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2010 Trek EX8 - more expensive but upgraded

boz64boz64 Posts: 81
edited September 2009 in MTB general
Hello people

Ok, the EX8 is gonna cost an extra 250 hard-earned notes in 2010. For this extra dosh Trek seem to have upgraded the crankset to an XT item, upgraded the brakes to Avid Elixir, added the tapered E2 headset and reduced the travel to 120mm. No sign of a thru-axle for the EX8 tho according to the website - http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain_full_suspension/fuel_ex/fuelex8e/

Any opinions on whether all this is worth the increase in price? Esp when there are some retailers out there still doing the 09 model for less than 1600 quid.

Also, does anyone know anything more about the thru-axle situation... I thought EX8 was getting one for 2010?

Cheers
Boz
Liverpool Mercury CC

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  • scale20scale20 Posts: 1,300
    We looked at the treks as a new bike for another half but could'nt believe the price hike for 2010 so totaly sacked the Idea.

    You will pck up an 09 EX8 cheap look here. http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/trek_ ... black.html

    I had an 08 Ex9 and it was a lovely bike.
    Niner Air 9 Rigid
    Whyte 129S 29er.
  • I try to avert my eyes when I see the price decrease :(

    Upgraded brakes are a welcome change. Can't see what adding XT crankset will acheive to be honest, and as for the price hike.
  • boz64boz64 Posts: 81
    Couldn't resist the lure of an '09 EX8 for £1575... saved myself 425 quid over the 2010 model. The spec changes for '10 ain't worth that much!!

    Very excited aboout picking the bike up and taking it for its maiden ride! :lol:
    Liverpool Mercury CC
  • scale20scale20 Posts: 1,300
    Happy days. Where did you get it from?
    Niner Air 9 Rigid
    Whyte 129S 29er.
  • boz64boz64 Posts: 81
    Got it from JE James in Sheffield. Ordered the black/white... but just got a message from them to say they've cocked up and only have rootbeer in my size! grrrrrr :x
    Liverpool Mercury CC
  • scale20scale20 Posts: 1,300
    Thats still a nice colour. Seen it in the flesh.
    Niner Air 9 Rigid
    Whyte 129S 29er.
  • GHillGHill Posts: 2,402
    The Ex8 actually got a price cut on this side of the pond, by around $400.

    In fact, reductions for pretty much all the Trek and Specialized ranges.
  • Hey,
    rootbeer is cool man
    check it out 8)
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    ole ginger b*ll*cks / the ginger ninja
  • boz64boz64 Posts: 81
    GHill wrote:
    The Ex8 actually got a price cut on this side of the pond, by around $400.

    In fact, reductions for pretty much all the Trek and Specialized ranges.

    That makes the price hike here in the UK even more difficult to swallow. So you're talking a price differential of around 500 or 600 quid between UK and US! That surely can't be blamed on exchange rates!

    Don't get me wrong guys, root beer does look cool... the first ex8 i ever saw (late in 08 i guess) was rootbeer and i loved it. But IMHO its a bit of a "fashion" colour and in a couple of years it will most certainly be out of fashion. But then again, I'm buying the bike to ride and not to make a fashion statement! lol! Still think the black looks better 8)

    trekhead - are you running a thru axle there on your front sus?
    Liverpool Mercury CC
  • no it`s the standard QR split skewer that comes with the Crank Brothers wheels
    ole ginger b*ll*cks / the ginger ninja
  • Hi guys,

    I own a Trek fuel ex 8 2010, have been on 2 rides with it so far, its a great bike and looks good in my choice of pearl white but you're all correct that the price increase doesnt really give you that much, on chain reaction cycles for example the price difference of the elixir 5 and the juicy 5 brakes is something like 20 quid, bit daft but i'm very happy with mine, maybe it'll be that bit more unique if people are put off by the increase in price :D
  • boz64boz64 Posts: 81
    edited September 2009
    Picked up my EX8 on Friday and took it for a ride on Sat up at Llandegla. I'm very impressed by the bike... it soooo fast! handles beautifully too. The suspension seemed a lttle harsh, especially the front, but i guess everything just needs to bed in.

    The tyres are definitely fast-rolling but I have to say I didn't feel overly confident on them... probably because of all the reviews and comments I've read saying they are rubbish! They seemed to work reasonably well on Sat as the conditions were basically dry and hard-packed. There were a few occasions when they nearly let go tho. I think an upgrade to Nevegals or Mtn Kings will sort it.

    I'm even growing to like the rootbeer colour too... don't seem to be as many around as the black ones!

    One interesting thing... I only realised when I got home that J E James hadn't put on the Crank Brothers pedals that apparently come with the bike! Whether it's a genuine oversight or they're being a bit naughty, I don't know. I'm calling them tomorrow to sort out the first service on the bike so will mention it then.
    Liverpool Mercury CC
  • Really glad you like the bike. I swapped tyres pretty quick. Mine didn`t have CB pedals on either, I just picked some off the shelf in the shop that supplied it.

    Enjoy :lol: 8)
    ole ginger b*ll*cks / the ginger ninja
  • trekhead wrote:
    Really glad you like the bike. I swapped tyres pretty quick. Mine didn`t have CB pedals on either, I just picked some off the shelf in the shop that supplied it.

    Enjoy :lol: 8)

    I have the black and gold and love the bike, what tyres have you switched to Im going to change mine, was thinking of Kenda Nevegals ?
  • The time of year I got mine, I put Bontrager Mud-x front and rear, at the moment I`m running Conti Verticals
    ole ginger b*ll*cks / the ginger ninja
  • steelosteelo Posts: 542
    One thiing i'd say you need to watch out for on the '09 EX8 is that the larger sizes - 19.5" upwards use a 185mm rotor on the rear, the smaller sizes use a 160mm. The larger rotor is very likely to hit the chainstay when re-fitting the rear wheel so make sure you put some frame protecting tape there before its too late. I'm actually fitting a 160mm rotor to mine (19.5") due to other issues with the larger rotor but will be killing 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak.

    Damn fine bike though, chuffed to bits with mine!
    Specialized Rockhopper '07
    Trek Fuel EX8 '09
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