In all fairness, we decided to push the limits of the Fuel EX 9.8, a bike that fits squarely in the trail category, on Colorado terrain tough for the burliest bike. What Trek’s top-selling Fuel lacks in tackling big mountain riding, it more than makes up for in an all-around good time. We thought the Fuel EX shined most on flowy trails with moderately-sized features and, given its trail category, rides much lighter and is more capable than its 28 pounds and 120mm of travel suggests.
“As far as mountain bikes go, it’s a safe choice. And I don’t mean that negatively at all. The Trek Fuel EX 9.8 has a stout frame, excellent suspension, and a (mostly) smart parts spec. It would be a great companion on any mountain bike ride.” -Aaron Chamberlain
Read more from Aaron’s review: Final Review Trek Fuel EX 9.8