Just a short year after launching updates to the Fuel EX, including a stiffer chassis, a reworked rear shock, and slight geometry tweaks, Trek is at it again. This time around, the big story for the Fuel EX is the move further from the XC sphere and firmly into the realm of trail bikes. The new chassis gets longer, lower, and slacker, as is the fashion among many manufacturers at the moment. Travel grows to 130 at both ends (up from 120mm previously), and the bike is able to fit both 29-inch and, with the swap to a longer 140mm fork, 27.5+ wheels on the same frame. It’s available from Trek dealers in either configuration. Those aren’t the only tweaks Trek included; the design team got the directive to increase frame stiffness and, where possible, pare some weight. To do both these things, Trek examined tubing shapes and layout of the frame and came up with a few surprising tricks to get the numbers it was after. On today’s modern frames, one of the things designers need to contend with is how the fork will clear the frame when turned. This usually means frame shapes that cantilever the headtube out in… Read full this story
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