Trek Fuel EX 9.9 29er A Solid Ride

My wife Katya demoed this bike during the 2016 Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival.  She felt it was not as agile as her Yeti SB95c or the Liv, see my blog post about the Liv.  Still, it is a good ride and value and worth considering.  She felt she had good control even though the head tube angle was at the cross-country level.

Trek Fuel EX 9.9

The bike is a 29er with the great roll-over of the big wheels.  Katya tested it on the North Rim Trail on Gooseberry Mesa.  This is mostly intermediate but there are some rock gardens and ledges that can be challenging for intermediates.  Low advanced level in places that requires some agility and courage, especially along the edge of the mesa.  One mistake in places and you drop over 100 feet to a pile of rocks.  Good place to test a bike!

The bike is rather light at 24.5 pounds for the medium frame but rigged up with XTR components so we expect lighter, and more expensive.   Trek considers this a trail bike but with a 68.8 head tube angle and Fox 34 Float 120 mm fork it is mostly an XC bike that can do a decent job on rocks, roots, and ruts.    Similar to the Pivot 429 or Yeti ASRc but at a lower price point.


I can’t give this my usual review because I didn’t ride it but that trail is a good test and since Katya felt safe and comfortable on the bike I would recommend that intermediates try it for their MTB adventures.  It should do most trails very well, and climb like a rabbit.

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