TESTED: TREK, SPE­CIAL­IZED, CANYON, FELT, MO MS EN, FOX AND MORE!

Trek say the Full Stache is for rid­ers that want to go on ad­ven­tures, ex­plore, get off the beaten track and sim­ply get away from it all. We’re here to tell you that the Full Stache is SO much more than that!

Australian Mountain Bike - - Front Page - TESTER: BEN MOR­RI­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: NICK WAYGOOD

The Full Stache is per­haps the most nim­ble 29er we have rid­den – even with the 29” plus sized tyres! Un­til you see a 29x3.00” tyre in the flesh (or rub­ber) it’s hard to grasp how big they are. So the agility of the Trek Full Stache re­ally wasn’t ex­pected. Its abil­ity to change di­rec­tion on a whim is lit­er­ally amaz­ing and to­tally out of char­ac­ter for bikes in this cat­e­gory. With 130mm travel there is very lit­tle the Full Stache isn’t up for out on the trail, and we’re not only talk­ing about de­scend­ing. Trek spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time on sus­pen­sion de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing which cer­tainly shows on the Full Stache; with the way you can ab­so­lutely de­stroy a des­cent, then turn around and climb for 20 min­utes to the next des­cent, all with­out chang­ing any of the set­tings on the rear shock and fork. The Fox Float EVOL rear shock is su­per-easy to leave in the open set­ting and ride, but you can firm it up if needed. We found it was just as im­por­tant to get the tyre pres­sure right, and sug­gest start­ing at 20psi and go­ing down by 0.5psi to find your sweet spot. A dig­i­tal pres­sure gauge will be a wise in­vest­ment. Thanks to the elevated chain­stay, Trek have kept the beck end short and the over­all wheel­base at 1175mm on our 17.5” test bike. With a 67 de­gree head an­gle and 454mm reach, the bike has the ge­om­e­try we wanted for ag­gres­sive trail rid­ing, but the 29x3.00” tyres let the bike roam so much fur­ther on trails that are any­thing but groomed. Plus bikes can get cat­e­gorised into be­ing ad­ven­ture bikes, and sure the Full Stache can tick that box – but it also suits a rider look­ing to find new lines on their lo­cal trails with the in­creased grip on of­fer. We’re telling you, the Full Stache truly has your back. More than just a plain fun bike, the Full Stache has an ex­pertly planned spec that is durable and un­sur­pris­ingly, it per­forms flaw­lessly. Want to know more? Find our full re­view on AMBmag.com.au.

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