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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.

Trek Hardtails

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 Marlin

The Trek Marlin takes its cue from light, fast XC bikes. The right wheel size for each frame size, performance pedigree, and unbeatable ride feel make Marlin the perfect trail rider.

When you're ready for longer days on the bike, bigger challenges on the trail, and all the fun of the full mountain biking experience, you're ready for Marlin. The Marlin offer four models: Marlin 4 5, 6, 7 and is a great entry level mountain bike.

XC light, mountain tough

Hydroformed Alpha Aluminum frame is race light, mountain strong, and ride tuned for peak performance.

Perfect fit

Extended size range includes the small 13.5", the additional mid-range 18.5", and the extra-large 23" to better fit more riders.

Premium spec

Full Shimano drivetrains, including cranks, plus reliable Tektro brakes gives these bikes the performance edge over the competition.

Smart Wheel Size

One wheel size does not fit all. We put the right size wheel on every frame: 27.5” on 13.5” and 15.5” frames, 29er on 17.5” and up. Everyone wins.

Trek X-Caliber

The Trek X-Caliber will get you hooked. It packs all of Trek’s XC race hardtail experience into a light, fast bike that pairs the right wheel size with each frame size.

Nothing beats the efficiency, simplicity, and straight-up fun of an X-Cal hardtail in 29er or 27.5". Great for XC racing, or simply shredding singletrack. The X-Caliber offers three models: X-Caliber 7, 8, 9.

Performance spec

2x drivetrain options, suspension lockout, Tubeless Ready rims, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes mean you’re ready to roll right from go.

Light, precise alloy frame

Highly refined Alpha Aluminum frame uses sophisticated tube shaping to minimize weight and maximize performance.

 

Smart Wheel Size

One wheel size does not fit all. We put the right size wheel on every frame: 27.5” on 15.5” frames, 29er on 17.5” and up. Everyone wins.

More sizes fit more riders

Extended size range includes the small 13.5", the additional mid-range 18.5", and the extra-large 23" to better fit more riders.

Trek Roscoe

The Trek Roscoe is the ideal trail hardtail. Wide 2.8˝ tires serve up an extra helping of confidence-inspiring traction, gripping relentlessly in uneven terrain and rolling over trail obstructions with ease.

 

Want the capability of a full suspension trail bike with the simplicity of a hardtail? Look no further. Roscoe is the 27.5+ mid-fat mountain bike that makes every ride better than the last.

 

Wide 27.5+ tires

2.8˝ mid-fat tires for extra traction and stability on every trail.

 

Lightweight aluminum frame

The Alpha Gold Aluminum frame is light, strong, and responsive.

 

Doubly stiff: Boost141/110

Wider 141mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing on creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

 

Trail tough

Longer travel suspension forks, a robust tapered head tube, and trail geometry provide more confident handling on any terrain.

Trek Procaliber

Trek Procaliber sets the bar for hardtail speed and smarts. It's the fast, ultralight cross country ride that rules the singletrack, from the local race scene to the World Cup XC.

Procaliber's innovative IsoSpeed decoupler delivers uncompromising XC performance, efficiency, and an incredible ride feel. It's the fastest, smoothest, smartest hardtail on the trail.

IsoSpeed decoupler

Smooth means fast. Our innovative decoupler increases vertical compliance without sacrificing efficiency. You ride faster, longer, and stronger.

Doubly stiff: Boost148/110

Wider 148mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing on 29ers creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

Light, lighter, or lightest

Choose Alpha Platinum Aluminum, OCLV Mountain Carbon, or the featherweight SL for World Cup-caliber performance.

Smart Wheel Size

One wheel size does not fit all. We put the right size wheel on every frame: 27.5˝ on 13.5˝ and 15.5˝ frames, 29er on 17.5˝ and up. Everyone wins.

Trek Stache

The Trek Stache is a unique species of mountain bike. The 3˝ mid-fat tires grip relentlessly and amplify the benefits of 29ers, while remarkably short chainstays deliver a fun, lively ride.

Want the capability of a full suspension trail bike in a simple hardtail package, plus the extra benefits of 29+ tires? Then you were born to ride the Stache.

The 29+ advantage

The capable, unshakable 29+ tires are nothing short of amazing. They immediately allow you to corner harder and faster without breaking loose.

Lightweight carbon options

All the terrain-mashing goodness of Stache is now available in a svelte carbon frame with complementary lightweight components.

Doubly stiff: Boost148/110

Wider 148mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing on 29ers creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

Ride your way

Trek's smartly designed Stranglehold Dropout offers 15mm of wheelbase adjustment. Tune your ride's geometry to perfection!

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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 Fuel EX

The Trek Fuel EX Modern trail geometry, 29˝ or 27.5˝ mid-fat options, and 130mm of travel make Fuel EX the one go-to full suspension trail bike for all riders.

Want a rugged, capable long-travel trail bike with the responsiveness of an XC bike? This is it. Fuel EX blends the best of both worlds in one uncompromising package.

More capable

Increased travel (130mm), a slacker geometry, Boost148/110 hub spacing, and more features make Fuel EX a true do-everything trail bike.

29˝ and 27.5 mid-fat models

Choose fast, momentum-preserving 29˝ wheels or the superior traction and stability of 27.5+.

 

Women's models

The same performance, latest features, and added confidence of plus-sized tires are also available on all women-specific Fuel EX models.

 

Straight Shot downtube

Trek’s Straight Shot frame design featuring Knock Block frame defense optimizes stiffness-to-weight ratio for a more responsive ride.

Trek Remedy

The Trek Remedy is the mountain biker's mountain bike. 27.5˝ wheels, an aggressive geometry, and a wealth of technical features make a bike that scores tens for capability.

Want to push harder? Want more travel? Need a more capable build? Remedy is your full suspension ride to the next level.

Next-level suspension

Active Braking Pivot and RE:aktiv shock deliver a responsive ride that keeps you in control all the time.

More capable

Increased travel (150mm), a slacker geometry, and more features make Remedy the ultra-capable choice for technical trails and enduros.

Doubly stiff: Boost148/110

Wider 148mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

Straight Shot downtube

Trek’s Straight Shot frame design featuring Knock Block frame defense optimizes stiffness-to-weight ratio for a more responsive ride.

Trek Top Fuel

The Trek Top Fuel — The bike that ruled the podium at the height of mountain bike racing is back to reclaim the top step. Refined and reinvigorated with new technology, Top Fuel is the fastest bike on the trail.

The better-than-ever Top Fuel is the fast, versatile choice for the cross country racer, marathon rider, and the entire Trek Factory Racing World Cup team.

Advanced XC suspension

Proven Trek suspension tech like ABP and Full Floater, plus the added performance of a race-tuned, race-specific RE:aktiv XC shock.

Doubly stiff: Boost148/110

Wider 148mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing on 29ers creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

G2: a better-handling 29er

Advanced frame geometry and a custom offset fork give you precise handling at low speed without compromising high-speed stability.

Smart Wheel Size

One wheel size does not fit all. We put the right size wheel on every frame: 27.5” on 15.5” frames, 29er on 17.5” and up. Everyone wins.

Trek Slash

The Trek Slash is designed from the ground up to conquer the gnarliest enduros, in a 29˝-optimized package that makes this mountain bike the undisputed king of the trail.

Throw down on technical descents and fly back up the mountain. Slash dominates the most demanding trails, with 29˝ wheels on an aggressive, ultra-capable, lightweight carbon frame.

Best of both worlds

Slash unites confidence-inspiring 29˝ wheels with the capability of an aggressive 150mm long-travel bike tuned for the rigors of enduro.

Suspension of the future

ABP and RE:aktiv are better than ever with a new Thru Shaft damper that redefines suspension performance.

Doubly stiff: Boost148/110

Wider 148mm rear and 110mm front hub spacing on 29ers creates stronger, less flexy wheels and allows for wider tires, shorter chainstays, and more chainring options.

Only the best materials

An OCLV Mountain Carbon frame created for our World Champion enduro pros, made available to serious riders everywhere.

Trek Session

The Trek Session  is built to win. An all-new OCLV Carbon frame, updated geometry, advanced air shock, and a stiffer chassis make this downhill race bike faster than ever.

Session is the DH bike that excels on downhill's most brutal courses. Take on any terrain with our most advanced suspension and a geometry that can be dialed for every race.

The downhiller's setup

A longer wheelbase proven in World Cups, 203mm dual-crown fork, wider 157x12 thru axle hubs, and 27.5˝ wheels for stability, responsiveness, and speed.

Adjustable geometry

Fine-tune your head tube angle and bottom bracket height with Mino Link. The carbon Session has optional fixed-angle headset cups for an additional two degrees of adjustability.

The toughest carbon

Downhill courses are brutal, rock-strewn carbon-killers. Session's OCLV Mountain Carbon frame with protective guards is more than up to the challenge.

Smooth, controlled braking

Our patented ABP (Active Braking Pivot) keeps your suspension from stiffening up when you're on the brakes, giving you confident, steady control.

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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