The new Trek Top Fuel mixes uphill efficiency with downhill performance

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The Trek Top Fuel was once considered the goto XC bike, but times have changed and the Top Fuel now blurs the line between XC and trail.

We know that you don’t like the term ‘Downcountry’ but it’s hard to ignore especially when Trek are so determined to use this new genre when describing the new Trek Top Fuel. With 120mm of travel front and rear, the Top Fuel certainly looks more XC than Trail, but with a sorted geometry, Trek is promising exceptional performance as gravity takes over.

Available in 7 sizes from XS to XXL and reach numbers increasing from 400mm to 520mm the new Top Fuel certainly starts as it means to go on. A size large bike gets an impressive 480mm reach combined with a 66-degree head angle and 76-degree seat tube angle, which sounds like a fun 120mm travel bike in our book.

Of course, geometry is only part of the equation, and Trek has spent significant time getting the kinematics just right too. The whole point of a downcountry bike (sorry) is that it climbs as well as an XC bike with efficient on trail manners, and that’s what Trek has ensured with the new Top Fuel

Want your Top Fuel to go downhill even faster? Well, Trek has included a flip-chip for geometry adjustments and the frame is compatible with a 130mm fork too.

Other frame features that make the new Top Fuel a worthy trail choice are the oversized 34.9mm seat tube which is compatible with long travel dropper posts, a 73mm threaded BB, and in-frame storage just like the Trek Slash. All models run on 29in wheels too, except for the XS size which has 27.5in wheels.

For more details visit the Trek website.


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  • Premier Icon brainflex
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    What’s a for too?

    “compatible with a 130mm for too.”

    Premier Icon ben_h
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    130mm fork, too?

    Premier Icon Kendo
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    From £2550 (or £2250 frame only) in case anyone was wondering…

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Christ, you could buy a chameleon full build for that! 🤣🤣

    Premier Icon mrlebowski
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    “Downcountry….”

    Marketing BS at it’s nauseating fing worst..

    Premier Icon petedee
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    Seems exactly like the Fuel Ex was in 2018. My 2018 Fuel Ex 9.8 is lighter than the top fuel 9.8. 🙄 minimal changes, stupid prices. Welcome to the bike market, 2021.

    Premier Icon kuco
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    I don’t give a shit what Trek wants to call it, it’s an xc/trail bike. Downcountry is just marketing bullshit.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Xc/trail were surely just marketing bullshit at one point too? 😆

    Premier Icon neil_bolton
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    The previous Trek Top Fuel (2020/2021) was capable of a 130mm fork, so Trek have been taking the Top Fuel that direction for a while.

    The additional 10mm reach, 1.5 degree slacker HA and steeper seat tube I think completes the transition away from the Top Fuel previously being their ‘race bike’ – the S’Cal is that now.

    I brought my 2020 Top Fuel wanting a fast XC bike that could handle some gnar – and I’ve been incredibly pleased with it. Not wanting to annoy the niche haters, but fitting out my Top Fuel in full #downcountry spec made it capable of keeping up with bigger bikes. A decent set of tyres and inserts meant that, like a hardtail, skill suddenly becomes the limiting factor.

    I’m intrigued to ride the new TF, but they’re huge money now and I’m not sure I want to move so far away from the steeper angles I have on my 2020 model. Certainly, a shock tune, a set of 130mm forks with 35mm stanchions and decent tyres, and really, there isn’t much difference. Consider that the 2020 TF came with a 70mm stem – so any shorter stem will bring it in line with a 2022.

    I would love the little compartment tho – although I have one on my Slash and I’ve still not worked out what to use it for.

    Premier Icon kuco
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    Xc/trail were surely just marketing bullshit at one point too? 😆

    Yea about 30 years ago.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Yea about 30 years ago

    Ballocks. They were just mountain bikes 30 years ago.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I looked at these when i bought my Neuron. Great idea, craxy prices. Even comparing in house to a Fuel ex

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It seems to be quite a lot like a 2015 remedy tbh

    Premier Icon bigrich
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    Ballocks. They were just mountain bikes 30 years ago

    Errrr, Mountain biking was full marketing bullpigs back then.

    Premier Icon lankysprinter
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    They are a lot of ££ but it strikes me so is every similar bike? I’m torn between one of these and more trail hardtail. I can’t decide if one of these will make my local Marple/ peaks trails feel too easy?

    I already have a Scott scale that’s fine but has non tubeless rims and rubbish suntour fork so could keep that for xc, gravel rides, marathons and have a new bike for local trails and longer marathons if needed.

    Will I regret a full sus given I can’t jump, don’t ride trail centres more than once a year, etc?

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