This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
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 32T single 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 lower 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.
This bicycle can be ordered through Trek's Project One program. Tens of thousands of color and component configurations can be ordered, making the Top Fuel 9.9 AXS uniquely your own. Please call for details.
For many riders looking for a high-performance endurance bike, the Domane SLR 7 Disc will check all the right boxes. How well? Bicycling Magazine awarded the Domane SLR 7 their Bike of the Year award for 2020!
The Domane series of bicycles are developed from the experiences of Trek's Factory Racing Team over many years of racing over the worst roads in Europe. From the cobblestones of Roubaix to the gravel roads of Tuscany, racing the Domane has brought new lessons to the engineers at Trek. The Domane SLR is the ultimate expression of Trek's commitment to building and improving high-performance endurance-category road bicycles.
To build the frame of the Domane SLR Disc bicycle, Trek used their proprietary 700 Series OCLV carbon fiber for incredible strength and feather-lightness. This material has been used in Trek's race-winning Madone road bicycles, guaranteeing excellent strength-to-weight attributes. From the start, Trek's engineers knew that the fit and geometry of the Domane SLR needed to be easy to fit a wider range of riders. Called Endurance Geometry, the bike's slightly shorter top tube and taller head tube allows the Domane SLR 7 Disc to fit more riders -and rider flexibilities- with greater comfort during multi-hour rides and races. The slightly longer wheelbase of the Domane SLR 7 Disc produces a more stable feel over rough surfaces, reducing rider fatigue. Power Transfer Construction is the name given to the Domane's frame architecture. With it, the overall tube shapes of the Domane SLR's main triangle are shaped to add torsional strength that is critical for flex-free power delivery, especially during hard climbing efforts up steep grades. Aerodynamics was considered for the Domane series for the first time, and Trek's renown Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) frame shaping was used throughout the Domane SLR 7. Battling headwinds just got a little easier! Even the cables were tucked behind the headset and steerer tube to reduce overall drag. Internal storage in the down tube is a clever solution to clumsy seat bags hanging off the saddle rails. There's even an aperture for a multi-tool in the door under the front bottle cage. Cool, huh? The tapered head tube anchors the all-carbon fork for a more precise feel during high-speed turns and hard braking. Torsional strength is also reflected in the press-fit BB90 bottom bracket, improving pedaling response further. Both hub mounts are 12mm thru-axles rather than open dropouts, adding even more torsional strength for improved handling. The all-carbon IsoSpeed fork reduces weight further, while disc-brake-specific carbon construction ensures predictable stopping power.
With all that going for it, the Domane SLR 7 Disc would be an excellent performance machine, but Trek didn't stop there. The real magic of the Domane SLR comes with the IsoSpeed decouplers found at the front and rear of the top tube. At the back, the IsoSpeed decoupler is adjustable. With the loosening of one bolt under the top tube and the damper bolt at the back of the seat tube, a slider can be moved to add or subtract vertical flex from the bike. This clever feature allows riders needing more or less frame compliance to adjust their bicycles at the roadside in only a minute. Different rider weights, different terrains and different surfaces can all be compensated for with the adjustable IsoSpeed unit. The Ride Tuned seatmast itself is designed to respond to bumps and harshness much better than a classic seat post while still reducing weight. Up front, the IsoSpeed unit at the top of the head tube takes the edge off of harsh surfaces. By isolating the steerer tube from the frame's head tube, the Domane SLR 7 Disc's fork can absorb 10% greater vibration and impacts better than the previous generation.
The Domane SLR 7 Disc has several useful features scattered about the bike to make every mile just a little better. The adjustable 3S chain keeper eliminates roadside stops and greasy fingers due to dropped chains. Vanishing fender mounts add versatility for commuters and riding in wet conditions. An aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) in the left chainstay eliminates the need for unsightly zip-ties, while internal cable routing keeps the Domane SLR 7 Disc looking clean.
The Domane SLR 7 Disc is equipped with Shimano's updated Ultegra Di2 derailleurs, 50/34T Ultegra compact crankset and 11-34T Ultegra cassette for optimum shifting performance and long service life. Shifting is done with Shimano's "8070" Ultegra Di2 dual-control levers, offering improved button feedback, a more comfortable lever hood and adjustable lever reach for smaller hands. Shimano's Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes bring excellent stopping power and lever feedback in all conditions, wet or dry. Shimano Ice Tech Freeza rotors disperse heat to reduce brake pad wear during repeated hard stops. The tubeless-ready
Trek has taken the gravel racing world by storm with their Checkpoint SL carbon fiber bikes. This is their best version of the Checkpoint! Peloton Magazine even called the Checkpoint SL 7 "freakishly fast"!
Every mile of a gravel adventure is tougher than the same ride over pavement. The bike needs to be light, smooth and -above all- tough as nails. The design team at Trek didn't cut corners for low weight or high strength. They used Trek's proprietary 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber to build the frame of the Checkpoint SL 7, ensuring feather-lightness and high torsional strength for instant power transfer. The frame's carbon fiber "recipe" also smoothes out rough surfaces at every point between the dropouts. The heart of the Checkpoint SL's ride quality magic is the IsoSpeed decoupler and no-cut seatmast at the top tube/seat tube juncture. This forehead-slap simple technology soaks up sudden impacts from harsh surfaces, making it an excellent choice for attacking washboard surfaces, crumbling fire roads and gravel paths for hours (or days) on end. A tapered head tube and 12mm thru-axles all add an extra dash of sharpness to the bike's handling, especially during high-speed turns and descents. The rear dropout is an adjustable Stranglehold sliding unit that allows the rider to change the wheelbase and tire clearance. A long wheelbase will improve stability in loose or sandy conditions, while a shorter wheelbase quickens the handing. The rear brake caliper mount moves with the left dropout, eliminating guesswork when making adjustments in the field. The aforementioned brake caliper mounts are also flat-mount versions, reducing overall weight further. Mounts for racks and fenders and up to 4 water bottles are found throughout the Checkpoint SL 7, bringing versatility to the bike. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps brake lines tucked in and rattle-free, while downtube-mounted Carbon Armor prevents chipped paint from flying debris off the front tire. If even wider tires are part of your Checkpoint SL 7's build, it can accept rubber up to 45c.
The Checkpoint SL 7 boasts cycling's latest tech: 12-speed wireless shifting from SRAM. Called eTap AXS, this is SRAM's cutting edge shifting technology, allowing a single-ring bicycle to run a gearing range of a cross-country mountain bike. With no wires, cables or housing to snag or foul, the Checkpoint SL 7 has a reliability advantage when charging across mud, dirt and gravel-strewn surfaces. A set of Force eTap AXS dual-control levers operate a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS mountain bike rear derailleur, bringing lightning-quick operation (literally!) to every gear change. Time between recharges of the removeable derailleur-mounted battery is 25+ hours. A massive 10-50T SRAM Eagle cassette delivers 12 speeds along with a 40T single-ring SRAM Force D1 carbon fiber crankset. A unique SRAM Flattop chain with improved durability does power delivery duty.
Bontrager has been in the wheel business from the beginning, and the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset found on the Checkpoint SL 7 is a classic example of their commitment to improving products for diverse needs. The "3V" designation is for their 25mm wide tubeless-ready version, allowing treaded gravel tires to produce a wider "footprint" on any given surface. Ready to take tubeless tires with sealant, gasketed valve stems and rim strips (sold separately), the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset is better than narrower road wheels for rough terrain and long miles. The characteristic shallow aerodynamic rim profile is still there, making the wheelset an excellent choice for windy conditions in all directions. The cassette driver boasts 108 points of engagement, nearly eliminating "free play" with every pedal stroke. Weighing only 1575 grams for the set, Aeolus Pro 3V wheels won't hold you back when attacking challenging terrain or ferocious headwinds. Or both. Bontrager also supplies the 700x40c GR1 Team Issue tubeless-ready tires, offering excellent traction and a smooth feel over hardpan, gravel and broken blacktop.
SRAM Force hydraulic disc brakes cover stopping duties with excellent lever feedback and stopping power, even in wet and muddy conditions. Bontrager's Pro IsoCore VR-CF OCLV carbon fiber handlebars add an extra layer of defense from fatiguing vibration as well as keeping total bike weight very low. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro stem and Bontrager Arvada Elite saddle finish off the cockpit of this high-performance adventure machine.
A SRAM eTap battery charger is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
Remember the first really long rides you did as a teenager?
Do you still ride long distances like that?
You still can.
Trek produced the Domane + for riders wanting to return to that level of achievement and satisfaction. Or just get to work faster. Much faster. Trek's award-winning Domane platform was the basis for their first power-assist road bicycle. The stable handling, long wheelbase and upright fit of the Domane + allow a wider range of riders to get comfortable for long rides over pavement rough and smooth. The IsoSpeed decoupler that soaks up the impact of cobblestones at Paris-Roubaix is equally at home on a power-assist bike, allowing the rider to float over rough and choppy pavement. Room for tires up to 35mm wide permits adventurous riding on light gravel, depending on tire choices.
Trek's outstanding 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber forms the frame of the Domane +, endowing the bike with incredible strength for instant pedaling response and power delivery. That material let the engineers at Trek run wild, producing a bike with innovations everywhere you look. A tapered head tube adds handling precision in every curve and descent. 12mm thru-axles not only make hub installation easier with disc brakes, but also adds to the bike's lateral strength to improve handling. Even the fork is carbon fiber, allowing the design team to bring a more planted feel to the Domane + when tackling high speeds. The Removeable Integrated Battery -or RIB- hides inside the downtube, keeping a clean, sleek look we all want in a performance road bike. Removing the battery for recharging is tool-free, and its placement frees up space for a water bottle right where you expect it to be. There's even a recharging port of the left side of the bike's down tube if you want to charge it "on board". The Bosch battery itself is a 500Wh unit, and can be charged fully in roughly 4 hours from empty. Depending on power assist levels used, the Domane + has an assisted range of up to 70 miles, and a top speed of up to 28mph. Yes, 28mph. It'll make the landscape fly by pretty fast if you want it to! The motor that allows the Domane + to perform like that is Bosch's most powerful Performance Line Speed unit. With up to 350 watts and 63Nm of torque on tap, the Domane + fears no incline, and is ready for rides with the weekend fast group. A bar-mounted Bosch Purion controller with a large LCD display shows the 4 power-assist modes: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo.
The SRAM drivetrain on the Domane + will feel familiar, with an 11-speed Force 1 dual-control lever covering shifting duties. A medium cage SRAM Force 1 rear derailleur moves the chain across a wide-range 11-36T SRAM cassette with precision. SRAM's Force hydraulic disc brakes help keep speed in check in all conditions, rain or shine. The calipers are installed flat-mount style on the frame and fork for even pad wear and better lever feedback. Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready alloy Paradigm Disc wheelset on the Domane +, keeping rotating mass low for easier acceleration. Tubeless-ready 700x35c Schwalbe G-One Speed tires feature a shallow tread that improves confidence on dusty roads or low-profile gravel.
Long miles aren't much fun if the bike's touchpoints aren't up to snuff, but Trek has that covered. A Bontrager Arvada Comp saddle boasts deep padding while still offering a classic road-style shape. The Ride Tuned alloy seatmast cap helps make the IsoSpeed decoupler work better than a conventional seatpost. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Elite Blendr stem makes phone case installation (sold separately) a snap. Bontrager's alloy Elite IsoZone VR-CF road handlebar comes with a layer of elastomer underneath the bar tape, serving as a last line of defense against road harshness. Everyday convenience has been considered with the Domane + with the addition of fender mounts and a chainstay-mounted kickstand. Road safety has been a recurring theme with many Trek products, and the Domane + shares in that theme with a set of daylight-visible, integrated Lync LED lights. Drawing power off the Bosch battery, the lights help to gain the attention of other road users, improving rider safety.
Those roads and group rides you enjoyed so much in the past? You can still enjoy them with the Domane +.
A Bosch home charger comes with the purchase of this bicycle at no extra cost.
The current generation Madone has set a very high standard for aero road bikes. Now all that performance can be had for less...
Trek's current Madone has helped pro racers win some of the most prestigious victories in professional racing, including the 2019 world road championships in Yorkshire. Attaining that technological masterpiece is not quite as expensive as it used to be. Welcome to the Madone SL 6 Disc for 2020.
The Madone has been acclaimed as a brilliant aero bike, with very low drag to cheat the wind. The original Madone SLR Disc also boasts incredibly good ride quality -not just for an aero bike, but for road bikes in general- due to an adjustable IsoSpeed seat mast. This clever element of the Madone SL's frame uses a slider on the base of the L-shaped IsoSpeed structure under the top tube. By moving the slider forward or backward, the seatmast can be made stiffer or softer, depending on rider weight, expected riding surfaces or ride distance. Triathletes will appreciate this, knowing that a smooth ride will benefit them during the run. Century riders will also smile, knowing the bike will still be smooth on broken tarmac. Racers will like IsoSpeed since the freshest rider is most likely the fastest in the final sprint to the finish.
Very light weight is still part of the Madone SL's attributes, thanks to Trek's exclusive 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber used throughout the frame. By using newer flat-mount disc brake installation and an H1.5 fit geometry, the frame of the Madone SL 6 Disc cuts weight in the right places. Like the current Madone SLR, Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) tube shaping in used throughout the Madone SL's frame and fork, making the bike one of the slipperiest road bicycles today. The flattened trailing edge of the frame and fork tubes (the "Kammtails") make the bike far more resistant to gusty crosswinds compared to a classic teardrop shape, as well as cutting weight off the bike. An aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) cuts aero drag by eliminated the need for clumsy zip-ties. Even the 3S chain keeper at the crankset has been given the low-drag treatment. A stout BB90 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke.
The Domane SL 6 disc uses Shimano's latest R8000 version of their venerable 11-speed Ultegra component group. This ensures precision functionality, long service life and light weight. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Redesigned dual-control levers and lever hoods that feature adjustable lever reach and a more comfortable textured grip
- A Shadow-style rear derailleur that improves shift quality and takes up to a 30T rear cog
- A Toggle-pivot front derailleur that requires less hand strength to shift to the large chainring
- A 50/34T compact crankset with a more flattened profile for better aerodynamics as well as stiffness for better power transfer
- Hydraulic disc brakes with improved heat dispersion and 160mm rotors for improved stopping power
An 11-28T Ultegra cassette and Ultegra chain add a wide gearing range for challenging courses, as well as precision shifting and low drivetrain friction.
Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready Aeolus Comp 5 Disc wheelset and 700x25c R3 Hard-Case Lite tires, adding an extra aerodynamic weapon to the Madone SL 6's arsenal. A 50mm deep rim with a bullet-nosed profile not only slices the air in a wider range of wind angles, it handles better in gusty crosswinds. The Madone SL 6's Bontrager Aeolus Comp saddle is a new design that enhances comfort for riders in an aggressive aero position. A conventional alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Elite Aero VR-CF road handlebar accept clip-on aero bars for triathletes seeking a better bike for technical courses.
When the chips are down, and you're in the biggest event of the season, you want a bike that won't hold you back.
The Trek Speed Concept was built to dominate different disciplines, not just a Tour de France prologue or the Kona coast. Trek brought its finest engineers and computing power together to make the Speed Concept slice through the wind better than anything built today. The Speed Concept's main purpose is to keep aerodynamic drag as low as possible while still complying with the UCI's frame shape regulations for time trial bicycles. The Speed Concept's aerodynamic Kammtail frame shape was proven back in the 70's at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, when long-tail racing cars needed to cope with dangerous crosswinds at over 200mph. The truncated trailing edge of the frame's tubes fools the air, keeping drag numbers low without the extra weight of a full airfoil cross-section that is easily tossed around in crosswinds. Trek used Computational Fluid Dynamic software to dial in the exact Kammtail shape for light weight and torsional strength, not just a clever aerodynamic profile. When the Speed Concept prototype went into the wind tunnel, it confirmed to Trek that it could be useful for any athlete racing alone against the watch. When pedaling, the turbulence created by the rider's legs can be a major drag problem that can negate all the work done by the engineers. When the "fill-ins" around the seat tube/top tube juncture and bottom bracket were added, there was a major drag reduction compared to the last generation of the Speed Concept. Even the new brake-boosting Speed Fin on the bottom bracket helps manage the airflow laterally, preparing the air to be sliced by the rear wheel.
The Speed Concept's Kammtail Virtual Foil -or KVF- frame shape isn't the only thing that Trek can brag about; the OCLV carbon fiber material makes the bike incredibly light for such a refined aero machine. Trek uses their 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber to not only make the Speed Concept lightweight and strong, but also enhance the ride quality by using different layering to take the edge off rough pavement. A harsh-riding bike will tire a triathlete prematurely, and a time trial racer might make mistakes in the closing miles when seconds count. Internal cable routing through the aerobars and stem give the Speed Concept the cleanest profile of any TT/Tri bike in the industry. All that might lead a rider to belive its a hard bike to fit, but Trek offers plenty of sizes in integrated direct-mount stems and aero bar mounts. From an aggressive "prologue" TT fit, to a more upright Ironman fit for the less flexible among us, the Speed Concept can accommodate more riders with a wider range of flexibilities.
The details found on the Speed Concept add to the bike's excellent aerodynamic performance. Hidden brake calipers and internal brake cables reduce drag around the upper half of the frame, while a reverseable aero seat post helps with a wide range of fit positions. An aperture in the left chainstay allows the installation of a DuoTrap speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) without the use of clumsy zip-ties. Mounts for a Draft Box accessory box at the back of the seat tube keep a repair kit and tubes tucked out of the wind, while similar mounts for a gel-storing Speed Box on the top tube keep the bike's aero profile equally preserved (storage accessories sold separately)
The components on the Speed Concept needed to be able to keep up with the cutting-edge frameset, so Trek chose Shimano's updated 8000-series Ultegra component group. Many of the improvements are obvious, such as the Shadow-format rear derailleur that hides out of the wind better than most rear mechs. The flatter profile of the 50/34T compact Ultegra crankset helps improve aero numbers, and yet torsional rigidity is increased over the previous generation. Even the front derailleur requires less hand strength to operate. The front derailleur's steel cage adds to the shift response and is much more durable than aluminum. An 11-28T 11-speed Ultegra cassette boasts a huge gearing range for roller-coaster courses. Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end shifters bring fingertip operation to the Speed Concept as well. Bontrager's Race Lite aero levers help cut through the air with a low-profile shape and feel better in the hands than aero-focused sharp-edged levers.
Bontrager also brought an aerodynamic advantage to the Speed Concept with an excellent high-performance wheelset. Bontrager's Aeolus Comp composite carbon fiber wheels boast an aluminum brake track, ensuring a predictable feel in wet and messy conditions. The wheels are tubeless-ready, allowing the user to eliminate the inner tubes that actually increase rolling resistance in the tube/tire combination. The ability of the sealent to deal with minor punctures is also a nice bonus on race day. Bladed aero spokes help cut aero drag further. T
Cross-country mountain bikes have slowly changed over the seasons, with riders expecting more out of their machines. More challenging courses, longer race distances and the desire for a smoother ride has boosted the need for a slightly more limo-like ride. Enter the Top Fuel 9.7 for 2021!
The concept of short-distance, non-technical mountain bike races has frankly gotten a bit tired. Riders want to race the course more than race other riders bar-to-bar. More demanding race courses mean hardtails and short-travel full-suspension machines might be in over their heads. As more riders plan to stay in the saddle for over two hours, the bike needs to be up to the task. "Marathon" events are more prevalent, leading riders to seek longer-travel trail bikes instead of nimble hardtails. Is there a "compromise bike" that does everything well? The Top Fuel 9.7 is exactly that bike. Cross-country mountain bikes need to be lightweight, and the Top Fuel 9.7 starts with the right "backbone": An OCLV Mountain carbon fiber main frame with OCLV Mountain carbon fiber rear stays. Light weight, incredible torsional strength and rugged construction all make for a brilliant chassis to build a bike around. A tapered head tube anchors the fork, adding an extra dash of handling precision, while a press-fit PF92 bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery. That totally straight (and ultra strong!) down tube might be concerning to longtime off-road riders, but not to worry. The Top Fuel 9.7 won't get a dent in the down tube from the fork crown in the event of a crash, thanks to an integrated steering limiter called Knock Block. A keyed headset component keeps the fork from spinning too far, resulting in a damaged frame. Control Freak internal routing manages cables and brake hosing, keeping the Top Fuel 9.7 rattle-free and looking clean. Out back, Trek's exclusive Active Braking Pivot (or ABP) rear suspension geometry isolates pedaling force from suspension movement, espcially during hard braking. No energy is lost, and every bump is handled. Period. The upper rocker link that connects to the rear shock is made from magnesium, keeping weight very low and also eliminating lateral binding on the shock for faster bump response. The reverseable Mino Link pivot points at the top of the rear seat stays allow the rider to change the bike's geometry slightly. Upright and nimble? Lower and slacker? It only takes one tool on the trail side to change the bike's personality.
The rear suspension boasts 115mm of travel (and not the usual 90-100mm), offering the rider a more forgiving feel over technical trails and down rocky descents. The air-adjustable Fox Performance Float shock can be shut off with a bar-mounted TwistLock lever, bringing a more road-like feel on pavement and hardpan. Up front, an air-adjustable RockShox Reba RL suspension fork features 120mm of travel, helping to keep the Top Fuel 9.7 where you point it in rock gardens and root "fun houses". The fork is also connected to the same TwistLoc lockout lever, making that operation simple.
The drivetrain of XC racing machines need to offer a wider gearing range on longer, more challenging courses. The 12-speed single-ring drivetrain of the Top Fuel 9.7 brings a massive range to the party with a 10-50T SRAM cassette. A SRAM NX Eagle shifter and NX Eagle derailleur adds lightning-fast operation to every gear change, even under hard pedaling loads. A SRAM NX Eagle alloy crankset and 32T SRAM single chainring keeps things simple and light while helping to deliver power without wasteful flex.
The rolling stock of the Top Fuel 9.7 needed to be light as well as durable. Bontrager's alloy Kovee Comp 23 wheels and Team Issue XR3 29x2.40" tires are tubeless-ready, offering a light feel and grippy traction for effortless maneuvering in tight singletrack. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes boast excellent stopping power and lever feedback in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud).
Here's something you don't usually see on a cross-country mountain bike: A dropper post. Bontrager equips the Top Fuel 9.7 with a Line Dropper seatpost, complete with bar-mounted remote lever. A Bontrager Montrose Comp saddle, alloy Rhythm Comp stem, and alloy Comp handlebar finish off this race-ready rig.