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.
I'm still amazed by this bike's ability to balance nearly-DH-bike descending capabilities with responsive, trail-bike pedalling performance. The Slash delivers a highly-refined package that delivers burly performance in a capable, all-round 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-round 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.
The Trek Slash 9 has proven to be a very reliable bike that can take everything I can dish out. Know that it can be pushed to the extremes, and that to really appreciate this bike you've got to ride it with that mentality. Also know that no matter how rowdy or wild you get, no matter the trail conditions, and no matter how many rocks, roots, and steep pitches are in front of you, the Slash has your back. It'll "save your life" too.
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.