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I live in Lancaster, PA. Anyone know of a shop that might have a 2010 17.5" EX8 available? Every shop I call says Trek will not start production on the new line for another month or so.

I do not feel like waiting until August for the 2011 models.

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I know the feeling. I went looking for the same Trek bike (or the Specialized FSR Expert) and I found one bike out of 8 shops in CT....and it was a large while I need a small frame. And nobody knew when the new ones would be showing up. Guess they have their "meeting" with the companies this week or next.

Hope your search goes better!
 

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The Fezzari Nebo Peak will give you a lot more bike than the EX9 for an EX8 price.

http://www.fezzari.com/products/index/Nebo_Peak/9/18

Nebo perks:
Much better front fork than the EX9 (on-the-fly adjustable 4"-6" travel)
Same rear shock as the EX9
Haven't compared the brakes and drive components but the ones on my Nebo work great.
Frame has lifetime warranty
Frame has ball bearing pivot points instead of bushings that the Trek has. Bushing wear and creak over time.

Just a thought. A buddy of mine has an 2010 EX9 and when I looked at it I thought he really threw away some $$ for less of a bike.
 

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Sold out bikes

That same crap happen to me. I live here in Saudi Arabia. And I originally requested a scratch 7 and they told me it was no longer in stock. Same thing with the remedy, so I had to settle for a fuel ex 7 which is not really suited to my riding style. =/
 

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Thanks for the input all, but I just drove an hour to a dealer in Harrisburg, PA and picked up a 2010 Trek Fuel EX 8 :drumroll:

Can't wait to get it dirty!
 

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I tried buying a remedy 7 a couple months ago, and was told I'm out of luck until september. Ended up getting a killer deal on 2009 GF Roscoe 3, so it all worked out.
 

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I'm tellin you... its crazy to buy an EX8 or EX9 when the Nebo is a better bike for the same or less money. No comparison to an EX8 and even better than an EX9. Oh well. Instant gratification wins again. You'll have fun on whatever you are riding. They are all good... just not as good as you could have had.
 

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I'm tellin you... its crazy to buy an EX8 or EX9 when the Nebo is a better bike for the same or less money. No comparison to an EX8 and even better than an EX9. Oh well. Instant gratification wins again. You'll have fun on whatever you are riding. They are all good... just not as good as you could have had.
Maybe some people aren't able to work on their bikes and like having an actual bike shop to deal with in case something goes wrong? Or maybe they want a suspension design that is arguably better than just another faux bar internet bike?
 

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Your LBS will still work on a Fezzari or whatever you bring in. In fact, the majority of their jobs are for Walmart type bikes.

The Fezzari Nebo will outperform the Trek EX9 at an EX8 price. The Trek rear suspension design only has any advantage during heavy braking over rough terrain. I've never had any issue with control during downhills on my Nebo. I think the Trek rear geometry is better but not enough to outweigh the following on the Nebo compared to the EX8...

1. Fox Talas front fork. Adjustable for 4", 5" or 6" travel. 4" drops the front end for uphill climbs. 6" raises it and gives more travel for technical terrain.
2. Ball bearings at all pivots. Won't wallow or creak over time.
3. RP23 Rear shock

The EX9 has similar specs to the Nebo without the ball bearing pivots and with a lesser front fork but with a much higher price. I think the 11 EX9 might have a front fork similar to the Talas included.

I use the Nebo as a reference because its the route I took. If you do some homework you might find something even better for the price.

The one way you might get the equivalent at a LBS is to get lingering last year's models for a reduced price and have them throw in some accessories with it. A buddy of mine got an EX9 that way but still, his front fork is not nearly as good and the pivots are bushings.
 

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Your LBS will still work on a Fezzari or whatever you bring in. In fact, the majority of their jobs are for Walmart type bikes.

The Fezzari Nebo will outperform the Trek EX9 at an EX8 price. The Trek rear suspension design only has any advantage during heavy braking over rough terrain. I've never had any issue with control during downhills on my Nebo. I think the Trek rear geometry is better but not enough to outweigh the following on the Nebo compared to the EX8...

1. Fox Talas front fork. Adjustable for 4", 5" or 6" travel. 4" drops the front end for uphill climbs. 6" raises it and gives more travel for technical terrain.
2. Ball bearings at all pivots. Won't wallow or creak over time.
3. RP23 Rear shock

The EX9 has similar specs to the Nebo without the ball bearing pivots and with a lesser front fork but with a much higher price. I think the 11 EX9 might have a front fork similar to the Talas included.

I use the Nebo as a reference because its the route I took. If you do some homework you might find something even better for the price.

The one way you might get the equivalent at a LBS is to get lingering last year's models for a reduced price and have them throw in some accessories with it. A buddy of mine got an EX9 that way but still, his front fork is not nearly as good and the pivots are bushings.
:yawn: Yes, "my" LBS will work on your bike, we will work on anybody's bike, you just have to pay for it. Bikes bought from us tend to get minor fixes for free and major ones for cheap. Bikes not bought from us get charged what the labor menu says.

"Outperform" is a matter of opinion. The bike you show is ~$400 cheaper than an EX9. $400 is a small price to pay for many people who value their LBS.
 

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The Nebo has better components than the EX9 -AND- bearing pivots -AND- its $400 cheaper. After looking into it more, if a guy really searches, he can probably find something out there even better than the Nebo for less money. That's a lot to give up for a few free cable adjustments.

I won't go into a LBS debate since that's not what this thread is about. The LBS certainly has a place but its becoming smaller with competitive internet sales as well as so much self help info available through the Internet and through local riding clubs.
 

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I won't go into a LBS debate since that's not what this thread is about.
Yet you'll hijack a thread about a guy looking for a Trek?? Where does the OP say he's looking for an alternative to a Trek?
 

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The Nebo has better components than the EX9 -AND- bearing pivots -AND- its $400 cheaper. After looking into it more, if a guy really searches, he can probably find something out there even better than the Nebo for less money. That's a lot to give up for a few free cable adjustments.

I won't go into a LBS debate since that's not what this thread is about. The LBS certainly has a place but its becoming smaller with competitive internet sales as well as so much self help info available through the Internet and through local riding clubs.
I don't understand the "better components" part, because I look at the specs side by side, and the only thing I see better is the fork, and thats debatable because TALAS is a cool thing to have in theory, but how often do you really reduce your travel? The rest is equal to, or dare I say, better on the Trek, ie: wheels, cranks, brakes. Regardless, the big thing is that although both bikes have a lifetime warranty, if the Trek breaks, you just have to take it to a Trek dealer. The other bike, I don't know, box it up and send it back?
 

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The Talas is a lot better. When I first started using it I kept it at 6" travel ALL the time and didn't understand why I'd ever want to go to 4". Then I realized that when I switch it to 4" it drops the front end 2" which makes climbs a lot easier. So, I flip it to 4" on any significant climbs or for road rides then back to 6" for everything else. It gives the best of both worlds in one bike.

When I compared the Nebo components to the similarly priced EX8 I priced the fork, dérailleur and rear shock. The Nebo components were 45% more expensive. I didn't check any other components after that quick check.

A buddy of mine has the EX9, which I've ridden, and the Nebo frame looks beefier and the ball bearing pivots are a big plus. The Talas fork is a significant upgrade also. If I was offered either bike for the same price I'd choose the Nebo without question.

The "if something breaks" scenario is a significant point. I haven't had any issues with my bike other than a broken spoke from a stump joust which I had fixed at my LBS. If a guy is really worried about high end components failing then I suppose it could get expensive to send components back to Fezzari and would require some basic mechanical skills and an Internet search to learn how to disassemble and reassemble the component. I don't know if they pay for that shipping or not but I would assume they don't. Not sure. Good point though. I could see that being a deal breaker for some folks. Considering how much abuse an AM bike takes, it seems like any serious rider would want to learn to maintain their own bike anyway except for some of the tougher items like spoke tensioning/wheel truing and maybe shock rebuilds. Still, its a good point you made since there's probably a significant percentage of riders who don't want to work on their own bikes.
 

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Thanks for the input all, but I just drove an hour to a dealer in Harrisburg, PA and picked up a 2010 Trek Fuel EX 8 :drumroll:

Can't wait to get it dirty!
Grats dude! You will definitely enjoy getting that bike dirty. Like I said, the Ex 7 Isn't really my kind of bike, but I'm still having a blast never the less. Enjoy your new bike dude. :thumbsup:
 
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