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.
- Justin Steiner