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|Travel||130mm rear, 140mm front|
|Fork||RockShox Recon Silver RL|
|Wheels||27.5″ / 29″|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12|
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Fuel EX 5
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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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.
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.
Can it get any better than this?
A classic trail bike, with a fun and engaging ride built around a solid frame
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.
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.
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
First ride review of the new Trek Fuel EX 9.9 2020 – details, weight, pricing and highlights of the new bike here!
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 Standard: BB86/BB92, press-fit
Tire Clearance: 2.6"
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
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
Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit
Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom
Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 31.8mm, Knock Block, 0 degree, 50mm length
Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width
Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138mm width
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
Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on
Shimano Deore M6100, long cage
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
Shimano Deore M6100, 12 speed
Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51, 12 speed
Shimano Deore M6100, 12 speed
Shimano hydraulic disc, MT201 lever, MT200 caliper
Alex MD35, tubeless compatible, 32-hole, 35mm width, presta valve
14g stainless steel
Bontrager alloy, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
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
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''
Shimano RT56, 6-bolt, 180mm