Fuel EX 9.8 XT

 

Fuel EX 9.8 combines a light full-carbon frame with parts chosen for the highest performance-to-price ratio. High-end FOX suspension with upgraded front and rear dampers, carbon wheels with a Rapid Drive rear hub and a super-smooth Shimano XT wide-range drive train give this model an extra edge that you'll notice from the first pedal stroke.

It's right for you if...

...you want a single bike that can handle any trail with the light weight and vibration damping of a carbon frame. You're willing to pay for parts that give you a better connection with the trail, but you'd rather skip the bling.

The tech you get

A light and stiff full-carbon frame with internal storage, FOX Performance 36 fork with a GRIP2 damper that offers more adjustment and a RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock. A Shimano XT 1x12 drive train for super-smooth shifting that's easy on the thumb – plus an extra-low 51-tooth climbing gear and all-new Bontrager carbon wheels with a 108-tooth Rapid Drive hub for fast engagement.

The final word

Fuel EX 9.8 is a great investment for one bike that does it all. You get a light carbon frame, but it's the parts that make this model, like the extra-adjustable GRIP2 damper, the magic-carpet ride of Thru Shaft and the blistering acceleration of carbon wheels with a Rapid Drive hub.