Trek Fuel EX Carbon 29er Full Suspension


-All the awesomeness of Fuel EX, now in a 29er carbon 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 OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame, alloy seatstay & chainstay, Carbon Armor, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, BB95, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, G2 Geometry, 120mm travel

Front suspension:
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

Rear suspension:
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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[Apr 10, 2015]
Cross Country Rider


Geo of this bike is great, climbs fantastic, decends great too. Rides lighter then its actual weight.


Heavy in stock form, fork doesn't seem to handle as well as the shock. Wheelset is where most of the weight is

I happened to see this model (14- Fuel EX 9.7) on sale for a price I couldn't pass up. I have been a HT rider since the 80's and decided to start looking for a FS rig. This was not what I was looking for first but again the price was the deciding factor. I had ridden one on a demo a while back and really liked it although the demo was the model above. For me the Fox suspension combo of fork and shock work pretty well but the shock does seem to out perform the Evolution fork. I have found that leaving both in Trail mode is about the best it has to offer. I have locked the fork on climbs but most the time I leave them both in Trail. I tried Desend mode on both and it just blows thru the travel.
As for the ride- climbs fantastic, I clear many sections I always lost traction on in the past. Seated climbs are limited only by leg strength, if you have the strength you'll get up everything. Standing requires a bit more body English but is also great.
Decending is great as well, the geo of the frame makes it very neutral. Leave the shock and fork in Trail and it's all good. The ride isn't so muted that I feel disconnected which I like. Drops and air are not really my thing but when I have lofted the bike handled it with ease. I should say I talking 3-4 ft stuff anything bigger I'd avoid.
Riding on flat the suspension soaks up all chatter which I've found makes longer rides much more enjoyable. On 3hr rides in the past on my HT I'd be way sore but not anymore.

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Never owned a FS only HT's.

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