With 26 different model ranges to choose from, across a broad variety of different off-road disciplines, Trek’s mountain bike selection is as full and it is impressive. The biggest problem will be: which bike do you choose?
The X-Caliber range starts Trek’s cross-country line-up and exhibits a superb balance of light, fast, race-ready but budget-conscious ability. Next comes the Superfly 29er line-up of light aluminium and carbon cross-country speed machine hardtails, with the Superfly FS full-suspension range taking all that performance to the double-squidging max.
For women there is the Cali Women’s range of highly agile cross-country race machines with 27.5in or 29in wheels depending on frame size. Meanwhile the fun and inspiring Lush Women’s 27.5in do-anything line-up can handle just about all you throw at it, and leave you smiling. Finally, for kids, there’s the Kid’s Superfly, which packs all the adult Superfly’s ability in a light, nimble, pint-sized package.
For heading into the wilds, wherever that may lead you, you need a bike that is able to handle absolutely anything — Trek delivers not once, but with three different options. The Farley hardtail features an ultra-compact frame with ultra-wide tyres, but it is light, nippy, and very capable. The Fuel EX manages to bring all the positive influences of Trek’s race bikes but fit them into a full-suspension machine that doesn’t need competition to make you realise how good it is. And for the ultimate trail experience, the Remedy gives you all the ability, all the performance, all the versatility to take on and beat mother nature.
Although the Remedy also doubles up as a great enduro bike, Trek has another weapon in its locker: the Slash. Designed with only one purpose in mind — to conquer the very hardest trails and enduros — the Slash is a true ‘mountain’ bike. As you’d expect from a bike that majors on ability, it rolls on 27.5in wheels.
Although it’s heading towards the realm of hybrid bike design, the DS Series can sure handle a bit of rough and tumble off-road with a light, strong aluminium frame and sensible suspension fork. Meanwhile the Neko Women’s range offers much the same ability with a female-friendly geometry. Both run on 700c road wheels.