Which Trek Mountain Bike Is Right For You?
Getting to grips with 2018 Trek mountain bikes
Trek offers more than 120 choices in their mountain bike category. It can be rather daunting. Choice is good but can be bewildering. So we’ve boiled Trek’s MTB range down to the basics to get you started.
What type of bike do you want?
We think it’s best to split the whole range into two categories: Hardtails and full suspension and then go from there.
What type of riding will you be doing?
Once you’ve chosen one of the two categories you can refine it to the type of riding you want to do: cross-country, trail or downhill.
With those two category types chosen you’ll be left with a much smaller pool of Trek models to consider.
Hardtails are the pure mountain machines. They'll connect you to the trail and get you around the trail quickly and efficiently. They're ideal for cross country and trail riding.
There are five hardtail models in Trek’s range: Marlin, X-Caliber, Roscoe, Procaliber and Stache.
Trek Full Suspension
Full suspension mountain bikes keep you in control and comfortable over rugged terrain. Trek's suspension solutions have been proven and refined over the years. Active Braking Pivot (ABP), Full Floater and Mino Link make Trek full supsension models a class above the competition.
There are five Trek full suspension types: Fuel EX, Remedy, Top Fuel, Slash and Session.
Trek Women’s Mountain Bikes
Even as stalwarts of the whole Women’s Specific Design thing, Trek (along with most other bike brands) are now seemingly moving away from design theories that assume that women’s body proportions are different to men’s.
Bikes fit humans, not genders. Rider height is the only thing you should really be factoring in when choosing a bike. It really is only saddles that need to be a bit different to men’s.
It’s fine to opt for a supposedly ‘men’s’ Trek model if it fits your height. Get the saddle swapped out for a ladies saddle at time of purchase.
Having said that, if you want a Women’s bike because you prefer the different colorway and decals, fair enough.
Trek Skye – entry level cross-country hardtails
Trek X-Caliber Women’s – lighter and fancier cross-country hardtails
Trek Roscoe Women’s – Plus tyred trail hardtail
Trek Procaliber Women’s – XC racing hardtail
Trek Fuel EX Women’s – 130mm travel full suspension all-rounder
Trek Remedy Women’s – 150mm trail/enduro full susser
Top Fuel Women’s – XC racing 100mm travel full suspension