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The new Trek Farley EX 9.8

The new Trek Farley EX 9.8

The biggest news by far from Trek’s Sea Otter Launch was the addition of a full suspension Farley fat bike to their line. What’s more, Trek is speccing the new bikes with 27.5″ fat bike wheels and tires, instead of the more common 26″ size. That said, 26″ fat bike wheels with up to 4″ tires can be used on the Farley EX.

Gary Fisher kicked off the presentation

Gary Fisher kicked off the presentation

Since Trek is such a massive company with its own component arm–Bontrager–they were able to put together the whole package in house. The most crucial components–the frame, wheels, and tires–are all coming from Trek/Bontrager.

The aluminum Trek Farley EX 8

The aluminum Trek Farley EX 8

Trek is offering two models of the Farley EX: the aluminum-framed 8, and the carbon 9.8. Both will come with a 120mm RockShox Bluto, currently the only game in town for fat bike suspension forks aside from Cannondale’s fat bike Lefty. Spacing is 150x15mm front and 197x12mm rear. Tires are the same for both models as well–the tubeless-ready Bontrager Hodag in a 27.5×3.8 size. As you would expect, the 9.8 gets a serious upgrade in the wheel department in the form of Trek’s new 2,500g Wampa carbon wheelset. The aluminum Farley EX 8 gets SUNringlé Mulefüt rims laced to Bontrager hubs.

Trek's new Wampa carbon wheels are specced on the 9.8

Trek’s new Wampa carbon wheels are specced on the 9.8

While fat bikes aren’t personally my thing, I have to admit that the new Farley EX looks pretty damn sweet–particularly the carbon 9.8.

Photo courtesy of Trek

Photo courtesy of Trek

Specs

Farley EX 8 – $3,500

  • Frame: Aluminum, 120mm rear travel
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv
  • Fork: RockShox Bluto – 120mm travel
  • Wheels: SUNringlé Mulefüt 80mm rims, Bontrager hubs
  • Tires: Bontrager Hodag, 27.5×3.80″
  • Derailleur: SRAM GX
  • Shifter: SRAM GX
  • Cranks: Race Face Affect
  • Brakes: SRAM Level T
  • Bar: Bontrager Line 35mm, 750mm wide
  • Stem: Bontrager Line 35mm
  • Post: KS eThirty Integra
  • Weight: 35lbs.

Farley EX 9.8 – $5,500

  • Frame: Carbon, 120mm rear travel
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv
  • Fork: RockShox Bluto – 120mm travel
  • Wheels: Trek Wampa Carbon 80 SL
  • Tires: Bontrager Hodag, 27.5×3.80″
  • Derailleur: SRAM X01
  • Shifter: SRAM X1
  • Cranks: Race Face Next
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide
  • Bar: Bontrager Line Pro Carbon 35mm, 750mm wide
  • Stem: Bontrager Line 35mm
  • Post: Bontrager Drop Line, 125mm travel
  • Weight: 32lbs.

Geometry

Both the Farley EX 8 and 9.8 share the same geo. Key numbers include:

  • Head tube angle: 68.8 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 73.1 degrees
  • Chain stay length: 445mm
  • BB height: 352mm
  • Reach: 452mm (size 19.5″)
  • Wheelbase: 1175mm (size 19.5″)
Bontrager Hodag 27.5x3.8 tires will come on both versions of the Farley EX

Bontrager Hodag 27.5×3.8 tires will come on both versions of the Farley EX

So who is this bike for? If you ask Trek, it’s for everyone, all the time. In fact, their tag line for this release is, “No reason for off season.” I could see this bike being the “one bike” for a wide swath of riders, particularly those that ride purely for enjoyment. With a simple swap of the tires, the Farley EX can be ridden on dirt all summer and snow in the winter.

Look for the new Farleys at your local Trek dealer beginning August 2016.

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  • bikerboy13

    I really dig the paint job on the 8 but I have no need whatsoever for a fat bike.. I live on the californian coast.. where you it doesn’t snow there much.. LOL 😀

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