How the Trek Top Fuel Handles on my Local Trails
Huntsville mountain bike trails are sneaky good. There over 183 listed mountain bike trails with over 200-miles of riding. Between Monte Sano State Park and the North Alabama Land Trust, there are about a dozen trailheads either in the city limits or just outside. Here’s the catch, there are more intermediate routes than beginner routes and more advanced/expert than either one.
Riding in Huntsville is notoriously steep and rocky. Riding from my house is a microcosm of riding in Huntsville. I can reach the closest trailhead with only 10-minutes of biking on blacktop, but I make sure that I use my Top Fuel’s lockable suspension to make it easy. Once I get on dirt, it’s a 500′ climb to the heart of the trail system, and I need all the help I can get. User reviews claim, “This bike (Trek Top Fuel) specifically is a climbing weapon and will descend way better than a typical XC bike.” I love the dropper seat to get me home on the downhill. Small bump sensitivity is many people’s knock on the Top Fuel, and I can feel it on the rocky trails of Monte Sano. As I ride more, I’ll try to dial in the suspension tuning to match my home trails and riding style.