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    return fuel ex 7 for fuel ex 8 xc?

    I am a recreational rider who spends 60% on gravel walking trails and 40% on singe track (Austin TX area trails).
    I just upgraded from my Xcal 7 to the fuel ex 7 as my first full suspension after 6 months, so 2 new bikes in less than a year. I love the fuel, but in the past 5 days can't help but think I should trade up while I can return the 7, and have been looking at the ex 8 xc.
    Thought is I don't want to desire more bike in a year and look to upgrade since I discovered bike shops don't offer Sh*t for trade ins.
    Is there enough difference to make the upgrade worthwhile? BTW-bike shop will have to order the Fuel EX 8 xc since they don't keep in stock.

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    Fuel Ex 8 XC? Do you mean XT?

    You already have more bike than you need for 60 percent of what you ride. And you can ride everything on your 7 that you will be riding with the 8. $700 gets you what? A 2x XT drivetrain, Shimano deore level brakes, and a better-rated Fox Rhythm fork. If you're riding XC blue trail singletrack, the 7 is more than enough. If you are riding black diamond or an occasional double black diamond trail and have an extra $700 laying around, an upgrade to the 8 might be worth it.

    The 7 is a nice, capable bike. The 8 is a bit nicer and a bit more capable, imo, but $700 more? Hard to say. I have the 8 XT, and love it. But I wanted the 2x, Fox fork, and Shimano brakes because they have always been good performers for me and suit my riding style. I also got the bike as a warranty replacement for another Trek at no out of pocket cost to me. If it was coming out of my budget, I might have found the 7 a better value.

    Good luck deciding!

    Edit: And remember, full suspension isn't necessarily an upgrade if you don't need it. Nothing wrong with a nice hardtail or rigid bike if it fits where you ride. They're lighter and easier/cheaper to maintain, to boot.
    Veni vidi velo!

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    Sorry yes i meant the XT. Currently I have ridden on a few black diamond trails and anticipate more as my skill develops, but would rather think forward and not wish i would have gotten a better bike in the future. I am fortunate, money isn't an concern, but i do want to keep it under 4K.
    I kept the XCal 7 hardtail to ride casually around the neighborhood, but have really been looking forward to the full suspension upgrade. Thanks for your input!

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    The 8 has the better shock- RE:aktiv. So yes you should consider the upgrade.

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    thanks for the feedback. I returned the 7 and got the 8xt.

    Had to order it so have 10 days to wait.. pretty pumped for it to come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinott View Post
    thanks for the feedback. I returned the 7 and got the 8xt.

    Had to order it so have 10 days to wait.. pretty pumped for it to come in.
    Good choice! But I would have said that if you had decided to keep the 7. You will love the EX 8. Once you actually get to ride the new bike, I would curious to hear what you feel you gained with the upgrade.
    Veni vidi velo!

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    You know you want It,
    Just do It,
    Trade up,
    Then get some killer wheels :P
    “I seek only the Flow”,
    Climbing Is Supposed To Be Hard,
    Shut Up Legs :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by trinott View Post
    thanks for the feedback. I returned the 7 and got the 8xt.

    Had to order it so have 10 days to wait.. pretty pumped for it to come in.
    The 8 is a very good bike. Nice choice.

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