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  1. The family-friendly store is located in Melrose Arch Johannesburg, one of South Africa’s premier shopping precincts. It will provide area residents with a full-service bike shop and access to a full line of leading bikes and cycling gear for men, women, and kids. Arch Cycles also features a Bike Fit studio where riders can get properly setup on their new bikes and a fully trained staff of enthusiastic Arch Cycles employees who are excited to share their product knowledge and beautiful space with you. Their workshops sports industry leading technology, tools and a team of skilled professionals that, collectively, has a wealth of experience repairing and servicing any type, brand or size bicycle on the market. The store showcases two of the most sought-after bicycle brands in the world, Trek and Bontrager. The US-based bicycle company was founded in 1976 with a vision of bringing the joy and adventure of cycling to a broader audience. Today, though Trek has grown far beyond its humble beginnings, the company has stayed true to its founding principles: we build only products we love, provide incredible hospitality to our customers, and change the world by getting more people on bikes. In the coming weeks, Arch Cycles will host special opening sales and events, and all are encouraged to visit the new location at Melrose Arch, 34 Whiteley Road, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2076. Arch Cycles is open Mon-Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturdays 9am -2 pm and Sundays and Public holidays 9am - 1pm. For more information, please visit www.archcycles.co.za or contact the store directly on 086 179 6757.
  2. Couldn't find a thread for TREK MTB owners, so here it is! I've been on a Superfly 100 AL Elite since June last year and it's pretty much been bulletproof apart from a rear shock leak. I have a 45-50 seeding index, so I'm no speedster, but it serves me well, and passes a lot of carbon things along the way. Post up your technical advice and maintenance knowledge here.
  3. Madone is the benchmark platform for race bikes: it's smooth, light, and aero in one complete package and has won top marks and Bike-of-the-Year awards from the industry's best media outlets. Madone 9.0 carries the same advanced aerodynamic performance and all-around ride quality as other Madone road bike models, but it keeps the price in check with a standard stem and aero bar set up for adjustability. It's the ultimate race bike at the best value, with extraordinary race performance, aero wheels, a road-smoothing IsoSpeed decoupler, hidden cables, and the sleek look that screams for speed. The tech you get Madone 9.0 is ready to race, right out of the box. It's built with a full Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupset, tubeless ready Aeolus Comp 5 aero wheels, a road-smoothing IsoSpeed decoupler, and a lightweight 600 Series OCLV Carbon frame with Kammtail Virtual Foil tubes that cut through the wind. Madone is also fully customisable through Project One. Go really freakin' fast and get all the free speed you can get. With Madone 9.0, you get the free speed, aerodynamic advantage, and superior ride quality of our ultimate race bike at a great value, plus the added ability to mount clip-on aero bars for time trials and triathlons. Madone 9.5 : R119,999 Madone 9.0 : R64,999 Trek goes the distance, offering a Lifetime Warranty on all bikes, and a unique Carbon Care Programme giving you peace of mind. For more information on the new Trek road bike selection and Trek retailers, visit: www.trekbikes.com/za/en_ZA/
  4. Trek's flagship e-MTB is the result of 30+ years of mountain bike innovation and leadership, with every detail informed by Trek's rich heritage of designing, developing, and building the finest bikes for the trail. Powerfly is a mountain bike first. It rides like a mountain bike because it is one, with advanced frame and suspension technologies that only Trek can offer. Powerful Bosch motor and Purion display At the heart of the all-new Powerfly is a 250-watt off-road specific Bosch Performance CX motor with 75Nm of torque. The low-profile Purion display makes it easy to adjust the assistance level on the fly, and it also features an all-new e-MTB mode that automatically adjusts to the terrain to optimise the level of assistance. Built for the trail Each Powerfly model carries forward Trek's legacy of mountain bike innovation and ride quality, and is equipped with the same advanced frame and suspension technologies found on Trek mountain bikes. All Powerfly models are built from Alpha Platinum Aluminum and feature Boost148/110 hub spacing for stiff, strong wheels that can handle the extra power provided by the motor.Full-suspension Powerfly models feature Trek’s patented Active Braking Pivot suspension layout for maximum control in every situation. Full-suspension models also get extra frame stiffness thanks to Trek’s exclusive Straight Shot downtube with Knock Block frame defense. Select Powerfly models include maximum pedal-assist performance with specific e-MTB drivetrains, forks, and brakes. More riders, more adventure Powerfly e-MTBs make the exhilaration of mountain biking more accessible to a wider audience, placing fun at the forefront of the experience and making climbs just as thrilling as flats and descents. With a full line of full-suspension and hardtail models, there’s a Powerfly for every off-road rider.Powerfly Full Suspension 9 Powerfly Full Suspension 7 Powerfly 5 Hardtail Powerfly 5 Full Suspension Make more possible with Powerfly this summer. The Powerfly range is competitively priced starting with the Powerfly 5 Hardtail at R55,999; the Powerfly 5 Full Suspension at R67,999, the Powerfly Full Suspension 7 at R76,999 and the Powerfly Full Suspension 9 at R85,999, available in store now. Seize the day … test-ride a Powerfly today at a Trek e-bike retailer.
  5. Built Trail-Tough Roscoe is a 27.5 + mid-fat mountain bike with wide 2.8˝ tyres serving up an extra helping of confidence-inspiring traction. With all that extra rubber on the ground, Roscoe provides a new level of traction in all circumstances. That means more confidence when ripping through corners. More stability in rough or loose terrain. An uncanny ability to get up technical climbs. You’ll charge harder through challenging terrain. You’ll clean new sections of trail. You’ll have more confidence, allowing you to enjoy the ride more and ride trails you never thought possible. Trek’s Roscoe packs a mean punch on the trail. The Alpha Gold Aluminium frame is light, strong and extremely stiff. The Roscoe features a geometry that’s slacker and lower than its cross-country counterparts giving riders more stability on the trail, especially at higher speeds or on steep terrain. The wider 141 mm rear and 110 mm front hub spacing ensures stronger, less flexy wheels, allowing for wider tyres, shorter chain stays and more chainring options. Longer travel suspension forks, a robust tapered head tube and trail geometry provide more confident handling on any terrain. Roscoe is also equipped with an easy-to-use 1x drivetrain along with wider handlebars for added control and select models come stock with a dropper seat posts. The new range comprises the Roscoe 7 and 8, as well as Women’s Specific Design models. Roscoe is focused on delivering value, versatility, and fun starting at R14,999 to R18,999. Committed for life For over 40 years, Trek’s commitment to relentless innovation while honouring our founding principles to build bikes that we love that we are proud to stand behind has led us to where we are today. That’s why each Trek bike is warrantied for life - we’ll take care of you and do what’s right. For more information on the new Trek mountain bike selection and details of Trek retailers, visit: https://www.trekbikes.com/za/en_ZA/. Trek Roscoe 8 Trek Roscoe 8 WSD. Trek Roscoe 7 Trek Roscoe 7 WSD
  6. It’s true that improving something that’s already spectacular is more difficult than starting from scratch. Trek did just that and took the world’s lightest, best-handling race bike and made it better, making the lightest lighter. Click here to view the article
  7. Meet the new Émonda, the hero of the lightweight revolution Trek has released a new generation of its ultralight Émonda road bike line, shaving 50 g off the previous SLR models, now weighing in at a svelte 640 g. Since its release in 2014, Émonda SLR has set the standard for lightweight road bike performance. For the all-new Émonda line-up, Trek developed a new carbon layup that made its lightest bike even lighter. The 700 Series OCLV Carbon frame also enjoys increases in stiffness and compliance, making the new Émonda family an offering with both the performance attributes required by dedicated racers and improved ride quality for everyday riders. New models of Émonda SL pair much of the same technology with 500 Series OCLV Carbon frames while an entirely new Women’s model, Émonda SL 5 Women's, has been added to the SL line-up. Trek South Africa’s range includes the Émonda SLR 8 and SL 6 Pro, SL 5, and SL 5 Women’s available at Trek retailers nationwide. Émonda is the bike that will challenge the best on the climbs, corners, and descents of cycling’s biggest races, as well as your local crit. Committed for life Trek goes the distance, offering a Lifetime Warranty on all bikes, and a unique Carbon Care Programme giving you peace of mind. MSRP: Emonda SLR 8 – R99,999.00 Emonda SL 6 Pro – R 52,999.00 Emonda SL 5 – R28,999.00 Emonda SL 5 Woman’s – R28,999.00 For more information on the new Trek road bike selection and details of Trek retailers, visit: https://www.trekbikes.com/za/en_ZA/. Join the conversations on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrekBikesZA/ or Twitter: https://twitter.com/trekbikes and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trekbikes/.
  8. The Trek Troopers are a crew of experienced cyclists who have freed up their time to help others get through their first race and have some fun in the process. Wherever there is someone on two-wheels, there is a measure of joy to which we all relate. Crossing the finish line of any race is exhilarating. The feeling of accomplishment, of achieving a goal that you’ve set and worked toward. Of course, finishing feels wonderful no matter how many times you’ve done it before but when you cross the finish line of your first race, the feeling is absolutely and overwhelmingly exhilarating and is one of life’s rare moments of perfection. Trek and Cycle challenge want to get more people to the finish line and inspire more people to ride bikes, more often. The Trek Troopers will be clad in high-visibility Trek-Cycle Challenge jerseys, bibs and helmets and will have front and rear daytime running lights making them more visible in the group whilst creating exposure of Trek’s ABC’s of cycling safety, which encourages riders to be seen and be safer on the roads. Trek’s research shows that cyclists drastically overestimate the distance at which they are detectable by motorists. Unless we’re actively doing something to increase our detectability, we may not be seen at all. And that’s an alarming reality. Ride with lights day and night. The ABC of Awareness – Always on, Biomotion and Contrast – are presented in a good, better, best hierarchy. There are a lot of measures we can take to increase our visibility on the road, but research has shown that using daytime running lights is the single most effective way to stand out to motor vehicles. If you only do one thing, do this. The more of the ABC’s you follow on every ride, the more you’ll stand out. Find your day-time running lights at any Bontrager stockist and with the Bontrager guarantee if you don’t love them, we will take it back within 30 days – it’s that simple. Find your retailer here. Keep an eye out for more information on the Trek Troopers on the Cycle Challenge website. For additional information on the new Trek 2018 range, ABC’s of cycling safety or Trek retailers, visit www.trekbikes.com
  9. Trek and Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge are thrilled to announce a collaboration that supports first-time riders in this year’s edition of the race. With over 4000 riders in the last 6 un-seeded batches, the programme ensures that these riders have a more enjoyable day on the bike and make it to the finish line - all smiles. Click here to view the article
  10. You are lead designer on mountain bike product development for Trek Bicycle Corporation. Can you explain what that entails? Myself and my colleagues are responsible for taking new designs from a prototype phase and bringing them to production: making them deliverable to customers, so that they are safe and work properly.As far as the design process goes, we will start out with prototypes as just line images on the screen and we will get everything where we think we want it. Then we will submit it to our prototype shop, which is right down the hall from my desk. They will cut tubes based on our CAD designs and weld up a bicycle. Then we will assemble it and ride it, and decide if it is a design worth pursuing, or if it is something we should just put on the scrap heap, as we have done with dozens of designs that we thought would be good, but ended up not riding as well as we expected. At Trek, we have specific teams for each division: there is a mountain bike, road, city, Bontrager, and a shared resources team which take care of prototyping. I am a design engineer within the mountain bike group, which includes engineers, industrial designers, product managers, marketing, and project managers. The product managers are essentially the customers of the engineers: they will ask for the next trail bike for example, and we will come up with a design and present it to them. The product cycle is such that by the time the media see it, the design team is already on to the next bike. Our work flow is cyclic, with busy and quiet periods, so we try to overlap projects so that busy periods do not coincide. So for example, while working on finishing off the new Remedy I might be starting on the new Top Fuel designs. How much of what you learn on one project is transferable to another? A lot of it. Especially for a given model year, we try to keep technology set for a given model year.Product turnaround time will vary between three and six months, depending on when we decide the appropriate launch date versus the project completion date. Improvements in technology have also helped reduce lead times. For example, video communication with our vendors in Asia has really helped. How did your bike design career begin? Where did it all start? I attended college right out of high school (from 18-22). I got a degree that I ended up not using. After college, I got a job as the manager of the service department of a bicycle shop. I then got an internship with Trek, where I started out in 2013 doing menial tasks and worked my way up. I designed two bikes while an intern, which is apparently a first. Which project or accomplishment at Trek are you most proud of? The project that I am most proud of is the Slash 29. I was the lead design engineer on that. That bike has been revolutionary for us: it’s a great bike. Everyone who has ridden it has praised it. This week I flew straight to South Africa from the EWS in Aspen where I was the mechanic for the team, so it’s been a really fun, rewarding and educational project. Do you use the time with the team to get feedback? Absolutely, the team has been irreplaceable, during all phases of that project. Early in the project, we rode an aluminium prototype with Tracey Mosely and Justin Leov who were the star athletes on the team at the time.Speaking of a design that we didn’t use: we actually went too far towards a downhill geometry on that bike, and Tracy said “no, this doesn’t work” and we pulled it back a little. The wider Boost 148 rear axle standard was introduced by Trek in 2014. This caused some frustration of yet another standard for bike owners, riders, buyers and sellers to worry about. What is it like taking the jump and pushing a new standard into the industry? We actually began boost a long time ago. We knew we needed a wider chainline to get the geometry that we wanted. When we were first bringing it to market we knew it was a better product, so we made it open source. We are very proud of that, and also the widespread adoption of it now.My take on the negativity is that it comes from people who haven’t ridden it, and don’t understand the benefits of it fully. As World Cup cross country courses seem to get gnarlier every year, we’ve seen a move in cross country race bike design towards more forgiving, trail-capable geometry. Will we be seeing a similar move from Trek with the Top Fuel? We have been looking at all possibilities there. We feel that our current Top Fuel was quite a progressive bike for the time that it came out, so we’re comfortable where that is at this moment, but that is certainly something that we are testing and we’re aware of. How do you balance the needs of an ordinary rider versus a professional racer when designing a bike? I would say that what the pros want on those types of courses is not necessarily a bad thing for the average guy.What the team wants is pretty similar to what the consumer wants, they tend to push the bike hard, accelerating the testing process, but at the end of the day it’s possible to keep the team and the consumer happy. What is the next big thing you see on the horizon in terms of mountain bike design? Haha, I can’t name that then everyone else will know it! 29er DH bikes: What is your take? They are great. They are fast. Our development team has said that our current 29er downhill bike is the best downhill bike they have ever ridden. I think there is still room for a 27.5 for certain riders, but they are fantastic. Unlike the rest of the range, the Trek Slash did not use a full floating suspension design. When do you decide it’s worth making fundamental changes like this? How does a change like this impact your marketing of one design over the other? I can’t really answer the marketing side of it, but I can answer the design side. We were able to achieve the kinematics that we wanted without the full floating design, and that was a better design to move forward with because it simplified the chainstay design. What new technologies or developments have had the biggest impact on bike design in the last 5 years? For engineering, I love 1x drive trains. They open up a lot of possibilities in the bottom bracket area. From a riding perspective, I love dropper posts, and that the people who have adopted them have become more accomplished riders with just that one upgrade. Is there anything else influencing bike design right now? I’d say the unrest around tyre size right now is changing the way people are riding bikes and also the way we are designing bikes. In terms of tyre size: Are you headed in a specific direction? No, I would say we are not headed in one definite direction. We are open to all of the new tyres sizes, things like 1x drive trains have allowed us to design for these tyre sizes. I think it will get flushed out by the riders eventually. I would say plus tyres are remarkable because the traction gives riders so much confidence. Has this required you to revisit spring curves and shock tunes? No, I would say they are not influenced so much by the tyres and the weight of the tyres, but rather in terms of the shocks themselves by the way riders are riding. The average rider is riding more aggressively and faster than they have ever before. If you had to pick one wheel size, what would it be? For myself? I couldn’t. It’s bike specific. For example, I went on vacation recently and I took three wheel sizes: 26, 650b and 29. Dirt jump, a DH bike, and Slash. E-bikes are gaining popularity worldwide, how much of an influence do you see them having on the sport of mountain-biking in the future, and how much focus is going into the design and development at Trek? At Trek we are very much into e-bikes. We feel that it is going to increase the number of riders out there which is a good thing. It’s a good thing for trail networks and mountain biking in general. I think that not enough people who comment have ridden an e-bike. We feel like we need to take a leadership position on regulations and rules for trails and what classes of e-bikes can be ridden on them. IMBA did quite an extensive study which showed that e-bikes do not harm the trail physically more than a regular bike.
  11. To celebrate that Trek is now direct in South Africa, Trek are bringing out the legendary Jens Voigt. Jens will be participating in the #MyTrek Sunset Charity Cycles in aid of the non-profit, Qhubeka and in the upcoming Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  12. Jens Voigt is a true legend in the sport of professional cycling, most commonly known for his saying “shut up legs”. The German-born cyclist and father of six has competed in the Tour de France 17 times, winning several stages and wearing the famed yellow jersey in the race’s 2005 edition. In 2014, Jens became the UCI World 1 hour record holder before retiring as a member of the Trek Factory Racing Pro team after a storied 17-year career. More recently, in January he completed the gruelling Everest challenge in 26h30m, a massive 9000 metres of climbing and over 400km of riding in snow and on frozen roads. “We are thrilled to have Jen’s coming to South Africa, he loves spending time with his fans chatting about his passion for the sport. He is a legendary sportsman - the Trek team and our Trek retailers are so excited for his visit”. Keep an eye on Trek social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information and register on www.mytrek.co.za. Key events: #MyTrek Sunset Cruises:Join Trek Bikes South Africa and celebrated cyclist, Jens Voigt, for a fun-filled sunset cycle, suitable for everyone, in Johannesburg 7th March 2017, 3 pm at Bidon Bistro and Cape Town 10th March 2017, 4 pm at Boschendal Wine Farm. This is not a race! We’re challenging all cyclists. Both serious and hobbyist, in these two cities, to help us raise funds for the non-profit, Qhubeka. Registration is free and for each registration Trek will donate R10 with a goal to reach R15 000.00 for Qhubeka. We need at least 1500 riders to make this possible. “Will you be part of this legendary ride?” Register at https://www.mytrek.co.za/ *Food, coffee and drink services will be available, on the day, for your own account. Zapper and Credit Card facilities available on site. *Children are welcome. We encourage safe cycling, metro and paramedics will be onsite to keep you safe. *This is a fun afternoon cycle meant for enjoyment. Please feel free to invite friends and family. *Dress up in any fun attire you feel confident in. We will be filming this event! Store signings: Come meet Jens Voigt and share your love for cycling at some of our exclusive store signings. Jens will spend one-on-one time with his fans. Should you wish to get any memorabilia signed this is your chance!Catch him at: Wednesday 8th March: Pretoria: The Bicycle Company Lynnwood: Cnr Lynnwood & Daventry Road, Lynnwood 10h30 – 12h30 Johannesburg: Swiss Cycles, 1 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank 15h00 – 17h00Thursday 9th March: Stellenbosch: BMT Stellenbosch, Blackhorse Centre Cnr Dorp and Mark Street, Stellenbosch 11h30 – 13h30 Durbanville: Best Bikes : Shop 5; Spiros Corner, Cnr Main & wellington, Durbanville 15h30 – 17h30 For more details please contact:Natalie Roberts: Marketing Manager Trek Bikes SA - +27 11 258 8974 Info_treksa@trekbikes.com
  13. Following the release of the mid-fat Fuel EX 27.5 Plus, Trek has unveiled a new generation of its most popular and highly-acclaimed full suspension trail bike platforms, Fuel EX and Remedy. The all-new models bring more capability than ever before with more aggressive geometry, additional travel, stiffer frames, and wheel sizes optimized for their intended ride style. Fuel EX remains the obvious choice for the versatile trail rider who never backs down from adventure and refuses to shy away from aggressive terrain. The all-new Remedy further embraces its all-mountain roots, matching perfectly with the rider who requires trail bike agility and DH toughness in one package. Click here to view the article
  14. Fuel EX 29 The all-new Fuel EX 29 delivers 130mm front and rear travel to complement a longer, slacker geometry that provides additional confidence at high speed and on technical descents. Our new Straight Shot downtube increases frame stiffness without additional weight, rounding out a ride that is tougher in every dimension but remains agile and efficient for optimal performance on all trails. Fuel EX is offered in three women’s models with Women's Specific Design (WSD) touchpoints. The 15.5˝ and 14.5˝ sizes will be paired with 27.5˝ wheels to give smaller women more maneuverability and a better overall fit. With the exception of Fuel EX 27.5 Plus, all other Fuel EX models are offered exclusively in a 29˝ platform. Trek Fuel EX 29 Models Fuel Ex 9.8 29 Fuel EX 9.7 29 Fuel EX 9 29 Fuel EX 8 29 Fuel EX 9.8 Women's Fuel EX 8 Women's Remedy The all-new Remedy now boasts an impressive 150mm front and rear travel, along with a slackened head tube angle for a ready-to-roll package dialed for enduro racers and technical trail riders. Remedy is equipped with Trek’s ABP, EVO link, Full Floater, and RE:aktiv suspension technologies. For the all-new Remedy, RE:aktiv damping is now available in a RockShox rear shock, coupling this proven technology with a wider range of suspension options. The Straight Shot downtube delivers increased stiffness, creating a frame that is better equipped than ever before to take on the demands of the all-mountain/enduro category. For serious racers, Trek is offering two Race Shop Limited Remedy models with 160mm travel-adjust forks. Remedy Women’s is available with distinct graphics and Women’s Specific Design (WSD) touchpoints, and all Remedy models are available exclusively in a 27.5˝ wheel size. Trek Remedy Models Remedy 9.8 Remedy 9 Remedy 8 Remedy 7 Remedy 9.8 Women's Remedy 8 Women's Features Each platform retains the feel that riders love and have come to expect from these models, with designs that are more capable than ever before. Both Fuel EX and Remedy benefit from Mino Link, allowing the rider to adjust frame geometry to better accommodate a variety of trails. Trek's Control Freak internal cable routing system has been expanded to its Alpha Aluminum models as well. Both new bikes feature the recently-unveiled Knock Block frame defense to protect the downtube from fork crown impacts and the top tube from being damaged by spinning handlebars.
  15. A stiffer, more confidence-inspiring frame gets the mid-fat tire treatment along with an increased 130/140mm of suspension travel. The key feature of the new model is its freshly updated 27.5 x 2.8 Bontrager Chupacabra tires, rolling on 40mm rims. This setup significantly increases traction and stability, but keeps weight and rolling resistance low enough to maintain the nimble handling and quick acceleration that fans of Fuel EX have come to expect. Fans of 29” wheels need not worry as the Fuel EX will still be available as a 29er. Novice and intermediate riders will instantly feel more confident aboard Fuel EX Plus with increased stability and traction on any trail. Advanced riders will find themselves clearing more technical trail features than ever thanks to the added grip in extreme situations like ultra-steep blown-out climbs and rowdy off-camber roots. To go along with all that extra fun, we added more travel to Fuel EX with 130mm out back and 140mm up front. Of course, we still use our proven suspension technologies including ABP, Full Floater, and RE:aktiv for a chassis that’s ready for the plus-sized party. Boost hub spacing makes room for those meaty tires and allows us to keep the chainstays to a playful 433mm. The new frame is available in either Alpha Platinum Aluminum or OCLV Mountain Carbon to cover a wide range of riders. The new bikes feature updated The new bikes feature updated slacker, low and long geometry and a robust straight downtube producing the stiffest frame in its category. For an added measure of protection, we developed Knock Block frame defense, which keeps the fork crown and handlebar controls from hitting the frame. All of the new Fuel EX 27.5 Plus frames come with our Control Freak internal routing system for a set up that’s versatile and easy to use, while Mino Link allows riders to further fine tune their geometry. The Fuel EX 27.5 Plus is backed up, as are all Trek bicycles, with Trek Care, the industry’s best warranty. Models Fuel EX 9.8 27.5 Plus FrameOCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & seatstay, alloy chainstay, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block steerer stop, Full Floater, EVO link, E2 tapered head tube, Mino Link, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, PF92, ISCG 05, G2 Geometry, 130mm travelFront suspensionFox Performance 34 Float, FIT4 3-position damper, E2 tapered steerer, Boost110, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 140mm travelRear suspensionFox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210x52.5mmFront HubDT Swiss 350 centerlock disc, Boost110Rear HubDT Swiss 350 centerlock, Boost148RimsSUNringlé Duroc 40 SL 28-holeTyresBontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 27.5x2.80"Bottom bracketPF92CassetteShimano Deore XT, 11-40, 11 speedChainShimano Deore XTCrankShimano Deore XT, 36/26Front derailleurShimano Deore XT, high direct mountRear derailleurShimano Deore XT, Shadow PlusShiftersShimano Deore XT M8000, 11 speedBrakesetShimano Deore XT hydraulic discHandlebarBontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm widthHeadsetKnock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottomSaddleBontrager Evoke 3, titanium railsSeatpostRockShox Reverb Stealth, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, zero offsetStemBontrager Line Pro, Knock Block, 35mm, 0 degreeGripsBontrager Race Lite, lock-onUS Retail Pricing$5 299,99 Fuel EX 8 27.5 Plus FrameAlpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block steerer stop, Full Floater, EVO link, E2 tapered head tube, Mino Link, Control Freak internal routing, down tube guard, PF92, ISCG 05, G2 Geometry, 130mm travelFront suspensionFox Rhythm 34 Float, Grip adjustable damper, E2 tapered steerer, Boost110, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 140mm travelRear suspensionFox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210x52.5mmFront HubBontrager sealed bearing, alloy axle, Boost110Rear HubBontrager sealed bearing, Boost148RimsSUNringlé Duroc 40 SL 28-holeTyresBontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 27.5x2.80"Bottom bracketPF92CassetteSRAM XG-1150, 10-42, 11 speedChainSRAM PC 1130CrankSRAM GX 1000, 32T X-SyncFront derailleurN/ARear derailleurSRAM GX, Roller Bearing ClutchShiftersSRAM GX, 11 speedBrakesetShimano Deore hydraulic discHandlebarBontrager Line, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm widthHeadsetKnock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottomSaddleBontrager Evoke 2, chromoly railsSeatpostKS eThirty Integra, remote lever, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, zero offset, internal routingStemBontrager Line, Knock Block, 35mm, 0 degreeGripsBontrager Race Lite, lock-onUS Retail Pricing$3 299,99 Fuel EX 5 27.5 Plus FrameAlpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block steerer stop, Full Floater, EVO link, E2 tapered head tube, Mino Link, Control Freak internal routing, down tube guard, PF92, ISCG 05, G2 Geometry, 130mm travelFront suspensionRockShox Sektor Silver RL, Solo Air, TurnKey lockout, E2 tapered steerer, Boost110, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 140mm travelRear suspensionRockShox Deluxe RL, 210x52.5mmFront HubBontrager alloy, Boost110Rear HubBontrager alloy, Boost148RimsSUNringlé Duroc 40 SL 28-holeTyresBontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 27.5x2.80"Bottom bracketPF92CassetteShimano HG50, 11-36, 10 speedChainKMC X10CrankRace Face Ride, 36/22Front derailleurShimano Deore, high direct mountRear derailleurShimano Deore, ShadowShiftersShimano Deore, 10 speedBrakesetShimano M315 hydraulic discHandlebarBontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 750mm widthHeadsetKnock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottomSaddleBontrager Evoke 1.5SeatpostBontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, 12mm offsetStemBontrager Rhythm Comp, Knock Block, 31.8mm, 0 degreeGripsBontrager RaceUS Retail Pricing$2 399,99 Question and Answer: How much suspension travel does Fuel EX 27.5 Plus have?Fuel EX 27.5 Plus features 130mm rear and 140mm front suspension travel. Why 27.5x2.8? We tested every rim and tire combo out there and found that 27.5x2.8 tires on 40mm rims gave us that extra traction and stability we wanted, but also kept the weight and rolling resistance low enough to maintain nimble handling and good acceleration. Will standard 29” wheels fit? What about standard 27.5 wheels? The frame will accept standard 29” wheels, which will raise the BB slightly. We don’t recommend running standard or smaller 27.5” tires, as that would lower the BB too much, and the handling will suffer. What is the max tire size? 27.5x2.8 or 29x2.4 Will there be any new Fuel EX’s spec’d with 29” wheels? Not at this time. What is new with the suspension? We still use our proven suspension design with ABP, Full Floater, EVO Link, and RE:aktiv, but we’ve refined the system in two ways. We’ve adjusted the leverage ratio to optimize the performance of the larger negative air springs on the new Fox EVOL and RockShox DebonAir shocks without having to resort to higher-than-ideal air pressures. We also went to a slightly longer metric-sized shock. This allows for better compatibility and it also gives us a more space for the shock’s internals for optimized performance in a more svelte package. What’s new on the frame? The geometry gets lower and slacker for better stability at high speeds and on steep terrain. We’ve also straightened the down tube and eliminated the curve behind the head tube to gain stiffness without adding weight. This frame is boasting an added level of frame protection with our Knock Block steerer stop, which protects the down tube from fork crown impacts and the top tube from handlebar controls. While our Control Freak internal routing system isn’t new on the carbon frame, we have added this slick feature to the alloy models as well. What is the head angle? Chainstay length? Low Mino Link position: 66.6 High Mino Link position: 67.2 Chainstay length: 433mm Does the fork feature G2 Geometry? Yes. Since the overall diameter of a 27.5x3.8 tire is close to that of a 29er, this platform benefits from the quick slow-speed handling and stable high-speed handling offered by G2 Geometry. Is there a recommended starting tire pressure? As always, the ideal tire pressure depends on many factors such as rider weight, riding style, and terrain. However, these higher-volume Plus tires will perform best at lower pressures than a standard mountain bike tire. For most riders, the ideal tire pressure will be between 13-18 psi. Keep in mind that even a half psi can make a big difference in finding the sweet spot between traction and sidewall stability. Will new Fuel EX be offered as a frame only? Not at this time.
  16. Trek has expanded one of the world’s most popular trail bike lines with the introduction of the Fuel EX 27.5 Plus. The popularity of mid-fat tires has shown riders how a little extra tire volume can yield a lot more traction and a lot more fun. Now the benefits of wider tires are being combined with full-suspension capability in the all-new Fuel EX 27.5 Plus. Click here to view the article
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