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#5 out of 803 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Trek
Tags: aluminum, best of 2010



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Q: Fuel Ex 8 or Jump up to the 9? Is price jump worth it?
A: I have the fuel ex 8 and have ridden the fuel ex 9 I think the price jump is not worth it

Q: does it come with a shock pump
A: Mine Did

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  • Db9091
    *****

    Switch out 2x11 to 1x11,
    Get lighter seat, lose dropper post,
    Get lighter tires, 29x2.25 instead of 2.4",
    Go tubeless!

    Pros
    Strong Bike,
    Great Components,
    Superb Company Service and Warranty,
    Dropper Post,
    XT Groupset,
    Very Fast and Confident downhill,
    Excellent Suspension sticks to ground,
    MTB all the way!

    Cons
    Heavy Bike,
    Doesn't Accelerate well,
    Rear suspension lockout doesn't feel like a hardtail,
    Front pulls up on ascent, bike is backheavy,
    Too much bike for XC.

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  • C Deuter
    *****

    I would recommend this bike to anyone riding rocky or rough trails.

    Pros
    This bike is faster than expected. The plus tires allow for great handling.

    Cons
    None

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  • rottshower2
    *****

    This is a great bike if you don't want to go carbon. It takes a beating and keeps on going.

    Pros
    Easy handling, rolls over the rough with ease.

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  • wemerson
    *****

    Is my first real mountain bike.

    Pros
    Great components in an affordable price. The bike handle well and the size is perfect.

    Cons
    None.

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  • Ben Stolinski
    *****

    Great solid bike for the value. Handles well in most situations.

    Pros
    Handling, geometry, components, suspension, stylish, internal cables

    Cons
    downhill handling

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  • AdamFromTampa
    *****

    I rode Specialized for a long time and never thought I'd switch brands. I read the reviews on the bike and noticed the components were bad @ss so I bought the bike and I've been happy ever since. I went from a 29er to the 27.5 and I'm glad I did. I went 1x10, carbon seat post and carbon handlebar and loving life....

    Pros
    Components and climbing

    Cons
    Downhill

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  • Loftop
    *****

    For anyone wanting a mountain bike that can handle just about anything

    Pros
    Speed, handling, suspension.

    Cons
    None

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  • Jim Grove
    *****

    Trek frame sizes and geometry are [goofy] inconsistant (actual vs virtual) and vary from model year. Definitely size and ride before you pull the trigger. Handle bars are wide (for tight FL trails) I trimmed an inch off of each side. I ride platforms: Added Forte Convert platform pedals (Performance Bike). Go to the Trek site and use the Matrix to set up your suspension pressure - include extra gear weight. Im 6'1" @ 191 lbs w/ 33" inseam: I went with the 19.5" frame... Get out and ride!

    Pros
    Good ride, handles well, great components: shifts and brakes are flawless so far. Bike is solid and will take a pounding...

    Cons
    Not a big fan of the factory Bontrager tires. Not exactly the best for S Florida trails, but they performed very well on recent trip to Tsali NC over heavily fallen leaf covered trails, rock gardens, stream crossings and loose gravel climbs. The Bontrager tires have improved - tires shouldnt be a deal breaker.

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  • In2treks
    *****

    Love it, it takes the beating and not you

    Pros
    Strong frame and shocks

    Cons
    Weak tires that come stock

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  • Schell21
    *****

    I love this bike and would buy another if mine ever broke. The only negative thing I have is the stock tires aren't very good.

    Pros
    Nimble/ takes a beating and keeps on railing/ components

    Cons
    Stock tires/ a little heavy

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  • eyejustamazeyall
    *****

    GET THIS BIKE! Bike rides like a dream, eats up trails, and the XDX tires fly! Take off the big ring and throw on a BBG bashguard and ur ready to shred any singletrack.

    Pros
    front suspension, rear suspension, frame geometry, weight, components

    Cons
    stock grips, some chain slap

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  • *****

    This is the best full sus that I have ridden I have tested nearly every brand and the fuel is a fantastic bike it allowed me to get rid of my hardtail and just have one bike does it all

    Pros
    Drcv fork and shock great for small bump control also really good weight for value for money

    Cons
    Haven't found any yet

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  • daveeaves
    ***

    I got a Trek EX8 as a warranty replacement for a Gary Fisher HiFi where the rear swingarm snapped. At first I thought this was a great deal because I got a new bike, but after the first ride I was really dissapointed. The EX8 is just very boring. I am also not a fan of the looks. I know someone else with one who loves it though so personal choice I guess

    Pros
    Good fork, it was free

    Cons
    Just never got on with the bike, dont like the looks

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  • dozzerboy
    ****

    Borrowed this bike from a friend for about 5-6 rides and enjoyed the time I spent with it. The Faux bar rear end keeps good traction over a variety of terrain and the frame doesnt weigh a ton. Bearings are easy to replace and the frame allows you to swap out parts and easily upgrade as parts wear out.

    Pros
    Bomb proof frame. Decent drivetrain components (espcially RD). Frame still holds it's own against other newer designed Trail bikes after 5 years.

    Cons
    Crummy stock brakes. A little pdeal bob when up and mashing.

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  • treky92
    ****

    I like this bike a lot for the time I have spent on it. It is made for a more technical trail rather than speed. It has a little pedal bob still but it is not made as a XC bike. Take it on a technical trail and it will shine.

    Pros
    DRCV suspension, quick handling, 120 mm of suspension, solid frame

    Cons
    none

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  • dozzerboy
    ****

    The 2008 I had access to was a fun trail bike but wouldn't make me want to get rid of my 100mm XC ride or my 150mm AM ride. The newer models fix the pedal bob issues and the componentry gets a noticeable upgrade as well. You'll love the newer models. As for a 2008...at the right price you may love it as well.

    Pros
    Faux bar suspension works relatively headache free. Easy to maintain this bike.

    Cons
    Still a bit of pedal bob when completely smashing it out of the saddle. The old components are outdated compared to newer bikes and the difference in suspension from newer models to this old one is very noticable.

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  • DutchNinja
    *****

    I would highly recommend this bike. It flys through turns and grips on really rough terrain. I am extremely happy with it.
    The long handlebar is taking some getting used to, especially in narrow gaps. I may cut it down, but I am going to give it a chance.
    Also, the grips could be a bit better, but that is a quick, cheap fix.

    Pros
    Nimble, smooth, quality

    Cons
    No cons, just preferences.

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  • GTXC4
    *****

    One word... PROVEN! Amazing bike, so glad that I got this one. It was calling my name for months. Love getting after it on this, really using the suspension. I ride hard and this hasn't let me down at all. I love still having the 3X10 drivetrain. Shifts great and just a real solid bike. Gains momentum real quick. I would recommend this to anyone. I was going to get a 29er until I was passing them and this is more agile anyway. Love it. Takes the mountains great! Lastly, a great value for what you are getting. Enjoy and take care.

    Pros
    Everything but saddle. Great suspension, smooth shifting, excellent brakes, solid frame.

    Cons
    Seat is a little hard, but then again I'm out of the saddle half of the time at least.

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  • summtbgai
    *****

    I"ve been riding this bike for three years now. I love it. I'm 6'2" and 210lbs and I ride a 19.5"/XL frame. I recommend upgrading to X9 trigger shifters and X9 long cage rear derailleur! Night and day improvement in shifting. I run a 2.3 Weirwolf up front and 2.2 Wolverine in back. Soften up the suspension and run low pressure (35psi) in the tires. Handles like a dream.

    I was lucky enough to win a recent ebay auction for a brand new, never built 2012 FEX 9.7 carbon frame. I got a smokin deal on it and a pair of Haven 15mm/124mm wheels and a new Fox 32 Float 130 RLC fork. Swap it out and I'm off for another 3 years! I may keep the old frameset and build up a backup/winter bike. Why not have two Fuel Exes?!

    Pros
    Excellent suspension, strong frame, easily upgradable, climbs very well, and chews up anything you throw at it.

    Cons
    Horrible color option (black, white, gold), cheap arse stock tires, the stock Shimano cranks flex like wet noodles.

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