BikeRadar recently popped along to Milton Keynes, where Trek UK proudly presented its full 2017 bicycle range. We’ve popped the bits that interested us the most into the article below.
- Trek 2017 road range highlights
- Best cross-country mountain bikes
- Trek’s Slash 29 picks up where the Remedy 29 left off
Trek Remedy 9 Race Shop Limited
Not to be confused with the more expensive 9.9 Race Shop Limited, this is the top-end alloy version of Trek’s latest Remedy. Coming in at £2,900, it’s a particularly well-equipped and attractive enduro machine.
The frame itself still uses Trek’s full-floater suspension design and ABP concentric pivot at its Boost-spaced rear axle.
The Remedy also gets Trek’s Knock Block system, which stops interaction between its fork and frame in a crash scenario through the use of a sacrificial alloy wedge that integrates below the upper headset cup. When you stack it, the alloy wedge snaps, taking the brunt of the force and preventing the crown from impacting the down tube at speed. Should the crown still hit the frame, the impact will be cushioned by two large rubberised sections.
Up front there’s a dual-position Rockshox Lyric RC, it’s boost spaced and offers either 160mm or 130mm of travel. The rear end provides 150mm of travel through a Deluxe RT3 shock. The transmission consists entirely of SRAM’s X1 components.
Trek’s in-house brand Bontrager provides most of the finishing kit including the new 30mm wide Line Comp wheelset and SE4 Team Issue tyres, both of which should go tubeless with very little difficulty. Other spec highlights include a Bontrager 780mm bar and 35mm stem and a 125mm version of Bontrager’s Drop Line dropper post and SRAM Guide RS brakes.
This model is the spendiest of three alloy bikes, while two carbon Remedys sit above it. For 2017 there are also a couple of women-specific versions of the Remedy, one using a carbon frame and the other being an alloy version.
Trek Slash 9.9 29 Race Shop Limited
Picking up where the Remedy 29 left off, Trek’s new Slash is the company’s latest long-travel 29er. You only have to glance at that enormous new downtube, a part that actually manages to dwarf that of Trek’s Session downhill bike, to realise how serious this machine is.
With a 65-degree head angle this is a seriously slack bike. The frame is 1x specific, and rather than using Trek’s full-floater linkage, the shock is now mounted at the front triangle. All of this amounts to more stiffness and better tyre clearance.
This, the spendiest of two builds at £6,000 / US$9,000 pairs the Slash’s carbon frame to a Fox 36 TALAS fork and Factory Float X2 rear shock. The transmission is none other than SRAM’s flagship Eagle 12-speed, meanwhile braking also comes from SRAM in the form of Guide Ultimate Carbon stoppers. You can read more about the new Slash in our first look article.
Also on show was Trek Factory Racing rider Tracy Moseley and her stunning new Slash race bike. Amongst other tweaks, Moseley’s bike runs 1x Di2 XTR with a 46t cassette at the rear, a Fox Float X shock and prototype Bontrager tyres.
Trek Stache Carbon
The Stache is Trek’s 29+ hardtail and for 2017 it’s available for the first time with a carbon frame. Available in two specs, the above bike is the flagship Stache 9.8 model and features a 120mm Pike RC fork, Bontrager’s Line Pro carbon wheels and a SRAM XO1/X1 drivetrain. Despite arriving with 3in Bontrager Chupacabra tyres, Trek’s clever Stranglehold dropout means 27.5+ and regular 29in tyres will work fine also.
At £3,700, it’s not cheap. Thankfully, those looking to spend less will be relieved to know Trek still produces two alloy versions of the Stache.
Trek Fuel EX goes plus
It was back in May when we first reported that Trek had made its legendary Fuel EX models available in plus-sized versions. Above is the Fuel EX 5 27.5 Plus, which at £1,750 is the most affordable of a three-model range.
The frame delivers 130mm of travel via a Rockshox Deluxe RL shock that’s sandwiched between the bike’s full-floater linkage. The front offers 10mm more travel through a Sektor Silver RL fork.
Like the other bikes in the Fuel EX plus family, the EX 5 uses 2.8in tubeless-ready tyres from Bontrager and those are Sun Ringle Duroc 40mm rims. There’s also a Shimano Deore 2x10 transmission and M315 hydraulic discs.
For more on the Fuel EX plus range head here.
Trek Top Fuel 9.9 Race Shop Limited
Here’s a rather special slice of cross-country bike porn. Totalling £7,000, it’s built with range-topping bits from Fox including a Factory 32 Float fork and shock, there’s also SRAM Eagle 12-speed and all the lightest carbon bits from Bontrager’s XXX line.
Full suspension fatties
Full-suspension fat bikes still aren’t much of a thing in the UK, but that hasn’t stopped Trek from bringing a couple of them in. Available in carbon and alloy frame versions, the Farley EX takes the 120mm front and rear suspension format of the Fuel EX and pairs it with big, bad 3.8in on 27.5 rims.
For £2,800 the alloy frame Farley EX8 gets a 120mm Bluto RL fork and Float EVOL shock, gearing from SRAM GX and a KS dropper. For more on these head on over to our first look article.
And one for the young’uns
Trek has a particularly impressive kid’s range for this year, and this Farley 24 junior fat bike illustrates that point perfectly.
The alloy Farley is a perfect miniature of the regular Farley fat bike right down to its 4in tyres and hydraulic discs. All of the contact points are suitably shrunken down to fit the younger fat-enthusiast too.
Expect plenty more from the 2017 Trek range soon on BikeRadar