As the title states, I'm trying to decide between a used 2010 Trek EX 8 and a new 2010 Fantom Team; since other forums tend to look down on Motos, I thought I'd get a more balanced answer here.

Either would be a huge, huge upgrade from my current bikes ('98 Klein Mantra and '96 Klein Pulse Comp), but I'm at a loss as to which of these does better for real-world cross-country riding.

Both front forks appear to be of similar quality (I read some rants/raves about each on various forums), but I do have reservations about the Rockshox Monarch's durability based on the reviews here at

Any help would be appreciated, as I don't want to miss the $1800 deal on the Fantom Team at bikesdirect.