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    Help me decide. 13' Rumblefish Elite or Fuel EX8

    I'm looking to buy either of these bikes and I'm looking for some advice/feedback. My LBS has the Fuel's 10% off and the 13' Rumblefish is around $2100 or so. Is there a huge difference between these bikes? I ride in rocky terrain with lots of roots and weigh around 215lbs. I'd like to stay closer to $2k so I'm leaning towards the Fish but if the Fuel is that much better I can swallow the difference.

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    You should shallow it. Go for the Fuel.

    PS1. Is it a 2013 or 14 Fuel? Is it a 26 or 29er?
    PS2. Whatever it is go for the Fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris Galanis View Post
    You should shallow it.

    Any particular reason why?
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    I have a 2013 Fuel Ex 7 and it is my do it all bike. From XC, to Trail and All Mountain. The only limitation for this bicycle is me.

    PS. I don't do gravity stuff and hardcore DH.

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    I have a '10 Rumblefish 2 and have spent some time on the '14 9.8 Fuel 29. Honestly, I felt like they were pretty close. The Fuel felt like it might have been a tad more plush in the rear (the '10 and '11 'fish have 110mm, but the '12 and '13 have 120mm, same as the Fuel 29). For me it would come down to how much I'd save. I might go a couple hundred more for the Fuel just to have the more current bike but much more than that (and especially if it's a LOT more) I'd take the Rumblefish and rock it with no regrets.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    Consider how long you will keep the bike. The Fuel -- for good reason -- has been killing it in reviews, and will have pretty good resale two years from now. The Fish is dead. It will have very poor resale by then, and it will get worse with every passing year.
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    Help me decide. 13' Rumblefish Elite or Fuel EX8

    Had the 'fish, got the fuel. Get the fuel.

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    The fish is nice, the fuel is nicer. I had a fish and demoed a Fuel. I was impressed at how much nicer the Full Floater suspension was.

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    trying to decide between a stumpy carbon 29er vs Trek fuel EX 9.7 29er any thoughts?

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    FWIW, Fuel rear suspension handle clyde weight better... of course, you are a small clyde, so both would work. When I test rode a Fish, it was a joke... wallowed like a dieing pig, but I am no small clyde. (The Fuel 29er wasn't out when I bought my Camber last December, so I didn't get to try it out).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryder5974 View Post
    trying to decide between a stumpy carbon 29er vs Trek fuel EX 9.7 29er any thoughts?
    I test rode a Camber and Camber EVO before buying a Fuel EX 8. I thought the Cambers felt sluggish when I would stand and accelerate, the Fuel felt snappier under acceleration. I thought the rear suspension felt plusher on the Fuel as well.

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    I ended up with the Fuel. I haven't had a chance to ride it yet but I can't wait to get it out on my local trials. It's my first full suspension bike, I'm pretty excited!
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