Farley 9.6 Fat Bike Review

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ModelFarley 9.6
TypeFat Bike


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OCLV Mountain Carbon, tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, 197x12mm adjustable horizontal sliding dropouts
ForkBontrager Haru, tapered alloy steerer, OCLV Carbon lowers, 490mm axle-to-crown, 15x150mm thru axle
Max compatible fork travel100mm (513mm axle-to-crown)

Hub front

Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, 15x150mm thru axle
Skewer frontBontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever
Hub rearBontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Rapid Drive 108, SRAM XD driver, 197×12 mm thru axle
Skewer rearBontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever
RimSUNRingle Mulefut 80 SL, 32-hole cutout
TireBontrager Barbegazi Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 27.5×4.50”
Max tire sizeFrame: 27.5×4.50″ or 26×4.70″ Fork: See manufacturer


SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Rear derailleurSRAM GX Eagle
Crank: Size: S, MSRAM GX Eagle, DUB, 30T alloy FAT 5 ring, 170mm length
Crank: Size: L, XLSRAM GX Eagle, DUB, 30T alloy FAT 5 ring, 175mm length
Bottom bracketSRAM DUB, 121mm, PressFit
CassetteSRAM Eagle XG-1275, 10-52, 12 speed
ChainSRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
PedalVP-536 nylon platform
Max chainring size1x: 32T, 2x: 22/36


Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138mm width
Seatpost: Size: STranzX JD-YSP18, 100mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 361mm length
Seatpost: Size: MTranzX JD-YSP18, 120mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 403mm length
Seatpost: Size: L, XLTranzX JD-YSP18, 130mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 425mm length
HandlebarBontrager Rhythm Comp, alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 750mm width
GripsESI Chunky
Stem: Size: SBontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 60mm length
Stem: Size: MBontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 70mm length
Stem: Size: LBontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 80mm length
Stem: Size: XLBontrager Elite, 31.8mm, Blendr compatible, 7 degree, 90mm length
HeadsetFSA IS-2, 1-1/8” top, 1.5” bottom
Brake rotorSRAM CenterLine, 6-bolt, round-edge, 160mm
Brake SetSRAM Level TL hydraulic disc


M – 13.00 kg / 28.67 lbs (with TLR sealant, no tubes)
Weight limitThis bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).

If you prefer to ride quickly rather than just get through the winter, the Farley 9.6 is ideal for you. You adore fat riding in all of its forms, and you want to have more fun and participate on bigger adventures and more challenging races. A thin, horizontal sliding dropout OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, a rigid Bontrager Haru carbon fork, a wide-range SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain with an extra-low climbing gear, a dropper post for descending, SUNringlé Mulefüt wheels with a 108T Rapid Drive hub for instant engagement, and wide, ultra-grippy Bontrager Barbegazi TLR tyres. The revolutionary Stranglehold sliding dropout design, also seen on the Stache, with a full 15 mm of adjustment, is one of the secrets to its adaptability. Axle and calliper mount integration makes wheel swaps simple while enabling user-adjustable chainstay length for various usage and wheel sizes. Both the new carbon fibre frame, which weighs 1,325 gram, and the new Alpha aluminium frame feature it (a claimed 1,935 grams). According to Trek, the Farley 9.6 with a rigid carbon fork is the company’s lightest model, weighing only 23 pounds.


OCLV Mountain Carbon Frame

A lightweight, horizontal sliding dropout OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, a rigid Bontrager Haru carbon fork, a wide-range SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain with an extra-low climbing gear, a dropper post for descending, SUNringlé Mulefüt wheels with a 108T Rapid Drive hub for instant engagement, and wide, ultra-grippy Bontrager Barbegazi TLR tyres.


With tight 440mm chainstays—15mm shorter than the Specialized Fatboy—a somewhat long reach, a low bottom bracket, and a relatively lax 69-degree head tube angle, the Farley 9.6’s forward-looking frame geometry only enhances its athletic appearance. The result is outstanding stability at higher speeds but impressive agility at reduced speeds, just like with similarly forward-thinking trail bikes.

Barbegazi 27.5˝ Fat Tires

For double track terrain, Barbegazi is an excellent snow tyre tread. You can quickly move ahead of the bunch when you pedal Barbegazi on the double-track paths.
You will be able to overtake other riders who were slowed down by the more aggressive tyre pattern intended for groomed single track thanks to the reduced tread’s reduced rolling resistance. Depending on your chosen riding paths, the weather, and future race courses, pay particular attention to this.

The Farley 9.6 would roll at the speed of the wind and would offer the required traction without introducing extraneous rolling resistance. The Farley 9.6’s extremely quick climbing abilities and solid frame, however, would make me proud to ride it if I were competing on a primarily single-track race course. I would also mount a 26″ x 4.7″ tyre with a more aggressive sidewall tread. When Bontrager introduces the following tyre that pursues sidewall tread for maximum single track cutting, I think the Farley 9.6 will fulfil its full potential.

Rapid Drive 108 Rear Hub

Trek has also included their adjustable Stranglehold dropouts in this most recent version of the Farley. The wheel is installed in the most forwards position right out of the box, but you can easily draw it out to a more generous 460mm if you want a longer rear end for greater stability.

Oh! What a feeling

The 77mm-wide (internal width) Wampa hookless and tubeless-ready rims, the 720mm-wide Bontrager Race X Lite bars and matching seatpost, and the rails on the Bontrager Montrose saddle are all made by Trek using the same black magic pixie dust as the frame and fork. Trek even specifies Race Face’s incredibly light Next SL carbon crankset and ESI silicone foam rubber grips as additional efforts to outperform the scale.

You may ride outside all year round on this four-season freedom vehicle.

You feel more confident riding on any trail thanks to the stability and traction of extra wide tyres.

This bike won’t be slowed down by bad weather, heavy snow, or difficult terrain thanks to its lightweight carbon frame and fork.

When descending, the dropper post enables you to quickly lower your saddle out of the way.

You can fine-tune your geometry using horizontal sliding dropouts by running it long for stability or short for more agile handling.

Pros & Cons


Excellent tubeless carbon rims

Amazingly fast

Narrow pedal stance width

Great tire clearance, no suspension

Incredibly lightweight


Slow engagement of rear hub

Expensive bike


What size 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 should I get?

Use the size table below to determine the usual Trek Farley 9.6 size for your height after taking your height. Keep in mind that these sizes are only a basic guide, and that both riders’ and bikes’ sizes can vary. Taking a test ride is the best method to determine your size.

Rider Height (cm)Rider Height (in)Frame Size
148cm – 158cm4’10” – 5’2″XS
158cm – 168cm5’2″ – 5’6″S
168cm – 178cm5’6″ – 5′ 10″M
178cm – 185cm5’10” – 6’1″L
185cm – 193cm6’1″ – 6’4″XL
193cm – 198cm6’4″ – 6’6″XXL

What size wheels does the 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 have?

The 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 Fat Bike has 27.5″ wheels.

How much does a 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 weigh?

A 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 weights M – 13.25 kg / 23.2 lbs (with tubes).

Where to buy a 2022 Trek Farley 9.6?

The 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 fat bike can be purchased directly from Trek.

How much is a 2022 Trek Farley 9.6?

A 2022 Trek Farley 9.6 is typically priced around $3,500 USD when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.



Total score

Our Rating​

Speed throughout the year. The Farley 9.6 is quick, light, and made to rip. For those who respect the performance benefit of carbon and enjoy exploring on their fat bikes, year-round outdoor training, and winter shredding, this is the perfect sled.

Farley 9.6 is a good option if you’re searching for a year-round, lightweight, stylish, well-equipped, and easy to climb fat-bike. For groomed single track riding, I would advise investing in a second 26-inch tyre pair with aggressive sidewall tread to up the carvelicious factor. Installing a suspension fork is something to think about for the summer; the weight gain wouldn’t be significant, but I think the riding quality would be excellent.

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