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Hi guys,

 

I am new to the forum so I hope I post my question under the right category.

 

I am thinking of buying a Treck Fuel EX 9 (2009 same model as this one)

 

He wants R9000 for it. It is in pretty good conditions.

 

What do you think? I have never tested this bike, does anybody have one?

 

Thanks in advance for your precious advises.

 

Cheers,

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Fuel Ex won mtb of the year award in "what mtb" a few years ago. Great bike, handles superbly but depending on the spec details and wear of items might be a bargain or not....

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Check the fork and shock for wear (discoloured/marked stanchions, perished/worn/damaged rubbers). Check for cracks on the frame and swing arm (the first time my dual suspension frame failed you could barely even see the crack, you could just slip your finger nail into it and it was on the underside of the swingarm). Ask the guy to let some air out of the rear shock and test how the suspension feels while you cycle it up and down through its range of movement. It should be smooth and not notchy. And check for play on the shock itself.

 

You can replace items such as cassette, chain, chainrings, brake pads without breaking the bank (too much!) but the forks and frame can be costly to service/replace if they have not been given attention and love over the years!

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Hi guys,

 

I am new to the forum so I hope I post my question under the right category.

 

I am thinking of buying a Treck Fuel EX 9 (2009 same model as this one)

 

He wants R9000 for it. It is in pretty good conditions.

 

What do you think? I have never tested this bike, does anybody have one?

 

Thanks in advance for your precious advises.

 

Cheers,

don't listen to the 26" naysayer. nothing wrong with 26' unless all you are going to ride is dirt roads.
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Hi guys,

 

Thank you very much for all your valuable replies! @cav' it is a Trek, sorry about the spelling mistake.

 

I am 173cm and the frame is a 17.5 medium 26er which I am happy with. What do you think? I have a Titus Racer X small frame 26er at the moment and I like it, I feel medium 17.5 would work.

 

I will make sure the condition of the bike is great, check for cracks, test the suspensions etc as you kindly advised.

 

Cheers guys,

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Hi guys,

 

Thank you very much for all your valuable replies! @cav' it is a Trek, sorry about the spelling mistake.

 

I am 173cm and the frame is a 17.5 medium 26er which I am happy with. What do you think? I have a Titus Racer X small frame 26er at the moment and I like it, I feel medium 17.5 would work.

 

I will make sure the condition of the bike is great, check for cracks, test the suspensions etc as you kindly advised.

 

Cheers guys,

Medium should be perfect for you. Enjoy :thumbup:

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Hi guys,

 

Thank you very much for all your valuable replies! @cav' it is a Trek, sorry about the spelling mistake.

 

I am 173cm and the frame is a 17.5 medium 26er which I am happy with. What do you think? I have a Titus Racer X small frame 26er at the moment and I like it, I feel medium 17.5 would work.

 

I will make sure the condition of the bike is great, check for cracks, test the suspensions etc as you kindly advised.

 

Cheers guys,

 

See if you can get a bike shop to check it out for you before buying. Pay R200-odd for this (price of a mini-service) for piece of mind.

 

Oh, and welcome to the hub.

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don't listen to the 26" naysayer. nothing wrong with 26' unless all you are going to ride is dirt roads.

 

Yea, if you wanna ride tar, get a 29er.

If you wanna ride jeeptrack, get a 29er.

If you wanna ride singletrack, get a 29er.

If you wanna ride trails, get a 29ee.

 

But if you wanna ride dirt roads, get a 26er :huh:

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