2017 Trek Fuel EX 27.5 PLUS

Date May 26, 2016

Trek Bicycles Press Release

(Waterloo, WI) – Trek has expanded one of the world’s most popular trail bike lines with the introduction of the Fuel EX 27.5 Plus. The popularity of mid-fat tires has shown riders how a little extra tire volume can yield a lot more traction and a lot more fun. Now the benefits of wider tires are being combined with full-suspension capability in the all-new Fuel EX 27.5 Plus.


Trek has decided 2.8 is the sweet spot for 27.5 Plus.

A stiffer, more confidence-inspiring frame gets the mid-fat tire treatment along with an increased 130/140mm of suspension travel. The key feature of the new model is its freshly updated 27.5 x 2.8 Bontrager Chupacabra tires, rolling on 40mm rims. This setup significantly increases traction and stability, but keeps weight and rolling resistance low enough to maintain the nimble handling and quick acceleration that fans of Fuel EX have come to expect. Fans of 29” wheels need not worry as the Fuel EX will still be available as a 29er.


The lowest spec version of the Fuel EX Plus – the 5 – will retail for US$2399. The head angle swaps between 66.7 and 67.2.

Novice and intermediate riders will instantly feel more confident aboard Fuel EX Plus with increased stability and traction on any trail. Advanced riders will find themselves clearing more technical trail features than ever thanks to the added grip in extreme situations like ultra-steep blown-out climbs and rowdy off-camber roots.


The Fuel EX Plus 8 boosts the spec but keeps an aluminum frame for US$3299. Every model has 130mm rear travel and 140 up front.

To go along with all that extra fun, we added more travel to Fuel EX with 130mm out back and 140mm up front. Of course, we still use our proven suspension technologies including ABP, Full Floater, and RE:aktiv for a chassis that’s ready for the plus-sized party. Boost hub spacing makes room for those meaty tires and allows us to keep the chainstays to a playful 433mm.


The 9.8 is the top spec Fuel Plus. With a carbon frame and seatstays, a Fox Evol RE:aktiv rear shock and an XT 2by group for US$5299. The bike can be ridden as a 29er but the BB will be a little high.

The new frame is available in either Alpha Platinum Aluminum or OCLV Mountain Carbon to cover a wide range of riders. The new bikes feature updated The new bikes feature updated slacker, low and long geometry and a robust straight downtube producing the stiffest frame in its category. For an added measure of protection, we developed Knock Block frame defense, which keeps the fork crown and handlebar controls from hitting the frame.

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All of the new Fuel EX 27.5 Plus frames come with our Control Freak internal routing system for a set up that’s versatile and easy to use, while Mino Link allows riders to further fine tune their geometry. The Fuel EX 27.5 Plus is backed up, as are all Trek bicycles, with Trek Care, the industry’s best warranty.

Check the Fuel EX Plus and other Fuel models here…

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Hoz  - June 6, 2016, 3:20 a.m.

Hmmm….so no more x-ups then?? Currently have a 29″ Fuel in the stable which I like lots. Have been waiting for the Plus version but not so sure about the 'Knock-back' addition. At a glance it looks like we are back in the realm of triple-clamps with no x-up options (bit of a fan of trying to make x-ups happen….not always successfully but I have fun trying). Tell me I'm wrong??……


DJ  - May 29, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

it's exhausting


DJ  - May 29, 2016, 5:08 p.m.

yeah well buddy it's only exhausting because you let it be exhausting. if you're not interested in these new bikes and new tires and new stds then don't bother with them, nobody's forcing you to.


DJ  - May 29, 2016, 5:08 p.m.

oh piss off. it's still exhausting.


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