2017 Trek Slash 29er first look

Trek creates a mighty Enduro racing beast.

29er Enduro
The new SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain is used here.

The new SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain is used here.

Is Slash available as a frameset?
Yes. Slash is available as a frameset, which includes a Fox Factory Float X2 shock, Knock Block headset, and Line Pro 35mm stem.

What are the available sizes for Slash?
All Slash models are available in 15.5, 17.5, 19.5, and 21.5.

While most other long-travel 29ers suffer from design constraints that don’t allow for a Small frame size, Slash benefits from Trek’s decade of 29er experience, allowing us to offer a fast, great-handling 15.5” long-travel 29er.

Why doesn’t the new Slash use Full Floater?
We developed Full Floater years ago to address performance constraints associated with the air shocks that were available at that time. Since then, mountain bike shocks have evolved. More dynamic and responsive dampers, along with more refined air springs like EVOL and Debonair, offer the performance benefits our engineers sought to achieve with Full Floater.

Using a fixed lower shock mount opens up the lower frame area, giving us more opportunity to design stronger, stiffer frames and chainstays. This also gives us more flexibility to accommodate larger, more capable shocks. All of these effects are experienced most dramatically on long travel bikes, like the Slash.

The Full-floater is gone because the new rear shocks are now able to handle the demands of aggressive riders.

The Full-floater is gone because the new rear shocks are now able to handle the demands of aggressive riders.

Then why is Full Floater still on new Fuel EX and Remedy?
Full Floater works great on short to mid-travel bikes where engineering requirements are not so challenging. The demanding combination of design requirements – frame stiffness, bigger 29” wheel size, long travel, and fitting piggyback shocks– of the new Slash 29 presented the greatest opportunity to incorporate a new direction in suspension layout.

What front derailleurs work with the new frame?
None. The carbon chainstay is 1x only, which allowed our engineers to optimize stiffness and weight, as well as keep the length down to 435mm.

Is Slash compatible with other aftermarket shocks?
Yes. Slash uses new standard metric shock sizing (230×57.5mm).

Does Slash use a G2 fork?
Yes. It’s a 29er, and we know that our G2 Geometry with a 51mm offset fork still makes for the best 29er handling at any speed, on any terrain.

The adjustable suspension is configured via the Mino Link.

The adjustable suspension is configured via the Mino Link.

What Mino Link position is standard out of the box?
All MY17 full suspension bikes (EXCEPT Top Fuel and Session) will ship with the Mino Link in the High (steeper) setting. This gives Slash a headtube angle of 65.6 out of the box.

Is the new frame compatible with 27.5 Plus wheels and tires? 27.5?
No. We designed Slash around 29” wheels and tires for maximum speed. Running any other wheel/tire size will adversely affect handling and speed.

What is the max tire size for Slash frames?
29 x 2.6”

For more information, visit www.trekbikes.com.


About the author: Francis Cebedo

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  • Alex H says:

    I hate that the top of the line has SRAM brakes and the stupid (to me) 52 dinner plate rear cog… I rather have the Shimano shit! Specially the brakes. Guides just not even close. Other than that its Baller!

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