Trek Fuel Carbon EX XC Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • 212 grams lighter than 2008. New frame weight is 2238 grams or 4.92 lbs
  • Frame is now 28% stiffer in an axle to axle torsion test.

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tucan22 a Cross Country Rider from Durango Co

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2008

    Strengths:    light great components!

    Weaknesses:    Are there any?

    Bottom Line:   
    I am reviewing the 08 model because it is almost the same except for the talas fork and foam grips....I am going to buy the bike in 3 days, but since I am getting it used I was able to ride it for a week so far!

    It is the best bike I have ever ridden! It climbs better than my hardtail, jumps better than my old dirt jumper (had to sell it so I could buy a downhill bike) and descends as well as my downhill bike!

    It is a very expensive bike,but the bike just floats!

    The rear end is aluminum which helps it flex less. Also I broke my scott in that area (you don't see that area so it takes more hits).

    While my scott was getting its fork rebuilt I rented the Ex 8 (it took over a month to get the right piece). So I rode The EX8 for about one month. The difference between these two models is night and day!

    If you want to go with a cheaper one I would recomend nothing lower than the EX9.8

    So if you want a light bike that climbs like a goat yet you can still ride it like a trail bike you should get this bike! I am going to race it, jump it, and ride w/ my family on it. It should not cost so much, but that is what all bikes cost these days, I would give a 4 for value, but I loved it so much it deserves a five all around!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3000.00

    Similar Products Used:   Trek liquid, and I own a scott scale 30

    Bike Setup:   stock.....talas fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by maxout a Racer from Raleigh, NC USA

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2008

    Strengths:    Everything

    Weaknesses:    Grips and seat

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is in a category all its own, Trek hit one way out of the park. I can't speak for the reliability of the bike at this time, but I sure can tell you that the ride is epic, nothing like any other bike I have ridden. I just replaced my 2005 Motolite for this bike. This bike does everything amazingly well! Effortless climber, quick in the turns and super comfortable cockpit! I test rode the Pivot mach 5 and the Trance X, the 9.8 falls in the middle for comfort - not too relaxed but not too racy. The ABP and the larger RP23 XV shock really makes this bike super plush, but efficient...great small bump compliance. The full floater has a bottomless feel. Oh, the Rhythm Elite wheels are incredible, 28mm rims make a huge difference in cornering ability (bigger contact patch) and I only run 29lbs of air with tubes.

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    Favorite Trail:   286

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $3800.00

    Purchased At:   Cycling spoken here

    Similar Products Used:   Trance X, moto-lite maybe!!

    Bike Setup:   2009 Fuel EX 9.8, XTR cranks, Avid Ultimates brakes, Rhythm Elite wheels, race x lite bars, XT shifters. Bike weighs 25.9 lbs

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    I've been very interested in the 2015 Fuels since they announced the release of the 650b for 2015. I'm thinking that my budget would allow for an EX 8. I also recently found a used 2012 EX 9.8 Carbon (26"), all stock, ridden about 20 times on Craigslist for $2900, just about the same price as the br ... Read More »

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    Trek Fuel EX carbon 29er frame weight and other questions ?

    I have an option for a pretty good project one deal, was wondering a couple of things. 1. Is their going to be a change in 2014 to 2015 fuel carbon 29er frames, like weird 148.525 rear hub spacing or something ;) 2. Does anyone know the actual weights of the carbon frames 21.5 preferred. 3 ... Read More »

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