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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 spec’d 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 spec’d 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.
    Thanks!

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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......
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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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    Fuel EX 29er official post

    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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    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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    Does the Trek Fuel 29er have any input from Gary Fisher? Nice looking bike-good luck with it!

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    I stopped by my LBS yesterday and briefly demoed an EX8. VERY NICE ride. If I wasn't keyed in on getting a carbon frame 29er (other than a Fuel EX) I'd definitely pick up the EX8. I'm used to riding sub 25 pound bikes. The EX8 could definitely use some weight loss. It's a personal thing.


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    These bikes are fantastic, I've had an EX 9 on loan all weekend and I am a little bit in love!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    These bikes are fantastic, I've had an EX 9 on loan all weekend and I am a little bit in love!
    If I didn't have a 6 month old Rumblefish Pro, that's the bike I'd be buying. Pure awesomeness

    I love my fish though

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    [QUOTE=stygz1;10437426]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.[w

    should work fine.. i swapped out mine to an XT double from my old bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    If I didn't have a 6 month old Rumblefish Pro, that's the bike I'd be buying. Pure awesomeness

    I love my fish though
    I'll certainly miss this bike that's for sure, just dropped it back off at my LBS this morning:


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    So here's a question... With the Fuel EX 29, doesn't that make the Gary Fisher Rumblefish redundant? What's the point of having two such similar bikes in the lineup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcar964 View Post
    So here's a question... With the Fuel EX 29, doesn't that make the Gary Fisher Rumblefish redundant? What's the point of having two such similar bikes in the lineup?
    The Rumblefish is going away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    I'll certainly miss this bike that's for sure, just dropped it back off at my LBS this morning:


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    It's a custom spec EX 9.

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    Actual weights and over 50 hi-res photos included.

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    My bike is now in the shop for the 2x10 conversion. I just got the SLX crank in today! Should be done tomorrow. The rain will keep me off the trails though!
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    I ended up ordering the 8...I almost got the 9.7, and then the 9, but the wait seemed to be long for either one. I also emailed Trek after reading the pro reviews that refer to flex in the front and they said the Aluminum version was the stiffer of the two, and I liked that. The 9 is great spec, but I have better wheels to add anyway and I am upgrading to XT 2x10 cranks to the 8 before I take it home...hopefully in the next couple of days.

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    I saw a Fuel EX 8 - 29 at the dealer in St Louis (on vacation)

    Very disappointed in the appearance, the welds look hideous,

    The bike seemed heavy.

    They did have a Super Fly Elite 100 on sale for $4k (that might be my next ride)

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    Wait what? The welds...why do so many people complain about them....not just trek but other companies also.

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    Maybe u1-2go could post up some pictures of good welds vs hideous welds. My Fuel EX 9 has beautiful welds, but that's my opinion.

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    People often compliment me on my welds, usually at stop lights on the way to the trail, but sometimes as they fly by when we pass each other on the trail. If these welds aren't of the asthetic quality that I am used to, I may have to re-assess my order for the Fuel. I can't be known as "that guy" with the hideous welds....

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    The welds don't bother me. Also, I think the deep silver looks better in person than the trek website.

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    Rode another 18 miles Sunday. I'm spoiled by the comfortable ride on this full suspension and I've just left it in the middle trail setting so far. Very happy with this 29er!
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    What weights have you guys seen these Fuel EX 8 29ers get down too? I'm wondering about swapping wheels, a double crankset, carbon bars, xt brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavezFever View Post
    What weights have you guys seen these Fuel EX 8 29ers get down too? I'm wondering about swapping wheels, a double crankset, carbon bars, xt brakes.
    I am not sure my weight but I have converted to 2x10. I went with an SLX crank and a new 2x10 FD. There is most no difference in weight between XT and SLX crank as well as FD.

    IMO XT brakes would be a waste of money. There is only about a 10 gram difference in weight between the brakes sets. Also virtually no difference in brake power.

    Wheels would be a good upgrade. As well as looking into tires. I like the XR3's but look at Schwalbe Rocket Ron at Bike-Discount, der Bike-Shop mit Best-Price Garantie
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    What about the 28 spoke duster wheels? When I bought a ferrous 29er 4 years ago it came with these as stock wheels. They couldn't lasts one ride without coming out of true. Do theses wheels seem stiffer? It would be a real shame to spend $3000 on a bike and have to change the wheels right off.

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    I cannot comment on the wheels for longevity as I only have around 100 miles on the bike. I had dusters on my 26" Fuel ex8 and they gave me no problems. You could check with rumblefish owners as I think they have the same wheels. It mostly depends on your size and how abusive you ride. Most any bike you are looking at in the $3k range is going to have comparable wheels. I myself am 170 lbs and ride mostly XC type riding. Not in extremely rocky area....mostly rooty east coast.

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    The Dusters on a Stache 8 I've been riding recently weren't very good. I ovalised the rear without riding particularly hard.

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    Picked up the ex 8 last week. Raced it on Sunday. Not a race bike, but its a lot of fun to ride. Climb mode on rear shock is nice. Fuel EX 29er official post-imageuploadedbytapatalk1373943485.359287.jpg

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    Just bought a fuel ex 8 29er. Rides great but I would like to convert to 2x10. Do I need just the crank to do it or is there more to the install? This is my first full suspension bike and I just need to now how to convert to 2x10 so I can order all of the parts for it then take it to the bike shop and have them throw it on. Any feedback is appreciated. Oh and I am new to the forums. A lot of good info on here, Cheers!

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    Your results may vary but I'm 230s nearing 240lbs with gear and water and have no issues on the dusters whatsoever. 250ish miles and I have done a number of 2 to 3 foot drops as well as one around 4 foot, landing largely on the front tire. It very slightly knocked the rim out of true, that's it. I expected an egg with how clumsily I landed. No problems since either! The wheels seem very similar to my rhythm comps from a few years ago, which have a ton of miles and still work and ride top notch.
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    Other than stickers, the dusters are the same rims as Rhythm comps amd elites.

    I have riden rhythhms in pretty rocky technical stuff amd never had an issue. Although, I don't jump. So maybe that's the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNeverwinter View Post
    Other than stickers, the dusters are the same rims as Rhythm comps amd elites.

    I have riden rhythhms in pretty rocky technical stuff amd never had an issue. Although, I don't jump. So maybe that's the issue.
    Rhythm = 28 spokes
    Duster = 32 spokes

    I can feel the difference in rutty rough terrain. The Rhythm rear can feel like the frame is broken and squirming.

    My Rhythm Comp wheelset is from the first year (2005?). Retensioned them once after about a year. Still going strong.

    I built the Dusters myself about 6 years ago. Have dinged the bead in several places, f&r. Still seal with TLR tires.

    Both wheelsets are still true and round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Rhythm = 28 spokes
    Duster = 32 spokes

    I can feel the difference in rutty rough terrain.


    In what way? I haven't ridden my old bike much since I got my fuel, and the rhythms are qr f/r not 15mm/142 , I am not sure that makes any difference but I cant tell. The rhythm rear wheel spins substantially longer however!

    The wheels do seem similar largely, in terms of weight and just handling them off the bike, even if that's not a very valuable comparison. I'm not questioning your assessment, I'd just like to know what you've noticed so I can keep an eye out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Rhythm = 28 spokes
    Duster = 32 spokes

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    That's not true anymore. Look at the Fuels that are spec'd with Dusters, and they say 28 hole (i.e. EX7 29). I have a similar experience. I built set of 32 hole Dusters that are very good, and had the original Rhythm's that were 28 hole and are marginal. They lasted once I loosened all the spokes and retightend properly with high even tension. That said, I don't think 28 hole rims have any place on a 29er trail bike like the Fuel and especially the Remedy, which they are also spec'd on. The Rythm/Duster has a great profile and is great tubeless, but if you have the 28 hole version it is a limiting factor to me for strength and stiffness. I will take the Rhythm Elites off my EX9 when it arrives and sell them if I can get a decent amount for them, or keep them as back ups. I have a carbon wheelset that is very stiff that will go on it right away. The bike should be here by the weekend...can't wait to ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wagonwheeler View Post
    Just bought a fuel ex 8 29er. I would like to convert to 2x10. Do I need just the crank to do it or is there more to the install? This is my first full suspension bike and I just need to now how to convert to 2x10 so I can order all of the parts for it then take it to the bike shop and have them throw it on.
    Well, you don't necessarily need new cranks OR a new front derailleur, but:

    After denting the big ring and not using it a lot, I took the 24/32/42 rings of my Shimano XTR triple and replaced them with a Shimano 9 spd 22, plus a 10 spd Blackspire 34. No bashring. It works, but...

    I ended up also changing the FD-M781-D triple front derailleur to a FD-M786-D double. It's closer to the 34 and it shifts better. Setup was less critical too.

    If you change to a designated 2x10 crank like the Shimano fc-m785 (with bigger rings!) you always need a 2x10 double front derailleur.

    I ride a 2012 Rumblefish Pro by the way.

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    A couple of questions about the wheels on the new Fuel EXs. Both the 7 and the 8 models say Duster 28 hole, but if you look at the picture of the EX 7 and count the spokes there are 32. The EX 8 picture shows 28 holes. So that is causing some confusion for me. Also does anybody know what kind of spokes are on these wheels? Hopefully something name-brand DT Swiss etc. NOT generic spokes on bikes that are well over $2,000.

    On to the rear thru axel. I know the EX 8 has the 142x12 but the 7 does not. Well what does the 7 have? It still must be a thru axel of some kind, it cannot be a drop out. Is it the 135x5 thru axel? And what is the difference between that and the 142x12, stability stiffness etc? I believe the rear on the 7 is convertible but buying a new wheel with the 142x12 hub would cost as much as the price increase to just step up to the 8 model, so that's kind of a no brainer there.

    Also can some of you guys who have bought the new Fuel EXs give us an idea of what kind of prices are being charged for these new bikes? Thanks much.

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    Duster come in both now...probably because the NEW 2014 rhythms will be a different design
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dooman View Post
    On to the rear thru axel. I know the EX 8 has the 142x12 but the 7 does not. Well what does the 7 have? It still must be a thru axel of some kind, it cannot be a drop out. Is it the 135x5 thru axel? And what is the difference between that and the 142x12, stability stiffness etc? I believe the rear on the 7 is convertible but buying a new wheel with the 142x12 hub would cost as much as the price increase to just step up to the 8 model, so that's kind of a no brainer there.
    The rear end on the 7 is convertible to the 142x12. Also the hub on the stock wheels is convertible to the 142 standard as well. So cost should not be that bad. I plan on getting a fuel 7 in 29er and doing this exact same conversion. But then again the price bump to the 8 isn't half bad.

    There is a difference in stiffness but honestly for me it's more about cross compatibility between bikes and wheels and my stache is 142.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dooman View Post
    A couple of questions about the wheels on the new Fuel EXs. Both the 7 and the 8 models say Duster 28 hole, but if you look at the picture of the EX 7 and count the spokes there are 32. The EX 8 picture shows 28 holes. So that is causing some confusion for me. Also does anybody know what kind of spokes are on these wheels? Hopefully something name-brand DT Swiss etc. NOT generic spokes on bikes that are well over $2,000. I

    On to the rear thru axel. I know the EX 8 has the 142x12 but the 7 does not. Well what does the 7 have? It still must be a thru axel of some kind, it cannot be a drop out. Is it the 135x5 thru axel? And what is the difference between that and the 142x12, stability stiffness etc? I believe the rear on the 7 is convertible but buying a new wheel with the 142x12 hub would cost as much as the price increase to just step up to the 8 model, so that's kind of a no brainer there.

    Also can some of you guys who have bought the new Fuel EXs give us an idea of what kind of prices are being charged for these new bikes? Thanks much.
    I paid $2650 out the door tax included for my ex 8 29er. Had to call a few shops before I found this price. One shop wanted $2650 for the Ex 7. So I went ahead with the 8 since another shop gave me a better deal. And let me tell you the bike rolls fast and glides over the rock gardens. Love my Ex 29er!!

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    Just picked up the 2013 Fuel EX 7 29er the other day to add to my Rocky Mtn Slayer...haven't had a chance to ride yet, but hopefully soon. Quick noobish question though. I noticed that there's a lever on the rear derailleur....I have it set to "on" right now. What does it do exactly? Should I leave it "on"? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepchow View Post
    Just picked up the 2013 Fuel EX 7 29er the other day to add to my Rocky Mtn Slayer...haven't had a chance to ride yet, but hopefully soon. Quick noobish question though. I noticed that there's a lever on the rear derailleur....I have it set to "on" right now. What does it do exactly? Should I leave it "on"? Thanks!

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    Our shop got an invite to ride the new Fuel 29er's and Remedy 29er's in Sedona on June 2nd....so over Mingus Mountain we went. after some good food and a full does of "cool-aid",
    we took to the trails, with Gary Fisher in tow I guess we looked less scarey than the other groups, so he rode with us
    Now I have ridden these same trails many times on all kinds of bikes, from my FXR full suspension to my rigid Fixed gear Redline 26'er. with single speeds and hardtails as well.
    With the Fuel EX 9.8 29'er I could not stop laughing....this bike was a whole lot of fun to ride! it would go where ever I want it to go, I was riding lines I had never tried before (I'm kind of chicken and I don't like bed pans)
    Our rep sent us home with a Remedy 8 29'er for one of our customers to try out. (he ended up with a Cannondale Carbon 29er Scalpel better fit for him, riding style wise) but the Remedy was just my size and Seeing how it was my Birthday and all, I took her out for a few little rides....the bike climbed well, even when fully open and was butter on the little down hills I rode...but "I" would never use this much bike and like the way I could throw the Fuel around...so when our rep picked up the Remedy...he dropped off a Fuel EX 9 29'er and guess what...it was just my size now I was riding this tour de Franscott thing a friend put together, where rode everyday of the tour 1/8 of the distances for Mt. Bikes 1/4 for road. I was trying to loose some wight and get back in shape (at lest a little bit) that and I needed an excuse to get a new bike , I was looking at the Fuel EX 8 29'er and changing it over to a 2x10 but after riding the Fuel EX 9 29'er on a couple of the stages.....well, my Fuel EX 9 should be here any day now

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    Attached are pictures of the welds. I am disappointed in the craftsmanship.
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    Why?
    Those welds are amazingly good.

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    Why?
    Those welds are amazingly good.
    I concur. They look as good as the welds on my intense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u1-2go View Post
    Attached are pictures of the welds. I am disappointed in the craftsmanship.
    not sere if that's a big deal though, Trek will stand behind their workmanship....and i have seen some Beautiful weids fail, just say'n....
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    All Trek bicycles are sold exclusively through our network of authorized dealers who we entrust with professional assembly and service of your bicycle. Trek Bicycle Corporation provides each original retail purchaser of a Trek bicycle a warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, as stated below:
    LIFETIME...Frames for the lifetime of the original owner (except forks, the Session, Scratch, Slash, and Ticket model frames, and the swing arms on all full suspension bicycles)
    5 years...Swing arms on all full suspension bicycles (except the Session, Scratch, and Slash model frames)
    3 years...Session (aluminum), Scratch, Slash and Ticket model frames and swing arms
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    Okay, I got my EX9 and have ridden it on trails twice in the last 2 days. One time on a fairly smooth trail other than a few rooted sections with lots of ups and downs, and once on a very rocky and steep up and down singletrack. The bike performs phenomenally well for me. It climbs awesome and is a very capable descender in the very rough stuff. Super rocky descents I crawled down before, I flew down and confidence grew as I saw how the bike made it much easier. The front end is also much easier to loft than my previous Superfly 100, which is baffling because of the similar dimensions, but I guess the suspension and higher BB help out. Tight single track turns are very easy to handle and the bike really does feel very responsive and quick handling when going slow and very stable and forgiving when going fast. The geometry is really good on this bike. The bike does everything better for me than the SF100AL it is replacing. The suspension is more efficient climbing and on the flats (no peddle bob), and of course far better going downhill. I still have to tune the suspension a little as I didn’t really get full travel out of the shock, but it feels bottomless and very smooth off of small drops. I am really glad I bought the EX9 as I had originally ordered the 9.7 and then the 8. After the reviews on some flex on the carbon models, and Trek confirming that the aluminum one is stiffer, the aluminum ones were a no brainer and I cannot feel any flex in the frame. The 9 component package is near perfect aside from the wheels and personal tweaks. I changed to a slightly shorter stem and carbon bars that I had, and the saddle off of my old bike. I also moved over my Hadley / Light Bike wheels and will keep the Rhythm Elites as back up. Other than that, there is nothing else I would want to change on the bike except maybe an even shorter stem and wider bars. I think a 60mm stem and 750mm bars may make it even better, but the 70/720 I have on it now (it comes with an 80m stem) work well and feels good. The braking is about perfect with XT and 180mm Ice Tech rotors front and rear. The shifting is far better than the X-9 shifters I came from and the system is near silent as far as chain noise. I love the range of the 2x10. Really happy I bought this bike. As far as the comments on finish and appearance, I think the 9 is the best looking bike I have seen in person…but that may be biased after I rode it because it rode so well, but the finish is great. I also thought the 8 looked really good too. Maybe if I was a welder I would take a harder line, but it looks great to me. One compliant so far: the dropper barely works after ride #2 and I am sure needs to be bled, and the bike doesn’t come with a bleed kit. I really hope this turns out to be a good dropper because I am leaving the KS LEV on my old bike which was great. I like the stealth cable routing aspect, but a good dropper is essential on a trail bike for me so I need to get it going. Overall, great bike and I am very happy in the early going.

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    Just got a EX 8 as a replacement for my Roscoe III cracked frame. I love this bike.

    Can someone put a picture of the dag meters included with the bike? I only got one that appears to be for the fork but is fits lose in the fork it doesn't clamt to it tight. I'm wondering I did not get the correct ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymarket View Post
    Okay, I got my EX9 and have ridden it on trails twice in the last 2 days. One time on a fairly smooth trail other than a few rooted sections with lots of ups and downs, and once on a very rocky and steep up and down singletrack. The bike performs phenomenally well for me. It climbs awesome and is a very capable descender in the very rough stuff. Super rocky descents I crawled down before, I flew down and confidence grew as I saw how the bike made it much easier. The front end is also much easier to loft than my previous Superfly 100, which is baffling because of the similar dimensions, but I guess the suspension and higher BB help out. Tight single track turns are very easy to handle and the bike really does feel very responsive and quick handling when going slow and very stable and forgiving when going fast. The geometry is really good on this bike. The bike does everything better for me than the SF100AL it is replacing. The suspension is more efficient climbing and on the flats (no peddle bob), and of course far better going downhill. I still have to tune the suspension a little as I didn’t really get full travel out of the shock, but it feels bottomless and very smooth off of small drops. I am really glad I bought the EX9 as I had originally ordered the 9.7 and then the 8. After the reviews on some flex on the carbon models, and Trek confirming that the aluminum one is stiffer, the aluminum ones were a no brainer and I cannot feel any flex in the frame. The 9 component package is near perfect aside from the wheels and personal tweaks. I changed to a slightly shorter stem and carbon bars that I had, and the saddle off of my old bike. I also moved over my Hadley / Light Bike wheels and will keep the Rhythm Elites as back up. Other than that, there is nothing else I would want to change on the bike except maybe an even shorter stem and wider bars. I think a 60mm stem and 750mm bars may make it even better, but the 70/720 I have on it now (it comes with an 80m stem) work well and feels good. The braking is about perfect with XT and 180mm Ice Tech rotors front and rear. The shifting is far better than the X-9 shifters I came from and the system is near silent as far as chain noise. I love the range of the 2x10. Really happy I bought this bike. As far as the comments on finish and appearance, I think the 9 is the best looking bike I have seen in person…but that may be biased after I rode it because it rode so well, but the finish is great. I also thought the 8 looked really good too. Maybe if I was a welder I would take a harder line, but it looks great to me. One compliant so far: the dropper barely works after ride #2 and I am sure needs to be bled, and the bike doesn’t come with a bleed kit. I really hope this turns out to be a good dropper because I am leaving the KS LEV on my old bike which was great. I like the stealth cable routing aspect, but a good dropper is essential on a trail bike for me so I need to get it going. Overall, great bike and I am very happy in the early going.
    Nice write up. I was considering a Superfly 100 when I was in my search. I liked a lot of aspects of my 2011 EX8 but wanted the better rolling so when the Fuel 29er was released to the dealers I put mine on order that day. So far I only have about 150 miles on the bike as the all the rain we have been getting here in Georgia but So far it has been great. Just like you I did a couple personal upgrades 92x10 and tubeless). Maybe a set of wheels this winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBBsti LTD View Post
    Just got a EX 8 as a replacement for my Roscoe III cracked frame. I love this bike.

    Can someone put a picture of the dag meters included with the bike? I only got one that appears to be for the fork but is fits lose in the fork it doesn't clamt to it tight. I'm wondering I did not get the correct ones.
    I believe the sag meters will actually say fuel and 120/130mm on them. there is an app for fox that you can use an iphone or Ipod touch but that will only work if you have a 2012 or newer fork/shock. Have you tried the trek suspension calculator? I have had good luck using that for both my 2011 EX8 and 2014 EX8 29er.
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    I did but I need the correct sag meter. dig you get one or two sag meters? The one I got says Float 32. Which I believe goes to the fork, but I could be wrong.

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