Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
Do you have racing aspirations, but don't want to break the bank? How about a full-suspension machine that climbs as well as it descends? Trek's Top Fuel line has an entry-level model that won't disappoint.
The Top Fuel range of mountain bikes from Trek have been at the leading edge of off-road technology for years. Athletes have won national championships and world championship medals aboard Trek's Top Fuel platform, and now you can own one at a more affordable price level. Trek built the Top Fuel 7's chassis with their proprietary Alpha Platinum aluminum, keeping overall weight low for exceptional climbing and maneuverability in tight quarters. A threaded bottom bracket and tapered head tube anchor the crankset and fork for a responsive feel in technical and challenging terrain. A clever Knock Block headset-mounted steerer stop prevents the fork crown from denting the frame's down tube in the event of an unexpected inspection of the greenery. Progressive frame geometry brings confident handling to every inch of singletrack. The Top Fuel 7's race-proven Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) rear suspension geometry helps keep the rear wheel planted on technical trails without absorbing pedaling force or contracting under hard braking. The suspension's upper EVO link prevents lateral biding in the rear shock, allowing it to operate smoothly in rough terrain. Need to tweak the geometry for different trails? The reversible Mino Link chip at the bottom mount of the rear shock can be flipped to alter the bike's center of gravity and handling. Cool, huh? The air-adjustable Fox Performance Float DPS rear shock is air adjustable, allowing the bike to be set up for lighter or heavier riders with a shock pump. Up front, an air-adjustable RockShox 35 Gold RL suspension fork boasts 120mm of travel, just like the rear suspension. Control Freak internal cable routing and a downtube-mounted guard lets you know Trek made the Top Fuel 7 to get dirty. An internal storage compartment in the downtube under the bottle cage mounts eliminate the need for a seat bag.
Shimano supplies the drivetrain components for the Top Fuel 7, bringing additional tech to a winning platform. A 12-speed Shimano SLX shifter and clutch-equipped Deore XT rear derailleur cover gear change duties on the Top Fuel 7, bringing precise operation and durability at your fingertips. A massive Shimano Deore 10-51T cassette offers plenty of gearing range for roller-coaster race courses and trails, while a single-ring Shimano Deore crankset and direct-mount 30T chainring keep rotating weight low. The Top Fuel 7's wheels are Bontrager's tubeless-ready alloy Line Comp 23's, featuring Boost110/148 thru-axle hub spacing for an extra dash of handling prowess. Aggressive tubeless-ready 29x 2.40" Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires boast plenty of traction and low rolling resistance. Shimano supplies the hydraulic disc brakes, ensuring plenty of stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud...). A Bontrager Arvada saddle sits atop an alloy TranzX dropper seatpost that operates with a remote lever on the handlebar. An alloy Bontrager Rhythm Comp stem and alloy Comp handlebar complete this value-packed adventure-ready warrior.
We at Machinery Row have become somewhat jaded when it comes to new bikes, but this one shook us out of our doldrums. The new Supercaliber 9.7 from Trek might be their best off-road racer in years. It handles like a dream, is oh-so smooth over the rough stuff, and is absurdly, stupifyingly light. Run the tires tubeless, and it might get below 25 pounds depending on frame size.
And that's not even the best part.
It's World Cup ready, straight out of the box. It can tackle torturous ascents, technical singletrack and twisty courses with the best racing machines on the planet. There aren't many mountain bikes that can say that. Trek's own OCLV Mountain carbon fiber is used throughout the frame, bestowing incredibly light weight and a supremely strong chassis on the Supercaliber. A tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket add torsional strength for precision handling. The oversized Straight Shot downtube is another weight-reducing element, adding to the Supercaliber's climbing chops, especially when out of the saddle.
A starring feature of the Supercaliber 9.7 is the integrated IsoStrut rear suspension that boasts 60mm of travel. By changing the rear triangle's carbon fiber "recipe", Trek was able to eliminate the rearmost pivot normally found on a mountain bike's rear suspension. The seat stays of the rear triangle flex just enough to soak up choppy singletrack, improving control and allowing the rider to stay fresher on challenging terrrain. The air-adjustable Fox Performance shock offers a very smooth feel, has adjustable rebound and even has a remote lockout lever. Cool, huh? Pivots above the bottom bracket, a 12mm rear thru-axle, and a stout anchor bolt at the shock prevent power-robbing torsional and lateral flex. Up front, an air-adjustable Reba RL suspension fork brings 100mm of travel to the party. A Motion Control damper and bar-mounted remote lockout lever lets the rider customize the shock's feel in the heat of battle. A 15mm thru-axle fork dropout and boost110 hub spacing add an extra dash of handling precision.
All that is a pretty hard act to follow! But Trek was very particular about what to equip the Supercaliber 9.7 with. Shimano's 12-speed SLX shifter and XT long-cage rear derailleur are up to the job, adding lightning-quick shifting and long service life to the bike. An alloy E*thirteen Helix crankset with a direct-mount 32T chainring does power delivery duties with surprising lightness. A massive 10-51T Shimano SLX cassette brings a 510% gearing range to roller-coaster race courses and challenging terrain. Rolling stock consists of Bontrager's tubeless-ready Kovee Elite 30 wheels. Constructed of OCLV Pro carbon fiber, they weigh about 1700 grams (!!) and have a 29mm inner rim dimension. Wider rims offer better tire support for a better "footprint" on crumbly surfaces. Cross-country rubber consists of tubeless-ready 29x2.20" Bontrager XR2 Team Issue tires. Stopping power is found at the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, bringing excellent lever feedback and effective stopping power to the Supercaliber in all conditions, wet or dry. A Bontrager P3 Verse Elite saddle, Comp alloy seatpost, Elite 35 Knock Block stem and alloy Kovee Elite handlebar complete this World-beating rocketship.
The Top Fuel family brings World Cup performance to you, making every inch of trail go by that much faster.
When Trek revived the Top Fuel moniker, it knew it had to keep the incredible features from the Fuel EX line that make it such a world-beater in trail bikes. The Active Braking Pivot -or ABP- rear suspension geometry makes the Top Fuel a true standout in full-suspension cross country mountain bikes. Instant reaction to changing surfaces and terrain, as well as zero shock compression during hard braking make the Top Fuel a winner in the arena of cross country race machines. Adding all that race-bred tech to an OCLV Mountain carbon fiber frame elevates the Top Fuel 9.8 GX beyond its competitors, ensuring feather-light weight and incredible torsional strength. Trek's XC frame geometry has been proven time and again during cross-country races around the world, and that geometry is found on the Top Fuel as well. A tapered head tube adds an extra dash of razor-sharpness to the Top Fuel's handling, while a press-fit PF92 bottom bracket anchors the SRAM crankset for flex-free power delivery. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps the Top Fuel 9.8 GX looking clean and sleek with no rattles, while carbon armor under the down tube resists flying gravel and debris. The Top Fuel's overall geometry can be tweaked slightly by rotating the Mino Link suspension pivot at the top of the rear stays. Want a more relaxed geometry? simply rotate the Mino Link to get a slacker head angle for a more stable feel.
Out back, the Top Fuel 9.8 GX is equipped with an air-adjustable RockShox SID Luxe Ultimate shock, helping to keep the bike anchored to rough singletrack. From small-bump compliance to hard landings, the SID Lux Ultimate rear shock responds to everything with just the right amount of response, keeping you in control with 115mm of travel. Up front, an air-adjustable RockShox SID Select+ suspension fork helps tackle rock gardens and root "fun houses" with 120mm of travel. A meaty 15mm Maxle Stealth thru-axle keeps the front wheel where you point it, while a 2-position damper adds even more control, depending on rider preference.
SRAM has been at the forefront of mountain bike component tech, and their latest 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle components are no exception. A SRAM Eagle GX shifter and Eagle GX Roller Bearing Clutch rear derailleur operate with lightning-quickness, even under hard pedaling loads. A 12-speed SRAM 10-52T cassette and carbon fiber SRAM Stylo Eagle crankset with a direct-mount 32T chainring offers a massive gearing range for challenging trails and climbs. A SRAM GX Eagle chain is there to make sure shifting and power transfer is all top-notch. Bontrager's tubeless-ready Kovee Elite 30 carbon fiber wheels are shod with tubeless-ready XR3 Team Issue tires, bringing bags of grip and easy acceleration to the Top Fuel 9.8 GX. The Kovee Elite wheelset features Boost110/148 hubs, adding wider flanges for improved lateral rigidity in the wheels. Helping to keep speed reigned in is a set of SRAM G2 RS 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, delivering confident stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud). A Ti-railed Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle sits atop an alloy Bontrager Line Elite dropper seatpost. A bar-mounted lever gets the saddle out of the way with a single push. An alloy Bontrager Kovee Pro stem and Line Pro OCLV carbon fiber handlebar complete this race-ready machine.
Welcome to the new Top Fuel for 2022. More versatile, more travel, more fun!
The Top Fuel platform got a redesign for 2022, with an aim towards improving the bike's prowess on technical trails. A slightly longer top tube and slacker head angle gives the Top Fuel a more confident feel on technical descents and rough trail features. With the Top Fuel 9.8, Trek still uses their world-class OCLV Mountain carbon fiber in the frame and rear triangle, ensuring very light weight and high strength. Steep inclines and twisty singletrack remain the Top Fuel 9.8's playground.
Trek's proprietary Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) rear suspension has a unique design that isolates braking forces from the action of the rear suspension. The concentric rear pivot allows the shock to work smoothly in all conditions, from washboard hardpan to stair-step descents. The ABP suspension's lower front pivot is also in line with the top of the chainring, eliminating any wasted energy during hard pedaling. With rear suspension travel bumped up to 120mm, the Top Fuel 9.8 is more capable than ever. An air-adjustable RockShox Deluxe Ultimate RCT shock features adjustable rebound for perfect fine tuning for different trail conditions, riding styles and rider weights. The lower shock mount is also a reversible Mino Link. By flipping the Mino Link, the geometry of the Top Fuel 9.8 can be changed, depending on rider preferences and trail conditions. The rear shock works though an ultra-stiff magnesium rocker link that helps keep the rear suspension working smoothly.
The details found on every carbon fiber full suspension bike from Trek are still there.
-A tapered head tube that anchors the suspension fork, improving handling and front braking -Oversized down tube with Internal Frame Storage and BITS tool roll -Control Freak internal cable routing for rattle-free riding and easy cable servicing -Downtube guard to deflect gravel spray off the front tire -An updated Knock Block headset that prevents the handlebar from smashing the top tube
Up front, an air-adjustable RockShox SID Select+ suspension fork does handling duties. 120mm of travel matches the Top Fuel's rear suspension, while a 15mm thru-axle adds an extra dash of razor-sharpness to every technical trail.
Shimano's proven 12-speed Deore XT components make up the drivetrain of the Top Fuel 9.8. The 12-speed shifter, clutch-equipped rear derailleur, 30T single-ring crankset, 10-51T cassette and even the chain are Shimano XT components. The RapidFire shifter boasts a dual-action lever that shifts to a smaller cog with either a push or a pull. That massive cassette is a mixture of aluminum and steel assembled in a lightweight package and backed by a flex-resistant 1-piece spider. The 30T chainring is a direct-mount unit, keeping overall crankset weight low.
Bontrager's Line Elite 30 OCLV carbon fiber tubeless wheels make for brilliant rolling stock on the Top Fuel 9.8. A 29mm internal rim width offers a meaty platform for the bike's Bontrager XR 4 Team Issue 29x2.4" tires. The thru-axle rear hub sports a Rapid Drive 108 cassette that allows for much faster engagement when pedaling out of hairpins and uphill curves. Reigning in speed is the job of Shimano's Deore XT 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes. Yes, just like on a MotoGP bike, more pistons make for better braking performance.
What would a full-suspension mount bike be without a dropper post? The Top Fuel 9.8 is equipped with a Line Elite dropper post that gets the saddle out of the way with the push of the bar-mounted remote lever. A Bontrager Arvada saddle sits atop the dropper post, bringing a comfy perch to the bike. The Bontrager Line Pro OCLV carbon fiber handlebar has a 35mm clamp diameter, and is mated to an alloy Bontrager Line Pro Knock Block stem.
This is Trek's answer to the question: Who makes a world-beating cross-country mountain bike that can handle marathon length events?
The Top Fuel 9.9 could be the best full-suspension XC racer on the planet. It's absurdly light at less than 25 pounds (!!) when set up tubeless. The main frame and rear suspension arms are all made from Trek's exclusive OCLV Mountain carbon fiber, bringing incredible strength to handle every pedal stroke over rough trails. Every aspect of the main frame has been optimised for high performance without adding pounds. The frame's Straight Shot downtube eliminates plenty of material while enhancing torsional strength. Don't worry, the fork crown won't whack the down tube during a crash, thanks to a clever Knock Block steerer stop at the top of the head tube. Out back, the Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) full suspension geometry isolates braking forces from suspension movement, so every gnarly downhill hairpin won't feel like a major test of your riding talents. Control Freak internal cable routing, a tapered head tube, and downtube-mounted Carbon Armor are examples of the details that make every Trek Top Fuel mountain bike a clear leader in XC racing machines.
The air-adjustable RockShox Pike Ultimate suspension fork helps to tame rock gardens and challenging course features with ease. 120mm of travel soaks up impacts, while a bar-mounted lockout twist-lever shuts off the shock when charging along hardpan and jeep doubletrack. The rear shock is also a RockShox Deluxe Ultimate unit, bringing 115mm of travel and the aforementioned lockout function.
Trek chose SRAM's best off-road drivetrain for the Top Fuel 9.9: 12-speed Eagle AXS. Yes, this is the wireless shifting SRAM drivetrain for mountain bikes. Powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, every shift is perfect. Every. Single. Time. The XX1 AXS rear derailleur can handle hard pedaling loads and poorly-timed shifts with ease. Plus, there's no shift cable or housing to get nasty in messy conditons! Cool, huh? A 10-50T SRAM Eagle rear cassette boasts a massive gearing range for roller-coaster trails and courses. Power delivery is done through a carbon fiber SRAM XX1 Eagle crankset with a single 32T direct-mount chainring.
Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready OCLV carbon fiber Kovee Pro 30 wheelset. The 30mm-wide internal rim width allows the tire to spread out for better trail contact, enhancing lateral grip and reduce rolling resistance. Boost110/148 thru-axle hubs improve lateral rigidity, while a Rapid Drive 108 rear freehub makes pedaling response lightning-quick. With a total wheelset weight of only 1500 grams (without tires or cassette), the Top Fuel 9.9 will leap out of corners and hairpins like a jackrabbit! Bontrager's 29x2.4" XR3 Team Issue tires are also tubeless-ready, bringing bags of grip to any trail surface. SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes boast excellent stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud).
The Top Fuel 9.9's RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post is just as high-performance as the rest of the bike. It's wireless, using a bar-mounted remote lever for clean installation, and uses the same rechargeable battery as the SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS rear derailleur. A carbon-railed Montrose Pro saddle, Kovee Pro stem, OCLV carbon fiber Line Pro handlebar complete this world-beating off-road racer.
A SRAM eTap AXS battery charger is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
The best performance you can get is when you get maximum bike-for-your-dollar. The Giant Stance 29 2 does exactly that.
Giant's ALUXX-grade aluminum frame gets the Stance 29 2 off to a great start, with light weight, precise handling and excellent power transfer. The bike's geometry is more relaxed than an XC bike, improving confidence on steep descents and broken terrain. Giant's lightweight FlexPoint rear suspension allows the rear wheel to follow the contours of the trails with minimal moving parts. Managing the bike's handling is done with air-adjustable suspension front and rear. Out back, a Suntour Raidon R rear shock offers up 120mm of travel. Up front, a Giant Crest 34 RCL fork with 130mm of travel helps keep the bike where you point it. Both shocks feature adjustable rebound knobs for dialing in handling precision. A tapered OverDrive head tube improves handling in twisty singletrack, while internal cable routing keeps the bike looking clean and sleek.
One of the component highlights of the Stance 29 2 is the addition of Shimano's 12-speed Deore single-chainring drivetrain. Yes, this is a 12-speed full-suspension mountain bike for less than $1800! A Shimano Deore shifter, Shimano Deore 10-51T cassette, Shimano chain, and a clutch-equippped Shimano Deore rear derailleur delivers brilliant performance-per-dollar! A 30T Praxis Cadet alloy crankset does power delivery duty over every inch of the trail.
Rolling stock consists of Giant's own tubeless-ready alloy AM 29 wheels and knobby tubeless-ready 29x2.35" Maxxis Forekaster tires. The combination of a 30mm inner rim width, tubeless capability and aggressive tire tread adds boatloads of traction in rock gardens and loose surfaces. Speed control is critical in technical terrain, and Shimano's MT200 hydraulic disc brakes help with that task in all conditions, sunny or muddy. An alloy Connect seatpost, Romero saddle, alloy Contact stem, and alloy Connect Trail handlebar complete this amazing value in a trail bike.
Looking for a great place to start off-roading, but don't want to spend the kid's college fund? Giant has your back with the Stance 29 1.
Stance is Giant's entry-level full-suspension platform, starting with their proven FlexPoint rear suspension geometry. By simply allowing the rear triangle to flex, rather than adding maintenance-heavy pivots, the Stance can grab ahold of singletrack with the best of them! An air-adjustable RockShox Monarch R rear shock can be tweaked for rider weight and riding preferences. The Stance 29 1's ALUXX-grade hydroformed aluminum frame keeps weight low, while a tapered OverDrive head tube adds to the bike's precise feel in tight and twisty trails. Up front, an air-adjustable Crest 34 SL RCL suspension fork helps the Stance 29 1 go where you point it. A 15x110 thru-axle hub improves handling further.
Single-ring drivetrains keep weight and complexity down, helping to get you down the trail with minimum fuss. SRAM's SX Eagle 12-speed shifter, SX Eagle rear derailleur, SX Eagle 30T crankset and 11-50T SX Eagle cassette are all designed to work together in perfect harmony, ensuring precise operation and long service life. Tubeless-ready alloy AM 29 wheels are shod with Maxxis Forekaster 29x2.35" knobby tires, giving the Stance 29 1 bags of grip in rock gardens and root "fun houses". Helping to reign in speed is set of Shimano's hydraulic disc brakes that work in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud). A Giant Romero saddle sits atop a Giant Contact Switch dropper post, while an alloy Contact stem and Connect Trail handlebar complete this high-value trail-tamer.
Cross country racing demands plenty from the rider and the bike. The longer the course, the more technical the terrain and the tougher the competition, the better the bike needs to be. Welcome to the Anthem Advanced Pro.
Any full suspension mountain bike needs to have an incredibly strong and light "backbone" for optimum performance. The Advanced Composite carbon fiber main frame of the Anthem Advanced Pro allows the bike to transfer power with lightning-quick response. A PowerCore bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery. The OverDrive tapered head tube adds an extra dash of razor-sharpness in technical singletrack. The frame's torsional strength allows the suspension -on both ends- to perform precisely. The rear Maestro swingarm is also produced with Advanced-grade Composite carbon fiber, bringing precise handling and very light weight to the chassis. The Maestro suspension geometry itself doesn't soak up your efforts from pedaling due to the main lower pivot being directly in line with the chain. The upper and lower suspension elements of the Maestro suspension are uneven, allowing the wheel to travel slightly backwards with every impact. The shock can respond better for improved control over terrain features rough and smooth. The air-adjustable Fox Float DPS Performance Elite rear shock delivers 90mm of travel; perfect for XC courses and fast singletrack. The Advanced Forged Composite rocker link has the shock installed in a Trunnion mount, all but eliminating binding from lateral friction.
The Anthem Advanced Pro's suspension fork is an air-adjustable Fox 32 Float SC Performance Elite unit. Lightweight step-cast lowers, adjustable rebound and 100mm of travel deliver high performance for the XC racer. Both shocks can be locked out with a bar-mounted remote lever.
Shimano's award-winning Deore XT components are found throughout the Anthem Advanced Pro 1. The single-ring 32T crankset, 12-speed RapidFire shifter, Shadow-style derailleur, 10-51T Hyperglide+ cassette, and the flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes are all designed to work perfectly in concert.
Giant's own tubeless-ready carbon fiber XCR-1 29'er wheels aren't just feather-light, they're plenty strong for tackling rough trails and hard landings. They're tubeless-ready, and feature Boost110/148 hub spacing for improved high-speed handling. 31mm wide rims allow the tires to spread out for a better "footprint" on the trail. The tubeless tires themselves are Maxxis 29x2.25" Recon Race rubber with a low-profile tread for low rolling resistance.
The Anthem Advanced Pro's "furniture" consists of a Composite carbon fiber Contact seatpost, Contact SL saddle, alloy Contact SL stem and Composite carbon fiber Contact SLR XC handlebar.