Spotted: New Trek XC Bike? - Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2019

May 23, 2019 at 5:02
by Daniel Sapp  

There wasn't too much exciting tech at last weekend's World Cup in Albstadt but Nove Mesto seems to be off to a strong start with this spy shot we just received.

This bike is ridden by Jolanda Neff and our observer said that there are other team riders on it as well but Trek currently seem to be keeping any details under a tight wrap (literally). It's hard to tell much at all from the photo but it's clear that this is a full-suspension bike and that there's a lot going on in the upper part of the front triangle, although there could also be data equipment packaged in there as well. One way or another, this looks as if it would be a fairly large deviation from any other bikes in Trek's full-suspension line that we've seen. It also appears that there is a pivot at the rear axle but it's hard to tell exactly what's going on with the blurriness there. Also on the bike are Bontrager's new 1290g Kovee Triple X wheels, released earlier this week.

We have our photographers on the hunt for better images which will surely surface and we will provide an update when we get them. There has also been a social media tease from the team on Instagram that shows the rear third of what seems to be the same bike:




103 Comments

  • 138 15
 looks like a session
  • 28 188
flag Pisgah4life (May 23, 2019 at 6:08) (Below Threshold)
 Actually it doesn’t. An that joke is no longer a joke. Let it f’ing die already.
  • 22 1
 Looks like a SUPERFLY..... just sayin!
  • 40 1
 @DoctorWatson: Looks like her IsoSpeed decoupler broke and she had to tape it together.
  • 8 1
 @Pisgah4life: it would seem that the internet disagrees with you.
  • 1 1
 @DoctorWatson: that´s what i though first
  • 6 57
flag Pisgah4life (May 23, 2019 at 10:46) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj: a handful of downvotes does not qualify as the internet.
  • 5 2
 Looks like an Epic.
  • 6 0
 @Pisgah4life: you must have really big hands.
  • 1 0
 @ezearts: Keep your thoughts......thats all i can say Wink
  • 1 2
 looks like a session with a bag over its head?
  • 1 0
 @DoctorWatson: that is what I was thinking!!
  • 54 3
 Come on! The suspension is killing me...
  • 23 2
 I'm sorry to put a damper on things, but I can't tell you anything
  • 24 2
 So, this is the only , out of focus ,photo, you guys came up?
Just come clean and tell the readers about the media embargo so they can understand why you can't show the bike.
#fakenews
  • 6 0
 Just stay flexible.
  • 8 0
 @qreative-bicycle: comment is deleted in 3, 2, 1...
  • 1 0
 @robwhynot: Totally, MTBR thread included.
  • 6 3
 So single pivot with an partially hidden/integrated rear shock...

Meanwhile Scott buys Bold today with a hidden rear shock...

I am noticing a trend here. How many more integrated/hidden rear shock bikes will be released in the next 6-12 months? Should be get a pool going here? What are the odds in Vegas right now?
  • 1 1
 @salespunk: What's the benefit to more integrated/hidden rear shocks? Does it extend the service interval and reduce the cost of ownership? Or does it reduce the amount of home wrenching you can do and increase service tickets for the LBS?
  • 2 0
 @Texicans: Personally I don't see a benefit. Only thing I could see is protecting the shock in very sloppy conditions
  • 21 1
 This won't be a Top Fuel replacement (that's coming soon too). It'll more likely be a slightly squishier softail-esque Procaliber type bike. Supercaliber?
  • 11 0
 I'd love a trail softtail with about 30mm of travel to make up for bad line choice and take away those short harsh hits that really get you tired when riding the HT.
  • 9 4
 Softtail with data acquisition system.
  • 4 0
 The embargo comes off the new Top Fuel today. It's a good candidate for some downcountry - over-fork it, get some bigger tires.
  • 1 1
 Looks like my old and beloved Yeti Asr-Sl to me, anyway I love all what you have written...
  • 2 0
 @pinkrobe: Guessing that they're doing away with the full floater? Lighten it up a tad and bring it into line with the rest of the updated bikes. Hoping for no Re:aktiv, that'd save me the bother of having it revalved.
  • 4 0
 It’s definitely the new bontrager moisture absorption/water filter action system
  • 1 0
 Megacaliber
  • 5 0
 @sam264: Down Caliber
  • 1 0
 There is a pivot at the BB in the IG photos above so definitely not a soft tail. Looks to be a good old single pivot bike most likely with some new RS live valve type rear shock.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Super Megacaliber Deelux
  • 2 0
 @sam264: ultimate
  • 1 3
 @Muckal: I think Cushcore in the rear may do a similar job if you can live with the extra weight.
  • 1 0
 @sam264: they might bring back the Superfly name
  • 20 0
 I don't see a split pivot. I see thin chain stays for a flex stay design.
  • 4 1
 I don’t think this is even a fully I think PB knows more than they’re letting on as usual
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: It;s def a full suss, you can see from the shape of the chainstays there's a main pivot near the BB. But it is also clear from the trek insta photo that it's flex stay and there's no rear axle pivot.
  • 2 1
 @wingguy: i think it’s their new mountain version of the isospeed, so softail
  • 4 2
 @bridgermurray: Except if you actually look at the photo you can clearly see the chainstay shape is leading to a main pivot, so not a softtail.

Plus, there's the other leaked photo upthread in the comments where you can actually see the main pivot and the top of the shock Wink
  • 1 0
 @wingguy: rumored to have a proprietary shock w/ 70mm travel
  • 1 0
 @bridgermurray: Right. So it's a full suss.
  • 17 0
 The last thing the competition wants for Neff is a faster bike. She is an absolute beast!
  • 9 0
 1. Bunch of bikes
2. Trek 8000.
3. Bunch of bikes.
4. Fisher (Trek) Sugar 2+
5. Bunch of bikes.
6. Fisher Roscoe 3.
7. Bunch of bikes.
8. Trek Top Fuel 8
9. Bunch of bikes.
10. This...?

I keep coming back.
  • 15 5
 Some rider please, cover your shock and linkage, make a few wires stick from underside and see the comment boards go wiiiild!
  • 5 1
 I need this to happen.
  • 3 2
 @brianpark: you should make an own bike and make Mike ride it with camo paint job during Crankworx...
  • 4 1
 @brianpark: Hold my beer?
  • 5 2
 The new Top Fuel... 115mm rear, SC34 120mm front. the large frame has 475mm reach, the head tube angle in the high setting is 68°, and low setting it's 67.5 degrees. STA is 75.5
  • 1 0
 source?
  • 1 2
 @hamncheez: no source. Will drop the next couple days. New top fuel.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: Trek employees who've been told not to tell anyone.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: There was a shop that posted the geo and photos on instagram a few days ago... but it got taken down pretty quick.

www.mtb-mag.com/es/primera-impresion-nueva-trek-top-fuel-2020
  • 1 0
 That weighs 24lbs in the top spec... ridic.
  • 3 0
 @Thisisbenji90: The bike in the link is obviously not this bike.
  • 1 0
 @SectionThirtyOne: Yep. I have the pictures since a week with the specs and the information about the TopFuel i got before christmas. I wait until the lighter Trek is coming.......20lbs full suspension.....
  • 1 0
 and still has a 100mm headtube... why, why, why?
  • 3 0
 I bet that shock must have worked smoothly with all that tape around it... On the plus side it didn't get dirty i guess...
  • 6 0
 Remember back when people would put a sleeve over their shock (lizardskins?) to protect it, only to find it would catch grime and dirt and completely ruin the shock.
  • 1 0
 So no pivot on the rear axle as they go the route of spesh and others. Interestingly Trek is busy with a big dealer and media event at my local trails , so i assume they are doing a global launch today
  • 3 0
 Good to see Jolanda on a dropper. This bike looks light. Those seatstays are wispy.
  • 2 0
 HT with a direct mount mini shock 30/50travel? Could be quite a good 2nd bike
  • 4 0
 Deleted
  • 1 0
 a little more clear than the spy shot. haha
  • 1 0
 Well that was a quick delete - glad I grabbed a screen snag.
  • 4 0
 Bring back the STP!!
  • 1 1
 Giant stp?
  • 4 0
 Trek STP, it was a thing in the early 2000s.

www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1502434
  • 2 0
 looks like a newer version of a gary fisher superfly? with the shock bolted in the top tube (à la commencal)
  • 2 0
 next couple months Trek will be rolling out all their new bikes so stay tuned. The new top fuel is fucking dope as well.
  • 2 0
 Pinkbike comments regarding cable routing have been heard at Trek.
  • 2 0
 50mm rear travel, 100mm front travel is my guess. a redo of the STP????
  • 2 0
 Going back to a revised GF Sugar design originating from the 90's
  • 2 0
 Interesting suspension design! This is out of the norm for Trek
  • 1 0
 Trek makes the best looking XC bikes. That purple color on top range is sooooo mint.
  • 2 0
 It looks much lighter whatever it is.
  • 3 0
 Sweet Gary Fisher...
  • 1 0
 single pivot Trek with 60mm in back?
  • 2 2
 All current Treks are single pivot: one single pivot defines the path of the rear wheel
  • 1 0
 Emily Batty doesn't get the bike with black tape too?
  • 1 0
 Isospeed soft-tail I assume.
  • 1 1
 Another $20k+ bike for the ubber elite rich folks to buy in droves to keep Trek going.
  • 1 0
 The spy photos look intriguing. Uber light, hidden shock.
  • 1 1
 Never seen a Trek in the wilderness
  • 1 3
 Pink bike must be smoking crack. That "pivot" at the rear is the thru axle. Look up pictures of the women's racing pro-caliber model....clearly the same bike.
  • 1 1
 Looks like pull shock, like as k2 razorback
  • 1 0
 Deleted (NDA breach)
  • 1 0
 It's a softtail... ;-)
  • 1 2
 is that a 34mm stanchion fork?
  • 4 0
 Looks like a SID to me.
  • 3 6
 timing is funny. they decide to release on a 3 days after the race JUST as Pivot is releasing their XC bike.

how much did Trek pay for this post?

It's called a SuperCaliber
  • 6 0
 How much did trek pay to get a blurry picture and no information on their new bike posted? Probably nothing.
  • 1 2
 ????????????
  • 2 4
 It's about time, the Top Fuel was never a competitive XC race bike.
  • 1 1
 Besides having a killer women's team do they really have a presence in XC?
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