First Look: Trek Slash 9

27.5 Enduro

Trek Slash 9 Rear Quarter

A bike that was sorely missed in our Enduro Compare-O was the the Trek Slash with 160mm of front and rear travel. The big brother to the Trek Remedy 27.5 and 29er, the Slash sports 27.5 wheels and an aluminum frame only for 2014. We suspect the wheel size will be exclusively 27.5 but the frame will soon be available in carbon fiber.

With the Remedy at 140mm of travel, the Slash comes in with a burly 160mm of travel, slack 65 degree head tube geometry and and a long top tube and wheel base for all mountain stability.

We liked the Remedy 27.5 but felt it was just a bit short on travel for big, rowdy descents.  The Remedy 29er actually seemed like a more capable machine at the 140mm travel category.  So this Slash is eagerly anticipated with all the right geometry numbers and proven tech features on this full-floater suspension platform.

Trek Slash 9 XR4 Rear Tire

Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheels and XR4 tires are a good match for this bike.

The suspension is adjustable and that is a welcome addition indeed. The Trek Mino Link suspension swing arm mount allows the rider to slacken/steepen the head angle by .5 degree. The bottom bracket is lowered/steepened accordingly in the process as well.

And our bike came with a Talas fork that sports 130/160mm of travel. I know what you’re thinking, “Talas, travel is not as good as the Fox Float.” For 2014 however, Talas is every bit as good as the Float. And given the slack and long wheelbase nature of this bike, having the 130mm travel option really expands the sweet spot for this bike into the milder ‘trail bike’ category.

Trek Slash 9 Jumped by Intern

We’ve had two rides on the Trek Slash and it’s been a delight to jump and descend. And having the option to switch the front between 160mm and 130mm makes it a versatile bike as well. The downside of these long wheelbase, slack head angle bikes is they tend to be sluggish on flattish and twisty trails. Well putting front fork travel at 130 mm steepens the angle quite a bit to deliver pretty agile handling

Trek Slash 9 Weight with Flat Pedals

28.15 lbs without pedals and 28.71 lbs with light flat pedals. This is with tubes in the tires so about .5 lbs can be lost when converted to tubeless. This is is actually quite light for an aluminum bike with burly descending ability.

Trek Slash 9 Frame

The Slash 9 features a X01 1×11 drivetrain and Reverb post for $5770.

Trek Slash 9 Chainstay Tire Clearance

Ample tire clearance is available for these big 27.5 tires and new wide rims.

Trek Slash 9 Cable Routing Trek Slash 9 Frame Armor

The down tube has molded rubber armor at the bottom to protect from trail debris. The cable routing is cleanly tucked in or along the downtube and pivots along with the chainstay to avoid any cable rubbing or bowing out problems.

2014 Trek Slash Key Specs
  • Weight: 28.17 lbs. (size medium)
  • Wheel size: 27.5 inches
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Fork: Fox Factory Series 34 Talas w/CTD , Kashima coating, adjustable 130/160mm travel
  • Wheels: Bontrager Rhythm Comp Tubeless Ready w/Stacked Lacing, 15mm front hub; 142×12 rear hub
  • Tires: Bontrager XR4 Team Issue Tubeless Ready, aramid bead, 27.5×2.35″
  • Brakes: Avid X0 Trail hydraulic disc with 200/180 mm rotors
  • R/Shifter: SRAM Xo1 11spd
  • R/Der: SRAM X01 11spd
  • Cassette: SSRAM XD – 1195 11spd 10-42t
  • Crankset: SRAM X1 32t
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Race, Niner graphic
  • Seatpost: Bontrager Evoke 3, titanium rails
  • Bar: Bontrager Rhythm Pro Carbon, 31.8mm, 15mm rise
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 31.8mm, 0 degree
  • Bike MSRP: $5,769.99

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Vanguard says:

    Kashima Pedals FTW !

  • rynoman03 says:

    Why must these bikes be so pricey and I be so poor?

  • Leonard says:

    Bikes are great these days, the prices are not. Would never buy a bike off the shelf new, but thats me. I can accept that inflation accounts for some of the high bike prices. Continuing to price bikes like this will eventually alienate young riders who won’t be able to begin to afford a decent bike. The component manufacturers are as much to blame with the astronomic price of aftermarket components. You are damed if you try and buy a reasonable bike, and you are damned if you want to try and upgrade a few parts. Have fun.

  • tb says:

    $6k for an aluminum bike because the cassette alone is over $300. Way to go $RAM.

  • Ian says:

    $6,000 buys a decent amount of carbon bike from Pivot or Devinci. Just sayin…

  • kyle says:

    Tempted as I am to move beyond my much-loved 2012 Camber Comp, I can’t fathom spending this much, especially for an AL bike.

  • stampers says:

    Why not try riding a bike before spewing the hate? Cant afford top-of-the-line? Dont complain…just get a bike in your budget and go ride. A top . Of the line…fully equipped bike with 160mm travel that weighs under 28lbs….do you expect the price to be sub 5g’s??!!

    And please, comments like Brian Burnett up top, dont arm chair review a bike based on geo. Try riding the bike first.

  • Slash Line says:

    I have the 2012, 26″ version of the Slash, and it is the best mountain bike I’ve owned out of the over dozen others I’ve had. Until you ride it, you have no idea. My 2012 has a Fox 36 Talas 160mm, and if you drop the fork and switch on the ProPedal (the newer CTD damping on the newer bikes is even better) it is an unbelievable climber. On the descents, open the fork and shock, and let it rip. The suspension design has ZERO brake jack, and NEVER bottoms.

    I was skeptical, too. Trek? Are you kidding? But I got a great deal on a closeout 2012 Slash 8 ($3K), and I’ve never looked back. If you can’t stomach the price tag on the 2014 Slash 9, just find a leftover or used 2012-2013 26″ Slash 8. Look, fools, the difference in tire diameter 26″->27.5″ is insignificant. 27.5″ is a marketing ploy, pure and simple. Use the demand for 27.5 and 29 to score a 26.

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