It's right for you if...
You're ready to go full suspension, and you want a versatile trail bike at a great value. You want a ride that's sure-footed, capable, and responsive so you can stay in control no matter where you're riding.
The tech you get
A lightweight aluminum frame with a Knock Block steerer stop to protect against spinning bars. A 140mm RockShox Recon Silver fork, 130mm of rear travel with an X-Fusion Pro 2 shock, a durable 12-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain, dropper post, and hydraulic disc brakes.
The final word
You get full suspension performance without the sticker shock. Fuel EX 5 has the same frame technology as our higher-end alloy Fuel EX models with parts chosen to keep the price tag low and stoke level high.
favorite_borderWhy you'll love it
- You get a high-end ride at an exceptional value with frame features like Boost148 and ABP that give you confident handling and room to upgrade parts as your skills grow
- It has the capability of far more expensive trail bikes: it shreds singletrack and can even handle the occasional XC or enduro race
- The dropper post lets you lower your saddle on the fly so it's out of the way on descents
- The RockShox fork's DebonAir spring can easily be adjusted for a specific rider weight, and it's lighter than a coil spring
- We expanded our size range to ensure a better fit for all riders. And, you get the fastest wheel that fits your frame: XS frames get 27.5˝ wheels, S frames get to choose between 27.5˝ or 29˝, and sizes M to XL get 29˝ wheels
"A world-class trail bike"
"Fuel EX is a beautifully balanced and capable trail bike. The rear suspension is beautiful; as close to ideal as any bike I've ridden. It's sensitive where you want it to be, firm and crisp where it should be. It feels deep and controls big hits very well, and there's a nice platform for pedaling, and to pump and pop off when you're playing."Read more
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (XS and S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
Alpha Platinum Aluminum
Our premium lightweight aluminum is continuously cold extruded and butted at multiple points, and hydroformed into sophisticated tube shapes for maximum strength and minimum weight.
Control Freak Cable Management
The lightest, quietest, most versatile cable management system allows any combination of shift, brake, lockout, and dropper post lines to be routed through the frame for clean looks and the ultimate custom setup.
Wider dropouts (110mm front, 148mm rear) give you the stiffness of a 27.5" wheel with all the benefits of a 29" wheel, and Boost148 in the rear lets you run wider tires and a larger chainring without affecting q-factor and pedaling efficiency.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||Alpha Platinum Aluminium, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130 mm travel|
XS , S
RockShox Recon Silver, DebonAir spring, Motion Control damper, lockout, tapered steerer, 46 mm offset, Boost110, Maxle Stealth, 140 mm travel
S , M , ML , L , XL
RockShox Recon Silver, DebonAir spring, Motion Control damper, lockout, tapered steerer, 42 mm offset, Boost110, Maxle Stealth, 140 mm travel
XS , S
X-Fusion Pro 2, 2-position damper, 210x52.5 mm
S , M , ML , L , XL
X-Fusion Pro 2, 2-position damper, 210x55 mm
|Max compatible fork travel||150mm|
|Hub front||Bontrager alloy, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru-axle|
|Hub rear||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12 mm thru-axle|
|Skewer rear||Bontrager Switch thru-axle, removable lever|
|Rim||Alex MD35, tubeless compatible, 32-hole, 35mm width, presta valve|
|Spokes||14 g stainless steel|
XS , S
Bontrager XR4 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 27.5x2.60"
S , M , ML , L , XL
Bontrager XR4 Comp, wire bead, 30 tpi, 29x2.60"
|Rim strip||Bontrager TLR|
|Shifter||Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano Deore M6100, long cage|
XS , S , M , ML , L
Shimano MT511, 30T steel ring, Boost, 170 mm length
XL , M , ML , L
Shimano MT511, 30T steel ring, Boost, 175 mm length
|Bottom bracket||Shimano MT500, 92 mm, PressFit|
|Cassette||Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51, 12 speed|
|Chain||Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, steel rails, 138 mm width|
XS , S
TranzX JD-YSP18, 100 mm travel, internal routing, 31.6 mm, 361 mm length
M , ML , L , XL
TranzX JD-YSP18, 130mm travel, internal routing, 31.6 mm, 425 mm length
|Handlebar||Bontrager alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Comp, nylon lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 31.8 mm, Knock Block, 0-degree, 50 mm length|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom|
|Brake||Shimano hydraulic disc, MT201 lever, MT200 calliper|
|Brake rotor||Shimano RT56, 6-bolt, 180 mm|
|Weight||M - 15.55 kg / 34.29 lbs (with tubes)|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).|
Sizing & fit
The charts below show our recommended sizes based on height, but there are some other factors, like arm and leg length, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. Not every rider who’s 5´8˝, for example, will fit on the same size bike. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult the experts at your local retailer.
137.0 - 155.0 cm
4'5.9" - 5'1.0"
64.0 - 73.0 cm
25.2" - 28.7"
153.0 - 166.5 cm
5'0.2" - 5'5.6"
72.0 - 79.0 cm
28.3" - 31.1"
161.0 - 172.0 cm
5'3.4" - 5'7.7"
76.0 - 81.0 cm
29.9" - 31.9"
165.5 - 179.0 cm
5'5.2" - 5'10.5"
77.0 - 84.0 cm
30.3" - 33.1"
177.0 - 188.0 cm
5'9.7" - 6'2.0"
83.0 - 88.0 cm
32.7" - 34.6"
186.0 - 196.0 cm
6'1.2" - 6'5.2"
87.0 - 92.0 cm
34.3" - 36.2"
195.0 - 203.0 cm
6'4.8" - 6'7.9"
92.0 - 95.0 cm
36.2" - 37.4"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise stated.
|Frame size number||Frame size letter||Geometry position||Wheel size||A — Seat tube||B — Seat tube angle||Effective seat tube angle||C — Head tube length||D — Head angle||E — Effective top tube||F — Bottom bracket height||G — Bottom bracket drop||H — Chainstay length||I — Offset||J — Trail||K — Wheelbase||L — Standover||M — Frame reach||N — Frame stack|