I'm still amazed by this bike's ability to balance nearly DH-bike descending capabilities with responsive, trail bike pedaling performance. The Slash delivers a highly refined package that delivers burly performance in a capable, all-around chassis. Riders looking for a supremely competent all-mountain bike should check out the Slash. There's been a lot of buzz about the Slash this year, and my experience supports the notion that this is one hell of a bike.
This bike eats downhill trails for breakfast and can pedal back up for lunch, dinner, and even a late night snack. It does a great job of getting you up the mountain so you can rip back down. With its fully-loaded spec and capable travel, the Slash's all-around prowess is a good example of the wide range of terrain that a well-equipped all-mountain bike can cover. This bike comes with all of the tools to navigate everything from rugged all-mountain loops to full-on downhill runs.
It's the bike for the rider who craves the exhilaration of a long-travel bike, but doesn't want to throw pedaling efficiency out the window. The Slash is a pedal-friendly platform that can still handle more aggressive trail riding. Other 6 inch bikes might feel sluggish, but this bike feels svelte. This bike helps you find your A-game when slashing through berms and corners. It's an above-average climber for its 6 inches of travel, but truly shines when the terrain gets nasty. If your riding requires a long travel trail bike, this should be your weapon of choice.
Purpose-built as a descent-hungry, speed-dialed workhorse with 160 mm of travel, Trek’s new Slash 9 shows how the company has made some impressive refinements over its previous enduro-oriented bikes. Versatility, durability and extremely large cojones make this trail machine attractive to riders looking to push their limits on everything from multi-stage enduro events, to DH trails, to epic gravity-fed slogs through the mountains.
Trek’s Slash all-round enduro bike is a replacement for the short-lived Scratch Air and uses most of the company’s latest tech tricks. The control delivered by the rear end, plus a host of neat features and the beautifully balanced, tight but light-enough frame, make it one of the bikes to beat in 2012.