Bottom bracket height seems ideal at 13.3 inches. This is about as low as a non-west coast company dare go as they sell a lot of bikes in the rocky and rooty areas of the country. But it is low enough that it will carve singletrack with enthusiasm. Chain stay length is 452 mm or 17.8 inches. This is about as short as the Trek Superfly 100 which has shorter travel. It’s not bad but it could be shorter as the Trek Remedy 29 with 140 mm of travel has 445 mm length stays. In general, shorter is better as it equates to quickness and playfulness specially in the 29er arena.
Actual Weights and prices:
EX 7- 30.2 lbs. – $2629
EX 8- 28.8 lbs. – $2939
EX 9- 28.2 lbs. – $4199 – Aluminium frame, with dropper post
EX 9.7 -28 lbs. – $4199 – Carbon frame, no dropper post
EX 9.8- 26.9 lbs. – $5249
This is where the Fuel rises above the competition. The Fuel EX benefits from many iterations of the Fuel platform as they are all included in this first version of the Fuel 29. Cable routing is internal including optional dropper post routing. Frame protection on the down tube near the bottom bracket area is a molded-in rubber piece that Trek calls Carbon Armor. Chain stay protection is another molded piece. A different color scheme is available on each Fuel spec model. And finally, the paint details and the luster is quite stunning in the carbon models.