April 3, 2012
FUEL EX 9.8 2012 18.5
15 mm thru axle
DRCV front and rear
xt everthing else!!!
wheel set= light
TIRES = amazing!
Ok.... let me start off by saying I've tested a few bikes in my life not many but a few. My last bike I owned was a Trek Fuel EX 6. I'm a trek fan and proud of it! Either way we all like to bike so here’s a quick review on the 2012 Trek Fuel EX 9.8
If I was made of money I would have a few bikes to round up my collection, I’m not. I saved all winter for this bike. I wanted A bike that would most importantly climb well, with the ability of descending technical singletrack! I also wanted a bike that would work well where I reside in Crested Butte.
The first thing I noticed when I got on some single track was the handling. The 15mm thru axle truly is the best new upgrade to this bike even it was a simple upgrade. The next thing was the small bump response. Early season I ride down at Hartman’s Rocks down in Gunnison. If you have ever road there you probably have road the collarbone, which is super wash boarded out! With the DRCV I can comfortably go over them without squeezing on the breaks! Next was how light this bike was! Sure I was looking for a light bike but man was I surprised! On the climbs you can just tell how much lighter this bike is compared to an aluminum bike! In terms of durability of the carbon, I am in no way worried. I’ve already taken a few big diggers and not scratches, cracks, dents, or even paint chips! The xtr shadow rear derailleur is simply amazing. The past two years I’ve been riding an SLX rear derailleur, I can safely say I will never go back! The XT shifters and breaks are not all that bad either. The breaks are the exact same as the XTR’s just weights a tad bit more, big woop! Finally I would love to mention trek and Bontragar finally did something right in terms of their tires!!! http://mbaction.com/Main/News/Product_Test_Bontrager_XR4_Team_Issue_TLR_Tires_4968.aspx They remind me of the Nevgals! I have a pair sitting around so once the xr4 teams are thru im going to put them on and compare!
All in all this is an amazing all-round bike! There is plenty of travel to still huck but at the same time with the RP3 DRCV this thing climbs like its “her” main job!
I did put on some Ergon GA1 Evo Grips, which are carbon bar compatible! This grips really rock on technical descents when you’re really clinching your bars!
I also added a 2012-reverb dropper post! This bike has enough travel to really send it on the downhill’s! The dropper post really makes it fun!