2018 Fuel EX 7 29 — The 2018 Trek gets a midnight blue and black paint job, a new fork, goes from a 2x 10-speed to a 1x 11-speed, and switches from a Shimano groupset to SRAM. The price also drops $100. Get the details below.
The Fuel EX is a great option for riders seeking the safety net of stability provided by a little extra travel and true 29er characteristics, but who don't want to stray far from cross country style terrain. This bike handles a wide variety of trails but is a little too sluggish in the corners to confidently tackle steeper and tighter turns. Those seeking a more aggressive downhill feel while retaining climbing skills should consider the well-rounded Santa Cruz Tallboy or the Ibis Ripley LS for its nimble attitude.