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    2016 Fuel ex 7, ex 8 or a 2014 ex 9

    I am looking for a new bike and have narrowed it down to 3 bikes. A brand new 2016 ex 7, ex 8 or a used 2014 ex 9. All 3 are great bikes however I am having a tough time deciding between the 3. I would like to keep my budget as close to $2,000 as possible but I can afford to spend more if needed. Here are the details on the bikes. Note that all bikes are 29ers.

    2016 ex 7 - Brand new from the LBS for $2,000 (closeout price)

    2016 ex 8 - Brand new from LBS for $2,800 (Not on closeout)

    2014 ex 9 - For sale from a friend who is asking $2,000. Bike is in great shape and probably has less than 200 miles on it. I am sure I can negotiate it down a little bit but we will just say $2,000 just in case.

    My questions are as follows:

    1 - Overall, which bike would be the best value?

    2- I really want the ex 8 but am not looking forward to spending the extra $800 for it. Is it even worth the $800 over the ex 7?

    3- Would it be better to spend the $2,000 on a brand new ex 7 or on the used ex 9? I am also considering the lifetime warranty on the frame on the ex 7.

    4- Does anyone know when the ex 8's usually go on closeout?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    EX 8, better suspension than the other two, similar frame. Everything is upgradable, but suspension is expensive to upgrade. You should be able to get it cheaper now that the 2017's are available.

    Second choice would be the used 9, which may become my first choice if they won't budge on the price of the 8.

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    The $800 between the 7 & 8 may seem steep, but look close. Does the 8 have lighter & stronger wheels? Higher end shifters and brakes? Plus the 8 has a much better rear suspension design.
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    1-2: The 2016 ex 8 has the new geo which has garnered rave reviews. Having had a '14 EX8 and riding a friend's '16 EX9 I can say the new geo is certainly better. It also has the Re:aktiv shock and Fit damper which further improve the bike. Those changes are worth the $800 IMO.

    3: For $2k go for the EX9 as it'll have better components and same frame geo. But I've also seen slightly used '16 EX8 for $2k so that may be something to consider. The '17 EX has further revised geo so you may see more used '16s as people want a slacker bike and upgrade to the '17.

    4: Closeout pricing usually occurs mid July to early August but depends on the stores. The 16 model seems to have sold well and stock might be quite low. It might be difficult to find on on clearance but I would still wait a month and hope for the best.


    I'd aim for the 16 EX8 and hopefully you can find one closer to $2k if out wait a month or so for clearance pricing. If nothing else the '17 should start rolling in by August so people may upgrade and you might find one in the used market in your price range.

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    Thanks for all the great advice guys. I think I am going to hold off a month or so and wait for the 2016 ex 8 to go on closeout or continue to look for a used one closer to $2k. It is going to be tough to wait a month but I think it definitely be worth it!

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    I ended up going to the LBS today and talked them down to $2,300 on their last 2016 ex 8 that they had in stock. I am picking it up first thing in the morning and can't wait to get out on the trails. Thanks for the help.

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    Good negotiating. I'd relace that front hub with a 40mm id rim and at least a 30mm id rim for the rear. Wide means traction.

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