One manufacturer that’s always had a grip on the cycling industry is Trek Bicycles. Considering this crew has been around since 1975 and has even shaped this industry in the process, it’s no wonder that I come back to their machines time and time again, and the Farley 9.6 is one of those two-wheelers that’s ready to dominate the winter season.
Now, we’re looking at nothing more than a tuned machine designed to handle everything that the winter season can throw at you. Well, almost; I don’t see ice as being a surface you can ride on, but come to think of it, you can easily purchase tires with studs built-in and ride even on ice. The 4.5-inch cross-section tires are sure to be a source of grip through your snowy terrains.
But this sort of frame isn’t just for show; that carbon is designed to reduce vibrations and take up hits that the tires couldn’t handle themselves. Considering the 9.6 features no other source of suspension, the layup is an essential aspect. Best of all, Trek made sure you could cover a variety of terrains by readying the frame for a dropper post.
But the question remains, why is Trek asking you to dish out $3,700 (€3,800 at current exchange rates) for this bugger. Well, part of the story is the frame, but beyond that, the 2023 Farley is also topped off with a Sram drivetrain, and honestly, it’s where some of your money is going. GX Eagle shifters control a GX derailleur that moves a GX chain on an XG-1275 cassette with 10-52T. Simplicity is also part of the game with a 12X setup.
To achieve this, the 9.6 is decked out with more mounts than I could count, and the end result is a machine that can handle everything from fenders to front and rear cargo racks and more bags on the handlebar, seat post, and the front triangle. In short, there isn’t much you can’t do to one of these two-wheelers.
Just imagine your winters now. While everyone else is in their homes, looking out their windows, remembering their summer journeys, you’re out and about, riding along and hearing the snow crunch underneath your carbon fiber two-wheeler. The destination? Considering that you have all the cargo options mounted to your 9.6, wherever the heck you want, as long as you can brave the cold. Sounds like a trinket to consider if you’re looking to extend your riding season.