Slash 9.8 is a carbon enduro mountain bike built to handle big hits, rail corners, and get you both down and up the mountain faster than you ever thought possible. Lightweight and ultra-stiff OCLV Mountain Carbon, carbon wheels, Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock, and a host of high-performance parts make this 29er mountain bike a worthy contender for any enduro podium.
It's right for you if...
You're a serious enduro racer, and you're looking for a high-performance 29er with a premium parts group that throws down on technical descents and then flies back up the mountain to do it all again.
The tech you get
A full OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, a RockShox Lyrik Select Plus 160mm fork with Charger 2 RC2 damper, and 150mm of rear travel with a RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock with Trek's exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft damper. Plus, a SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain, Bontrager Line Elite dropper post, Bontrager Line Pro carbon bars, and Bontrager Line Carbon 30 wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive hub for quick acceleration when you need it most.
The final word
This is a beast of mountain bike. The tough OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, Bontrager carbon wheels, and high-end spec make Slash 9.8 a ridiculously fast enduro bike. It's so stable and responsive that the faster you go, the better it rides. If you're still on the fence about 29ers in rough stuff, Slash will make you a believer.
Why you'll love it
- Slash 9.8 is like a mini DH bike: it has the capability of a downhill bike without the downhill weight
- RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft works faster than a normal shock, so it tracks the ground better and keeps you in control
- It's equally at home between the tape and in the rugged wild—Yes, Slash is a race bike, but it's ridiculously fun on gnarly trail rides, too
- Mino Link lets you adjust the geometry, so you get both an enduro race bike and an ultra-capable trail bike in one
- Control Freak Cable Management allows you to run any combination of cables exactly the way you want, while still giving you sleek looks and protecting your cables against unnecessary wear
A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.
Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.
Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||OCLV Mountain Carbon main frame & stays, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, Carbon Armor, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, 150mm travel|
|Fork||RockShox Lyrik Select+, DebonAir spring, Charger 2 RC damper, tapered steerer, 42mm offset, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 160mm travel|
|Headset||Knock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, 1-1/8'' top, 1.5'' bottom|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Deluxe RT3, DebonAir spring, RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 230x57.5mm|
Front: 15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear: 12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
|Rims/Wheels||Bontrager Line Carbon 30, Tubeless Ready, 54T Rapid Drive, 6-bolt, SRAM XD driver|
Front: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewall, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 29 x 2.60''
Rear: Bontrager SE4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Core Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 60 tpi, 29 x 2.40''
|Crankset||Truvativ Descendant 7k Eagle, DUB, alloy ring, Boost|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, 92mm, PressFit|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG-1275 Eagle, 10-50, 12 speed|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Bontrager Line Pro, OCLV Carbon, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 820mm width|
|Tape/Grips||Bontrager XR Trail Elite, alloy lock-on|
|Stem||Bontrager Line Pro, 35mm, Knock Block, 0 degree, 50mm length|
|Brakes||SRAM G2 RSC hydraulic disc, 200mm front rotor, 180mm rear rotor|
|Saddle||Bontrager Arvada, austenite rails, 138mm width|
|Seat Post||Bontrager Line Elite Dropper, internal routing, 31.6mm|
* Subject to change without notice.