Pinkbike – the world’s largest cycling website – had a stacked field of contenders for their coveted annual end-of-year awards. The intensely discerning review staff put the latest mountain products through the wringer with tons of tests and rides over the year to deem what truly was the best of the best. In the end, two Trek products earned some major awards.


Mountain Bike of the Year: Fuel EX


In the incredibly competitive Mountain Bike of the Year contest, Fuel EX’s adjustability, enhanced capability and downright fun ride characteristics propelled it into the top spot. Reviewers were amazed at how new Fuel EX got even better at both descending AND climbing, cementing its position as the best do-it-all trail bike.

‘This is a bike that could be used to head out for a big meandering backcountry adventure one day, roll up to the starting line in a local enduro race the next or even head into the bike park for a lap or three without missing a beat.’


Innovation of the Year: TQ HPR50


While Innovation of the Year technically went to the TQ HPR50 drive unit, we’re still calling it a win for Fuel EXe, the first bike to feature this game-changing e-bike technology. Reviewers marvelled at the whisper-quiet, super-refined system calling it ‘the golden goose of e-bike motors’.

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