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(based on 7 ratings)
Brand: Trek
Located in: Mountain Full Suspension, Scratch
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 7 reviews)
86% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Balanced suspension(5), Durable(5), Great components(5), Handles well(5), Lightweight(4)
Best Uses:
Free riding(4), Mountain biking(3)
Describe Yourself:
Avid cyclist(5)
 
LOVE IT
By SCRATCH LOVERVerified Reviewer from UK on 2/21/2010
Pros:
Balanced Suspension, Downhill legend, Durable, Freeride GOD, Great Climber, Great Components, Handles Well, Plush Feel
Best Uses:
All-mountain, Bike park, Downhill, Free Riding, Mountain Biking, Single track
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

Best bike ever, used it at a demo day and loved every second, i pedaled it all day both up and down, the ups are amazing for this kind of bike and the balanced suspension and weight make it one of the best descenders ever made. it has enough travel to tackle pretty much any downhill or free-ride park yet this doesn't deter from pedaling efficiency. This bike will hold up running to perfection long past you've dropped down dead from exhaustion.

 
ITCHING TO GO BIG? – SCRATCH IT!
By Matt from Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom on 2/5/2010
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

IF YOU'RE ITCHING TO GO BIG? – SCRATCH IT...

... Matt puts Treks new Scratch 9 to the test.

The Scratch 9 is at the top end of Treks eagerly awaited freeride bike range. This is a lightish bike that feels very stable the moment you get on it and as soon as you start to pedal and pump your way down the trail, round the berm, over the jump or off the drop this bike is just begging for more.

Overall this is an awesome bike that looks sexy, inspires confidence on the jumps and drops and is super quick on the descents. Add this to its alter ego in form of a front mech and the Joplin post and this bike is just as capable on the climbs as any bike in its class.

This bike is Awesome.

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pretty ok
By SESSIONRIDER21 from AMERICA on 1/20/2010
Pros:
Durable, Great Components, Handles Well, Plush Feel
Cons:
Heavy, Not einough freeride feel
Best Uses:
Casual Riding, Mountain Biking, Technical trails
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

felt the downhill feel but not enough of the I AM INVINCIBLE feel of a perfect light DH light FR bike

 
One Sick Whip
By Android from all over New England on 11/18/2009
Pros:
Balanced Suspension, Durable, Great Components, Handles Well, Lightweight, Plush Feel
Best Uses:
Free Riding, Mountain Biking
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

i got to ride the sick bike at Highland Mountain Bike Park and on my local xc trails .
Iv got to say this is the do it all bike for me . I can take it to the park or to Kingdom trail and start my ride of with a sweet DH run , then kill the XC .
you'v done something right Trek !!
Thanks for the demo

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Has Potential but Not in Love
By wonnyVerified Reviewer from mammoth lakes,ca on 9/29/2009
Pros:
Balanced Suspension, Durable, Lightweight, Plush Feel
Cons:
Pricey, Weak Part Spec, Wrong Geometry
Best Uses:
ALL MOUNTAIN, Free Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

My idea of a free ride bike is one which can handle a multitude of riding conditions- bike parks, downhill runs, shuttle runs and lastly earn your turns rides. The Scratch does not shine in all of these conditions.

The Scratch has a superb suspension design but I'm not in love with the geometry or parts spec. Specifically, the wheel set and tires are too wimpy for a free ride bike. A bike of this caliber and price should come with a two ply wire tire and heavy duty free ride rims. The head angle is a tad steep and the top tube is a smidgen short.

Who will like the Scratch?

free riders who always pedal to the top
all mountain riders looking for a rugged ride

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Scratch - ing Beneath the Surface
By ColoradoDirt from Colorado Front Range on 9/29/2009
Pros:
Adjustable Head Angle, Balanced Suspension, Braking Performance, Great Components, Handles Well, Lightweight, Pedaling Position, Plush Feel, Slack Head Angle, Steep Seat Tube Angle, Tapered Headtube, Thru Axle
Describe Yourself:
Competitive Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

Super fun bike to ride. Pedal friendly and able to conquer any feature found on any trail. Slack head tube angle allows for steep drop ins and rolls with ease. 170mm rear end devours rough terrain and inspires confidence on the drops and jumps. The only reason I didn't check durability is because I only spent one day on the rig. Although I am sure its durable, long term testing is required. I am going to get one as my Free XC bikes. Shorter days in the saddle with trails that are littered with tech. ie. Dakota Ridge, Free Lunch, Creek Trails and all your hidden favorites. The ABP (Active Braking Pivot) really excells and has definately proven itself with me. #1 in the braking catergory = traction. Superb.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Descender, Light Enough for Climbs
By KLVerified Reviewer from Park City, UT on 9/27/2009
Pros:
Balanced Suspension, Durable, Great Components, Handles Well, Lightweight, Plush Feel
Best Uses:
Downhill, Free Riding
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Trek Scratch 9:

I rode this bike at the Interbike Outdoor Demo, and I was eager to see what I could throw at this thing. I don't do any slopestyle, freeriding, or downhill racing, but I took it on a fairly technical downhill XC run in Bootleg Canyon with drops and some fairly steep descents.

First, the bike feels very light because weight seems evenly distributed. My suspension was setup just right and big and little hits felt plush and smooth. On tight, technical rocky sections the short stem caused the bike to feel a bit twitchy and hard to control, but that's less the fault of the bike than my choice of terrain and stem. For the most part the bike handled precisely and felt very easy to throw around corners. The more I rode the faster I wanted to go.

On steep rocky sections where I had to get out of the saddle and pedal the bike felt almost as good as an XC bike and pedal bob did not seem too bad.

Unfortunately, I had a stupid crash and had to cut my time on this bike short. The bike was unscathed, but I got a bit dinged so I didn't get a lot of time on it.

For the money, this is a great bike for those that like to pedal out to find their lines or those that just ride the lifts all day. Ideally, you'll be doing a fair amount of drops and jumps to justify all that travel. The remote Crank Bros seatpost was pretty cool though I didn't do much climbing so it was mostly down.

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