Which Mountain Bike is Right for YOU?
Mountain bikes are designed for off-road adventures, fitness and racing. All mountain bikes boast wide, knobby tires for increased stability on irregular terrain. But, there's a wide range of differences beyond this common denominator. We can help you make the right match based on your preferred riding style.
First, let’s take a quick peek into mountain biking’s history. The sport got its start in the 70s, and Trek designer and spokesperson Gary Fisher was there from the beginning. Indeed, Gary is one of the mountain biking's earliest pioneers and visionaries. (Get some fun facts about the legendary Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee here.) Back then, Gary and his friends sent heavy, modified cruiser bikes (dubbed “klunkers”) down mountain service roads and trails. These thrill-seekers in fact staged what’s widely considered the very first downhill mountain bike race: the Repack Off-Road Downhill in Fairfax in 1976.
A lot has changed since those early days of mountain biking. The sport continued to grow in popularity, and bikes have evolved rapidly. Trek has been at the forefront of this movement, continually challenging the limits of the bicycle's capability. Epicenter carries a full range of Trek mountain bikes because we believe Trek offers the very best technology, design, and value of all the brands out there. Each and every Trek mountain bike is chock full of features and details that will make your ride a blast.
Naturally, most Trek mountain bikes are designed to be versatile and perform effectively on a wide range of trails. However, to get the most enjoyment out of your bike, it’s important to consider your riding goal(s) and the type of terrain you’ll be riding on. When choosing a bike, you'll consider questions like these: Hardtail or full suspension? 29er or 27.5"? Aluminum or carbon? Slack or steep geometry? This may sound like a different language to those new to the sport. Have no fear — we can interpret, and help you learn the lingo.
So, let’s get started! How can you discover which mountain bike is right for YOU? First, let’s look at what kind of riding appeals to you.
fitness rides ON SMOOTH TO mildly RUGGED TERRAIN
You live for speed, and aspire to ride as efficiently as you can. You like to cover a lot of ground fast, whether on smooth service roads or somewhat rough singletrack. A Trek hardtail cross country bike will fit the bill as it’s lightweight and chomping at the bit to GO.
fun RIDES on smooth to mildly rugged terrain
You want to get out for some fresh air and a good time on relatively smooth singletrack or just-bumpy-enough service roads. A Trek hardtail trail bike may be your best bet. Some advanced riders even enjoy the challenge of riding a hardtail trail bike on gnarly terrain.
thrilling rides on moderately to extremely rugged singletrack
You’re in it for epic singletrack adventures on rugged terrain. You love challenging yourself with big descents, roots and rocks, and perhaps some drops and jumps. A Trek full suspension all mountain bike is right for you. This type of bike is ideal for racing enduro.
EPIC rides WITH some pedal assist
You want to cover more ground and clean climbs you never thought possible. Electric mountain bikes give your pedaling power a boost so you can focus on fun. They even make it possible for riders with certain health considerations to experience the joy of mountain biking. Full suspension and hardtail models available.
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Trek Hardtail Cross Country Bikes
If the simplicity of a hardtail appeals to you, and you like to your ride to be fast and efficient as possible, look no further than a Trek cross country hardtail bike. These bikes feature quick-handling geometry with 100mm-travel suspension forks that take the edge off bumps, and weight-conscious spec like narrower handlebars and rigid seat posts. The cross country hardtail bike is the right choice for riders with a racing pedigree as well as for those who dream of covering epic distances on the trail.
Following are the models we carry in our stores, as they are the most popular for our riding region. Colors subject to availability.
Trek Marlin is a durable and versatile mountain bike that’s ready for adventure, whether you’re exploring the forest singletrack or navigating the urban jungle. This affordable bike looks and feels great. It’s packed with features usually found only on more expensive bikes, like a stylish frame with internal cable routing, which can help your cables last longer by protecting them from the elements.
Marlin comes in seven frame sizes to suit riders of any height, and Smart Wheel Size ensures you’re on the fastest wheel that fits. The smallest sizes even come with short-reach brake levers and narrower handlebars that give smaller riders better comfort and control.
Integrated rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to outfit your bike for any adventure, including your morning commute or weekly run to the market. You can also install an internally-routed dropper post for added versatility and performance on the trail.
Marlin comes in the standard and WSD (women’s specific) models shown below.
Trek Marlin 5 >
Marlin 5 is a trail-worthy bike that's perfectly suited for everyday adventures, on and off the trail. A front suspension fork with 100mm of travel (the same amount favored by most cross country racers), 21 speeds, and mounts for a rack and kickstand make it an ideal choice for new trail riders or anyone looking for a comfortable, stable commuter with the ruggedness of a real mountain bike. Matte Royal, Trek Matte Black, or Volt Green.
< Trek Marlin 5 Women’s
Marlin 5 Women's is a modified version of the standard Marlin 5, a trail-worthy bike that's perfectly suited for everyday adventures, on and off the trail. A front suspension fork, a frame and parts designed specifically for women, 21 speeds, and mounts for a rack and kickstand make it an ideal choice for new trail riders or anyone looking for a comfortable, stable commuter with the ruggedness of a real mountain bike. Matte Trek Black or Crystal White.
Trek Marlin 7 >
Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork and widest range of gearing in the Marlin family make this model the best choice for new riders who want a cross country hardtail with great parts that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes. Roarange or Slate.
< Trek Marlin 7 Women’s
Marlin 7 Women's is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork and widest range of gearing in the Marlin family make this model the best choice for new riders who want a cross country hardtail with great parts that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes. Matte Metallic Gunmetal.
X-Caliber is a high-value cross country mountain bike that performs way out of its class on singletrack and long XC rides. It has a lightweight aluminum frame, quality parts, and more versatility than you can shake spoke at. Whether you’re lining up at the local XC races or chasing daylight after work, this bike will give you speed and efficiency for your best days on the trail.
Every X-Caliber model features quick-handling geometry and parts chosen for XC racing, like fast-rolling tires and front suspension that locks out for efficiency on climbs and sprints. Plus, every model comes with a 2x drivetrain and a wide range of gears.
X-Caliber’s Alpha Gold Aluminum frame has internal routing, which looks great and protects your cables from the elements. Its frame is light, stiff, and features Boost141 rear hub spacing that allows for more tire clearance and a stronger wheel. This bike comes in seven frame sizes to suit any height, and Smart Wheel Size ensures every rider gets the fastest wheel that fits. Larger sizes have bigger 29" wheels and smaller sizes have more proportional 27.5" wheels.
Finally, X-Caliber’s integrated rack and kickstand mounts make it easy to outfit your bike for any adventure, which really comes in handy if your mountain bike is also your commuter. The frame is also set up to accept an internally-routed dropper post.
X-Caliber 7 is the perfect entry point to fast cross country riding and racing. It's a fully capable hardtail mountain bike with expert tech where it matters most, like in the lightweight and durable alloy frame, 100mm RockShox fork, Shimano drivetrain, and hydraulic disc brakes. Matte Dnister Black.
X-Caliber 8 is a cross country mountain bike made for fast laps and long days on the trail. It's built with special attention to value and the parts that make the biggest difference in performance. A Shimano drivetrain, RockShox fork, and hydraulic disc brakes make it a great choice for new mountain bikers and XC racers searching for fast, fun, singletrack adventure. Cardinal or Gravel.
Trek Hardtail Trail Bikes
Hardtail bikes offer some suspension in the front fork, but have no rear shock like full suspension models. If you value the simplicity of a hardtail, but are more about playing around on the trails than covering the most ground in the least time, a Trek hardtail trail bike (say THAT five times fast!) is right for you.
Trek hardtail trail bikes are versatile and capable, and feature geometry that’s slacker and lower than their cross country counterparts. That means these bikes feel more stable on the trail, especially at higher speeds or on steep terrain. They provide a little more cushion on the trail with longer 120mm-travel forks, and plus-size tires help to absorb bumps and provide amazing traction.
Additionally, Trek hardtail trail bikes are equipped with simple, easy-to-use 1x drivetrains along with wider handlebars for added control. Most models come stock with a dropper seat post that can be lowered while riding so it’s out of the way on steep or tricky descents. All in all, these models make an excellent choice for new riders who value a confidence-inspiring ride and for more experienced riders who measure the success of their rides in smiles over miles.
Following are the models we carry in our stores, as they are the most popular for our riding region. Colors subject to availability.
Trek Roscoe is a 27.5+ trail hardtail made for fun-loving mountain bike rides. Every model is trimmed with parts that help new riders build confidence and experienced shredders have more fun. Extra grippy mid-fat tires, quality parts, and a frame that’s easy to whip around trail add up to the perfect mountain bike for anyone who measures the success of a ride by the amount of time they spent smiling.
This bike is all about fun and confidence. The geometry and longer-travel suspension make it easy to control your bike when you take the wrong line or ride in rough terrain, and the 1x drivetrain gives you a wide range of gears in a simple setup. Its 27.5x2.8˝ tires are wider than standard, and this extra rubber gives you more grip and stability so you can rail loose corners, clean tricky climbs, and scramble over obstacles.
Roscoe’s Alpha Gold Aluminum frame has high-end features like internal routing, which looks great and protects your cables from the elements. It’s light, easy to handle, and features Boost141 rear hub spacing that allows for more tire clearance.
If you're looking for a fun and capable trail hardtail that doesn't require much setup or maintenance, pick up a Stache and ride away with a smile. Stache is for the rider who wants the capability of a full-suspension trail bike with the simplicity and efficiency of a hardtail.
Its 3-inch wide 29er tires steamroll over rough terrain with mind-blowing traction and stability, but super short chainstays and clever engineering keep Stache lively and fun. No other hardtail can match the speed, traction, and rollover capability of Stache and its girthy tires. The huge contact patch provides unbelievable grip while an extra large diameter helps maintain high-speed efficiency.
Every Stache comes with parts made to handle the rough stuff. You get a dropper post to help keep your saddle out of the way on descents, a 120mm-travel fork to soak up bigger hits, and a robust 1x drivetrain for a wide range of gearing.
We carry Stache 5 but can order any model. View the models here.
< Trek Stache 5
With Stache 5, you don't have to pay a big cover charge to get into the 29+ party. It's a trail hardtail that rolls on 3˝ mid-fat tires for monster-truck traction on rough and loose terrain. This mountain bike is equipped with a burly suspension fork to keep you on your line when things get rowdy and a frame that delivers a lively and fun ride with its astonishingly short chainstays. Matte Dnister Black.
Trek Full Suspension All Mountain Bikes
Full suspension mountain bikes include suspension in the front fork as well as a rear shock. Full suspension can help keep you in control and comfortable over rugged terrain, and allows for more capability and versatility. You can go faster on difficult trails with lots of obstacles, and you’ll experience increased stability in the bumps and while descending. If you’re a beginner rider, a full suspension bike will give you an instant confidence boost. New technologies make these bikes more efficient than ever and they make a smart choice for all types of racing. Trek's suspension solutions have been proven and refined over the years. Active Braking Pivot (ABP), Full Floater and Mino Link make Trek full suspension models a class above the competition.
TREK FUEL EX
When it comes to all-around trail performance, the Trek Fuel EX hits the sweet spot. It’s more capable and stable than a pure cross country bike, yet more efficient than a longer-travel trail bike. The Fuel EX is in fact a full suspension trail bike for riders who want a single mountain bike that does it all. It's right for you if you value versatility and expect your trail bike to handle everything from big days in the backcountry to your local singletrack and even the occasional cross country or enduro race.
Thanks to Trek-exclusive frame tech, Fuel EX is sure-footed and composed on even the roughest trails. This makes it easier to hold your line over sketchy descents, rock gardens, and tricky corners.
Fuel EX boasts Trek’s exclusive suspension tech. RE:aktiv damper is firm when you're pedaling, but instantly gives way to soak up bumps. Select models take this concept further with RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft, which reacts to the terrain faster than any other shock available. Plus, every Fuel EX frame has thoughtful design features that look and feel great. Mino Link lets you quickly fine-tune your geometry while Control Freak keeps your cables tidy, no matter what combination of controls you run.
You can customize your Fuel EX through Project One, Trek's custom bike program. Make it yours by choosing from a broad palette of colors, parts, and personalization options.
< Trek Fuel EX 5 Plus
Fuel EX 5 Plus features plus-sized tires for amazing traction and confidence on loose, rugged terrain. This do-it-all full suspension mountain bike is a dream for trail riders who want a boost in confidence and the capability to roll over anything. Trek Black.
Trek Fuel EX 7 >
Fuel EX 7 shines when you're charging down tricky descents, where the dropper post upgrade and 130mm of front and rear suspension travel come in handy. A lightweight aluminum frame, Tubeless Ready 29er wheels, and a reliable 1x12 SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain make this an awesome all-around full suspension mountain bike. Matte Metallic Gunmetal.
< Trek Fuel EX 8 29
Fuel EX 8 is the ideal 29er trail bike for mountain bikers who want a versatile full suspension ripper that can climb with the XC crowd and huck with the enduro crew. It hits the sweet spot of value and performance in our mountain bike lineup with an Alpha Aluminum frame, 130mm front and rear suspension, and SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. Cardinal or Matte Dnister Black.
Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus >
Fuel EX 8 Plus is a versatile full suspension trail bike with girthy plus-sized tires for unrelenting traction. It's the perfect balance of value and performance, with a trail-tough Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, 140mm front and 130mm rear suspension, and a wide range SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain. Matte Dnister Black.
TREK FULL STACHE
Full Stache is a unique trail bike. This 130mm full suspension bike has wide 29x3.0 mid-fat tires that are perfect for rugged backcountry riding. Some clever engineering tucked those big tires into a nimble, pedal-friendly package to create an amazingly balanced trail bike. This bike is extra-sure-footed, built to rip through the most rugged terrain. It looks forward to long days on rough trails, and is happy to trade a few grams for incredible capability. It looks so different because, well, it’s built to tackle rides that other trail bikes simply can’t.
The core of Full Stache's unique personality is its ultra-capable 29+ tires. These big tires with low air pressure put a lot of tread on the dirt for obscene amounts of traction. All that grip really comes in handy when you're railing corners, scrambling up tricky climbs, or plowing through loose terrain.
Unlike other bikes with 29 x 3˝ tires, Full Stache features short 430mm chainstays. That means you get astonishingly agile handling for all that bigwheel momentum. How did Trek do it? By designing Full Stache specifically for 29+ tires with an elevated and shaped chainstay and a new suspension layout.
Additionally, Full Stache features 130mm of front and rear suspension travel with exclusive Trek technology like Active Braking Pivot and RE:aktiv so you can seek out bigger lines and stay in control over the most daunting terrain. Trek's Straight Shot downtube makes the Full Stache frame extra stiff without adding any weight. You'll feel more composed and confident on even the most bone-jarring terrain. Knock Block keeps the fork crown and handlebar controls from impacting the frame.
< Trek Full Stache 8
Full Stache 8 is a full suspension 29+ trail bike with an oversized appetite for rugged backcountry riding. Sure-footed mid-fat tires, a 1x12 drivetrain, 130mm of front and rear travel, super short chainstays, and some ridiculously clever engineering make this 29+ trail bike the ideal rig for rugged singletrack and trail explorations into the unknown wild. Matte Olive Grey/Gloss Volt Green.
Trek Remedy is a hard-charging trail bike built for technical terrain and rowdy descents. With 150mm of plush rear suspension travel, zippy 27.5˝ wheels, and an extra-stout frame, Remedy brings all the latest tech you need for a rad day on the trails. It’s a great choice for riders who like to pop off jumps, rail corners, and throw the bike around on the trail.
Remedy is fun and playful, yet sure-footed and composed when things get wild. Advanced frame tech like Active Braking Pivot (ABP) and Straight Shot down tube let you charge sketchy lines and rough terrain with confidence.
Every Remedy is equipped with a SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain, the latest 160mm front suspension from RockShox or FOX, new 27.5x2.6˝ tires with clearance to run tires up to 2.8˝ wide, and multiple color options for the frame. Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv damper gives you firm support for pedaling and gives way when you encounter a bump in the trail. Select models are equipped with RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft, which reacts to changing terrain faster than anything else available.
Every Remedy features thoughtful frame details that let you dial in your perfect setup. Mino Link lets you quickly fine-tune your geometry while Control Freak keeps your cables tidy, no matter what combination of controls you’re running.
Trek Remedy 9.8 >
Remedy 9.8 is a high-end long travel trail bike built for getting rowdy on the most technical mountain bike trails. It offers the versatility and capability to take on everything from epic singletrack to serious air. A stiff OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, carbon wheels, RockShox suspension featuring Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft, and a 1x12 SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain are perfect for your wildest all-mountain adventures. Matte Gravel or Miami Green.
< Trek Remedy 9.9
Remedy 9.9 is the top-end trail bike in the family. A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, FOX Factory fork, exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft damper, Bontrager carbon wheels, and a SRAM X01 drivetrain come together in Remedy 9.9 to make a high-performance, high-value shred-sled that's fast and ridiculously capable in rough and technical terrain. Matte Dnister Black/Gloss Black.
Trek Slash is a long-travel 29er trail bike that’s built for racing the clock or chasing your friends. 150mm of rear suspension travel, enduro-ready parts, and fast-rolling 29er wheels make Slash the perfect mountain bike for riders who wants to go big and crush techy sections with blistering speed.
Thanks to Trek's exclusive frame tech, Slash is sure-footed and composed on even the roughest trails. It plows through brutal terrain and tracks through rough corners. When you push Slash to your limit, it keeps charging. All Slash models feature Trek’s RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock. It reacts to changes in terrain faster than any other shock available, so you get more traction and more control.
Every Slash features thoughtful frame details that all add up to a ride that looks and feels great. Mino Link lets you quickly fine-tune your geometry and Control Freak keeps your cables tidy, no matter what combination of controls you’re running. Slash is now available in OCLV Mountain Carbon and Alpha Platinum Aluminum frames so more riders can get the best in long-travel 29er speed and performance.
Trek Slash 8 >
Slash 8 is an aluminum enduro mountain bike with fast-rolling 29er wheels, a 160mm RockShox fork, and Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock. Smart spec, high-end suspension, and the burly Alpha Aluminum frame make Slash 8 a high-value ride for enduro racers and all-around trail rippers who want a bike that can rail sketchy descents faster than anyone else in their crew. Matte Trek Black or Miami to Volt Fade.
< Trek Slash 9.7
Slash 9.7 pairs fast-rolling 29er mountain bike wheels with long travel suspension to make one speed-hungry rig that's perfectly suited to both rowdy trail rides and enduro races. Carbon where it counts and a smart spec with durable parts and Trek's game-changing suspension means you're getting a ridiculous value, too. Matte Gravel or Miami to Volt Fade.
Trek Electric Mountain Bikes
Electric mountain bikes amplify your pedaling power while amplifying the amount of fun you’ll have on the trail. Get more of what makes mountain biking great with an electric mountain bike. Ride more often, cover more ground, and clean climbs you never thought possible. Electric mountain bikes are also an ideal solution for mixed-level group rides, allowing for families and other groups with differing skill, fitness, and health levels to ride together.
Trek Powerfly combines intuitive pedal-assist power with Trek’s decades of expertise in trail bike frame and suspension design. Choose from Powerfly Long Travel, Powerfly Full Suspension, Powerfly Hardtail, and Powerfly Women’s models.
Every Powerfly comes with a Removable Integrated Battery (RIB). It’s compact and simple, with an integrated easy-carry handle. With RIB’s one-piece design, you turn the key and the battery pops out. There are no tools, small parts, or bolts to lose on the trail. Most electric mountain bike systems put the battery under the down tube, where it collects dirt and mud and is difficult and messy to remove. However, with Trek, you access the battery from the driveside, where it’s both more protected and easier to access.
Decades of experience in frame and suspension technology means every Powerfly handles like a true mountain bike. Exclusive tech like Active Braking Pivot, Straight Shot downtube, and RE:aktiv shocks on select models gives Powerfly confident handling so you can focus on what matters: good times on the trail.
Finally, each Powerfly model features a rugged Bosch Performance CX motor that’s optimized for off-road use, as well as an easy-to-operate Bosch Purion controller and long-lasting 500Wh battery.
< Trek Powerfly 5 Women’s
Powerfly 5 Women's is a hardtail e-MTB that pairs the boost of a Bosch electric bike system and the sleek looks of a traditional trail bike. The Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) is fully encased in the lightweight aluminum frame but doesn't require tools for removal. This user-friendly electric mountain bike is built in Trek's performance trail heritage with exclusive tech, great suspension, and a motor that can help you sustain speeds of up to 20 mph. 27.5 wheels for extra small and small; 29 for medium. Gravel.
Trek Powerfly FS 5 >
Versatile and confidence-inspiring, Powerfly FS 5 is a 130mm full suspension trail bike with 27.5 wheels. It has the extra boost of a powerful Bosch motor, a trail-tough Shimano drivetrain, and a durable Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) for better balance on the trail, great looks, and exceptional ease of use. Matte Anthracite.
Trek Powerfly FS 7 Plus >
Powerfly FS 7 is a full suspension mid-fat electric mountain bike with a fully integrated battery and a performance suspension package for incredible capability on more rugged trails. A Bosch Performance CX motor for speeds up to 20 mph, 27.5+ mid-fat tires for extra stability and traction, RockShox suspension, and the latest in e-MTB frame design will bring your off-road adventures to entirely new places. Matte Dnister Black.
< Trek Powerfly LT 7 Plus
Powerfly LT 7 Plus is a full suspension electric mountain bike that brings together the Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) frame design with longer travel suspension and 27.5+ mid-fat wheels for serious capability on even the roughest trails. A 150mm shock, 160mm RockShox Yari RL fork, 11-speed Shimano drivetrain, and a durable trail spec will hold up on your wildest all-mountain adventures. Slate.
Trek Powerfly LT 9.7 >
Powerfly LT 9.7 is the 9.9 in a more modest package. You still get the same head-turning, vibration-damping carbon frame, but with parts chosen to give the best performance for the price. This high-performance e-MTB with 27.5+ mid-fat wheels is built to take you into the wild unknown to rip up and down whatever mountains you'll find. The OCLV Carbon frame fully hides the battery for clean looks and protection on rugged trails. Dnister Black/Rage Red.
Trek Powerfly LT 9.9
Powerfly LT 9.9 is the ultimate electric mountain bike, combining the highest-quality trail bike parts with the Bosch pedal-assist system and Trek’s legendary carbon frame to make an unbeatable ride for the greatest trail adventures ever. Incredible design, extraordinary capability, and a no-compromise components package that includes 27.5+ mid-fat carbon wheels and SRAM's flagship Eagle drivetrain put Powerfly LT 9.9 in a class of its own. Matt Onyx/Gloss Black.