2022 Trek Fuel EX 5

A 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components, priced at the low end of the Fuel EX model range. Compare the full range

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2022 Trek Fuel EX 5
MSRP$2,549
Weight34.6 lbs
SuspensionFull
Travel130mm rear, 140mm front
FrameAluminum
ForkRockShox Recon Silver RL
Wheels27.5″ / 29″
Tire Clearance2.6"
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetDeore, Shimano
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper post

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Gearing

1 × 12 — 12 speed

Fuel EX 5

26 mph

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The Fuel EX 5 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Fuel EX 5 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.


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October 2020

Gran Fondo
Trek Fuel EX 9.9 XTR Project One in bikepacking review

The Trek Fuel EX 9.9 is an absolute classic in the trail bike segment. Could it also be the perfect bike for the next bikepacking adventure with its modern geometry and spare parts compartment in the down tube? We put the Fuel EX to the test.

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June 2020

Freehub
2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.9 // Bike Review

As warmer temperatures hit the Pacific Northwest and the dirt starts to dry, I’m always eager to get out on some long rides with some big climbs. Naturally, when this Trek Fuel EX 9.9 showed up at the Freehub office, I knew it was time to put the nimble beast through its paces. I challenged myself to a 60-mile sufferfest on some of Bellingham, Washington’s toughest climbs and descents. It definitely didn’t let me down. Climbing on this bike was a joy. Trek equipped the 9.9 model with its proprietary RE:aktiv shock with a three-position damper, which I left wide open for the entire ride. The rear suspension had an overwhelmingly supportive feel while pedaling out of the saddle, yet as soon as I hit a bump it dived deeper into the travel, keeping the rear wheel firmly planted and providing excellent traction. The geometry is modern and balanced, with a long reach and a sensible 76-degree seat angle. On the descents, the bike inspired confidence, thanks to its long wheelbase and bottomless-feeling suspension. My confidence was further enhanced by the reliable stopping power of the Shimano XT brakes. As a 200-pound rider, I couldn’t have appreciated the ultra-powerful XT brakes and the 203-millimeter front rotor more—especially while bombing down some of Bellingham’s scariest double-black trails.

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April 2020

Mountain Bike Action
Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Trek Fuel Ex Trail Bike

Can it get any better than this?

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April 2020

BikeRadar
Trek Fuel EX 9.7 review

A classic trail bike, with a fun and engaging ride built around a solid frame

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April 2020

Flow Mountain Bike
9 Lessons We've Learned About Our 2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 Test Bike

After six months of testing, it's time to the deliver the review of our 2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.8 long-term test bike. Here we take a closer look at some of the other parts we've changed and the problems we've encountered, and discuss exactly what this 130mm travel trail bike does best.

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November 2019

MBR
Trek Fuel EX 9.8 review - MBR

The updated Trek Fuel EX now features storage in the downtube, 29er wheels, more travel and a gorgeous frame… oh and it’s rollicking fast too.

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August 2019

BIKE Magazine
First Ride: 2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.9

This is not what it looks like. Even though this new Fuel EX has a Fox 36, it doesn’t mean it has shed its trail-bike past for an enduro-bike future. Even

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August 2019

ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine
First ride review: the new Trek Fuel EX 9.9 2020 – longer, faster and even better?

First ride review of the new Trek Fuel EX 9.9 2020 – details, weight, pricing and highlights of the new bike here!

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Geometry

Specs
Build
Frame

Alpha Platinum Aluminum, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130mm travel

BB StandardBB86/BB92, press-fit

Tire Clearance2.6"

Fork

Size: XS, S, RockShox Recon Silver, DebonAir spring, Motion Control damper, lockout, tapered steerer, 46mm offset, Boost110, Maxle Stealth, 140mm travel; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, RockShox Recon Silver, DebonAir spring, Motion Control damper, lockout, tapered steerer, 42mm offset, Boost110, Maxle Stealth, 140mm travel

Rear Shock

Size: XS, S, X-Fusion Pro 2, 2-position damper, 210x52.5mm; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, X-Fusion Pro 2, 2-position damper, 210x55mm

Bottom Bracket

Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit

Headset

Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom

Stem

Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 31.8mm, Knock Block, 0 degree, 50mm length

Handlebar

Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width

Saddle

Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width

Seatpost

Size: XS, S, TranzX JD-YSP18, 100mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 361mm length; Size: M, ML, L, XL, TranzX JD-YSP18, 130mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 425mm length

Grips

Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore M6100, long cage

Crank

Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, Shimano MT511, 30T steel ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 170mm length; Size: M, ML, L, XL, Shimano MT511, 30T steel ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 175mm length

Shifters

Shimano Deore M6100, 12 speed

Cassette

Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51, 12 speed

Chain

Shimano Deore M6100, 12 speed

Brakes

Shimano hydraulic disc, MT201 lever, MT200 caliper

Wheels
Rims

Alex MD35, tubeless compatible, 32-hole, 35mm width, presta valve

Spokes

14g stainless steel

Front Hub

Bontrager alloy, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle

Rear Hub

Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle; Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle

Tires

Size: XS, S, Bontrager XR4 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.60''; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, Bontrager XR4 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.60''; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, Maxxis Rekon EXO, wire bead, 60 tpi, 29x2.60''

Disk Rotors

Shimano RT56, 6-bolt, 180mm

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