Trek Fuel EX 8 29 21" - LAST ONE! - 2016

Trek Fuel EX 8 29 21" - LAST ONE!
  • Color: Matte Trek Black
  • Color: Matte Dnister Black/Red
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With the big-wheel mile crushing of an XC bike and the confidence of an aggressive trail bike, Trek's Fuel EX 8 29 trounces whatever trails you have in mind. This 29er boasts Trek's Alpha aluminum frame with G2 geometry. Stiffness means precise handling, so you're equipped with Trek's E2 head tube and a 142x12 rear through axle, plus Trek's ABP and Full Floater suspension to keep your rear suspension active and controlled even when you're braking. That suspension devours hits to the tune of 120mm of front and rear travel, controlled by Fox's technology and enhanced with Trek's Re:activ tech out back. The rest of the parts are just as dialed. This outstanding bike is built up with tubeless-ready Bontrager wheels and tires, sure-stopping Shimano discs, and a Shimano 2x10 drivetrain for crisp, quick shifts every time. The Fuel EX 8 29 is ready for whatever you have in mind.

Trek’s premium lightweight aluminum is continuously cold extruded and butted at multiple points for ultimate weight reduction and superior strength. Frames built with Trek’s Alpha Platinum aluminum are hydroformed to create the most sophisticated shapes for the lightest weight, and are finished using their smooth-weld process.

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.
Trek's EVO rocker link is a one-piece, magnesium linkage that drastically increases rear-end stiffness and decreases total frame weight, too.
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 G2 Geometry (version 2 of Gary Fisher's Genesis Geometry) delivers the ultimate ride for every trail. Genesis earned rave reviews for awesome handling on climbs and descents thanks to a long top tube paired with a short stem that moves the front wheel forward for top-notch confidence and control, while short chainstays add phenomenal traction. G2 Geometry takes these handling traits to the next level by boosting control on tight singletrack and technical climbs, too. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of fork offset (reducing trail), which makes G2 bikes steer more quickly, and by shortening the reach, which puts more weight on the front wheel for even better control and confidence. The two animations above showcase how G2 Geometry provides the perfect ride.

Specs

Frame Trek Alpha Platinum Series aluminum, G2 geometry
Fork Fox Performance 32 Float, FIT4 3-position damper, E2 tapered steerer, G2 geometry w/51mm offset, 120mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox Performance Series Float EVOL, RE:Aktiv
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Duster Elite Tubeless-Ready, Boost110 front, Boost148 rear
Hubs Bontrager
Tires Bontrager XR3 Expert, tubeless-ready 29 x 2.3
Crankset Shimano M627
Chainrings 36/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG50, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters Shimano SLX
Handlebars Bontrager Race Lite, 5mm rise
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite lock-on
Stem Bontrager Elite
Brakes Shimano Deore disc
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2
Seatpost KS eThirty Integra dropper post

Reviews

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5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (5)
  • Versatile  (4)
  • Comfortable  (3)
  • Lightweight  (3)
  • Climbing  (2)

Cons

  • Heavy wheels but durable 
  • None 
  • Wheels And Tires Below Av 
  • Poor Quality Tires 

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking  (4)
  • Desending 
  • Rapid gear shift 
  • Traversing 
  • On The Dirt Going Updown 
  • Bigger Hits 
  • Technical Trails 
  • Extreme Sports 
  • Road Biking 
  • The Lockout For The Road 
  • Trail riding 

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5

Great bike

By 

from North Dakota

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Suspension
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments:

    I use this on all types of single track. I moved from a hard tail to this and the difference is astounding. I am bombing down hills and hitting jumps with confidence. It climbs really well, and the 120mm of suspension is perfect for anyone looking for a super smooth ride without giving up the ability to climb. The design of the rear suspension makes the bike feel bottomless, even when hitting 4ft drops at high speeds. The dropper seat post is also a must. Trek is the way to go!

    4

    Great Bike

    By 

    from Tucson

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Great All Around Bike
    • Durable
    • Versatile
    • Great Materials
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Tires
    • Wheels And Tires Below Av

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking
    • The Lockout For The Road

    Comments:

    Great all around bike....this is my first 29, stepping up from a 26, what a difference. I ride in the desert SW and it can be hard on tires but the Bontrager tires and wheels are garbage! Can't believe they put them on this level of bike, definitely not on par with the other components. Absolutely by this bike but talk to your bike shop and trade out the tires before you ride it!

    5

    Absolutely sweet!

    By 

    from Chula Vista, CA

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Stylish
    • Durable
    • Comfortable
    • Packs Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Traversing
      • Desending
      • Rapid Gear Shift

      Comments:

      I thought I'd upgrade from a 20-year-old Diamondback that served me very well. My first ride out on big trails and I accidentally caught some air. Fearing that I was going to break every bone in my 57-year-old body, I made my peace with my Maker mid-air. Until this day, I don't remember the landing. Butter!!! This bike made me look so good. I'm 260lbs and this think handled like a champ. Wicked quick and snaps to me when I ask her. Love this bike.Worth every penny.

      5

      Couldn't be more plesed

      By 

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Climbing
      • Durable
      • Comfortable

      Cons

      • Heavy Wheels But Durable

      Best Uses

      Comments:

      Have really been enjoying my move to the 29" version of the 2016 EX 8 from an older 2008 26". It so much easier rolling over roots and rocks compared to the 26. I didn't think I'd appreciate the dropper post but I've found it very useful and now couldn't imagine not having one. I converted the wheels to tubeless before my first ride and it only took about 30 minutes and haven't had any issues in 300 miles of riding in my first 4 weeks. For my type of riding and my local trails the travel of the suspension has been perfect. Very pleased.

      5

      Great bike!!!

      By 

      from San Diego

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Capable
      • Stable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • On The Dirt Going Updown

        Comments:

        Been riding since July and I am not ever gonna stop. This bike has been great to learn trail riding and downhill riding on. It is maneuverable through very rocky sandy and tight packed surfaces providing confidence. It hits drops and some smaller jumps super smoothly. Overall I am super impressed, I did put a dropper seat post which is the only upgrade that it needed. Thanks trek!!

        5

        Awesome Ride!

        By 

        from Arizona

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

        • Versatile
        • Lightweight
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Extreme Sports
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments:

          This bike is amazing.

          5

          EXCELLENT

          By 

          from Florida

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Everything

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          Comments:

          I got this bike August 1st on sale for 2,200. It is simply amazing.The suspension is so smooth when you hit the trails. Or you can lock the suspension for riding on the street. With its 30 gears you won't have any problem finding one that fits whatsoever your riding over. I'm surprised how easy it was to get to a top speed of 29mph on a flat street ( no hills).Fun versatile and a great deal.

          5

          squishy bike!

          By 

          from Aptos, CA

          About Me Advanced

          Comments:

          my first ever squishy (full suspension) bike. the fuel is a blast to ride, just the right amount of travel for my home trails without feeling burly and slacked out like a big travel bike. the stock wheels on the Ex 8 are nothing to write home about but they're solid - in any case that's where i'd upgrade first. the tires do come tubeless ready though, which is pretty great. go tubeless, you won't regret it. slap on a dropper post and maybe new wheels and the fuel ex 8 is everything you could ask for in a trail bike for all but the burliest riding.

          5

          Awesome MTB for all off roading

          By 

          from Leesburgh, va

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Plush Downhill
          • Climbing
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking
            • Bigger Hits
            • Trail riding
            • Technical Trails

            Comments:

            I ride road and rail trails with my wife typically, but I also work in Colorado and keep my Fuel there. I ride mountain trails from lift served terrain like Vail or Breckenridge or local locations like Palmer Park. This bike is awesome. Handles most everything, including dirt trails, rocks, jumps, drops (3 ft or so), uphills, downhills, etc. The suspension is great. downhill you can setup the suspension to take the hits, yet uphill stiffens out for efficient climbing. The 29" wheels make for a smoother ride and easier to overcome obstacles. When in very tight rocks or builders on steep slopes can be a little harder to turn than a 26" wheel, but wouldn't switch due to the advantages of 29" wheels in other situations. LOVE THIS BIKE. Cloud use a drop post but that's an add-on.

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