Top Fuel 9.8 is a full suspension carbon mountain bike for riders who don't settle. Not for parts nor for one style of riding. It combines a high-end parts package with a low-weight carbon frame for one unbelievably fun rig that's fast on flow and still fun to ride on techy singletrack.
It's right for you if...
You’re looking for a do-it-all full suspension mountain bike that's efficient and fast, but doesn't shy away from some bigger stuff. You want the added stiffness and weight savings of a carbon frame, but don't mind saving some money on the parts.
The tech you get
A light and stiff full carbon frame, 120mm RockShox SID Select+ fork, 115mm of rear travel with a RockShox SID Luxe Ultimate shock, and a new Shimano XT 1x12 drivetrain. Plus, wide carbon Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive hub for fast engagement, Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, and carbon handlebars.
The final word
Top Fuel 9.8 is a ridiculously fun carbon down-country bike with upgraded parts that give you noticeable benefits on the trail, like more speed from the carbon wheels and more grip from the ultra-smooth suspension.
Why you'll love it
- This bike wants to go fast—it's built with no-nonsense, high-performance parts
- You get a Straight Shot downtube for extra-stiff, responsive handling without added weight, and a Knock Block headset that protects against spinning bars and fork crowns
- Bontrager DropLock's shifter-style lever lets you easily lock out both front and rear shocks at the same time for added sprinting or climbing efficiently. Plus, it controls your dropper post too
- Wider Kovee Elite 30 wheels provide better tire support so you can run lower pressure and get more traction
- This short-travel bike has a killer suspension setup reminiscent of the all-mighty mullet—it's both efficient and ready to party
Will my bike have a curved top tube?
Smaller frames (S) have a top tube that dips down as it approaches the seat tube. This design makes for a lower standover height, which is good for shorter riders because it allows them to straddle their bike more easily. Larger frames (M and up) have a straight top tube because taller riders with longer legs typically don’t have the same issues with standover height.
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, 115mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox SID Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2 RL damper, tapered steerer, 44mm offset, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 120mm travel|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Rear Shock||RockShox SID Luxe Ultimate, DebonAir spring, Ultimate RL damper, 190x45mm|
Front: 110 x 15 thru-axle
Rear: 148 x 12mm thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 carbon, Tubeless Ready, 54T Rapid Drive, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub|
|Tires||Bontrager XR3 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 120tpi, 29x2.40''|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8100, Boost (52mm chainline)|
|Chainrings||32T alloy ring|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit|
|Chain||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Kovee Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, Blendr compatible, 13 degree|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX M7000 hydraulic disc, 180mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor|
|Saddle||Bontrager Montrose Elite, titanium rails, 138mm width|
|Seat Post||Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, internal routing, 31.6mm, Small: 100mm travel; Medium – Medium/Large: 150mm travel; Large – X-Large: 170mm travel|
* Subject to change without notice.