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    It's right for you if...

    You want a single bike that can handle any trail with the light weight and vibration damping of a carbon frame. You're willing to pay for parts that give you a better connection with the trail, but you'd rather skip the bling.

    The tech you get

    A light and stiff full-carbon frame with internal storage, FOX Performance 36 fork with a GRIP damper that offers more adjustment, and a RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock. A Shimano XT 1x12 drivetrain for super-smooth shifting that's easy on the thumb—plus an extra-low 51-tooth climbing gear, and all-new Bontrager carbon wheels with a 108-tooth Rapid Drive hub for fast engagement.

    The final word

    Fuel EX 9.8 is a great investment for one bike that does it all. You get a light carbon frame, but it's the parts that make this model, like the extra-adjustable GRIP damper, the magic-carpet ride of Thru Shaft, and the blistering acceleration of carbon wheels with a Rapid Drive hub.

    Why you'll love it

    1. Fuel EX 9.8 will take your riding to the next level with a parts package that gives you top-shelf performance without the top-shelf price tag
    2. RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft works faster than a normal shock, so it tracks the ground better and keeps you in control
    3. A sleek internal storage compartment gives you a handy spot to stow flat fixing supplies or gear
    4. Trek expanded their size range to ensure a better fit for all riders. And, you get the fastest wheel that fits your frame: XS frames get 27.5˝ wheels, S frames get to choose between 27.5˝ or 29˝, and sizes M to XL get 29˝ wheels


    Specifications

    *spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted

    Frameset
    Frame OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130mm travel
    Fork Fox Performance 36, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Kabolt axle, 140mm travel
    *Shock Size: XS , S
    Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210mm x 52.5mm
    Size: S , M , ML , L , XL
    Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210mm x 55mm
    Wheel front NEW Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
    Wheel rear NEW Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
    Hub front Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle
    Hub rear Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle
    Skewer rear Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever
    *Tire Size: XS , S
    Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 27.5x2.40''
    Size: XS , S
    Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 27.5x2.60''
    Size: S , M , ML , L , XL
    Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.40''
    Size: S , M , ML , L , XL
    Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.60''
    *Tire part Size: XS , S , M , ML , L , XL
    Bontrager TLR valve, 50mm
    Size: XS , S , M , ML , L , XL
    Bontrager TLR sealant
    Rim strip Bontrager TLR
    Shifter Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed
    Rear derailleur Shimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog
    *Crank Size: XS , S
    Shimano XT M8100, 30T alloy ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 170mm length
    Size: M , ML , L , XL
    Shimano XT M8100, 30T alloy ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 175mm length
    Bottom bracket Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit
    Cassette Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed
    Chain Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed
    Saddle Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width
    *Seatpost Size: XS , S
    Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 340mm length
    Size: M , ML
    Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 440mm length
    Size: L , XL
    Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 480mm length
    Handlebar Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width
    Grips Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on
    *Stem Size: XS , S
    Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 0 degree, 35mm length
    Size: M , ML , L , XL
    Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 0 degree, 45mm length
    Headset Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom
    Brake Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston hydraulic disc
    *Brake rotor Size: XS , S , M , ML , L , XL
    Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180mm
    Size: M , ML , L , XL
    Shimano RT66, 203mm, 6-bolt
    Weight M - 13.13 kg / 28.94 lbs (with TLR sealant, no tubes)
    Weight limit This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).