There’s something particular a few bike that may do practically something, and Trek has honed their new Gasoline EX right into a prime contender within the ‘quiver-killer’ class. The recipe begins with 140/150mm journey, trendy geometry and 29” wheels, however Trek determined to supply a ton of adjustability too; The body geometry, steering angle and shock price can all be tuned on the brand new Gasoline EX.
The Gasoline EX’s vary of adjustment permits this bike to be something from a cross-country machine to a short-travel enduro bike, and the wide selection of accessible fashions presents an possibility for a lot of budgets.
2023 Trek Gasoline EX body options:
All options listed under are included on each the aluminum and carbon framed Gasoline EXs (besides the entry-level Gasoline EX 5, which makes use of the earlier era aluminum body with 130mm journey and doesn’t provide most of the options described under).
The absolutely redesigned Gasoline EX options Trek’s ABP suspension linkage, now providing 140mm rear journey and matched to 150mm forks. Wheel dimension and fork journey does range on some fashions; The XS frames run 27.5” wheels and a 140mm fork, and Small frames provide both 27.5” wheels (with a 140mm fork) or 29” wheels (with a 150mm fork). All bigger sizes run 29” wheels back and front, however they are often transformed to MX setups. Nonetheless, Trek recommends a 160mm fork for mixed-wheel riders.
Trek’s Mino Hyperlink geo adjustment chip presents Excessive or Low body positions, and a brand new addition to the Gasoline EX is a ‘LESS/MORE’ suspension progressivity flip-chip on the decrease shock mount. This chip presents a extra progressive curve to accommodate coil shocks, or just to higher go well with burlier riders. Flipping this chip has no impact on body geometry.
The brand new Gasoline EX doesn’t include Trek’s Knock Block 2.0 headset. What you get as an alternative is the choice of including angle regulate headset cups (not included) with +/- 1 diploma settings.
Trek has jumped on board with down tube storage, providing a good-sized compartment with a Bontrager BITS instrument roll included with all fashions. In the event you go for the high-end 9.9 bikes, you additionally get a Bontrager multi-tool within the steerer tube.
Key body fitments embrace Enhance 148 rear spacing (with Enhance 110mm forks on all fashions), a trusty threaded 73mm backside bracket, a beefy 34.9mm seat tube, ISCG05 chain information tabs, and a SRAM UDH derailleur hanger.
The frames all provide guided inside cable routing, and include down tube and chainstay protectors. Trek even added slightly mudflap to maintain rocks from getting between your BB shell and chainstay yoke. Most tire clearance for all body and wheel sizes is 2.5” large, and the largest chainring you possibly can run is 34t.
The brand new Gasoline EX body presents extra insertion depth for dropper posts than the outgoing model. Inventory publish lengths are 100mm journey for XS and small frames, 150mm for the medium or M/L, 170mm on larges and 200mm on XL bikes (besides the 9.9 XX1 AXS, because the longest Reverb dropper out there is 170mm).
All frames can match a water bottle, however with limits; XS frames can solely run a 15oz bottle, S-M/L’s can maintain as much as 21oz, and enormous and up can match 26oz bottles.
The upper-end Gasoline EX fashions (9.8 XT and up) might be out there as a Undertaking One bike with customized paint choices, and paint-matched alternative storage doorways can be found for higher-end fashions (lesser fashions get a black door).
Trek did present weights for the Gasoline EXs- To sum it up, all carbon fashions are below 33lbs, whereas the aluminum completes go as much as simply over 35lbs.
There’s a number of potential adjustment with the brand new Gasoline EX frames – The Mino hyperlink will be in Excessive or Low place, and the non-compulsory angle-adjust headsets will be in steep, impartial or slack positions. Some angles and measurements additionally range in response to body sizes, so between the 9 completely different charts Trek despatched I’ll do my greatest to generalize issues right here!
Trek did present mullet geometry, however I’ve deliberately left that out of my description under… there are sufficient numbers to crunch between the inventory setups and headset choices, so try Trek’s web site for MX geometry.
Attain numbers are beneficiant throughout all sizes; the M/L I used to be testing is among the longest bikes I’ve ridden at 470mm. One thing new for the Gasoline EX is how rear finish lengths now range in response to body dimension; They’re 435mm as much as dimension Medium, 440mm for M/L or Massive, 445mm for XL and 450mm for XXL.
Steering angles go from barely steep to essentially slack! With the angle-adjust headset cups, the steepest angle potential is 66°, whereas the slackest potential is simply 63.5°. With the inventory impartial headset cups, the steering angle varies from 64.5 to 65°.
The Gasoline EX has a steep seat tube, with completely different body sizes various from 78.9 to 76° relying on geo settings. BBs sit fairly low within the bike’s Low place, starting from 332-335mm in response to body dimension. Excessive place bumps that as much as 340-343mm.
There are eight completely different fashions of the brand new Gasoline EX (together with the Gasoline EX 5 utilizing the older body), so I’ve supplied the record with pricing however you’ll have to go to Trek’s web site for full construct specs on every. One spotlight of the specs is that the highest 4 fashions all get Bontrager’s carbon wheels and RSL one-piece carbon bar/stem.
Coloration choices for the carbon frames are Mulsanne Blue or Deep Smoke. Aluminum frames are available in Matte Galactic Gray to Black Fade. There’s additionally a Baja Yellow colorway, which is an non-compulsory improve on the Undertaking One 9.8 XT mannequin and an included possibility for the opposite 9.8 or 9.9 fashions.
Gasoline EX 5 – $2,699.99
Gasoline EX 7 – $3,699.99
Gasoline EX 8 – $4,299.99
Gasoline EX 9.7 – $4,699.99
Gasoline EX 9.8 XT – $6,249.99 (Undertaking One model – $6,749.99)
Gasoline EX 9.8 GX AXS -$7,699.99
Gasoline EX 9.9 XTR – $9,749.99
Gasoline EX 9.9 XX1 AXS – $10,749.99
The Gasoline EX can be out there as a frameset in aluminum or carbon (pictured above). Each embrace a headset (suitable with Trek’s angle regulate cups) and a 2-position Fox Manufacturing unit Float X rear shock. The aluminum frameset sells for $2599.99, and the carbon equipment retails at $3899.99.
I’ve been driving the Gasoline EX 9.9 XX1 AXS for the previous couple of weeks, so be sure you try my evaluation article to see how the brand new Gasoline EX handles itself on the paths!