Head To Head Trail Bike Review | 2019 GT Sensor Expert Vs 2019 Trek Fuel EX 9.7

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When it comes to full suspension trail bikes these days, there are so many options to look at. We’ve got super high-end, luxury carbon options from the likes of Santa Cruz, Yeti, and Pivot, to the other end of the scale with alloy offerings from brands such as Specialized, Giant and Merida. There has never been more choice for riders looking for a trail bike.

With that in mind, we got two bikes together from two well known brands to run a head to head test to see where the state of play is at.

Head to Head: Trek Vs GT
Both cost over £3000, and both display impressive build kits.

The Bikes & The Test

What we have here are two bikes from two large, well-known manufacturers that you can find on the high street; GT and Trek.

The aim of the test was of course to see how they both stood up to a good thrashing over a review period, but also to see just how different two very similar bikes can be. Although these bikes both utilise a carbon/alloy frame build, run 130mm of travel both front and rear, and roll on big 29in wheels, I think they offer something vastly different to prospective riders.

These two bikes have different characters. Different motives to how they want you to ride, and they ask different questions of you while you are riding. But which would get my vote? Bear with me, while I try to explain how these bikes have left me feeling after the three month test period.

Head to Head: Trek Vs GT
The GT is a riot on the trails.

2019 GT Sensor Expert




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Review Info

Brand:Trek & GT
Product:Fuel EX 9.7 & Sensor Expert
Price:£3150.00 - £3299.99
Tested:by Rob Mitchell for 3 Months

Comments (1)

    I’m thoroughly confused now.

    “The [Trek] build kit is pretty much faultless. A very considered spec”
    “The Trek … has a build kit that is ready to ride out of the box”
    “A few down sides for the Trek would be some areas of the build kit”

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