Fuel EX 9.8 combines a light full-carbon frame with parts chosen for the highest performance-to-price ratio. High-end FOX suspension with upgraded front and rear dampers, carbon wheels with a Rapid Drive rear hub, and SRAM’s latest, widest-range wireless electronic drivetrain give this model an extra edge you’ll notice from the first pedal stroke.
It’s right for you if…
You want a single bike that can handle any trail with the low weight and vibration damping of a carbon frame. You’re willing to pay for parts that give you a better connection with the trail, including crisp, precise wireless electronic shifting.
The tech you get
A light and stiff full-carbon frame with internal storage, FOX Performance 36 fork with a GRIP damper that offers more adjustment, and a RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock. SRAM’s latest GX Eagle AXS wireless electronic drivetrain with a leg-saving 52-tooth climbing gear, plus all-new Bontrager carbon wheels with a 108-tooth Rapid Drive hub for instant engagement, and powerful 4-piston brakes.
The final word
Fuel EX 9.8 is a great investment for one bike that does it all. You get a light carbon frame, but it’s the parts that make this model, like the extra-adjustable GRIP damper, the magic-carpet ride of Thru Shaft, and the blistering acceleration of carbon wheels with a Rapid Drive hub.
Why you’ll love it
– The SRAM GX Eagle AXS drivetrain is smart, smooth, and completely wireless
– RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft works faster than a normal shock, so it tracks the ground better and keeps you in control
– The Fox Performance 36 fork gives you four-way damping adjustments for extra-dialed suspension
– 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
– Make it yours: it’s customizable through Project One
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, internal storage, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130mm travel|
|Fork||Fox Performance 36, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Kabolt axle, 140mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210mm x 55mm|
|Wheels||NEW Bontrager Line Elite 30, OCLV Mountain Carbon, Tubeless Ready, Rapid Drive 108, 6-bolt, SRAM XD driver, 148×12 rear, 110×15 front|
|Tires||Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29 x 2.60″ (2.40″ rear)|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, 92mm, PressFit|
|Crankset||SRAM GX Eagle, DUB, 30T alloy ring, 52mm chainline|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle AXS, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle AXS|
|Cassette/Freewheel||SRAM Eagle XG-1275, 10-52, 12 speed|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Brakes||SRAM G2 RS 4-piston hydraulic disc|
|Rotors||SRAM CenterLine, 6-bolt, round edge, 200/180mm|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, nylon lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 0 degree, 45mm length|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8″ top, 1.5″ bottom|
|Seatpost||Bontrager Line Elite dropper, MaxFlow, internal routing, 31.6mm|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width|
|Accessories & Extras||Bontrager TLR sealant, 6oz; Bontrager TLR valve, 50mm; Bontrager TLR rim strip|
Lithium Grey/Factory Orange, Matte Carbon Smoke, Raw Carbon/Rage Red
L, M, S, XL, XS
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