Fuel EX 9.7 is our most affordable full suspension carbon trail bike. It pairs a lightweight, smooth-riding frame with a beefy 140 mm FOX 36 fork and 130 mm FOX Float Performance shock, Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain and powerful 4-piston brakes for a fast, fun mountain bike that's a ripper now, and ripe for upgrades later.
You want one carbon trail bike that can take on every adventure, from flowy singletrack to the gnarliest descents and most brutal climbs. You don't mind sacrificing a little on the parts so you can get the best frame right now.
A lightweight and stiff full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with internal storage, a 140 mm FOX Rhythm 36 fork, 130 mm of rear travel with a FOX Float Performance rear shock with Trek's efficient RE:aktiv damper, a wide-range 1x12 Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain, Line Comp 30 TLR wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive rear hub, a Bontrager Line dropper post and powerful Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
Full suspension control on a lightweight and trail-tough carbon frame makes for a fun and fast ride. It's rugged enough for rowdy descents, but still spry for lively climbing and accelerating.
- Don't confuse the Fuel EX 9.7 with other value carbon models on the market ? this bike provides an outstanding frame and suspension, with a workhorse drivetrain and wheels
- A sleek internal storage compartment gives you a handy spot to stow flat fixing supplies or gear
- Bigger, stiffer 36 mm fork stanchions won't flex, so you can push harder with more precise, confident steering that helps you stay on your line
- RE:aktiv is smarter, more efficient suspension. It gives you firm pedalling support that instantly gives way over bumps
- We expanded our size range to ensure a better fit for all riders. And, you get the fastest wheel that fits your frame: XS frames get 27.5? wheels, S frames get to choose between 27.5? or 29? and sizes M to XL get 29? wheels
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XS and S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don?t have the same issues with standover height.
Internal frame storage makes it easy to ditch the pack and still carry your ride essentials.
Active Braking Pivot
Active Braking Pivot allows our engineers to tune how the suspension reacts to acceleration and braking forces independently. That means you get more confident control when you need it most.
RE:aktiv technology gives you firm support for efficient pedaling that instantly gives way for smooth control when the trail turns rough.
Straight Shot w/Knock Block
Trek's Straight Shot frame design optimises the stiffness-to-weight ratio for a more responsive ride. You'll be able to push harder and stay more planted on your line when the going gets rough.
Orders placed after 3pm will be classed as the next working day
Our Click and Collect Service from our High Street store is free of charge. We are located in the High Street in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. When you place your order, you’ll be asked how you would like to receive updates, and we will use this method to notify you of when your product is ready to collect.
If your order is currently in stock in store, it will be ready to collect within 24 hours.
Generally, if your order is for a product stocked at our supplier’s warehouse, it will be ready to collect in 5 – 7 working days. You will receive notification of when it is ready to collect.
All bikes collected from store will be fully built and inspected by a trained mechanic so that it’s ready to ride. We will notify you when your bike is ready to collect, usually within 3 – 5 working days. As a family bike shop we are proud of our handover process. We are happy to make minor adjustments to the fit of your bike and we’ll go through any questions you have.
Please note, if you are purchasing a bike online through finance, it is not possible to collect your bike from our shop as the terms and conditions of the finance scheme state that your bike must be delivered to your home address.
Our delivery charges are mased on delivery to mainland Britain. Additional delivery charges apply for Northern Ireland, Northern Scotland and offshore UK islands.
Bikes will be delivered within 5 working days with a delivery charge of £35.
If you order a bike that attracts a higher delivery charge, we will let you know.
All bikes are built, inspected and boxed by a trained mechanic before being shipped. To allow for shipping, bikes need to be partially disassembled before being boxed. We recommend that a trained bike mechanic assembles your bike ready to ride.
If you do not wish to receive a built bike, please let us know at time of order.
Turbo trainers have a delivery charge of £10 for standard UK delivery
Most accessories, apparel and components attract free a delivery fee of £5.00.
Your delivery fee will be shown after you’ve added the product to your basket and completed the delivery details.
If your bike is to be delivered to an address within 20 miles of our store, we will deliver your bike, fully built and inspected. We will make minor adjustments to the fit of your bike and we’re happy to answer any questions you have as part of the handover process.
Delivery fees to islands within the UK and to Northern Ireland and Northern Scotland are higher.
Bikes have a delivery charge of £50
Turbo Trainers have a delivery charge of £10
Accessories, Apparel and Components £5
Currently we don’t offer delivery outside of the UK
If your order is stocked in our store, your order will be ready to collect, or despatched within 24 working hours. Our store is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays, so any orders that are placed after 3pm Friday will be picked for despatch on the following Tuesday.
If your order is stocked in our supplier’s warehouse, please allow 7 – 10 working days for your order to arrive. Please note, some products have longer lead-times, particular with new bike models. If this is the case, we will contact you to inform you of the lead-time and discuss options such as waiting for the delivery, swapping for an alternative product or receiving a full refund.
Our courier will require instructions on where to leave your goods in a safe place if they are unable to make delivery. Please note we can take no responsibility for lost or damaged goods that have not been signed for.
If the courier fails to deliver your order, they will leave details on how to make alternative arrangements.
With any purchase of a new bike from us we offer a free six-week check. During the first few weeks of riding, your bike will be going through a settling in period and to keep your bike running smoothly and efficiently it may well need a few adjustments. During the six-week check we will happily check your bike over and make any adjustments necessary.
Please give us a quick call or message before you come in for your free six-week service. We would like to do this at a convenient time for you while you wait and browse around the store.
At Mike Vaughan Cycles we want you to be 100% satisfied with any product that you have purchased. If, in the unlikely event, you are not 100% happy with your purchase, we will refund the cost of the product, provided it is returned in a perfect saleable condition within 14 days. Any item bought in error will be exchanged, (i.e. where you buy the wrong size.) providing we have a replacement item in stock, this however will incur a carriage cost for the replacement item. If we send an item in error, please inform us of this and we will cover postage costs for the replacement. All goods that we sell are covered by a warranty. Most items have a warranty provided by their respective manufacturer, but this warranty must be carried out through us. If you feel that you have an item that is faulty, please return it to us with a copy of your original proof of purchase. If the item is deemed by us to be a genuine warranty, we will repair or replace the item at our discretion and return the item carriage free. If the item is deemed not to be warranty and you wish the item to be returned to you, this will incur a postage charge. When returning an item to us, we are not responsible for postage costs. In many cases postage is free when sent to you and we will endeavour to keep this so; however, we cannot cover the postage/carriage of an item returned us to be refunded, exchanged or warranted.
*Items that are a “Special Order” or “Custom made” for you cannot be returned unless there is a fault with manufacture.
Please remember to include your original receipt and contact details when returning any item to us, along with a description of the problem.
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|Frame||Size S, UNI, Carbon, OCLV Mountain Carbon, internal storage, 130 mm travel|
|Wheel Size||Front 27.5|
|Wheel Size||Rear 27.5|
|Fork||Fox Rhythm 36, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP damper, tapered steerer, 44 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Kabolt axle, 140 mm travel|
|Gears||DERAILLEUR, Shimano, 1 Gears|
|Wheels||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Line Comp 30, Rapid Drive 54 Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless-Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, Boost148, 12Â mm thru axle|
|Shifters||SHIMANO, Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed,|
|Front Brake||SH, Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180 mm, Disc brake with hydraulic actuation|
|Rear Brake||SH, Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, M6100 lever, M6120 calliper Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180 mm, Disc brake with hydraulic actuation|
|Crankset||SHIMANO, Shimano MT611, 30T steel ring, alloy spider, 52Â mm chainline, 170Â mm length Shimano MT500, 92 mm, PressFit|
|Chain||SHIMANO, Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed|
|Handlebar||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Line, alloy, 35 mm, 27.5 mm rise, 750 mm width|
|Stem||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Elite, 35 mm, 0-degree, 35 mm length|
|Bartape / Grips||BONTRAGER|
|Saddle||BONTRAGER, Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138 mm width|
|Colours||MATTE CARBON BLUE SMOKE, MATTE RAW CARBON|
|Sizes||ML, S, XL|
|Barcodes||601842575680, 601842575697, 601842575703, 601842575710, 601842575727, 601842575734, 601842575741, 601842575758, 601842575765, 601842575772, 601842575789, 601842575802|
|SKUs / Part Numbers||5259322, 5259324, 5259325, 5259326, 5259327, 5259328, 5259329, 5259330, 5259331, 5259332, 5259333, 5259334|
Please note: Manufacturers can sometimes change the specification of the products from time to time.