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I'm currently looking to pick up an Ex8 or HiFi Deluxe....have ridden them both a few times and can notice a few differences but am having a tough time making a decision. I'm at 6 feet tall tipping in around 250lbs right now and am wondering if anyone has any commentary/opinions on these two bikes and/or advice regarding to performance with a "clydesdale" like rider. Thanks in advance.
 

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I too was looking at these two exact bikes. Heres some things I noticed. Rear suspension on the HiFi seemed to ramp up more and was less active on small bumps. The Fuel 8 seemed the rear suspension was more linear throughout its travel and responded well to smaller chatter bumps. I needed to go up a frame size on the HiFi. I could ride a 19.5 or 21 on the fuel but felt cramped on a 19.5 HiFi. In the end I choose the Fuel Ex 8 in the larger size. This is my second one so maybe Im biased? Both nice bikes for sure!
 
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