Fuel EX 9.7 is our most affordable full suspension carbon trail bike. It pairs a lightweight, smooth-riding frame with a beefy 140 mm FOX 36 fork and 130 mm FOX Float Performance shock, Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain and powerful 4-piston brakes for a fast, fun mountain bike that's a ripper now, and ripe for upgrades later.
You want one carbon trail bike that can take on every adventure, from flowy singletrack to the gnarliest descents and most brutal climbs. You don't mind sacrificing a little on the parts so you can get the best frame right now.
A lightweight and stiff full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with internal storage, a 140 mm FOX Rhythm 36 fork, 130 mm of rear travel with a FOX Float Performance rear shock with Trek's efficient RE:aktiv damper, a wide-range 1x12 Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain, Line Comp 30 TLR wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive rear hub, a Bontrager Line dropper post and powerful Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
Full suspension control on a lightweight and trail-tough carbon frame makes for a fun and fast ride. It's rugged enough for rowdy descents, but still spry for lively climbing and accelerating.
- Don't confuse the Fuel EX 9.7 with other value carbon models on the market ? this bike provides an outstanding frame and suspension, with a workhorse drivetrain and wheels
- A sleek internal storage compartment gives you a handy spot to stow flat fixing supplies or gear
- Bigger, stiffer 36 mm fork stanchions won't flex, so you can push harder with more precise, confident steering that helps you stay on your line
- RE:aktiv is smarter, more efficient suspension. It gives you firm pedalling support that instantly gives way over bumps
- We expanded our size range to ensure a better fit for all riders. And, you get the fastest wheel that fits your frame: XS frames get 27.5? wheels, S frames get to choose between 27.5? or 29? and sizes M to XL get 29? wheels
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XS and S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don?t have the same issues with standover height.
Internal frame storage makes it easy to ditch the pack and still carry your ride essentials.
Active Braking Pivot
Active Braking Pivot allows our engineers to tune how the suspension reacts to acceleration and braking forces independently. That means you get more confident control when you need it most.
RE:aktiv technology gives you firm support for efficient pedaling that instantly gives way for smooth control when the trail turns rough.
Straight Shot w/Knock Block
Trek's Straight Shot frame design optimises the stiffness-to-weight ratio for a more responsive ride. You'll be able to push harder and stay more planted on your line when the going gets rough.
|Frame||Size XL, UNI, Carbon, OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame and stays, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armour, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130 mm travel|
|Wheel Size||Front 29|
|Wheel Size||Rear 29|
|Fork||Fox Rhythm 36, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP damper, tapered steerer, 44 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Kabolt axle, 140 mm travel|
|Gears||DERAILLEUR, Shimano, 1 Gears|
|Wheels||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Line Comp 30, Rapid Drive 54 Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru axle Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, Presta valve Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Rapid Drive 108, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12Â mm thru axle|
|Shifters||SHIMANO, Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed,|
|Front Brake||SH, Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper // Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180 mm // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 203 mm // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 203 mm, Disc brake with hydraulic actuation|
|Rear Brake||SH, Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper // Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180 mm // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 203 mm // Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 203 mm, Disc brake with hydraulic actuation|
|Crankset||SHIMANO, Shimano MT611, 30T steel ring, alloy spider, 52Â mm chainline, 175Â mm length Shimano MT500, 92 mm, PressFit|
|Chain||SHIMANO, Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed|
|Handlebar||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Line, alloy, 35 mm, 27.5 mm rise, 780 mm width|
|Stem||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Elite, 35 mm, 0-degree, 45 mm length|
|Bartape / Grips||BONTRAGER|
|Saddle||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138 mm width|
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