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    Official Farley EX 8 / 9.8 Thread

    So I went through the broader Farley thread and EX discussion is minimal. Several of us on here are EX 8/9.8 avids, so I thought we could use our own thread.

    I’ll start. Love the bike 2018 Farley EX 8. Had it for 6 months (I think). Have put almost a 1000 miles on it pretty much 100% single track. So many things to love about this bike! Solid feeling underneath you but nimble enough to get rowdy on.

    Additions over stock: Uhhh not much. I added Wolf Creek Fat Paws. I recently bought the e*thirteen 9-46T that I’ll add in a week or so and comment on.

    Here she is looking pretty:

    Official Farley EX 8 / 9.8 Thread-aceb6e37-a9e4-4e2c-9e34-18316aa6b379.jpg

    Just decided to try a 29”+er wheelset. Bought the cheapest wheels I could find on Bikesdirect at i25 with IKONS (2.2). Pulled them off and put 3.0” Chronicles front and back. There is PLENTY of room for anyone thinking a second wheelset of 29” x 3.0”. Here is what it looks like:

    Official Farley EX 8 / 9.8 Thread-ba4571e6-73b0-45d8-a371-758316a58257.jpg

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    Great idea!

    Mine - not stock.

    Wren Fork
    Dirt Components 26” Thumper (and 27.5 Porcupine) Wheels
    Terrene Tires J5 and Wazia (Cake Eater and Chunk 27.5)
    Deity Bars, Stem, and Grips
    Magura Brakes
    Etc.

    Official Farley EX 8 / 9.8 Thread-849b58a4-5ec5-46e5-9340-5cc6dc80e6c7.jpg

    Owned mine since spring ‘18. I have had some hiccups with the frame, but I love its versatility and ability to accommodate all wheel sizes! I really hope that Trek continues to offer the bike even if just as a carbon frame.

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    nice bikes, but there's already a thread:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fa...e-1052492.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swerny View Post
    nice bikes, but there's already a thread:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fa...e-1052492.html
    Eh that thread isn't *official* like this one, lol The title makes it seem more of a general feedback thread, not a "all things" Farley EX!

    On a side note, took the 29" x 3.0"s out for a test ride this morning. I used a Shimano HG hub with a Sunrace 11-46T cassette. It shifts perfect on the stand all the way to the 46T but on the trail I was getting some "grindy'ness" on the shift from the 40T to the 46T that I wasn't liking at all. Not sure if the B-limit isn't out enough and was causing some chain tension towards to down-shift side (poor terminology I know - I am not a very good wrench). As a result, I climbed most of the hills in the 40T which with the 3.0" was about the same effort as the 3.8" at 42T from an effort perspective. I need to do hopefully a small tweak that will allow me to ride both wheelsets without constant tweaks.

    The 29x3.0 combo definitely has a lot less rolling resistance than the fats. The suspension felt great and we hit some chunky DHs pretty hard. Overall I will probably invest in some i40s and throw on some Minions DHF/Rs as my second wheel set. Might put the IKONS back on the i25s for a third low rolling resistance / gravel grinder type ride wheelset.
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    I'm toying with the idea of a 29x3" set up as well. I have to unload my Intense to fund this. I'm curious if anyone has tried any other frame shock. I'd like to get a plusher feel with a coil. Wondering if an increase in size could work such as 7.5" x 2.0" would have clearance issues.

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    OK so I got around to troubleshooting the Sunrace 11-46T cassette. I was definitely getting a little bit of chain shortness on the existing stock chain when in the 46T and with the shock compressed.

    I bought a new SRAM PC110. I took off 1" (2 links) from stock to start. That did not put any tension on the derailer in the 11T when joined with the link. So I took off another 1" (now new chain minus 4 links) and it was absolutely perfect. Shifts smooth as butter and the chainline / derailleur "s" looks perfect. I had to turn the B-limit screw in a few times to ensure appropriate gap between the jockey wheel and the bottom of the 46T cassette, but there is still quite a lot of threads out on the B-limit. So plenty to turn more if needed.

    Hopes this helps someone looking for this info in the future!
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    I rode my carbon EX with 27.5 x 4" tires about half the time, and with 29 x 3" the other half. BB was sky-high with the 29 x 3's, and that's coming from someone that loves high BB's.

    If you swap to 29 x 3's, check out the Bontrager XR4's over the Maxxis tires. I loved DHF's in my 2.5" days, but something got lost in translation when they went to 3.0. I greatly prefer the XR4's to the DHF/DHR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I rode my carbon EX with 27.5 x 4" tires about half the time, and with 29 x 3" the other half. BB was sky-high with the 29 x 3's, and that's coming from someone that loves high BB's.

    If you swap to 29 x 3's, check out the Bontrager XR4's over the Maxxis tires. I loved DHF's in my 2.5" days, but something got lost in translation when they went to 3.0. I greatly prefer the XR4's to the DHF/DHR.
    Thanks for the recommendation, at some point I'm going to have you build me some wheels around i40s, but need to save up some ducats first

    I hear you about the sky high BB. Its actually like riding a whole different bike which I don't mind from the change of pace perspective. I haven't rode it 'hard' in the 29'er mode but plan on this weekend if NorCal doesn't flood.

    /cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation, at some point I'm going to have you build me some wheels around i40s, but need to save up some ducats first

    I hear you about the sky high BB. Its actually like riding a whole different bike which I don't mind from the change of pace perspective. I haven't rode it 'hard' in the 29'er mode but plan on this weekend if NorCal doesn't flood.

    /cheers!
    Depending on where you live...Mike is usually pretty spot on.
    He lives in CO...I live in MA....but we usually agree.(until we civilly disagree)
    I luv me my EX Farley with 29 PLUS where I ride....
    You may...or may not...be different....
    Because everyone is different...but not so much.
    Double secret ps....he builds amazeballs wheels.....

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