-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"
Simply put, this bike works well. I have had this bike for about 4 months and just love it. I am real happy with the component group that comes with this bike. I Replaced GF HiFi 29er with this bike and I can tell a big difference. Bike is stiffer, and has much more travel. It is built for all mountain, but rides like a cross country bike.
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.
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.
I have spent a lot of time lurking here and elsewhere on the net studying the difference in suspension design and application. Based on my pseudo-scientific analysis and seat-of-the-pants experience, I have concluded that I should make a selection based on looks and how it rides! It looks good to me, feels good - so I bought it. I'm happy with it.
Similar Products Used: Old Cannondale super-v 700, Old Specialized Stumpjumper, Old Giant Trance
Bike Setup: stock
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.
It's my secend EX8, my current bike was 26' from 2010 and they was like part of my body. I expect the same feelings on 29' and so far it's great. A great change on the 29' version is the drive system. I think that the transfer ratio of the drive system is better and there is 30 Transmission System, one side effect is that there is no big different among the 3 steps of the front drailour.
My second Fuel EX, my last one was the EX8 26". The suspension is out of this world. Using the recommended settings from the Trek website the bike just rolls over and through everything. Braking and shifting are very responsive. The bike just seems to want to go. I have been trying to hit more roots and rocks and other things with it just so I can feel the suspension soak up the trail it is so good.
Really great bike, I'm looking forward to riding this for years to come.