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2016 Trek Fuel Jr

Dec 21, 2015 at 21:29
by Ron Goldstone  
Its a good time to be a kid!
As more and more parents include kids into their sports passion, the bike industry has noticed and stepped into the youth market with both feet. Gone are the days of basement modifications to grown up parts, mixing BMX and other components to make things work. Now parents can have a choice from several small and large brands putting out quality 24" and 26" bikes. As demand increases, the wide selection from brands like Trek, Norco, and Specialized enter into the kids market, and as such, expect to see quality increase and prices drop.

For 2016, Jackson is going to be trail riding a 26" Trek Fuel Jr. We had narrowed the choice down to the Trek or the Norco Fluid6, but in the end decided the Trek had a slightly lower standover height. Because Jackson is only 4'3", standover height is an important factor in frame fit.

26 inch Trek Fuel jr

Jackson s Trek Fuel Jr with the upgrades

Jackson has always been keen to help work on bikes, so this time we let him go, and he build %90 of the new bike himself.

Jackson building up his new Trek
the look of concentration installing the wheel

As winter sets in, riding in Squamish becomes different with frozen and muddy trails replacing the summers golden dirt. This years cold, dry snap caused some special icy features to form on the trails. With new bike in hand, we set out to investigate.

Fall riding in the frosty Squamish trails

We had planned a riding trip to California and had a great opportunity to try out the new bike on the trails in Laguna and Woodward West in Tehachapi. Jackson hardly noticed the step up to the 26 inch wheels and was comfortable right away. The larger wheel size has already resulted in noticeably faster riding both up and downhill and the ability to ride longer without getting tired. I'm going to have to dig into my bag of tricks in order to keep up!

is there anything more fun than a good ol drift

Blasting the trails at Woodward West on the new Trek

FRAME Trek Fuel Jr 90mm travel
FORK Fox Float 32 100mm travel
SHOCK Fox Float Factory
STEM KORE repute 35mm
DRIVETRAIN Shimano XT 1x11
PEDALS Shimano XT SPD trail
HUBS Chris King R45
TIRES Schwalbe Knobby Nick
SEATPOST KORE mega carbon. The 2016 Trek frame will accept an 80mm dropper post which is coming soon

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 Awesome stuff .... I don't know who's luckier .. father or son. ? Glad to see the big manufacturers get into the little stuff, it may bring the prices down ? Or at least the selection goes up for riders ..
......wizido.as far as those high level parts...most will last a lifetime of riding..
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 Okay, Kid's bicycle is a new market for big enterprise, Max from Commencal told us about that. But it must remain reasonable no ? Chris King hubs, and all this high level stuff .. it's a bit too much
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 I want that bike.

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