Trek Fuel EX 7 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.27/5 (66 Reviews)
MSRP : $2259.99

Product Description

From race day to all day, you need a trail bike that's light and agile, yet commanding and capable. The Fuel EX is the do-it-all trail machine you can count on time and again.
  • Alpha Platinum Aluminum w/ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, internal front derailleur cable routing, magnesium EVO Link, replaceable derailleur hanger, 120mm travel
  • ABP Convert frame can upgrade to 142x12mm wheel
  • 15QR
  • DRCV rear shock
  • Fox Evolution Series fork
  • Kevlar bead tires

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Millimetric a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2014

Strengths:    Frame strength. Geometry. Rear suspension. Head angle. Tubeless ready wheels.

Weaknesses:    Tires, though tread pattern is good I lost count of flats. Don't attempt a rock garden with these. Fork, no compression damping. QR rear axel. Elixir 3 brakes, very noisy.

Bottom Line:   
I'm critical with some of the component choice but must admit it is a Fuel EX level 7 so the value for price is good. I knew I would have to change stuff gradually to turn the bike into something special: fork, out Float 32 evolution 120 RL OB; in Float 32 factory series 120 FIT RLC. Drivetrain, out Deore cassette, cranks, shifters and SLX rear derailleur; in X9 type 2, race face NW 32t 1x10, XT cassette with 42t cog. Brakes, out with elixir 3; in shimano XT ice tech. Tires, out with XR4 experts 2.30; in MAXXIS Ardent 2.25 rear, Minion 2.40 front, tubeless (best investment ever). Add Reverb dropper plus wtb saddle plus ODI grips plus wider handle bar, and last but not least swap the 90mm stem for a 60mm. These upgrades have transformed the bike. Now I will not give up this 26er. Although it could use a bit more travel it's still awesome on the trail. I would not use for XC though, too heavy at 29.7 lbs. EX7 has turned into more like EX10 if Trek made one. But the value was in the frame and rear shock. The investment was worth it. The bike was good, now it's really something else. In the end it's the little things that count (I knew the first day the grips had to go).

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Duration Product Used:   3 years and counting

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bryce Kelly a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2014

Strengths:    Plush, light weight, Agile, easy and smooth to ride. Wide handle bars for better control, brakes are actually very good, Suspension system and Suspension components are solid.

Weaknesses:    tires are garbage!

Bottom Line:   
I like to ride rocky rough downhills because of the technical challenge and pure enjoyment I get from it. This bike handled it quite well besides the tires. It was smooth and light making it very easy to control. Peddling up the hills with the suspension and how light this bike is makes it easy. I would have given this bike a solid 5 stars but the tires are absolutely terrible. This bike is awesome and when my wife rides with me she gets it and loves it. Replace the tires and you have a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Finley Hills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Bike works (Le Grand

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz tallboy LT 29er

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jerry a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2014

Strengths:    The CTD coming standard is great..well made bike...

Weaknesses:    Tires are pathetic I know they have to put as much Bontrager items on this bike but those tires are horrible for my terrain, no pedals included.

Bottom Line:   
Overall I like this bike much better than my Haro hardtail, I am though rather disappointed in the value for the money, I mean for $2000 and you do not even get pedals!!!! I had to buy a set at local dealer on top of the bike cost, yes there are many choices in pedals etc but at least allow $125 of the total price to go towards any pedals the rider would like in the bike shop. The tires are pure junk in place of mass producing every bike with XR3 how about you do research and find out if in a region such as Nevada that Kenda Nevegals are top choice here slap those on the bikes for shipping to all your NV dealers. I am happy overall with the bike and love it but for the price, put some real tires on it and allow the purchase of good pedals as well.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mevnet a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2013

Strengths:    Light, nimble, great cornering, well equipped

Weaknesses:    SLX Rear derailleur is not the clutch type

Bottom Line:   
Love this bike. Usually riding twisty single track, this bike corners very well, absorbs bumps with ease and the DRCV shock seems to be as good as they advertise it. Everyone bashes the Elixir 3s but for now they are fine, responsive. Bike comes with 180mm front and 160mm back, and it provides good stopping power with decent modulation.
I usually lose my friends with 29ers in the twisty parts of the track, and they seem to be a bit better climbers. Tried the 29s but I like the way I can move and turn on the 26.
Great prices to be found on the 2013s, this was a bargain for me. Only thing I replaced were tires for fall/ winter/ spring, I put on a set of Forte Pisgah 2.3s.

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Favorite Trail:   Kelso

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Bike Setup:   Stock 2013 Trek Fuel EX 7

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan1113 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013

Strengths:    Fast, light, great climber, plush ...this bike is just awesome!!

Weaknesses:    minor...didn't like the xr3 tires so i put on the xr4 experts on...2.35 up front and 2.2 on the back

Bottom Line:   
Just picked up this bike and wow is all i have to say! Been riding 29ht for the last year but missed that 26 feel. So happy i went with this bike and not another 29er. The bike is very very fast and just nimble and flickable. I've already set 2 new strava records on my local trail because the bike just bombs down everything i throw at her. The Fox suspension is just so plush too. Honestly thought i would be switching between my 29er and this bike to mix it up....LOL why bother. This bike kicks ass and is my everyday trail/ all mountain machine. All i can say is go buy one. I paid tad over $2,000 for it and it's the best money i've ever spent on a bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Tao TT, Bell Mountain Loop

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Cyclery USA in Ranch

Bike Setup:   Different tires is only thing i've added...Bontrager XR4 experts...2.35 up front and 2.2 in rear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Connor Comeau

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2013

Strengths:    Light
easy to ride
great for up and downhill riding
looks amazing with some upgrades
stops on a dime
stock ready to ride

Weaknesses:    stock pedals suck
needed some adjustment
needs new tires
could look better

Bottom Line:   
This bike is amazing for all types of riding. Wether your downhill or cross-country this bike will eat whatever you put in front of it. Even better is the value, for just over 2k you are getting a top quality racing bike that can do whatever you want it to do. I cant stop riding this bike its just so amazing

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KJ58 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2013

Strengths:    Good Control/Maneuverability. Front Fork and Rear DRCV with CTD. Shimano Derailleurs excellent smooth shifting a must for me. Excellent bike for somebody with good riding skill and a little above average money to spend.

Weaknesses:    Tires, Brakes, rims

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I bought a new one 6 moths ago. I upgraded from a 29er hardtail to this. After reading some of the reviews and talking with the guys in the bike shop I went ahead and upgraded the brakes to the Shimano XLR. It was cheap because I got a trade out price on the existing Avid brake components. There is nothing wrong with the Avid, but once you feel the squeeze on the XLRs you'll want them. I also went ahead and upgraded to the tires. I got a tubless set up with better tires. I had considered buying the EX 8, but after I upgraded the brakes, the major difference with the DRCV on the front shock, which is not but the Fox Float with CTD is an excellent fork. For the money with a couple of upgrades, you can't beat the value and ride-ability this bike has. I just today ordered some 5.10 shoes and some flats, I have been riding clipless since I started, but want to give flats a try to get some more movement out of the bike as this bike is so nimble. Well see how it goes. At some point, I plan to put some Stan's Flow rims on my bike as these stock rims can be taco'd if put to the test.

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Favorite Trail:   Soap Creek, Blankets

Duration Product Used:   6 Months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Atlanta Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Trek Marlin 29er hardtail
Trek Fuel EX 7 2010

Bike Setup:   2013 Trek Fuel EX7 Red/Black with Shimano XLR Brakes, Tubless Setup, Wellgo B103 Flats (w/ 5.10 free-ride shoes).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by P a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2013

Strengths:    Suspension, controls, value, quality, toughness

Weaknesses:    Stock tires.

Bottom Line:   
When engaging in sporting of any kind, it is critical that your equipment always work and can keep up with your skill set. This bike does both greatly. If you are looking for an entry point in the higher grade of bikes, this is it. Pay more, and you'll get less back. Pay less, and you'll be disappointed. This bike rocks! I am a large individual and constantly beat this bike, but it always performs and never fails. I wish there was a category for toughness, this bike would get a 6/5. If you want a quality bike that will Enhance the amount of fun you have on the trail, this is it.

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Similar Products Used:   Cannondales, KHS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrekUSPS a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2013

Strengths:    Handling, lock out for both front and rear shocks. Stability on downhills.

Weaknesses:    Climbing is a bit less efficient that a hard tail or my previous 2001 Trek Fuel 80 full suspension.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review on the 2013 Trek Fuel EX7. It was a replacement to my 2001 Trek Fuel 80 full suspension that I broke at the seatpost weld. The 2013 Trek Fuel EX7 has much greater suspension that my previous Trek Fuel. The trail that I normally ride felt like I was riding on smooth terrain vs. my old bike. There is a greater feel of control whether going up or down a trail. The new 10-speed drivetrain which uses a mix of Shimano Deore and SLX is very smooth and precise. The bike is heavier than my previous bike which probably contributes to the slightly slower climbing feel even with the front and rear shocks locked out. I decided to go with my favorite tires which are IRC Mythos XC II which seemed to help with the slower climbing feel and ditched the Bontrager XR3 tires which have a much wider profile.

Having a through-axle in the front contributes to a much greater sense of control. The front fork is very precise even in hard turns compared to my old bike. I do wish that Shimano didn't change the gearing for the front chainrings. I liked the 44-32-22 range but now they use a 42-32-24 range that is said to reduce chain suck and chain drop. Also, Shimano says that having a 42 chainrings helps to keep us longer in the higher gears. Not sure about the higher gear claim but I do notice I haven't had any chain suck or drop issues so far.

The paint job seems to be more durable than my old bike. The stock seat isn't as comfortable as my Selle Italia Flight saddle but it will do. I do like the ease of removing and reinstalling the wheels. All you have to do is line up the hub with the dropouts and just screw the through-axle or rear skewer into the bike. No more issues of aligning the wheel. It is forced only in one position. So installing the wheels and brake pads are much easier than ever before.

Overall I am quite pleased with this bike. It is a big step up from my previous Trek Fuel. Just like cars, bikes have progressed a long ways since my 2001 Trek Fuel 80 was new.

Highly recommmended!

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Peak

Duration Product Used:   Two weeks

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Summit Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   2001 Trek Fuel 80, 2006 Specialized FSR, 2007 Motobecane Fantom DS, 2004 Santa Cruz Superlight

Bike Setup:   Stock setup except switching out tires to 2.1 IRC Mythos XCII and replacing the stock handlebar and stem with a Ritchey Pro and flat carbon fiber bar with Titec bar ends.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bridger a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2012

Strengths:    Great Suspension
Handles amazing
Great geometry
Pretty light for a full suspension bike

Weaknesses:    Tires are terrible

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike back in May of 2012. Have put over 1,000 miles on it and it still performs like the day I got it. The DRCV is amazing. I have push the suspension on this bike to the limit many times and it hasn't failed me yet. Even though it's a full suspension bike at times it feels like I'm on my hardtail. The slacker head angle gives you great control when going down steep slopes and cornering. I also have Red Shield on this bike which I highly recommend. It basically pays for itself. Only negative I have with this bike are the XR4 tires, they suck . Plan on buying a new set of tires with this bike.

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Price Paid:    $2100.00

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joey

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2012

Strengths:    First off, I have the 2011 ex 7. The frame and fork is the same as the ex 8, just the rear shock lacks the DRCV. The geometry is spot on and it handles very well. Really gives the rider confidence to push the bike and there is good feedback on how the bike is coping with the trail. For a 28lb/13kg bike it is a good climber, there is very little pedal bob on the climbs even without the pro-pedal on. With pro-pedal on, the rear end is noticeable stiffer and makes climbs easier.

Weaknesses:    The drivetrain surely can do better for the price. Sram X7 isn't as smooth shifting as the shimano.. Maybe with a x7 front mech is fine but surely x9 at least for the rear. Otherwise I would be more than happy with SLX all round.

Standard XR3 tyres are just crap. Looking to buy some maxxis ardents to replace them now. The front doesn't grip enough to match the bike's capabilities and the rear just slips all over the place. Geez! Ridiculous for a 2k bike.

Brakes juicy 3s are fine but again would have strongly prefered SLX. The modulation and braking power is sufficient but the product quality leaves much to be desired.

Being fussy here but I wish the geometry could be a bit slacker. just a tiny bit.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, frame and suspension is awesome and easy to set up. There is much upgrade potential for the bike.

Really disappointing kit (sram x7) for a bike in this price range though. Yes, I appreciate that money is spent on the important areas like the fork and rear shock but seriously the X7 leaves much to be desired and stock tyres just shockingly horrid.

I love the bike but am frustrated that I have to spend more to "fix" it - the tyres desperately need changing.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Erich a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Strengths:    Plush suspension (front/rear)
DRCV rear shock
15 mm TA

Weaknesses:    None to date. First bike in many years and don't have much to compare this one against other than the opinions of others.

Bottom Line:   
2012 Fuel EX 7. Basically the same as last year's EX 8 with a Thru-axle front.
To date, this has been a great bike that has given me the confidence to tackle trails that I would not have done on previous bikes. I like the Fox front & rear suspension as well as the front thru-axle. The ability to convert the rear to a thru-axle is nice as well. This makes installing the wheels a little easier.

At some point in the future, I would like to change out components to full XT. Granted, I could have paid more for a higher model but I love the white colorway of the EX7.

The one thing that bothered me was that my bike came with XR3 expert tires vs the XR4 experts as spec'd.

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Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Paradise Cyles, Fort

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 2wheelJunky

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    Solid frame, Fox fork fork and shock. Climbs very well

Weaknesses:    Heavy seatpost, front and rear hubs create a creeking sound. Brakes take awhile to set in and gives a bit of noise till they do.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased a '11 model in for the 2012. Main difference is the DRCV which the '11 EX 7 model doesn't have. Not a big deal as I found the the RP2 suitable for the type of riding I do. Not too technical and no more than 3' drops. Propedal is hardly used, as the ABP with the full floater works well and peddle bob harldy noticed. I find the front forks compressing more so than the rear on hard peddle pounding. The gearing is smooth as it provides numerous gear selections from the 3x10 setup. The Elixir 3 works well with nice modulation. As noted in the "Weakness" report, they are a bit noisy before set in. Once they do, they the noise subsides and the rub is vurtually gone. Overall, the EX 7 performs very well. It's easy to gain speed and it inspires riding confidence.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JP a Weekend Warrior from Epping, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2012

Strengths:    This bike climbs like a champ, turns on a dime, has great control, it is very light and can take a serious beating.

Weaknesses:    Being nit-picky here: Could use larger rotors, better rear derailer and more travel.

Bottom Line:   
Please note that I am reviewing a 2009 that I bought in 2011. I love to ride the rough, tight New England trails and this bike delivers. After a full year of riding this bike, my proficiency/technicality has gone through the roof and that's why I believe this is a great bike for anyone else that wants to get serious about mountain biking. The bike has a great feel where I can pull up, wheelie drop, or huck-up anything on command. This bike is nimble enough to navigate through baby heads and strong enough to hit 5' drops. I am 5' 10" and a medium (17.5 in frame) fits me perfect. The suspension sucks up most of the impact, but on a flatter landing from a 4' drop the suspension bottoms out. I would suggest this bike to anyone that likes to attack the XC trails loaded with hills, hucks and rocks. I plan to ride this bike until it dies (or I kill myself on it; whichever comes first). 4 chilis for the overall because of the weaknesses listed above.

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Favorite Trail:   Terry's Trail in Harold Parker State Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Similar Products Used:   2004 Gary Fisher Sugar 4

Bike Setup:   Race Face bash guard (no need for a large sprocket), clipless pedals and Specialized Armadillo Eskar Elite 2.3 tires front and back.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by acm0137 a Weekend Warrior from San Angelo, TX

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012

Strengths:    fairly light for being full suspension and having zero carbon on it
ease and range of suspension adjustment
dropped top tube makes your nuts feel safer

Weaknesses:    stock tires
cable housing rubs frame and scuffs the finish
only has SLX rear derailer

Bottom Line:   
Take with grain of salt because this is my first full suspension...

I ride mostly singletrack and wow this bike handles amazing. I have put around 150 miles on it and I am loving every bit of it. The fox fork soaks up everything and the rear suspension doesn't let my rear tire off the ground. I didn't even know a bike could have this much control through a rocky turn. The hydraulic brakes are a huge stepup from my previous cable driven discs and allow me tons of stopping power without losing contol of the bike. I don't do a whole lot of climbing here in Texas but the hills I've ran into were nothing compared to climbing them on my old Q620. I haven't really ridden the bike with the fork locked out or the rear on "propedal" so I am not sure how well those work. If you're thinking about getting this bike - do it. It has made me a 10 times better rider. Technical sections that I used to struggle with are like cake walks and now I'm doing sections that I wouldn't have even tried with my old hardtail. I was also skeptical about getting the white one because of it not being white for long but the paint seems like it will hold up well and it looks SWEET. I get compliments on it every ride.

I cant say anything for the stock tires except that they looked like they weren't worth a crap so the LBS sold me the tires I wanted when I bought the bike and gave me credit for the stock tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Riverbend, San Angelo State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   felt Q620

Bike Setup:   stock except for tires - tubless small block eight on rear and tubeless nevegal on front

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Upgrade Wheels for 2011 Fuel EX 7

Hi, I have 2011 Fuel EX7 with stock wheels, I'd like to get better, lighter wheels but i have no ideal about the size of rear thru-axle and the front QR, my budget is around $300 - not sure if it's worth to upgrade with $300, maybe not enough. I've seen a lot Mavic Crosstrail but i'm not sure if t ... Read More »

Trek fuel EX 7

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13 Rumblefish Elite or 14 Fuel EX 7 29

I just sold my 2011 EX 8 and have a new Rumblefish Elite getting set up at my LBS right now. I loved my EX 8 but was hoping I would like a 29 and maybe get a little more speed from a trail bike. Should I wait for the new EX 29 7? The upgrade to the Ex7 is about $700 but I don't know if it's worth ... Read More »

What size Trek Fuel EX 7 for someone 192 cm (6 ft 3)

Hi I live in Thailand and the only way I can get my hands on a Trek Fuel EX 7 is to order one. That leaves me in a conundrum as I cannot try out a bike at my local MTB shop and according to Trek's sizing chart I am either at the far end of a 19.5 inch or the beginning of a 21.5 inch. I am too knew t ... Read More »

Just ordered my 2013 Trek Fuel Ex 7

After couple months of researching and checking out new bikes i decided to go with Trek Fuel bike...It's perfect for desert terrain i ride on and super stoked about it. LBS set it up Tubeless for free and put me on a better tire at no charge. Cyclery USA in Rancho Cumamonga kicks ass with customer s ... Read More »

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