WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek has introduced a new freeride bike and XC and trail-oriented full-suspension 29ers under its Gary Fisher brand.
The company debuted a number of tweaks on its 2010 line of full-suspension bikes including proprietary Dual Rate Control Valve shock technology developed with Fox to increase pedaling efficiency while retaining bottomless feel. For 2010, Trek’s Active Braking Pivot (ABP) and Full Floater technology also will be found across the entire line of full-suspension bikes.
The Fuel Ex carbon sheds 200 grams for 2010 with a redesigned carbon seatstay. It also gets a lighter fork and QR15 front axles for better stiffness and control.
The 6-inch travel Remedy, introduced last year, was designed to bridge freeride and all-mountain riding, but now is being repositioned as a true all-mountain rig while the Scratch becomes Trek’s new lightweight freeride bike, offering 7 inches of rear travel and weighing 34 pounds for the coil shock version and 31.5 pounds for the air shock model.
“For 2010, we have a fully stacked lineup,” said Michael Browne, product manager for Trek’s mountain bike category.
Under the Gary Fisher brand, “it’s all about 29ers. They’re here to stay,” said Travis Ott, Gary Fisher brand manager.
Gary Fisher is bringing to market the first carbon fiber full-suspension 29er: the Superfly 100. Its aluminum counterpart, the HiFi, comes in three different spec models and will no longer be available in the smaller 26-inch wheel platform. While both the Superfly 100 and HiFi are XC race-oriented bikes, the 5-inch-travel Rumblefish 29er—also new this year—is targeted at the trail rider that wants to tackle technical terrain with bigger wheels.
Photo: Scratch, Trek’s new freeride bike, offers 7-inches of travel at a “pedalable” weight. For more 2010 photos, go to the BRAIN blog or click on link.