Yesterday Trek announced two new XC models with 29″ wheels, offering the smallest size scaled for riders utilizing 27.5″ wheels. Today, the show off the Fuel EX – a 29″ trail slayer. The new bike goes boost 148/110 and uses the new hub spacing to get the chainstays down from 452mm to 436mm(high setting/434mm low setting). Aside from geometry, a host of other updates and refinements are covered in the press release below.
(Waterloo, WI/Zeist, NL) – Trek continues to refine its proven and widely-loved Fuel EX platform. For this generation of Fuel EX, Trek focused on the big-wheeled models and overhauled Fuel EX 29 accordingly to create a 29er trail bike that defies expectations. The new Fuel EX 29 employs the new Boost 148/110 hub standard to create stronger, better 29” wheels that also allow for a chainstay as short as its 27.5” sibling, released in 2014. The result is a trail bike that is as playful and nimble as a smaller-wheeled bike, but offers all the advantages of big wheels such as stability, traction, and rollover. Any hesitations a rider may have to wheel size have been addressed, alleviating any concern over wheel size choices.
The new Fuel EX 29 also brings last year’s acclaimed RE:aktiv suspension technology to the line’s most popular model globally, Fuel EX 8. RE:aktiv is coupled with FOX’s new EVOL (extra volume) air shock and all the proven Trek frame technologies such as Active Braking Pivot, Full Floater, and EVO Link to create a bike that excels at both climbing and descending.
The new Fuel EX 29 also offers up a solution to the increasing complexity of cable routing on modern mountain bikes. Taking into consideration all of the drivetrain options, remote lockouts, dropper seatposts, and electronic drivetrains, there are 54 cable routing scenarios that a bike needs to accommodate. Trek developed a flexible system, Control Freak Cable Management, to address this complexity, affording the new Fuel EX 29 clean and simple cable management for whatever routing option a rider prefers.
The Fuel EX 7 and 5 29 retain last year’s proven frame with standard hub spacing. The OCLV MTB Fuel EX 29 will be offered through Trek’s custom bike program, Project One, as well. Fuel EX 29 will be available immediately exclusively through Trek’s global retailer network.