Trek bikes have ‘soft’ launched two new 29ers this week; a 120mm-travel Fuel EX and a not-to-be-released-in-Australia Remedy 29er with 140mm of travel.
Details are scarce from a media standpoint, but the Fuel EX is already in stores across Australia. This is definitely a new way of launching a bike – ordinarily there’d be a media fanfare, marketing campaign and then finally the new bike becomes available. Trek has flipped this around, keeping the bike a secret from everyone (including dealers) until just a couple of few ago when the sheets were whipped back and dealers could get their orders in for immediate delivery. The media side of things will follow, with Trek having their official 2014 global launch at the end of this month.
There’ll be three iterations of the 29er EX available – an alloy-framed EX8, EX9 and carbon EX9.8 – matching closely up to the spec currently seen on the EX 26″ series.
What’s even cooler is that Flow will have an 29er EX9 test bike in our grubby little hands and will be hitting the trails of Stromlo on it in just two weeks! We absolutely loved the 26″ Fuel EX – watch our full video review here - so hopefully the new 29er is just as brilliant.
Apparently there is a third release to come… we’re intrigued! Will it be new 27.5″ DH bike? To be 100% honest, we’re surprised to see the Remedy released as 29er – we’d anticipated it would be a 27.5″ wheeled bike. It just goes to show, not everyone is rushing to the new middle wheel size right away, particularly the brands that are heavily invested in 29ers already, like Trek and Specialized.