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    Trek Fuel Ex9 Riding

    Today I tested out the Fuel EX8 down sweet 16, BCBG mopac to lost creek, and up hill of death and some of the jedi trails. The bike feels good on downhill straights and in gnarly rock gardens and soaks up the rocks nicely. On cornering at any speed it always felt like the bike wanted to keep going straight and i rubbed elbows with the trees on the outside corners everywhere. With climbing, I could not keep the front wheel on the ground. Im trying to find a bike that will make it easy to ride all the above mentioned trails up and down, that is still comfortable. Im not crazy about the hunched over feel of most XC bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidmartinek View Post
    Today I tested out the Fuel EX8 ... The bike feels good on downhill straights and in gnarly rock gardens and soaks up the rocks nicely. On cornering at any speed it always felt like the bike wanted to keep going straight and i rubbed elbows with the trees on the outside corners everywhere. With climbing, I could not keep the front wheel on the ground. Im trying to find a bike that will make it easy to ride all the above mentioned trails up and down, that is still comfortable. Im not crazy about the hunched over feel of most XC bikes.
    My advice is to try *several* other bikes before you decide.

    I did and bought the 2008 Fuel EX8. I also felt like the bike didn't want to turn. So I started leaning it more. It cornered REAL well then. The harder and faster I pushed it the better it reacted. I finally found the limit - I'm still not sure if the limit was its or mine. I have changed the tires and I've backed it down some. The bike still amazes me how much more capable it is than I am. YMMV. You may be a much better rider than me.

    I actually like the light front wheel on climbs. Helps the front wheel go over obsticles rather than stopping on them. But then my biggest problem on climbs it getting my weight too far forward (left over from motocross days). The bike won't climb when the rear wheel spins.

    Like I said above - try lots of different bikes before you decide what is best for you. My brother doesn't like my bike. Says it feels heavy and slow. Yes, he is MUCH faster than me.

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    I rode both the EX8 and a Stumpjumper on most of the same trails you named. Ended up buying a Stumpjumper. Just as good coming down without the tendency for wheel lift while climbing.

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