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2014 Trek Fuel EX 9 29 Bike

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“The perfect bicycle!”

The Good: Everything

The Bad: Nothing really

Overall Review:

I used to ride downhill and bmx and moved over to xc and road cycling a few years ago. For me this really is the perfect bike, although I did change the cockpit, seat and post to make it suit my endurance riding style. I have used it for everything from road racing(yes I did a 200k race in just over six hours on this thing) to long distance xc and bike park riding. Putting a 50mm stem when playing around at bike parks and it jumps and shreds down technical downhill sections like it was nothing, even keeping up with proper dh bikes.

Only problem I've had is round really tight berms where the 29er wheels aren't quite as nimble as 26ers.

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“Trek Fuel EX 9 Review ... Swing and a miss”

The Good: Great build, and very good frame weight as well. If I were to build a bike from frame up, this bike is how I would do it.

The Bad: The head angle on this trek was a little too steep for my liking

Overall Review:

Riding the Trek Fuel EX9 29er

The part spec on this thing was amazing, full XT all around, Fox Float front and rear, and at a price just over $4,000, that's a great value. This bike was the first 29er I've ever ridden, and I was immediately surprised on how quickly I became comfortable on it. Riding this bike on smooth single track was a breeze and tons of fun, carrying tons and tons of speed, and cornering quick well. It was quite amazing on how fast this thing could go! Climbing this bike was also great, the bike's monster truck tires allowed me to easily pedals over small loose rocks and larger sized boulders. The overall weight of the bike also helped out with jumping it over features in the trail, allowing the bike to bike picked up and put down with ease. The issue came into technical sections, with the head angle at a pretty steep 69.5 degrees, I felt as if I was over the front wheel far too much. Even managing to get myself into some pretty hairy situations. Which is a shame, because I wanted to like this bike, because it seems great and almost exactly what I am looking for, great build, good price, and around 5" of travel. But that head angle just made me feel like this bike was only designed for smooth terrain.

The Bottom Line

I can't reccomend this thing. In this day and age, bikes are moving to slacker and slacker angles, and maybe its good, maybe its bad, but the bottom line on this guy, is that for a 5" travel bike, it should be a little bit slacker. Sure you could put in an angle set, or offset bushings, but whats the point? Buy something with current geometry, and maybe change it with those products down the road. My vote, is don't get this thing until its just a hair slacker... Sorry Trek maybe next year

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Model Year 2014
Riding Type Trail
Sizes and Geometry

15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23 View Geometry

Size 15.5 17.5 18.5 19.5 21.5 23
Top Tube Length 22.32 23.54 24.09 24.68 25.59 26.1
Head Tube Angle 69.5 ° 69.5 ° 69.5 ° 69.5 ° 69.5 ° 69.5 °
Head Tube Length 4.13 4.13 4.53 4.53 5.12 5.71
Seat Tube Angle 73.6 ° 73.6 ° 73.6 ° 73.6 ° 73.6 ° 73.6 °
Seat Tube Length 15.51 16.54 17.52 18.5 20.0 22.01
Bottom Bracket Height 13.31 13.31 13.31 13.31 13.31 13.31
Chainstay Length 17.8 17.8 17.8 17.8 17.8 17.8
Wheelbase 43.62 44.84 45.43 46.02 46.97 47.52
Standover 30.67 30.12 30.43 30.24 30.31 31.02
Reach 15.35 16.57 17.01 17.6 18.35 18.7
Stack 23.66 23.66 24.06 24.06 24.61 25.16
Frame Material 29" Aluminum
Rear Travel 120mm
Rear Shock FOX Performance Series Float with DRCV, CTD Damper, Rebound
Fork FOX Factory Series 32 Float with CTD Adjustable FIT Damper, Rebound, E2 Tapered Steerer, Kashima Coating, 15mm Quick Release Thru Axle
Fork Travel 120mm
Head Tube Diameter E2 Tapered
Headset FSA IS-2, E2, Sealed Cartridge Bearing
Handlebar Bontrager Race Lite Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm Rise
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 Degree
Grips Bontrager Race Lite, Lock-On
Brakes Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc
Brake Levers Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc
Shifters Shimano Deore XT, 10-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT, High Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Shimano Deore XT
Chainrings 38/24 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Press Fit
Pedals N/A
Chain
Cassette Shimano Deore XT 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
Rims Bontrager Rhythm Elite Tubeless Ready 28-Hole Disc Wheels
Hubs Bontrager Rhythm Elite Tubeless Ready 28-Hole Disc Wheels
Spokes Bontrager Rhythm Elite Tubeless Ready 28-Hole Disc Wheels
Tires Bontrager XR3 Team Issue Tubeless Ready, Aramid Bead, 29"x2.30"
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2, Chromoly Rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth, Zero Offset
Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors High Polish Aluminum/Trek Black
Warranty Lifetime Frames, 5 Year Swing Arms
Weight

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Miscellaneous
Price $4199.99
More Info Trek Website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry