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    Trek Fuel Evo link problem!

    Hi everyone. While I was cleaning my 2013 Fuel I noticed that the one side of the Evo Link was rubbing against the rear triangle while the other was OK. The problem is similar to this old thread 08 Fuel EX 9.0 Evo link PROBLEM!!!!

    Do you have similar issues? Could you please check?

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    Hi again. Since I plan to contact Trek any additional feedback wil be really appreciated. So if you don't have this problem please just say that you are OK. If however you have a similar problem it would be great if you could post a photo.

    Thank you.

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    Not familiar with these and the black on black makes it hard to see properly, but I'll throw out some suggestions, but definitely a good plan to take it back to the shop you got it from if you have concerns....

    Have you actually removed the bolts and checked that it is actually rubbing and not just close and looks like it is?

    If you haven't removed the bolts then do so and check that the proper hardware is installed and both sides.
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    I have already sent the photos to my LBS to forward them to Trek and tomorrow I will also bring the actual bicycle to them. Personally I will not do anything on my own that will give them any excuse to void the warranty.

    The problem is identical to the one described also here 2008 Fuel EX9: Test Update #1 | Dirt Rag and Trek already recognized it.

    Regarding whether it is rubbing or not I have another close up here where are you can see the color has started to brake.

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    Just returned from the LBS and believe it or not the inner washer in the left side was missing so the link and the rear triangle were rubbing metal to metal! I repeat. It was missing!

    Terrible Trek quality control!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris Galanis View Post

    Terrible Trek quality control!
    Your LBS managed to miss it as well

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    As I asked Glad you got it sorted, stuff like that slips through QC all the time.
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    Just returned from the LBS and believe it or not the inner washer in the left side was missing so the link and the rear triangle were rubbing metal to metal! I repeat. It was missing!Terrible Trek quality control!
    Not familiar with these and the black on black makes it hard to see properly, but I'll throw out some suggestions, but definitely a good plan to take it back to the shop you got it from if you have concerns....

    Have you actually removed the bolts and checked that it is actually rubbing and not just close and looks like it is?

    If you haven't removed the bolts then do so and check that the proper hardware is installed and both sides.
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    Yes it is good that it finally sorted out but this wasn't the only problem. The bicycle arrived with loose spokes, we had to replace the fork legs initially and then the cartridge due to the Fox recall and now there was this washer missing!

    As you can understand in order to finally enjoy the riding experience I paid for I had to either fix or change some parts that should have been properly working initially. And I have to say that now the bicycle rides much better.

    Anyway let's hope that nothing else will come up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris Galanis View Post
    Hi everyone. While I was cleaning my 2013 Fuel I noticed that the one side of the Evo Link was rubbing against the rear triangle while the other was OK. The problem is similar to this old thread 08 Fuel EX 9.0 Evo link PROBLEM!!!!

    Do you have similar issues? Could you please check?

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    My 2014 Fuel ex 7 29er has this issue on the right side, the screw is factory overtightened, i could not get it unscrewed.
    Contacted Trek support, hope fully i can get this resolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbboy1993 View Post
    My 2014 Fuel ex 7 29er has this issue on the right side, the screw is factory overtightened, i could not get it unscrewed.
    Contacted Trek support, hope fully i can get this resolved.
    Try turning the bolt the other way... clockwise toward the front of the bike. If you look at the bolts they are "MADE" to be accessed from the inside of the triangle, that is where the bolt head is, which means you need to turn it the other way if you are sticking your tool in from the outside. sounds crazy but when you look at them you will see what I am talking about.
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    ^^^ Yes. Newer bikes have arrows on them indicating the direction to tighten the bolt. It's kinda like pedals that use a hex on the back side of the crank arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Javorsky View Post
    Try turning the bolt the other way... clockwise toward the front of the bike. If you look at the bolts they are "MADE" to be accessed from the inside of the triangle, that is where the bolt head is, which means you need to turn it the other way if you are sticking your tool in from the outside. sounds crazy but when you look at them you will see what I am talking about.
    The bolt on mine was over tightened, and the washer was there,but still it was almost as the picture above, but not as bad.
    After a warm wash,I put the allen key in the freezer and unscrewed it.
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