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  • Robert Muller
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 7:
    *****

    PURCHASE THE 2020 and FEEL THE GNAR!

    Pros
    Gold Fork, Rear Susp, Frame, Versatility

    Cons
    Brakes can be a bit sharper in cold weather

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  • Db9091
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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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  • Chris Chirco
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 5:
    **

    I picked this bike up at the end of February 2017 and absolutely loved it right away. Mind you, I was coming off a Weyless SP (Supergo's Heckler knockoff) that I rode into the ground over 11 years. It climbs well, is fast downhill and feel very stable. With Trek owning Bontrager, this bike comes pretty well equipped out of the box with many Bontrager components. However, this may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Five months into owning this bike, I have blown up 2 rear hubs (Bontager Alloy Boost 148 hubs). I have NEVER in over 25 years of riding blown up a hub, and I've made a hobby out of building bikes with low to mid-range parts. At 44 years old, I am not launching anything, not hucking the bike off 20 foot drops - pretty much just your standard cross country, New England single track. I'm currently waiting for my 3rd wheel to be delivered to my LBS from Trek (under warranty).

    Also, the stock cassette is junk (Shimano HG 50). I bent two in the span of 2 weeks, which again, was a first for me. I've never bent a cassette. After the 2nd time, my LBS offered me to pay the difference on an upgrade to a better SRAM cassette and I haven't had a problem since. I've since heard of one other person having this problem on the 2018 version of this bike as well.

    Another issue I've had with this bike is that almost every pivot has come loose at one time or another. The main pivot just below the seat stay was the first one. After that came loose on me a couple times I took it out and applied some locktite. Since then I brought into the shop to have them put locktite on the rest of the bolts and it hasn't been an issue since. I was riding with someone a couple weeks back that had the exact same bike as me and had only ridden it a couple times and said the bike felt like it had a weird rattle. I told him I knew exactly what it was, and sure enough that main pivot under the seat stay was loose. Seem like this might be an issue for Trek.

    I realize in this day in age of mountain biking, this is considered a lower end bike and that I'd be upgrading parts over time. However, I'm still in the mindset that $2,300 is a decent chunk of change, and I assumed that I'd get at least a year out of this bike before I had any major issues. I guess they don't make components like they used to.

    Would have been 3 stars, but Trek has been great on quickly taking care of replacing the broken parts under warranty.

    UPDATE! Picked up my 3rd wheel from the shop after breaking 2 rear hubs, went for a ride and noticed that the FRONT hub is junk! I'm SO SICK of bringing this thing into the shop to be fixed!!! Very disappointed in Trek's choice of components on this bike and it will most likely be my last Trek.

    Pros
    Great handling, Climbs nice, fairly well equipped stock, Great customer service from Trek, comes with Tubeless kit

    Cons
    Some BAD stock components,
    Pivots all loosen and need to be tightened

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  • C Deuter
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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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  • Bendr
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 9 29:
    *****

    Highly reccomended for anyone looking for a high-end, mid-level all-around bike who doesnt want to shell out the money for carbon.

    Pros
    Switched to this as my first full squish bike. this thing is a smooth as butter and glides down trails. my riding immediately improved, i'm riding trails much faster and with way more confidence.

    Cons
    I have no real complaints. I love this bike!

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  • MyAllegory
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 7:
    *****

    Love the bike. Its light and the shock system used on the 2014 model allows the bike to flow at speeds down ruff trails.

    Pros
    Handling
    Fox Forks
    Cable Management
    Weight
    Balance

    Cons
    I really dont know if I have anything bad to say about this bike. This is my first upgrade to a bike of this caliber. My only gripe would be there are no numbers on the gear levers, I know amateur right.

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  • Angel K
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 9:
    ****

    Good, versatile bike.Would definitely upgrade the seat and grips. Wasn't blown away, though I was expecting to be. Maybe my expectation was too high, but this isn't the bike for me.

    Pros
    Fox float suspension lockout option for short climbs. Good suspension. Solid brakes and decent tires.

    Cons
    Uncomfortable seat while on my sit bones. Overall bike geometry felt off, seemed squished and pushed forward even though I'm 5'7" and rode the Medium frame at 17" which is usually about right for me. Seat tube length was also a little on the short side and had to lengthen the seat post. Okay grips.

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  • jjkather
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 7:
    ****

    This bike has a different frame than the 8 or 9. They have boost 148/110 and this does not. If that is not a concern of yours then for the money this seems to be a good bike

    Pros
    Good entry level full suspension bike

    Cons
    Many parts are not up to the stress of a 250 lb rider

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  • No1InParticular
    ***

    A great bike for those who might be racing often but also want a more capable trail bike, but overall the bike feels a little slow for the price

    Pros
    Light carbon frame, active and cooperative suspension, reliable groupset

    Cons
    Wheels are heavy and not very durable, 3x10 drivetrain feels clunky and antiquated, so price is high for what you're getting

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  • rottshower2
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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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  • JTDavis
    *****

    If you have the money to spare, and by spare I mean all the bills are paid and food in some of the cabinets, I would buy this bike. I would recommend this carbon queen for any one who is looking to shred any trail out there, the long distance rider who wants to take pole position and/or anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.

    Pros
    - Lightweight (~26lbs, Carbon)
    - High end, super responsive shifters and derailleurs (Shimano XTR, XTR Shadow Plus)
    - Fox's new Float 34 is incredibly responsive and fluid, eats everything even on semi-lock
    - Wider wheels which means more contact for the 29x2.30" tread
    - Combination of wheels and suspension provide a near smooth ride for all terrains
    - Hydraulic Brakes are phenomenal (XTR Trail) combination with ABP in the rear, which keeps the rear suspension alive when braking is flawless, no loss in fluidity.
    - DT Swiss wheels and paint scheme make this thing beautiful.
    - Uphills don't exist and downhills become conquered effortlessly

    Cons
    It is pricey for the carbon frame, $8,400, but still less than other competitive bikes. Aluminum frame is only a couple pounds heavier.

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  • DVC
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 9 29:
    *****

    This is an excellent bike overall - the many favorable reviews are right on target in terms of its abilities - climbing like an XC race bike, and descending like a true AM bike. This bike, as spec'd out of the box, is an exceptional trail machine!

    Pros
    Amazing rear shock - the RE:aktiv damper tuning is incredibly effective at providing both small bump compliance, and a firm pedaling platform;
    Nimble handling, and feels light while powering up challenging climbs;
    Sram X1 1x11 drivetrain is great - it has all the gears you need, is light and easy to maintain, and the shifts are crisp and precise;
    XT brakes are fantastic... great feel, noise-free, and plenty of stopping power;
    Rockshox Reverb dropper seat post is a great feature at this price point

    Cons
    Fox 32 front fork does not perform well enough to be a proper "match" with the exceptional rear shock

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  • AdamFromTampa
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

    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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  • jclloyd
    *****

    Definitely a great bike with best bang for your buck. Would recommend setting up tubeless ASAP

    Pros
    Very durable bike that can handle about anything. Great, quick handling with the 27.5 wheels. Very good stock components for the money. Tubeless ready wheels and tires.

    Cons
    Would upgrade to Shimano crank

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  • Loftop
    Reviewing Trek Fuel EX 8:
    *****

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

    Pros
    Speed, handling, suspension.

    Cons
    None

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