Trek Fuel EX 29 29er Full Suspension
|MSRP : $2499.00|
-All the awesomeness of Fuel EX, now in a 29er version
-ABP keeps your suspension active while you’re on the brakes
-DRCV shock gives you smooth, predictable all-terrain control
-Trail-optimized G2 29er geometry is fast, agile, confident
Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, press fit BB, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, down tube guard, G2 Geometry, 120mm travel
Fox Evolution Series 32 Float w/CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, E2 tapered steerer, 15QR thru axle, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 120mm travel
Fox Evolution Series Float w/DRCV, CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, tuned by Trek in California, 7.25×1.875"
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Date Reviewed: April 4, 2014
Strengths: great value for money
stock tires are good for dry to slightly damp conditions
Shimano SLX plus derailleur (no chainslap)
colour scheme (allthough at first I wasn't impressed by it)
up till now the bontrager duster wheels hold up really good
BIG WHEELS just keep on rolling!
Weaknesses: really DO NOT like the CTD up front(works well in trail setting)
handlebars(but that is a personal choice)
stock brake rotors tend to disform at hard braking into corners
No X12 x 142 rear-axle
My main use of it is a lot of XC (can't say all-mountain because off the lack of mountains in the Netherlands),some small bikepark use and back and forward on tarmac.
Suspension set-up is easy with the fox/trek calculator and after finetuning it a bit I find myself running only trail setting.Found the descent-setting a little to light for my kind of riding.Still miss the easy tuning of the compression damping like I had with my Lyrik.Feels like the Fox evolution 32 fork blows through the 120 mm off suspension with ease allthough it beiing setup as recommended.Actually.I now got 5 psi more into it.Rides better
The big wheels really roll over all the small bumps and in combination with the right suspension set-up the bike rolls over anything.
Handling is friendly when you understand that there is a lit bit more power and body movement needed to get the bike to do do what you want.This is due to the larger wheels and therefor the larger rotating mass.
The rear-suspension works really well and feels butterly smooth.
I am NOT a true XC-racer but All-mountain would be a lie.
This really is a XC+ bike.Not a raceXC. If you're not into racing and also not into jumping or big-mountain riding but just want to have fun on your bike and get around with ease this is the right bike for you.Peddling is easy and it really holds speed.
Duration Product Used: 7 months
Price Paid: $2300.00
Purchased At: fietsshop uitgeest,N
Similar Products Used: none,came from a Banshee Rune V1.0,GT I-drive 1.0
Bike Setup: stock but chanced the stem and handlebars cause i just couldn't get used to the feel of it.Now running a Truvativ AKA stem 80 mm and a Truvativ boobars 740 mm.Got a RS Reverb on it as well and running only 32/22 up front.
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2014
Strengths: well spec'd bike, solid handling, DRCV shock w/full floater linkage- abp rear brake. Great FOX suspension, die hard slx/xt drivetrain, xr3 tires, affintity saddle, dropper post ready. super refined aluminum frame.
Weaknesses: cockpit is short- needs longer stem- abp loosens easily- would like 34mm stanchion fork.
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2014
Strengths: Shimano SLX brakes, XT shadow plus RD, rear suspension efficiency, ABP, DRCV, tubeless ready
Weaknesses: Front fork, CTD setup, heavy flimsy duster wheels, XR3 expert tires, average weight
CONS: I set up the suspension according to Trek's recommendations for my weight and did not mess with it at all. The front fork has a lot of braking dive in trail mode, and comes close to bottoming out under normal riding when in descend mode. The fork does not feel particularly smooth through the travel BUT the seals are bomb-proof so far. It seems like this fork is not as high performance as other forks in the price range, but it is very durable. Fox's climb trail descend setup is a good idea, but can be a pain in the butt to reach down and switch while riding. I keep the suspension in trail mode for everything besides road riding & gravel trails because trail mode is very efficient and descend mode bottoms out very quickly. I taco'd my rear wheel on the second ride after landing hard on a rock. I do not have enough experience with 29er wheels to say whether another brand would have survived the impact, but it just kind of ticked me off. The XR3 tires have a great tread pattern, but the expert level compound is not very durable. After about 150 miles of normal Pennsylvania riding, the rear tire had 4 separate cuts showing threads, so I replaced it with an XR3 team level tire. I guess the higher thread count made a big difference because I have put twice the miles on the same trails without a problem. My 19.5 comes in around 28-29 lbs which is not particularly impressive for this price point.
OVERALL: It is a fun, efficient, and sensible trail bike.
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: December 20, 2013
Strengths: Compared to other bikes in the same price range, this is a great bike. Suspension works like a charm, I like Shimano parts all around with proper size rotors for a trail bike.
Weaknesses: Stem feels thin, Fox DRCV shock leaks a lot of oil, although no issues, just never had a fox shock do that.
That is where I saw the light after my first ride. On top of that the price was right! Before the bike left the store had them swap the wheels, tires, rotors for my King/Crest wheelset, tubeless with Specialized ground control 2.1 tires. Changed the saddle, post, stem, handlebars and crank. Dropped that weight down to 27lbs. with XT pedals. Not the lightest, put light enough to accomplish any trail ride.
Suspension tracks really well, surprised the hell out of me. Both braking and climbing, got my A+ on Trek's ABP technology. Using the trail settings on both front and rear suspension. Combination of 29er wheels and 120mm just smooths out trail clutter.
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2013
Strengths: Weight, Shocks, Brakes, rear derailleur, price.
I did not think I would like the 140mm travel, but have not noticed the pedal bob that I thought I might get, and never use the lockout on either shock. I have noticed that the bike eats up obstacles and just keeps rolling without much loss in speed. I am much faster on this bike than on my other full suspensions, and faster than the 29er hard tail I have.
The brakes are top notch. I have changed from 2 fingers on the brake lever to only one finger on the brakes which helps with technical descents.
The handle bars are MUCH wider than anything else I have ridden. I have not changed them yet, but do find that I need to ride the center of the trail to miss trees in tight areas.
I removed the big chain ring and added a rock guard. This give the bike great bottom bracket clearance.
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2013
Strengths: Full floater suspension, XT components, dropper seatpost, 2X10 drive train, active braking pivot design, XR-3 Team Issue tires
Weaknesses: Stock Bontrager grips
Price Paid: $3999.00
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Hi Fi Deluxe
Bike Setup: Stock except for ODI grips and tubeless setup
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2013
Strengths: Inspires confidence, feels stable yet easy to steer, decent component group
Weaknesses: While test riding, the front and rear suspension felt a little out of sync with each other but I think I have a little too much pressure in the forks. I still need to dial it in for my weight and how I position my weight.
Bike Setup: stock
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2013
Strengths: Suspension, brakes, drivetrain
The brakes are amazing and blow the avid elixir 1, 3, and 5's out the water. Felt better than some formulas I tried too. They use the same lever design as slx, xt, and xtr I believe which is world class. The stock rotors could be better though. I bought the xt ice techs after chewing through half my pads on a thirty minute 4000 ft descent that was mildly technical. With the new rotors and a day of shuttling with two plus hours of descending the pad wear was negligible. So overall amazing brakes.
The suspension is amazing. While not using fox's factory fork, the evolution is more than capable on this bike for a mix of xc, trail, all mountain type riding. The rear is even better though. The dual chambered shock is responsive enough in the beginning of the stroke yet provides a good pedaling platform even when in full open. Climb is a lockout with blow off and trail is a good set and forget option or for someone needing more dampening. Initially I had my suspension set up a little low front and rear according to the trek suspension calculator, but as I came to know the bike and riding more aggressively I added air which came closer to their settings, which are often viewed as firm by other riders. Now running around their recommended settings I still find my self getting full travel after an aggressive descent that can be demanding on suspension.
The drivetrain is nothing fancy but it is a true work horse that has performed well. Xt will yeild better results, but the reliability is there and I found it to perform well for some racing. The shaddow plus rear mech is great too and really does prevent chain slap.
The reason I could not give it four starts overall was because it really is not a top shelf product. This is a great bike that can hold its own against the best but it does carry some weight, not enough to really hold it back though unless you are into serious xc racing, dirt jumping because it likes to stick to the ground but it is easy to control in flight and get it there with some body English. I imagine the fuel ex 9 29 would easily achieve the five star rating in my opinion though. The frame and suspension is worthy of it.
Duration Product Used: 4.5 months
Price Paid: $2050.00
Purchased At: Brown's Bikes
Similar Products Used: 2011 trek fuel ex 8, 2013 Specialized Camber Comp 29, 2011 trek 6500, 2013 trek 4900, 2013 Marin Mount Vision
Bike Setup: stock except for tubeless nobby nics 2.35, xt ice tech rotors. Stock tires did offer decent, predictable grip.
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2013
Strengths: Suspension is on the high lever of sensitivity cpmpare to my previous 26' EX8 but with all the options and more. Easy of pedaling. Speed.
Weaknesses: Not found yet. Maybe some unsecure on navigation on singles with a lot of curves ang too long handlebar.
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2013
Strengths: Stock Spec is overall great: Stealth Dropper, Full XT with 180mm Ice Tech Rotors front and rear, Kashima Fit Fork, XT 2x10 drivetrain; geometry.
Weaknesses: Low engagement rear hub, no stock tubeless strips, 28 hole rims, grips, stem could be shorter and bars wider.
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2013
Strengths: Suspension, braking. Seat is surprisingly comfortable. Stock tires seem solid. Nice paint even.
Weaknesses: None that I can pick out.
Really great bike, I'm looking forward to riding this for years to come.
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2013
Strengths: Unbelievable traction up steep gravely inclines, Great travel, flows over bumps as if not there, I'm getting more power to the pedals but I don't now how. Solid lock out, The lever that reduces chain slap is a Godsend for downhill. I'm sorry but I just love this bike!!! This bike makes me want to ride and can do it all from climbing up very steep difficult terrain to the bomb. I'm sad I have to go to work
Weaknesses: Cant speak and reciprocate my love.
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2013
Strengths: the valving on the rear shock is fantastic it uses all the travel in trail mode but you never feel it hit bottom.and the climb mode is perfect with no loss of power feeling when going up hill
Weaknesses: other than my personal dislike of the bars ,none yet
Duration Product Used: 6 hours
Price Paid: $2575.00
Purchased At: local trek dealer
Similar Products Used: rocky mtn 26 in ,paragon 29er and redline d660 hardtail
Bike Setup: bone stock for now
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