Trek Fuel EX9.5 (SG) review

For 2007 the Trek's fully sussed Fuel Ex 9.5 is a corker. The front end of the 9.5 and 9.0 versions is now stiffer ultra light 110gsm (gram per square meter) OCLV carbonfibre. An asymmetric alloy back end, wider spaced bearings,

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £3,600.00 RRP | USD $6.00
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Our review

It' lighter and faster than before, a really great ride
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For 2007 Trek’s fully sussed Fuel Ex 9.5 is a corker. The front end of the 9.5 and 9.0 versions is now stiffer ultra light 110gsm (gram per square meter) OCLV carbon fibre. An asymmetric alloy back end, wider spaced bearings, new dropout pivots and a rocker link help carbon and alloy EX bikes lose nearly a pound of frame weight and up to double that as complete bikes.

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Travel is up from 100 to 120mm with a Fox RP23 rear shock giving a low 2.4:1 leverage ratio for smooth control. A 90/110/130mm Fox TALAS fork up front enables you to tune geometry on the fly too, and angles are nudged back for extra stability. It’s light enough to sprint, and charge between turns, but will still nail most technical downhill sections. The suspension is very tolerant of different sag settings, we ran anywhere from 20-30%.

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The Trek Fuel EX range has also been expanded with new cheaper versions (EX5) and the Women’s Specific Design EX7 gets the full 120mm travel too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Trek Fuel Ex 9.5
Brand Trek

Cassette Shimano XTR Hydraulic Disc 160mm.
Stem Race XXX Lite
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.2
Rear Tyre Jones ACX
Front Tyre Size 26x2.2
Front Tyre Jones ACX
Available Sizes 15.5 Inches 17.5 Inches 19.5 Inches 21.5 Inches
Available Colours Black
Shifters XTR Trigger
Fork Talas RL
Seatpost Race X Lite
Saddle Race X Lite Pro
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR
Head Angle 71
Handlebar Race X Lite
Front Derailleur Shimano XTR
Frame Material CarbonFibre
Wheelset Race X Lite Disc