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    you only run 5% sag? it doesnt feel too stiff?

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    Its 15% .. typo... Sorry bout that... It roughly gives 20mm sag

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    oh okay haha, that makes more sense, i really want to try a 140mm but theyre expensive haha

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    I got it off a showroom bike.. take off, buyer got sid instead... Offer i coukdnt refuse... Juat got lucky i guess, ive seen 2011 talas's for a bargain around the net...

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    Well after a little messing around I've finally got the chain noise to take a hike. There is one gear where it does grind but I can live with that. I changed my chain around from the standard chain that came with the bike to a SRAM PC991. Lots smoother and hardly any noise. Next I'll change the front derailleur to a Shimano XT then I think I'll be happy

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    Well I pulled the trigger on a 2012 EX8 and I'm so excited! Now I have a question for all you other EX'ers. I ride in Florida and this bike is perfect here, but this summer I'm heading out west to Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming for some serious biking and I was curious as to how well this bike will do in the mountains out there? I'm a small guy, 120 lbs or so, but I still can't help but wonder if I have enough suspension for some mild DH and drops?

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    I live in florida too, i have an ex6 and before i swapped my for with a TALAS, i did about 2-3 foot drops without problems... im 176lbs (182 with gear) and haven't had any issues with suspension...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opinions View Post
    Well I pulled the trigger on a 2012 EX8 and I'm so excited! Now I have a question for all you other EX'ers. I ride in Florida and this bike is perfect here, but this summer I'm heading out west to Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming for some serious biking and I was curious as to how well this bike will do in the mountains out there? I'm a small guy, 120 lbs or so, but I still can't help but wonder if I have enough suspension for some mild DH and drops?
    Hey there. I currently live in CO, and just moved here from Arizona and brought my Fuel EX 8 with me. I've only lived here a bit over a month, but so far my bike has handled just fine. I live in Fort Collins, and stuff up here can get pretty tech/rocky. The stuff in Wyoming is a little more flat and flowy, so that should be fine. The bike and suspension are actual perfect for me, but I have been riding mostly techy singletrack type stuff, and not any real downhil type stuff.

    I have noticed a lot of people ride Remedy, so that might be a better option if your real desire is to point down. However for me, the bike is perfect for this type of riding. I've hard Utah can be a bit rougher, but not sure.

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    Oh okay well thanks guys! Gives me more confidence in this bike!

    I've also been thinking about how I'm going to use this bike out west maybe for a month every year or two, and up in North Georgia once every few months, and it seems like to purchase a more downhill oriented trail bike would be a a choice I would come to regret in the future especially since the trails I ride are almost all XC with a few downhill sections that last for only a few hundred feet. And the biggest drop I have in town is a 5 foot table top to a very steep slope.

    Well just thinking about this makes me feel much better about my purchase. Now to stand the wait till it comes in!

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    This just gave me tons more confidence in the bike as well. Will throw some pics up when I get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvallejo View Post
    Hey there. I currently live in CO, and just moved here from Arizona and brought my Fuel EX 8 with me. I've only lived here a bit over a month, but so far my bike has handled just fine. I live in Fort Collins, and stuff up here can get pretty tech/rocky. The stuff in Wyoming is a little more flat and flowy, so that should be fine. The bike and suspension are actual perfect for me, but I have been riding mostly techy singletrack type stuff, and not any real downhil type stuff.

    I have noticed a lot of people ride Remedy, so that might be a better option if your real desire is to point down. However for me, the bike is perfect for this type of riding. I've hard Utah can be a bit rougher, but not sure.
    I live in Utah and ride some pretty chunky trails here, in Colorado and in Idaho on my 2011 Fuel EX8 with no problems at all. Previously I was riding a 2010 Stumpjumper with 6 inches of travel and the only real difference I feel is easier climbing on the more technical trails and it's not quite as plush on some of the really technical sections, but that just makes me focus more on my technique and picking better lines.

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    I ride some pretty technical terrain, rocks of all sizes, roots, small drops, table tops, etc. and it seems to handle everything just fine. I might not be able to keep up with the guys on their 6" travel bikes but its all good, this is my do everything bike. It handles pedaling fine which is what i like so much about it.

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    The ex8 is the jack of all trades trail bike. It does everything really well. It's not going to climb like a hardtail and it's not going to decend like an all mountain but it will do both without much fuss. As long as you don't have the stock bontragers on the wheels you should have a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stunnerable View Post
    The ex8 is the jack of all trades trail bike. It does everything really well. It's not going to climb like a hardtail and it's not going to decend like an all mountain but it will do both without much fuss. As long as you don't have the stock bontragers on the wheels you should have a great time.
    Any recommendations for a rear tire? I swapped out my front Jones XR for an XR4 which is amazingly better, but I still have the original Jones XR in the rear. Was thinking maybe a Maxxis Crossmark or Continental Trail King (2.2).

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    continental x-kings 2.2 are really good, light and roll fast, not to mention tubeless ready

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    Got my bike! Woot!




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    First fs bike. I love it. '11 fuel ex 5
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    Yeah that really doesn't make sense to me either. I thought the point of the 36 cog in the rear was to keep you from dropping to the granny gear as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opinions View Post
    Got my bike! Woot!



    Those 2012 EX8's are just so sexy. Just needs a bit of dirt on it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamxiv View Post
    continental x-kings 2.2 are really good, light and roll fast, not to mention tubeless ready
    Ahh, yes. Before reading this I had actually already picked up two of them, and will be setting my EX9 up tubeless today.

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    I like how you went with the white pedals. Nice touch! :thumbup:

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    hey guys, Im wondering, do any of you have problems with the ABP nut coming loose? do you think its cause they arent torqued correctly?

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    I have had no issues with the ABP bolts. Are your lock tighted? If not try the loc tite blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    I have had no issues with the ABP bolts. Are your lock tighted? If not try the loc tite blue.
    ill have to try that. i havent touched them since i got the bike other than when they get loose.

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    I just got my first 2013 Trek Fuel EX 8 bike today

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    Quote Originally Posted by sum1noc View Post
    I just got my first 2013 Trek Fuel EX 8 bike today


    So.. how is it?? Pics!!??

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