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The Trek Fuel Ex series is a mid to high range of mountain trail bikes that go a long way with MTB lovers around the world. Though Trek’s products are sometimes love-it-or-hate-it types, this line has something for everyone, offering some good looking designs, women-specific models, and average to pro specs.

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BikeNameResellerPrice
Trek Fuel EX 9.8 Plus 2018 15.5
Trek Fuel EX 9.8 Plus 2018 15.5
$4,300 $3,720
You save 13%
Trek Fuel EX 8 2019 15.5
Trek Fuel EX 8 2019 15.5
$2,700 $2,669
Trek Fuel EX 8 XT 2020
Trek Fuel EX 8 XT 2020
$3,460
Trek Fuel EX 5 Deore 2020
Trek Fuel EX 5 Deore 2020
$2,286
Trek Fuel EX 7 NX 2020
Trek Fuel EX 7 NX 2020
$2,904
Trek Fuel EX 9.8 GX 2020
Trek Fuel EX 9.8 GX 2020
$5,870
Trek Fuel EX 9.7 NXGX 2020
Trek Fuel EX 9.7 NXGX 2020
$4,202
Trek Fuel EX 9.9 XO1 2020 M Long
Trek Fuel EX 9.9 XO1 2020 M Long
$8,033
Trek Fuel EX 5 2019
Trek Fuel EX 5 2019
$1,800 $1,780
Trek Fuel EX 9.9 2019
Trek Fuel EX 9.9 2019
$6,250 $6,179
Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus Limited 2018 Zoll Quicksilver
Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus Limited 2018 Zoll Quicksilver
$3,309
Trek Fuel EX 9.7 2017 18 5 Zoll trek black roarange
Trek Fuel EX 9.7 2017 18 5 Zoll trek black roarange
$3,999 $3,859
Trek Fuel EX 7 2018 17 5 Zoll Trek Waterloo
Trek Fuel EX 7 2018 17 5 Zoll Trek Waterloo
$2,499 $1,986
You save 21%
Trek Fuel EX 5 2019 Zoll trek
Trek Fuel EX 5 2019 Zoll trek
$1,999 $2,096

Trek Fuel Ex Review

Trek has been around for decades, and needless to say, they know a thing or two about mountain bikes. For this line, Trek has hit a few good upgrades, with much more aggressive and aesthetically pleasing geometry, better travel with bigger wheelsets, and some excellent alloy and carbon material options.

Before we even jumped on these bikes to take them for a spin, just wheeling them out made us take note at once of the silence and smoothness these bikes offered. At the top of the line, the bikes cost close to $10K, but this may just be worth it for the light and silent cable management system, the high quality suspension, and the high tire clearance. Light weight OCLV carbon material and high quality SRAM drivetrains on the top models make for light and easy handling.

On even the bottom models, stiff, dense frames come in alpha platinum aluminum, with RockShox suspension. Adjustable geometry and Shimano hydraulic brakes make for quality rides. The only fatal flaw that several test rides revealed is that some of these models don’t handle too well downhill.

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+Pros:

  • More travel
  • OCLV carbon
  • SRAM and Shimano componentry
  • Light and smooth rides
  • Adjustable geometry
  • Silent cable management system
  • Better tire clearance

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-Cons:

  • Poor handling downhill
  • A little expensive

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The Verdict

These mid to high range mountain bikes are definitely worth the buy, and offer top notch specs and performance even at the lower price tags.

It’s hard to find fault with the Trek Fuel Ex line of MTBs, but you will have to shell out quite a bit to get this kind of quality. If you want the smoothest rides on all kinds of terrain, this is one of the most highly recommended ranges.

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