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    What can't I do on my 08' ex8?

    I am 6' 5" 230 lbs. I bought my 21.5" green '08 fuel ex8 in February and I really like it. I don't really want to change much on this bike and I don't want to wreck it , but I know with my weight I am pushing the envelope on even local Burke Mountain xc trails. I sheered the LH bolt for the rocker link in the frame jumping off a small curb on my way to work! The LBS covered it under warranty of course and the Trek sales rep never heard of that happening before.
    Anyways, even if was a weak bolt , it made me want to keep this marvelous bike for XC and commuting. It is so fast and pedals awesome. I would have bought the Remedy instead of the fuel if it was on the showroom floor back in Feb. but I am now thinking of getting the Remedy 7 as a second bike for the days when I want to do more aggressive riding or a day up at Whistler / North shore trails.
    Do you think it is counter productive purchase considering the Remedy is just a tad stronger then the fuel , or should I get another brand of AM that has more beef in 35- 40 lb range? I am thinking with my body weight and size I might be stuck riding tanks if I want to do some manly type trails on the North shore. I do like the look of that Remedy though. It is one horny ride!

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    Honestly, I think you had one bad bolt break and the EX can take a lot more then you think. I'm a bigger guy than you and I don't treat my EX 8 easy by any means and it's holding up great.

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    I'm 6.1' and weigh about 200lbs and I thrash my EX8...Never had a problem yet.

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    c'mon guys...you are supposed to pursuade me to add another bike to the fleet. lol. The EX is beautiful, but the AM category seems to be ok in Wisconsin, but more XC in B.C. Some guys think a bike that was designed around BC mountains is the way to go. Are they right?

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    What kind of riding do you plan on doing?

    I rode the isht out of a 05 Stumpjumper FSR and only had a few major problems. After three years of abuse, the chainstay snapped in half. I also snapped the shock link into pieces. I'm 6'4" @ 205lbs. I didn't hesitate to fly down trails at 35-40mph or hit a 4' drop on the Stumpjumper. Much larger, though... I'm not sure I would do it on an XC oriented full-suspension frame. Getting the nerve to do it is a whole separate issue, but you want equipment that is up to the task. If you're planning on ripping Whistler on a Fuel... well, I don't know about that.

    The most important thing is to have your shock pressures setup correctly. If you're going to be hitting jumps and stuff, you don't want to be bottoming out the suspension. That's where you'll really start to go beyond the limits of the frame. It's important to have the suspension setup to absorb those hits, not the frame. I blew out several bearings before I figured that one out.

    All that being said, I picked up the Remedy 8... and it rips. It's a true screamer on long descents. Even though they claim it to be a capable climber, it does not climb as well as the Stumpy. You feel that 6" of travel. But I'm always glad I brought the 'extra bike' once I reach the top.

    ... but the bolt off a curb sounds like a flawed bolt (not uncommon with the low grade stuff bike manufacturer's spec). I had a shock link bolt snap in half in the middle of a ride in Tahoe! Major bummer. We persuaded the LBS to fix it with Hagen-Daz and Beer so I could enjoy my trip..

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    The Remedy 7 is on sale for about $700 less then the Remedy 8 right now. I want a bike I can rip down North shore and Whistler. I think my EX8 can handle it, but the Remedy would be more fun. So the Remedy is a good climber but obviously not as good as the EX8 ? I would keep my EX for xc type trails, commuting to work and climbing hills to stay in shape. The Remedy I would use on the weekends for more challenging trails. Is the Remedy 7 a good spec for $2800 plus tx. ? Or is there better for the same money?

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    The Remedy climbs OK. It climbs. I make it climb. Recently, I did a ~25mi. 5500ft. XC type ride on it. I brought it for one trail in the middle of the ride. For everything else, it was overkill. But I had a blast on that one downhill.

    I've never been to Whistler, but from what I understand... a Nomad or similar 6" bike is the minimum bike to bring for that stuff. The slacker geometry, longer wheelbase and longer travel of the Remedy are going to make faster downhills feel more stable for sure.

    I wouldn't pay $2800 for the R7. I got the R8 for $3200... but that was last year. The MSRP took a huge jump for the 2009 year. Bummer.

    A Fuel EX8 is one hell of a commuter. Haha.

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    the ex can take extremes, out on a test day me and a few other blokes along with the rep thought we would test the strength of the frame, we stopped our little test after tackling a 14foot drop, now im not advising this type of riding but it took it nonetheless.

    infact in australia this past season (08models) we didnt have a remedy available, the Fuel EX was sold as a all mountain trails bike, the Top Fuel was intended for XC.

    but probably the most important thing to consider is what you are feeling on the bike, you have to feel comfortable riding the bike aggressively.

    i have just recently sold my EX9 and i must say now it is gone that it always felt a little 'floaty' on the dirt and i could never really trust the bike in the tight and twisty's, but other than that i found the bike excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohshenny@hotmail.com
    The Remedy 7 is on sale for about $700 less then the Remedy 8 right now. I want a bike I can rip down North shore and Whistler. I think my EX8 can handle it, but the Remedy would be more fun. So the Remedy is a good climber but obviously not as good as the EX8 ? I would keep my EX for xc type trails, commuting to work and climbing hills to stay in shape. The Remedy I would use on the weekends for more challenging trails. Is the Remedy 7 a good spec for $2800 plus tx. ? Or is there better for the same money?
    It may be a good deal in your area. But I got my Remedy 8 back in May for $2800+tax.

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