Trek tweaks the Top Fuel to make it downcountry worthy

Payson McElveen rides the new Trek Top Fuel downcountry bike down a rocky chute
Payson McElveen rides the new Trek Top Fuel downcountry bike down a rocky chute (Image credit: Mary McIntyre for Trek)

Trek has turned the Top Fuel into a downcountry bike for 2022. The brand has been revamping many of its off-road bikes lately such as the new Roscoe trail hardtail, and the United States-based brand is certainly going in a progressive direction.  

For the new Top Fuel, Trek has improved the geometry of the previously cross-country marathon-oriented model. Now, the bike features a 66-degree headtube angle and a 10mm increase in reach. Both of these changes lead to more stability and confidence on descents. The frames also have a Mino Link flip-chip style geometry adjustment that can change the head tube angle by 0.5-degrees and the bottom bracket height by 10mm. 

The frame is designed around 120mm of suspension both front and rear, and the bikes will come with either a RockShox Deluxe Ultimate or FOX DSP shock, depending on the model. Trek says that it also improved the rear suspension kinematic to prioritize efficient pedaling with less squat. 

Other features across the model range include wide 2.4in tires, a storage compartment in the downtube, and Trek's Knock Block system that protects the frame from bar strikes.

The new Trek Top Fuel features improved downcountry-worthy geometry

The new Trek Top Fuel features improved downcountry-worthy geometry (Image credit: Mary McIntyre for Trek)

Pricing for complete bikes starts at $2,599.99 for the Top Fuel 5 model, which includes an aluminum frame, RockShox suspension, a Shimano Deore M6100 drivetrain, Shimano brakes, Bontrager wheels and tires, and an X-Fusion dropper post.

Carbon-framed models start at $4,199.99 for the Top Fuel 9.7. That build features a Fox Rhythm 34 fork, a mix of Shimano XT/SLX components, a TranzX dropper post, and Bontrager components.

The top-end build is the Top Fuel 9.9, featuring premium RockShox suspension, a full SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS build including the Reverb dropper post, and SRAM G2 Ultimate brakes for $10,999.99

There are also framesets available in aluminum and carbon costing $2,299.99 and $3,699.99, respectively.

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4