Trek has announced a major expansion to its award-winning Slash lineup. The platform that took home Bike of the Year honours from BikeRadar and Pinkbike last year now includes an Alpha Platinum Aluminium model, a lower-priced carbon model, and updates across the board.
Slash, which was originally developed for Trek Factory Racing Enduro and re-introduced as a 29er in 2016, has set the standard for long-travel trail bikes. It’s fast, sure-footed, and ridiculously fun in rough terrain, and it has become a staple in the Enduro World Series and on burly trails the world over.
Exclusive frame and suspension tech
All Slash models feature Trek’s exclusive Straight Shot downtube and Active Braking Pivot (ABP), a patented system that keeps the rear suspension active even when you’re on the brakes, along with Knock Block frame defense, a limiter that prevents spinning bars and fork crowns from damaging the frame.
RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft
Additionally, all Slash models are now equipped with Trek’s exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock, which reacts to changes in terrain faster than any other shock on the market to give riders the most traction and control.
New carbon and aluminum models
Slash 8 brings serious enduro performance to a broader audience with smart choices on spec and a new Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame. It carries forward the same frame and suspension tech that has given the carbon Slash its unbeatable ride quality with a wallet-friendly alloy frame, full SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock, and 160mm RockShox Yari fork.
New colour options
Every Slash model in the lineup is now available in two colourways: an understated paint scheme and a bolder option.
Slash is available in four complete models and two framesets through Trek’s wide network of retailers and on trekbikes.com. Prices for complete bikes range between $4799 RRP and $7999 RRP, with Slash 8 and Slash 9.8 at either end of the spectrum.
Available Slash models:
Slash 8 (RRP $4,799)
Slash 9.7 (RRP $5,999)
Slash 9.8 (RRP $7,999)