Trek Bikes brought us out to Sedona, AZ for the launch of two brand new models: the Fuel EX 29 and the Remedy 29. The Fuel EX and Remedy lines have been proven performers for a number of years in their 26-inch iterations, but with trail riders looking more and more to 29-inch wheels, there was a clear void in Trek's lineup.
The Red Agave Resort's a-frame rooms back up to one of our favorite trails in Sedona, Slim Shady. Plus, it's tough to have a bad day when this is the first thing you see when rolling out of bed.
Trek took what they learned from their existing 5-inch 29er, the Rumblefish, and the 26-inch Fuel EX, to arrive at the Fuel EX 29.
Fuel EX 29 Geometry
One of the most notable differences between the older design of the Rumblefish and the Fuel EX 29er is the move to a rocker-link driven ABP rear suspension rather than a swing-link layout. According to Trek, while the swing-link layout is optimal for bikes up to about 4-inches of travel (like the Superfly 100), as soon as you push the travel any further you run into issues. The new layout allowed Trek the progressive leverage rate they were looking for with the bike with a compact suspension design that still allowed room on the downtube for a bottle cage.
The Fuel EX 29 9.8 model which we were riding uses a OCLV carbon front triangle and seatstays with aluminum chainstays. Trek's Full Floater design mounts the shock on the rocker link and the rear triangle rather than the front triangle.
Trek wanted to maintain as much the 26-inch Remedy's liveliness as possible while the adding rollover ability and traction gains from the 29-inch wheels.
Remedy 29 Geometry
Like the Fuel EX, the Remedy uses a rocker-link ABP suspension design with a DRCV rear shock. Unlike the 26-inch Remedy, the Remedy 29 does not use a DRCV fork.
Though heavier, the Remedy's aluminum frame was noticeably stiffer than the Fuel EX 29ers due to the type of terrain it's built to withstand.
Sedona's vast trail network provided a good variety of trails allowing for rides tailored to show off the different personalities of Trek's new 29ers. Our ride on the Fuel EX was mostly fast and flowy with some technical sections thrown in, while the Remedy ride tackled much more burly and challenging terrain. Photos: Dan Milner/Sterling Lorence
If you get a chance to get out to Sedona, be sure to check out the Hiline trail. It's one of the area's most popular trails, and for good reason. Photo: Sterling Lorence
Look for a full write up on Trek's latest 29ers in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action.
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