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Trek Fuel ex 9, should I buy?
#1
Hello, after the misery of last Friday and my bike going missing, im thinking of buying a second hand Trek Fuel Ex 9 2007/2008. I have been looking around at what to buy, basically I want to get back out on a bike quickly and with spending little amounts of money but still get a decent bike (dont we all). As I have not budgeted for losing the bike and getting a new one im thinking second hand is the way forward.

So question is would you buy one if you manly ride cross country and also what do I look for on the test ride?

Any advice, opinions or comments most welcome

Thanks

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#2
Whats your budget etc ? Some great bargains to be had second hand !
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#3
take somebody with you who knows what to look for and who will also be able to give you an unbiased honest opinion.
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#4
not a bad idea on indepandent advice as dont want to rush into it.


budget wise - it is hard as the bike I have seen is up for £750 but with the whole 0% finance deals about you can pay £1500 and pay back over 12 months which is intresting. But am menat to be saving for deposit for house so limited funds.

Thanks for advice as always
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"No Maintenance" Wrote:not a bad idea on indepandent advice as dont want to rush into it.


budget wise - it is hard as the bike I have seen is up for £750 but with the whole 0% finance deals about you can pay £1500 and pay back over 12 months which is intresting. But am menat to be saving for deposit for house so limited funds.

Thanks for advice as always

What size are you looking for ?
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#6
The 07 or 08 ones had problems with snapping at the seat stays. If its new I would definitely say yes, they are extremely good.
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#7
I was looking at size of about 19", the Trek i have seen is 19.5" so perfect size.

This snapping of seat scares me a bit, it would be second hand if I was to buy it so guess I had better check that area out closely. Thanks for tip.
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#8
Hi

I'd pass on buying a bike that old unless you knew the owner well & knew it had a good lot of TLC in its life & the history.  

If its a XC FS your after what about a boardman team or the KHSXC604 got a great review for £800 in WMB this month <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/xc-604-08-32169">http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 4-08-32169</a><!-- m -->
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#9
CRC have some Iron Horse FS bikes at a great price too.

Do you work for a company that offers or could be persuaded to participate in the cycle to work scheme?
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&quot;dgw15&quot; Wrote:Hi

I'd pass on buying a bike that old unless you knew the owner well & knew it had a good lot of TLC in its life & the history.  

If its a XC FS your after what about a boardman team or the KHSXC604 got a great review for £800 in WMB this month <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/xc-604-08-32169">http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 4-08-32169</a><!-- m -->

That link is to the 08 model, the model from WMB is this one http://www.khsbikes.co.uk/bikes#XC604, "best full sus under £1000" the price is cheap because it is online only and direct from holland. I know all this cos was looking at it yesterday. Can't say I had really heard of KHS before I saw this months WMB.
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