Trek Fuel EX 6 Review
The Trek Fuel EX 6 is a singletrack trail bike designed for mountain trails without a particularly hefty price tag piled on top. Its full suspension setup allows it to remain composed during downhill runs. It can also respond impressively to a variety of other scenarios, letting you climb efficiently and cover ground quicker than other bikes that might normally be assumed to be superior in these situations. Value for money is key to this model.
The Trek Fuel EX 6 benefits from its Alpha Platinum Aluminium frame, which features a rigidity increasing magnesium EVO Link to keep its full floater setup in check. It still gives you that 130mm of travel (2013 model) that makes it adaptive and compliant.
This kind of alloy frame is the next best thing to a carbon alternative, because it avoids the lofty price whilst still providing almost all the performance and lightness that you would expect from this type of mountain bike.
The front suspension utilises the RockShox Sektor solo air spring and also features Turnkey lockout so that you can cut the shock short and stiffen up the whole bike, altering its geometry to make it better suited to acceleration and power transfer on the climbs. At the rear, the 2013 model features a RockShox Monarch RL shock which Trek’s engineers have toyed with to make the bike feel like a far more bespoke platform than it might otherwise.
Bontrager AT-850 rims and XR3 wire bead tyres make up the wheelset of the Trek Fuel EX 6, with Formula and Shimano hubs also present. You need a reliable solidity to the wheels of any mountain bike and these components will fit that bill nicely. With a 26-inch measurement, allowing them to fit in with other standard models of this kind, the result is excellent handling and overall frame composure.
The transmission of the Trek Fuel EX 6 is built using Shimano Deore and SLX components, so you can pedal efficiently and see the fruits of your labour in action whether you are racing or simply having a bit of fun out on the trail. This model gets Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear, letting you maintain total control over the bike at all times and making sure that deteriorating weather conditions do not compromise your ability to stop effectively.
You get a Bontrager SSR seatpost with an Evoke 1 saddle from the same company, so you can sit securely onboard this bike and get enough comfort to make the most out of the ride and performance over endurance races.
There is a Bontrager Low Riser handlebar, which is as light and durable as the rest of the frame components, so everything ends up working together and no one element will feel like it is holding the rest of the bike back in any way.
If you have money to burn and a career to progress, there are costlier bikes in the Trek Fuel EX range that will be lighter and more agile than this edition. However, the Trek Fuel EX 6 is a quarter of the price of some of its siblings and by no measure offers a quarter of the performance. Instead, you can get good singletrack trail capabilities in a package that will not break the bank. You can then use it to ride competitively or simply harness it as a great machine to take with you for some uncomplicated off-road fun when you have the chance. This is really what most riders will want from a mountain bike when it is considered as a whole.
Trek Fuel EX 6 Specifications
- Front Fork: RockShox Sektor, lockout, rebound, 130mm travel
- Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RL w/rebound, lockout
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX Shadow
- Gears: 30
- Chainring: Shimano 42/32/24T
- Cassette: Shimano HG62 11-36T 10 speed
- Shifters: Shimano Deore
- Brakes: Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc
- Wheels: Bontrager AT-850 32-hole
- Tyres: Bontrager XR3, 26×2.2″