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Trek Fuel EX 5

Trek Fuel EX 5

2013

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (32 Reviews)
 

Product Details

2013 Trek Fuel EX 5

Step up your trail skills with Trek's Fuel EX 5. Featuring Trek's Full Floater and ABP suspension, this aluminum rig feels like it has way more than its 130mm of travel in the rough stuff. Yet when you're pedaling hard on smooth trails and uphill, it's wonderfully quick, efficient and lively. Complementing the trick frame is a RockShox fork and shock, a slick-shifting SRAM drivetrain, a host of durable Bontrager components and powerful Hayes disc brakes for maximum stopping power regardless of the conditions. Plus, the light Bonty wheels and tires tackle buffed-out singletrack, rock gardens and everything in between with style.

 
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    Specification Description
    Frame Trek Alpha Platinum Series aluminum w/ABP, E2
    Fork RockShox Recon Silver, 130mm-travel
    Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RL, 130mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager
    Hubs Formula
    Tires Bontrager XR3, 26 x 2.2
    Crankset SRAM S800
    Chainrings 44/33/22
    Front Derailleur SRAM X5
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X5
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed: 11-36
    Shifters SRAM X5 Trigger
    Handlebars Bontrager low rise
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Race
    Stem Bontrager Race Lite
    Brake Levers Hayes Dyno Sport
    Brakes Hayes Dyno Sport hydraulic-disc
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Handles Well  (26)
    • Balanced Suspension  (26)
    • Durable  (24)
    • Plush Feel  (23)
    • Great Components  (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy  (10)
    • Cheap Components  (4)
    • Perhaps offer Fox Fork 
    • a bit heavy 
    • Spokes 

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking  (26)
    • Casual Riding  (15)
    • Free Riding  (13)
    • Downhill  (10)
    • Urban Biking  (9)

    Reviewed by 32 customers

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    3.0

    good bike

    By mike

    from dorset uk

    About Me

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments:

          really good bike had to upgrade brakes and is very heavy

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          4.0

          Solid Bike

          By sfoote

          from New Mexico

          About Me

          Pros

          • Suspension Lock-outs
          • Robust construction

          Cons

          • noisy front brake
          • a bit heavy

          Best Uses

          • Intermediate Trail Bike

          Comments:

          Used for intermediate skill level riding. Bike seems tough and well built. Front brake is noisy even after numerous adjustments.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rock Crusher

          By Trek EX Rider

          from Kansas

          About Me

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments:

                I love everything about the bike its more bike that I could ever ask for thanks trek

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                (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fuel EX 5

                By JET

                from melbourne

                About Me

                Pros

                • Light Weight
                • Rockshocks Work Great
                • Its Great For Downhill
                • Any Type Of Riding

                Cons

                • Too good

                Best Uses

                • Cross country
                • Four Cross
                • Downhill

                Comments:

                its so great you can use it for whatever your into, i would recommend it for four cross riders

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                5.0

                Awesome entry level bike for any terrain

                By Twinny

                from Apple Valley, CA

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Cheap Components

                Best Uses

                • Casual Riding
                • Free Riding
                • Downhill
                • Mountain Biking

                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!

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                4.0

                Great value for the dollar.

                By ArmadaJJ

                from Red Deer, AB, Canada

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Balanced Suspension
                • Plush Feel
                • Handles Well

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Casual Riding
                  • 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.

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                  5.0

                  One of the best bikes ever!

                  By Sourloter

                  from Greece

                  About Me Competitive Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Plush Feel
                  • Durable
                  • Handles Well
                  • Balanced Suspension

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Racing
                  • Free Riding
                  • Urban Biking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Downhill

                  Comments:

                  I use this bike for 25 Kml per day, 3-4 days per week. I am doing a lot of climbing and descenting with it, and a lot of trails. It's bad to the bone, it's a monster! When i bought it, i also changed everything with Shimano XT (30 speed) components from my old bike, Shimano SLX brakes & Bontrager XR4 (2.35) tyres, so i can't realy comment about SRAM, Avid brakes & XR3 tyres.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fuelie measures up !!

                  By TD

                  from Melbourne, FL

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Durable
                  • Good frame geometry
                  • Handles Well
                  • Neutral predict handlng
                  • Mule steady climber
                  • Balanced Suspension
                  • Plush Feel
                  • Great Components

                  Cons

                  • Disc adj every wheel chg

                  Best Uses

                  • Urban Biking
                  • Free Riding
                  • Casual Riding
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Racing
                  • Sandy trails

                  Comments:

                  put big earl 2.8 front and rear. no rubs on rear. occasional front rub on turn but worth the hassle in the Florida Sand. Able to ride 1/4 mile stretches of sugar sand between the woods trails and I'm 240# ! I LOVE this suspension. Bike lets you ride back on rear and keep the front tire skimming over the soft stuff like a scalding CR250. Mine is a 2009 5.5 EX FUEL - just got it old stock 2 weeks ago. When yours in NEW - flip it over at the bike shop, remove BOTH wheels, reinstall, and have the mechanic show you how to align the both calipers. It took me a lot of trial-error to figure it out. NEVER leave home riding without a tri-allen wrench. It's the only complaint I have and it's the case on nearly all hydraulic disc bikes. I'm new to them. super stopping power. Bike is very predictable on many types of terrain, including scrub palm root, sugar sand, clay, drops, sharp turns. I love this bike.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Right Platform

                  By jorge

                  from PI

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Balanced Suspension

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments:

                  This is my first FS XC/Trail bike and I have taken my time in choosing the right one. I chose this one above all others in its price point and even some that are beyond it. I originally wanted to build a Santa Cruz Heckler or Butcher or a Banshee Spitfire but those options would be over my $2K initial budget. In the end it was a battle between the 2011 Trek Fuel EX5 and the 2011 Specialized Camber Comp @ identical prices and component specs. Trek won. Aaron Gwin's latest DH victory influenced me a subliminally, I guess. LOL I ride MTBs for fitness and fun. The great thing about the Fuel EX5 is the frame. It looks so burly for an XC bike. Soon I know I will change some parts to lighten the bike a bit, but I'm very happy with my purchase. With this bike, you get what you pay for. A fair deal for a nice platform for better things. I just wish all Fuel EXs had tapered steerer tubes... Happy Descents! JMG

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                  5.0

                  BEST BUY FOR THE MONEY!

                  By Ruffryder55

                  from Miami, FLorida

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Handles Well
                  • Durable
                  • Plush Feel
                  • Balanced Suspension

                  Cons

                  • Cheap Components
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  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.

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