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    Just bought a Fuel ex 8

    Went to the bike shop today prepared to purchase a new Specialized XC and ended up getting a great deal on a left over Fuel EX 8. This will be my first venture into full suspension. This was a left over 06 that they received last fall. Came with Hayes 9 hydraulic brakes, Rockshox Reba front shock and not sure which model rear (bikes at home ,I'm at the office). Lock out on the handle bars for the front shock, as well as a bunch of other great features. Just wondering if they made any major changes to the bike from 06-08 . Seems like all the other bikes being released this year have had price increases as lessor quality components from last years model.

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    Congrats on your EX8.
    I bought an '07 a few hundred miles ago and its amazing.
    This is my first FS as well.
    It instantly made me a better rider.
    Its a great XC bike, fast, light, stable, I even travel with it and tackle dirt jumping and downhill with it!

    How much $$$ did they get you for?
    I know of two big differences between the '06 and the '07,
    1 is the component set. (see attached)
    2 The '07 has more travel front and rear.

    I know there was a pretty major redesign in '08.
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...k_mtb_launch07

    Good luck with your new bike.

    Chris

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    I upgraded to XTR shifters, pedals, and Panaracer Fire XC UST

    Doesn't look like the component set worked - I'll try again.

    Front Suspension Fox Float 130 RL w/air pressure, rebound, lockout, 130mm
    Rear Shock Fox Float RPL w/air pressure, Pro Pedal, rebound, lockout
    Wheels Bontrager Race
    Tires Bontrager Jones XR 26x2.2/2.25", 120 tpi, folding
    Shifters Shimano Deore, 9 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR
    Crank Shimano Deore LX 44/32/22
    Cassette SRAM PG970 11-34, 9 speed
    Pedals Shimano 520, clipless
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager Race
    Seat Post Bontrager Race
    Handlebars Bontrager Race, 40mm rise, 31.8mm
    Stem Bontrager Race, 7 degree, 31.8mm
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/cartridge bearings, sealed, alloy
    Brakeset Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc, 6" rotors

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    Doesn't look like the component set worked - I'll try again.
    What you mean? Pls elaborate

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    $1600 new out the door. To be honest I was looking at entry level Specialized FSR xc Comp and they only had the 07 discounted about $75 so they were at $1425. The Trek for the price seemed a much better deal for les than $200. Did I make the right choice between the two???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailwaters
    $1600 new out the door. To be honest I was looking at entry level Specialized FSR xc Comp and they only had the 07 discounted about $75 so they were at $1425. The Trek for the price seemed a much better deal for les than $200. Did I make the right choice between the two???
    Well if you ask that question on the Trek forum, of course you'll get a positive answer. If you ask on the Specialized forum, well....
    我的镀铬光泽的冰柱一样,我骑在镇附近在我的低骑手自行车

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