It's right for you if...
You're a serious enduro racer, and you're looking for a high-performance 29er with a premium parts group that throws down on technical descents and then flies back up the mountain to do it all again.
The tech you get
A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, a RockShox Lyrik Select Plus 160mm fork with plush DebonAir spring and Charger 2.1 RC damper, and 150mm of rear travel with a RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock with Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft damper. Plus, a Shimano XT 1x12 drivetrain and Shimano SLX 4-piston brakes, Bontrager Line Elite dropper post, Bontrager Line Pro carbon bars, and Bontrager Line Carbon 30 wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive hub for quick acceleration when you need it most.
The final word
This is a beast of mountain bike. The tough OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, Bontrager carbon wheels, and high-end spec make Slash 9.8 a ridiculously fast enduro bike. It's so stable and responsive that the faster you go, the better it rides. If you're still on the fence about 29ers in rough stuff, Slash will make you a believer.
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- Slash 9.8 is like a mini DH bike: it has the capability of a downhill bike without the downhill weight
- RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft works faster than a normal shock, so it tracks the ground better and keeps you in control
- It's equally at home between the tape and in the rugged wild—Yes, Slash is a race bike, but it's ridiculously fun on gnarly trail rides, too
- Mino Link lets you adjust the geometry, so you get both an enduro race bike and an ultra-capable trail bike in one
- Control Freak Cable Management allows you to run any combination of cables exactly the way you want, while still giving you sleek looks and protecting your cables against unnecessary wear
"Sort of magic"
"You could spend less on a YT, Canyon or Fezzari, get nicer parts, a carbon frame, and you’d probably be happy as a clam—just as long as you never threw a leg over this bike. There’s a sort of magic about it that has me wanting to ride it over my other, much fancier bikes."Read more
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Complete Tubeless System
Tubeless Ready rims and tires make it easy to ditch the tubes so you get better traction, fewer flats, and less weight. You're ready to roll right out of the box with the included TLR rim strips, valves, and sealant.
Control Freak Cable Management
The lightest, quietest, most versatile cable management system allows any combination of shift, brake, lockout, and dropper post lines to be routed through the frame for clean looks and the ultimate custom setup.
*spec applies to all sizes unless otherwise noted
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 150mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2 RC damper, tapered steerer, 42mm offset, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 160mm travel|
|Shock||RockShox Deluxe RT3, DebonAir spring, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 230x57.5mm|
|Max compatible fork travel||160mm|
|Front wheel||Bontrager Line Carbon 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15mm thru axle|
|Rear wheel||Bontrager Line Carbon 30, Tubeless Ready, 54T Rapid Drive, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle|
|Rear hub||Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12mm thru axle|
|Rear skewer||Bontrager Switch thru axle, removable lever|
S, M, L, XL
Bontrager SE4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 29x2.40''
S, M, L, XL
Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 29x2.60''
S, M, L, XL
Bontrager TLR valve, 50mm
S, M, L, XL
Bontrager TLR sealant
|Max tire size||29x2.60"|
|Shifter||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Rear derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog|
Shimano XT M8100, 32T alloy ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 170mm length
M, L, XL
Shimano XT M8100, 32T alloy ring, Boost (52mm chainline), 175mm length
|Bottom bracket||Shimano MT500, 92mm, PressFit|
|Cassette||Shimano XT M8100, 10-51, 12 speed|
|Chain||Shimano XT M8100, 12 speed|
|Max chainring size||34T|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width|
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 100mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 340mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 130mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 400mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 170mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 480mm length
Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, 150mm travel, internal routing, 31.6mm, 440mm length
|Handlebar||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width|
|Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, 0 degree, 50mm length|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, 58-degree radius, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Brake||Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston hydraulic disc|
S, M, L, XL
Shimano RT66, 6-bolt, 180mm
S, M, L, XL
Shimano RT66, 203mm, 6-bolt
|Weight||M - 13.40 kg / 29.54 lbs (with TLR sealant, no tubes)|
|Weight limit||This bike has a maximum total weight limit (combined weight of bicycle, rider, and cargo) of 300 pounds (136 kg).|
Sizing & fit
The charts below show our recommended sizes based on height, but there are some other factors, like arm and leg length, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. Not every rider who’s 5´8˝, for example, will fit on the same size bike. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult the experts at your local Trek retailer.
153.0 - 166.5 cm
5'0.2" - 5'5.6"
72.0 - 79.0 cm
28.3" - 31.1"
161.0 - 175.0 cm
5'3.4" - 5'8.9"
76.0 - 82.0 cm
29.9" - 32.3"
174.0 - 188.0 cm
5'8.5" - 6'2.0"
82.0 - 88.0 cm
32.3" - 34.6"
186.0 - 196.0 cm
6'1.2" - 6'5.2"
87.0 - 92.0 cm
34.3" - 36.2"
All measurements provided in cm unless otherwise noted.
|Frame size number||Frame size letter||Geometry position||A — Seat tube||B — Seat tube angle||Effective seat tube angle||C — Head tube length||D — Head angle||E — Effective top tube||F — Bottom bracket height||G — Bottom bracket drop||H — Chainstay length||I — Offset||J — Trail||K — Wheelbase||L — Standover||M — Frame reach||N — Frame stack|