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2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7 black

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2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7

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Trail-taming fans, rejoice! Trek's Fuel EX 9.7 proves that affordable carbon fiber machines belong on singletrack!


Color: Matte Raw Carbon/Gloss Black

Size: Extra-Small, Small (27.5" wheel), Medium, Medium/Large, Large and Extra-Large (29" wheel). Please call for size availability


Trek's Fuel EX series have been the benchmark for full-suspension trail bikes for years, gathering awards along the way. How could Trek improve upon such an outstanding machine? Somehow, they did it.


Trek's Fuel EX 9.7 kept plenty of the right elements from the previous generation of the Fuel EX family. Trek's exclusive OCLV Mountain carbon fiber is still used to produce the main triangle and chainstays, ensuring very low weight and outstanding torsional strength. Anchoring the crankset is a PF92 press-fit bottom bracket, while a tapered head tube enhances front suspension performance and overall handling. What's new? Pull up a chair...


The Fuel EX 9.8's down tube is no longer a heavier curved shape, but completely straight. Preventing the suspension fork crown from smacking the down tube during a tumble is the job of the Knock Block steerer stop found at the top of the head tube. It weighs almost nothing, and is integrated into the headset. There's even an internal storage compartment in the down tube, eliminating the need for a seat bag.  Rough trails require confident control, and Trek's Active Braking Pivot -or ABP- rear suspension geometry ensures excellent suspension performance, even under hard braking on rough descents. The upper magnesium rocker link is a one-piece unit that resists torsional twisting that might inhibit the rear shock. Trek eliminated the Fuel EX's Full Floater lower shock installation in favor of a fixed installation, reducing weight and enhancling torsional strength. A clever detail can be found at the back of the upper suspension rocker where it meets the upper seat stays: a reverseable Mino Link chip that can alter the geometry of the Fuel EX 9.7 to be either upright and nimble, or slack and stable. The rear shock is a new air-adjustable Fox Performance Float EVOL unit that boasts 130mm of suspension travel. Developed with input from Penske Racing Shocks, the rear shock boasts RE:aktiv suspension technology with a 3-position damper for excellent control in technical terrain. Up front, an air-adjustable Fox Rhythm 34 Float EVOL suspension fork keeps the front wheel planted through rock gardens. 140mm of suspension travel performance can be adjusted on the fly with a 3-position damper on the fork crown. Thru-axles front and rear bring added torsional strength to the wheelset and the bike as a whole.


Shifting performance in technical singletrack is crucial, and Trek knew that single-ring drivetrain technology has come of age. SRAM's latest 12-speed Eagle shifting operates smoothly, even under hard pedaling loads. A SRAM NX Eagle shifter is paired with an NX Eagle derailleur, making lightning-quick gear changes simple. An 11-50T SRAM Eagle cassette boasts a massive gearing range, while an alloy Truvativ Descendant 6k Eagle 32T single-ring crankset does power delivery duties. Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Line Comp 30 wheelset features a wide width; perfect for supporting meaty 2.60" Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires. The hubs are also extra-wide Boost110/148 units, adding an extra dash of torsional strength for even sharper handling. Shimano's new 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes bring confident stopping power to the Fuel EX 9.7 in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud). Bontrager's Evoke 3 saddle sits atop a Bontrager Line dropper post, while an alloy Bontrager Line stem grips a 35mm alloy Line handlebar. Lock-on Bontrager XR Trail Elite grips complete this outstanding singletrack warrior.

Additional Information

Year 2020
Gender Mens + Womans
Color Carbon
Speeds 12 Speed
Features Light weight, rugged construction, OCLV Mountain carbon fiber main frame and rear stays, tapered head tube, internal storage in down tube, downtube-mounted Carbon Armor, Control Freak internal cable routing, Active Braking Pivot (ABP) rear suspension geometry w/130mm of travel, air-adjustable Fox Performance Float EVOL rear shock w/RE:aktiv 3-position damper tuning, Magnesium upper rocker link, Mino Link suspension adjustment, Knock Block headset/steerer stop, air-adjustable Fox Rhythm 34 Float EVOL suspension fork w/GRIP damper and 140mm of travel, 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle shifter, SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur, alloy Truvativ Descendant 6k Eagle w/32T single chainring, 11-50T SRAM PG-1230 Eagle cassette,SRAM NX Eagle chain, alloy Bontrager Line Comp 30 wheelset w/12mm thru-axles, tubeless-ready Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires, Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes w/180mm rotors, Bontrager Arvada saddle, Bontrager Line Dropper post w/bar-mounted remote, alloy Bontrager Line Knock Block stem, alloy Bontrager Line handlebar, Bontrager XR Trail Elite lock-on grips
Manufacturer Trek