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Hey Guys,

So I was really set on getting a 2007 Trek Fuel EX8 but after I looked into it, I think the price was a bit steep... I went to the LBS and they had a clearance EX8s but I also ended up trying out an 08 Trek 69er and I actually really liked it which leads me to be more confused!

I was looking to spend under $1,500 but my budget is going to be more like $2,000 and I will work on getting the price down. They had a good selection of new and clearance Trek's and Gary Fishers, one Hi-Fi that looked cool too.

I know this is a really scatter brained post but I am really confused on what to look for now. Do they make a 29/26 combo in FS? Should I go for Gary Fisher or Trek? Any input and guidance would be GREATLY appreciated!

I probably shouldn't rush too much, but I really want to pick up a bike tomorrow - granted it will be an opinion based on riding performance, I would love some input on what to look for and which style would be best. My reason for purchasing a bike is mainly to get back into mountain biking again (was really into biking in my teens, 24 now) and to get into shape. I used to have a Gary Fisher Jousha X1 and have also loved FS bikes, but I am open to a hardtail if you guys have any ideas.


Any and all input would be amazing. Thanks!


-Mike
 

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get what YOU are most comfortable on.
I like Gary fisher as I have ridden them since 1991 and currently ride a GF HiFi deluxe and find it a great bike for 24 hr racing and MTB Orienteering which are races of time and or distances up to 30kms
Hardtails are a good starting bike though as without the rear sus they are pretty much unbreakable and easy to maintain.
If the LBS will let you take them for a test ride, if near a trial try and take it there (some do) or find out if there is a 24hr event nearby. at the Scott 24hr here in aus for example one company lets riders book and take their bikes for a ride around the course to test them out and others on this forum have mentioned LBS that let riders take bikes onto tracks for testing. find whats comfortable and fun for you and within your price range and get the best running gear you can as this will save you upgrading for at least a little while.
as always I wish you the best of luck in this.
 

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Aus, thanks for the advise.

I think I really want a FS bike, most concerned with the frame and fork as I can upgrade other components individually over the lifespan of the bike - and I really love the Fox front forks that the 08 Fuel EX8 has...

What is the major differences between the Trek and Fisher FS's? I really liked how the 69er (Trek) rode but I am leaning towards FS so I'm kinda lost.

Again, at first it will be a lot of riding on the roads to get back into shape and riding around town. I am going to slowly get back into trail riding as it warms up...

Any more input guys??


Thanks Again,

Mike
 

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I like my HiFi for the G2 geometry which makes the bike feel really nimble on a trail. The Fuel is an excellent bike as I have ridden my fiancees one but the handling of the hifi for me is outstanding. It gives me a lot of confidence riding trails I wouldn't have thought of before.
 

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To explain further... Gary Fisher is owned by Trek (as is bontrager) He still runs the brand and is a leader in the development of mountain bikes ie the development of the G2 frames and 29rs. I know he also takes a keen interest in the people that sell his bikes as he has visited the store I bought my bike from at least twice in the last ten years GF was one of the pioneers of MTB as it is today and this was why trek bought his company., He also only designs MTB.
Trek are a huge company that designs and builds bikes for everyone from beginners to top of the line less development would probably go into their designs, but what they lack in specialisation they make up for in diversity
Both are good bikes for different reasons.
 

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Awesome, thanks for the info on Gary Fisher.

I think the thing I need to stick closest to is spending between $1,000 and $1,500. Do you guys like the lower end Fuels (2010) vs a year or two old EX8? I know people had mentioned a few changes to the rear ends...


Thanks,

Mike
 
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