It's right for you if...
You like the responsiveness of an aluminum frame, and would rather spend your money on better components than a full carbon frame. You want a ride that's lightweight and responsive, with an IsoSpeed decoupler and carbon seatpost so you can pedal over rough spots with comfort and ease.
The tech you get
A durable and light Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with IsoSpeed, Shimano Deore XT/SLX 2x11 drivetrain, Race Face Next R carbon crank, Shimano M500 hydraulic disc brakes, and an advanced RockShox Reba RL fork with Motion Control damper and a remote lockout. Plus, Boost 148/110 Duster Elite wheels and additional lightweight parts, like a Bontrager Pro OCLV Carbon seatpost and Montrose Comp saddle.
The final word
This is hands down the best aluminum hardtail we make. You're getting Trek's highest-grade Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, the unique advantage of trail-smoothing IsoSpeed, a full-on race-worthy spec, a carbon crank, and the kind of quality suspension that can hold its own on the World Cup XC circuit.