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Field Test Review: 2024 Trek Slash - Rides Like a Session

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TREK SLASH 9.9 X0 GEN 6 REVIEW

Words by Drew Rohde  |  Photos by Staff

After nearly six months of abuse, conversations with Trek Bikes HQ and a YouTube Service Bulletin video full of interesting comments, we’re kicking off the new year with a high pivot, Gen 6 Trek Slash review that should be another great conversation piece as one of the hottest bikes of 2023. We’ve been fans of many of Trek’s bikes over the last few years from the Session DH bike to their Fuel EX and Fuel EXe and of course, the last generation Slash . We first rode the Gen 6 Trek Slash during Crankworx Whistler, where we filmed a Dissected Feature with their engineer: Trek athlete Casey Brown and more. Since then, we spent the rest of summer in the bike park, pedaling backcountry trails and yes, filming a service video on the famous “Chain dropping” issue that commenters had us thinking was affecting nearly everyone who owned one of these bikes. But…as the saying goes, don’t believe everything you hear. Even if you don’t believe what we’ve got to say when it comes to the goods and bads of the new Trek Slash, we think you’ll find it entertaining at least.

QUICK SPECS

• 170mm High Pivot ABP Suspension • Mixed Wheel (29”F/27.5”R) as standard, dual 29” option • HTA 63.3 • STA 76 (effective) • REACH 490 (Large)

FULL BUILD SPEC

CHASSIS Frame: OCLV Mountain Carbon | 170mm Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 170mm | Charger 3 RC2 Shock: RockShox Vivid Ultimate 230x65mm

COCKPIT Brakes: SRAM Code Silver | 200F/R Centreline rotors Bar/Stem: Bontrager RSL Integrated | OCLV Carbon | 820mm | 27.5mm Rise | 35mm Length Headset: Integrated Sealed Bearing Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS | S: 100mm, M-XL: 170mm Saddle: Bontrager Arvada

WHEELS Hubs: Bontrager Rapid Drive 108 Rims: Bontrager Line Pro Carbon Front Tire: Bontrager SE6 Team Issue | 29″ x 2.5″ Rear Tire: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue | 27.5″ x 2.5″

DRIVETRAIN Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB Threaded Cassette: SRAM Eagle XS-1295 | T-Type | 10-52T Cranks: SRAM X0 Eagle | T-Type | 30T | 165mm length Shifter: SRAM AXS POD Ultimate | 12s Derailleur: SRAM X0 Eagle AXS | 12s

Downhill performance is incredible

Rear suspension plush yet solid

Fast and Confident

Bike Park shredder

Vivid Ultimate

WE DON’T

3 Dropped chains (fix appears to work)

Steep, chunky climbing

About The Trek Slash Gen 6

Packing 170mm of travel out back, the new Trek Slash claims to be a 70/30 bike, meaning Trek designed the bike to have a 70% downhill bias with a 30% nod to climbing and uphill capabilities. Needless to say, this isn’t your run of the mill XC or all-mountain bike. It’s designed and built for riders who prioritize downhill speed, composure, and confidence on the gnarliest terrain over efficiency and climbing performance.

Since this review is likely going to get a bit long, we’ll link to our Dissected Feature which has a written interview, all the tech details and a video interview and presentation on the Gen 6 Trek Slash. If you’d like to check that out, click here.

If the CliffsNotes version works for you then we’ll gloss over a few key features:

FRAME AND FEATURES

Updated for 2023, the high pivot Trek Slash Gen 6 can be run with a number of wheel size configurations and can take up to a 190mm travel fork but comes with a 170mm fork and mixed-wheel setup as standard. Riders can choose a full 29er race machine, 27.5” aggro-shredder or put a dual crown 190mm with a mullet and have a mini-Session bike park rig.

With many people loving the last generation Slash, some may have wondered why Trek opted to go to a high pivot and run two idlers? Well, with Trek’s other bikes creeping up in capability and riders wanting to go faster and bigger, it seems many brands are making their bikes bigger and burlier, and of course, more high-pivoty. Trek Slash engineer, Matt Yerke told us that even though the bike’s 70% focused on DH performance, they took time to keep it versatile and pedal-friendly, as a mountain bike should be. Did they deliver? We’ll see down below.

BUILD SPECS AND VALUE  

With bikes starting at $4,399 and going up to $11,499, our Slash 9.9 X0 AXS sits on the higher end of the spectrum at $9,399 and comes with a dialed spec. If we were spending our own money however, we’d likely be checking out the Slash 9 or Slash 9.8 XT models.

Chain Drop Service Bulletin and Notes from Trek

We published this How To Video to address some of the popularized videos and comments talking about chain drop on the new Trek Slash. After publishing this video and seeing all the comments, we reached out to Trek as it had us reconsidering our official stance on the long-term review you’re about to see below. The statement below from Trek, which we are taking as truthful, made us feel better and also aligned with our notions of what we’ve observed. Trek passed our concern around their Customer and Dealer Service teams and below is a small excerpt.

“First off, Trek Bicycles and I would like to acknowledge that it is frustrating to buy a nice new bike that doesn’t work exactly like it should out of the box. Luckily however, it has been a very small number of people affected and thankfully they have been far less upset than what online commenters may have you believe.

Trek’s customer service team has actually received way more calls about internet comments talking about chain drop than actual Slash owners who are experiencing the issue. We have found that a handful of riders said the fix did not entirely solve their dropping issues. We have sent out early units of our updated idler wheel to that handful of riders, one of which is Ryan Howard, who has been spending a ton of time on his Slash. We’ve been pleased to hear that those riders are no longer having any drop issues.

These will ship to dealers at no cost for any Slash owners who want to get one.” – Ross Rushin // MTB Product Manager

When evaluating the new Gen 6 Trek Slash 9.9 X0 AXS against the previous generation Slash and current offerings from other brands in this genre, the Slash commands attention. As with any purpose-built product, the things that make it excel can also alienate or turn off others. I’m traditionally not a huge fan of high pivot bikes, though I’ve grown to like mid-high pivot bikes for certain applications. Rocky Mountain’s Powerplay eBike and the Trek Session , which we reviewed last year, are two examples of mid-high pivot bikes that I like quite a bit.

Chances are you’ve already heard the touted claims of high pivot bikes since they’ve been so heavily marketed over the last couple of years, so we’ll save you the pitch. What is undeniable though, is that they can charge over terrain and obstacles a bit better than other designs, but only if they are tuned and designed well. We have ridden some high pivots that don’t really improve much, but suffer the downsides of a high pivot, but we’re happy to report that Trek has avoided this ill fate.

SETUP | Setting up The Trek Slash was one of the easier tasks of the year. It required almost zero tuning, customization or tinkering with to feel amazing. If you’ve read our older Trek reviews, you may recall us being a bit critical about the tune being a bit too mellow, which led to heavier or more aggressive riders needing to add maximum volume reducers or going our route, contacting Fox Shox to weasel a Trek Factory Racing tuned shock, which did wonders for the bike. This is no longer an issue as Trek seem to have finally identified that if they’re going to design an aggressive bike for aggressive riders, they need to have a shock and tune that are ready for it.

The most time-consuming part of our review bike’s set up was removing the one-piece Bontrager bar and stem combo unit and replacing it with our favorite OneUp Components Ebar and stem. This resulted in a better body position and way less hand fatigue.

DESCENDING | Trek has done a great job of making the new Slash’s suspension absolutely devour hits of all sizes. The RockShox Vivid Ultimate rear shock only compliments the insane capability of the Slash’s rear end. It is possibly the smoothest, best feeling rear suspension I’ve felt in a while. For me, a rider who loves smashing, gapping and floating rough, chunky downhill trails, it offers a very nice platform for support and control, but gets out of the way offering a bottomless and smooth feel. I could have been tricked into thinking a coil shock was mounted out back based on the composure and smoothness.

When it comes to downhill performance, the Trek Slash may be the best descending mountain bike we rode in 2023! It absolutely shreds trails with ease and begs to go faster. Whether we were lapping blown-out end of season bike park trails or remote backcountry downhills, the Slash leads the way. In fact, we can’t think of any bikes that aren’t downhill bikes that we’d want to ride in a bike park more than the Slash. The speed this bike carries, composure over braking bumps, big and little hits as well as the way it corners make it a really impressive machine.

The downside is, the compliance combined with the weight, makes this bike a little bit tougher to jib on smaller features at slower speeds. It absolutely still gets off the ground and is fun to play on, it just requires a bit more muscle to get it up and tweaked. Granted, this rocket ship wasn’t designed with lower speeds in mind, and it shows with a list of Personal Records that our various testers achieved.

Another downside is that the bike does have more stuff to go wrong. Whether you’re one of the unlucky riders dropping chains – which we did three times before the service bulletin addressed the issue – or not, more moving parts, extra chain links, and more nooks and crannies all mean more chances for things to go wrong.

CLIMBING | Along with the above concerns, the climbing performance of the Gen 6 Slash certainly isn’t what its outgoing sibling offered. Since taking possession of the Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS we’ve had four riders put time on it. Two of which owned previous generation Trek Slashes. All riders agreed, like Trek claims, this bike is a definite 70/30 bike, and the climbing performance is tolerable in certain situations like fire roads and smoother trails, but can be a struggle on more steep, technical trails with larger obstacles that want to eat your momentum.

The weight is noted, and while the drag may be a claimed 3%, it felt a bit closer to 10% in practice. That could be exacerbated by the lengthening rear end – yes, the same thing that makes high pivots so great, also works against it.

It’s been a while since we graduated but, we think someone smart once said something about actions having reactions, but we didn’t pay close attention in school so maybe we’re making it up. Either way, when speeds are low, the grade steep and effort high, we found that the rear end could “stall” as we tried to pedal over roots or rocks, sucking our energy and momentum in the process. Much the way the rear end grows to get up and out of the way of an impact while descending, as you climb and hit an obstacle, the front continues to creep up the hill as you grind away at the pedals. However, the rear wheel goes backwards before going up and that delay can make it feel like you’re pedaling harder to get up and over that obstacle, which means more energy and slower times. Of course, this bike wasn’t designed to race up the hill, it’s meant to go down. If your energy is spent on the way up, however, it could be worth considering you may be more fatigued when that race timer starts.

FINISH AND VALUE | Now, as amazing as the bike is, we did in fact drop the chain three times over the six-month test period we had. Since the repair, we didn’t drop the chain, however we only had a few rides on it before winter hit, so we can’t say with 100% confidence it’s gone, but we are pretty certain that with the updated spacing and especially the new idler wheel, we’d be in good shape. You may want to wait until the updated idlers hit, hopefully February of 2024, but in the meantime the chain dropping issue may not be quite as bad as commenters may have you believing.

The rest of the bike is a nicely put together package. Trek paint had some years known for being a bit, soft we’ll call it, and while it’s still not as durable as we’d like, it’s a lot better. Though we’d recommend a frame wrap, of course, we’d recommend that on any bike, so maybe not a surprise there. If you stop, look closely and examine the details of this bike, it does look very nice, has quality bits, nice hardware and a very classy overall appearance. Trek have done a nice job making this a drool-inducing bike.

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Price: $9,399 Weight: 36.4lbs Website: Trekbikes.com

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Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 review | Enduro Bike of the Year contender

Trek’s high-pivot, big-travel Slash 8 boasts good value and promises a lot on the trail

Laurence Crossman-Emms / Our Media

Robin Weaver

Composed feel at speed; climbs really well; great geometry; shock tunes helps it feel lively and playful; solid spec for the money

Tyres struggle in mud and aren’t tough enough; fork requires careful tuning to compensate for performance limitations

Trek has historically done well in our Enduro Bike of the Year category, with the Slash taking top honours back in 2021.

The latest Slash Gen 6 frames feature a high-pivot suspension design to deliver the 170mm of rear-wheel travel, come with a mixed-wheel setup as standard and offer up plenty of suspension and geometry adjustment.

On top of that, the new Slash also gets the standard lower, longer and slacker treatment in a bid to make this a genuine World enduro race winner.

The Slash 8 is the cheapest of the seven-bike Gen 6 line-up, uses an aluminium frame and comes with some solid parts from the likes of Shimano and Fox.

Although it's the cheapest of the eight bikes in my Enduro Bike of the Year test, it really packs a punch on the trail, with a ride that stands out for all the right reasons.

It’s sprightlier than expected and more playful too, but get stuck into the really rough stuff and it’s impressive just how well the rear end smooths out the trail.

Push too hard, though, and some of the spec choices start to hold this otherwise impressive rig back.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 frame and suspension details

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

The Slash 8 Gen 6 is made from Trek’s Alpha Platinum Aluminium, sports a plethora of rubberised driveside frame protection to help quieten chain slap and has under-belly guards to fend off rock strikes.

High-pivot designs are nothing new to Trek (the Diesel downhill bike was released more than 20 years ago), though they tend not to feature on bikes that need to be pedalled a lot.

That’s all changed with the latest Slash Gen 6 frame, which – you guessed it – now sports a high main pivot.

The bike continues to use Trek’s ABP (Active Braking Pivot) suspension layout, which sees the chain and seatstay pivot concentric to the rear wheel axle. That equates to a single pivot with a linkage-actuated rear shock.

The high main pivot creates a rearward axle path, designed to deal better with momentum killing square-edge hits.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

In total, Trek says this moves a maximum of 18mm back from its starting point (growing the effective chainstay measurement) at around 135mm into the 170mm of rear-wheel travel before continuing to arc upwards and forwards for the remainder.

With 30 per cent sag, it’s estimated that the effective chainstay length will have increased by 11mm, sitting at around 440mm.

A massive upper idler helps to mitigate pedal kickback – a result of the rearward axle movement.

The lower idler cog is designed to take tension off the rear derailleur. This is not only to help it continue to shift properly and more efficiently, but to increase suspension sensitivity (because the lower section of the chain isn’t trying to extend the derailleur against its clutch mechanism).

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Sizes small through to large need a standard 126-link chain, while the XL requires an extra-long 128-link chain.

To ensure the Slash Gen 6 can work with a coil-sprung shock , there’s a flip chip in the lower shock mount that enables you to increase the level of progression across the 170mm of travel from 20 to 25 per cent.

There’s also some integrated down tube storage for stashing essentials out of the way.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 geometry details

Three quarter pack shot of the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Trek offers the Slash Gen 6 in small, medium, medium/large, large and extra-large sizes.

The size small comes with 27.5in wheel front and back, while all other sizes use a 29in front and 27.5in rear wheel as standard.

There’s the option to switch to a larger rear wheel, although you’ll need to purchase a different lower shock mount to do so (£29.99).

Likewise, if you’re keen on altering the head angle, Trek sells aftermarket angled headset cups (plus or minus 1 degree) for £27.49.

I measured the Slash 8 to sport a slack head angle of 63.4 degrees, with a front centre of 790mm.

The seat tube angle is steep at 77.7 degrees, and the effective top tube quite compact for a size medium at 578mm.

Reach isn’t the longest at 448mm, but thanks to the compact seat tube lengths (400mm on the medium) across the size range, many riders will be able to size up if they’re looking for a roomier ride.

On paper, the Slash’s chainstay length looks really short at 429mm, but remember, as the bike drops through its travel, the rear axle moves backwards, effectively increasing this figure.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 specification

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Trek has been smart with where it has spent the budget on the Slash 8.

Shimano XT gearing is great to see on this level of bike, and it’s no issue that this has been made possible in part thanks to the use of the lower-spec Deore crankset.

The brakes are also from Shimano, in the shape of Deore M6100 levers and four-piston M6120 calipers.

Taking care of the 170mm of travel at the front is a Fox 36 Rhythm fork, which uses the brand’s cheapest and most simplistic GRIP damper with limited adjustment compared to the pricier GRIP2 equivalent found on more expensive mountain bike forks .

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

This is matched to a Float X Performance rear shock.

In-house parts brand, Bontrager takes care of just about everything else, including the bar and stem. Unlike the pricier Slash 9.9 X0 AXS T-Type , it doesn’t use Trek's one-piece bar and stem, which is a plus in my eyes.

Bontrager also provides the wheels and XR5 Team Issue tyres.

All in, the medium Slash 8 Gen 6 on test weighed 17.01kg without pedals.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 ride impressions

Male rider in purple top riding the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

I tested the Slash 8 on a wide variety of trails dotted around the Forest of Dean, South Wales and BikePark Wales.

These spanned from flowy jump lines through to hand-cut, steep, technical, natural descents, along with plenty of high-speed, rough-and-ready bike park tracks thrown in for good measure.

This enabled me to develop a thorough understanding of what the Slash 8 is good at and where it struggles.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 setup

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Setup was quite straightforward, settling on 30 per cent sag for my 68kg weight with 147psi in the spring and the rebound damping left fully open. However, the fork became more of a puzzle as time progressed.

Initially, I settled on 71psi in the fork’s air spring, with only a couple of clicks of rebound damping wound on (from fully open). This offered masses of comfort and a decent level of traction.

As time went by and I felt more comfortable on the Trek, I had to increase the spring pressure and rebound damping to try to raise the level of support on offer.

I finished with 75.5psi in the air spring and no volume spacers.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 climbing performance

Male rider in purple top riding the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

The Trek’s seated position is upright and comfortable, thanks to the steep seat tube angle.

It’s not particularly stretched out, though, due to the relatively short effective top tube and stumpy 35mm stem.

I wasn’t ever uncomfortable and didn’t feel cramped, but I noticed that compact position occasionally when scaling steeper, technical inclines. At 172cm, I think I could comfortably go up a frame size and negate these issues, though.

However, that’s not the headline here. What takes all the attention is how well this long-travel big hitter pedals.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Get cranking and the rear shock stays spookily still while you tick off the vertical metres. It helps that the tyres roll pretty quickly, too, limiting drag and injecting a bit of get up and go into proceedings.

With so little movement from the back end, you can leave the shock’s low-speed compression lever well alone because you don’t need it.

On every climb I tried, the Slash 8 felt the sprightliest and most energetic when pointed uphill, which is quite surprising considering its weight. It’s only when faced with soft mud that progress is stifled, due to the rear tyre lacking enough bite to generate grip and spinning up easier than others.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 descending performance

Male rider in purple top riding the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

That energetic feel translates instantly to the trail when descending, too.

Trek has nailed the rear shock tune with this bike, producing a seriously capable bump gulper that helps generate traction when needed, but never sucks the fun out of even the tamest of tracks.

The fast-rolling tyres play a part in all of this, but the comfortable, well-balanced suspension helps the Slash remain playful, agile and, most importantly, fun when skimming through undulations and gapping rollers.

Speed seems to come easily, even when boosting in and out of slow-paced turns. Pick-up from the rear hub is quick and dumping gears quickly thanks to the precise XT shifter and derailleur is rapid when you find yourself wanting to inject even more speed to proceedings.

Square-edge what?

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Pummel into faster, rougher sections of trail and the back end of the Slash really starts to shine.

The high-pivot design does a great job of scalping the peaks of the ugliest square-edge hits, helping you to stay online and composed at speed.

It’s this sensation that builds confidence and encourages you to ride faster. However, this is when you’ll start to reach the limits of the fork and tyres.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

The Fox 36 Rhythm fork, with its GRIP damper, is one of the comfiest suspension forks on the market. But push it hard and you’ll be left puzzling over how to best balance that comfort with support.

My initial starting point delivered a beautifully supple ride, but lacked support when riding faster tracks, causing the front end to drop away with higher-load compressions and landings, and upsetting overall balance.

Upping the spring pressure and adding volume spacers helps here, but reduces overall comfort. The basic compression dial doesn’t exactly enable fine-tuning.

To unlock the full potential of the Slash 8, you’d be best to get the fork professionally tuned (roughly £120 for a service, plus £50 for custom tuning) so it can better handle being ridden hard without compromising that impressive comfort too much.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Similarly, I found myself incrementally adding pressure to the tyres , too, because they’re not as supportive or as tough as the best mountain bike tyres . This was largely because I found myself burping the rear tyre all too easily.

Thanks to the supple suspension, I didn’t find this to impact comfort too much, but you can feel the effects in terms of traction, especially when tackling anything remotely wet.

Swapping to your preferred tyre combo from the get-go should be high on your to-do list. You might want to ditch the chunky, wide-diameter grips while you’re at it.

Mega momentum

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

Despite those niggles, I never failed to have fun riding the Slash 8 and was always impressed by how well it could maintain speed.

On rough, high-speed tracks littered with rocks ready to sap your speed, the Trek always managed to retain incredible pace.

The back end beavers away tirelessly to isolate you from the worst impacts, enabling you to remain centred on the bike and focused on your line.

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

When speed started to dwindle, I had sufficient support, enabling me to pump undulations and compression in a bid to boost speed. However, I’d argue the Slash isn’t as direct and punchy in that sense as some of its rivals.

The geometry isn’t as lengthy or as raked out as some, but it still feels a confident bike to ride, even more so if you swap to grippier tyres.

Through the turns, the low 340mm bottom bracket helps to keep things suitably stable, while the suspension tracks the terrain almost effortlessly.

How does the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 compare?

Transition Spire Alloy NX

As the second most expensive bike within the Enduro Bike of the Year test, I’m going to compare the Slash 8 to the Transition Spire Alloy NX.

The Spire costs £50 more and comes with the same rear shock and a Marzocchi Z1 fork with the same GRIP damper.

But while the Slash features pricier Shimano XT gearing, the Spire has SRAM’s NX Eagle transmission. This proved to be clunkier and more problematic to keep running smoothly after months of riding in grim conditions.

The Spire suffers from the same fork issues as the Slash – impressive comfort but lacking in high-speed support when you really start pushing the bike.

Both bikes climb well, but the Slash feels a little punchier when grinding its way uphill.

On the descents, while the Spire offers a smooth ride, it can’t quite compete with the supple high-pivot bump-eating back end of the Slash.

The Slash is, overall, a comfier ride, too, with more feedback coming through the front end of the Spire when battering through repeated hits.

Enduro Bike of the Year 2024 | How we tested

The expectations resting on the shoulders of any enduro bike couldn’t be heavier. Creating a bike capable of tackling just about any trail revolves around smart choices and compromise.

In the simplest terms, enduro riding and racing is all about winching your way up to the top of a hill or mountain, then tackling an often-challenging descent.

These bikes are designed to excel at downhills.

How a bike handles the climb isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to overall performance, but pedalling efficiency and seated geometry still need to be factored in.

When it comes to geometry, we’re looking for stability and composure, but without dulling playfulness and agility.

A balanced suspension system creates a stable ride, but engineers also need to factor in the right amount of support for the rider to push against when pumping the terrain, and enough sensitivity to ensure the tyres can maximise traction on just about any surface.

Over a three-month period, all the bikes in this category were ridden back-to-back, as well as in different orders, in a bid to eke out every difference between them.

The trails in question varied from steep, natural downhill tracks and forest singletrack through to the high speeds and hefty impacts of BikePark Wales.

Our Enduro Bike of the Year contenders

  • Santa Cruz Megatower C R
  • Transition Spire Alloy NX
  • Ibis HD6 XT
  • Kona Process X CR
  • Marin Alpine Trail XR
  • YT Capra 29 Core 4
  • Cube Stereo One77 C:68X TM 29
  • Trek Slash 8 Gen 6

Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 bottom line

Male rider in purple top riding the Trek Slash 8 Gen 6 full suspension mountain bike

The Trek is a seriously smooth operator and really impressive for the cash.

Supple, well-balanced suspension and some really solid gear choices make it a formidable bike on the hills.

The fact that it has so much travel and a high-pivot, but climbs like a much lighter, shorter-travel machine is a massive bonus.

Push hard and the fork can’t keep up with the shock – and lacks the same level of composure at really high speeds. Meanwhile, the tyres are best suited to trail-centre pootling rather than full-on enduro riding and racing.

Swap the tyres and get the fork tuned to optimise performance and the Slash 8 Gen 6 will be an absolute rocket ship on the toughest of trails.

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Trek Slash Review | A totally one-of-a-kind custom bike build

The not-so-minor details.

Trek Slash 8

Trek Bicycles Australia

https://www.trekbikes.com

$3,312 AUD (frame only)

Last year saw Trek pull the wrappers off of its all-new Slash enduro bike. Featuring a redesigned chassis with in-built downtube storage, the 2021 Trek Slash received a whole suite of updates, including a brand new rear shock that was codeveloped alongside RockShox. Our two testers, Ben & Dan, were thoroughly impressed with the supple suspension and the bike’s ability to monster-truck its way through horrendously rocky and technical terrain. However, it was the Slash’s agility that was the real surprise, giving it an approachable and easy-to-manage demeanour on less gnarly singletrack. Despite its EWS-level capabilities, the Slash is a proper all-rounder.

The bike we tested prior to the official launch was the top-end Slash 9.9 X01. However, Trek offers three other models beneath it, with the Slash 7 being the cheapest option at $4,999 AUD. For those who want to build something a little different, there’s also the option to buy the Slash frameset.

And that’s exactly what Ben decided to do.

2021 trek slash 9.8 x01 holden commodore ss ute

Going Off-Script With The Trek Slash

But first, allow us to introduce you to our fellow Flow Frother.

Ben is a full-time bike shop guru, a skilled mechanic, and an appreciator of very robust IIPAs. With some three decades of riding and bike industry experience behind him, he’s also a talented and discerning rider, with an infectious enthusiasm for geeking out on new bike tech, while simultaneously being a connoisseur of fine retro collectables. Notable highlights in the shed include a Klein Mantra, Shimano Airlines groupset and a Manitou X-Vert Carbon. Not that Mick is jealous or anything.

After being thoroughly impressed with the Slash 9.9 X01, Ben heard through the grapevine that Trek Australia would be bringing in a very limited number of Slash framesets into the country. One impulse-purchase later, and a Slash 8 frame was on order.

To assemble his custom Slash, Ben’s chosen an eclectic build kit that is comprised of a variety of components that he’s been testing for Flow, along with a few parts that were purchased specifically for this bike. The build hasn’t stayed still either – a number of components have already been swapped around in search of the perfect setup, and there are a few upgrades planned for the future too.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck into the build and Ben’s impressions of this one-of-a-kind Trek Slash and some of the parts strapped to it.

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The heart of any bike is the frame, so let’s start there Ben. Why did you go for the Slash?

Well I had been hankering after a big bike for a while after many years of riding XC and trail bikes. I used to ride and race a lot of DH in my younger days and have never quite been able to let it go! The Slash just had this great mix of playfulness and agility, whilst also being able to just steamroll through techy sections and feel very planted and confidence inspiring. It’s super fun to ride.

I opted for a frame only option as by the time I had decided to order one, only a few days after the official release, the complete bikes had already been snapped up! Lead times on the second shipment of complete bikes was far too long for my impatient nature so I sourced a frame before they all disappeared.

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Did you choose the alloy frame specifically over the carbon option?

I never really considered the carbon option as I wanted a bike that I could be less delicate with and worry less about when tackling the extremely rocky local trails we have here. The added weight didn’t phase me, I have other bikes that are light and fast uphill, and that’s not what I bought the Slash for. The alloy Slash 8 frame (and complete bike) are perhaps the sweet spot in the Slash line up as it shares the same Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate Thru Shaft shock that you’ll find on the more posh carbon 9.8 and 9.9 models. This shock is a big part of why the Slash handles as well as it does, so it’s cool to see it offered on the alloy frame as quite often alloy models receive a more basic shock.

The alloy frame sells for nearly half of the carbon frame option with the same shock.

As with the carbon frames, the alloy Slash still gets the new downtube storage accessed by a trapdoor under the bottle cage, adjustable geometry via the Mino Link and generous downtube protection. Price was also a consideration. I already own a… ahem …not insignificant amount of expensive bikes so there wasn’t much scope for a full on enduro dream machine. The alloy frame sells for nearly half of the carbon frame option with the same shock. I’m never going to be at the pointy end of an enduro race so the alloy option was a bit of a no brainer.

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That Trust fork is absolutely bonkers! Why the heck is that on there?

Ah, yes, the elephant in the room! The Shout is the second fork from the now COVID coma-induced Trust Performance. Trust was founded by three industry veterans, most notably the hugely influential Dave Weagle. Both Trust fork models, the 130mm Message and the 178mm Shout are linkage driven forks made almost entirely of carbon fibre and feature an air spring in each leg and a three-position damper unit in one leg.

Linkage driven forks are nothing new but these are perhaps the first to really benefit from the engineering flexibility of modern carbon fibre, while adding in intricately adjustable dampers and air springs.

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I really feel the Trust forks are one of those products that, whilst not perfect, has perhaps paved the way for others to try something different.

I actually didn’t intend on building the Slash with the Trust Shout fork to begin with. I had a perfectly nice set of Lyrik Ultimates ready to go but the Trust came up for sale on the second hand market just as I was finishing the build, and I couldn’t say no! I have the shorter travel Trust Message fork on another bike and love it, so I was really keen to see how the 178mm Shout fork would feel.

I’m drawn to the more outlandish bicycle and component designs as these are what can push the envelope of what we currently ride and the way we think about bike and component design. I think that’s one of the reasons I have such a love for vintage mountain bikes. There was so much experimentation back in the day and lack of concern about what company shareholders would think. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of mis-steps but they have all in some way shaped the pretty amazing mountain bike and parts we ride now. I really feel the Trust forks are one of those products that, whilst not perfect, has perhaps paved the way for others to try something different.

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You’ve since fitted a more conventional telescopic fork. How’s the performance in comparison?

Yeah I’ve now fitted a 170mm 2020 Lyrik Ultimate upgraded with the new C1 Debonair spring . It has really changed the way the bike behaves in a number of ways.

Instantly noticeable was the improvement in small bump sensitivity, particularly on very rocky, slower sections of trail, both uphill and downhill. The main weakness of the Trust fork was its climbing performance, admittedly not the designers’ biggest concern when making the fork but worth mentioning. The Trust fork tends to sit really high in its travel, raising the front of the bike and making slow, technical, rock-strewn climbs particularly tough going. The Lyrik is much plusher off the top, which naturally tends to lower the front end as you shift your weight forward. The initial suppleness also does a better job of soaking up momentum robbing rocks that can be the difference between cleaning a tech climb or not.

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The difference between the forks when the terrain points down is interesting. I felt the Trust shines on high speed flow trails, where the stiffness and lateral rigidity of the huge carbon legs allows you to corner and carry speed in a way that makes you feel as though you could give Greg Minnaar a run for his money! The Lyrik still feels great in comparison on this type of descent but doesn’t quite give you the confidence to really let go on the corners like the Trust does.

When the descents become more technical and rocky the Trust does not feel as composed as the Lyrik, there is definitely a lot more feedback through the bars. The Lyrik does a better job of smoothing out the trail but the Trust feels faster and as though it carries more momentum. The rearward axle path of the Trust’s initial stroke has a lot to do with this as the wheel can more quickly move out of the way of an incoming rock, minimising its effect on your forward motion. It will be interesting to go back to the Trust after some time on the Lyrik to see if it highlights any other differences.

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Let’s talk about the Crank Brothers Synthesis Alloy wheels; how have those held up?

Yeah, I’ve been testing out the entry level Crank Brothers Synthesis Alloy Enduro wheels, which sell for a reasonable $945 AUD and weigh in at 2,130g for the pair. Like the carbon versions, these wheels are designed and built differently front and rear to provide different ride qualities.

The front rim is 31.5mm internally compared to 29.5mm for the rear, the front also has 28 spokes where the rear has 32. Crank Brothers reckons the wider rim profile better supports a wider front tyre for cornering stability whilst also rounding the tyre’s profile, which again can help in the corners. The lower spoke count theoretically reduces front wheel stiffness a touch, potentially allowing a touch more compliance through choppy corners where an overly stiff front wheel can ping off rocks and ruts and leave you feeling sketchy.

The narrower rear rim is meant to better match up with a narrower, faster rolling rear tyre. The 32 spokes provide a laterally stiffer wheel, allowing more precise tracking through the corners.

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It’s especially noticeable on technical climbs, I found myself second guessing every pedal stroke when trying to pick a line over rocky climbs.

The wheels have held up pretty well, suffering only a minor ding to the rear rim. This is no slight on the rims though, our trails are very rocky and I’m sure any alloy rim would have sustained some damage. Overall the wheels felt fine, not too flexy, not too stiff. This could be down to the difference in stiffness Crank Brothers reckon it has designed into the wheels, but this is hard to quantify.

The major issue for me with these wheels is the sluggish engagement of the rear hub. It’s 17 degrees, which is very slow, and I reckon for a nearly a $1000 wheelset these days is unforgivable. It’s especially noticeable on technical climbs, I found myself second guessing every pedal stroke when trying to pick a line over rocky climbs.

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On the plus side the wheels are built with readily available J-bend spokes, external nipples and easily sourced cartridge bearings meaning they will be easy to maintain and live with. However, replacement rims aren’t particularly cheap at $195 AUD each. This is definitely worth factoring in if you are a frequent rim muncher.

My overall verdict on the Synthesis Enduro alloy is that they could really benefit from a higher-engaging freehub to be competitive with other wheels out there at this price point, or they need to come down in price. Whilst the differing ride qualities built into the front and rear is a nice concept, I personally haven’t found the benefits noticeable enough on the trail to justify the price or overcome the drawbacks of the rear hub.

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Now you’re on the carbon Bontrager Line Pro 30 wheels. How do they compare?

After riding the Synthesis wheels, I then fitted a set of Bontrager Line Pro 30s. These sell for considerably more at $1,999 AUD, but they’re also lighter at 1,881g for the set, including rim strips and valves (you can get the full tech rundown on these wheels in our separate tech feature here ).

When I swapped wheels, I kept the same tyres and overall setup for the whole bike, in order to isolate the performance differences as accurately as possible. And in comparison, they feel great, lighter and more direct on the trail. They are 250 grams lighter than the Crank Brothers wheels, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it is definitely noticeable. The carbon rims add to the feeling of directness, without feeling harsh or chattery like some carbon wheels can (like previous generation Bontrager carbon wheels).

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The rear hub features the Rapid Drive 108 freehub mechanism, which offers 3.3 degrees of engagement. This is super fast, especially when compared to the 17 degrees on offer from the Crank Brothers wheels.

Bontrager claims that the rims found on the new Line Pro 30s are the strongest it has ever tested . We’ll have to take this with a grain of salt as testing is obviously done in house. Bontrager does back all of its carbon wheels with a lifetime warranty and a 2 year “ no questions asked ” crash replacement policy though. Damage your carbon wheels within a 2 year period and Bontrager will replace them. This is increasingly common in the carbon wheel market these days but still pretty cool to have that peace of mind when purchasing.

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Would you recommend either wheelset over the other?

I prefer the Bontrager wheels over the Crank Brothers but they are twice the price, so it’s not a fair comparison. I personally love the direct and lively feel of a stiff carbon wheelset. These qualities worked well with the Slash’s super supple rear suspension as the wheels could handle the speed I found myself entering with into chunky rock gardens and off-camber sections.

By comparison the Crank Brothers wheels didn’t feel as positive or stiff. This could actually be a good thing though, particularly for lighter riders or those on hardtails who are looking for a bit more compliance from their wheels. I’d personally like to see a quicker-engaging freehub, but if you’re not so bothered by that, they’re a solid set of hoops for under a grand.

It’s worth mentioning the Bontrager wheelset that sits below the Line Pro 30, the Line Elite 30. These wheels are $1,499 AUD and feature the same Rapid Drive 108 hub internals and the same warranty support, but are built with slightly heavier carbon rims and J-Bend spokes. The Line Elite wheels are only 130 grams heavier, and in my mind would be worth considering when looking for an off-the-shelf wheelset.

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What tyres are you currently using?

I’ve been running a Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 2.5in up front and a Maxxis Dissector EXO+ 2.4in on the rear, both with the 3C Maxx Terra rubber compound. The Minion DHF weighs in at 1,065 grams, but while the Dissector is meant to have a heavier duty EXO+ casing, it’s actually quite a bit lighter at 925 grams.

The Minion DHF, as we all know, is superb and provides a ton of confidence up front. The Dissector certainly rolls well for an aggressive tyre but hasn’t given me the confidence that the Minion did. The Dissector did also suffer a ride-ending pinch-flat after sustaining a big hole on the bead and through the top of the casing. I’m not hard on tyres so this was a bit disappointing. If you’re a certified tyre shredder then consider the tougher Double Down casing, particularly on the rear tyre. That’s exactly what I’ll be ordering shortly!

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You’ve been testing the Shimano Deore 1×12 drivetrain too. Give us the lowdown on your experience so far.

Listen up bike snobs (myself included) – Shimano Deore 12 speed is bloody amazing, seriously impressive! The shift quality is superb, particularly when shifting into harder gears as it uses the same HG+ cassette design as SLX, XT and XTR 12 speed groupsets. I ride the XTR 12 speed groupset on my XC bike and honestly the difference between this and the Deore groupset is so small. The shifter feels a touch softer and a little less positive than XTR but the actual difference in shift quality is negligible.

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I do miss the multiple upshift offered by XT and XTR shifters but if you’ve never ridden with this it won’t be an issue. It has not given me a mis-shift or any cause for concern since it’s been fitted to the Slash, its performance is outstanding, especially considering the cost of the entire groupset is less than the cost of a cassette from a top-tier groupset from either Shimano or SRAM.

I think in the long term I would consider upgrading the cranks and the cassette as these components are pretty heavy. Changing to XT cranks and cassette for example would save nearly 300 grams without sacrificing any strength or durability (for confirmed weights and a closer look at the full Deore M6100 groupset, check out our detailed tech feature here ).

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What about the Deore M6120 brakes?

The Deore four-piston brakes have been impressive with good power and modulation. Fitting and set up is simple and straightforward, and the bleed process is the same as all current Shimano models. I’ve paired them with Shimano XT Ice Tech 180mm rotors front and rear.

Modulation on Shimano’s four-piston brakes is improved over their less powerful two-piston models, and there’s a really nice power progression as you move through the lever stroke. The lever feel was consistent throughout the test, with none of the wandering bite point that some Shimano models have had a problem with.

I will say that the stock resin pads didn’t quite give the bite that and power that I was used to from sintered metal pads though. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anywhere that had stock of sintered Shimano pads to suit these Deore callipers, and it’s worth noting that the finned pads for the four-piston XT and SLX brakes are not compatible with these Deore callipers.

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One of our main suppliers at the shop had just started doing Galfer pads and rotors so I’ve since fitted a pair of the standard compound pads, which made a big difference to braking power and firmed up the lever feel at the bite point. For anyone with Shimano brakes who’s looking for more power over the stock resin brake pads, I can highly recommend upgrading to some sintered or semi-metallic pads.

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Tell us about the rest of your bike’s cockpit setup.

I’m running a 45mm long Bontrager stem, which clamps a 35mm One Up carbon bar with 20mm of rise. I’ve cut these down from 800mm to 780mm. Currently I’m riding the ODI Elite Flow grips and a 180mm travel OneUp dropper, which is paired to the Shimano dropper lever.

The OneUp bar is super comfortable due to its flattened, oval shape that allows some vertical flex whilst still retaining fore and aft stiffness. They are a huge improvement over the PRO Tharsis carbon bars I initially built the bike with, those things are really stiff, and I found them to be quite harsh.

The dropper has also been top-notch, though I’m not in love with the Shimano lever. It works fine, and the textured paddle is nice, though the return spring requires more thumb force every time you press the paddle, and the physical position of the paddle is too close to the grips. Some further adjustability, or just a bit more clearance between the paddle and the grip would be nice.

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What do you love most about it?

As I mentioned before, the bike’s ability to feel lively, and chuckable whilst still feeling planted and stable when needed, is a great quality. The rear shock and shock tune is superb as well, really smooth and supple at the top off the top, supportive in the mid stroke and ramps up nicely at the end of the travel.

I also really like the Knock Block steering limiter, which has been essential in previous generations to stop the fork crown slamming into the downtube. With the new Slash, this is no longer needed but it still prevents brakes and shifters whacking your top tube in a crash. This also allows you to run nice tidy cables and brake hoses without worrying about them getting damaged in a crash when the bars try to fully rotate. The turning radius on the Knock Block has been increased over the previous generation, it also comes with a replacement chip to allow for complete removal, if you feel like trying to channel your inner Brandon Semenuk!

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Any other changes on the horizon?

I’d like to try and squeeze a 200-210mm travel dropper post in there if possible, just to get the saddle more out of the way on some of the really steep sections. To help minimise rock strikes I’ll probably switch to 170mm crank arms. Only the 175mm arms were available at the time of launch, and while they haven’t been a huge issue, any reduction in your pedals smacking into rocks is a plus. I’ll probably switch to a Wolf Tooth dropper remote at some stage too.

In the longer term I’d love to give the Vorsprung Secus a go on the Lyrik Ultimate. The Secus is essentially an enlarged negative air spring that actually sits outside of the fork at the base of the lower leg. It’s supposed to give your air fork a “ coil like feel” in the top 2/3rd of the travel whilst providing a more gentle ramp up at the end of the travel.

The only other more immediate change will be an Absolute Black oval chainring, as I bloody love those things. I’ve used them for years now on almost every bike I own, I find they really help smooth out power delivery on steep, loose pinches, which helps prevent a loss of traction at a critical moment. I’ve ridden them for so long that normal round rings feel a bit weird!

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Ben’s Custom Trek Slash 8 Specs

  • Frame |  Alpha Platinum Alloy, ABP Suspension Design, 160mm Travel
  • Fork | RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, Charger RC2 Damper, 42mm Offset, 170mm Travel
  • Shock |  RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, Thru-Shaft 3-Position Damper, 230×62.5mm
  • Wheels | Bontrager Line Pro 30, Carbon Rims, 30mm Inner Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Maxx Terra 2.5WT Front & Dissector EXO+ 3C Maxx Terra 2.4WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | Shimano Deore 1×12 w/Deore 32T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette
  • Brakes | Shimano Deore 4-Piston w/180mm Rotors
  • Bar | OneUp Carbon, 35mm Diameter, 20mm Rise, 780mm Wide
  • Stem | Bontrager Line, Knock Block, 45mm Length
  • Grips | ODI Elite Flow Lock-On
  • Seatpost | OneUP Dropper, 34.9mm Diameter, 180mm Travel
  • Saddle | Bontrager Kovee Elite
  • Size Tested | Large
  • Confirmed Weight | 15.75kg (without pedals)
  • RRP | $3,312 AUD (Frame & Shock)

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2024 Trek Slash

Wheel Size:

  • Size Small: 27.5’’
  • Sizes Medium through XL: 29’’ front / 27.5’’ rear (29’’ compatible)

Travel: 170 mm rear / 170 mm front

Geometry Highlights:

  • Sizes offered: S, M, M/L, L, XL
  • Headtube angle: 63.3° (Default setting, adjustable)
  • Seat tube angle: ~77° (Varies by size and geometry setting)
  • Reach: 488 mm (size Large)
  • Chainstay length: 434 mm (size Large)

Frame Material: Aluminum and carbon fiber versions available

Price: Complete bikes: $4,400 to $11,500

Blister’s Measured Weight: 36.6 lb / 16.6 kg (Slash 9.8 GX, Large)

Reviewer: 6′, 170 lb / 183 cm, 77.1 kg

Test Duration: 3.5 months

Test Locations: Washington, British Columbia

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

The Slash has been a longstanding part of Trek’s lineup — dating back to the days of 26’’ wheels — as their long-travel Trail model and eventually their Enduro race bike once that category emerged.

The fifth-generation Slash debuted a little over three years ago now, so it isn’t a big surprise that a new version has now surfaced. However, some of the new design details suggest it’s a more substantial update than simply “half a degree slacker here, a few millimeters longer there.”

The prior-generation Slash was arguably a touch conservative in some aspects of its design and geometry even back when it launched, but you’d be hard-pressed to say the same about the new sixth-generation bike — it’s gotten a big overhaul in just about every facet, and there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here.

The Slash is now a 170mm-travel bike with a high-pivot layout — clear indications that it’s meant to be a big, gravity-oriented bike. But Trek makes it clear that they mean for the Slash to pedal well and climb efficiently, and say it’s intended to be confidence-inspiring for all sorts of riders on rugged descents, not a super game-on bike for only the hardest chargers out there. But what has Trek done to make that happen? Let’s check out the new Slash.

[And for a bunch more on the new Slash, including its design goals and how Trek went about achieving them, check out Ep.186 of our Bikes & Big Ideas Podcast with the lead engineer on the project, Matt Yerke.]

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

Like the fifth-generation Slash, the sixth-gen one is offered in your choice of an aluminum or carbon fiber frame, in sizes ranging from Small through XL with an ML snuck in the middle. It uses Trek’s longstanding ABP suspension layout — essentially a linkage-driven single pivot with a pivot between the chainstay and seatstay that’s located concentric to the dropout, to give a floating brake mount akin to a Horst link bike.

The big visual change is that the suspension layout has been reconfigured to feature a much higher main pivot, necessitating the use of an idler pulley to reign in the interaction between the rear suspension and chain forces, both in terms of anti-squat and pedal kickback. That idler pulley is on the larger side for high-pivot bikes (19 teeth) and is mounted to the chainstay substantially offset from the main pivot. This is in contrast to Trek’s Session DH bike, which mounts its idler concentric to the main pivot; that said, some of Trek’s athletes have been spotted riding what looks to be a prototype chainstay on the Session that moves the idler to a more Slash-like spot below and behind the main pivot.

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

Trek co-developed a lower chain guide specifically for high-pivot bikes, in collaboration with MRP, in order to increase chain wrap around the chainring, improve chain retention, and mitigate derailleur clutch movement (and in doing so, improve small-bump sensitivity from the suspension). That guide actually came out a while ago as the “MXg” and is designed specifically for high-pivot bikes such as the Slash. It includes an integrated bash guard and features a larger-than-average 14-tooth roller to reduce how much the chain has to flex, thereby keeping drivetrain drag to a minimum. It bolts to the lower two mounts of a set of ISCG-05 tabs (the Slash includes all three, though it’s not compatible with conventional upper chain guides due to the idler pulley); an integrated upper guide over the idler is included. The Slash is designed around a 55 mm chainline crank (as featured on SRAM’s new Transmission groupsets ) and uses a threaded bottom bracket shell. Despite the extra pair of pulleys, the Slash takes a standard 126-link chain in all sizes apart from the XL (which needs 128 links, due to its longer chainstays — more on those below).

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

[It’s not labeled in this graph, but Trek says that the published numbers are in a 30/21 gear ratio, with the center of gravity sitting 800 mm above the bottom bracket.]

A flip chip in the sixth-gen Slash’s lower shock mount toggles between two different leverage curve settings, producing either ~20% or ~25% of progression in generally straight lines. A 230 x 65 mm shock produces 170 mm of rear wheel travel and the funky through-shaft shock used on the prior-generation Slash is no more, replaced by a standard RockShox Vivid on most of the complete builds (more on those below). Air shocks are spec’d throughout, but Trek says coils work just fine, too.

Speaking of the lower shock mount, it’s a bolt-on part that can be swapped to toggle between a 27.5’’ and 29’’ rear wheel on the size Medium through XL frames, paired with a 29’’ front wheel. The Small frame gets 27.5’’ wheels at both ends to keep the stack height in check for shorter folks. Interestingly, all the builds and sizes (Small excepted) come in the mixed-wheel configuration, only, with the 29’’ shock mounts sold separately for folks who want to make that conversion.

To round out the frame adjustability, Trek also offers offset angle-adjusting headset cups to toggle between three different headtube angle settings, as previously seen on the Fuel EX and Fuel EXe Al. Bikes ship with the neutral cups installed; the offset ones are available separately. The upper cup is a drop-in installation, but the lower one is a press-in affair.

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

Trek was one of the first companies to offer in-frame storage on mountain bikes, and the new Slash continues the trend with a hatch under the water bottle mount on all frame sizes, in both the aluminum and carbon fiber frames. Cable routing is fully internal, with ports for the rear brake on both sides of the head tube, for folks who run their rear brake on the left side. The Slash features ample rubber guards on the chainstay, seatstay, and downtube, with the downtube guards bolting on for easy replacement should they get damaged. Trek says they’ve also applied a layer of an impact-resistant film underneath the paint on the carbon frames to further protect the frame from damage. A bolt-on rear fender is included as well, though Trek says it’s only compatible with a 27.5’’ rear wheel — there’s not enough clearance with a 29’’ one.

Trek specs the Slash with a 170mm-travel fork, but says that a single-crown fork up to 190 mm travel can be used if you want to go that route. Dual-crown forks, on the other hand, aren’t currently approved, though Trek says that they simply haven’t tested them enough to say for sure either way, so it’s possible they’ll be condoned at some point in the future. Trek has also done away with the Knock Block steering-limiting headset on the new Slash, and single-crown forks easily clear the downtube.

Fit & Geometry

Trek offers the Slash in five sizes, Small, Medium, ML, Large, and XL, with the reach ranging from 430 mm to 508 mm in roughly 20 mm increments. The headtube angle is 63.3° for the Medium frames on up (the Small steepens very fractionally to 63.5°). The effective seat tube angle is around 77° (varies slightly by size), with a still-pretty-steep 74° actual angle for the whole size range. There’s no kink in the seat tube on the new Slash, so dropper post insertion has been greatly improved — Trek says you can bottom a 200 mm post to the collar on a Medium frame. The chainstay lengths now vary by size, with the Small starting at 429 mm and the XL topping out at 439 mm; the Medium comes in at 429 mm, and the ML and Large share 434 mm stays.

All of those numbers are in the stock geometry configuration (i.e., neutral headset cup, mixed wheel sizes on Medium and larger sizes, dual-27.5’’ wheels on the Small). Going to a full 29’’ configuration on the sizes that support it steepens the headtube and seat tube by 0.2°, adds almost 6 mm to the chainstay length, and increases the reach by a couple of millimeters. Installing the offset headset cups either steepens the headtube angle by 0.8° or slackens it by 0.7° with fractional changes to the other geometry numbers.

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

[There’s a typo in Trek’s listed geometry charts, above — the reach on the XL frame in the mullet configuration should be 508.1 mm. And for the full range of charts, including with the offset headset options, check out Trek’s website.]

Those are really nice-looking numbers for a modern Enduro bike. If anything stands out as being a little bit unusual, it’s the fairly short chainstay lengths in the 27.5’’ rear-wheel settings. That said, it’s worth bearing in mind that the high-pivot layout and notably rearward axle path that it produces means that the Slash’s stays are substantially longer at sag, and continue to grow as it cycles deeper into the travel. That’s also why the chainstay length changes so much between the 27.5’’ and 29’’ rear-wheel configurations, and it’ll be interesting to see just how much the different rear-wheel options impact the ride of the Slash. We’ve got a set of the optional 29’’ rear wheel shock mounts for our test bike and will be finding out.

Trek offers the Slash in seven complete builds, with pricing ranging from $4,400 to $11,500. There’s a mix of SRAM and Shimano drivetrains in here, but apart from the entry-level Slash 8, all builds get some variant of a RockShox Vivid shock and ZEB fork (with the exact version varying by build tier). As per usual for Trek, builds with a whole number indicate aluminum frames, and “9.X” denotes a carbon one.

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT w/ Deore crank and SLX chain
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore 4-piston
  • Fork: Fox 36 Rhythm
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance
  • Wheels: Bontrager Line Comp 30
  • Dropper Post: Bontrager Line
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Transmission
  • Brakes: SRAM Code Bronze Stealth
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Select+
  • Shock: RockShox Vivid Select+
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston
  • Wheels: Bontrager Line Elite 30 Carbon
  • Dropper Post: Bontrager Line Elite
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X0 Transmission
  • Brakes: SRAM Code Silver Stealth
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate
  • Shock: RockShox Vivid Ultimate
  • Wheels: Bontrager Line Pro 30 Carbon
  • Dropper Post: RockShox Reverb AXS
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XTR w/ e*thirteen LG1 Carbon crank
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR 4-piston
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XX Transmission
  • Brakes: SRAM Code Ultimate Stealth

David Golay reviews the 2024 Trek Slash for BLISTER

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) The new Slash clearly looks to be a true, modern Enduro bike, with geometry and suspension numbers that should make it quite stable and composed at speed. But how versatile is the Slash, and how well does it pedal? Is it an ultra-planted sled of bike (a-la the Norco Range) or is it more well-rounded than that?

(2) How does the Slash stack up against many of the other high-pivot Enduro bikes that have been flooding the market of late, including the Norco Range , Forbidden Dreadnought , Nicolai Nucleon 16 , Cannondale Jekyll , Kavenz VHP 16 , Contra MC , and more?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Trek’s first high-pivot non-DH bike has been a long time in the making — check out Ep. 186 of Bikes & Big Ideas for a lot more on that, including how Trek considered making the Fuel EX a high-pivot. But it’s finally here, and the new Slash looks to be a compelling take on the genre. We’ve already been spending a lot of time on the Slash and will be logging a lot more miles on it in the months to come — stay tuned for our full review.

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On paper, the new Trek Slash looks like one of the more emphatically descending-oriented Enduro bikes out there, with 170 mm of travel at both ends and a high-pivot layout derived from their Session DH bike .

We’ve been spending a lot of the summer and fall on the new Slash, and it is indeed very stable, composed, and confidence-inspiring when going very fast on steep, rough trails. But is it just a big bruiser of a bike, or is it more versatile than its numbers might suggest? And how does it stack up against a bunch of the other Enduro bikes out there? The answers are pretty interesting.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

Fit & Sizing

Trek’s recommended sizing for the Slash puts me (6’ / 183 cm) squarely in the middle of the sizing band for the Large frame and outside of the overlapping regions for the M/L and XL sizes. That feels pretty on the money — I had an easy time getting comfortable on the Large Slash and wasn’t ever tempted to deviate from that size. If I were to make any changes to the Slash’s fit I might be tempted to bump up the stack height a little bit. Fortunately, the fork’s steerer tube came cut long enough to allow a hefty stack of spacers, and I wound up swapping out the stock bar for ride-quality reasons anyway (more on that in a minute); a 30 mm rise one suited me nicely.

The Slash’s seat tube is fairly steep (about 77° effective / 74° actual) and the pedaling position feels moderately compact relative to the roomy ~490 mm reach — pretty typical for a modern Enduro bike, but not to the point of feeling awkward on flatter climbs or anything like that.

I honestly don’t have a ton to say here — the Slash fits and feels pretty normal for a modern Enduro bike, and I mean that as a compliment. I had an easy time getting comfortable on it, without anything quirky or surprising going on. And given its relatively small 20 mm steps in reach between sizes, most folks should be able to find a size that works for them.

The Slash is a long-travel high-pivot bike, and even with its carbon fiber frame, carbon wheels, and not-super-heavy tires, our size Large Slash 9.8 GX review bike weighs in at 36.6 lb / 16.6 kg without pedals. Given that, I didn’t have the highest expectations for the Slash’s climbing performance when I first threw a leg over it, but it easily cleared the low bar I’d set in my head — the Slash pedals quite well for what it is. As is the case with pretty much every other ~170mm-travel Enduro bike out there, the Slash isn’t particularly interested in climbing quickly, relative to most shorter-travel “Trail” bikes, but if you’re okay with taking things a little easier and spinning (rather than sprinting) your way to the top, the Slash is impressively efficient.

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Even with the shock’s climb switch open, there’s not a ton of suspension movement under power, so long as you keep your pedal stroke reasonably smooth. The quite-firm climb switch on the RockShox Vivid adds a very solid platform if you want it. I found myself mostly not bothering with the climb switch very often — the Slash genuinely pedals quite well without it, and I found the loss of traction and comfort to rarely be worth the modest increase in efficiency. That said, I like the combination of a bike that doesn’t need a climb switch and a shock with a notably firm climb setting for the times you really want to eke out every bit of efficiency. I’m a big fan of how the Slash pedals.

As per usual for high-pivot bikes, the Slash does feel like its drivetrain efficiency falls off more quickly as the chain gets dirty and poorly lubed, relative to most bikes with a more conventional drivetrain layout. But provided that the chain isn’t too horrendously gritty and/or dry, the added drag from the extra couple of pulleys on the Slash feels modest. Straight out of the box, there was a bit of noticeable extra noise from the main idler pulley under pedaling, but that quieted down after a ride or two as things wore in, and the overall amount of drag from the Slash’s drivetrain feels very manageable.

The Slash is also a pretty good technical climber, especially from the standpoint of combining solid pedaling efficiency with very good rear-wheel traction under power. As is generally the case with long, low, slack bikes, the Slash can feel like a lot of bike to maneuver through rough, tight, ledge-y sorts of climbs, but it doesn’t feel unduly tough to manage in those circumstances — it just is a long, slack bike, and the tradeoffs there are typical of bikes with geometry numbers like that of the Slash. When things get really tight and awkward, a shorter-travel, more nimble bike is going to be easier to manage, but for the sorts of climbs where the main challenge is simply maintaining rear-wheel traction and keeping momentum, the Slash does quite well.

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Especially in the stock mixed-wheel-size configuration, I did find myself wanting a bigger chainring than the stock 30-tooth one — the 30 x 52 low gear combination, paired with a 27.5’’ rear wheel, felt too low to be useful in most circumstances, and on some of the steeper climbs around here, I found myself wanting a gear between first and second. It would, of course, be an easy fix to swap in a larger chainring if you end up feeling similarly, though I (at least partially) solved the issue by swapping in a 29’’ rear wheel for much of my time on the Slash — a setup that I wound up personally preferring mostly for handling reasons, as I’ll describe in more detail below.

While the Slash does a commendable job of getting to the top under human power, it’s a bike that’s meant for the trip back down. So:

The Slash is, unsurprisingly, quite composed and confidence-inspiring when it comes to riding steep, technical trails at speed. It’s stable and planted without being so glued to the ground that it’s all that difficult to “get light” on and skip over holes and rougher bits. It also carries speed quite well when given enough pitch and space to let the bike run a bit. None of that should come as a surprise for a 170mm-travel high-pivot bike. However, the Slash does an especially good job of doing all that smash-y big-bike stuff while also being impressively intuitive and comparatively manageable in slower, tighter spots and/or when you’re taking things easier.

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Of course, that’s all relative — the Slash is a long, slack, bike, and it’s not going to trick you into thinking you’re on a much more nimble, shorter-travel one when things get tight and awkward. But the Slash is very consistent and predictable, and that goes a long way toward making it easy to manage in a wide range of situations. The Slash’s braking performance is quite neutral, and it doesn’t have the same kinds of handling quirks that some bikes with ultra-rearward axle paths can display as the rear center (and therefore the balance point on the bike) changes wildly though the travel (e.g., the Forbidden Dreadnought ). The Slash is generally just very, very intuitive in both its handling and suspension performance.

Not needing to translate and react to what the bike is doing simply makes the Slash easy to get on and go, whether you’re flat-out charging or just want to have an easier time while riding steep, difficult trails. As with pretty much every bike in this sort of travel range, I wouldn’t recommend the Slash if you’re not going to be taking it down steep, technical descents on the regular. But for what it is, the Slash is pretty versatile, both in terms of the sorts of riders who I can see getting along with it, and in that feels more manageable than a lot of other similarly composed, stable bikes when you’re not going flat out.

The Slash also does a relatively good job of still being able to maintain speed by pumping — not a strong suit of high-pivot bikes in general — and otherwise facilitating a more dynamic, active riding style for being as stable and composed as it is when you just want to let the bike plow. That “relatively” is important — we’re talking about a big, very stable bike after all, and if you’re after a truly lively, energetic ride, you’d be better off with something lighter, shorter-travel, and more compact. But the Slash is impressively well-rounded for what it is.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

The fact that the Slash doesn’t feel exceptionally glued to the ground and eager to iron out every little bump probably helps in that regard. When you start going faster and hitting things harder, it is quite composed and confidence-inspiring in how it deals with bigger impacts and compressions, but isn’t exceptionally plush and cushy feeling on smaller chatter. It does a good job of maintaining traction on off-camber roots and the like, but does still transmit a bit of feedback about what the wheels are doing. Some bikes (e.g., the Norco Range ) iron out every bit of trail chatter more completely than the Slash. However, those bikes also tend to feel “dead,” less rewarding and energetic when loading them up to pop off something, and/or lack support through the middle part of the travel. The Slash hits a really nice middle ground there.

On that note, I found myself preferring the more progressive of the Slash’s two linkage settings; it offered improved bottom-out control and support deeper in the travel, especially when carrying speed into a really rough section of trail, where the lower progression setting felt slightly more prone to settling deeper in the travel and feeling slightly less balanced in how the bike used its front and rear travel. It’s not a stark difference by any stretch, and the lower progression setting feels plenty useable, especially for folks who want to make the Slash a little more supportive and lively in the beginning part of its travel. It’s easy to toggle back and forth, especially if you also loosen the two bolts that fasten the lower shock mount plates a turn to make aligning the shock hardware easier, and is worth experimenting with if you’re curious.

Wheel Sizes

Toggling between the Slash’s stock mullet wheel configuration and the optional full-29er setup doesn’t make for a massive change in the Slash’s character, either, but offers a relatively subtle twist on the same overall recipe in roughly the ways you’d expect. The smaller 27.5’’ rear wheel option makes the Slash a little quicker handling and correspondingly not quite as stable at speed, but I’d say the bigger difference is that it moves the Slash’s preferred balance point forward and biases it more toward being ridden with weight over the front wheel — bear in mind that the mixed-wheel configuration also shortens the chainstays considerably. The mixed-wheel setup also makes the back end quicker and easier to come around if you keep the front end weighted. The more you want to, well, slash and drift turns, the more the mullet configuration is likely to make sense; the 29er setup makes the Slash’s sweet spot feel bigger, especially if you’re riding it more centered and loading up the bike through the pedals in corners.

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I found myself preferring the matched 29’’ wheels for that reason — they just give me a bigger platform to move around on the bike without upsetting its weight distribution between the wheels. As a result, they made it easier for me to push hard at speed. The mixed-wheel setup was more fun on trails where the Slash was borderline overkill and arguably makes it a little more versatile overall.

Still, the Slash is a big, descending-oriented bike that just happens to be a little more versatile than many other bikes that are similarly composed at speed in rough terrain, rather than a truly versatile all-rounder, so I found myself preferring to lean into what the Slash does best and emphasizing its stability and composure with the dual 29’’ setup. That said, I’m widely on record as not being the biggest fan of mixed-wheel bikes in general — especially those with shorter chainstays, and the Slash’s get substantially shorter in the mixed-wheel configuration. So that’s probably at least as much a confirmation of my general preferences as it is a reflection on the Slash itself.

The Slash’s frame (at least the carbon version; we haven’t been on the aluminum one) also feels very stiff overall, which has both pros and cons relative to some less stiff frames. Perhaps most interesting has been the Contra MC that I’ve been testing alongside the Slash (more on that below, and full review coming soon). The quite-stiff Slash frame feels notably precise and direct in how it responds to rider inputs, and very predictable when it comes to being able to feel how the rear wheel tracks through corners when there’s a lot of lateral load on the bike. The downside is that the Slash transmits more small chatter and feedback than a lot of less stiff frames (the MC being a particularly good example). The Slash’s suspension still provides good overall grip and does a nice job of maintaining traction on chattery, rooty sections, but it simply doesn’t feel quite as smooth or planted as I think it might if the frame was a bit less stiff.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

Chain Retention

And now for the elephant in the room. There’s been a lot of chatter across various corners of the internet about the Slash dropping chains left and right, and while I did drop the chain a few times over the course of my testing, it seems to be solvable, and ultimately a matter of chainguide setup. Here’s how it all went during my testing:

The Slash showed up as most review bikes do: mostly assembled, with the front wheel and handlebars removed in order to box up the whole thing. I started with the chainguide installed as it came from Trek; I dropped the chain off the underside of the chainring fairly quickly. The chainguide pulley looked like it was positioned pretty low, so I rotated it upward a bit, increasing the amount of chain wrap around the chainring, and everything was solid — no more dropped chains.

But then Trek sent a note saying they’d sent some early bikes out with the chainguide installed incorrectly, and things got a little more complicated. MRP, who make the lower guide, put together a document explaining how to set it up, with two main points: (1) there should be 7 mm of spacers between the ISCG tabs and the guide itself, to align the pulley with the chainring and (2) there should be a specified gap between the head of the chainguide mounting bolts and the end of the slot for them on the guide, setting the height for the pulley. Our bike showed up with 6 mm of spacers, and even after I’d previously clocked the guide upward, it was still quite a bit lower than MRP suggested, so I set everything up to their spec… and started dropping the chain a lot more regularly — this time off the inside of the pulley on the chainguide.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

I followed up with Trek, and got word back that they’d been hasty in sending out the last set of recommendations — the 7 mm spacing was correct, but the pulley should be positioned lower than the MRP document called out, with 32 mm of spacing between the underside of the chainstay protector and the top of the pulley. And once I moved the guide back down to that setting, the chain stayed put — no more trouble again.

While that might seem counterintuitive, it makes some sense. Rotating the guide higher does increase the amount of chain wrap around the chainring (and therefore improves retention there) but also decreases the amount of chain growth along the lower run of the chain as the suspension cycles on the Slash — so that portion of the chain loses tension as the suspension compresses. Lowering the pulley a little bit increases tension on the lower portion of the chain as the suspension cycles, and for me, stopped the chain from coming off the chainguide pulley.

It’d certainly be nice if the chainguide setup wasn’t as sensitive, but there does seem to be a Goldilocks setting that works well. While I didn’t measure super precisely, the middle setting that I ran the guide in for the bulk of my testing was pretty close to the 32 mm spacing that Trek later recommended. Through that period, I had no issues with dropping the chain (even with the sub-optimal 6 mm spacing from the frame), nor did I have dropped chains after going to Trek’s stated 32 mm chainstay-to-roller gap and correcting the frame-to-guide spacing to 7 mm.

The build on our Slash 9.8 GX T-Type review bike is generally quite solid, though it’s not an especially great value for the money, at $8,000. The SRAM GX Transmission works well, and I’m a fan of the RockShox ZEB / Vivid suspension package; I didn’t miss the Buttercups (ZEB) or high-speed compression adjuster (Vivid) on the Select+ versions here too badly, as compared to their top-tier Ultimate counterparts. I was also glad to get the 200mm-drop Bontrager Line Elite dropper as compared to the 170mm-max RockShox Reverb AXS that comes on the 9.9 X0 build (I’m still very, very surprised that RockShox has yet to release a longer version). I didn’t get along with the shape of the Bontrager RSL one-piece bar / stem combo that comes on the higher-end 9.9 builds when I tested it on the Fuel EX earlier this year, and I also found the Bontrager Line Pro one that came on our Slash to be very, very stiff. I swapped it out for something more compliant and comfortable (a Spank Spike Vibrocore).

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the stock Bontrager SE6 front / SE5 rear tire combo — they work alright in drier conditions, but their relatively firm rubber doesn’t inspire much confidence on wet roots and rocks, and I also didn’t take long to put a couple of small holes in the casings. I swapped those out for beefier, grippier rubber (Continental Kryptotal DHs) for most of the test period, which felt better suited to the Slash’s capabilities.

While I was swapping wheels around, I also took the opportunity to put on a 220 mm front brake rotor. The SRAM Code Bronze Stealth brakes are a substantial improvement over the Code Rs that they effectively replace as the entry-level Code offering (I think mostly because they feature the Swinglink lever cam that the Code Rs lacked). But they’re still not the most powerful brakes out there, and the bigger front rotor helped on that front.

I would also love to see Trek offer the option for some full-29’’ builds on the Slash, at least in the larger sizes. Mullets are trendy and I absolutely get their appeal, especially for shorter folks on longer-travel bikes who could use some more tire-to-butt clearance. But as I described earlier, I personally clearly preferred the 29er setup on the Slash and it’d be nice to have the option without having to buy another wheel.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

Who’s It For?

The Slash is a big, burly bike and is best suited to folks who are going to spend most of their time seeking out steep, technical descents — and try to ride them at pace. While it’s not the most engaging at lower speeds and on mellower trails, the Slash does pedal notably efficiently for what it is. It also does a very respectable job of not feeling completely out of its element if you’re taking things easier, and is generally very predictable and intuitive in its handling. The Slash would be a great Enduro race bike for folks whose preferences trend toward wanting a bike on the more stable, planted end of the spectrum, or those who just want a very confidence-inspiring bike for tackling big descents that still pedals to the top quite effectively, too.

David Golay reviews the Trek Slash for Blister

Bottom Line

The latest Trek Slash is undeniably a lot of bike — we’re talking about a 170mm-travel high-pivot platform, after all. It’s quite stable at speed, very composed and confidence-inspiring on steep, rough trails, and is less engaging on flatter, more mellow trails than most shorter-travel options out there.

But the Slash also pedals quite efficiently and does a surprisingly good job of feeling manageable in a relatively wide range of scenarios, beyond just wanting to charge on really burly descents. It would be nice to see a stock 29er option for the Slash, but as is it’s a great option for folks who want an especially stable, composed Enduro race bike, or a bike that’s particularly confidence-inspiring on very steep, rough descents while still pedaling relatively efficiently, and being a little more lively than most similarly planted and composed options, too.

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10 comments on “2024 Trek Slash”

Trek makes some great products and I’m sure they have done a ton of testing, but having owned an idler bike (cannondale jekyll), I will never own a 2 idler bike.

Nice and thorough review. I was looking forward to your comparison to the Nomad v6, any quick thoughts?

Pretty different. The Slash actually pedals a little more efficiently but is more stable at speed and less nimble / easy to throw around. And especially with the Slash in the stock mullet configuration they prefer quite different body positioning, with the Nomad favoring a much more centered, upright stance.

At a quick glance the most strikingly similar design to the Slash seems to be the Kavenz VHP 16 which was an interesting bike reviewed earlier this year. As someone interested in the Kavenz because of your exposure I’d love to know how they compare. Otherwise, another great review!

Good call, though they don’t remind me of each other that much.

The Kavenz is more lively, nimble, and generally playful feeling; the Slash is more stable, planted, and feels more focused on going fast / outright composure at speed. The Slash feels fairly manageable in tight spots and on mellower trails for what it is, but the Kavenz is quite a bit more versatile overall.

What if you could try the Kavenz with the newer longer chainstays? Seems like a lot of straight line stability and nimbleness comes from the chainstays.

I’d want to try it before I say anything definitive, but the Kavenz with the new adjustable length chainstays (and tweaked sizing — I’d probably go up to an XL on it now, especially with longer chainstays) seems really intriguing.

Exhaustive. Can you pls compare the Slash to HD6?

We’ve been trying to get on an HD6 but haven’t been able to make it happen yet, unfortunately.

Curious to know what your suspension settings were?

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Trek Slash

Carve Up the Trails with Trek’s Long Travel and Lively Slash 8

This 150/160mm aluminum 29er features trail handling and enduro travel.

The Takeaway: With less-aggressive geometry than many of its competitors, the Slash is a big-travel bike for trail riders

  • Trek's proprietary shock offers superb rear-suspension performance.
  • Shorter reach and wheelbase than many enduro 29ers
  • Great parts featuring SRAM Eagle with 10-50 cassette

Price : $3,679

Trek built the Slash to be the mountain bike for the rider who wants a bigger bike but isn’t afraid of a long climb, or an epic day of trail riding.

An efficient climber, especially with SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain, allows you to lay the power down all day. It’s for big mountain days, crushing rock filled descents and popping off the lips of jumps all while climbing back to the top with a smile on your face. Even when the trail is flatter, the Slash is still efficient on the pedals. In the flowy sections of trail, the Slash begs to carve corners and play on trailside features.

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Frame Saver

Trek's Knock Block system prevents the bar and fork from spinning around and damaging the frame.

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Smooth Shock

Trek's regressive Reaktiv thru-shaft damper is extremely supple.

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Up and Down

The reversible Mino Link lets the rider fine tune the Slash's geometry.

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Razzle Dazzle

The harlequin stickers appear to change color.

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Handy Guides

Sag markings on the fork and shock make setting up the suspension easier.

The Slash 8 is the base model, so it didn’t have the corner exit snap of a lighter bike, but that was more from the wheels than the frame. You can feel that it begs to be sprinted out of each corner. The RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft works faster than a normal so a little bit of setup time is required to get the balance right. One that suspension gets settled, turning the Slash loose in the rough becomes easy. It strikes a natural balance between precision and forgivness in the rough, falling naturally towards the precision side, with its efficiency, but will pull you through if you go full reckless.

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The Slash Aluminum Family

The Slash 8 is the only aluminum model in the lineup, and the cheapest at $3,680. The 9.7, 9.8, and 9.9 are all made of carbon, and are priced from $4,730 to $7,500. The Slash 9.7 moves to the carbon frame, but goes to NX Eagle for the shifting. The Slash 9.8 runs the SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, but moves to a Fox Performance 36 Float fork and Bontrager Line Carbon 30 to the wheelset. The top of the line Slash 9.9 features the same carbon hoops, Fox Factory 36 Float with GRIP2, X01 Eagle drivetrain, and Shimano Deore XT 4-piston brakes.

The Slash's Tech

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Like many full suspension bikes, the Slash 8 has adjustable geometry to help riders fine-tune a bike's geometry to their preferences. The Mino Link allows for head angle adjustments of ½ degree and 10mm of bottom bracket height. I tried both settings before settling on the low: the Slash behaved and climbed well enough that I couldn’t justify keeping the bike in the high setting.

Trek Slash

One thing the aluminum Slash has that its more expensive carbon siblings don't is an 18.5" size between the 17.5" and 19.5". This gives medium-height riders the option to size up for a bit more reach and a longer wheelbase, or size down for a more compact, quicker-handling bike.

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Modern bikes are always pushing longer, lower and slacker. The Slash is a bit long in the tooth these days, and so the geometry looks conservative today, even though it wasn't when it launched. The Mino Link allows for head angle adjustment from 65.1 to 65.6 degrees. With a 51mm offset and 160mm fork, the front end is a little quicker than many of its competitors. The reach for the 17.5 and the 18.5 are 431mm and 446mm respectively, which, for a 29er enduro bike, is on the short side of current trends.

The Trek's product manager didn't cut any corners on the rear suspension, equipping the Slash 8 with a RockShox Deluxe RT3, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft. The RockShox Yari RC on the front brings value-minded performance with just compression and rebound adjustment.

Trek Slash

The SRAM GX Eagle is proven to be a reliable performer. Trek brings everything else in house with their Bontranger brand with including the dropper post. One piece to keep in mind, is the “Knock Block” headset, with restricts the fork from turning too far, or spinning backward and hitting the frame, similar to how a downhill fork with bump stops functions.

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Ride Impressions

Trek’s Slash 8 is built to be a mountain bike. This sounds obvious, but it’s well rounded enough to handle everything well, but leans towards the aggressive trail and enduro end of the spectrum, but is comfortable on normal trail riding.

The Slash's handling was intuitive, and I was able to jump right into riding my favorite trails with no adjustment period.

The Slash is efficient, although I did find myself reaching for the little blue cheater lever for climbing on occasion. Climbing steep sections, the front end did occasionally wander. That's not surprising for a 150/160mm 29er, and the Slash is easier to manage on slow and steep climbs than many of its competitors, partially because of its more-conservative geometry.

Trek Slash

Still, I had no problem getting rowdy on the Slash 8. It was ready to carve and pop off lips on the flow trails and was one of the easiest bikes I’ve been on to pull out a big whip over a hip. That efficiency combined with the lively feel of the RE:aktiv shock take away from the planted feeling out of many bikes with this amount of travel, but the Slash 8 never feels unsettled. When the rider drops their heels and sinks into attack mode, it will just eat up anything you put in its way. It does a great job balancing the fine line between precision and forgiveness when pinning it though the most technical sections.

With smooth suspension, great parts, and balanced handling, the Slash is more trail bike than enduro race bike. So if you prefer a trail bike with more travel, the Slash 8 is a great bike.

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TREK SLASH GEN 6 REVIEW

There has been a Slash in Trek’s arsenal for just over 10 years, and it has undergone five generations of upgrades coming into the end of the 2023 season. This time, however, Trek didn’t just upgrade the Gen 6 Slash, they completely reimagined it. It goes without saying that the new Slash is longer and slacker than the previous generation, but Trek had a few other things up its sleeve, which was hinted at in their bike releases the last few years. We saw the high pivot come into form on the Session in the 2022 model year, and earlier this year the release of the Fuel EX showcased Trek’s interest in engineering diversely adjustable bikes, both of which carry into the sharply engineered Gen 6 Slash.

Trek’s signature OCLV Mountain Carbon is employed in the construction of this frame, making up both the front and the rear triangles. Dual-density downtube protectors guard against rocks and tailgate damage, and an extensively engineered chainstay protector helps keep the bike quiet when things get rough. Under the clear coat of paint on the downtube, they’ve added an impact-resistant film that acts as frame protection against light damage. They upgraded their storage box with a wider mouth opening and contained the cables and hoses in their own tubes to eliminate snag points when taking out the storage bags inside the frame.

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The bike is only sold with a mixed-wheel setup, but the bolt-on shock mount can be swapped to allow a 29-inch back wheel to be used without changing the bike’s geometry—this goes for all sizes except size small, which is only available with 27.5-inch wheels. It comes from the factory with a neutral headset cup, which gives the bike a head angle of 63.3 degrees and an effective seat tube angle of around 77 degrees depending on which size you get. You can get an angle-adjust headset cup that will steepen or slacken the bike by 0.7 degrees. Our M/L-size test bike has a 434.2mm chainstay length, but Trek gives this bike size-specific chainstays to keep a consistent ride feel throughout the size range.

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Trek has jumped on the bandwagon of high-pivot bikes with the allure of the rearward axle path that they claim allows the bike to carry speed more effectively throughout the trail, specifically on square-edged rocks. They’ve combined this 170mm-travel high-pivot system with their existing ABP (Active Braking Pivot), which they say allows them to separate the anti-squat and anti-rise characteristics and tune them individually. This system is designed to keep the suspension active even under heavy braking, keeping traction to the rear wheel at a premium.

According to Trek, they’ve been able to keep the anti-squat number at just over 100 percent throughout the stroke. This basically means the suspension won’t be affected by your pedaling movement no matter where you are in the bike’s travel.

This Slash has a couple of other tricks up its handlebars with a rear suspension flip chip to adjust the progression located in the bolt-on shock mount at the base of the shock. This is the same bolt-on mount that can be swapped out to accommodate a 29-inch rear wheel. Our test bike came spec’ed with RockShox’s new Vivid Ultimate high-volume air shock with an adjustable hydraulic bottom-out, a climb switch, and high- and low-speed compression adjustments.

This is matched to a 170mm-travel RockShox Zeb Ultimate fork with the Charger 3 RC2 damper with high- and low-speed compression adjustments. They’re saying this bike is compatible with up to a 190mm fork with a 606mm axle-to-crown measurement if you decide to make it more of a park bike.

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The Slash 9.9 XO AXS T-Type build, which we tested, featured the excellent SRAM XO AXS Transmission, Code Silver RSC brakes and a 170mm-travel RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post. This bike has a unique chain line consisting of an oversized 19-tooth upper idler pulley, an MRP bash guard and lower idler pulley, and a 30-tooth chainring attached to 165mm XO cranks. I

t also contained some Bontrager components in the mix with the RSL integrated handlebar/stem system, grips and saddle, along with Line Pro 30 carbon wheels wrapped in a Bontrager SE6 Team Issue front tire and a SE5 Team Issue rear tire. This wheel and tire combination we felt was a weak point of the bike because we broke a spoke nipple on the third ride out and just couldn’t get comfortable with the grip the tires offered.

Trek offers several build options for the Gen 6 Slash, including the aluminum Slash 8 that starts at $4,400 and includes every feature the Carbon 9 models have. From there, they go up in price and build spec with every size—from S, which is 27.5 inches only, to M, M/L, L and XL, all of which are mixed-wheel builds topping out at $11,500 for the Slash 9.9 XX AXS T-Type build.

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For a high-pivot bike, the Gen 6 Slash is an excellent climber. We were impressed with the ease of forward momentum when the trail pointed uphill. We did some experimentation with the progression chip at the base of the shock and found that, though the climbing performance was enhanced, it wasn’t enough for us to want to flip it every time we rode mellower trails, as the bike performs perfectly well in the less progressive setting. Steep technical sections were a pleasure to climb, and generally boring road climbs and traverses seemed to pass more quickly than normal aboard the Slash. Though we flipped it once just to see if it helped, we never felt the need to use the shock’s climbing switch.

We were impressed with the bike’s composure on any ascent. We also liked how the shorter 165mm cranks worked with the 27.5-inch back wheel, giving us both ground clearance in sticky situations and the quick acceleration we associate with mullet bikes. We never had a pedal strike while riding this bike, which made pedaling along narrow shelves and up technical bits a more peaceful experience.

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Aside from experiencing some technical malfunctions, none of which have anything to do with the frame, we were more than happy with the descending performance of the Gen 6 Slash. Our initial impression of high stability continued on through the duration of the test as we pushed limits and enjoyed each second of riding this bike.

For the first few days on the bike, we felt a strange flex in the back of the bike that we thought might have been associated with frame flex due to experiencing an intense squeaking when rounding sharp corners at speed. We figured out later this was an unfortunate combination of the flimsy-feeling Line Pro 30 rear wheel flexing and a sticky piston in the brake caliper rubbing the rotor in an annoying fashion.

As soon as we troubleshot these issues, we were able to experience the full descending potential of the Gen 6 Slash. It’s one of those “The faster you go, the better it feels” types of bikes that encourages less brake usage. When you are eventually forced to use the brakes, the suspension responds as if you’re not and remains as active and supportive as ever.

We found ourselves late braking into all kinds of corners and whipping around them faster than we’d normally have done, ready to face the next one. We also felt the bike’s composure on the steeps and in intense rock gardens, which it skipped or floated through rather than getting hung up in the crevasses. When we experimented with the progression switch, we found the added support to be a little too much on all but the most mellow sections of the trail and quickly flipped it back, as we were more than happy with the performance in the less progressive setting.

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WHAT DID WE LOVE?

There was a lot to love about this bike that we feel needs a shout-out. Most of our testers loved the 165mm XO cranks and wished more companies would add 165mm cranks to their bike’s specs list. RockShox’s new Vivid Ultimate shock was excellent throughout testing, taking very little time to set up and even less time to adjust for added comfort and traction. We were also impressed with the bike’s overall stability and maneuverability wherever we were on the mountain, bringing the confidence of a big bike and the joy of a smaller bike.

WHAT DID WE HATE?

This might be a bit longer than normal, and that’s mostly due to the Bontrager products supplied with this bike. Aside from the grips and the saddle, we didn’t particularly like any of them, especially the tires and rear wheel. While they performed adequately enough to have fun on the trail, we never quite felt the confidence in grip that we feel when a Maxxis Minion or American Classic Vulcanite is mounted to the wheels.

The rear wheel was a whole problem in itself, because while the hub action was good, the wheel as a whole flexed far too much for comfort, and we even broke a nipple at the bike park on just the third day riding the bike. The RSL integrated bar and stem didn’t have the adjustability we’d prefer, and most would have liked to roll the bar angle back just a little bit if they could. The BITS headset tool proved to be useful, but very hard to get out of the head tube when needed, which was annoying.

Our other complaints were about the fork and rear brake, both of which could happen to any build. The rear brake suffered from a stuck piston and was very far over to one side, meaning the rotor rubbed on the caliper itself. This was an easy fix. The fork formed a weird clunk in the rebound stroke, which made it hard to ride at any speed, so we had to get a warranty replacement to complete the test. All of these things gave us a bit of a love/hate relationship with the bike more severe than with most bikes. Were we to own this bike ourselves, these would have been warranty issues or we’d simply swap out all the troublesome parts and enjoy the excellent performance this frame can offer.

BOTTOM LINE

Our feelings about the Gen 6 Slash may be mixed, but the good outweighs the bad, and we were able to get past the inconveniences. This bike is very versatile in the gravity side of things, so if you’re looking for an enduro race bike, backcountry exploration rig or park sender, the Slash has you covered. A quick swap over to your preferred parts and this bike will serve its rider well for a long time. Because of the component’s spotty performance, our recommendations are damped on this particular build, but we feel it’s still well worth consideration when looking for your next full-send rig.

TREK SLASH 9.9 XO AXS T-TYPE

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CATEGORY: Enduro

SUSPENSION: 170mm (front/rear)

TIRE SIZE: 29″/27.5″ mixed

Price: $9,400 Weight: 34.7 pounds (without pedals) Sizes: S, M, M/L (tested), L, XL Frame tested: 170mm, OCLV Mountain Carbon (travel and material) Shock: RockShox Vivid Ultimate Fork: RockShox Zeb Ultimate Wheelset: Bontrager Line Pro 30 carbon Tires: Bontrager SE6 Team Issue (29×2.5″) front, SE5 Team Issue (27.5×2.5″) rear

Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS (170mm travel) Saddle: Bontrager Arvada Handlebar: Bontrager RSL integrated handlebar/stem Stem: Bontrager RSL integrated handlebar/stem Grips: Bontrager XR Trail Pro Headset: Integrated cartridge bearing Brakes: SRAM Code Silver Rotors: SRAM 6-bolt 200mm (f), 200mm (r) Rear derailleur: SRAM XO AXS Eagle, T-Type Shifters: SRAM AXS POD Ultimate Crankset: SRAM XO Eagle, 165mm Bottom bracket: SRAM DUB, 73mm, BSA threaded Cassette: SRAM Eagle XS-1295, T-Type, 12 speed, 10-52T Chain: SRAM XO Eagle, T-Type, 12-speed Chainrings: SRAM XO T-Type, 30-tooth

GEOMETRY SIZE M/L

Head tube angle: 63.3° Effective seat tube angle: 77.3° Reach: 468.1mm (18.4″) Stack: 632.1mm (24.9″) Bottom bracket height: 351.1mm (13.8″) Chainstay length: 434.2mm (17.1″) Wheelbase: 1253.2mm (49.3″)

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New 2024 Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS first ride review – A new evolutionary stage of high pivot bikes?

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The new 2024 Trek Slash is right on trend: high pivot rear suspension, mullet wheel set-up, generous amounts of travel and plenty of adjustment options. Furthermore, it combines both familiar and newly developed features that are meant to simplify your riding experience. After six weeks of testing on both sides of the pond, we were able to gather countless impressions, both good and not so good.

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The Slash has been an integral part of Trek’s portfolio for over 10 years, and is now entering its 6th generation. The most significant innovation is the new rear suspension, which relies on a high pivot design and generates a very generous amount of travel, bringing the Slash in line with the latest generation of enduro bikes. Up until now, Trek have only used the high pivot system on their downhill bike, the Session, which nevertheless allowed them to gather lots of practical experience with the system and use their World Cup riders’ feedback to develop the new enduro rig. The new Slash generates 170 mm of travel both front and rear, and rolls out of the factory sporting a mullet. An interchangeable shock mount, however, allows you to convert it to a full 29er. As usual, Trek are releasing both an alloy and a carbon version of the new Slash, both of which are available in several different spec variants. We’ve already put the new Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS 2024 through the wringer over a 6 month period, dipping its tires both into Canadian and European soil to gather some exciting insights.

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The detail solutions of the new 2024 Trek Slash

The predecessor of the 2024 Trek Slash already came with a practical storage compartment integrated into the down tube, which Trek has updated for the latest Slash iteration. The opening is much bigger, making it easier to reach all the trail essentials you store inside it. Moreover, the edges of the compartment are still framed with a plastic liner, preventing you from cutting your fingers or damaging the contents when you pull them out of the compartment. The alloy frame has a storage compartment too and all models come standard with a small pouch for all your trail essentials, which can be easily pulled out of the frame using the bright red Cordura tab. The closure system relies on a simple lever that disappears under the bottle cage when engaged, and is easy to operate even while wearing gloves. The cables of the new Slash are routed internally and only reappear briefly at the transition from the main frame and swingarm. The cable ports are in a rather unusual position, sitting prominently on the front of the head tube – this look takes some getting used to! In combination with a wireless drivetrain, Trek close the cable ports with small rubber plugs.

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There’s an additional tool mount underneath the top tube, which allows you to carry a spare inner tube or a tool strap, for example. In typical Trek fashion, the new Session comes standard with an integrated Bontrager BITS mini tool in the steerer tube, which includes all of the basic tools required for essential trailside repairs. That said, removing the tool from the steerer tube requires strong fingers and, as usual, the lever of the closing mechanism rattles on the trail. Trek also hide a 6 mm Allen key in the rear thru-axle.

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For model year 2024, Trek provided the Slash with several protective features, all of which are meant to preserve the bike’s value. Amongst them is the generously sized integrated mudguard, which is bolted directly to the seat stay and is meant to protect the seat tube from stray rocks. Unfortunately, this has to be removed if you want to swap the 27.5” rear wheel for a bigger 29″ rear wheel. Furthermore, the down tube comes standard with a pair of dual-density TPU plates, which allow you to replace the inner section if it gets damaged. In addition, the frame comes with an additional protective layer under the final finish. Trek also redeveloped the chainstay protector from the ground up, raising both the inner and outer edges to prevent chain slap more effectively – and this really works, ensuring a quiet ride on the trail.

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The high-pivot rear suspension of the new 2024 Trek Slash

While the new 2024 Trek Slash 2024 still relies on the same linkage-driven single pivot rear suspension, it combines it with a high pivot point design. This positions the main pivot point well above the chainring, allowing the rear wheel to swing up and backwards during an impact. This rearward axle path can help to make the suspension feel smoother over square-edged hits, ironing out roots and rocks more efficiently. However, the system also has its drawbacks: as the axle moves rearwards through the travel, the distance between the cassette and chainring grows, resulting in wheelbase and chainstay growth. This pulls the chain backwards, manifesting in high levels of pedal kickback and resulting in an imbalanced weight distribution of the rider on the bike throughout the travel. To counteract this, a chain idler pulley is fitted on the seat tube, which helps minimise pedal kickback and also gives high-pivot bikes their characteristic look. This also allows the engineers to fine tune the bike’s anti-squat and anti-rise levels independently simply by moving the position of the idler pulley. The unusually big 19T idler pulley is meant to mitigate the negative effect that the high pivot system has on pedalling efficiency, because the bigger pulley has a wider radius. Furthermore, Trek use a small chain guide to prevent the chain from falling off the idler.

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The new 2024 Slash also features an additional pulley below the chainstay, which isn’t that common with high pivot bikes. This special pulley also includes an MRP bash guard and can be retrofitted to other high pivot bikes. Its job is to prevent the chain from stretching under the chainstay and thus to stop it from pulling on the rear derailleur. That said, even with the biggest XL frame, the chain runs at a sharp angle in the lowest gears, as the distance between the rear derailleur cage and the idler pulley is very small. While this didn’t cause us any problems on the trail, we’re not sure how good this is, both for pedalling efficiency and the chain’s service life. Speaking of the chain, with all frame sizes up to L, you’ll get away with a conventional 126-link chain. The new Slash in XL, however, requires 128 links, meaning that you need two chains.

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The new 2024 Slash still relies on Trek’s proprietary Active Breaking Pivot or ABP technology, which can be found on most of their full suspension bikes and is designed to keep the rear suspension active even under heavy braking, helping to maintain traction.

The spec of our test bike – The Trek 2024 Slash 9.9 XO AXS

Our Trek Slash test bike comes equipped with Rockshox Ultimate suspension consisting of a 170 mm ZEB Charger 3.0 fork with independently adjustable low- and high-speed compression damping, and a brand- new Vivid Ultimate air shock , which offers externally adjustable compression and rebound settings as well as a climb switch. Unlike the Super Deluxe, the new Vivid relies on a high-volume air chamber and Rockshox’s new proprietary Touchdown damper. Unlike the rest of the Trek range, the Slash doesn’t use a Thru Shaft damper, which comes standard with most of their full-suspension bikes and is developed specifically for Trek.

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As the name extension suggests, the 2024 Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS employs a new electronic SRAM X0 Eagle Transmission drivetrain. The rear derailleur mounts directly to the thru-axle and worked flawlessly throughout our test. SRAM also supply the wireless, electronic Reverb AXS dropper post, but this only offers a meagre 170 mm of travel, which is far too little for a modern enduro bike. However, there isn’t a longer-travel version of the Reverb AXS dropper, so we recommend swapping the standard dropper for a cable-operated model if needed. Given the seat tube’s generous insertion depth, you could even push a 240 mm OneUp Components V2 dropper post all the way into the frame of a Slash in size L. Needless to say, the brand-new drivetrain is complemented with SRAM’s four-piston Code Stealth Silver brakes, which, just like the old RSC model, feature tool-free lever reach and bite point adjustments as well as SRAM’s proprietary SwingLink lever for optimal modulation. Compared to the Stealth Ultimate flagship model, the Silver variant only forgoes the carbon levers, tipping the scales at just 8 g more. Due to the new design, the brake lines run parallel and close to the handlebars, which ensures a cleaner look but can cause the cables to rattle – this can be easily fixed with a couple of additional clamps or zip ties ;) The brakes are paired with 200 mm rotors front and rear, which suit the Slash’s character and field of application rather well! For more oomph, you can can upgrade to 220 mm rotors both front and rear, because both the frame and fork are approved for it.

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For the rest of the spec, Trek rely on their in-house component brand Bontrager, including a Bontrager Line Pro 30 carbon wheelset, which didn’t survive the testing sessions unscathed, with several spokes snapping after just 3 weeks of deployment. In addition, the rims are paired with flimsy, puncture-prone tires, which force you to run higher air pressure to avoid burping and snake bites. We recommend upgrading the standard Bontrager SE6 and SE5 tires for more robust tires before you start riding. In this test, we swapped to tires with a tougher DH casing after just a few laps. For the cockpit, Trek rely on an 820 mm Bontrager RSL one-piece handlebar/stem unit, which might look fancy but doesn’t allow for fine tuning except for the stem height, which can be changed using spacers. On top of that, the handlebars are very stiff and get even stiffer if you shorten them, like we did! With such a potent enduro bike, an adjustable cockpit makes more sense because it allows you to adapt the front end ergonomics to your anatomy. With the standard spec, our 2024 Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS test bike in size L tips the scales at 15.7 kg.

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Trek Slash 9.9 X0 AXS 2024

Specifications.

Fork RockShox ZEB Ultimate 170 mm Rear Shock RockShox Vivid Ultimate 170 mm Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS 170 mm Brakes SRAM CODE Silver 200/200 mm Drivetrain SRAM Eagle Transmission X0 1x12 Stem Bontrager RSL 35 mm Handlebar Bontrager RSL 820 mm Wheelset Bontrager Line Pro 30 29"/27.5" Tires Bontrager SE6 Team Issue/ Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 2.5"/2.4"

Technical Data

Size S M M/L L XL

Specific Features

storage compartment Flip Chip Toolmount

More spec variants of the 2024 Trek Slash

As already mentioned, the new 2024 Trek Slash is available both with an alloy and carbon frame. That said, none of the alloy versions comes with a high-end spec, meaning that you have to order the frame kit if you want to combine an aluminium frame with top-tier suspension, for example. Prices for complete builds range between € 4,499 and € 12,499, and the bikes should be already available from all official Trek dealers. The American manufacturer also lets you test ride their bikes in one of their “Test-a-Trek Centres”. Starting today, you can test the new Slash in Lenzerheide, Saalbach and Sölden.

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The alloy version of the new Slash is available in two spec variants. The entry-level Slash 8 XT model comes equipped with a FOX 36 Rhythm fork and a hybrid Shimano XT/SLX drivetrain. Shimano also supply the four-piston Deore M6100 brakes. The Slash 9 GX relies on higher quality RockShox Select+ suspension and SRAM’s new electronic GX Transmission drivetrain, with matching SRAM Code Bronze four-piston brakes. The Slash 9.8 GX combines the same identical spec with a carbon frame.

The flagship Slash 9.9 XX model comes equipped with electronic RockShox Flight Attendant suspension, electronic SRAM XX Transmission drivetrain and wireless RockShox Reverb seatpost. The rest of the spec consists exclusively of top-tier components and plenty of carbon bling. However, all the fancy components come at a price – an eye watering € 12,499! However, Trek have released a total of 5 carbon variants, offering a suitable option for all sorts of wallets.

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The geometry of the new 2024 Trek Slash

The new Trek Slash 2024 will be available in 5 sizes, S to XL, and there’s also an intermediate size called M/L. All models in size S feature a curved top tube and 27.5″ wheels front and rear. From size M onwards, the new Slash rolls on a mixed wheel setup with a 29″ wheel at the front and smaller 27.5″ wheel at the rear. However, from size M upwards you can also use a 29″ rear wheel using a different shock mount, but this has to be bought separately and isn’t included in the frameset. The optional shock mount comes with a flip chip that allows you to change the progression of the rear suspension from 20% to 25%, which is intended for coil shock conversions.

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Trek deliver the new Slash with three different headset cups, which allow you to change the head angle by up to 1.5°. Of course, by altering the head angle you’ll also change the reach, bottom bracket height and stack height. The new Slash comes standard in the neutral setting. When swapping the cups, however, the lower one has to be installed with a bearing press, meaning that you can’t just quickly swap cups on the trailside. In the neutral setting, the Slash has a 63.3° head angle, which can be changed to either 62.6° or 64.1°. In addition, Trek forgo their usual Knock Block with the new Slash, which means that you don’t have a steering stop limiter.

The position of the bottom bracket allows engineers to achieve different chainstay lengths by using the same rear end, whereby sizes M/L and L share the same values. Simply put, all frame sizes share the same identical swingarm but rely on a slightly different bottom bracket position to allow for the size-specific effective chainstay length. The advantage of this system is that you can easily replace the rear end in case of damage.In size L, the Slash combines 488 mm reach with a short 435 mm seat tube, which offers a generous insertion depth for long-travel dropper posts. The seat tube is short across all sizes, ensuring sufficient freedom of movement on the trail.

The geometry of the new 2024 Trek Slash in the neutral setting

The new 2024 Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS on the trail

For this review, we were able to ride the new Trek Slash 9.9 XO AXS 2024 in both size L and XL. We tested the bike over the course of several weeks, putting it through the wringer on the legendary trails of Whistler, Squamish and Della Creek, both on bike park trails and natural trails – and also managed to squeeze in a few laps with freeride legend Andrew Shandro. We also rode the new Slash (in size L) on our home trails around Stuttgart and on some techy Alpine gnar in Switzerland. Testing the new Slash in different frame sizes and countless locations gave us the opportunity to gather plenty of impressions.

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Needless to say, an aggressive enduro bike won’t earn you any uphill KOMs, and yet the new 2024 Trek Slash 2024 gets you to the trailhead without too much effort. The rear suspension only bobs slightly and generates plenty of traction on technical climbs, meaning that you can easily make your way to the top of the mountain without reaching for the Vivid’s climb switch. On steeper climbs, the front wheel remains planted on the ground, ensuring excellent steering precision. While on the first test laps the bike was totally quiet, with the idler pulley working discreetly in the background, this changed after a few days, with an increasingly loud rattling noise accompanying us on every climb.

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When gravity takes over, the first thing you’ll notice is the high front end and deeply integrated riding position. This inspires huge amounts of confidence, even on the gruellingly steep Canadian trails. The Slash makes you feel at ease from the get-go, encouraging you to keep your fingers off the brakes after just a few corners. If you do brake – which is inevitable from time to time – the rear suspension generates tons of traction without stiffening up excessively if you hit a large bump while decelerating. The wheelbase of the Slash grows noticeably less than with other high pivot bikes, remaining agile and playful even when fully compressed. Overall, the rear suspension provides plenty of support, allowing you to pop off ledges and kickers while at the same time offering enough reserves to cope with botched landings.

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The new Slash has direct handling and reacts to steering input quickly and precisely. During this test, we swapped the original wheels and handlebars for alloy models, which helped mitigate the very direct ride feeling, ensuring more forgiving handling in slippery conditions. Even in open corners, the Trek sticks to the chosen line with great composure and doesn’t require you to actively weight the front wheel – and that’s despite the high front end! As a result, you’re always in a central riding position, which conveys huge amounts of confidence in all situations. Overall, the Trek makes you feel as if you had more travel on tap and at the same time is just as agile and playful as bikes with less travel. Trek also seem to have successfully addressed the typical drawbacks of high pivot bikes, like the sluggish handling and unbalanced suspension performance, which can result from the growing wheelbase.

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Who should take a closer look at the new 2024 Trek Slash?

The new Trek Slash is aimed at trail rippers, enduro racers, park rats and anyone who likes to get rowdy on gnarly trails. Provided you perform a few basic upgrades, like more robust tires and a tuneable cockpit, the new Slash offers a pretty sweet overall package – we’re pretty chuffed with it ourselves. Even on slower, narrower trails, it’s refreshingly nimble, while the excellent suspension allows you to generate speed by pumping through flow trails, which isn’t always a given with high pivot bikes. In our humble opinion, the Trek Slash 2024 is the next evolutionary stage of high pivot bikes, bringing all the advantages of a high pivot suspension design while at the same time eliminating most of its drawbacks.

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Our conclusions about the new 2024 Trek Slash

The new Trek Slash 2024 offers agile, balanced handling and combines it with all the positive traits of a high pivot suspension design, ensuring excellent composure and a plush ride. If you like to open the taps on gnarly enduro trails, we recommend upgrading a few components. This will allow you to boost the Slash’s trail performance enormously with relatively little effort and at a reasonable price. The new Slash slaps a huge smile on your face, whether you’re going for a quick post-work ride on your home trails, racing enduro in the Alps or lapping park tracks – and also makes a great companion for the occasional flowing trail.

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  • Integrated, confidence inspiring riding position
  • Combines excellent composure and agility
  • Potent suspension provides plenty of pop and reserves
  • Practical features like the integrated storage compartment and mini-tool

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  • Idler pulley grinds lightly when pedalling uphill

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  • Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminum
  • Fork RockShox Yari RC, DebonAir, Motion Control RC damper, 51mm offset, 110x15mm Boost thru-axle, 160mm
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  • Hubs Bontrager Line Comp, 110x15mm Boost front, 148x12mm Boost 54 tooth Rapid Drive rear
  • Wheels Bontrager Line Comp 30, tubeless ready (tubeless strips included)
  • Wheel Size 29"
  • Tires Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, tubeless ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, 120 tpi, aramid bead, 29" x 2.4"
  • Chain 433mm, N/A, Truvativ Descendant Eagle, 32 tooth, direct mount, SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank Truvativ Descendant 6k Eagle DUB
  • Bottom Bracket 352mm, SRAM DUB PressFit, 92mm
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed, Roller Bearing Clutch
  • Shifters SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Brakeset SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc, SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc
  • Handlebar Bontrager Line, 35mm clamp, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width
  • Saddle Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails
  • Seatpost Bontrager Line, internal routing, 100mm travel (15.5"), 125mm travel (17.5"/18.5"), 150mm travel (19.5"/21.5"), 31.6mm, Standard single bolt, 31.6mm, Standard single bolt
  • Stem Bontrager Line, 35mm clamp, 0 degree rise, Knock Block
  • Grips Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on
  • Headset Knock Block Integrated, sealed cartridge bearing

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  • - Most inline shocks (no reservoir/piggyback)The standard RockShox Super Deluxe air shock does not fit due to lockout lever interference in the last 1/3 of the travel. The new Super Deluxe Thru Shaft uses a new shock body from RockShox that provides more clearance.
  • Slash 9.9 XTR: $8,499
  • Slash 9.9 XO1: $7,999
  • Slash 9.8 GX: $5,999
  • Slash 9.8 XT: 5,999
  • Slash 9.7 NX: $4,799
  • Slash 8 GX: $3,999
  • Slash NX: $3,499
  • Slash Carbon Frameset: $3,999
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I've got a Trek Fuel EX 8 XT on order, but I'm very tempted by the Slash's threaded bottom bracket because pressfit BBs seem to be a mistake Trek is slowly getting rid of. I also like Knock Block 2.0. I really want a trail bike, though. I go down hills CAUTIOUSLY not fast-as-I-can. Is this new Slash now more or less as good as the Fuel EX on the level and up hills, or would it feel like a pig by comparison, leaving me wishing is bought the Fuel EX?  

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Steve_McNutt said: I've got a Trek Fuel EX 8 XT on order, but I'm very tempted by the Slash's threaded bottom bracket because pressfit BBs seem to be a mistake Trek is slowly getting rid of. I also like Knock Block 2.0. I really want a trail bike, though. I go down hills CAUTIOUSLY not fast-as-I-can. Is this new Slash now more or less as good as the Fuel EX on the level and up hills, or would it feel like a pig by comparison, leaving me wishing is bought the Fuel EX? Click to expand...

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Sergei Ryakhovsky (Sergei Vasilyevich Ryakhovsky) a Soviet-Russian serial killer known as the Balashikha Ripper and The Hippopotamus. Ryakhovsky was convicted for the killing of nineteen people in the Moscow area between 1988 and 1993. Ryakhovsky's mainly stabbed or strangulated his victims, he mutilated some bodies, mainly in the genital area. Allegedly Ryakhovsky carried out necrophilic acts on his victims and stole their belongings. Ryakhovsky standing 6’5" tall and weighting 286 pounds, gaining him the nickname, The Hippo. Sergei Ryakhovsky died on January 21st 2005 from untreated tuberculosis while serving his life sentence in prison.

Sergei Ryakhovsky Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Sergei Ryakhovsky (aka) the Balashikha Ripper, The Hippopotamus, was active for 6 years between 1988-1993 , known to have ( 19 confirmed / 19 possible ) victims. This serial killer was active in the following countries: Russia

Sergei Ryakhovsky was born on December 29th 1962 in Balashikha, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union. He had a physically defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems including being teased or picked on.

Sergei Ryakhovsky a necrophile male citizen of Russia.

Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1988 (Age 25/26) Sergei Ryakhovsky started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, commit acts of necrophilia , torture , strangle , rape , mutilate, and murder his victims.

He was arrested on April 13th 1993 (Age 30), sentenced to death by firing squad at a maximum-security penal colony in Solikamsk, Perm Oblast, Russia. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Sergei Ryakhovsky died on January 21st 2005 (Age 42), cause of death: natural causes, untreated tuberculosis at a maximum-security penal colony in Solikamsk, Perm Oblast, Russia.

Profile Completeness: 62%

Sergei Ryakhovsky has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.

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Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.

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Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. Serial Killer Necrophiliacs have been known to have sex with the body of their victim(s).

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Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.

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Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.

Sergei Ryakhovsky Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-30 collected by killer.cloud, 8 timeline events of serial killer sergei ryakhovsky.

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Sergei Ryakhovsky. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline .

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External References

  • Sergei Ryakhovsky on en.wikipedia.org , Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018 .
  • Juan Ignacio Blanco , Sergei Vasilyevich RYAKHOVSKY on murderpedia.org , Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018 .
  • Q372816 on www.wikidata.org , Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018 .

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    Slash is a no-holds barred enduro sled built to rip, rally, and rail through the gnarliest trails on the planet. With 170mm of front and rear travel, mixed wheel size, and new high-pivot design, Slash not only descends like a beast, but it's also ready to billy-goat up punchy climbs with square-edge slabs that send your friends on hike-a-bike ...

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  7. Trek Slash 9.9 Gen 6 Mountain Bike Review

    Updated for 2023, the high pivot Trek Slash Gen 6 can be run with a number of wheel size configurations and can take up to a 190mm travel fork but comes with a 170mm fork and mixed-wheel setup as standard. Riders can choose a full 29er race machine, 27.5" aggro-shredder or put a dual crown 190mm with a mullet and have a mini-Session bike park ...

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    In 1938, it was granted town status. [citation needed]Administrative and municipal status. Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as Elektrostal City Under Oblast Jurisdiction—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, Elektrostal City Under Oblast Jurisdiction is incorporated as Elektrostal Urban Okrug.

  22. Elektrostal Map

    Elektrostal is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 58 kilometers east of Moscow. Elektrostal has about 158,000 residents. Mapcarta, the open map.

  23. Sergei Ryakhovsky

    Sergei Ryakhovsky (Sergei Vasilyevich Ryakhovsky) a Soviet-Russian serial killer known as the Balashikha Ripper and The Hippopotamus. Ryakhovsky was convicted for the killing of nineteen people in the Moscow area between 1988 and 1993. Ryakhovsky's mainly stabbed or strangulated his victims, he mutilated some bodies, mainly in the genital area.

  24. Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia

    Elektrostal Geography. Geographic Information regarding City of Elektrostal. Elektrostal Geographical coordinates. Latitude: 55.8, Longitude: 38.45. 55° 48′ 0″ North, 38° 27′ 0″ East. Elektrostal Area. 4,951 hectares. 49.51 km² (19.12 sq mi) Elektrostal Altitude.