New Bike Day, Fuel EXE

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Well this is gonna be different. Have a Trek Rail 9.7 and sold the Powerfly HT to one of my kids. I stripped a few upgrades off the HT before my kid stole it.

I installed those things onto the new Fuel EXE.
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Added the tires, seat, grips, bar, peddles to keep the feel similar to the Rail without losing that new bike smell. Ride Wrap arrives tomorrow so a test ride will wait until the rain stops.

What’s that you say? Future upgrades?
Magura MT7’s, Raceface ERA 160mm cranks, AXS Reverb dropper, Wheels (still deciding).
 

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Noice!

What make is the faux top tube?
or cheaper and probably just as good I use the one from Halfords. Cost £22. I bought it just to try and it is now my goto way to hang all my bikes from a bike stand. The only real limitation is if you want to work on the headset but for all other work it is just so quick, easy and stable. I have 2 Whyte EMTBs in size large and my wifes Cube hardtail in small and all fit just as easily.
 

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Thanks Steve.
I’ll install the Ride Wrap before the inaugural ride.
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This sh*t is so labour intensive. I can’t imagine paying a LBS to do this. 90% done…but then it’s suppose to dry for 24hrs.
 

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Well this is gonna be different. Have a Trek Rail 9.7 and sold the Powerfly HT to one of my kids. I stripped a few upgrades off the HT before my kid stole it.

I installed those things onto the new Fuel EXE. View attachment 133632
Added the tires, seat, grips, bar, peddles to keep the feel similar to the Rail without losing that new bike smell. Ride Wrap arrives tomorrow so a test ride will wait until the rain stops.

What’s that you say? Future upgrades?
Magura MT7’s, Raceface ERA 160mm cranks, AXS Reverb dropper, Wheels (still deciding).
am Magura fan. Have them on the "analog bike". I put on a oneup 150 dropper on my Trek Fuel Small exe 9.8 because the 100 was ridicu9lously short and the drop was pointless..
 

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i’m replacing the brakes on my 9.8 gx axs with trd evo dh brakes. it’s probably over kill but unfortunately i just did the same to my 2019 commencal meta power and yes the bike weight is another 20 lbs but omg it’s now tap tap tap and my hands aren’t cramping. yes i’m just a coward who uses brakes. also put on 2.6 assegias instead of the bontrager. immediate improvement on norcal trails.
next is a new seat instead of the hard slab that came with the bike.
i bought the range extender but its heavy and i will only use if ride requires it.
 

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am Magura fan. Have them on the "analog bike". I put on a oneup 150 dropper on my Trek Fuel Small exe 9.8 because the 100 was ridicu9lously short and the drop was pointless..
Yup, I feel your pain…in the but…

My medium Fuel came with the 150mm dropper but asked them to change that to a 170mm. (That cost me though). I now have a 150mm Bontrager dropper collecting dust, until someone breaks theirs.

I would’ve liked the carbon frame but the cost-jump was significant. I’ll eventually throw some upgrades at it instead.
 

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Yup, I feel your pain…in the but…

My medium Fuel came with the 150mm dropper but asked them to change that to a 170mm. (That cost me though). I now have a 150mm Bontrager dropper collecting dust, until someone breaks theirs.

I would’ve liked the carbon frame but the cost-jump was significant. I’ll eventually throw some upgrades at it instead.
IMO you've done the right thing getting the alloy frame. And yes, a 170 dropper is a must, 150 is plain silly when a 170 will fit.

As for the Invisiframe, fitting it boring but once done you'll be good (patience is what runs short).
 

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IMO you've done the right thing getting the alloy frame. And yes, a 170 dropper is a must, 150 is plain silly when a 170 will fit.

As for the Invisiframe, fitting it boring but once done you'll be good (patience is what runs short).
Thank gawd I’m done now. Left a few ride wrap pieces out but I’ll never get a scratch on that shock-pivot-thingy…right? I hope 🤞.

I’m very happy with the alloy frame 👍🏻.
Let things dry now…test ride tomorrow. 😥
 

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Thank gawd I’m done now. Left a few ride wrap pieces out but I’ll never get a scratch on that shock-pivot-thingy…right? I hope 🤞.

I’m very happy with the alloy frame 👍🏻.
Let things dry now…test ride tomorrow. 😥
God job! How are the trails on Burke? Can you get to Six and Red R?
 

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Oh yes, right up to Mental Floss. Not above that though. Trails are in pretty good condition considering all the rain. Just the odd blow-down tree.
 

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I’ll tune in the suspension on the lower trails (GreenBastard, Fluid, hustler etc. then head up till my legs fall off.
suppose to be nice weather for a while.
 

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did you use the trek set up calculator? i’m 175 and so i set it at 187 lbs. front lyrik 99 and rear 187. i was at 50/150 so yes it was a bit too soft. i set it at 90/180. i bet i’ll drop it a bit.
 

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did you use the trek set up calculator? i’m 175 and so i set it at 187 lbs. front lyrik 99 and rear 187. i was at 50/150 so yes it was a bit too soft. i set it at 90/180. i bet i’ll drop it a bit.
I think the fork is ok. But the shock….really stiff. Haven’t checked the psi yet.

Fox 36 and Fox Float X. Never tried those before.
 

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First (real) Ride with the Fuel EXE.

The Climb.
I can usually ride to the entrance of our trails on Burke Mountain in about three minutes. This new bike took me 5+ minutes. The power was underwhelming …but I hadn’t setup the assist modes yet (eco, medium, high.) I continued the climb anyways and I’d make some adjustments to the power assist in the app once I reach an upper landing.

Once I reached the landing, motor adjustments were simple. Most levels were low assist or default settings. I changed everything to where I might like it. The assist delay level was too low for my liking …I changed that to 90%. That gave me a faster response …but not a rocket start. It also stopped the jerking motion or studdering feeling while I was under power. A few more rides and I’ll get the sweet spot.

Down Hill.
I dove into several trails after a long uphill ride. Holy Crap! This is not your father’s bike! Two trails and only two dabs. The berms and drops on the other trails were easier and probably faster. I think it was the lighter weight of the bike that allowed me “whip” around corners a little faster.

The brakes are gonna take some getting use to. These aren’t Magura MT7’s. (Soon). The shifting was amazing. Power through it…no clunking …totally smooth. What a quiet bike! I could hear my tires against the pebbles. And the birds are chirping.…and…😉


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irie

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First (real) Ride with the Fuel EXE..

The brakes are gonna take some getting use to. These aren’t Magura MT7’s. (Soon).
From what I've read the sooner you replace the stock brakes the better. Lovely bike, and really envy your dry conditions compared to what we currently have.
 

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