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  1. Hi, I'm looking to buy a new mountain bike for the first time. My budget is up to R20k, but I have already looked at a few bikes and made a list of my favourites. I have looked at a few bikes within my budget including the Giant Talon 0 (2021), Trek Marlin 8 (2022), Specialized Rockhopper Expert (2021) and Silverback Stride SX (2021). These four bikes are my top picks, but I lean towards the Marlin 8 and Talon 0 more. Does anyone have any advice between these two bikes? I will use the bike for commuting and some off-road riding over weekends, so currently it looks like it might come down to external looks, brand preference and warranty as I won't be pushing the bike to its limits anytime soon, but that might change over time. If I go with the Talon 0 I will upgrade the tires to tubeless tires, so it will cost a bit more than the Marlin 8.
  2. Trek Supercaliber 9.9 My SUPERCALIBER 9.9 came into my life during a crazy time!! After merely two rides on it, I had a road bike accident and had to stay off the bike for two months, to recover from a severe elbow injury. Initially I had to approach my riding VERY CAREFULLY. For quite a while I did not have the strength to lean on my right arm at all. Slowly but surely my strength increased and as I dared more, my SUPERCALIBER started showing off. Giving me the best "WELCOME BACK TO RIDING" I could ask for. Coming from a TREK TOP FUEL 9.9 (2019), I did not know what to expect from my new bike, I loved the Top Fuel and had a 100% podium record on it. First thing I noticed was that these two bikes had a completely different feel even if you just ride around your neighbourhood. 1. IT IS FAST! Notably faster! There is absolutely no loss of power when you step on the pedals, everything you put in gets rewarded. To take it a step further the dual lockout system makes this bike come to life! I just lock out my shocks on a smooth climb and WHALLAH, rocket mode "ON" ???? 2. IT HANDLES OBSTACLES LIKE A DUAL SUSPENSION. Because the SUPERCALIBER has less travel in the rear shock (coming from 100mm rear travel to the merely 60mm Isostrut system) , I was a bit sceptical when it came to obstacles. Would I be able to be confident over the rocks, drops and jumps and what it would feel like? What a revelation! When it comes to jumps, it floats like an airplane and landing it is really smooth. The slack head angle does an amazing job down drops, rocks and steep descents. Easy to steer and very reluctant to throw you over the bars if you keep to the rules of basic skills. 3. IT'S REALLY, REALLY LIGHT The weight of this bike is probably its biggest advantage. With race ready sealant in the wheels and pedals on, my bike weighed in on 9.4kg. In other words, it is a pleasure to climb to the top of the mountain. During testing it on various mountain passes, I've set PR's every time, even while I wasn't in top shape during my recovery period. In conclusion..... Every time I ride, I smile at the top and and the bottom of the mountain. The only down side of the SUPERCALIBER is that it is difficult to not talk about the riding pleasure during the ride and you can easily drive your mates crazy. Thus also the reason why I've decided to share my experience online. No one asked, and I'm not getting paid to say nice things. It's just my honest opinion. Suggestions--- A bicycle like the SUPERCALIBER is built for optimum speed and I would suggest that you make sure that your bike setup is done properly without compromising the way the bicycle is built. In my opinion the shock pressure and rebound should be precisely set according to factory suggestions in order to get the most out of it.... DON'T FORGET THAT TYRE PRESSURE PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN YOUR RIDING AND CORNERING EXPERIENCE. The SUPERCALIBER 9.9 is the perfect race bike for me, and if you keep to its design, you'll be going faster than ever before! Though it is a pricey bicycle, it's definitely a huge benefit as a race bike. If you're thinking of buying it for racing or enjoyment, your expectations will be met!!
  3. Bontrager's all-new Aeolus RSL wheels are the result of a completely reimagined design process. In the past, Bontrager's optimisation process was done in 2D. For Aeolus RSL, Bontrager enabled 3D CFD models, which allowed engineers to accurately account for every gram of drag, in every direction, through every plane and across all aspects of the wheel/tyre system. A third dimension in speed With this new approach, Bontrager was better able to replicate real-world conditions and adjust the design accordingly, optimising for aerodynamics as well as rolling resistance. The result is a wheel that moves way beyond marginal gains. Aeolus RSL wheels aren't just fast; they're the fastest wheels Bontrager has ever made. Off-the-charts faster Aeolus RSL wheels are significantly faster than all previous Aeolus models, and the speed gains don't come at the cost of stability. Wider is faster Aeolus RSL’s 23 mm inner width (21 mm on Aeolus RSL 37) provides a better aerodynamic connection with tyres and allows them to roll faster. This design also lets you run lower tyre pressures for a smoother, faster and less-fatiguing ride. Race-calibre carbon All Aeolus RSL wheels are built with RSL-level OCLV Carbon. It's the lightest and strongest available, and the key to creating our fastest rim shapes ever. Designed with the pros To create a wheel set worthy of the Race Shop Limited (RSL) name, our engineers turned to Trek-Segafredo. The team's feedback helped us create the ultimate race wheel set, one that adds speed and confidence to every ride. Faster with fewer watts Aerodynamically faster rim shapes and a wheel/tyre profile proven to reduce rolling resistance add up to major watt-savings. For a rider like Trek-Segafredo's Mads Pedersen, Aeolus RSL can save 34 watts in a sprint finish over previous Aeolus wheels of a similar depth. New lightweight internals Aeolus RSL wheels feature all-new lighter-weight Ratchet EXP freehubs built with proven DT Swiss 240s internals for consistent engagement and a smooth, fast-rolling feel. Tubeless Ready (TLR) Easily set up your wheel set tubeless with Bontrager TLR rim strips or use a rim tape system for the lightest set-up possible. Move over, tubulars! This is the fastest wheel and tyre system available, and it’s exactly what’s raced by Trek Factory Racing to give them an edge over the competition. Confidence in carbon Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, Aeolus RSL wheels are backed by Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Programme. In the unlikely event that you damage your Bontrager carbon wheels within the first two years of ownership, we’ll repair or replace them for free. Available Aeolus RSL wheel models Aeolus RSL is available in multiple depths (37 mm, 51 mm, 62 mm and 75 mm), each designed to meet the demands of a specific kind of ride. Aeolus RSL 37: An ultralight 37 mm rim profile for climbing performance and more speed in sprints. Aeolus RSL 51: A versatile 51 mm rim profile for unmatched speed and stability across all conditions. Aeolus RSL 62: A deep 62 mm rim profile perfectly suited to sprinters and those who prioritise speed on every ride. Aeolus RSL 74: A 75 mm depth for triathlon and time trial riders, best for all-out efforts and your fastest bike splits ever.
  4. [h1]Press Release[/h1] Bontrager introduced the all-new line of Aeolus RSL wheels today, expanding its performance wheel offering and setting a new benchmark for speed and stability in carbon wheels. View full article
  5. In achieving the accolades he has thus far, Luke has had a great network backing him from family, friends, coaches and sponsors. Time has come for Luke to make a move in his career but not without first thanking those who assisted to shape him into the athlete he is today. A huge thank you needs to be given to Silverback Bikes, South Industries Custom Carbon Rims and Leatt Protectives for all the support and fantastic product they supplied in order to assist Luke to getting to where he is today in his career. OneMovement Sports Management are pleased to announce a new partnership for Luke Moir with Trek Bikes and Bontrager. Luke has signed a two year deal which will see him attacking the climbs and bombing the downhills at XCO events, track dependant on either the Supercaliber or Top Fuel as well as chasing the clock at Enduro races on the Slash. The 17 year old who is going into Matric at SACS next year can often be seen laying down watts as he blasts up the climbs in Tokai during intervals before stylishly and effortlessly descending the downhill lines on his 100mm XCO bike. I’m excited for this next step in my career and to be riding Trek Bikes, with their support I believe I will be able to elevate my game to the next level through the under 23 category. With the limited time I have spent on the Supercaliber I really love the climbing ability carrying all the stiffness of a hardtail, really looking forward to getting racing on it. Luke Moir We are excited to have Luke riding Trek Bikes and apart of the team as his professionalism and manner in which he conducts himself is what we looking for in an athlete, he also carries a great skillset and knows how to have fun on the bike which is Trek’s motto: Ride Bikes, Have Fun, Feel Good. We are looking forward to what the future has install for this partnership. Kevin Van Den Broek, Trek Bikes Marketing Manager Along side Trek Bikes and Bontrager, Luke continues his partnership with Red Bull and Thule. There is still so much uncertainty with regards to the pandemic and racing in the future but one thing remains constant - Luke’s focus and dedication to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
  6. Hi, just want to get opinions on something. I bought a 2nd hand 2019 Trek Fuel EX7 last year, and there was a bit of damage to the rear triangle with stone chips and scratches etc. Didnt think anything more about it. Decided recently to have the rear triangle resprayed. First day back out on the trails the chain appears to have not released from the chain ring, and taken out a nasty gash out of the aluminium right at the chain ring. Chain has less than 500km. Patch job 2 with some protective tape and now today same thing. Sram NX There is obviously a problem. Any ideas on how to get it sorted before patch job 3 commences?
  7. Switch back to 2019 and the UCI World Cup races specifically and you may remember the likes of Jolanda Neff, Emily Batty and Anton Cooper riding their Trek bikes with, let’s call it black tape, covering the rear shock. These were prototypes for what we now know is this bike, the Trek Supercaliber, which despite sounding like the start of a Mary Poppins song, is the brand’s top-tier race bike. We have the 9.8 derivative here, which is second from the top in the range and as of June 2020 retails for R99 999. What you get As a full-fat (or maybe that should be skinny) race bike, you get a carbon frame with a Fox Performance 32 Step-Cast fork with 100 mm of travel. You can go up to 120 mm on the fork travel according to Trek, and 120 mm seems to be more and more common on SA bikes but whether you’d want that on your race-day bike is debatable. Both front and rear axles are boosted to 110 mm and 148 mm respectively and the rear end suspension features Trek’s IsoStrut shock. It offers just 60 mm of travel and is integrated into the frame, apparently offering less lateral flex and twist than a normal rear shock. If it looks complicated, it isn’t. Once you strip away the mounting bolts it’s just as easy to service as any other Fox shock would be. Bontrager comes to the party with an assortment of carbon parts comprising 30 mm Kovee Elite wheels, trick XR2 2.20 rubber (front and rear), Pro seatpost, 720 mm wide bars and for this large frame, an 80 mm stem. The stems vary in length depending on the frame size. The drivetrain uses a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed to do the shifting and a Truvativ carbon crank. The bike comes standard with a 32 tooth chainring, which works on race day, but you may want a 34 tooth for everyday use. Stopping power comes courtesy of Shimano XT brakes and make of them what you will but I struggle with the snatchy nature of XT and the unsettling reaction from it. At R100k, the spec seems a little on the low side. I know I was expecting a little more than SRAM GX at this price, especially with the 9.9 being such a large step up at R180k, featuring XX1 componentary as well as a few other parts upgrades. However, I suspect we are in for a bit of shock as bike prices move further into the stratosphere in the future and there is always time to upgrade parts throughout the ownership period of the bike. For those into their geometry, the Supercaliber hits all the modern marks. It has an adequate slack (for a cross-country race bike) 69.0-degree head angle, 430 mm chainstays and a wheelbase of 113.6 cm for the large frame. Claimed weight is 10.46 kg with sealant. Once I threw on some Shimano pedals and 2 bottle cages, I was surprised to see the scale read as high as 11.4 kg. Having done a bit of reading on this, it appears to be a common occurrence, obviously Trek’s in-house scale is rather friendly. To the trails Rather than listing all the tech specs in every detail, let’s get into how it all translates into the riding experience. Right out of the blocks the Supecaliber feels fast, from the front end responsiveness to the way you can rapidly flop the bike over from one side to the other. There is no delay in the bike’s reactions, it wants to move. The dual lockout (front and rear together) is best reserved for flatter, softer surfaces where you can really make use of it. Having both shocks locked out on the trails is abrasive on the body and feels mechanically unsympathetic. In any case, with just 60 mm of travel at the back, you’re not losing much to the dreaded dual sus ‘bob’. It has the hardtail punchiness out of switchbacks and when trying to boost over things, unlike a hardtail, the bike does not get caught up on them and slow you down as the rear tries to settle. It is a climber’s dream, the swift front end gets you into and out of corners quickly while you get excellent value for every pedal stroke you churn out at the rear. Send it at a negative gradient and it’s surprisingly more capable than you’d think. The fast front end is predictable and stable in the corners and if you need to quickly correct, it’s very easy to manipulate. Much of that is no doubt down to the slacker head angle and low bottom bracket height. Down a succession of high-speed S-bend berms on Tygerberg’s Hoogekraal trail, I was impressed with just how quickly the bike shifts from side to side. You can force the issue and really attack corners with the confidence on the Supercaliber. The rear end feels light thanks to those short rear chainstays and tidy shock. A small flick of your heals in the cleats and you can lift the rear end up and have it wherever you want with very little effort. The Trek Supercaliber in flight at Contermanskloof. I found myself going faster and faster on every trail, more confident in the bike’s abilities to deal with increased corner speed, jumps and ruts. The Bontrager XR2 rubber is soft and progressive the more angle you put on it. These tyres probably aren’t a long term option but for race day, they feel like a set of qualifying lap specials. Any downside? The short travel rear can get caught up on rockier terrain like a hardtail. Bigger drops and ruts run through the travel and you can find yourself slowed up momentarily where a conventional dual suspension would soak up the hit with less loss of forward momentum. I found that running a little harder pressure at the rear (10 psi above recommended pressure for a 65 kg rider) worked better for me. I wasn’t running out of travel so often and in knowing that, I would try harder to blast my way through bumpier terrain.As a stage race bike, riders might find it a little too taxing on the body. I’m talking anything more than 2 or 3 days where you’re looking to preserve energy as much as possible. If you are a hardtail rider, then the Supercaliber is only going to be an improvement for you. Anything else? Trek seems to be somewhat of an underrated brand in South Africa and I can’t see why. It has quite a nice selling point in that the Bontrager parts are designed in-house and made specifically for Trek bikes. Keith Bontrager has pioneered many innovations in mountain biking and having someone like that underneath the Trek banner, ushering along part development has got to be a good thing. Verdict The Supercaliber brings a new style of bike to the market, something race-bred and built for those eyeing podiums and KOMs. It combines the climbing speed of a hardtail with the ability to attack a descent like a dual sus can. Is it the best of both worlds? That depends on the type of riding you see yourself doing - XCO? Then yes. Cape Epic? No, consider the Top Fuel. 3-day stage race? Errr possibly, but you need to be fit. You need to work to get the most out of the Supercaliber, it’s like a hardtail in that respect. You have to use your upper body and strength and in doing so it rewards you with a second here and there, which adds up over the course of a race. While the pricing seems expensive now, there is nothing really this race-focused on the market. The latest Scalpel Si Carbon 2 is similarly priced and the new Specialized Epic isn’t far off that number either. Considering where the Trek is positioned, both of those rivals would be considered marathon bikes compared to the Trek Supercaliber’s race offering.
  8. The Trek Supercaliber was shrouded in secrecy during the 2019 XCO season. Now, the tape (literally) has been cut and the out-and-out race bike is clear for all to see. Is it a bike for hardtail die-hards or does it have dual purpose use? We aimed it at the Western Cape’s trails to find out. Click here to view the article
  9. Press Release Trek released an all-new Émonda with aerodynamic tube shaping today. It's a major performance upgrade for the platform, and it makes Trek's lightest climbing bike faster than ever, while still keeping the frame weight under 700 g. Too often aero frame shapes are heavy and ride poorly. After over two years of development, and the creation of Trek's lightest OCLV Carbon lay-up ever, Trek engineers have found the perfect balance of speed and light weight, all while maintaining the amazing ride quality that Émonda is famous for. Available in both an SL and SLR version, the all-new aero Émonda is proven to be faster on flats and climbs alike. Émonda SLR The all-new Émonda SLR is the bike of choice for Trek-Segafredo climbers. In fact, racer Lizzie Deignan deemed it 'the best bike I have ever ridden'. It’s made of all-new 800 Series OCLV Carbon, weighs less than 700 grams and delivers significant speed advantages thanks to its aerodynamic design. Compared to its predecessor, Émonda SLR is 60 seconds faster per hour faster on flats and 18 seconds per hour faster at an 8% grade. 800 Series OCLV Carbon 800 Series OCLV Carbon is Trek's lightest and highest-performing carbon lay-up to date. It’s 30% stronger than previous OCLV Carbon laminates, yet just as stiff, allowing Trek engineers to create the Émonda SLR's aero shapes without adding a lot of weight. Émonda SL The Émonda SL features the same fast aero tube shaping as Émonda SLR, but it's made from lightweight 500 Series OCLV Carbon. Riders will enjoy both the gains in speed and lower price-point Émonda SL provides. Speedy design details The all-new Émonda models have hidden cable routing, most come with new aerodynamic Aeolus wheels and the Émonda SLR comes with an Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem that was purpose-built for it. Plus, the Émonda’s H1.5 geometry, developed with the Trek-Segafredo pro cycling team, puts the rider in the optimal aero race position. Available in Project One The Émonda SLR is also available for customisation in Project One, Trek's custom bike programme, giving riders the chance to create the bike of their dreams. The new Émonda SL and Émonda SLR are available through Trek's network of retail partners. Geometry Technical Details Weights SLR Frame Mass (unpainted, with hanger)698gSLR Fork Mass (unpainted, 220mm steerer)365gSL Frame Mass (unpainted, with hanger)1142gSL Fork Mass (unpainted, 220mm steerer)380g Frame Specs Recommended Tire Clearance28mm (with required 4mm of ISO clearance and 2mm tolerance factor)Max Chainring 2x53/39GeometryH1.5 Race (see geo chart)Bottom BracketT47Axle Spacing100x12 F / 142x12 R Aerodynamics Gains Aero Savings over 2018 Émonda182g (yaw weighted, comparing 2018 Émonda with XXX 2 wheels, XXX Bar/Stem Combo to 2021 Émonda with RSL 37 Wheels and Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem Combo)Time savings @ 0% grade60s/hr (vs old bike, at 350W)Time savings @ 8.1% grade (Alpe d’Huez)18s/hr (vs old bike, at 350W) South African Availablility The Émonda SL7 and SL6 Pro models are available in South Africa immediately. The SLR is available through the Project One programme.Émonda SL7 (Gloss Radioactive Red/Matte Carbon) FrameUltralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon, Ride Tuned performance tube optimization, tapered head tube, internal routing, DuoTrap S compatible, flat mount disc, 142x12mm thru axleForkÉmonda SL full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, internal brake routing, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axleWeight Kg (56cm)7.76 kgWheelsBontrager Aeolus Pro 37, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 37mm rim depth, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 100x12mm thru axle front, 142x12mm thru axle rearTyresBontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 700x25cShiftersShimano Ultegra Di2, R8070, 11-speedFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8050 Di2, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8050 Di2, short cage, 30T max cogCrankShimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36CassetteShimano Ultegra R8000, 11-30, 11 speedBottom BracketPraxis, T47 threaded, internal bearingChainShimano Ultegra HG701, 11-speedSaddleBontrager Aeolus Comp, steel railsSeatpostBontrager carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offsetHandlebarBontrager Pro VR-C, OCLV Carbon, 31.8mm, Di2 routing, 100mm reach, 124mm dropGripsBontrager Supertack Perf tapeStemBontrager Pro, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degreeBrakesetShimano Ultegra hydraulic disc, flat mountRecommend Retail PriceR 109,999.00 Find out more about the Émonda SL7 here. Émonda SL6 Pro (Lithium Grey/Brushed Chrome) FrameUltralight 500 Series OCLV Carbon, Ride Tuned performance tube optimization, tapered head tube, internal routing, DuoTrap S compatible, flat mount disc, 142x12mm thru axleForkÉmonda SL full carbon, tapered carbon steerer, internal brake routing, flat mount disc, 12x100mm thru axleWeight Kg (56cm)8.06 kgWheelsBontrager Aeolus Elite 35, OCLV Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 35mm rim depth, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 100x12mm thru axle front, 142x12mm thru axle rearTyresBontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 700x25cShiftersShimano Ultegra R8025, short-reach lever, 11 speedFront DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000, braze-onRear DerailleurShimano Ultegra R8000, short cage, 30T max cogCrankShimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36CassetteShimano Ultegra R8000, 11-30, 11 speedBottom BracketPraxis, T47 threaded, internal bearingChainShimano Ultegra HG701, 11-speedSaddleBontrager Aeolus Comp, steel railsSeatpostBontrager carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offsetHandlebarBontrager Elite VR-C, alloy, 31.8mm, 100mm reach, 124mm dropGripsBontrager Supertack Perf tapeStemBontrager Pro, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degreeBrakesetShimano Ultegra hydraulic disc, flat mountRecommend Retail PriceR 79,999.00 Find out more about the Émonda SL6 Pro here.
  10. Trek launched an all-new Émonda road bike today. The latest Émonda is focussed on aerodynamic efficiency while improving on the lightweight climbing ambitions of the previous Émonda models. In fact, Trek claim a rider holding a constant 350 watts will be 15 seconds faster up the iconic Alpe d'Huez over the previous Émonda. There will be two Émonda frame specification levels, the SLR and SL. Both frames are identically shaped, meaning there is no difference in aerodynamics efficiency and geometry. The range topping SLR frame uses Trek's new 800 Series OCLV Carbon with a frame weight dipping under 700 grams. The more affordable SL frame is constructed from 500 Series OCLV Carbon with a claimed frame weight of 1142 grams but offers all the same aerodynamic and handling gains. Accompanying the launch of the latest Émonda are new Aeolus aerodynamic wheels and Aeolus RSL bar/stem combo that cleans up the cockpit. In South Africa, we'll have access to the Émonda SLR frame through the Project One customisation programme. On the shop floor you'll find the Émonda SL7 and SL6 Pro models. Read the press release below for all the details on the all-new Émonda. Click here to view the article
  11. Aeolus Wheels Aeolus' proven, stable designs deliver free speed without added weight, and are brought to life through Bontrager's industry leading OCLV Carbon lay-up process. New Aeolus carbon wheel models are available in three levels to give riders more performance and pricing options: RSL (Race Shop Limited), Pro and Elite. Aeolus RSL 37 Made from Bontrager's best OCLV Carbon, these ultra-light 37 mm wheels have an all-new rim shape that’s faster than deeper wheels and lighter than shallower wheels all while maintaining stability. Compared to their predecessors, the new shape is 30% deeper, making them 11% faster than before, and they weigh a mere 1,325 g per set – 55 g less than previous models.'We designed and built Aeolus RSL 37s for the pros of Trek-Segafredo,' said Graham Wilhelm, Bontrager's Director of Wheels and Tyres. 'They're the ultimate race wheel – they're the lightest carbon aero road wheels we've ever made, and they add speed and confidence to every ride.' OCLV RSL Carbon is lighter and stronger, and allows for faster, more stable rim profiles RSL-optimised 37 mm depth provides leading speed, stability and weight Tubeless Ready (TLR) rims allow for quick transition to a tubeless system 37 mm depth OCLV Carbon rim (28 mm outer) DT Aerolite spokes 24/24, DT Pro Lock nipples Smooth-rolling, ultralight DT Swiss 240s internals with Ratchet EXP 36-point engagement Compatible with Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10/11 freehubs, 12sp available separately Centre lock disc hubs with 12 mm thru-axle front and rear, axle swap available for QR and 15 mm Includes TLR rim strip, TLR valve and traditional rim strip Wheelset weight: 1,325 grams Price: Front - R19 999.00 / Rear - R23 999.00 Aeolus Pro 37 With the same all-new rim shape and design as the RSL model, Aeolus Pro 37 brings the latest tech, speed and weight to a Pro-level price point. OCLV Pro Carbon offers an optimised blend of weight, strength and durability All-new 37 mm depth brings the benefits of aerodynamics to lightweight design Tubeless Ready (TLR) rims allow for quick transition to a tubeless system 37 mm depth OCLV Carbon rim (28 mm outer, 21 mm inner width), DT Aerolite spokes 24/24, DT Pro Lock nipples Centre lock disc hubs with 12 mm thru-axle front and rear, DT Swiss 350 hubs with 18-point engagement Compatible with Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10/11 freehubs, 12sp available separately Includes TLR rim strip, TLR valve and traditional rim strip – Warrantied for life, no rider weight limit Wheelset weight: 1,505 grams Price: Front - R12 499.00 / Rear - R14 999.00 Aeolus Elite 35 and Aeolus Elite 50 These high-value, high-performance wheels are built with fast, proven D3 shapes and are designed to bring the light weight, looks and responsive ride of carbon to more riders. Aeolus Elite wheels are available in a 35 mm and 50 mm rim depth. Aeolus Elite 35 Aeolus Elite 35 SpecsOCLV Pro Carbon offers an optimised blend of weight, strength and durability All-new 37 mm depth brings the benefits of aerodynamics to lightweight design Tubeless Ready (TLR) rims allow for quick transition to a tubeless system 37 mm depth OCLV Carbon rim (28 mm outer, 21 mm inner width), DT Aerolite spokes 24/24, DT Pro Lock nipples Centre lock disc hubs with 12 mm thru-axle front and rear, DT Swiss 350 hubs with 18-point engagement Compatible with Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10/11 freehubs, 12sp available separately Includes TLR rim strip, TLR valve and traditional rim strip – Warrantied for life, no rider weight limit Price: Front - R9 299.00 / Rear - R9 999.00 Aeolus Elite 50 SpecsOCLV carbon offers an optimised blend of weight, strength and durability The D3 Dual Directional Design profile cuts drag at the tyre- leading and rim-leading edges Tubeless Ready (TLR) rims allow for quick transition to a tubeless system 50 mm depth OCLV Carbon rim (27 mm outer, 19.5 mm inner width) Grand Strada spokes 24/24, hex alloy nipples Centre lock disc hubs with 12 mm thru-axle front and rear, Bontrager 24-point engagement, 3-pawl hub Compatible with Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10/11 freehubs, 12sp available separately Includes TLR rim strip, TLR valve and traditional rim strip – Warrantied for life, no rider weight limit Price: Front - R9 299.00 / Rear - R9 999.00 Aeolus Elite 50 Confidence in carbon Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, the entire Aeolus line-up is warrantied for life. Plus, they’re backed by Carbon Care – if riders damage their wheels while riding during the first two years of ownership, Bontrager will replace them. New Aeolus wheels are available immediately through Trek's wide network of retail partners. Aeolus RSL VR-C Handlebar/Stem combo The Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem was designed along with the all-new aero Émonda and as such it's built for light speed – it features aero-shaping and is wrought from ultra light OCLV Carbon. Free speed The new Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem is nearly 10% faster than its predecessor and saves riders seven watts of effort based on wind tunnel testing calculations.'The all-new Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem was designed to keep pace with the new Émonda,' said Bryan Fosler, Trek’s Road Bike Product Manager. 'It's ultra light and it makes a simple and significant speed upgrade for any road bike.' Seamless integration In addition to the sleek aero looks and performance of its two-in-one design, the Aeolus Bar/Stem also features an integrated cable management system that lets riders cleanly and easily secure their cables. Plus, Blendr compatibility and the included Blendr bases and mounts make for effortless integration of Bontrager lights and Garmin computers. VR-C shape Aeolus RSL Bar/Stem's variable radius and compact profile (VR-C) allow for multiple hand positions with a longer reach and drop. Plus, riders can choose from multiple length and width options for a great fit.The new Aeolus RSL VR-C Handlebar/Stem is available through Trek's network of retail partners.
  12. The Darkhorse Wheels team would like to clear up the confusion sparked by DHB Distributors (formerly trading as Dark Horse Brands) press release regarding their appointment as the official distributors for Trek and Bontrager in South Africa on The Hub SA. Click here to view the article
  13. We have cleared up the matter with the guys behind DHB Distributors who have agreed to change their trading name from Dark Horse Brands to DHB Distributors and shall be trading as such from here on out. There is no connection whatsoever between the two different companies and accordingly it would have caused too much confusion in the South African cycling market for both companies to trade with such similar names.Darkhorse Wheels would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its loyal customers and supporters for their ongoing support and furthermore we would like to wish our fellow cycling company DHB Distributors well in their future endeavours.
  14. Bontrager Rally WaveCel Rally WaveCel (R2,999.00 MSRP) is an off-road helmet with WaveCel technology that balances comfort and performance for trail riders who value safety. It features a Boa dial closure system, an adjustable visor, extended rear shell, and LockDown dividers for easy helmet strap management. Starvos WaveCel (R1,999.00 MSRP) is a versatile and stylish helmet with WaveCel technology for road, gravel, trail, and path. It's built with a one-handed Headmaster fit system and LockDown dividers for easy strap management. It's also available in an extended size range up to XL. Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Both Rally and Starvos WaveCel helmets were awarded five stars in Virginia Tech's Helmet Safety Rankings. Trek and Bontrager are committed to safer cycling for all riders, with these two new additions to our helmet lineup, which come in at lower price points than other WaveCel models, we're bringing a leading technology in the protection against cycling-related head injuring to a broader audience of riders. April Beard, Bontrager Director of Product for Helmets WaveCel, which was introduced by Trek and Bontrager in 2019, is a revolutionary, Bontrager-exclusive helmet technology that is designed to be more effective than traditional foam helmets in protecting your head from injuries caused by certain cycling accidents. Like all Bontrager products, the new Rally and Starvos helmets are backed by the Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee, which gives riders 30 days to love their purchase. If they don't, we'll take it back. It's that simple. Additionally, these helmets are backed by Bontrager's Crash Replacement Guarantee. If the helmet sustains an impact within the first year of ownership, Bontrager will replace it for free. Bontrager's all-new Rally and Starvos WaveCel helmets are available immediately on trekbikes.com and through Trek's network of retail partners.
  15. I couldn't find a thread for TREKS, so thought I'd start one. Will post my baby tomorrow...
  16. Trek wants to help you compete at KAPsani2C, one of our country’s oldest and largest mountain bike stage races. When you purchase a 2020 carbon Top Fuel at any one of our participating Trek dealers, Trek will cover the portion of the KAPsani2C team entry fee. Yes, you heard that right - a new bike and a free entry to the race you have been training for. Reach your goal and get your dream bike with help from Trek. Find your nearest Trek dealer to turn your dreams into reality. Click here to view the article
  17. Learn more about your soon-to-be bikeThe 2020 Top Fuel combines race heritage with the confident control of a longer-travel bike for a ride that handles like a snappy XC racing bike and rips like a trail bike. This change in design pivots Top Fuel from a thoroughbred race machine to a cross-country bike. It's built to rip technical terrain and descents, speed through flow sections, and withstand the beating endurance races dole out – perfect for KAPsani2c. The Top Fuel is perfect if you want a superlight bike with race-level components and suspension Ready. Set. Race.Find out how to get yours here Learn more about the Top Fuel Details on the promotion:Offer valid January 23 - April 24, 2020 Top Fuel 9.9 XX1 AXS, Top Fuel 9.9XX1, Top Fuel 9.8, and Top Fuel 9.7 only Available only at authorized Trek dealers Terms and conditions apply
  18. 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.
  19. Supercaliber delivers the light weight and efficiency of a hardtail and the control and traction of a full suspension bike. It's the perfect solution for XC racers who want to hammer on climbs and sprints, and also keep speed through the rough stuff and rip descents. Trek Factory Racing XC has raced Supercaliber on the World Cup circuit this year and will continue to compete aboard this game-changing bike for the remainder of the season and beyond. 'This has been that dream bike that I always wanted, but never existed until now,' said Trek Factory Racing's Jolanda Neff. 'I'll be racing nothing else from now on.' IsoStrut: an innovation in speed Supercaliber gets its magic from IsoStrut, a structural, frame-integrated shock created in partnership with FOX suspension engineers that provides 60 mm of damped, tuneable rear travel.IsoStrut is encased in a structural stanchion that prevents twisting, flex and deflection. This unique design gives the bike the exceptional pedalling efficiency and removes the need for excess suspension linkages – along with the weight and excess lateral motion that typically come with them. Built to race Supercaliber will be available in four complete models. Each is equipped with an OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with Straight Shot down tube and Knock Block, a SRAM 1x12 drivetrain (including a SRAM AXS build on the highest end model in the family) and Bontrager Kovee carbon wheels with Rapid Drive hub internals for nearly instant engagement when you stomp on the pedals.Like all Bontrager carbon wheels, Kovee MTB wheels are backed by the Bontrager Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Programme. If they're damaged within the first two years of ownership, we'll replace or repair them for free. All Supercaliber models also feature 100 mm of front travel, 29˝ wheels on all frame sizes for the best in momentum-preserving speed and room to carry two water bottles in the main triangle. Supercaliber will be rolling into Trek retailers from now until November, depending on the market, and will also be available for customisation through Project One. Geometry Available Supercaliber models:Supercaliber 9.7 - R 79,999.00 Supercaliber 9.8 - R 99,999.00 Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 - R 159,999.00 Supercaliber 9.9 XX1 AXS Pricing and Availability are subject to change.
  20. Visit your local Trek retailer now through September 30th and enjoy our lowest bike prices of the year! Supplies are limited, so act fast. Explore all of the fun here: http://trek.bike/Bikehub_Clearance_Sale Fuel EX 9.8 29A light and stiff OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, Tubeless Ready Bontrager Line Carbon 30 wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive rear hub for quick engagement, a 1x12 SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, a 130 mm FOX Performance 34 Float fork, and a FOX Performance Float shock featuring Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft. Plus, a Bontrager Line dropper post and a 35 mm Bontrager Line Pro OCLV Carbon handlebar. Émonda SL 6Lightweight parts to match the lightweight frame. Émonda SL 6 has a 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame and full carbon fork, a Ride Tuned carbon seatmast cap, a Shimano Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain, powerful Bontrager Speed Stop direct mount rim brakes and Bontrager Paradigm Tubeless Ready wheels, and internal cable routing in both the frame and fork. Powerfly FS 5It's right for you if... You want to bring more capability to your mountain biking in the form of a high-performance pedal-assist system. You know that an e-bike can change your life and you want the plush ride of a full suspension mountain bike that will stand up to more rugged and technical trails. Checkpoint SL 6You have big dreams for the likes of 100 Miler Series, Swartberg100, Race to the sun, and know that you'll need the most dialled gravel bike for these epic adventures. You also love the idea of one bike with such incredible versatility that it excels at gravel racing, adventure road riding, bikepacking and whatever kind of ride you feel like tackling next. Procaliber 8This is hands down the best aluminium hardtail we make. You're getting Trek's highest-grade Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame, the unique advantage of trail-smoothing IsoSpeed, a full-on race-worthy spec and quality suspension that you'd normally find on a much more expensive bike. Madone SL 6It's right for you if... You want to go really flippin' fast. You know exactly what it's like to be off the front, battling the wind in a solo break, and want all the free speed you can get. You also know great value when you see it and appreciate the fit and customisation options of a standard bar and stem, like being able to mount aero bars for triathlon and time trials. More Information: Find your local Trek RetailerRide Bikes, Have Fun, Feel Good!
  21. The Bike Although the battery and motor add visual bulk to the look of the bike, Trek has done well to incorporate it into the frame's lines. To such an extent that if it weren't for the bulbous motor sticking out of the bottom bracket, you would probably miss that there is a battery squeezed into the downtube. With modern-day aero bikes having wider profile downtubes, it's not that foreign to see large tubing on a road bike. Additionally, there is the clean looking 1x drivetrain to further offset the bulky ebike look. A dead giveaway, however, are the wires for the display and lights. But here too Trek has done a commendable job of tidying up the wires, guiding them under the stem where they disappear into the frame. Outback, the rear light wire runs into the seatpost just under the saddle clamp, keeping it out of sight. The mudguard mounts are well-hidden and add to the bike's versatility. The Domane+ is built on the same endurance road geometry as the regular Domane which means a taller head tube for a more upright riding position and a longer wheelbase for greater stability. The bike also utilises Trek’s proven IsoSpeed decoupler technology in the seat tube and a Ride Tuned seatpost, which smooths rough terrain for a little less fatigue over long miles. The frame is made with 500 Series OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void) carbon. The company modified the carbon layup to accommodate the battery and motor. Each size frame in the range has a unique carbon fibre layup to optimise the structure, ride quality, and weight. With a claimed weight of just over 17 kg for a 56 cm, the bike is nearly double that of a similar non-assisted Domane, but at least they have managed to keep the mass well below that of mountain e-bikes. Power Assist Power assist comes from a 500Wh battery and a Bosch Performance Speed motor. The combination is good for 350 watts of added power and will give you just over 100 km range on one charge, in the most efficient Eco Mode. The electronic assist is limited to 45 km/h - a great bonus over its dirt counterparts, and helping to better share the road with cars. The battery is locked to the frame using a key. Once unlocked it can be removed without tools and can be charged on or off the bike. The battery can be fully charged in about three to four hours from empty. The front and rear lights are also powered by the main battery and are "always on" daytime running lights, but they do add much-needed safety on our roads. Bosch's Purion controller is used to control the electric assist system. The display is the perfect size; big enough to be able to see vital information clearly at a quick glance, but not so big as to take up unnecessary space out front. The physical buttons are well sized to switch between modes whether you have gloves on or not. There are four modes (Eco, Sport, Tour, and Turbo) that go from minor assistance to maximum, with an expected drop in battery range as you crank up the power. In Eco mode, the controller said that I would be good for 69 miles (or 111 km) with the range dropping down to 31 miles (50 km) in Turbo mode. Domane+ Specifications: Frame500 Series OCLV Carbon. Rear IsoSpeed, Tapered head tube, internal battery, flat-mount disc brakes, 12 mm thru-axle, internal cable routing, Ride Tuned seatmast, hidden mudguard mountsForkDomane+ carbon steer and crown, flat mount disc brakes, 12 mm thru-axlesWheelsBontrager Paradigm Disc Tubeless Ready, 12 mm thru-axleTyresSchwalbe G-One Speed, aramid bead, TL Easy, 700c35c ShiftersSRAM Force 1, 11-speedRear deraileurSRAM Force 1, medium cageCrankPraxis, Carbon E-BikeChainringSteel chainring, 20T, with guardCassetteSRAM PG-1170, 11-36, 11-speedChainSRAM PC-1170SaddleBontrager Arvada Comp, steel railsSeatpostBontrager Ride Tuned alloy seatmast Cap, 10 mm offsetHandlebarBontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF, 31.8 mmBar tapeBontrager tapeStemBontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mountsHeadsetIntegrated, stainless cartridge bearings, sealed, 1-3/8˝ top, 1.5˝ bottomBrakesetSRAM Force flat-mount hydraulic discBatteryBosch PowerTube 500 WhControllerBosch Purion PerformanceMotorBosch Performance Speed, 350 watt, 63 Nm, 45 kphFront lightBontrager LyncRear lightBontrager LyncClaimed weight (56cm)17.19 kgMeasured weight (56cm)16.95 kgRetail PriceR 109,999.00 SRAM's Force 1 groupset has been selected for this single model line-up. The drivetrain comes standard with a 20T chainring and 11-36 cassette and hydraulic disc brakes. At faster speeds, the 20 tooth chainring and 11 tooth small sprocket combo is not high enough to allow you to really put your foot down, leaving you to coast it out until the time comes to pedal again. The shifting is solid, as one would expect from a 1x SRAM drivetrain. I have been running 1x on my mountain bikes for as long as I can remember now and found it quite refreshing to only have to 'worry' about rear shifting on the road as well. It does not sound like much, and would probably have scoffed at someone saying this to me, but there you go. The brakes are flat mount and offer ample stopping power considering the added heft of the bike. It never felt like I was under-braked with great modulation and feel through the levers. There are hidden fender mounts adding to the versatility of the Domane+ and clearance for 35 mm tyres. The bike comes stock with 35c Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres, which make it ready for gravel adventures should you wish to take the road less traveled. With the range, you will have to stay close to city lights though. The Ride The riding position is comfortable with IsoSpeed, Ride Tuned Mast and wide tyres all playing their part to offset any roughness on the roads. Once on the go, there is not much in terms of feel that gives away that you are not on a run-of-the-mill road bike. For that, you will have to attempt a Sunday morning coffee ride around the Peninsula on human power only. Stick on some e-power and you'll soon forget that things are not quite the same old. Around the Chapman's Peak Drive twist and turns the Domane+ handles beautifully allowing you to just get on with riding your bike and enjoying the view. Going down Suikerbossie, the SRAM Force 1 hydraulic brakes manage to keep the speed in check without any noticeable fade. You can certainly power your way up a climb and around many, if not most, riders going up Cape Town's steepest climbs. This, however, will be short-lived due to the available range. Keep the power assist low and not only will you be able to ride much further, but you will also get an excellent workout. If you are thinking that you or someone else will buy this bike to go blast Strava segments on centennial rides, then you are mistaken. And that is a good thing. This is not a cop-out bicycle. If this was an uber build Madone one would expect to be able to go full blast on almost every ride. This is not that bike and was never intended to be. Working back from the Domane platform and you will realise that this bike is aimed at the more casual rider looking for comfort with a dash of speed on longer rides. The Domane is by no means a slow bike, its focus is just not outright speed at all cost. If you don't mind toggling through modes, then it is also easy enough to ramp up the power when really needed and the rest of the time stick to a mode that will give you a decent range. Off the beaten track the combination of the wider tyres and IsoSpeed technology can really be felt as it delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride. Maybe not that surprising as the Domane+'s gravel sibling, the Checkpoint, we reviewed was super comfortable off-road thanks to Trek's built-in technology. It's not just the tyres and IsoSpeed that plays a part here as I've found the saddles and bar tape specced on Trek's bikes to be very comfortable with just the right amount of squish without feeling spongy. Riding the Domane+ on gravel drew attention to the mode control's placement. With it centrally mounted you have to move your hand towards the stem to change modes which means finding the right time to remove your hand from the handlebars can be tricky. Some planning ahead is required which takes time getting used to. On open roads, this is not that much of an issue as generally speaking you can see far ahead. Verdict For the purists: Yes, the Domane+ comes with a battery and a motor, but that doesn't mean you can simply head out and blast sacred road routes - there simply isn't enough juice to run it in Turbo mode for kilometre after kilometre. I really like that Trek released their first road e-bike as a do-it-all all-rounder that will happily take you on tar or dirt rides. It is not a full-blown gravel bike, yet at the same time does not feel like a compromised road bike. Due to the added weight, you will have to use some assistance on most rides, unless you stay somewhere where it is relatively flat.As a first attempt, the Domane+ is a well-rounded, great riding bicycle with some versatility thrown in. ProsIsoSpeed technology adds comfort Integrated front and rear lights Gravel, road and adventure-ready makes it versatile Mudguard mounts - good for commuting and gravel excursions ConsThe battery range is limiting if you crank up the power Weight means you'll need pedal assist on most rides Switching power assist modes can be tricky on rougher terrain
  22. It features a new stem faceplate that simplifies the process of adding and removing aero bars. The included Speed Concept Mono Bar Extension is held to the stem faceplate with a pair of bolts, and adding and removing the aero extensions takes as little as thirty seconds. "Madone Speed has all the award-winning speed and handling of Madone SLR—plus the added benefit of a lot more versatility," said Trek's Director of Road Product Jordan Roessingh. "You can train with a group without the bars, then throw them on for race day. It's the smartest option for most people doing triathlon or time trials today." The new Madone SLR 6 Disc Speed has the same frame as all Madone SLR models. It's made with Trek's lightest 700 Series OCLV Carbon and features Adjustable Top Tube IsoSpeed, which allows riders to tune the frame's compliance to their preference. Madone SLR 6 Disc Speed is spec'd with a 2x11 Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 carbon wheels, and flat-mount disc brakes. It's available immediately on trekbikes.com and through Trek's global network of retailers. The new stem faceplate and Speed Concept Mono Bar Extension are available as aftermarket parts and are compatible with all 2019 and newer Madone SLR models. The Madone Speed aero setup is also an option in Project One, Trek's custom bike program, where riders can choose this aero add-on for any Madone SLR model.
  23. In previous iterations, the Top Fuel has been a competitive cross-country race bike with 100 mm suspension travel and only the lightest components available at each price point. We reviewed that bike last year, and found it to one of the best at this brief. The new Top Fuel tries to retain parts of this racing heritage but at the same time adapt to become more versatile with a more balanced geometry and components that are more capable for versatility on trails. The New Bike So what has Trek changed to achieve this? In short, almost everything about the bike.The new frame has been bumped up to 115 mm travel in the rear suspension with Trek fitting a 120 mm travel fork from the factory. The Top Fuel can also be ridden with a 130 mm fork. The Top Fuel no longer uses the traditional Full Floater design (despite a curious decal on the bike still using the name) seen on the previous Top Fuel and other Trek mountain bikes. Where the shock is mounted to the stays on a Full Floater setup to form a single rear triangle unit, the shock on the new Top Fuel now mounts directly to the base of the downtube. The aim is to improve frame stiffness with the added benefit of making the cable routing much neater. Gone is the unsightly looping lockout cable for the shock, which is now positioned 'upside down'. Although Trek has done away with the traditional Full Floater design, the Active Braking Pivot (ABP) remains. The ABP is found around the rear axles and aims to keep the suspension active and responsive under braking. One downer for those participating in long distance events is that the suspension design dominates much of the front triangle leaving insufficient space for a second bottle cage. Trek has continued to offer the Mino Link chip for adjusting the geometry between a Low and High setting on the new Top Fuel. The chip has moved from being in the chainstay to the front (at the shock mount) of the redesigned rocker link. The Top Fuel ships in the Low setting, so the numbers mentioned above are quoted in that position.The frame geometry is another stark departure from the previous Top Fuel. The short and sharp cross-country geometry of yesteryear has been replaced with numbers suited to the bike's new found purpose. Some headline numbers include: a 67.5 degree head angle, effective seat tube is 75 degrees, chainstays measure 435 mm, and reach on the medium-large frame is 456 mm with a 1168 mm wheelbase. A far cry from the Top Fuel of old but well positioned for the Top Fuel’s new found versatility. Trek Top Fuel Geometry The new Top Fuel is available in either Alpha Platinum Aluminium or OCLV Mountain Carbon. Unlike some Trek carbon frames in the past where parts of the rear triangles were aluminium in the midrange, the new carbon Top Fuel frames are carbon throughout the range.The new frame implements Trek’s Straight Down downtube which promises extra stiffness without any weight compromises. Partly because of this straight downtube, the bike also carries over the Knock Block technology in the stem to prevent the fork and handlebars from crashing into the frame and causing damage. Despite rumours of Trek’s new bikes ditching the PressFit bottom bracket standard for a T47 threaded type (this might still come), the new Top Fuel remains a 92mm PressFit setup. 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 Specifications FrameOCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 115mm travelForkFox Performance 34 Step-Cast, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP 2-position damper, TwistLoc remote, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Kabolt axle, 120mm travelShockFox Performance Float, 2-position DPS damper, TwistLoc remote, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 190x45mmWheelsBontrager Kovee Elite 30 carbon, Tubeless Ready, 54pt Rapid Drive, Boost110 front, Boost148 rearTyresBontrager XR3 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120tpi, 29x2.40"ShiftersSRAM GX Eagle, 12 speedRear DerailleurSRAM GX EagleCrankTruvativ Descendant 7k Eagle DUB, 32T alloy ring, BoostBottom BracketSRAM DUB, 92mm, PressFitCassetteSRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 10-50, 12 speedChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12 speedSaddleBontrager Montrose Elite, titanium railsSeatpostBontrager Line Elite Dropper, internal routing, 31.6mmHandlebarBontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm widthStemBontrager Kovee Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 13 degreeHeadsetKnock Block Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottomBrakesetShimano SLX M7000 hydraulic disc, 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotorClaimed weight (Size Medium)11.84 kgMeasured weight (Size Extra Large)12.47 kg (with sealant)Retail PriceR 89,999 The Top Fuel 9.8 model uses Fox suspension while so other models prefer RockShox. The excellent Fox 34 Step-Cast Performance fork is paired with a Float DPS shock. The fork and shock both have 2 position dampers, open or closed. These are controlled simultaneously by a RockShox TwistLoc remote lockout which also helps to reduce clutter in a busy cockpit. The cockpit boasts a range of Bontrager components. The handlebar is carbon measuring 750mm wide with a stem length of either 60mm or 70mm depending on frame size. The stem is designed to be flipped to either have a positive 13 degree angle or a negative 13 degree angle, depending on rider preference. The dropper seatpost is a Bontrager Line Elite with 100, 150 or 170 mm travel, depending on the frame size, with a Montrose Elite saddle perched on top.The wheels and tyres are also from the Bontrager stable with a Kovee Elite 30 carbon wheelset and the recently revamped XR3 Team Issue tyre. Trek has elected to fo with 2.4 inch width tyre across the range. These pair well with the 29mm internal diameter of the Kovee rims on the Top Fuel 9.8. The drivetrain is SRAM’s mid-range GX Eagle groupset with a Truvativ crank and 32 tooth chainring. The frame officially supports up to a 34 tooth chainring. Shimano’s renowned SLX M7000 brakes attend to the stopping. On the trail It is worth noting that I first received the Top Fuel a few weeks before the official launch date so while I did manage to get in a good number of rides, not all aspects of the bike have been tested as thoroughly as others.When I headed out for my first ride, the details about the new bike were not yet available so I went into it knowing nothing about the bike other than it was a Top Fuel. It was obvious on first viewing that this not simply an updated regurgitation of the same Top Fuel. The Fox 34 SC fork, dropper seatpost, and 2.4 inch tyres being the first signs of something different. It was a novel experience heading out for the first ride not already having jumped to conclusions based on the geometry chart. Heading into the first climb, I was still making comparisons to what I knew of the old bike and was somewhat puzzled. With the suspension open in the Low geometry setting, the bike wallowed noticeably more than the old bike, not an improvement at all, but locking it out made more sense as the bike encouraged you push on harder. I was not quite sure what Trek are trying to achieve. Dropping into the first trail and everything suddenly became very clear where Trek are going with the new Top Fuel. It is nothing like the old bike. Admittedly, I’m a big fan of cross-over short travel 29ers. Look no further than my reviews of the Specialized Epic EVO, Scott Spark, and even the Transition Smuggler. But with these bikes, there was always some compromise, a leaning towards either being more cross-country or more trail orientated. The Top Fuel is the first bike that I’ve ridden that appears to achieve a near perfect balance between both worlds. The Top Fuel starts with a dedicated frame for the 115 mm travel and a well-considered geometry. It’s not an XC frame kitted with a longer fork or a trail-focussed suspension design hoping to pass off as pedalling friendly. The component selection is also important for the Top Fuel’s balance. The Fox 34 SC was developed exactly for type of riding the Top Fuel is hoping to produce and does the job with excellence. The XR3 Team Issues tyres seem to have been made specifically with the new Top Fuel in mind, with their fast rolling pattern in the centre, knobs on the outside, and a wide 2.4 inch platform that offers stability and grip. The Kovee rims with a 29 millimetre internal width accommodate the XR3 tyre perfectly. The cockpit is also a happy medium between bar width and stem length. Climbing Climbing the bike with the Mino Link setting in Low, the suspension is noticeably active on the climbs when left open. There is obvious movement as you power up a hill. Jumping out of the saddle for a burst of power and the bike does wallow considerably. If the climb is rough, however, the open suspension offers supreme grip as you clamber of roots or loose rocks.Flipping the Mino Link into High mode (it's an easy two minute change), not only makes the geometry slightly sharper and shorter but also improves the peddling characteristic of the bike. The suspension feels firmer, dipping less into the travel under pedalling force than in the Low mode, giving the overall impression of greater efficiency. My time in the High setting was limited but it certainly appears to be the mode you would want the bike in for any serious marathon excursions. For those who tolerate no movement on the ups (in either Low or High mode), twisting the grip shift lockout into closed is where you will want to be for climbing. The bike is forced to sit higher in the travel which places you better in a better position above the pedals. The frame feels impressively stiff and attentive to the rider’s every ounce of input. Like a sudden change of character, the bike feels more like the outgoing Top Fuel. It implores you to give it your all. The new Top Fuel is an impressively firm platform (which pays off on the downs too) and, when locked-out, it feels like every little watt of input is being used to power you forward. Descents The new Top Fuel is a blast on the descents. The new frame is immensely stiff which translates into a precision handling ride. The carbon wheels, Fox 34 SC, and even the 35mm diameter stem and handlebar interface help the Top Fuel achieve this feeling off handling accuracy. The result is a bike that tracks through turns with exactness, snapping you out of a long berm true and fast. It’s the same effect on jumps, with a natural pop that encourages you to boost off the lip. The bike also holds a line in the rougher stuff. With the ability to launch into (smaller) rock and root gardens without fear of being bashed off course.Where the Top Fuel really elevates itself above an XC bike on the trails is the good feedback from the suspension. Early in the travel you can feel that the bike is invested in absorbing the smaller roots and rocks, maintaining grip excellently in chattery conditions. On the bigger hits, there is a noticeable ramp up as you reach the end of the travel. It’s not a bottomless feel like some trail bikes but it definitely eases you into the end of the travel. It is vastly improved feel over the old Top Fuel and many other cross-country bikes where the feedback is so vague that you can only guess about what’s happening with the suspension. The suspension pairs well with the widish 2.4 inch tyres with the extra volume (and lower pressures) clear offering up some additional dampening. The general sensation is a fast but secure bike that loves hurtling down the trails at speed.As mentioned, the Fox 34 SC is the go to fork for a short travel bike like the Top Fuel. The dedicated 120 mm platform provides ample stiffness with a suspension tune and weight that really suits both the XC and trail worlds. And there is little reason to scoff at the Performance level fork, it’s superb. It was a trip to Jonkershoek, my favourite testing ground, where the versatility Trek really impressed me. More specifically, the infamous Saaltjie climb (around 7 km and 500 metres) and the red-rated Armageddon trails (4.5 km and 500 metres) down is the perfect test for an XC/ Trail bike cross over. I twisted the bike into lockout and proceed to take the long forestry road climb. The Top Fuel felt efficient throughout and, to my surprise, it got me to the top with a personal best time. Of course, the new Top Fuel, with its aspirations of versatility is always going to be around a kilogram or so heavier than a focussed XC bike but other than that, it does not feel far off. Dropping into the Armageddon trail reinforced what I’ve described above. The Top Fuel can hold a line in the rough stuff while still maintaining a cross-country bike style of agility. An aspect that is often overlooked by endurance racers is how taxing descending can be on a focussed race bike. On the Top Fuel, I came to the end of the long Armageddon descent feeling surprisingly fresh, ready for the next climb. So who is the new Top Fuel for?For starters, simply anyone who enjoys mountain biking should enjoy the Top Fuel. But it will better suit riders that want to take part in cross-country/ marathon type events but also enjoy the pleasure of simply riding trails for the fun of it, maybe even the odd enduro race. From my anecdotal observations on the trails and at races, there are a substantial number of riders that could fall into this description and I think that the Top Fuel could prove to be a one bike solution for many of these riders. That said, it’s not going to satisfy the more burly trail or enduro rider. The Top Fuel is still best suited to a cross-country serving of gnar. But if you roll with such riders occasionally, the bike will certainly try its hardest to take the blows. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Top Fuel will also not appease the obsessive weight savings and uncompromising pedalling efficiency need of the competitive cross-country crowd. Conclusion The new Trek Top Fuel balances the needs of riders who want efficient pedalling while still enjoying the ride on the fun technical descents. If you're entering marathon races and want to get more pleasure and confidence on the single track or you are simply a rider that appreciates getting to their local trail head with haste and enjoying the ride coming down to fullest, then the Top Fuel is the ultimate box ticker. ProsA superb balance between XC and trail Well-consider component choice ConsPricing is on the top end of the scale Only one bottle cage
  24. Take a look at our review of the new Top Fuel 9.8 here. Top Fuel has long been the bike of choice for speed and efficiency on demanding cross-country courses and marathon rides. The new models combine Top Fuel's race heritage with the confident control of a longer-travel bike for a ride that handles like a snappy XC race bike and rips like a trail bike. This change in design pivots Top Fuel from a thoroughbred race machine to a cross country bike that’s well-suited to both racing and an all-around great time on any trail for any rider. Earlier this spring, US Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion Payson McElveen (Orange Seal Off-road) rode the new Top Fuel to a record FKT on the 100-mile White Rim Trail in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, beating the previous record by nearly 15 minutes. More travel, more control Whereas previous Top Fuel models featured a 100mm fork and 100mm of rear travel, the new Top Fuel models have a longer 120mm fork and 115mm of rear travel.New Top Fuel models also feature an overhauled frame with a slacker head angle and a longer reach for confidence and control on rough descents. Each of the models in the new Top Fuel lineup features a wider handlebar and shorter stem, a dropper post, and a TwistLoc dual remote lockout that makes it easy to simultaneously lock the front and rear suspension for sprints and climbs. Trail bike tech, race bike mentality The new Top Fuel frame has similar design elements to Trek’s trail bikes, including a Straight Shot down tube for extra stiffness without extra weight and Knock Block frame defense that prevents damage from spinning bars and fork crowns.Each new model features Mino Link adjustable geometry, Control Freak internal cable routing, and Active Braking Pivot, which keeps the suspension active even when you’re on the brakes. Together, this frame and suspension tech makes for an ultra-responsive and sure-footed ride that’s fast on race day and fun whenever you ride. Carbon and alloy options Top Fuel is available in four complete models with various drivetrain options. It’s also available as a frameset in either Alpha Platinum Aluminum or OCLV Mountain Carbon.All three carbon models (Top Fuel 9.9, Top Fuel 9.8, and Top Fuel 9.7) and the carbon frameset feature full OCLV Mountain Carbon mainframes and rear triangles. For more details on the new Top Fuel, head over to the Trek website here. Available Top Fuel models: Top Fuel 8 R45,999 Top Fuel 9.7 R68,999 Top Fuel 9.8 R89,999 Top Fuel 9.9 R149,999 Top Fuel 9.9 AXS (P1 Now) – Will only be launched end Jul Top Fuel AL Frameset R32,999 Top Fuel C Frameset R54,999 Top Fuel 8 Top Fuel 9.7 Top Fuel 9.8 Top Fuel 9.9 Top Fuel 9.9 AXS Top Fuel C Frameset Top Fuel AL Frameset Geometry FAQs When will new Top Fuel be available in Project One? New Top Fuel will be available in Project One late July.There’s no Mino Link on the seatstay. Where’s Mino Link? Top Fuel still features Mino Link adjustable geometry, but now it’s integrated into the upper shock mounting bolt, and it’s easier to use. In which Mino Link position does the bike ship? All Top Fuels will ship in the Low Mino position, ready to get rowdy. That leaves the option to go taller/steeper for those riders who want quicker steering. What is the max fork travel? 130mm What is the max rotor size? 180mm front and rear. What is the max chainring size? 34-tooth. Is it compatible with aftermarket shocks? Which ones? We’ve tested and can recommend Fox Float LV and RockShox Deluxe shocks. Is it compatible with cranks with 30mm spindles? Yes. Are there ISCG mounts? Can I run a chain guide? There are no ISCG mounts because Top Fuel is still a weight-conscious XC bike, and ISCG tabs make the frame heavier. We will offer an aftermarket chain guide that clamps to the BB shell for riders who want additional chain retention security. Is it compatible with 2x drivetrains? No. What is the max tire size? 29x2.4” Is it compatible with 27.5” or 27.5+ wheels and tires No. Why does the size Small have 29-inch wheels? What happened to Smart Wheel Size? We still believe Smart Wheel Size makes sense for most cross country hardtail riders where seated pedaling takes priority. Smaller 27.5” wheels allow shorter riders to easily achieve an efficient position on the bike for producing power. New Top Fuel is as much about capability as it is speed. These riders stand up and move around on the bike a lot more, so it uses 29-inch wheels on all sizes. This makes it easier for shorter riders to roll over bigger trail obstacles faster.
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