Trek Fuel EX 9: High-performance aluminum bike with unusual new frame configuration designed to maintain better traction during descents. Likes: Extremely smooth, fluid 27-pound bike that does everything well. That's due to an innovative rear suspension with a "floating" shock not directly anchored to the main frame, as with all other bikes. As advertised, the bike seems to minimize "brake jack" -- the stutter-bump skidding that can occur when braking on steep downhills. With the longest cockpit and wheelbase of the test bikes, it puts you in a classic, efficient bike-racer position. Dislikes: The long cockpit might leave casual non-racers too stretched out and uncomfortable. Price: EX 9, $3,409; EX 7, $2,089; Carbon-framed models more. (920) 478-2191; www.trekbikes.com.
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