By Vernon Felton
The Trek 2013 mountain bike press launch over in Italy is in full swing and we’ll soon have a detailed report from our man on the ground, Kevin Rouse. In the meantime, here’s a quick snap shot of a few upcoming cross-country and trail mountain bike models.
Meet the Stache
A completely new mountain bike for Trek, the Stache is Trek’s version of the aggro, 29er hardtail: relaxed geometry, a 120-millimeter travel fork, ISCG mounts, 142×12 rear through axle….all that’s missing are the “brraaap, brraaapp!” moto sounds that’d mesh perfectly with the bike’s brawny demeanor. There’ll be two Stache mountain bikes, including the top-tier Stache 8 model shown here.
Superfly Gets Fly-er
The 2012 Superfly 100 was no slouch of a race bike to begin with, but Trek tasked their engineers and designers with the chore of not just slimming the bike down for 2013; they wanted the pointy-headed types to cleave the weight off the sucker. The result? The 2013 carbon fiber Superfly frame weighs a full pound less than its predecessor. Damn. According to Trek, the new frame tips the scales at a scant 4.1 pounds. Again, damn. Remember when that was a respectable weight for a hardtail frame?
There’ll be three carbon fiber Superfly SL 100 models in the 2013 line. The top of the line Pro SL is a completely carbon affair (main frame, seat and chainstays are all carbon fiber), whereas the Elite SL and SL models feature carbon fiber main frames paired with carbon seat stays and aluminum chainstays (the Elite) or a pure aluminum rear end (the SL model). Finally, Trek will also offer three more wallet-friendly aluminum Superfly 100 mountain bikes as well.
A Ballsier Fuel EX
The Fuel EX is one of Trek’s most popular mountain bikes, bar none. To their credit, however, the company never rests on their laurels as far as this bike is concerned. The Fuel EX gets upgraded almost every year and 2013 will be no exception. Travel gets bumped up a bit (from 120-millimeters on both ends, to 130 millimeters), standover clearance gets reduced, the chainstays have been shortened and the bottom bracket sits a tad lower. The bike’s leverage ratio has been tweaked as well with an eye to improving the bike’s pedaling efficiency, which will come as a surprise to anyone who’s ridden the past few generations and been impressed by those mountain bikes’ already-crisp acceleration. The new Fuel EX also gets ISCG mounts, so you can run a chainguide on the bike and ratchet up the rad factor.
There’ll be seven Fuel EX mountain bikes–from the all carbon fiber 9.9 model pictured below to the very affordable Fuel EX 5.