Skip to content


Zoom in / Fuel EXe 9.9 XX1 AXS.

Trek bikes

I rediscovered my bike after a few weeks of being locked out. At first, I just pedaled my cheap, steel-framed bike around the neighborhood. After a few rides, I found out that this is it mountain bike! So I took it to my nearest trailhead.

That first thrilling ride is forever etched in my memory. The early morning sun cracked through the trees as the deer took off, the sound of tires on the packed dirt and a silly grin on my face as I sped along, flirting with the brink of disaster, or at least pain, with my inexperience on the trails. . I used to crochet so much that I would ride the bike to the ground, I got some kind of perverse pleasure every time something broke and I updated it. I ended up upgrading to the Trek Fuel EX 7 and I love it.

The Fuel EX is Trek’s family of full-suspension trail mountain bikes designed for a variety of terrains, from trail riding to technical. Like every model in the Trek line, it comes in a wide variety of trim levels, including aluminum and carbon frames. (My EX 7 has a blend frame.)

Currently, the EXe version is only available for the top-spec 9.x bikes with carbon frames, but hopefully there will be an aluminum frame version in the near future.

Getting my hands on the Fuel EXe 9.9 XX1 AXS involved a two-hour drive to Track headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. There, I not only had the opportunity to speak with members of the team that developed the Trek Fuel EXe, but I also got to ride on Trek’s private trails.

With the Fuel Exe, Trek is targeting mountain bikers who run for fun, fitness and an outdoor experience. To achieve the look, feel and even sound of a traditional mountain bike, Trek has partnered with German technology company TQ. TQ’s patented harmonic pin-ring motor can deliver 50Nm of torque in a small package that fits neatly behind the chain ring.

The engine offers this torque at low RPM because it achieves a large gear reduction in one step. Its motion is similar to that of a Wankel rotary engine. The battery pack is hidden in the down tube and with minimalist controls, the entire battery-motor combination adds weight to just 8.6 pounds, an impressively low weight gain for some real power. My EX 7 weighs just under 32 lb; The EXe comes in at 38.5 lbs.

Electronic capabilities are well integrated into the EXe. The display is clear and easy to read at a quick glance while walking. Its steering controls are simple and intuitive, while allowing quick cycling between three assist modes: Eco, Medium and High.

Customization is done via Trek’s new phone app, which offers customization of the e-bike’s three modes, adjusting peak power, assist level and pedal response. The app defaults for these modes each to Eco, Medium, High. After a few weeks with the EXe, I tweaked the Mid settings to give me full power with mid-high assist, but in a gradual and controlled manner. With these settings I found my riding experience to mimic my analog bike very closely, just easier.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *