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.
- Justin Steiner