Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5

Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5
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Trek's Fuel EXs are the benchmark for trail bikes; the 9.8 27.5 is taking that benchmark to the next level. The carbon frame dishes out 120mm of travel, but that's only a small piece of the package. Stiffness means efficiency and better handling, so you're armed with an E2 head tube and a 142x12mm rear thru-axle. Add to that 27.5-inch wheels, and this bike is quick, capable and maneuverable. Fox and Trek teamed up with F1 racing company Penske to make Fox's brilliant Float Re:activ rear shock even better. Combined with the 34 Float up front, your Fuel is blazingly fast and efficient on smooth sections and shrugs off bigger hits like an enduro rig. The rest of the spec is just as capable: full XT 2x11 gearing, a Reverb dropper post, XT discs, carbon bars, and Bontrager tubeless-ready wheels wrapped with proper tubeless rubber.

Trek's Full Floater shock mount boasts two suspended points that allow the shock to "float" through its range of action for seemingly bottomless travel and excellent tracking over every type of terrain.

For a clean dropper post setup, Trek uses RockShox’s Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost and internal frame routing. The housing runs inside the frame for a clean look and zero hose issues as the saddle moves up and down.

Trek's E2 head tube is 1.5-inches in diameter at the bottom and 1 1/8-inches at the top. This maximizes front-end stiffness for awesome steering precision and control, while allowing the use of standard 1 1/8-inch stems and not adding much weight.
Trek's EVO rocker link is a one-piece, magnesium linkage that drastically increases rear-end stiffness and decreases total frame weight, too.

Specs

Frame Trek OCLV Mountain Carbon w/aluminum chainstay, E2, ABP, ISCG05, 120mm-travel
Fork Fox Performance Series 34 Float FIT4, 120mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox Performance Series Float EVOL, Re;Aktiv
Rims/Wheels DT Swiss M1900
Tires Bontrager XR3 Expert, 27.5 x 2.35/2.2
Crankset Shimano Deore XT
Chainrings 36/26
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano Deore XT, 11-speed: 11-40
Shifters Shimano Deore XT
Handlebars Bontrager Race X Lite, carbon
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite lock-on
Stem Bontrager Rhythm Pro
Brakes Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 3 w/titanium rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper

* Subject to change without notice.

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