Fuel EX: One Bike to Rule Them All

Fuel EX: One Bike to Rule Them All


The Fuel EX has long been the go-to bike for most mountain bikers. It’s a trail bike that’s fast enough to excite cross country riders and capable enough to tackle technical terrain on par with longer travel bikes. It does everything really well. Trails have gotten more technical and mountain bikers are riding harder. So Fuel EX’s capability has expanded. The new Fuel EX brings even more to the table, with more suspension travel and a stiffer chassis to give you more confidence out on the trail. This new Fuel EX has 29″ wheels with 130mm of suspension travel both front and rear, or 27.5+” wheels with 140mm of travel up front. It also has slacker, lower and longer geometry than previous models. This puts riders in a position that’s more stable, especially on rocky descents and fast corners. It’s 435mm short chainstays make it easy to hop over obstacles, gap doubles, and flick the bike around corners. This makes 29ers feel as agile as 27.5 bikes. Fuel EX also rides better by virtue of its new, straight-shot downtube. By eliminating the bend in the downtube to clear fork crowns, we were able to redistribute frame material; stiffening the entire frame. This is now the stiffest bike in its class, which gives riders a more confident ride that won’t flinch when you point it through rough stuff. The Knock Block frame defense limits the fork crown or brake levers from contacting the frame, protecting your bike. The heart of Fuel EX is Trek’s suite of suspension technologies. RE:aktiv shocks give a firm efficient pedaling platform that immediately becomes plush over bumps. It works so quickly you won’t notice the transition, but will notice the extra efficiency and traction. Active Braking Pivot keeps suspension while braking so you get traction and control when you need it most. Full Floater gives a bottomless feel on big hits and landings. Boost hub spacing delivers added stiffness to the wheels. It also opens up the frame and fork to accommodate either 29er or 27.5+ wheels and tires. Fuel EX models are available in either OCLV mountain carbon or Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame options. Both carbon and aluminum models also include downtube and chain stay guards to protect against rock strikes. All models allow you to route any combination of brake, dropper post, and derailleur controls internally using our Control Freak cable management system. Women’s models are also available in both carbon and aluminum with all the same features and performance. These models feature women’s sizing, which pairs proportional 27.5 wheels with smaller frames and 29” wheels with larger frame sizes. That’s Fuel EX: built for the rider that breaks down barriers and brings the fun to every ride. It can take on anything from a technical cross-country race all the way to an epic backcountry ride, making it the true one bike and only bike you need.