Looking for a new trail bike this season? For those of you who are, Trek has answered the call with their new Fuel EX line up. For the new model year we see some welcome changes to keep them up to date with the current trail bike scene. With seven different price points starting at $1,649.99 for the Fuel EX 5 and $6,999.99 for their top tier Fuel EX 9.9, you’ll find a bike that best suits your price point. The rider looking for a versatile bike that can do it all and still be lively on the trail should look no further than the Fuel EX.
Amongst the key changes for 2013 are the increase of travel from 120mm front and rear to 130mm, a revised suspension ratio and shock valving, a slacker head angle (now 68 degrees), and shorter chainstays. Some of the finer details like ISCG tabs for a wider range of chainring configurations (such as 1x10!), downtube guard, stealth dropper post routing, and Fox’s new CTD platform make this bike perfectly adaptable to most any situation. That being said, the attributes that have made the Fuel EX bikes so popular already are still contributing to the continued success of the line up today.
I ordered my 2013 Fuel EX 8 at the beginning of August and have been able to put a respectable amount of time in the saddle since. Having ridden this bike in all the local hot spots and getting some riding in elsewhere in the mountains, I’ve come to love this bike. The Fuel is an aesthetic stunner and rides even better!
The redesigned frame and suspension are not only clean looking but very capable and confidence inspiring on the trail. Pedaling with a certain liveliness and zest, the bike rips singletrack and climbs with ease. But the strong point for me is, when pointed down hill, the way it handles big hits with ease thanks to Trek’s proprietary DRCV system. The EX eats up all the small rocks and roots with little to no effort and takes the bigger hits beautifully. Fast, efficient, yet capable are traits that most trail bikes aspire to--Trek has nailed them all.
If you’re interested in a bike to ride a little bit of everything and do it on a fun, fast, and great looking bike; definitely check out the new Fuel. We’re now seeing the first of the 2013 trail bikes show up in stock so stop by and experience one for your self!
Reeves Hankins---Agee's W. Broad