Today we were fortunate enough to get our hands on Trek’s new line of Fuel EX 29ers. On first inspection Trek seems to have put out a nice spread of paint schemes that should satisfy most every palate. I’m glad to see they’ve moved away from things like the all green fork of past Rumblefish. Another immediately noticeable change to the lineup for this year is the complete absence of any Sram products. Looks like Trek and Shimano must have struck a pretty good deal! I think the consistency in components should make for better functioning bikes and better consistency in the product line. Price points seem to be on par with other similar Trek offerings and previous 29ers from the Gary Fisher Collection.
Being weight weenies at heart we threw all the models we had on the scale. The bikes all seem on par with previous Trek 29er’s as far as weight goes. They aren’t the lightest bikes we’ve ever seen but with a few modest tweaks they could be pretty darn light for a 29er trail bike. We’ve heard some griping about the weight, but keep in mind folks, these aren’t xc race bikes, nor are they ment to be turned into one. After a quick spin on a few of the bike it becomes obvious that these are trail bikes. The head angle feels relatively slack, and Trek has made their intentions clear with the unusually short stems being spec’d on all models (bikes that would have previously seen a 100mm stem are now down to 80mm). As a nice bonus all bikes also have a 15mm through axle front and a 142×12 through axle rear.
While the bikes feel slightly more trail ready than past 26in Fuel Ex models, they are still quick to respond to any input. I get the feeling this lineup will be a force to be reckoned with on the trail.
We can’t wait to get these things out for some proper trail riding, we’ll keep you posted once we get enough saddle time for a full ride report. Until then, weight weenies eat your heart out, below are real bike weights and a few close ups of the paint schemes and components.
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