Bummer. That didn't take long.
The Fuel has had a hard life of being ridden a lot and not being a garage ornament like so many mountain bikes. I bought it shiney and new last year and despite a bunch of new goodies, I guess it wasn't enough. I broke the swingarm sometime recently, perhaps at Moab. Sigh...I'll take it to a Trek dealer tomorrow and hopefully get it warrentied.
Scott and I found the crack while we were tearing apart the Fuels tonight from the destruction of Moab. Lots of sand and water in every crevice. We tore both of them down to bare frames and now it's time for the offseason rebuild with new parts and fresh grease. Toasted about 4 sets of brake pads, 1 rotor, 1 headset, 2 chains, wheel bearings, a swingarm and who knows what else. We'll see what else I find as I begin to put them back together. It was still a pretty fun night!
While the Fuel is being repaired I'll be back on the good old singlespeed and Scott will be on his 1x8. I put the 18 tooth cog back on to revisit the 2:1 ratio for better training. By removing an extra unneeded spacer I fixed the problem of the lockring rubbing on the tugnutt. I also repaired the sidewall in the racing ralph I sliced in July at the E12 and mounted both wheels up DIY tubeless. I rode it to work today and it felt great. Just a couple weeks more of rest and recovery and I'll be back to training. I can't wait!