Trek updates Top Fuel with longer travel and new geometry

Trek announced a redesign of its popular full suspension cross country bike today, updating Top Fuel with longer travel and an all-new geometry that's suited to racing and a whole lot more.

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Top Fuel has long been the bike of choice for speed and efficiency on demanding cross-country courses and marathon rides. The new models combine Top Fuel's race heritage with the confident control of a longer-travel bike for a ride that handles like a snappy XC race bike and rips like a trail bike.


This change in design pivots Top Fuel from a thoroughbred race machine to a cross country bike that’s well-suited to both racing and an all-around great time on any trail for any rider.


Earlier this spring, US Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion Payson McElveen (Orange Seal Off-road) rode the new Top Fuel to a record FKT on the 100-mile White Rim Trail in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, beating the previous record by nearly 15 minutes.


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More travel, more control

Whereas previous Top Fuel models featured a 100mm fork and 100mm of rear travel, the new Top Fuel models have a longer 120mm fork and 115mm of rear travel.


New Top Fuel models also feature an overhauled frame with a slacker head angle and a longer reach for confidence and control on rough descents.


Each of the models in the new Top Fuel lineup features a wider handlebar and shorter stem, a dropper post, and a TwistLoc dual remote lockout that makes it easy to simultaneously lock the front and rear suspension for sprints and climbs.


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Trail bike tech, race bike mentality

The new Top Fuel frame has similar design elements to Trek’s trail bikes, including a Straight Shot down tube for extra stiffness without extra weight and Knock Block frame defense that prevents damage from spinning bars and fork crowns.


Each new model features Mino Link adjustable geometry, Control Freak internal cable routing, and Active Braking Pivot, which keeps the suspension active even when you’re on the brakes.


Together, this frame and suspension tech makes for an ultra-responsive and sure-footed ride that’s fast on race day and fun whenever you ride.



Carbon and alloy options

Top Fuel is available in four complete models with various drivetrain options. It’s also available as a frameset in either Alpha Platinum Aluminum or OCLV Mountain Carbon.


All three carbon models (Top Fuel 9.9, Top Fuel 9.8, and Top Fuel 9.7) and the carbon frameset feature full OCLV Mountain Carbon mainframes and rear triangles.



Available Top Fuel models:

Top Fuel 8 R45,999
Top Fuel 9.7 R68,999
Top Fuel 9.8 R89,999
Top Fuel 9.9 R149,999
Top Fuel 9.9 AXS (P1 Now) – Will only be launched end Jul
Top Fuel AL Frameset R32,999
Top Fuel C Frameset R54,999


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BaGearA, May 23 2019 08:13

R55 000 and it comes with DPS performance... this is madness !

BikeisLife, May 23 2019 08:16

Max chainring size: 34t?? JHB people, they left you hanging.

BaGearA, May 23 2019 08:18

Max chainring size: 34t?? JHB people, they left you hanging.

yeah like seriously , Eagle was created so we could push bigger gears and now frames are becoming the limiting factor wut ?

Odinson, May 23 2019 08:24

R33k for an alu frameset?! Ha ha ha ha! GTFO!

gravelgrinder, May 23 2019 08:47

Not many positves, 34T when most Pro men on the XCO circuit uses 36T. Heavier than 2019 model with 120 mm fork and dropper.  Sure could be a fun bike but probably not for the racing snake.

RiverInTheRoad, May 23 2019 08:53

Some funny choices and bonkers pricing. Geonetry and package looks PERFECT for average RSA joe

ABrooks, May 24 2019 12:09

So they took their xc race bike and almost turned it into a Fuel Ex...

Micha-wp, May 24 2019 01:56

More like they copied the 2017 Scott Spark...... 

DieselnDust, May 24 2019 07:32

Was gagga over it till I saw max chainring size is 34T. That's not a win for XCO.

They must have a new XCO bike bike coming out in July

DieselnDust, May 24 2019 07:35

R55 000 and it comes with DPS performance... this is madness 


Utterly bonkers! I was pretty excited about this bike but they can keep it. Intense Sniper is way cheaper and isn't limited to a 34T chainring. It takes a 36T comfortably. Sorry Trek, this is a fail.

Mawbs, May 24 2019 10:12

What happened to the AKtiv rear shock is that still a thing on this model ??

BikeisLife, May 24 2019 10:46

What happened to the AKtiv rear shock is that still a thing on this model ??

Gone with the wind...