My first day at 2009 Trek Camp was spent learning about and riding their updated carbon OCLV Fuel EX (report here). Later in the day, as I rolled into the group dinner, I was not prepared for the surprise that Trek had waiting thereâ€”samples of a radically re-designed carbon OCLV Top Fuel 100mm travel XC race bike. The top-of-the-line 9.9 model is said to weigh less than 21lbs. with Ti Eggbeater pedals. Key Top Fuel highlights include:
- The ’09 Top Fuel frame is 33% stiffer than ’08, and is 431gm. lighter (2027gm./4.5lbs. frame weight).
- Rear suspension now uses Active Braking PIvot design (more info here).
- Rear suspension now also uses Full Floater design (more info here).
- No-cut seatmast offers 100mm of adjustment, is stiffer and saves weight.
- Net molding on BB and headtube allow use of drop-in bearings resulting in weight savings.
- Crossbow frame re-design saves 100gm. and improves stiffness by 33%.
- Top-end 9.9 model has 2×9 drivetrain, with custom FSA 2-ring cranks, that produce a Q-Factor 10mm narrower than Shimano XTR.
- Bontrager Race XXX Lite wheels use all-new Bontrager XXX Carbon rims (tubeless compatible) and the wheelset weights in at 1450gm.
Alas, I did not have a change to ride the 2009 Top Fuelâ€”the few existing samples are in the hands of Trekies such as Travis Brown and Chris Eatough, who put them through the paces on our day-two group ride on Durango’s trademark Hermosa Creek trail. With any luck, I might find a test bike under my skinny white butt at some point in the future (if I can win the cage match at DRHQ).
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