Trek Unveil Three New Bikes For 2016
Trek has announced the release of three new bikes; the Top Fuel, ProCaliber SL and the Fuel Ex. Although these models appear similar to Trek’s current line-up, the bikes have refinements and changes in-line with current standards offering something for everyone including a range of different models and wheel sizes for 2016.
The Top Fuel comes with Smart wheel size options – 15.5 gets 27.5 and all the larger ones get 29″ wheels – this coupled with the new geometry means it offers an ideal riding position for every rider.
Top Fuel’s come equipped with Boost hubs on all the 29ers – 110mm front, 148mm rear, which stiffens wheels to the same as the 27.5 option and also allows short chain stay like the 27.5, meaning the bike is stiffer, offers better handling and will perform on the climbs. It also comes with Control Freak cable management – this can accommodate up to 54 different cabling requirements to cater for pretty much every brake and mech scenario you can think of; including Di2, 1x 2x drivetrains, revered controls and dropper seat posts etc. All cables run through the frame, to keep things neat and tidy, whilst still being easily managed with access ports.
To improve the performance the Top Fuel uses a stiffer 1 piece EVO link rocker along with a tunable Mino link that allows for a 10mm height and 0.5 degree head angle adjustment. The 29ers incorporate G2 geometry for better handling. There are six models available, starting from £2400 for the frameset.
IsoSpeed moves over the the road bike range and onto the Procaliber SL, for those not familiar with the system found on the Domane, it is a coupling mechanism from seat tube to top tube, allowing up to 8mm of compliance when seated, which means the stiffness is still there when pedalling, particularly out saddle. For optimal performance each bike size is tuned to an assumed rider weight range.
As per the Top Fuel, the Pro Calibre S features smart wheel sizes, with 27.5 on the 15.5 and 29 matched to Boost hubs on all sizes above that and Control Freak cable management. Available in four models, starting from £1800 for the frameset.
The smart wheel size and use of Boost hubs on the 29ers, along with Control Freak cable management continue on to the Fuel EX.
Handling the 120mm of rear travel will be a Fox EVOL and all bikes from EX7 up get this shock, on the EX8 and above they also get the RE:aktiv feature, which allows the shock to respond to small hits and then opens up the full can seamlessly for bigger hits. To match the EVOL the EX9 and above get the Fox 34 Forks.
For those that like to add their own touch and make thier bike unique, the 9.9 model of the Top Fuel, Pro Caliber S and Fuel EX are available as part of the Project 1 programme, which allows you to choose customisation options for your bike. Available in a choice of 19 different models starting at £1450 for the new Fuel EX 5 29.