Five years in the making, Trek has released RE:aktiv, a new suspension damping technology with roots in Formula One. The product of a partnership between Trek Bikes, Penske Racing Shocks and Fox Suspension, the new RE:aktiv technology utilizes regressive damping, which has been used in Formula One cars for years.
Trek would never release their new suspension technology without it being offered on something equally exciting. Enter the new 2015 Fuel EX 27.5. Trek won’t be left behind on the move to phase out 26″ wheels. The tried and true Fuel EX trail bike now has the complete trail package. Between the bigger wheel size and 4.7″ of suspension with RE:aktiv shock damping, you’ll wonder where all those bumps went that your old Fuel EX always seemed to find.
Trek claims the regressive damping provides equal capabilities in both low and high speed compression rates, creating a system that not only provides confidence on the small bumps of the trail, but also control when the going gets tough and more travel is needed. How fast does it make the transition? It’s claimed to do so immediately, without any noticeable shift.
RE:aktiv damping is most noticeable in the climb and trail modes of CTD, when instant transitioning is needed in order to provide a solid pedaling platform that still absorbs a hit when needed. With the North Carolina trails being smooth as concrete with the occasional rooty sections, we kept it in trail mode a large majority of the time, and even kept it in climb for some of the extended descents. Descending in climb mode may sound rough, but what if it’s finally possible to have a solid platform on smooth sections, while also having your shock eat up the anything put in your path?
Shocks with the new RE:aktiv damping technology (available late July) will be provided on the following models:
Fuel EX 9, 9.8, 9.9 (27.5″ and 29″)
Remedy 9, 9.8, 9.9 (27.5″ and 29″)
Lush SL and Carbon (27.5″ and 29″)
Was the collaboration of three industry giants what it took to make the perfect shock? It’s difficult to say with a few test laps in the saddle and we look forward to serving it up plenty more roots and rocks to find out. Both the Pisgah and Dupont National Forests seem to be packed full of smooth and flowy trails, leaving us ready to get the design out on some of our local Mountain Bike Action wringers to find out exactly what RE:aktiv is capable of! Keep an eye on our upcoming issues for a full write-up.
Our next request: Mountain bike tires that stick better than Formula One tires at Monaco.