Trek Top Fuel 8 Trail Bike 2020 [Review]

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Reviewed by Pedallers

Last Updated on September 2, 2020

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2020

Trek Top Fuel 8 Trail Bike 2020 Review

The Top Fuel 8 is a trail bike that makes for competitive mountain and endurance biking events. It is equipped with features that make it adequately suited to cope with the rigors of trail biking. The Alpha platinum aluminum frame, hydraulic disc brakes, suspension fork system, and tubeless tires make it a hardcore endurance bike. The TwistLoc feature also makes for easy ascents and descents.

Features

Straight shot geometry

The versatility of this mountain bike is courtesy of the Straight shot geometry design. This enables trail riding on any terrain with great bike handling, steady body balance. The bike responds to sudden movements of the rider because of the even distribution of the rider weight. The geometry of the bike can be adjusted by making use of the Mino Link flip. Adjustments do not affect the performance of the fork suspension.

Tubeless tires

Top Fuel 8 is furnished with tubeless-ready tires. This is feature ensures that the tires are well adapted to take on different mountain trail terrain. They provide great surface traction, puncture-resistant, and light. As a result, the biker is able to handle the bike well, maintain body balance and consistent momentum. The efficient hydraulic disc brakes also complement the tires, by providing sufficient stopping power when required.

Efficient braking technology

This mountain bike comes with an efficient braking system. This is courtesy of the ingenious braking technology by Trek, known as Active Braking Pivot (ABP). This brake suspension technology enables steady and very responsive braking capacity when required, without skidding. It also soaks up all-terrain impacts and promotes additional riding resilience. This enables the biker to have smooth control on any topography and in closed junctions without fear.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Sizes: small, medium, large, extra large and extra extra large

Weight:  30.92lbs

Weight capacity: 300 pounds

Body frame: lightweight Platinum Aluminum, Active braking pivot, cable freak routing, Straight shot technology

Fork set: Rockshox, motion control, twistloc, offset 46mm, Fox performance shock, maximum travel of 130mm

Front-wheel: Bontrager, Konvee comp, timeless ready, 6bolt, thru-axle 15mm

Back wheel: Bontrager, Konvee comp, 6bolt, tubeless-ready, thru-axle 12mm, Shimano

Tires: tubeless-ready, 29er, Bontrager, inner rigidity, 120 TPI, Aramid beading,

Rim: Bontrager strip

Back derailleur: SRAM Eagle

Crank: stainless steel, 32T, Sram Eagle

Chainset: 12-speed levels, 36-T, Sram Nx eagle

Bike cassette: 12-speed levels, Sram Eagle

Bike stem: Bontrager, Rhythm, 31.8 millimeters

Brake: Hydraulic discs, Shimano, 6bolt rotor, caliper MT 500, lever MT 501

Shift lever: SRAM Eagle, 12-speed levels

Seat cushion: stainless steel, 138mm wide, Arvada

Seat mast: Bontrager, line dropper, internal cable routing, 31.6millimetres

Handlebar: Alloy, Bontrager, 750mm wide, 15mm elevation

Headset: Knock block integration, cartridge, 1.5 inches

Pros
  • Light, solid build
  • Blendr compatible stem
  • Neat cable routing management
  • Great braking technology
  • Mino link bike geometry adjustment\
Cons
  • The stiff handlebar has below par responsiveness
  • Heavy wheels prevent quick acceleration 

FAQs

How can you release or tighten the geometry of the Top Fuel 8?

The integrated adjustable Mino link flip on the frame enables easy geometry adjustment

Is the stem of the Top Fuel 8 Blendr compatible?

Yes, it is. The Blendr compatibility enables clipping of necessary attachments to the bike stem

Conclusion

The Trek Top Fuel 8 is one trail bike you should consider buying if you enjoy the thrill of mountain or endurance biking. It is an all-terrain bike with a highly durable aluminum frame, shock-absorbing fork, and tires that provide grip and stability. The Active braking pivot and the hydraulic disc brakes ensure a high stopping force. You have great handling, stability, and steady body balance with the Knock block geometry design.

Latest Price: Trek Top Fuel 8 Trail Bike

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