Trek Farley EX
Trek let their Stache 29+ hardtail loose on the world at last year's Sea Otter Classic, a goofily fun
bike that surprised many riders with its capabilities, myself included. This time around big wheels are the theme again, but now Trek has gone ahead and created a line of full suspension fat bikes that roll on 27.5 x 3.8” tires. 26” wheels are still the most common size for fat bikes due to the limited number of extra-fat 27.5” tire options, but Trek didn't let that hold them back – they simply developed their own tire line, and then built the bikes that would fit the new tires.
According to Trek, fat bikes are their fastest growing category, and the most searched term on their web site is 'fat bikes', factors that led them to decide to expand the line to include more than just hardtails. Who's the ideal rider for the Farley EX? It's not necessarily someone who lives in a location that's snowbound most of the year, although it's certainly a good option for those conditions. Instead, Trek sees the Farley EX series as being more versatile, a bike that could serve as someone's primary bike year round, rather than being an N+1, off-season bike.
In addition to further smoothing out rough terrain, the bike's 120mm of front and rear travel makes it easier to keep the undamped rebound created by the big tires in check. The Farley EX uses the same suspension design found throughout Trek's mountain bike line, including the RE:activ shock technology that was developed in conjunction with Penske and Fox.
There will be two versions of the Farley EX, one with a carbon frame one with an aluminum frame. The carbon EX 9.8 comes with Bontrager's Wampa carbon wheels, a RockShox Bluto, and a SRAM X01/X1 drivetrain for $5,500 USD. The alloy version is equipped with a RockShox Bluto, Sun Ringle Mulefut wheels, and a SRAM GX drivetrain for $3,500. Both bikes are expected to be available this August. Geometry