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.
Trek has done a great job putting value where the rider needs it on the Slash. Its no-compromise parts package on a proven suspension platform makes you want to push yourself and the bike to the limit.
For riders who are looking for a do-it-all bike that could handle their desires for anything from multi-hour backcountry epics to enduro races to local downhills, the Slash will not disappoint. Capable, sexy, sturdy, and down for whatever, the Slash 9 just may be the quiver killer, but we won't tell your old lady.
When used for enduro or all-mountain riding, the Slash will feel right in its element. We found ourselves plowing steep lines we had never even thought about on other bikes. In fact, test riders even set personal-best times on long descents they've been riding for years. The beauty of the Slash is that it doesn't rely on the wheel size for its descending confidence. The suspension is dialed and the geometry is spot on; the 27.5 wheels are just the icing on the cake. The greatness of this bike is the sum of its parts, not just one aspect.
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.