Fuel EX 5 is the gateway to full suspension trail bikes. A 140mm fork and 130mm of rear travel, a Shimano 1x10 drivetrain, a dropper post for getting low on descents, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes make Fuel EX 5 a high-value, high-performance mountain bike with exceptional versatility.
It's right for you if...
You're ready to go full suspension, and you want a versatile trail bike at a great value. You want a ride that's sure-footed, capable, and responsive so you can stay in control no matter where you're riding.
The tech you get
A lightweight Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with internal cable routing, a Straight Shot down tube for extra stiffness in the rough, and a Knock Block steerer stop to protect against spinning bars. A 140mm RockShox Recon RL fork, 130mm of rear travel with a RockShox Deluxe Select Plus shock, a durable 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain, dropper post, and hydraulic disc brakes.
The final word
Full suspension performance without the sticker shock. Fuel EX 5 has the same frame and suspension tech found on our higher-end alloy Fuel EX models. Quality RockShox suspension, a dropper post, and a Shimano 1x10 drivetrain make for an ideal introduction to the world of full suspension trail riding.
Why you'll love it
- You're getting awesome features and the latest mountain bike innovations at an exceptional value
- It has the capability of far more expensive trail bikes: it shreds singletrack and can even handle marathon races
- The dropper post lets you lower your saddle on the fly so it's out of the way on descents
- The RockShox fork's Solo Air spring can easily be adjusted for a specific rider weight, and it's lighter than a coil spring
- We expanded our size range to ensure a better fit for all riders. And, you get the fastest wheel that fits your frame: XS frames get 27.5-inch wheels, S frames get to choose between 27.5-inch or 29-inch, and sizes M to XL get 29-inch wheels
Smaller frames (XS and S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.
Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.
Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.
Sizes X-Small–Small: 27.5-inch
Sizes Small–X-Large: 29-inch
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Alpha Platinum Aluminum, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Recon RL, Solo Air spring, Motion Control damper, tapered steerer, 46mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 140mm travel|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Deluxe Select Plus, 210x55mm|
|Rims/Wheels||Alex MD35, Tubeless Ready, 32-hole, 35mm width, presta valve|
|Hubs||Front: Formula DC-511, 6-bolt|
|Tires||Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi|
|Crankset||Race Face Ride, Boost|
|Chainrings||30T steel ring|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit|
|Chain||KMC X10, 10 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore M6000, mid cage, 42T max cog|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SunRace, 11-42, 10 speed|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore M6000, 10 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 31.8mm, Knock Block, 0 degree|
|Brakes||Shimano hydraulic disc, MT201 lever, MT200 caliper|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails|
|Seat Post||TranzX JD-YSP18, 130mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm|
* Subject to change without notice.