This bike is my baby. I own the 2006 edition of the Fuel EX9. The new features of the 2008 model â€“ the Active Braking Pivot (ABP), Full Floater, and EVO Link â€“ offer a huge step-up in performance.
My 2006 EX9 is a medium size 17.5 inch, but I demoed the new 18.5 size because itâ€™s all they had available (Trek was a popular booth both days at Interbike.) This new size is perfect for me. The geometry has changed quite a bit since 2006. I only got a few good turns and drops in on the 2008 EX9, but it was enough to keep me smiling. I didnâ€™t want to spend all my time on Trek at Interbike since the Ride the Best Tour will be in Phoenix next month and I can ride to my hearts content at South Mountain.
For what I rode, I really enjoyed the new technology. Trail 3 was a short spot of twisted burmed downhill, so I really got to feel the ABP technology in action. It felt smooth around every corner, every bump, every rock. I got the most out of the suspension. It felt like my 2006 Fuel on suspension steroids. No complaints at all. I wish Trek would take trade-ins.
Iâ€™ll give the EX9 another spin in a few weeks and write up a more detailed report. Maybe the new Remedy they unveiled at Interbike will be at the demo?? Iâ€™d like to see how it handles riding down Mormon, Geronimo or Holbert. Till then.