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    What would you pick: Fuel Ex 8 in 27.5 or 29

    I still don't know what wheel size I prefer and can't make up my mind. Maybe you all can help. What size would you pick and why?

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    29 but takeoff swap at purchase the oems for 30mm interiors, at least Wide Lightnings.

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    Generalizing:
    want to ride over stuff = 29er
    want to jump over stuff = 27.5er

    I have the 29er and it's awesome, just takes a bit more effort to throw around than my buddies Remedy 27.5

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    It depends on your riding style and preference. For me, 29" wheels are better and I have a Fuel Ex 29er. The ability to roll most things including rocks and logs without having to lift the front wheel all the time is what I prefer. Small wheels get caught up all the time for me. If you like to manual every obstacle, then go with the smaller wheel size. The 27.5 is going to feel quicker, be be considerably easier to manual and hop. The 29er will smooth out the trail and avoid hangups significantly, and I think it is more forgiving when you are not technically perfect in getting over stuff.

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    I'm short at 5'6" and my rumblefish feels awkward and unwieldy. I have a fuel ex 9.8 27.5 on order and can't wait for the change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    I'm short at 5'6" and my rumblefish feels awkward and unwieldy. I have a fuel ex 9.8 27.5 on order and can't wait for the change.

    I'm 5'8'' and the 17.5" RF fits me just fine!

    At 5'6'' I think that the 15.5" RF would be fine for you. Whar RF size do you ride?

    Mo.

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    What would you pick: Fuel Ex 8 in 27.5 or 29

    I got a chance to checkout the new fuel ex 27.5 and it just felt right. Love my 29er Ht but if I get a FS again it will be 27.5.

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    That's kind of how I'm leaning. Just waiting for the LBS to get some in stock.

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    What would you pick: Fuel Ex 8 in 27.5 or 29

    This one was the 8 I believe, it was almost $3,000.

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    Let the bike do the work? = 29
    Let your skills do the work? = 27.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo6500 View Post
    I'm 5'8'' and the 17.5" RF fits me just fine!

    At 5'6'' I think that the 15.5" RF would be fine for you. Whar RF size do you ride?
    15.5. Know anyone who wants to buy one used? It's been well maintained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    Generalizing:
    want to ride over stuff = 29er
    want to jump over stuff = 27.5er

    I have the 29er and it's awesome, just takes a bit more effort to throw around than my buddies Remedy 27.5
    This. Driver Bob's post is the best way to sum it up. Can't even add to it!

    Oh, I will say this. 26 and 27.5's can ride over stuff as well but it takes more momentum and work to do it. You let suspension absorb the hit and use force to roll over the big stuff.

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    What would you pick: Fuel Ex 8 in 27.5 or 29

    I've only been able to do a good on trail wheel comparison w/ Remedy in both sizes. Owning a 29r bike I can't say the comparisons of let the bike do the work, ride over or jump over. I do that no matter what I ride. Here it was fun and pleasure that stood out and for Remedy that was 650 version. Fuel 29 vs Remedy 29 was a boring bike (Fuel) but Fuel 650 has the kind of geometry that made both Remedy bikes more fun. I look forward to trying the 650 Fuel. You must try them and try them on trails. One person's fun may not be another's.

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    I really enjoy my Fuel EX 8 29er, but am very curious to try out the 650b with the new RE:Aktiv suspension developed with Penske. If price is not a factor, I would wait for that model to come out. I agree with driver bob, 29er little more effort, but it's like riding a monster truck over most stuff.

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    I went from a 15.5 Rumblefish Elite 29er to a 17.5 FuelEX 9.8 27.5, and it definitely feels like a more playful bike. If my area had less switchbacks and more obstacles, I think the Rumblefish would be the perfect bike. For the trails here, I am liking the faster handling bike. I'm sure the carbon, dropper post and 3-4lb diet aren't hurting, either.

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