While fat bikes may have been originally developed for winter shenanigans, riders all over have taken to using them year round. One reason why is the introduction of capable front suspension, which has greatly increased the versatility of these bikes.
Trek’s latest, the Farley EX, is a full suspension fat bike that hopes to push the versatility and range of this genre even further. It has 120mm of front and rear travel and rolls on 27.5” wheels.
By moving from the traditional 26” platform to 27.5”, Trek hopes to capitalize on the advantages offered by larger wheels – such as improved lateral stability and better cornering traction. If you’re not sold on the wheel size, the Farley EX is also compatible with 26” wheels sporting up to 4” rubber.
Considering Trek’s claims that the new Farley EX was designed to be ridden year round, we asked their engineering staff it would also be possible to run 29” wheels during the summer months. They claim there’s plenty of clearance for a 2.4” tire, but you’ll need to lace a custom wheelset to make it happen (150×15 front/197×12 rear).
The Farley EX is available for pre-order now and will ship at two different price points this August. At the more expensive end is the Farley EX 8.8, which has a carbon front triangle, RockShox Bluto RL, Fox Evol shock with RE:aktiv damper, 27.5 carbon Wampa wheels, a SRAM X01/X1 1×11 drivetrain, and Bontrager’s new Drop Line dropper seatpost. Retail is very attractive $5,499.
The more affordable Farley EX 8 uses an alloy frame, but comes in at $3,499 by using alloy wheels from SunRingle, a SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, and KS eThirty Integra dropper seatpost. There are currently no plans to offer a frame only option.
In addition to the full suspension models, Trek also introduced a new race-ready version of their popular Farley hardtail. This version is called the Farley 9.9 and comes equipped with SRAM’s new 1×12 Eagle drivetrain and carbon HED Big Half Deal Wheels. The entire package weighs 22 lbs and will retail for $7,500.
For more information visit www.trekbikes.com.