Trek Fuel EX 5.5 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.21/5 (14 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Front Suspension: RockShox Tora 289 U-Turn
  • Rear Suspension: Fox Float R w/rebound, custom tuned
  • Wheels: Shimano M475 disc hubs
  • Saddle: Bontrager Race Basic
  • Seat Post: Bontrager Sport
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Crowbar Sport, 25mm rise


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mheary a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2013

Strengths:    Suspension is very good. At the sub $1000 I could not find a better bike. I have beaten this bike for two years and only had to have breaks repaired once. Well balanced

Weaknesses:    Full suspension 26er is a tough on steep climbs but a good work out non the less. Heavy but for that price it's acceptable

Bottom Line:   
Still very happy with my decision.

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Favorite Trail:   Moraine state park. Butler, pa

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay private seller


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jayson21 a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2012

Strengths:    Overall Value, suspension, Braking

Weaknesses:    Shifting, Crash resilience

Bottom Line:   
Mine is a 2011 EX 5 that I got as a yr end close out. This is an awesome entry level full suspension bike. If this is at the top of your budget get it you will not be upset. It absorbs all the bumps very nice, it handles well, it has a solid amount of adjustments, it shifts ok and brakes great. If I was to do it again I would.

The only downside of this bike is the lack of air front fork (if that's a downside) and the shifters are not the best. If you have more money to spend I'd go up to the Remedy line or the Ex8 if you can afford them to get the air front fork even better brakes and DRCV shocks.

I hear people say the tires are not good, I have found that if you run low air pressure say 30psi and have proper position they are great. I think many are running to high of pressure and don't have good technique. The brakes don't squeal on mine as others mentioned, but keep in mind they need bedded in proper before riding that could be one reason people get the noise. Also keep in mind to fill up the rear shock to the proper air amount via trek's website for your size.

The only other downside I see is I have owned this bike for about 1 month and 2 weeks and I broke the brakes in crash. Not really the bikes fault but it wasn't that bad of a crash I think they should have survived. I killed the handle and that was the end of them. I now run the elxir 3's which I think what now comes on the 12's and think their great too.

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Favorite Trail:   Sherman Branch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Wahoo 2010

Bike Setup:   Stock with upgraded Brakes to Elixr 3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fretfire a Cross Country Rider from Bangor, Wales

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2011

Strengths:    The frame is superb, well balanced, planted and reliable. still on he same bearings after 3 years. Fox RP2. Good old reliable shimano drivetrain

Weaknesses:    Theres only so much the Tora can take. But still a decent fork at this level. Stock brakes.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. thought about upgrading to something else but cannot part with it. Cant see the need to. Its been incredibly reliable up to now and still smooth and solid. would be a cracking 2nd hand buy!

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Favorite Trail:   Carneddau Mountains

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche 2. Orange 5, Bionicon Supper shuttle, Scott Ransom, Scott Genius mc 20, Trek ex8.

Bike Setup:   Shimano xt shaddow brakes and xt rear mech, and bontrager big earl wet 2.35 tyres are the only upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jacksinn a Weekend Warrior from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2010

Strengths:    Fun Bike. Trek is awesome.

Weaknesses:    Swing arm weld.. it broke.. wasn't ridding hard either. Manufacturer defect???

Bottom Line:   
Trek has decided to replace my bike (the swing arm broke).. and they are upgrading me to the Fuel ex 8. That's a $1000.00 upgrade. I am pumped. the ex 5.5 was fun, can't wait to get the ex 8, THANKS TREK, FREEEBIIII.. Now I know why so many riders are fans of the company!

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Favorite Trail:   Local Coulees

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Bert and Macs

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by frogge a Cross Country Rider from Twin Falls Idaho

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2010

Strengths:    Great Mix of components and set up right out of the box.

Weaknesses:    Could be a bit lighter, but probably not for this price

Bottom Line:   
I shopped for a dual suspension bike for years. Road several when on vacation(Moab etc.) I don't race and like to go on long rides and with some techical features. I bought this bike while working in Idaho where there are some great trails but my old Specialized Rock Hopper was beating me up. Bike does everything well out of the box. I've hammered it pretty hard and crashed a couple of times and haven't had to do anything but clean it. If you are looking to go dual suspension and not break the bank this is a great choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Rock Star South Hills Kimberly Idaho

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Spoke and Wheel Twin

Similar Products Used:   Various High end dual suspension on rental basis

Bike Setup:   Stock 2010, avid juicy brakes, front fork and rear fork have lock out.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by onyx1122 a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas, NV. USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

Strengths:    its frame

Weaknesses:    its tires, brakes feels soft when coming down stair like trails

Bottom Line:   
not a bad intro bike if your getting back to ride again...
i did some DH back in 2000 and XC too... but 8yrs later... this is not a bad bike to try to see if you hunger that still... its been almost a yr since i got this bike and its been taking everything i throw i it... did hope it was a bit lighter but, it is better then what you'd spend on the Wally World bikes...

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere....

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DBLR1 a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX US

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

Strengths:    Strong frame, low price, looks great, nice feel, did I mention price? Perfect for a intro dual suspension.

Weaknesses:    Crappy components but what do you expect for something this cheap?

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a intro level dual suspension with a good warranty, this is the way to go. I put in a little coin for some upgrades and it made a world of a difference. I'd recommend it for anyone doing beginner to intermediate trails. If you plan on going beyond that realm, step it up a few notches. It looks pretty sweet too.

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Favorite Trail:   Jack Brooks Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Trek

Similar Products Used:   Numerous hard tails: Kona Blast, Haro V3, GF, and a few others.

Bike Setup:   Bontrager Rhythm Comp's, XXX light riser w/ X-lite stem, X9 Rear D and shifters, Avid Elixir brakes, Rock Shox Tora 318 fork, Bontrager Big Earl tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nyjetsfanwex85 a Weekend Warrior from PHX,AZ

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2009

Strengths:    For what i do this is a solid bike. The frame is nice and strong. The bike has ben able to handle anything I throw at it.

Weaknesses:    I think the front shocks could be upgraded but overall ok. I hate the Tektro brake levers, i think they feel a bit sloppy. Maybe its just me. Tires are a bit weak.

Bottom Line:   
Overall a good bike. Was my first full suspension bike. Im debating on upgrading parts or getting a new bike. I would say this is a great bike. Dont expect to go out racing on it! Plus Trek makes great bikes and the lifetime warranty is fantastic.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Ranch

Similar Products Used:   Kona Hardtail

Bike Setup:   Stock except shimano pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by _Lac_Man_ a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2009

Strengths:    Solid frame, decent components, overall a pretty nice bike.

Weaknesses:    Because of it being a lower-high-end model, some of the components leave a little to be desired.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike because the local shop was having a sale, so I managed to pick it up the '08 model for a serious deal. So I figure what I paid for it, plus the money for a couple of upgrades, will make this a great bike for less than that of a Fuel EX 7.

Otherwise, this is a great beginner full-suspension. Good for someone who is started to get more into mtn. biking and wants somthing that can handle more intermediate trails. It has components that are good enough to ride a couple times a week, but if you are more avid, you will need to upgrade a couple of things, tires, of course, and forks were first on my list, brakes and drivetrain to follow.

If you can find it for a couple hundred under usual cost, I'd say snatch it up, otherwise, save your pennies and go for an EX 7+.

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Favorite Trail:   SoMo - McDwll Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $860.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Blacknall a Downhiller from North Carolina

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2008

Strengths:    This bike is a great intro level ride into the full suspension world of riding. I up-graded from a hardtail Trek to this bike and it progressed me as a rider. The bike has no real strengths excet for the fact that it has full suspension.

Weaknesses:    This bike has several weaknesses and I point these out to inform, not to put down this bike. The saddle is pretty weak. The tires are nice but wear quickly. The BIGGEST weakness is the lack for Trek's new ABP technology. Not having the pivot in the hub like on the higher models greatly compromises the bike. Brake jack is a real issue with this bike. I have broken the frame at the rear disc side chain stay twice. Both times under braking conditions where the shock did not function because of brake jack.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line, this is a good bike for beginners. I have progressed greatly on this ride but would suggest that for someone who likes to ride more than just every other weekend invest in the Fuel ex7 and above. The ABP and full floater technologies are worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Greens Lick, Bent Creek, NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Trek Dealer


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Xerodark a Weekend Warrior from Fort Lewis, WA, US

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2008

Strengths:    Rear shock

Weaknesses:    Front forks and brakes

Bottom Line:   
This is a great starter full suspension bike. The only complaints I have with this bike is the front forks. They are adjustable up to 140mm, however there is no lockout, and they are coil shocks. Air forks and a lockout would be great. The brakes are a little weak, but they work. I'm going to be upgrading the forks to Fox Float, the brakes to Avid Juicy hydraulic, and throw on some clipless pedals. Then the bike will be amazing. Other than that, the bike handles great and takes on anything I throw at it whether it be downhill or just riding to work. I would definatly recommend this bike to anyone I know.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1249.00

Purchased At:   Bike Tech

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by b4 stealth a Weekend Warrior from Dublin, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2008

Strengths:    Great Suspension feel, nice brakes, light. nice stock tires Good Geo. Nice Drivetrain

Weaknesses:    umm...the rear Juicy 5 brake started to make a noise toward the end of the ride, the braking power was unaffected, just kind of annoying. Suspension sometimes caused the chain to drop to the granny gear, although it promptly shifted back so I don't know if that is a weakness, just nitpicking.

Bottom Line:   
THIS IS FOR THE 2008 FUEL EX8. this is a great bike. The suspension really soaked up the bumps and gave me more control. I am coming from a hardtail SS, so this was like the cadillac to me. The suspension is rather aggressive, and is best used IMO if you stand up and ride the rough things. because the suspension on this bike is not meant to be super plush so that you can sit down and just plow through everything. It is fairly stiff, very racy feeling, just enough give to let you have all the traction and control you want, but it will still accelerate like a hardtail. Little pricy to be a good value, but just for the quality of the bike I give it a 5.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky, rough singletrack

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Hifi 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock 08 EX8

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Oklahoma

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2008

Strengths:    Great first full suspention, rails single track, get a lot for the money, proven geometry, lifetime frame warranty

Weaknesses:    tora 289 fork is way to soft, bb5 brakes useless when wet, tires built more for pavement

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding on and off for about 5 years but just decided to get rid of my hardtail and upgrade. I chose the 5.5 because of: a)price, b)lifetime frame warranty, c)even though it doesnt have the "EVO" link, the geometry is proven. Compaired to my old bike, this one is night and day. With just a couple hundred spent on upgrades, it can be built to handle anything that we see in Oklahoma. Overall it is an awsome bike for the money and I would reccomend it to any middle of the road rider who wants to keep some money in their pocket for gas to get to the trail. (Gave it 4 for value b/c the upgrades that need to be made).

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Favorite Trail:   Keystone lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   hardrock comp hardtail xt/lx drivetrain

Bike Setup:   avid juicy 3's, panaracer fire xc tires, Firm spring for tora fork (on the way), egg beater's, otherwise stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Conor a Weekend Warrior from St. Petersburg, Fl, U.S.A

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2008

Strengths:    Price to performance ratio is awesome. Making me a better rider one ride at a time.

Weaknesses:    If your coming from a hardtail like me, then you'll think it climbs poorly.

Bottom Line:   
I decided to finally get another full-suspension and I'm very happy with this bike. I'm new back to the sport and trying to get back to the level I once was. This bike I think will help me do that due to its fast neutral handling and good amount of suspension travel. It lets me hit more challenging trails.

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Favorite Trail:   alafia/Balm Boyette

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1286.00

Similar Products Used:   Lots.

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock for now.

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