Trek Stache 5 29+ MTB Bike 2016

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The trail waits in anticipation, the woods are quiet, then WHOOSH! The sound of tyres pierces the silence. Big wheels roll over the roots and 3-inch-wide tyres rip through berm. The 29er has grown up from its XC roots with Trek's Stache 5. Trek loaded the aluminum frame with all the marks of a fully capable trail bike: G2 trail geometry, E2 tapered head tube, 92mm bottom bracket, dropper-post routing and a Boost 148 rear end. That 148mm-wide rear end is enhanced by short chainstays that make this 29er rail twists and turns like that's its job. Which it is. The specs are just as legit with Race Face cranks powering Shimano 1 x 10 gearing and a clutch rear derailleur that virtually eliminates chain slap and drops. Ladies and gentlemen, the the 29er has evolved!

Key Features

  • Rigid carbon fork for precise steering and light weight  
  • Shorter chainstays give you a spirited, lively ride  
  • Boost148: wider = stiffer, for unprecedented 29er control  
  • The stranglehold dropout gives you options: 29+, 27.5+ or 29er 
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What is it? 29+, oh no not another wheel size I hear you say? The Trek Stache is a hardtail based around the 29” wheel platform utilising 3.0” tyres. Trek have spent the last 4 years developing what was called 'Project Weird', an in-house research project based around frame geometry and trying to figure out just how short a chainstay length was possible with a larger tyre. These experiments led to developments that would eventually make their way onto the Stache, including the sliding Stranglehold dropouts that allow the bike to have 420mm chainstays, which is short even for bikes with 'normal' sized tires, and extremely impressive when considering the wheel dimensions of the Stache. To enable these short stays, Trek have worked with SRAM to develop the new Boost wheel spacing offering. The goal with the new bike was to have something that was enjoyable to ride everywhere (this is NOT a fat bike), although with an admittedly different on-trail feel than what most riders are used to. The model in review here is the Stache 5 which is totally rigid, albeit fitted with a carbon rigid fork taken from the popular Trek Superfly (US only model). The Stache 5 does come with a 1x10 drivetrain but my intention was always to make this Single Speed. Reasons for purchase For many years I have ridden and raced Single Speed – we’re not going to discuss the merits of gears ‘v’ single speed in this review! It was at the European Single Speed Championship I first became aware of the 29+ format as the then (and current) World SS Champion was riding a custom made frame with the larger tyres. Yes, they do look quite a bit larger than a standard 29er tyre but they really do look in proportion with the rest of the bike. This had me thinking: one of the biggest advantages of riding 29” over 26” is momentum, which is critical for single speeding. As 29+ has a theoretical overall diameter of 31” then this would surely make an amazing single speed bike, right? Initial investigations found that it was possible to have custom titanium frame manufactured or go with a heavy steel frame from a more main stream manufacturer. Ultimately neither option was ideal due to cost and a resistance to have an unwieldy bike in the fleet. When Trek announced their 2016 bikes part way through 2015, I placed my order to secure one of the first bikes into the country. The main reason for the purchase was 29+ but I was intrigued by the Stranglehold drop out adjustment which would allow me to run the bike as single speed without the need for a chain tensioner. Initial impressions WOW those tyres are BIG! The bike is a real eye turner. This is mainly down to the colour but when you look at the thought that has gone into the frame design it is easy to understand where the 4 years of development has gone. It just looks right as the proportions are spot on. Out of the box this bike comes in at 26lb, which considering the price (£1300), the width of the rims and size of the tyres is a really good weight. Immediately 2lbs can be shed by going tubeless (yes the tubes do weigh 1lb each!) but it should be noted that the bike comes with tubeless ready rims, tubeless ready tyres, rim tape is already fitted and the tubeless valves are supplied with the accessories so it’s a relatively easy fix. Removing the gears, adding carbon bars, swapping out for a shorter stem and a layback seatpost has taken the total bike weight to 22lbs which would be deemed light for a 29+ bike. How it rides… Looking down on to that front tyre is very strange at first but you soon adapt. It does take a little bit more effort to get up to speed, but once it gains momentum it'll cruise right along, with nowhere near the amount of rolling resistance I'd anticipated despite the massive footprint of each tyre. When it comes to technical sections, the extra rollover ability that 29ers possess is one of their biggest strengths, and the Stache’s supersized dimensions take this to the next level. Roots and rocks simply disappear under the wheels, squashed beneath the 3” Chupacabra rubber. The traction available is truly unbelievable, again proving why this makes a perfect single speed bike as you need as much help as possible to push the gearing on the climbs – the footprint is almost 50% larger than a standard 29er tyre which explains why the tread pattern is pretty minimal. The tyres have a very round, low profile tread and the high volume allows them to be run at much lower pressures than normal – I have found 11 psi to be perfect for my local trails. The front end is dialed in to fun mode. With a 50mm stem fitted, the 730mm bars allow you to muscle the wheels into bends and through roots and rock gardens. Handling is accurate and it is great fun to ride. The low bottom bracket height keeps your weight low, meaning the bike is happy being pushed deep into corners. Grip in the corners is so high that you will have to recalibrate your senses – this bike just keeps on gripping, well passed what would be deemed acceptable on a standard 29er tyre. It is important to note that swapping back to ride a standard 29er bike could be quite alarming as it will not offer the grip levels you have become accustomed to! Verdict The Trek Stache is a fun bike and I would challenge anyone who doesn’t agree. From the levels of grip and compliance of the larger volume tyres, to the playful nature of the geometry, this a worthy bike to own. These assets provide a fun bike with a great spec for a compelling price. I am sure that Trek will sellout of Stache’s in the coming months. For the Stache 5, I think setting this up as single speed has allowed further exploitation of those assets as they emphasise what is important (and necessary) to single speed effectively: grip, momentum, responsiveness and an effective chain tensioning mechanism. Could I ride 29+ all the time? Yes, but what would I do with my other bikes…….
- Friday 20th November 2015
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Size Guide

SYKE SL5'0"5'4"5115'5"5'8"5345'9"5'11"565
3000 SERIES4'11"5'3"5245'4"5'7"5505'8"5'11"5656'0"6'2"5806'3"6'4"5906'5"6'6"600
4000 SERIES4'11"5'3"5205'4"5'7"5505'8"5'9"5775'10"5'11"5916'0"6'2"6056'3"6'4"6306'5"6'6"650
ELITE 8 SERIES5'4"5'6"5505'7"5'9"5885'10"5'11"6076'0"6'2"6256'3"6'6"645
X-CALIBER 5'5"5'7"5705'8"5'10"6025'11"6'0"6206'1"6'3"6396'4"6'5"6596'6"6'7"673
SUPERFLY FS5'4"5'7"5585'8"5'10"5895'11"6'0"6016'1"6'2"6126'3"6'4"6376'5"6'6"649
SUPERFLY FS CARBON5'4"5'7"5565'8"5'11"5886'0"6'2"6066'3"6'4"6286'5"6'6"648
FUEL EX 26"5'4"5'6"5485'8"5'11"5855'9"5'11"6056'0"6'2"6226'3"6'4"648
FUEL EX 29er5'5"5'6"5675'7"5'8"5985'9"6'0"6126'1"6'2"6276'3"6'4"6506'5"6'6"663
REMEDY 650B5'4"5'6"5465'7"5'9"5795'10"5'11"5986'0"6'2"6156'3"6'5"643
REMEDY 29er5'4"5'6"5445'7"5'9"5745'10"6'0"5946'1"6'2"6156'3"6'4"636
SLASH 650B5'5"5'6"5555'7"5'9"5855'10"6'0"5986'1"6'3"6116'4"6'5"645
SESSION5'4"5'7" Sm 5665'8"5'11"Med 5826'0"6'2"L 6076'3"6'5" XL 624
Size Guide

7.7 FX COMPOSITE5'4"5'6"5215'7"5'8"5345'9"5'10"5435'11"6'0"5606'1"6'2"5736'3"6'5"586
CROCKETT 5'4"5'6"5185'7"5'8"5315'9"5'10"5445'11"6'0"5586'1"6'2"5706'3"6'5"588
DOMANE 2,3,4 & 5 SERIES5'1"5'4"5195'5"5'7"5305'8"5'9"5425'10"5'11"5546'0"6'1"5676'2"6'3"5796'4"6'5"593
DOMANE 4 SERIES WSD5'1"5'2"5095'3"5'5"5195'6"5'7"5305'8"5'9"5425'10"5'11"554
DOMANE 6 SERIES4'9"4'10"5014'11"5'0"5095'1"5'4"5195'5"5'7"5305'8"5'9"5425'10"5'11"5546'0"6'1"5676'2"6'3"5796'4"6'5"593
DOMANE 6 SERIES WSD4'1"5'0"5015'1"5'2"5095'3"5'5"5195'6"5'7"5305'8"5'9"5425'10"5'11"5546'0"6'1"5676'2"6'3"5796'4"6'5"593
DOMANE CLASSIC5'8"5'9"5505'10"5'11"5626'0"6'1"5766'2"6'3"5896'4"6'5"602
MADONE 1 SERIES5'2"5'4"5215'5"5'7"5345'8"5'9"5435'10"5'11"5606'0"6'1"5746'2"6'3"5866'3"6'4"5986'5"6'6"610
MADONE 2 -5 SERIES 5'2"5'4"5215'5"5'7"5345'8"5'9"5435'10"5'11"5606'0"6'1"5746'2"6'3"5866'3"6'4"598
MADONE 3.1 SERIES WSD5'1"5'2"5095'3"5'5"5175'6"5'7"5295'8"5'9"5415'10"5'11"554
MADONE 6 SERIES WSD5'0"5'2"5135'3"5'4"5215'5"5'7"5345'8"5'9"5435'10"5'11"5606'0"6'1"5746'2"6'3"5866'4"6'5"5986'5"6'6"610
MADONE 7 & 6 SERIES 5'2"5'4"5395'5"5'7"5395'8"5'9"5515'10"5'11"5646'0"6'1"5796'2"6'3"5916'4"6'5"603
MADONE 7 SERIES WSD5'0"5'2"5135'3"5'4"5215'5"5'7"5345'8"5'9"5435'10"5'11"5606'0"6'1"5746'2"6'3"5866'4"6'5"598
Size Guide

7 SERIES FX 5'7"5'8"5485'5"5'8"5395'9"5'11"5686'0"6'2"5906'3"6'5"603
7 SERIES FX WSD5'1"5'4"5335'5"5'8"5395'9"5'11"553
7 SERIES FX WSD STEP THROUGH5'4"5'8"5485'9"5'11"568
8 SERIES DS5'5"5'6"5755'7"5'8"5905'9"5'11"6056'0"6'2"6206'3"6'5"635
Size Guide

SPEED CONCEPT 9 SERIES5'4"5'5"4695'6"5'8"4955'9"5'11"5186'0"6'2"5416'3"6'4"565
SPEED CONCEPT 7 SERIES5'6"5'8"4955'9"5'11"5186'0"6'2"5416'3"6'4"565
SPEED CONCEPT 7 SERIES WSD5'0"5'3"4695'4"5'6"4955'7"5'8"5185'9"5'10"5415'11"6'0"565
ColourMiami Green
FrameAlpha Platinum Aluminium, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, PF 92, Mid-stay, Boost148, Stranglehold dropouts, G2 Geometry  
ForkBontrager Haru, OCLV Carbon lowers, E2 tapered steerer, 100mm suspension corrected, 15x150mm  
Front HubAlloy CenterLock disc  
Rear HubAlloy CenterLock disc, Boost148  
RimsSUNringlé Mulefüt 50mm 32-hole w/cutouts  
TyresBontrager Chupacabra, Tubeless Ready, aramid bead, 29x3.0"  
ShiftersShimano Deore, 10-speed  
Rear derailleurShimano Deore, Shadow Plus  
CrankRace Face Aeffect, 32T Narrow Wide  
Bottom bracketPress Fit  
CassetteShimano HG50, 11-36, 10-speed  
ChainKMC X10  
SaddleBontrager Evoke 1.5  
SeatpostBontrager alloy, 2-bolt head, 31.6mm, 8mm offset  
HandlebarBontrager Low Riser alloy, 31.8mm, 5mm rise  
StemBontrager Elite, 31.8mm, 7-degree, Blendr compatible  
GripsBontrager Race  
HeadsetFSA IS-2, E2, sealed alloy cartridge  
BrakesetShimano M395 hydraulic disc