Replacing the Scratch Air way back in 2011, the original Slash came to the fore as a long-travel bike that Trek purpose built for Enduro racing. With 160mm of suspension travel, the Slash sits in between Trek’s Remedy all mountain bike and the Session downhill race bike. It combines efficient pedalling and lightweight air-adjustable suspension into a chassis that’s burly, slack and ready for ripping on double-black diamond trails. Since its introduction, the Slash has received several key updates, including a move to 27.5” wheels, and geometry that’s significantly slacker and longer than the original. Combined with all of Trek’s latest suspension technologies, the Slash has evolved into a ferociously quick beast that, quite frankly, embarrasses many other brands downhill bikes with its descending prowess.
Available 2 carbon versions, there ample Slash models to choose from depending on your budget. Regardless of material, each Slash is built around the same features: a stout E2 tapered head tube, oversized tubing, thru-axle dropouts, and a wide profile press-fit bottom bracket. The result is a super tough and super stiff frameset that lends itself to being pummelled into rock gardens and into high-speed berms. In the search to maximise traction, Trek have built the Slash with the ABP suspension design that places the rearward pivot around the dropout. This uncouples braking forces from the suspension, so that you’ve always got smooth uninterrupted suspension whether you’re hard on the brakes or not. Combined with high volume tubeless rubber and a burly 160mm travel fork up front, the Slash offers masses of stability and confidence in a lightweight package that you can still pedal back uphill. You want versatility? The Slash has got it by the bucketload!
Riding typeAll Mountain
Drive trainSRAM NX
Gear ratios1x11 Mountain
Frame buildCarbon Mid
Light weight and high tech on a budget