Trek 2016: Trek’s New Top Fuel

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(Note: if you saw the first version of this post, it had the wrong header and pics in it. Do not adjust your set! Sorry – and thank you to fenboy who helpfully pointed out our mistake 🙂 )

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The Top Fuel 9.9 SL – Di2 and internal-routed dropper post compatible

Here’s Trek’s new Top Fuel. The bike is designed to cope with the very rough nature of today’s almost bike-park-like, cross-country race courses. It’s a 100mm race bike with 29in wheels for all sizes apart from the 15.5in size, which gets 27.5in wheels.

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The 9.8 SL. Girl’s paint, now for boys!

The frame weight is 1,900g for a medium. The chainstays have shrunk from 452mm to 435mm, partly due to the Boost rear end. There’s also a Mino-Link which allows riders to tune the geometry by 0.5mm and the BB height by 8mm.

The Top Fuel 8 WSD keeps the same geometry as the rest of the bikes in the series, but gains a women's saddle and custom paint.
The Top Fuel 8 WSD keeps the same geometry as the rest of the bikes in the series, but gains a women’s saddle and custom paint.
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The regular version of the Top Fuel 8.
Top Fuel SL C - all of the goodness of the Top Fuel, in a frame-only carbon guise.
Top Fuel SL C – all of the goodness of the Top Fuel, in a frame-only carbon guise.
No news yet as to whether or not the 9 comes with sunglasses.
No news yet as to whether or not the 9 comes with sunglasses. Pow!
Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 22 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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