasing the cost.
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    I have found SLX cranks (2x10) as cheap as $170. The stock crank on the EX8 29er is a Shimano M552 and can be found for around $60. Not sure what the manufactures pay. Derailers should cost about the same as well as the shifters. I think 2x10 will be first upgrade.
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    Why the switch to 2x10, is it simplicity, weight? Which ring do you lose when moving to the 2x10? Is it the large ring? Thus is your granny gear somewhat equivalent in a 2 x 10 vs 3x10?

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    2x10 is lighter and crisper shifts. on a 3x10 system you get some redundant gears. 2x10 covers most any gearing you need but not the highest or lowest gears.

    Going 2x10 you usually get a 26 small sprocket and a 38 large sprocket. That gearing is actually between the standard small/middle sprocket and the middle/larger sprocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    2x10 is lighter and crisper shifts. on a 3x10 system you get some redundant gears. 2x10 covers most any gearing you need but not the highest or lowest gears.

    Going 2x10 you usually get a 26 small sprocket and a 38 large sprocket. That gearing is actually between the standard small/middle sprocket and the middle/larger sprocket.
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    should have made the EX line 650 wheels! not a 29er!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbikeco23 View Post
    should have made the EX line 650 wheels! not a 29er!
    Agreed.

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    I would be curious to ride a 650B and see if it actually a noticeable / worth while difference than 26".
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    I will be keeping my EX 26er! I rode a 29er and I didn't care for it.

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    Does anyone know if a shock pump comes with the bike? Going to pick my ex8 up this weekend. I've got shock pumps but if the shop is going to give me a deal on a shock pump when it should come with one.

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    I disagree, I have never felt that a 29er is so vastly different from a 26er that the world needed an inbetween size. Just one more way to convince people they need a new bike......

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawndart View Post
    Does anyone know if a shock pump comes with the bike? Going to pick my ex8 up this weekend. I've got shock pumps but if the shop is going to give me a deal on a shock pump when it should come with one.
    Yes it comes with a pump and sag meters. The pump gets the job done....but it is not the nice $50 bontrager one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssalmons View Post
    I disagree, I have never felt that a 29er is so vastly different from a 26er that the world needed an inbetween size. Just one more way to convince people they need a new bike......
    Yep
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    I am converting to 2x10. I just ordered a new SLX 2x10 crank. I went with 24/38 gearing. It should be here in about 2 weeks. There is a switch under the front derailer shifter to switch to 2 or 3 chain rings. My LBS says by adjusting the limiter screws I should be able to use my stock SLX front derailer.
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    Re: Fuel EX 29er official post

    Quote Originally Posted by lawndart View Post
    Does anyone know if a shock pump comes with the bike? Going to pick my ex8 up this weekend. I've got shock pumps but if the shop is going to give me a deal on a shock pump when it should come with one.
    My ex8 29er came with a shock pump. It works fine but is a bit cheap. Came with frame rub stickers also and other little bits and pieces.


    I banged my biggest chainring up, and am considering switching to a 2x10 and bashguard. Any suggestions? Is there any difference with these slx shifters that I would need another to do a 2x instead of 3x front? I don't think so, but I am unsure.

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    Fuel EX 29er official post

    Rode an ex8 29er today at a demo event. I'm coming off of a 2010 rumble fish so the comparison is not too far off. I really thought the ex8 handled and rode better than my 'fish, felt more nimble as well. Considering buying one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    I am converting to 2x10. I just ordered a new SLX 2x10 crank. I went with 24/38 gearing. It should be here in about 2 weeks. There is a switch under the front derailer shifter to switch to 2 or 3 chain rings. My LBS says by adjusting the limiter screws I should be able to use my stock SLX front derailer.
    In theory, a double derailleur will shift better, but the triple should work fine.

    Warning, in regards to the shifter, it must be set to 3 to remove or install a cable. It took me a half hour to figure that one out.
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    good to know. one of my first plans for an upgrade is swap out the crankset.

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    Not a Trek owner, just a mtb geek, but where does this leave the Rumblefish?
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    Just curious what everyone paying for their 29ers? MSRP sucks ass...hopefully everyone getting good deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBeing View Post
    Not a Trek owner, just a mtb geek, but where does this leave the Rumblefish?
    The rumblefish is still the poor mans superfly.

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    Just reserved Fuel Ex 8 29! Color and specs awesome. Was on the fence with the Ex 7 but felt it was worth the few extra dollars. Happy Trails
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    Re: Fuel EX 29er official post

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan1113 View Post
    Just reserved Fuel Ex 8 29! Color and specs awesome. Was on the fence with the Ex 7 but felt it was worth the few extra dollars. Happy Trails
    It's so much nicer looking in person too. Good amount of metal flake in the paint too. It's sharp.
    I felt the same, xt rear and slx brakes were the determining factor for me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commandoNate View Post
    The rumblefish is still the poor mans superfly.

    Still? It never was. They are different tools for different purposes.
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    Trek is going to be keeping the 26 and 29 version of the bikes.

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    I have a 2012 Rumblefish pro, love the bike still,

    Keen to ride one of these to make a comparison ,

    Particularly with sizing ,im 5 11 and ride a 19 inch fish , the 17.5 felt too short in the top tube .

    Ive been told the fuel has a size 18.5 with a longer top tube than the 19 rumblefish

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBeing View Post
    Not a Trek owner, just a mtb geek, but where does this leave the Rumblefish?
    Dead in the water essentially, I believe it's the plan to remove the Rumblefish from the line up when the announce next years bikes.

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