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Features
  All the awesomeness of Fuel EX, now in a 29er version
  ABP keeps your suspension active while you’re on the brakes
  DRCV shock gives you smooth, predictable all-terrain control
  Trail-optimised G2 29er geometry is fast, agile, confident
Frameset
Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminium, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, press fit BB, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO link, down tube guard, G2 Geometry, 120mm travel
Front suspension Fox Evolution Series 32 Float w/CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, E2 tapered steerer, 15QR thru axle, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 120mm travel
Rear suspension Fox Evolution Series Float w/DRCV, CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, tuned by Trek in California, 7.25x1.875"
Wheels
Wheels Bontrager sealed cartridge bearing, 15mm alloy axle front hub; 142x12 rear hub w/Bontrager Duster 28-hole Tubeless Ready rims
Tires Bontrager XR3 Expert, aramid bead, 29x2.30"
Drivetrain
Shifters Shimano SLX, 10 speed
Front derailleur Shimano SLX, high direct mount
Rear derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus
Crank Shimano M552, 42/32/24
Bottom bracket press fit
Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
Components
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
Seatpost Bontrager Rhythm Elite, 31.6mm, zero offset
Handlebar Bontrager Race Lite low-riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Grips Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on
Headset FSA IS-2, E2, sealed cartridge bearing
   

2014 TREK FUEL EX 8 29er

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

The top level alloy model is the Trek Fuel EX 8 29er.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

Cable routing is much the same as with the carbon versions.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

The Full Floater suspension coupled with the DRCV shocks makes for a very plush suspension without sacrificing performance under full power.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

The extra air canister at the top of the shock creates more volume once it’s about 50% of the way through it’s stroke. The effect is that of a firmer, tighter shock under small bumps that opens up to allow big bump eating movements when necessary. It’s a pretty slick design that works exceptionally well.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

On the alloy bikes, a stealth dropper post cable or hose pops out of the seat tube just behind the lower shock mount, then run up the downtube alongside the brake hose.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

With the 2.3 tires, clearance is still decent for this type of bike. Alloy models also get the chainguide mounts and downtube armor…it’s just not called Carbon Armor.

2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er mountain bikes details weights and first ride reviews

Trek’s ABP puts a 142×12 thru axle between concentric pivots. Retail on this model is £2199.99 and it’s spec’d with Shimano SLX shifters, front derailleur and brakes, plus an XT rear derailleur. Cranks are the standard non-series Shimano triple.