Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek has been rolling out some pretty nice bikes as of late and most of them have been Fat bikes or Plus capable, mid-travel 29ers.  But this is quite the opposite. We have been seeing a lot of new life infused into 29ers lately, mostly in mid-travel, but also in bigger bikes.  Bikes that I would have guessed would not exist based on what was happening with the rush to 27.5.

Back when Specialized did the first 29er Enduro, they really stood things on end with a bike that did a really good job combining 150mms of travel and big wheels.  There were a few others, like the bikes from Lenzsport and BMC.  But I would gave bet 27.5 was going to stop that big wheeled, big travel momentum.
But something happened.  27.5″ in the traditional sense is only so-so when it comes to rolling over obstacles at great speeds.  Yes, it is more tossable, but speed…speed and efficiency is not about acrobatics.  And nothing yet has beaten 29″ wheels for pure momentum and rollability, especially when moving fast, an area where 27+ is still a bit bouncy.
So now with Enduro racing taking up a lot of the focus, Trek is looking to crush things a bit with the new Slash, a 29er only, 1x dedicated, carbon race bike for Enduro use.
It’s a beaut!

What’s new with 2017 Slash?
With the new 2017 Remedy moving deeper into All-Mountain territory, new Slash sets its sights squarely on Enduro racing. With that in mind, we designed it around a carbon frame with the fastest-rolling wheel size. All 2017 Slash models use 29” wheels with Boost110 & Boost148 hub spacing. Rear travel moves to 150mm for the right balance of capability and efficiency. Both models get Enduro-minded 130mm/160mm forks which offer a better climbing position in the 130mm setting, and more confident descending in the 160mm setting.
All Slash models are available in 15.5, 17.5, 19.5, and 21.5.
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.
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”

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

Trek Slash 9.9 in Squamish, BC, June 2016

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29ers, long travel, racing…2017…who would have guessed it?  Guitar Ted, now a gravel guy full time and the past Editor of TNI.com, had this to say about the new Trek Slash and long travel 29ers.


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