Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 Plus

2018
 
5.0 stars
 (1 Review)
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Description

Key features

- Capable and stiff 130mm frame is 29" and 27.5+ compatible
- Plus-sized tires for extra traction and confidence on loose, rugged terrain
- Exclusive suspension tech with ABP, Full Floater, and RE:aktiv
- Straight Shot stiffness, Knock Block frame defense

Features & Info

Geometry chart

Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 Plus geometry chart

Plus-size rims and tires

Plus size rims and tires

Dropper posts

Dropper post explanation
Pedals sold separately

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(1 review)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Can easily change out tires to 29" if needed. 

Cons

Best Uses

  • All mountain 

 
5.0
Jul 24, 2017

Great Bike

Pros:
Can easily change out tires to 29" if needed.
Cons:
Best Uses:
All mountain
Bought 21.5 version in April 2017. Trek must have listened to all the complaints about the dropper lever. My lever is different from the older versions that I have seen. The dropper seat works great and I use it often. The bike is great and as others have said, it's probably more bike than I will ever need. I'm in my mid 50's and pushing 250lbs. I'm coming from a 2014 Trek X-cal 7 after having not biked since 1996 on my Trek Hoo Koo (Kids, responsibilities…etc.). While shopping for this bike, I was able to do a side by side comparison of the fuel ex 8 27.5 plus and a Specialized Stumpjumper 650b. Component-wise, they were pretty much the same. I chose the Trek because the cockpit was a little less compact than the Specialized. At 6' 2", I have crazy long arms (Like I should be 7' 2") and the Specialized felt a little cramped to me. I know that there is a lot of things I could do like change the handlebars, the stem, the seat position, but I didn't want to change the geometry of the bike too much. Plus, it would have been extra money out of pocket. The Trek definitely has a little more room and it allows me to ride comfortably. I rode the Chupacabras for a month with tubes and then went tubeless. They are great in almost every situation except mud. I find that they tend to want to wash out to the side a bit but that may be true of every plus tire. I have only ridden these tires so I have nothing to compare. The bike is holding up well and is a complete blast to ride. If your legs can push it, it'll go over everything.
by JB from Eastern, MA

Specifications

Frame
Alpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block steerer stop, Full Floater, EVO link, E2 tapered head tube, Mino Link, Control Freak internal routing, down tube guard, PF92, ISCG 05, G2 Geometry, 130mm travel
Fork
Fox Rhythm 34 Float, GRIP adjustable damper, E2 tapered steerer, G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, Boost110, 140mm travel
Headset
Knock Block Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Rear Shock
Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210x52.5mm
Axles
Front: 15 x 110mm
Rear: 12 x 148mm
Rims/Wheels
SUNringle Duroc 40 SL 28-hole, tubeless strips and valves included
Hubs
Bontrager sealed bearing, alloy axle
Tires
Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance w/Addix compound, Tubeless, 27.5x2.80"
Crankset
SRAM Descendant 6k Eagle, Direct Mount X-Sync
Chainrings
32T
Bottom Bracket
PF92
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle
Front Derailleur
Shimano Deore M6020
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, Roller Bearing Clutch
Cassette/Rear Cogs
SRAM XG-1275, 10-50, 12 speed
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Handlebars
Bontrager Line, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width
Tape/Grips
Bontrager Race Lite, lock-on
Stem
Bontrager Line, Knock Block, 35mm clamp, 0 degree, 60mm length
Brakes
SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc
Saddle
Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
Seat Post
Bontrager Drop Line, internal routing, 31.6mm (15.5: 100mm / 17.5 & 18.5: 125mm / 19.5 & 21.5: 150mm)