Trek Fuel EX 5 - 2011

Trek Fuel EX 5
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Open up a whole new level of fun and step up your trail skills with the Fuel EX 5. Combined with Trek's Full Floater and ABP designs, the Fuel feels like it has way more than its 120mm of travel in the rough stuff, yet when pedaling hard on smooth trails, it feels quick and lively. A Fox shock and a RockShox Recon coil up front make the hits simply disappear underneath your wheels. Complementing the trick frame is a slick-shifting SRAM drivetrain, a host of durable Bontrager components and powerful Avid Juicy disc brakes for maximum stopping power regardless of the conditions. Plus, the light Bonty wheels and tires tackle buffed-out singletrack, rocky gardens and everything in between.

Trek's Full Floater shock mount boasts two suspended points that allow the shock to "float" through its range of action for seemingly bottomless travel and excellent tracking over every type of terrain.
Trek's EVO rocker link is a one-piece, aluminum linkage that drastically increases rear-end stiffness and decreases total frame weight, too.
Want a world where the bicycle is the first option in transportation and recreation, not a mere afterthought? A world where you can ride to work safely, where your kids can get exercise going to and from school, where obesity is a thing of the past, where fun, well-built trails are as abundant as cul-de-sacs and alleys? Trek does too and they put $10 of their profits for each mountain bike purchased towards helping IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. In fact, Trek has committed to providing a minimum of $600,000 by the end of 2010. So, Trek is not only committed to bringing you a great bike but also to providing a safe, fun environment for you to use your bike. We're proud to work with Trek to create a world with more trails and safer roads to ride. One World Two Wheels.

Specs

Frame Trek Alpha Red Series aluminum
Fork RockShox Recon Silver TK coil, 120mm-travel
Rear Shock Fox Float RP2, 120mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Ranger
Hubs Front: Formula DC20; Shimano M475 Disc
Tires Bontrager XR3, 26 x 2.2
Crankset SRAM S800
Chainrings 44/32/22
Front Derailleur SRAM X-5
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-5
Rear Cogs SRAM PG950, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters SRAM X-5 Triggers
Handlebars Bontrager
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite
Stem Bontrager SSR
Brake Levers Avid Juicy
Brakes Avid Juicy 3 disc, 6-inch rotors
Pedals Wellgo platform
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
Seatpost Bontrager

Reviews

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5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Balanced suspension  (7)
  • Durable  (7)
  • Handles well  (7)
  • Plush  (3)
  • Lightweight  (3)

Cons

  • Heavy  (3)
  • Cheap components  (2)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking  (6)
  • Casual riding  (4)
  • Downhill  (4)
  • Free riding  (4)
  • Urban biking  (3)

REVIEWS

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5

Awesome entry level bike for any terrain

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from Apple Valley, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Balanced Suspension
  • Handles Well
  • Plush Feel
  • Durable
  • Feels solid downhill

Cons

  • Cheap Components
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Downhill
  • Mountain Biking
  • Free Riding

Comments:

I've taken this bike thru sheer torture since purchased new at Victorville cycles on 9/17, and it still comes back for more. From 8 mile fire-road downhills, to technical single trail, this bike does it all. Still have yet to retune, since it's just that solid. I love it!

4

Great value for the dollar.

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from Red Deer, AB, Canada

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Durable
  • Plush Feel
  • Handles Well
  • Balanced Suspension

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Urban Biking

    Comments:

    Ride urban trails, XC and single track and love bike as it is capable, fast and shifts smoothly. Stock tires are loud at speed on pavement and not very good in mud. Replace if planning to ride muddy trails and climb slippery slopes. I noticed a slight rear disk squeal first day and minor front disk rubbing under fast hard cornering on hard surfaces. Minor issues overall compared to upside of this bike. Ride bike 4/5 times per week 80-160 km.

    5

    BEST BUY FOR THE MONEY!

    By 

    from Miami, FLorida

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Durable
    • Plush Feel
    • Balanced Suspension

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Cheap Components

    Best Uses

    • Free Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Urban Biking
    • Casual Riding

    Comments:

    I have the 2010 model and this bike looks and handels great for the money, I upgraded to XT wheeels so far and will upgrade more of the low end components for better performance and a lighter bike.

    5

    Dont bother spending more money!!!

    By 

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Great Components
    • Plush Feel
    • Balanced Suspension

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      This is BY FAR the best bang for your buck. I bought this bike back in January of 2010 and have put over 300 miles on it. I was contemplating getting the ex8 or 7 but I'm glad i didn't. My riding partner has the ex8 and my bike keeps up with his EASILY. It weighs the same as the ex8 and has pretty much the same components. The drivetrain has never skipped on me and it has been through sopping wet clay in San Diego. I'm glad Trek put the EVO link and ABP on their entry level bike. This bike takes the single-track and downhill bumps like a pro and the bumps just disappear. The only complaint i have on this bike is the brakes fade out when they get warm, but hey, what are front brakes for?? DON'T spend an extra [$]+ on going up a model. This bike is awesome and I'm no beginner.

      5

      Best Bike for your Buck!

      By 

      from Chino, Ca

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Durable
      • Plush Feel
      • Great Components
      • Balanced Suspension
      • Handles Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Urban Biking
        • Casual Riding

        Comments:

        I traded in my K2 hardtail for this full suspension engineering machine. The engineers behind this bike knew exactly what they were doing when they created this bike. Like my neighbor said to me,"the only bike you will ever need, unless you are going to do it professionally." I took it out for the first time about three weeks ago and it kicked butt on the uphill and downhill. It almost felt like it was gliding through the trail. The shifting of the gears was fast and reliable. Buy this bike! It won't let you down! The cannondale or specialized do not feel the same. Go with a Trek you won't regret it.

        4

        great beginner bike

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        from Columbus, Ohio

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Plush Feel
        • Handles Well
        • Great Components
        • Balanced Suspension

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Downhill
        • Free Riding

        Comments:

        looking for a great beginner bike, this is your best bet!

        5

        Dream Machine

        By 

        from Minocqua, WI

        About Me

        Pros

        • Easy To Adjust
        • Handles Well
        • Balanced Suspension
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Downhill
          • Free Riding

          Comments:

          I'm 17 years old, but I have raced BMX for years and am already an avid 14 year cycling veteran. I am an extremely aggressive rider and my past bikes have taken a beating. I moved to mountain biking and was immediately blown away by this bike. It glided over THREE good size logs in a row down the side of a very steep hill without a problem, on any other bike I would have been a goner! Though I am 5'4" and 140lbs, the 19.5 I bought handles like a dream. I was able to take it to the private ATV track near my house and man can this thing fly! It's a lot lighter than it looks, and not only that... but I was very impressed with the smooth landing. I am so much more confident riding on this bike! I'm able to take it places I have never gone before... but then hop back on the pavement for a nice (and still comfortable) 10 mile cruise. Another extremely convenient feature on this bike is the adjustable fork. With literally a twist of a small knob I can completely transform my bike. INSANE. It was worth every penny! If you're looking to do some hardcore trail riding, free riding, or down hilling but don't want to empty out your wallet... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BIKE!

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