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    Trek Fuel EX - frame differences

    Does anyone know if there is a huge difference between the frame of the "higher end" Fuel EX, from 8 and up, and the "lower end" from 7 and down? It seems to me that they are different frames, and the 8 and up have some internal cable routing and straighter seat tube, while the lower don't. Are there any other differences between these frames?

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    Same frame material (for the aluminum models) and geometry for all of the EX bikes. However, the Trek website lists the EX8 and above models being configured for stealth dropper post routing. If the EX8+ models are built to accommodate a dropper post, it would require a straight seat tube. That might be a consideration as to model selection for anyone that is considering a dropper post.

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    Differences in frames are as follows:

    Threaded BB
    Press-fit headset
    All external cable routing
    Band clamp FD
    No stealth dropper post routing

    Press fit BB
    Drop-in bearing headset
    Internal front and rear der. cable routing
    Direct mount FD
    Stealth dropper post routing

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    Did they get rid of the asymetrical chain stays on the 2013 geometry? Or is it just less pronounced?

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